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07-18-24 Weekly Questions & Answers 1200 628 Kristen Blacksher

07-18-24 Weekly Questions & Answers

Q: Some of our Conferences have pantries where people come in and pick up food on a regular basis. Other Conferences take food to the homes during a home visit. Other Conferences deliver food as needed and not part of a true home visit. In the past, our reporting of these activities on the “Special Works” form has…

Attending Meetings of National Committees 152 152 Pam Hudson

Attending Meetings of National Committees

All members of the Society are welcome to attend the regular working meetings of our National Committees, either in person or via Zoom. Only the appointed members of the committees participate in the discussions and work – all others attend as observers. In order to attend, please follow the link below each committee description to…

Conflict in Conference Meetings 1198 1198 Pam Hudson

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…

07-11-24 Weekly Questions & Answers 1200 628 Pam Hudson

07-11-24 Weekly Questions & Answers

Q: In the rare circumstance that the President is unavailable to run a meeting, is the Conference lay-spiritual advisor permitted to run the meeting? A: The bylaws read that, if the President is unable to attend or preside at any meeting of the Conference, this privilege and duty may be delegated to the Vice President…

Rhode Island Vincentians Turning Apartments Into Homes 150 150 Pam Hudson

Rhode Island Vincentians Turning Apartments Into Homes

When tragedy strikes, communities rally around their most vulnerable members. This is the mark of a society. Many of us know, however, that recovering from a disaster takes more than temporary shelters, boxes of donated items, and a few weeks to get back on your feet. This is a process that can take place over…

Understanding Our Rule 1198 1198 Pam Hudson

Understanding Our Rule

Before one of the workshops I presented about the Rule, I asked a few Council Executive Directors what trouble the Conferences in their respective Councils had following the Rule and what parts of the Rule generated the most questions.  This article will include comments on what came back to me. While the Rule has three…

07-03-24 Weekly Questions & Answers 1200 628 Pam Hudson

07-03-24 Weekly Questions & Answers

Q: One of my new District Council Presidents is asking for a meeting template. Is there such a thing? I know the Rule has the Conference Agenda. A: The Rule, Part III, Statute 7 has the agenda used for Council meetings. This is the same meeting agenda as expected of Conferences. Every Council has its…

5 Tips to Make Fundraising Less Intimidating 1080 1080 Pam Hudson

5 Tips to Make Fundraising Less Intimidating

“Fundraising is, first and foremost, a form of ministry. It is a way of announcing our vision and inviting other people into our mission.” -Henri Nouwen They say that public speaking is one of our greatest human fears. But there’s something else that ranks right up there—asking for money. It’s ok. We can admit it.…

See the Face of Christ. Be the Face of Christ. 439 244 Jill Pioter

See the Face of Christ. Be the Face of Christ.

Dear Fellow Vincentians, We’ve been teasing this idea for awhile, and are proud to announce that today is the day! Titled “See the Face of Christ. Be the face of Christ”, the National Council is kicking off a membership marketing campaign aimed at adding 10,000 new members to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul…

Giving Matters 150 150 Pam Hudson

Giving Matters

Make Giving More Meaningful by Honoring Others Early in my time with St. Vincent de Paul, I was fortunate to meet Mike and Pat, a caring, kind, and generous couple. They had been married nearly 5 decades by the time I met them, had a wonderful family (whom I’ve also been fortunate to know), and…

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