Communique #3 – Past President

January 12, 2022

National Past President and Chairperson of Laws Anne-Marie Gorman, January 12, 2022.

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Happy New Year! We have faith that the good Lord will lead us into and through 2022, as is His plan.

By way of review, the instructed voting package initially forwarded to all parish councils in December 2020, with a submission date of March 2021, was subsequently extended due to the inability for councils to meet brought about by the public health restrictions throughout Canada. As a result, the deadline for submission is now March 28, 2022.

As parish councils continue to have difficulty meeting in person as instructed by the original memo, I encourage you to assist your diocesan/parish counterparts in whatever way you may be able to ensure the instructed vote is taken. The further communique of October 26, 2021, gave more information on how parish councils may, with new information, rescind a vote already submitted.

Now that the deadline of March 28, 2022, is nearing, it is extremely important that parish councils have made some type of arrangement to ensure the instructed vote has been taken (on the motion to increase per capita fees; and the proposed amendments to the Constitution & Bylaws, with a quorum of membership). A quorum equals 10% of the voting members. A majority of members present must vote “yes” to the motion to increase per capita fees in order for the motion to be adopted. For the proposed amendments, two-thirds of members present must vote “yes” for each respective proposed amendment in order to be adopted. For example, if there are 50 members of a council, five members would constitute a quorum. Then of those five members present, three members voting “yes” for the motion to increase per capita fees would mean the motion is adopted. For one of the proposed amendments, two-thirds of the five members present would mean four would have to vote “yes” for said proposed amendment to be adopted.

Councils will do the very best they can to ensure they have exercised their membership rights and duty to be part of the process to move the League forward.

May the guidance of the Holy Spirit and the intercession of Our Lady of Good Counsel keep us grounded in faith as we continue to demonstrate we are Catholic and Living It!

God bless and stay safe,

Anne-M Gorman
National Past President and Chairperson of Laws