Membership & Organization

Organization Standing Committee

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The organization standing committee provides leadership direction to the organization.


The duties of the chairperson are:

  • recruit members and maintain membership
  • leadership development
  • League resource material
  • annual reports
  • life membership

The chairperson should:

  • refer to communiqués and/or annual reports from all levels
  • study and act on League resolutions adopted at each level pertaining to this standing committee
  • consult with the chairperson of organization at the next level to establish/revise policies and procedures for the council
  • file with the recording secretary a copy of monthly and annual reports


The strength of the League is in its membership.

The chairperson shall:

  • promote the League in order to recruit new members
  • conduct membership campaigns
  • be aware that per capita fees are due and payable on January 1st of each year
  • in consultation with the council treasurer, ensure that per capita fees are remitted promptly to national office
  • identify the needs of current members and those of the women of the parish and plan programs to meet those needs
  • hold a Reception of New Members ceremony as outlined in the Handbook for Spiritual Advisors and the Ceremonies Booklet
  • file with the recording secretary a copy of the monthly and annual reports

The chairperson should:

  • use personal contact for enlisting new members and renewing past memberships
  • consider presenting new members with a New Member Kit, which contains a list of the membership roster together with any other items decided by the council
  • make personal follow-up contact with members who have not renewed

Great League members do not just happen; they must be encouraged, trained and supported.

The chairperson shall:

  • present orientation and League development programs
  • promote and encourage attendance of members at League functions, development days, workshops, training days and conventions
  • promote long-range planning for all standing committees
  • be aware of development fund guidelines and applications for subsidies (consult the National Manual of Policy and Procedure, Appendix 3)

The chairperson should:

  • contact her counterpart at the next level for assistance in organizing a leadership program for the council


To ensure the council operates efficiently and effectively, it is essential to have a good working knowledge of the League
The chairperson shall:

  • ensure the council has a copy of all League publications
  • be familiar with, and promote the use of, League publications including Leading the League and Handbook for Organization Chairpersons.
  • be familiar with, and promote the use of, national office inventory items


Reports are an important means of communicating with others in the parish, the community and the country at large.

The chairperson shall:

  • annually circulate the Guidelines For Written Annual Reports (see All Chairpersons Section)
  • ensure that the guidelines are followed


Councils benefit greatly from the experience and expertise of life members.

The chairperson shall:

  • be aware of any life members in the council
  • be aware of the member responsible for life members at the next level


The Canadian League magazine – a list of articles pertaining to each standing committee, as well as copies of individual articles, are available from national office.
Communiqués from national chairpersons are regularly posted on the League Web site:

The following are available from national office:

Be familiar with and promote the use of:

  • Constitution & Bylaws
  • National Manual of Policy and Procedure
  • CWL promotional leaflets and posters
  • Executive Handbook
  • The Canadian League magazine
  • Be League e-newsletter
  • Ceremonies Booklet
  • Leading the League

Source: Executive Handbook ORG-37-39

Catch the Fire!

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WELCOME to “Catch the Fire”!  This very special, one day workshop was first rolled out following the National Convention of the Catholic Women’s League of Canada in Edmonton in August, 2012, and is aimed at all women of faith, both members & (as yet) nonmembers. Its goal is to provide basic information about the League in a way that is Fun and Faith-Filled.  The eight modules of the workshop use the metaphor of “fire”, such as Light the Match (Opening Prayer), Kindling (League Resources), and Wildfire (Sharing what you’ve learned).

Putting on a workshop is easy  (see Letter to Hosting Councils below). The cost is minimal, and is usually covered by a small registration fee, though funding is also available from National (see below) eg: for travel expenses for councils located outside the city of Calgary.

Workshop feedback has been positive:

  • Modules were short and to the point.  Very well organized.  Appreciated the variety eg: songs, humor, anecdotes.” 
  • I’m enthused to go outside of my comfort zone to invite others to join the CWL”
  • “Great ideas about recruiting.  Enjoyed ideas and activities to identify strengths of our sisters..”
  • “If this is what the fall workshop is like I will return each year…”
  • “The sincere faith that shone through the sharing”; “Singing like angels”; “Seeing and feeling our common faith”.  (How were you stirred today?)
  • “I learned that is important to “Pass the Flame”.  Be true to yourself.  Be who you are meant to be.”

PLEASE NOTE:  The Lethbridge workshop scheduled for March 21 has been rebooked for October 24, and we are not booking any new workshops for spring 2020.  We pray that you all stay well, and that Our Lady of Good Counsel may guide our nation through the coming months.  In the words of our dear National president Anne Gorman "God is good, ALL the time.  Find the good, and be confident of God's presence, and that all our prayers are answered."  - Denise & Gloria

Book your workshop for the fall: With advance notice we can be available most Saturdays and can do up to 2 workshops per month (preferably not on consecutive weekends) not including long weekends, holidays, and dates that conflict with diocesan events such as the fall workshop or Advent retreat. Contact us about hosting on one of the following weekends:


OCT 3,  31

NOV 7, 14, 21

DEC 5, 12

We Look forward to hearing from you!


  • October 24 - St. Martha's, Lethbridge - Contact Adele @  for more information.

ALL women, including non-members and those from other parishes, are invited to attend.

Having members from several councils attending a workshop always adds so much to the learning & fun, and it’s a great way for new councils to see what it might be like to bring a workshop to their own council. Gloria & Denise have a few things up their sleeves to try, so even if women have attended a workshop in the past, hopefully they will find something new…  

~ Gloria Lundberg & Denise Coutts (facilitators)

NATIONAL RESOURCES, including information on the National Development Fund, is available on the national website.  Click on “Resources”, then “Forms”. Make sure to review the guidelines before downloading the Application for Subsidy from the National Development Fund. Please contact our Diocesan CWL Treasurer if you wish assistance to apply for those funds.

SHREDDED BEEF ON A BUN – this delicious meal was served for lunch at the Catch the Fire Workshop in Lethbridge in October 2013.  Many thanks Mariane & Kathy for sharing the recipe.

Enhaced, Empowered, and Energized by the Fire of the Spirit.
The S’mores modules were developed after the “Catch the Fire” workshops left members yearning for “s’more”; each module is approximately one hour long, and can be presented either individually at a regular council or regional meeting, or all together as a full day workshop.  The entire workshop package is available on the National website, with descriptions of the various modules on pages 3 & 4; changes to reflect the  strategic planning developments (eg, as presented at the recent 2019 National Convention) will be ongoing. Contact your CTF faciliators for more information, or to book a presentation.



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