President's June Report

(posted: June 1, 2019)

Dear Brother and Sisters,

I ask Conference Presidents to please share this monthly news with your members to keep everyone connected with what is happening at all levels of the Society. Particular and Central Council Presidents, please share this monthly news with your Vincentian members who may not belong to a Conference, and feel free to email questions or comments to linda@ssvp.on.ca.

Members can now sign up to receive ONRC News by clicking on the “subscribe” button on the website located at the bottom beside the “what’s new” button and completing the form.

SPIRITUAL MATTERS
The June spiritual reflection illustrates how we Christians are believers of the unbelievable.

A spiritual reflection, Lean on Me, from a National Spirituality Committee member reminds us to have a good prayer life.

Father Joe Quinn, past National Spiritual Advisor and past Windsor Essex Central Council Spiritual Advisor, passed away earlier this year. There was an article in the Windsor Star about him being a poet, painter and priest. Father Quinn was a much loved Vincentian!

ONRC SPRING MEETING
Additional workshop information and videos from our ONRC spring meeting have been posted on the website .

ONRC FALL MEETING
The fall meeting will be held in Brantford on September 20/21 so be sure to mark this date on your calendars. These meetings are open to all members and store managers.

The meeting on September 21st will take place at St. Pius X Church, 9 Waverley Street, Brantford. Blocks of rooms have been booked at Days Inn, 460 Fairview Drive, Brantford, Tel: 519-759-2700 (rooms are available Sept. 20 and 21 at a cost of $119) and Comfort Inn, 58 King George Road, Tel: 519-753-3100 (rooms are available Sept. 20 only at a cost of $101). Please quote the room block for the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul. More information about the meeting will follow later as details unfold.

NATIONAL NEWS
We look forward to seeing you at the National AGA in Windsor taking place June 19 – 23. There will be an ONRC meeting held on Wednesday, June 19 from 7:15 – 9:00 pm in the Katzman Room, Vanier Hall, where you will hear updates from the Executive team.

For National Council voting members (which includes Central Council and Particular Presidents) who are not attending the AGA in Windsor, please remember to fill out the proxy form included in the package you received from National and give it to someone who is attending the AGA to ensure there is quorum.

The May Vincenpaul edition or le français shares information from Quebec Regional Council on their North of 60 project they recently started, news from their Social Justice Committee and a twinning relationship.

I was recently asked about how to get the SSVP logo as it is not found on our website. The reason the logo is not accessible on the website is for the protection of our brand as anyone would have access to it from the website and not only our Vincentians. If you are in need of the logo, please contact national@ssvp.ca.

REJUVENATION COMMITTEE
There is now a video available to help with recruitment looking for people who are interested in learning about the “Vincentian way of life” as a way to deepen their Spirituality. This 2-1/2 minute video is a tool that can be used when doing an appeal at Mass or when making a presentation to a Ministry such as the Knights of Columbus or CWL, or to any organization.

Unfortunately, we had a Particular Council and 2 Conferences close in the past 6 months due to failing recruitment and succession planning efforts. Please know that ONRC is available to assist with rejuvenation efforts to avoid more Conferences and Councils closing. Reach out to phil@ssvp.on.ca for more information.

ONRC SUCCESSION PLANNING
As mentioned at our spring ONRC meeting, we are starting to think about succession planning since the current Executive’s term ends in 2 years on June 30, 2021. We want to identify leaders with the right skills from across the province to be part of a discussion to take ONRC to the next level. Please provide names of people with these leadership skills to linda@ssvp.on.ca.

YOUTH Check out what the Kitchener-Waterloo Archangels Youth Conference is up to.

VINCENTIANS WITH 30 YEARS SERVICE
Please provide names of Vincentians with more than 30 years of service to linda@ssvp.on.ca as we want to recognize these amazing Vincentians.

BEST PRACTICES
Please check out the College Student Hand-Up project undertaken by St. Mary’s Conference in Collingwood.

Please remember to share your best practices with linda@ssvp.on.ca to post on our website and share with Vincentians.

A reminder that Sarah Davidson’s only email contact is now sarah@ssvp.on.ca. Feel free to contact linda@ssvp.on.ca or sarah@ssvp.on.ca at any time should you have questions.

Thank you for all that you do across Ontario reaching out and helping our many friends in need.

Linda Dollard
President