President's Message Archive
NCBWL President 2021-23
Jesus said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35). The words of Jesus are spot-on. When you give, it has a boomerang effect. Happiness happens when we give it away. That’s such great news, especially with our annual fundraiser soon upon us.
Opportunities abound to give your time, talent and treasure to our Pearls of Wisdom event on September 11, which funds scholarships for girls at the three local Catholic high schools. We need volunteers, sponsors, table hosts, and donations; see this for more details.
I’ve contacted 15 businesses to solicit donations and encourage you to ask your preferred vendors to support us as well. Think of your hairdresser, aesthetician, dermatologist, manicurist, dry cleaner, dog groomer...all of those personal services that we tend to use on a regular basis. Donating to our cause will raise their visibility!
In the end, each of us should give what we have decided in our heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, because we know God loves a cheerful giver.
“Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.”
-2 Corinthians 9:6
NCBWL President 2021-23
Lynne Warne: June 2021
WOW! Our May meeting at Coco’s was a confidence-builder for me as your new leader. The room was *packed and full of energy. I thought it was a fun evening that nourished my soul (the $5 glass of wine was an unexpected bonus!).
But what do YOU think about the meeting? If you attended, you received an email survey asking five short questions. It takes less than a minute to complete and is anonymous. We will email this same survey after every NCBWL event as a feedback mechanism so that we can continuously improve — because that’s what healthy, vibrant organizations do!
Another thing successful organizations do is create a culture of service. As members of the NCBWL, we have many upcoming opportunities to serve! Planning for our annual Pearls of Wisdom scholarship fundraiser is underway, and I encourage all members to get involved. It’s a great way to connect with others while supporting Catholic education.
Have you given much thought to your calling in life? Your abilities match your calling. Some people think a calling is just for priests, nuns or missionaries. But every person is called by God. First, we’re called to salvation. And then we’re called to service.
“May he equip you with all you need for doing his will. May he produce in you, through the power of Jesus Christ, every good thing that is pleasing to him.” - Hebrews 13:21
NCBWL President 2021-23
*P.S. A gentle reminder: Per CDC guidelines, fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask; unvaccinated people should continue wearing masks in public.
Lynne Warne: May 2021
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)
Lynne Warne: April 2021
It is an honor to be serving as the League’s new president! I am humbled to follow in Teri Gordon’s footsteps, who graciously led our organization through this difficult pandemic period. Thank you, Teri, for your steadfast leadership — and thank YOU, our members, for sticking with us through thick and thin. I look forward to visiting with you at upcoming meetings to learn more about ways the NCBWL can both grow and serve the women throughout the diocese. Know that I welcome unsolicited advice and comments, so please don’t hesitate reaching out to me.
The League’s new Board of Directors will hold its first meeting in early May. You’ll be able to view the minutes from our Board and membership meetings on the NCBWL website going forward. Each newsletter will include a link to the most recent minutes as well. This is being done to eliminate paper handouts at our meetings.
The timing of the League’s change in leadership isn’t lost on me. It coincides with Easter and spring, which are synonymous in some ways. It's a time of newness, freshness, and beauty rising out of the dormant earth.
The Resurrection story of Jesus Christ, similarly, is a time of rejoicing for us Christians, with hope arising from death. A new beginning.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)
as published on the March Newsletter
Mercy, Grace, Redemption and Salvation
Well, we are fully immersed in Lent by now. Last month, I wrote on the traditional three words of Lent – prayer, almsgiving, and sacrifice. While those are our themes for Lent recently, I heard four words to describe Lent – Mercy, Grace, Redemption and Salvation. Maybe Prayer, Almsgiving and Sacrifice are the work we as God’s people need to do to reap what God wants to give us – Mercy, Grace, Redemption and Salvation.