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11-18-2021 Questions and Answers 1200 628 Michelle Boyer

11-18-2021 Questions and Answers

Q: Conference Bylaws, Document 1, indicates Conferences should meet at least twice a month. The standardized Conference and Annual Reports have a possible meeting time of once a month. Please confirm, or not, that if a Conference meets once a month they are not in compliance with the standardized Bylaws, document 1? Also, if a…

Councils and Their Conferences 1200 628 Michelle Boyer

Councils and Their Conferences

This document is about Councils; yet, the starting point of this document is Conferences. Why is that? As you will see below, Councils don’t exist without Conferences and the Council’s primary role is to support the Conferences. CONFERENCE PARTICIPATION IN THE COUNCIL This is an important principle to keep in mind: Conferences that do not…

11-11-2021 Questions and Answers 1200 628 Michelle Boyer

11-11-2021 Questions and Answers

Q: Are two members of the same family allowed to serve as officers in a Conference? A:  In the Rule, Part III, Statute 12, the last sentence reads: “To safeguard the good reputation of the Conference or Council, and therefore that of the Society itself, appointees should not be relatives of the person empowered to…

Resolve to Focus on Good Governance 1200 628 Michelle Boyer

Resolve to Focus on Good Governance

The arrival of a new fiscal year is a good time to remind ourselves that loving and supporting one another while serving the poor is an integral part of our Vincentian mission. Our Conference meetings are where we help each other fulfill that mission of growing spiritually, developing friendships, and having face-to-face encounters with those…

11-4-2021 Questions & Answers 1200 628 Michelle Boyer

11-4-2021 Questions & Answers

Q: How are gift card purchases or gift certificates for food reported on the annual report? A: Gift cards or gift certificates purchased by Conferences for food should be reported as expenses in the annual report under “those we serve” since the expenditures are on behalf of neighbors in need. Gift cards or gift certificates…

10-28-2021 Questions and Answers 150 150 Michelle Boyer

10-28-2021 Questions and Answers

Q:  Does an active or associate member, who has not been to a meeting or done any active work with the Society for more than a year, have to write a letter of resignation before they can be removed from the membership roster? A: A letter of resignation has never been required unless it is one…

Good Stewardship 1200 628 Michelle Boyer

Good Stewardship

What does stewardship look like in your life? Then think of this through the prism of a Vincentian lens which should have a spiritual and biblical foundation. Then ask yourself what stewardship means to you, to members of the Society, and to your respective Councils and Conferences. Certainly, as good stewards we need to give…

Congratulations to Our Latest Friends of the Poor Grant Winners! 1200 628 Jill Pioter

Congratulations to Our Latest Friends of the Poor Grant Winners!

We received 30 grant applications totaling $143,000. Grant awards for this round total $62,800. Thank you to an anonymous foundation for providing an additional $25,000 in grant funding. Through a standardized, simple application process, SVdP Conferences and District Councils can apply for up to a $5,000 grant from the National Council’s Friends of the Poor®…

The Meaning of Good Governance 1200 628 Michelle Boyer

The Meaning of Good Governance

Good governance. What does it mean anyway? Governance means: Responsible use of assets and funds. Ensuring the group/organization is fulfilling its mission. Openly communicating with others and listening to others at all levels of the organization. Accurate recordkeeping for the benefit of the organization and those we serve. Maintaining good legal standing through compliance with…

10-21-2021 Questions and Answers 1200 628 Michelle Boyer

10-21-2021 Questions and Answers

Q: Could you please share with me what national has for their “Global Ends” policy?  A:   National Council’s Ends Policy is stated  in Resolution 74, to view click here: https://members.ssvpusa.org/governance/resolutions/. In this case National Office also means National Council. The Ends for the National Council are the Society’s Essential Elements of Spirituality, Fellowship, and Service.…

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