Communique #6 – Laws
National Past President and Chairperson of Laws Margaret Ann Jacobs, March 31, 2020.
Greetings my friends,
These are unprecedented times! With the onset of COVID-19, a lot has changed, including the League.
“The role of the past president is consultative and advisory. Others will draw on her experience when trying to make the best decisions for the council” (Executive Handbook, PAST PRES-23).
League councils are facing tough decisions, making your voice of experience, advice and support of your president right now, more important than ever before.
If this is your first year as past president, your role may be more to listen, encourage and corroborate decisions as the council adjusts its goals and plans that have been established.
If in the precarious position of an election year, the president and executive will be continuing in office until the state of emergency has been lifted and steps undertaken for diocesan and provincial annual general meetings.
As outgoing past president, your consultation and advice may require reinforcing, bolstering and sustaining the president and executive. This executive would have been re-evaluating long-term goals and concluding its initiatives. Reach out in moral support of the president, who is likely carrying a heavy burden of responsibility as she juggles the continued duties, end-of-term programs and revamping plans for transition.
Since archives and history is a considerable responsibility for past presidents, I encourage using these quiet days to update files—particularly history files. Plans for the national archive committee to meet in Winnipeg, Manitoba have been cancelled until further notice. There is still much to do to update the League’s history.
The upcoming issue of The Canadian League magazine will have a history supplement intended for the celebration of the 100th anniversary. Use it as encouragement to update your council’s history files.
In this time of fear and uncertainty, chairpersons are encouraged to find ways to stay positive. As I walked yesterday morning, I took delight in the huge chalk message on the sidewalk, “YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL! YOU ARE SMART! STAY SAFE!” As carriers of wisdom and mentors extraordinaire, be present to your League sisters, be positive advisors and consultants.
“Never let anything so fill you with pain and sorrow, so as to make you forget the joy of Christ risen” (St. Teresa of Calcutta).
Easter blessings of the risen Lord,
Margaret Ann Jacobs
National Past President and Chairperson of Laws