President's Message September 2022
NCBWL President 2021-23
"Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”
(2 Corinthians 9:7)
One of the daily devotions I subscribe to is Rick Warren, the man who founded Saddleback Church in California. He often talks about money, in that it’s not really yours. Everything we have is a gift from God. He says when it comes to giving, God is much more interested in what’s in your heart than what’s in your wallet. What God really wants is your willingness—not your wealth.
As we head into September, I pray we have a successful Pearls of Wisdom event — one that is fun and fulfills our goal of raising $60,000 (net) for the Aurelia Varallo Memorial Scholarship Fund.
It takes a village to accomplish such lofty goals, but I’m confident this organization of devoted women will come through. We have such generous members who see the value of supporting young women who benefit from a Catholic Education.
Please join me on September 10 at the Catholic Pastoral Center for our Evening for Education. And remember that when you give voluntarily and cheerfully of your time and treasures, then you know that's a gift God will bless.
"Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward them for what they have done." (Proverbs 19:17)
Meeting and Payment Changes
At the last NCBWL Board of Directors meeting, we voted to discontinue the “free” and “pay-at-the-door” options for our membership meetings when meals are served. And here’s why…
For each meeting, we sign a binding contract with our catering contact for meals based on the RSVP total. There are several people each month who RSVP, say they’ll pay at the door, and then are no-shows. That means we are paying $50-100 to cover their meals – an expense we can’t afford. Deb Fay, our vigilant treasurer, has followed up with these folks after each meeting, trying to collect payment. Sometimes she’s successful; other times not.
I don’t think we should be in the collections business! Nor do I like how confusing it’s been for people who chose the “meeting only” (free) option for attending our meetings. The catering staff doesn’t know who’s who, and so more often than not, a non-paying member or guest has been the recipient of a free meal. This is yet another thing we can’t afford as a non-profit organization!
The Board talked about segregating the “free” attendees at our meetings (to alleviate serving confusion), but in the end, decided that’s not the way we want the NCBWL to operate. For 70+ years, we’ve enjoyed coming together to share a meal as a way to foster fellowship.
We use PayPal for our online payments, and while this does mean processing fees, it’s a small price to pay to guarantee an accurate RSVP number for our caterers. When pre-paid people cancel, we ask that they donate the $25 meeting fee to our organization. Processing refunds is yet another practice we need to avoid as a non-profit. We simply don’t have the manpower or funds to support this practice.
For guests, we will now limit their meetings to two before requiring that they become full-fledge members. Our annual dues are needed to cover administrative fees, from our website to mailings and more.
We will continue offering some free meetings whenever possible – to encourage prospects to check us out! An example of this is our annual Christmas party. Invite a friend to join us on December 15!