President's Message Archive


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Lynne Warne
NCBWL President 2021-23


Fall is my favorite season! I love the turning of the leaves and cooler weather. It reminds me of my time growing up on a farm in rural Minnesota, where my dad was harvesting crops at this time of year.


Robert Lewis Stevenson once said, “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.”


The NCBWL planted a whole lot of seeds this year when working on the 2021 Pearls of Wisdom fundraiser. The small but mighty team of volunteers who worked on this event were like farmers who, through faith and through daily effort, prayed the harvest (of a $40,000 fundraising goal) would come to fruition.


I’m thrilled to report that we surpassed our fundraising goal! Final expenses and donations are still being tallied as I write this, but it’s safe to say we beat the previous fundraising records for this event. All proceeds benefit the scholarship fund named in memory of Aurelia Varallo Mariani, a 1951 graduate of St. Cecilia Academy and NCBWL member.


The results are remarkable, given the ongoing pandemic, but they speak to the generosity of our members, sponsors and supporters. Clearly, people in this community know the value of Catholic education and want to support young women.


Special thanks to our co-chairs, Nikki Moreland and Patricia Vance, for orchestrating a wonderful event, and to Lisa Link for spearheading the online auction. I can’t wait to see what these three have in store for us next year. They are looking at all sorts of different options to mix up the event, which I fully endorse. Similar to farmers who rotate crops each season, it’s healthy to plant seeds in different locations for a better yield.


“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9



Lynne Warne

NCBWL President 2021-23



Lynne Warne: September 2021 

Andrew Carnegie once said: “Anything in life worth having is worth working for.”


Those words ring true with the NCBWL. It’s worth the work to bring our members together each month, which happened so spectacularly in August at St. Cecilia Academy! What an impressive program. Special thanks to Sister Anne Catherine and her entire team for hosting us — as well as to our long-time member Nancy Peterson Hearn for sharing her amazing life story with us.


And it’s worth the work to put on our annual fundraiser that supports the Aurelia Varallo Mariani Memorial Scholarship! Countless hours have been logged in preparing for this upcoming event on September 11. All proceeds help fund tuition for girls at our local Catholic high schools. Join us! We are extending the deadline to purchase ticket(s) online (to September 5) through this link:


I’m excited that the new Young Catholic Professionals chapter in Nashville asked us for volunteers to mentor some of their new members. What a great way for our members to share their experiences and expertise with the next generation of leaders! Read the article in this month’s newsletter for more information, and contact Jessica Richards, CYP Director of Membership at


All work and no play is not my style, so it was a bit of music-to-my-ears when I heard from several of you that we need more casual ways to interact. We can fix that! Join me for happy hour on Wednesday, September 22 from 4-6 p.m. in the Char lounge. No RSVPs necessary; come and go as your schedule allows. Char is located on the first floor of the Vertis Green Hills building, 3988 Hillsboro Pike. There’s free parking underneath the building, accessed off Richard Jones Road. Here’s the menu:


“Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that labor in the Lord is not in vein.” - 1 Corinthians 15:58



Lynne Warne

NCBWL President 2021-23


Lynne Warne: August 2021 

Ever since joining the NCBWL four years ago, I’ve wanted our organization to meet onsite at the schools we support through our annual Pearls of Wisdom fundraiser. I think that being on campus, hearing from our scholarship recipients, and learning more about each institution will be beneficial in so many ways. First and foremost, it should reinforce why we actively promote and perpetuate Catholic education for girls.


Earlier this year I met with representatives from St. Cecilia Academy, Father Ryan High School, and John Paul II High School to begin the planning effort to make this a reality. I’m pleased to say our first onsite meeting will be on Thursday, August 19 from noon-1:30 p.m. at St. Cecilia Academy. The meeting at JPII is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, November 17 (probably a breakfast meeting). The meeting at Father Ryan is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, January 19 as a luncheon. All of these meetings will include food/beverages, speakers, and a campus tour — with a portion of the registration fee donated to each school.


Please mark these meetings on your calendar and plan on joining us!


Have you given to our Pearls of Wisdom fundraising event yet? Co-chairs Patricia Vance and Nikki Moreland would be thrilled to receive more donations. All proceeds benefit our scholarship funds. Plus, we’d like to fill Richland Country Club with attendees this year! Please purchase your ticket(s) by August 31 through this link:


“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” – Mother Teresa



Lynne Warne

NCBWL President 2021-23


 Lynne Warne: July 2021 

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



Lynne Warne

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



Lynne Warne

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 


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)



Lynne Warne



Past-President's Message

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. 


Teri Hasenour Gordon
NCBWL President 2019-2021