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10-28-2021 Questions and Answers 150 150 Jill Pioter

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 Jill Pioter

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 Jill Pioter

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 Jill Pioter

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.…

Do People Trust You? Advice for Building Trust and Inspiring Confidence 1200 628 Jill Pioter

Do People Trust You? Advice for Building Trust and Inspiring Confidence

One afternoon as I was passing through the airport on my way home, I ran into a colleague of mine, Stephen M. R. Covey, the author of the book “The Speed of Trust.” We stopped and exchanged a few pleasantries. I could tell that he needed to get through security, so I bid him safe…

10-14-2021 Questions and Answers 1200 628 Jill Pioter

10-14-2021 Questions and Answers

Q: Where does the Council get its support? A:  According to the Rule, Part III, Statute 24, “The authority to manage the Society’s assets remains exclusively with the Councils …” This statute goes on to say, “Councils may determine annually the percentage of the funds of each Council or Conference within their area that may…

How To Avoid Confusion With Clear Communication 1200 628 Jill Pioter

How To Avoid Confusion With Clear Communication

Under-communication is a consistent problem in nearly every business. You can solve that by taking ownership of the communication happening around you. I’ve worked with more than my share of poor communicators over the years. One was a boss who rarely shared information and never in a timely way. My office happened to be in…

10-07-2021 Questions and Answers 1200 628 Jill Pioter

10-07-2021 Questions and Answers

Q:  What are the consequences if a Conference refuses to make Home Visits? A:  No consequences are imposed. However, as Council leaders we must continue to encourage and advocate the fact that Home Visits are what makes us unique and unlike other charitable organizations. The Rule, Part III, Statute 8 clearly states: “Visits to those…

Council Responsibilities to The Society 1200 628 Jill Pioter

Council Responsibilities to The Society

Two documents on the National Council website — What Is Expected of an Archdiocesan/Diocesan Council and What Is Expected of a District Council — clearly explain what a Council should be doing. A few key reminders are listed below. As part of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, the Council will: Accept and strive…

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