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The Catholic Women’s League of Canada BC & Yukon Provincial Council National theme: One Heart, One Voice, One Mission Provincial theme: Joyfully Serving the Lord

Organization – Communique 1 – Gisela Montague   August 30, 2016

Welcome to each new Diocesan President-Elect/Organization Chair.  Congratulations and thank you for saying yes to the leadership and sharing your talents:

Nelson Debbie Cloutier    

Victoria Christa Grillmair    


And welcome back to the hardworking team from last year:

Kamloops  Dorothy Hruby   

Prince George Gemma Gillis (Organization only)    

Vancouver  Angelina Stiglich   

Whitehorse  Carol Vanderbyl (President)

Thank you to Whitehorse President Carol Vanderbyl as she continues to take on the requirements of this position until someone new steps forward.

Like my predecessor Evelyn Rigby I will pray for you throughout the year and I ask you to pray for me.  Please exchange your communiqués with each other as well as sending them to me.  I am excited to start my new journey with you.  

Congratulations to Anne-Marie Gorman, our newly elected National President-Elect and Chairperson of Organization, she quotes in her communiqué:

  “You did not choose me, but I chose you.  And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask him in my name.”  (John 15:16)

I can identify with her when she states that belonging to this national organization gives her the confidence that she would not have otherwise.  “We know the ‘who’ we are as stated clearly in the mission statement and the ‘why’ we exist from the Objects.”

At all levels chairpersons of organization share common goals:

a)  Recruit members and maintain membership:  Father James Mallon spoke at the national convention about not having a mission but that we ARE mission.  How do we accomplish this, by being the person that God wants us to be, welcoming, inviting women of all ages (16 and up) by feeding them, not just adding numbers.  We have brilliant programs and speakers who have fed us, the last national convention attests to that.  Anne-Marie encourages us to educate, educate, educate with small helpings of information about what the league is and what it does, it will entice women to join...  Our resources are: the Constitution & Bylaws, the updated National Manual of Policy and Procedure, Executive Handbook, and Handbook for Organization Chairpersons.  New and prospective members will appreciate orientation materials which give a sense of the League and never underestimate the power of the personal invitation to join this great League.

“Check the website for updates and go forward in faith, fun and fulfillment (the three essential – and equally timed – parts of each meeting:  spiritual program, social interaction and essential business).”

b)  Leadership development:  National, provincial and some diocesan councils offer assistance through leadership development funds and the seasoned members and Life Members are excellent resources to nourish our members.  Women will discern their roles with the help and support of other members.  Anne-Marie mentions that Ghandi’s statement,’ “The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems” may apply to us as we do what we can to the best of our ability and with Our Lady of Good Counsel’s assistance.

c) League resource material:  Starting with the national website cwl.ca, provincial and diocesan websites, manuals, handbooks, the C&B (Constitution & Bylaws 2013), forms, programs and workshops under each standing committee. These are living documents and are reviewed and updated regularly.  Feel free to question and make suggestions as we continue to learn.

d)  Annual Reports:  This year the new on-line reporting will be used, more information will come forward through the parish mail-out.  The parish councils should find them easy to complete. Anne-Marie is looking forward to feedback once they are being used.  “We are women who are in step with the modern world that allows us the opportunity to use technology for good purposes” she states.

e)  Life membership:  At the national convention in Halifax 19 new Life members were commissioned.   We are very proud of Agnes Geiger from the Victoria diocese to receive this honour and thank her for her commitment and service to the League. Life members receive a permanent place on the national council, the same voting privileges as accredited delegates at an annual meeting or convention, a voice in its affairs and eligibility for a national appointment.  They are expected to maintain their membership by paying annual per capita fees through their parish councils and to provide research, present workshops, and actively respond to requests made to them by national, provincial and diocesan councils.

Presently we have 40 life members in our province, with Barbara Jarvis as new life member liaison.  Life members represent a wealth of knowledge and support for the membership and we thank them for their willingness to continue to serve.

There is a new nomination procedures form and nomination deadline of September 15th.

Remember that as long as members have paid and their memberships have been remitted by August 31 they will receive The Canadian League magazine and new members will receive their permanent membership cards in October.

This year’s National Convention Program gave the following membership statistics for BC & Yukon:


January 1, 2015  9007

New    701

Reinstated   306

Didn’t renew   942

Paid members  9072

Deceased   117

December 31, 2015  8955

May Our Lady of Good Counsel guide us as we work for God and Canada in this standing committee.  

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