I kept a copy of the February 5 Tennessee Register and unearthed it from my desk the other day thinking, “Why did I hang onto this?” And then I saw a quote I’d circled in an article that caught my attention months ago. It said Bishop Spalding wants the Diocese of Nashville to bring more people to Christ, filling all the churches to overflowing, saying “My vision is to fill all the spaces in all the places!” He goes on to say, “When we accept God’s plan for our lives, we take on the mission of bringing others to Christ.”
I have a vision for the NCBWL — and it is to bring more working, unemployed and retired Catholic women into our organization, filling the room to capacity at our monthly meetings.
To do this, your Board of Directors is going to do some soul searching during our tenure as leaders. We will begin with strategic planning discussions to better define who we are as an organization and ways we can grow.
We will be taking risks and doing some things differently — like mixing up where and when we meet. Our May and June meetings, for instance, will be at Coco’s Italian Market. This business is owned by a wonderful Catholic family, is located a block from St. Ann’s Church, has free parking, and serves delicious Italian food within our new budget of $25 per person.
Another initiative is to feature Catholic women as our monthly speakers, coming from all walks of life to share their career and life experiences. All presenters are being asked to inform, inspire or entertain us — so we come out learning something after each meeting.
I felt the Holy Spirit at work when I accepted the call to be the League’s president. It is why I feel so strongly about finding new ways to bring more women into our organization — to connect and support each other.
“For lack of guidance a nation falls, but victory is won through many advisers.” (Proverbs 11:14)