President's Message MAY 2022
NCBWL President 2021-23
"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you." (Matthew 28:19-20)
I hope all of you had a fantastic Easter. This was my second year attending a sunrise service outdoors, and I loved seeing God’s spectacular show of nature on full display. It reminds me of the statement Jesus gave His followers before ascending into heaven: to “make disciples of all nations.”
With these instructions, we’re called to live every day with intentionality, looking for opportunities to share the Gospel.
It’s our job to show people what it means to know God and to make Him known.
A woman who is doing just that is Margie Druffel, our featured speaker this month. Through her actions, she is demonstrating how to follow God’s commandments.
I encourage you to join me in hearing about her life at our May meeting…what it’s like to raise a child with special needs, what shaped her professional life, and how she came to lead Ladies of Charity.
"Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due when it is in your power to act." (Proverbs 3:27)
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!