Greetings dear Affiliates from the members of your Board.
We would like to share with you the discernment that took place at our September 1, 2011 teleconference.
The agenda for our one-hour meeting was comprised of two very important items:
- Review and decision regarding nominations to the Board;
- Affiliate financial update.
Selection of New Members of the Board
As shared with you in our previous letter summarizing the July 2011 Board meeting, Beth Begley and Gaye Hieb will complete their terms of office following the next Board meeting at Maryknoll in October. While the gifts of these two remarkable women could never be replaced, we do need to shore up representation on the Board.
Basic qualifications for Board service include: identification with the spirit and vision of Maryknoll, being recommended for service on the Board by one's local chapter, the ability to attend Board meetings, and basic electronic communication skills. The nomination process includes submitting a general biography of the candidate and written reflection by the candidate or person/s nominating the candidate on the gifts the person has to offer and why that person would want to serve on the Board.
As evidenced by the growth of the Affiliate chapters and friends in other countries, we recognize that we have also arrived at a new era in the evolution of our Affiliate movement that cries for the inclusion at all levels of leadership of the voices of our brothers and sisters located outside the borders of the United States. And so, we also earnestly seek international representation on the Board.
Lee Fermin worked diligently to elicit nominations and the requisite written reflection from candidates and/or their chapter representatives. In the process of our review and discussion of the nominations, we were aware of the challenges to bringing on new Board members. The greatest is the competing need to direct those with leadership skills, who are willing and able to serve, toward the regional level of coordination versus board service. It is also increasingly clear that we have entered fully into the age of electronic communications that enhances our ability to communicate broadly, more efficiently and swiftly but also requires an openness and ability to keep on top of new and developing technologies in order to participate to the fullest extent required in our service role.
The consensus was to invite the following to serve on the Board:
Patricia Barneond Alvarez de Garcia-Tres – Guatemala Chapter
Kathleen Gribble – Fox Cities/NE Wisconsin Chapter
John Meyer – Phoenix, Arizona Chapter
It was agreed to invite the new members to attend the Board meeting on October 28 – 30, 2011 to be held at the Maryknoll Lay Mission headquarters at Bethany. If able to attend, they would participate in an initial orientation via conference call prior to the meeting.
To learn more about these and other members of the board, please check the Maryknoll Affiliate website, where Board biographies are posted.
Dave Schaffner reported that the June Maryknoll Affiliate Conference spending was within budget and that the overall Affiliate general ledger is in the black. As of the end of July, a total of $18,400 was raised – the highest contribution level we have ever achieved! We expressed our deep appreciation to Dave and his successful 2010 year-end appeal and also to Fred Goddard, who is ever mindful to keep operational spending at a downright frugal level. We also thank our fellow Affiliates who continue to be most generous with your precious resources – and with your donated travel, time and talent.
Fred Goddard solicited questions and invited Board member input for the 2012 Affiliate budget, which will resemble that of the 2010 non-conference year. A draft had been reviewed with the Executive Committee and Maryknoll leadership in August. Next year's budget will include increased spending for new printed materials, Fred's travel that will include attending the Guatemala regional conference, and a modest provision for the Executive Coordinator's personal/professional development. Fred has since submitted the final copy for Board approval via e-mail and the budget has now been passed on for final review by the joint Maryknoll leadership.
Our meeting ended on a logistical note in anticipation of our next meeting and continued centennial celebration with the Maryknoll Society that same weekend in a Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City.
Our prayer for blessings to each of you,
Beth Begley; Margo Cambier, MKLM; Ann Carr; Gaye Hieb; Ann Hayden, MM; Lee Fermin; Mary Massaro; Paul Masson, MM; Dave Schaffner