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Past President / Archives Communiqué - June 2015

Past President / Archives Communiqué - June 2016



Past President / Archives Communiqué - June 2016


Marge Szabo, Provincial Past President / Archives Chair


Greetings to all past presidents,

I hope you’ve had time to unwind from your president’s position. Upon receiving this communique, your councils would be taking their summer break. Diocesan conventions are over and now we are focusing on our National Convention in August. Since this is an election year, it is always interesting to see who takes the various chairs on the new executive for 2016-2017. We pray that good choices are being made. All candidates are very committed members of the League. It is the solemn duty of the Provincial Presidents to cast their instructed ballet at the national convention. 


Our provincial CWL elections will be made next June 2017. As a past president, you are on the election committee for your diocesan elections as I as past provincial President will be on the elections committee for the coming year.


As elections chair, here are a few guidelines to help you recruit members to be part of an executive.

  • Watch for leaders all the time, those that participate and show interest.  Do not wait till a month before elections to start recruiting your elections roster. No one is too old or too young to serve on the executive as long as they are willing to give of their time and talent.
  • Involve potential leaders in your activities, and give them some task to fulfill. Invite them to conferences and workshops.
  • Talk to them personally, giving them the reasons why you feel they would be good on the executive. Sometimes, they don’t see or realize their own abilities.
  • Give them time to consider their leadership, but talk to them again (and again)
  • At nomination time, ask if you can nominate them.
  • In a small community, encourage each member to take a turn for the president’s chair. Some members may need a co-president to help them along. (I have not met a president yet, who hasn’t realized the sense of success in their achievements and responsibilities. All kinds of skills are developed in taking a leadership role.) We strongly discourage a president to stay more than two terms, if that is necessary.


Have you thought about doing a S’Mores Development Workshop on topic #1 - " Discerning a call to service” ?Approximate time required is only 40 minutes. The program is completely prepared, including prayers, questions and hand-outs. If your council president feels that she can’t do it, contact your diocesan president and she can refer you to the S’Mores Workshop team and they will come out to your council.

I look forward to talking to you about serving on the Provincial Council for the next term. It is a time to learn more about our organization and how important it is to be an active member in your council as an executive member. If you have any questions, please call me.


Let’s open the pages of some of our archives. What good are archives, if we don’t peek into our pages of history and learn more about our roots of this great organization of Catholic women. 


  • In 1957, Saskatoon, there was a Civic Action Committee as one of the standing committees. They were involved with blood donor’s clinic, poppy day at the post office, canvassed for mental health and March of Dimes and Red Cross. Members attended Civil Defense courses in the city and at valley centre.

  • Saskatoon hosted the National Convention in October 19-24, 1958. It is the first time that the convention has been held in Saskatoon. 602 delegates attended.


  • Civic Action Committee also looked after birthday parties at St. Ann’s Home. The ladies  received a rose bowl and card and the men got cigarettes and a card.


  • Many tea parties and coffee parties were held to raise money to buy a variety of items for charities, such as drapes and curtains for the seminary, decks of cards for the old boys’ club, piano, cups and saucers, cake plates and teaspoons, two steel coat hangers, duplicator machine, and the list goes on.


  • Annie Tomczak, Chairman for Civic Action states that they are the only one in Saskatchewan and 24 throughout the country.


  • In 1949, our magazine was called The Canadian League. It contained commercial advertisements on the inside and outer cover, mainly from Montreal companies. It  was printed in Berthieville, PQ


  • In 1949 -- “Enlist now in the Biggest Press Campaign in the history of The C.W.L. Nation-wide Crusade in support of  “The Canadian League”  When will it take place?   During the months of April and May, 1949. What will be the official slogan? EVERY MEMBER A SUBSCRIBER .   (A national trophy will be given to the province with the best showing in the campaign.)       



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Past President / Archives Communiqué - June 2015


Marge Szabo, Provincial Past President / Archives Chair


As we pass on the torch of leadership to a new president, we are in the wings to lend a hand whenever asked. Official word might be “consultant” and to advise when asked. Yes, we are still on the executive list for this 2 year term.


We are also responsible for the archives of the Provincial council, likewise each diocesan past president should do for their diocesan records. Do you know where your archives are being kept? Often diocesan past president will have to deal with council and church closures. Try to keep the council archives kept with the church records in a safe place.


Provincial Archives are stored at Saskatchewan Archives, 3303 Hillsdale Ave., Regina SK. They stipulate what materials can be placed there. Photo albums are not submitted, so they should be stored in a plastic container to prevent water damage and other. It is not a safe guard against fire.


Photos are especially great to reminisce over at council anniversaries. Always identify people and date picture. Oh, how we change! Be selective about your pictures. 5 pictures of the anniversary cake are not necessary. Use acid free paper and file folders, then backup photos on a disc.


Minutes – Past minutes are archived after 6 years. They should be in dated binders and signed by the secretary and president.


Each communique I will include a highlight from the Constitution and Bylaws book or the National Manual of Policy and Procedure, also a bit of archives information


Pin Protocol – Our League pin should be worn on the left side as a symbol of service “For God and Canada”. Good taste and discretion on the part of the member should prevail.


The pins are ranked as follows:

  • Honourary Life Member pin
  • President pin and Past President pin
  • Life Member pin
  • Bellelle Guerin pin
  • Maple Leaf Service pin
  • Presentation (years of service) pin
  • League insignia pin


Archives – Saskatchewan Provincial Council, organized in 1948

  • First president – Mrs. F. Drake, Regina
  • First director- Most Rev. P.F. Pocock, Saskatoon
  • First Vice President – Mrs. R.F. Koob, Cudworth
  • First Secretary – Miss Genevieve Curtin, Regina
  • First Treasurer – Mrs. J.J. Stewart, Regina


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