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The Conference Meeting Agenda 1200 628 Michelle Boyer

The Conference Meeting Agenda

*This week’s Governance article was provided by the National Governance Committee There has been much discussion over the last several years related to the frequency of Conference meetings and what constitutes a valid meeting in compliance with the Rule. This brief article addresses this issue, hopefully answering most questions that come up related to it.…

05-26-2022 Questions and Answers 1200 628 Michelle Boyer

05-26-2022 Questions and Answers

Q: Can the Society (St. Vincent de Paul) pay for training/education for an individual employee with an agreement that the employee would need to be employed (retained) by the Society for a defined period because we paid for the training?  A: This is a legitimate employee benefit (to be offered); however, it should be defined…

Ground Rules for Visitation 1200 628 Michelle Boyer

Ground Rules for Visitation

Today’s Article was Written by Mike Syslo, Chair of the National Governance Committee 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…

05-19-2022 Questions and Answers 1200 628 Michelle Boyer

05-19-2022 Questions and Answers

Q: How important is it to get a receipt for rental payments? Most landlords send receipts, but some do not. Is an electronic copy of the check from our bank a sufficient record of the transaction? A: Every effort should be made to get a receipt. If not possible, a note from the Vincentians involved…

Friends of the Poor Grant Application for Mideast and Midwest Regions Now Open 900 900 Jill Pioter

Friends of the Poor Grant Application for Mideast and Midwest Regions Now Open

Grants up to $5,000 are available! Apply here May 15 – May 31! Grants are targeted to specific, current needs of the poor, above and beyond available resources. Preferred interest areas are: rental/housing assistance, utility assistance, food, clothing, transportation, baby/children needs, and medical. Applying is simple. Click here for the online application: District Council Application…

How to Run a Good Meeting 1200 628 Michelle Boyer

How to Run a Good Meeting

Many newly-elected presidents will soon take office and put their leadership skills to work. Among the group leadership skills that come into play 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…

05-12-2022 Questions and Answers 1200 628 Michelle Boyer

05-12-2022 Questions and Answers

Q: For transparency, should capital campaign funds being held by a thrift store for a future building project be included on the annual report and carried over each year, or only in the year that funds are collected?  A: Only the capital campaign funds received during the year are reported. The Council or Conference that…

A Duty To Delegate: Guidance For Vincentian Leaders 1200 628 Michelle Boyer

A Duty To Delegate: Guidance For Vincentian Leaders

Webster defines the verb “delegate” as “to entrust to another.”  It seems simple enough but isn’t always so when human nature intrudes. Delegating is a core principle of sound management and our Rule expects Vincentian leaders to practice it.  Yet we frequently hear stories of Conferences and Councils unable to function effectively because presidents want…

05-05-2022 Questions and Answers 1200 628 Michelle Boyer

05-05-2022 Questions and Answers

Q: If a Conference is working to help an individual and is lacking all the funds to do so, can members raise money for this purpose? A: Yes, the Conference can raise such funds (for this purpose) but in a special way. When soliciting funds for this purpose, a reference should be made to help…

National Presidential Election Update 450 450 Jill Pioter

National Presidential Election Update

The SVdP National Council Presidential election process is now underway. Each National Council Member is expected to activate the involvement of his/her Council in the nominating phase of the election. You are responsible for notifying affiliated Councils and Conferences of the pending nomination process and should invite their thinking and recommendations about potential nominees. Cover…

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