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Maple Leaf Service Pins

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There has been much discussion about the criteria for the Maple Leaf Service Pins. Below is an article that Carol Schlachter wrote on the subject when she was President of the Calgary Diocesan CWL Council. We hope you find it helpful:

There have been many questions with regard to the Maple Leaf Service Pin and I feel there needs to be some clarification.

The National CWL Policy & Procedure Manual states:

The maple leaf service pin was introduced in 1971 for members who have served the League in an exceptional or meritorious manner. This pin must be ordered by a council as a presentation item. It is the responsibility of the council to determine criteria for the awarding of the pin. Suggested criteria:

  • be an active members for a minimum length of service of 7 to 10 years
  • have performed specific outstanding League service on a one-time basis or over several years

That’s it! Apparently some years ago, national discussed the possibility of a more complete criteria but it was impossible for them to create anything additional to the above.

Number 1 – Each member and each council is unique. So the specific criteria decision remains with the council itself. What is it that your whole group (your membership, not just your executive) see as being exceptional or meritorious? A brainstorming session and a written policy regarding the Maple Leaf Service Pin for your individual council would be very advantageous now and in the future for new members and officers.

From experience we have realized that a member or a group of members in a council see a specific member as a deserving recipient of the special award. Either a member or a group of members nominate their choice. There should be a letter of nomination written up with all of the reasons the nominee should be considered for the Maple Leaf Service pin. This letter should be signed by those who are making the nomination. The nomination letter then is given to the president or organization chair who is obligated to bring it to the “entire” council. A vote is taken and majority rules should the nominee receive the award. Sometimes we are required to do this in a secret fashion to keep a surprise for the recipient.

Keep in mind that there is a form online from national that must be filled in to order the Maple Leaf Service pin. This form must be sent to the ordering clerk at the national office. The form was merely created to prove that a council is ordering the award for a deserving member.

It must be understood that the Maple Leaf Service pin although in the catalogue, is not an item that can be purchased for oneself.

Hopefully this clears up some of the questions or misunderstandings.

Carol Schlachter

Organization memo Fall 2018

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I love coffee! So, brew a cup (or tea if you prefer) and have a read on some aspects of the position I would like to share with you. Think about adding new twists and fun to any of my ideas and suggestions when promoting them.

I look back at my 30 plus years as a member and wonder how the time has passed so quickly. I am thrilled and privileged to be the national president-elect and encourage members to continue to pursue activities in the League. It too could happen to you! See where the Lord takes you in years to come. Be open to His calling! Organization chairpersons are needed during this especially exciting, though not totally free from trepidation, time for the League. In the future, you will be able to say, “I was there when the League had the foresight to see the need for change and embraced it with faith, knowing that it would make a positive difference!” You will have been part of the impact on continuing the growth and vital presence of the League in a world looking so different to what it did upon first joining.

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Organization Fall Workshop

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Calgary Diocesan CWL Fall Meeting/Workshop
Saturday, September 22, 2018
St. George's, Hanna, AB

Faith – Service – Social Justice

Organization/President-Elect Report


“What You Are is God’s Gift to You –
What You Become is Your Gift to God”

Hans Urs von Baltha

Dear Sisters of the League,

This report will hopefully assist you in reaching your goals as Organization chair for your council.

Recruit & Retain Members:  Many of us have heard Judy Look's presentation on "Three Cups of Tea", which is based on relationships.  I can't stress enough how we need to build relationships as League sisters.  Approach women in your parish personally, (age 16 and over), and invite them in.  Your 1st cup of tea will be an invitation to meet for coffee for the first visit and perhaps not even talk about the CWL.  Follow up with a phone call or a personal invite to attend a CWL meeting or special event.  This will be your 2nd cup of tea.  Keep in touch and mentor her as she becomes familiar with the CWL and makes new friends, builds new relationships.  She will then realize that she wants to join the CWL, and become a part of the sisterhood.  This is the 3rd cup of tea.     But, it's also important that we keep in touch with every single one of our members.  If members don't have email, be sure to have a phoning committee or a visitation committee to reach out to our sisters.  Members need to feel welcome, cared for, and feel that they are still a part of the sistershood and the council.

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Organization Memo 2017

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2017 Organization memo from Anne-Marie Gorman, national president-elect and chairperson of organization:

Greetings to all parish council chairpersons of organization and presidents-elect. Thank you for taking on this responsibility in preparation of becoming president. As a second year chairperson, your confidence level has increased after having digested the literature and responsibilities of what your continuing role and your future role as president will be. For those recently elected to the position of organization, you will have two years to become knowledgeable about your role. God is good all the time. With the intervention of Mary and the calling upon of the Holy Spirit, you will be ready. Use your given gifts to support the League in your community and to promote new ways of doing things.

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ABMK Provincial CWL Organization Chair Communique 1

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Download the September 2017 Communique

“This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”

Hi! Let me introduce myself. I am Judy Look your new president-elect and chairperson of organization. My home council resides in Holy Spirit Parish Calgary where I have lived out my entire CWL life. Each new committee I served on gave me the opportunity to grow in the knowledge of CWL and self- knowledge. Each gave me the opportunity to strengthen my relationship with God as I would say, “Help me Lord. What have I done to myself?” Each time I would hear the same answer,” Don’t worry, you and I will handle it just fine. Put your trust in me and turn to my Mother and we will do great things together.”

So here we go - all of us doing great things together.

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Renew, Recruit & Retain

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Click here to download Renee Spohn's 2015 Fall Meeting presentation.

Renew Recruit and Retain – Calgary Diocesan CWL Fall Meeting September 2015 – Renee Spohn
Succession Planning – Respect and Empowerment for all Generations – Mentorship and Working Together on our Journey – Membership it is not about Numbers it is about People – One Person at a time – One Great Leader or a Great Follower – Wanting to Serve.
We can achieve our succession plan by remembering:

  • Renew: On our Journey - This is the Perfect Day to Serve – Let us be Glad and Rejoice in it
  • Recruit: You are the Perfect Age to Serve
  • Retain: You will Plant the Seed then it is God’s Way

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