Oral Report – Provincial Convention 2013

Diane Lemay Past President

When I allowed my name to stand for the position of President-Elect, some wise person said to me, “You know Diane that’s a six year commitment on your part”.  And I remember thinking to myself, Oh, six years what I have got myself into.  But now I find myself at the end of those six years and looking back I wonder where the time has gone.  As the saying goes, “Time flies when you are having fun”.  And yes it has been fun.  Lots of laughs along the way, serious moments, challenges to be met and conquered and the making of new friends.  I am reminded of the Dr Zeus book “Oh the places you’ll go and the things you’ll see” and I would add “as a member of the Catholic Women’s League.

One of the duties of the past president is the upkeep of the council archives.  Now I will be honest with you and tell you that this item on the job description was one of my challenges.  The Holy Spirit gifted me with many talents but unfortunately archiving is not one of them.  But one of the things that I did do was going through the photo albums and putting more photos into albums.  It was a trip down memory lane.  The motto on our licence plates “Je me souviens” popped up several times as I travelled the lane and looked at the faces of women who came before me and had made that final trip in life to be with the Lord.  As I looked at their faces I said to myself, yes, I have seen the Lord.  I have brought some of the albums to convention and they are on display so you can enjoy a trip down memory lane.

One of the challenges we face in our province is getting members to take on positions at the executive level.  As past presidents we should be encouraging members to take on leadership roles.  As past presidents we very often recognize potential in a member who might not have the confidence to take on a position.  Sometimes all it takes is some encouragement, telling them that “yes, you can do it; I have confidence in your ability to get the job done”.  Follow up by acting as a mentor, ready and willing to offer advice when asked.  I wouldn’t be here today, if someone had not said to me, you can do this Diane I have confidence in your abilities.

One of the ways that we can help build confidence in our members is through leadership training.  Our new workshop “Catch the Fire” is an excellent way of helping members gain confidence through knowledge.  If you haven’t been to a workshop yet, I urge to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity.  We have a very enthusiastic team ready to provide you with a “spark” to light that fire.