Organization Communique #4

National President-Elect and Chairperson of Organization Anne Gorman, August 24, 2017

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Render service with enthusiasm, as to the Lord and not to men and women, knowing that whatever good we do, we will receive the same again from the Lord. Ephesians 6:7-8

Greetings, as we begin the 98th year “For God and Canada”, following a lively, educational, technologically-savvy, and faith-filled 97th annual national convention in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. Welcome to the new provincial chairpersons of organization: Alberta Mackenzie Judy Look; Quebec, Rosa Lam; Saskatchewan, Chantal Devine; Manitoba, Janet Brunger; Ontario, Colleen Randall; and Newfoundland and Labrador, Ellen Merrigan; and to second year chairpersons: Prince Edward Island, Shirley Pierce; Nova Scotia, Glenda Carson; New Brunswick, Hazel Robichaud; B.C. & Yukon, Gisela Montague; Military Ordinariate, Tawnya Stringer.

By live-streaming guest speakers, history was made at the 96th annual national convention in 2016 in Halifax, so members nationwide could take part in a piece of the convention. The 97th annual national convention in 2017 in Charlottetown repeated history by hosting its first national online town hall meeting, where facilitator Donna Dunn of Tecker International, led the convention and remote registrants, through a series of questions, helped focus the strategic planning process for the League’s future. Members are commended for the interest and willingness to participate in the activity which, from where I sat in the meeting ballroom, was enthusiastically welcomed and seriously answered.

The League continues to cast into the deep with the assistance of the Holy Spirit, to assess and address this beloved organization’s needs for the present and future. The fruits of nationwide efforts will determine the look of the organization for years to come. Members are welcomed and encouraged to make suggestions through parish, diocesan and provincial executives, especially following the town hall experience.

Chairpersons of organization are responsible for membership, leadership development, life membership and League resource material. Membership received as of August 15th, is just under 80,000, but responses from several councils are awaited. At the same time in 2016, the number was at more than 81,000. Please assist, wherever possible, the councils that may need help. Where would parishes and the world be without a council in the parish? How can parishes that have not enjoyed a League presence be encouraged to join?

The League welcomed nine new life members in 2017: Hilda Aube, Anna Brady, Mary Capobianco, Jeannie Coleman, Louise Doiron, Sharon Geiger, Gisela Montague, Jean Reader, and Suzanne Wiseman. The gifts they offer will be of great assistance to the membership in local and provincial areas. One inquiry about life membership for 2018 has already been received. Wonderful! I look forward to seeing new applications before the end of 2017. Please review criteria in the National Manual of Policy and Procedure pages 31-32.

Every province has leaders or potential leaders to take the League into the next century. Please be vigilant in networking with parishes and dioceses to support and encourage the women who will serve the organization at all levels. Perhaps, a bank of potential leaders may be a way of setting up leadership training and/or building leadership into the future. As the League continues to devise a method of planning strategically for the future, through members’ assistance and the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we can be excited and energized by what God has in mind for the next five to ten years. Materials at your fingertips on the national website (www.cwl.ca) or in hard copy from national office at a minimal cost include the aforementioned National Manual of Policy and Procedure, as well as the Constitution & Bylaws, Executive Handbook and Ceremonies Booklet.

Allow imaginations to soar and consider what the League can be for Canada and the world through efforts at the parish level and beyond. Envision every parish in Canada having a council! It is possible. Why wouldn’t every woman want to join an organization with such local and far-reaching influence?

May God continue to bless The Catholic Women’s League of Canada with forward-thinking women empowered by the Holy Spirit to move boldly into the future.

I look forward to continuing to serve this superior organization of women of faith.

Your sister,

Anne-Marie Gorman

Anne-Marie Gorman
National President-Elect and Chairperson of Organization