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Servant Leadership 1200 628 Jill Pioter

Servant Leadership

(Excerpted from Vincentian Life: Conference) Within the Rule of the Society, Servant Leadership is identified as a scripture-based method of leadership which all Vincentians aspire to practice. The following quotes are from the Rule. Rule: Part 1, 3.11: Following Christ’s example, the Presidents at all levels of the Society endeavor to be servant leaders. They provide an encouraging…

12-07-23 Questions & Answers 1200 628 Jill Pioter

12-07-23 Questions & Answers

Q: Our Council is under the “District Council with Separate Boards” Bylaws and my tenure as Council/Board President is ending. I was asked if it is allowed for the Board President and Council President be 2 different people? The Board President could have the business acumen and the Council President could have the Vincentian Spirit. What…

11-29-23 Questions & Answers 1200 628 Jill Pioter

11-29-23 Questions & Answers

Q: Should Conferences pay tuition for Catholic school education since elementary and high-school education is free?  A:  The National Governance Committee has recently reviewed and agreed to the following: Helping a family make a tuition payment under the right circumstances can be justified. Making a contribution from Conference funds to the parish or school to…

Ground Rules For Visitation 1200 628 Jill Pioter

Ground Rules For Visitation

There are a set of basic ground rules that should be kept in mind before visiting with those who have requested our help. It is a good idea to review them on occasion, understand them and put them into practice.  1. If you are on a witch hunt, stay home. One of our purposes as…

A Time for Thanks 1080 1080 Jill Pioter

A Time for Thanks

At this special time of the year when our thoughts turn to giving thanks, it is appropriate to reflect on the many reasons Vincentians have to be grateful. Perhaps the two most important are the ongoing guidance of Divine Providence, which has been wondrously at work on behalf of the Society of St. Vincent de…

11-22-23 Questions & Answers 1200 628 Jill Pioter

11-22-23 Questions & Answers

Q:  If a Conference receives a large donation to be distributed to the poor and needy in the area where the Conference is located, and members decide to distribute the funds in increments of 25% per year over a 4 year period, would this be in keeping with the use of money as stated in…

How to Run a Good Meeting 1200 628 Jill Pioter

How to Run a Good Meeting

Among the group leadership skills that come into play for Conference and Council Presidents is knowing how to run a good meeting.  Here are a few tips for use whether you are a new or veteran President: Never hold a meeting without an agenda; send a tentative agenda in advance to everyone who is expected…

Pricing Strategies for SVdP Thrift Stores, Part 3 1500 1125 Jill Pioter

Pricing Strategies for SVdP Thrift Stores, Part 3

A Discussion by Dave Barringer National Chief Executive Officer PART THREE Knowing What Actually Works (catch up on Part One and Part Two) How Do We Know What Works? Which pricing strategies and tools work best for your store? Here is what you must do to get to this answer. Know the store’s mission. Some thrift stores…

11-16-23 Questions & Answers 1200 628 Jill Pioter

11-16-23 Questions & Answers

Q: Some Conference members give their personal phone numbers to our neighbors and purchase Christmas gifts with their personal funds and deliver with a member of their family ,unbeknownst to the Conference. Is this practice okay?  A: The National Council does not encourage nor endorse the practice of members giving out their personal phone number.…

Conflict in Conference Meetings 1200 628 Jill Pioter

Conflict in Conference Meetings

Conference meetings are intended to be “mutually fulfilling” gatherings where members joyfully share their experiences, grow in faith and make plans to serve others. Sometimes, however, members do not always agree on how to go about these activities and the meetings are far from mutually fulfilling. Managing meeting conflict is almost never at the top…

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