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Planning Strategically. . . your input “WE WANT THE LEAGUE OF THE FUTURE TO

Planning Strategically. . . your input “WE WANT THE LEAGUE OF THE FUTURE TO TRULY REFLECT THE STRENGTH AND WISDOM OF ITS FOUNDERS AND EMBRACE AND ENVISION A FUTURE WHERE OUR PURPOSE, VALUES AND MISSION ARE TIMELY AND RESPONSIVE TO THE NEEDS OF OTHERS". MARGARET ANN JACOBS 2016 Planning Strategically Presentation Spring 2018

CWL Prayer to the Holy Spirit Good and Gracious God, we give thanks for

CWL Prayer to the Holy Spirit Good and Gracious God, we give thanks for the many blessings that we receive from You through Your Divine Spirit. Open our hearts and minds as we ask for Your guidance in developing practical ways that will best reflect the Catholic Women’s League today and tomorrow. Breathe into us right judgment and courage to know and understand Your will in our endeavours. Move in us so that our work may be holy. Be with us always so that in all things, we may act under the influence of Your holy inspiration. We ask this in Your holy name. Amen.

This interactive presentation You will have an opportunity to review the strategies for each

This interactive presentation You will have an opportunity to review the strategies for each of the League’s three goals (faith, service and social justice) as well as the critical issues and their strategies. You will have time for discussion in your groups and a chance to provide feedback. We will provide you with a way that you can respond individually to our request for feedback via an on-line questionnaire.

Planning Strategically… … a process for knowledge-based decision making that aligns an organization’s activities

Planning Strategically… … a process for knowledge-based decision making that aligns an organization’s activities with its purpose, values, goals and vision of the future.

A brief history The strategic planning committee Barbara Dowding Margaret Ann Jacobs Anne Marie

A brief history The strategic planning committee Barbara Dowding Margaret Ann Jacobs Anne Marie Gorman Kim Scammell Roxanne Mc. Donald Danielle Mc. Neil Hessian Pauline Krupa Ingrid Le Fort

Core Ideology: purpose, values, mission Draft Core Purpose Uniting Catholic women to grow in

Core Ideology: purpose, values, mission Draft Core Purpose Uniting Catholic women to grow in faith and to promote social justice through service to the church, Canada and the world. Draft Core Values Faith – following Catholic teaching Social Justice – actively involved in society Service – local, national, international

Mission Statement The Catholic Women’s League of Canada calls its members to grow in

Mission Statement The Catholic Women’s League of Canada calls its members to grow in faith and to witness to the love of God through ministry and service. Envisioned Future An inclusive community of Catholic women: Growing in faith; Strengthening the church through participation; A valued partner for social justice; A respected advocate at all government levels; Connected to the world.

Committees and consultants

Committees and consultants

Goal 1: Members of The Catholic Women’s League of Canada grow in faith by

Goal 1: Members of The Catholic Women’s League of Canada grow in faith by sharing, witnessing, and developing leadership skills to create positive change.

G 1. A. Increase opportunities for spiritual development G 1. A. 1 Develop and

G 1. A. Increase opportunities for spiritual development G 1. A. 1 Develop and deliver spiritual programs at all levels G 1. A. 2 Network with other Catholic organizations to capitalize on their existing programs G 1. A. 3 Develop a protocol to periodically evaluate existing spiritual programs

G 1. B. Increase membership G 1. B. 1 Provide opportunities to increase women’s

G 1. B. Increase membership G 1. B. 1 Provide opportunities to increase women’s spirituality as a core objective G 1. B. 2 Increase awareness about the League within the church through marketing

G 1. C. Remove structural impediments to participation and action by increasing flexibility throughout

G 1. C. Remove structural impediments to participation and action by increasing flexibility throughout the organization G 1. C. 1 Reduce the number of standing committees to three to align with the core values of faith, service and social justice G 1. C. 2 Examine the current levels of the League G 1. C. 3 Streamline executive offices at all levels and create distinctive roles for each level G 1. C. 4 Expand the criteria for eligibility for office

G 1. D. Increase the capacity and efficiency of leadership G 1. D. 1

G 1. D. Increase the capacity and efficiency of leadership G 1. D. 1 Rebrand leadership development programs and develop interpersonal skills programs G 1. D. 2 Capitalize on the expertise of others, including engaging life members as mentors G 1. D. 3 Capitalize on members’ willingness to take on short-term leadership responsibilities

G 1. E. Increase the number and readiness of members to hold office G

G 1. E. Increase the number and readiness of members to hold office G 1. E. 1 Employ technology to develop training tutorials to meet the needs of our current demographic G 1. E. 2 Recruit existing parish leaders

G 1. F. Increase effectiveness of communication G 1. F. 1 Improve, streamline and

G 1. F. Increase effectiveness of communication G 1. F. 1 Improve, streamline and expedite internal and external communications

Group discussion at tables Use Handout for Goal 1 Complete as a group 10

Group discussion at tables Use Handout for Goal 1 Complete as a group 10 minutes

Goal 2: The Catholic Women’s League of Canada addresses and supports Catholic social teaching

Goal 2: The Catholic Women’s League of Canada addresses and supports Catholic social teaching through advocacy.

G 2. A. Increase members’ knowledge of Catholic social teaching G 2. A. 1

G 2. A. Increase members’ knowledge of Catholic social teaching G 2. A. 1 Identify and communicate principles of Catholic social teaching G 2. A. 2 Empower members by providing educational opportunities to learn more about Catholic social teaching

G 2. B. Increase number of members trained to lead advocacy efforts G 2.

G 2. B. Increase number of members trained to lead advocacy efforts G 2. B. 1 Develop and deliver advocacy workshops at all levels G 2. B. 2 Access experts from other organizations to train members in leading advocacy efforts

G 2. C. Increase collaboration with faith organizations and governments G 2. C. 1

G 2. C. Increase collaboration with faith organizations and governments G 2. C. 1 Identify specific faith organizations with similar purposes, core values and missions G 2. C. 2 Clarify the manner that collaboration will take place with other faith organizations G 2. C. 3 Examine and improve the process of communication and advocacy with all government levels that will allow for respectful dialogue and constructive feedback

Group discussion at tables Use Handout for Goal 2 Complete as a group 7

Group discussion at tables Use Handout for Goal 2 Complete as a group 7 minutes

Goal 3: Through outreach and service, members of The Catholic Women’s League of Canada

Goal 3: Through outreach and service, members of The Catholic Women’s League of Canada foster a culture where all life is valued with dignity and respect.

G 3. A. Increase participation of diverse cultural and generational groups G 3. A.

G 3. A. Increase participation of diverse cultural and generational groups G 3. A. 1 Address misconceptions about the League G 3. A. 2 Embrace diverse cultures and ages G 3. A. 3 Actively engage new members and members who are homebound G 3. A. 4 Focus on inter-generational skills mentorship

G 3. B. Increase awareness and opportunities for parish-based, short term outreach and service

G 3. B. Increase awareness and opportunities for parish-based, short term outreach and service projects G 3. B. 1 Create ready-made adaptable toolkits for use in parishes G 3. B. 2 Develop local partnerships G 3. B. 3 Become an action-based organization

G 3. C. Increase a sense of belonging and connectedness within the organization G

G 3. C. Increase a sense of belonging and connectedness within the organization G 3. C. 1 Validate all members G 3. C. 2 Develop tools to increase connectedness among members G 3. C. 3 Focus on the spiritual and social aspects in councils G 3. C. 4 Encourage multi- and inter-generational activity, and diversity

Group discussion at tables Use Handout for Goal 3 Complete as a group 7

Group discussion at tables Use Handout for Goal 3 Complete as a group 7 minutes

Address Critical issues: NOTE: A NUMBER OF THESE MAY HAVE BEEN COVERED UNDER THE

Address Critical issues: NOTE: A NUMBER OF THESE MAY HAVE BEEN COVERED UNDER THE PREVIOUS SLIDES

Valid options in structure and meetings Simplify procedures and reporting processes Educate members on

Valid options in structure and meetings Simplify procedures and reporting processes Educate members on the core purpose of the League Emphasize the need for education about the priorities of the League Emphasize small Christian community model of “pray, reflect, act” Enhance the role of the standing committee chairpersons from a reporting role to rotating the meeting program among them

Participation/lack of engagement/disparity in engagement/competition for time Include (leave no member behind) and affirm

Participation/lack of engagement/disparity in engagement/competition for time Include (leave no member behind) and affirm (make members feel welcomed, needed and wanted) all members Reorganize Develop education modules (faith, organization, duties) and tools that encourage action (“to do” list for all members)

Perception of the League/marketing/promotion Transform name, brand image to reflect current trends and the

Perception of the League/marketing/promotion Transform name, brand image to reflect current trends and the envisioned future Market the League as an association that showcases the strength of Catholic women grounded in faith ready and willing to act Position the League as an organization for all Catholic women that encourages and supports their role and responsibility in the church and society

Lack of training of members/resistance to taking on leadership roles Re-structure the existing standing

Lack of training of members/resistance to taking on leadership roles Re-structure the existing standing committee structure at the parish level to respect the uniqueness of councils Develop training programs to meet needs of members, using technology (You. Tube, podcasts, Ted Talks) Introduce project-based committees beginning at the parish level Evaluate and possibly re-design eligibility to run for office at higher levels

Use of technology/ communication methods and tools Create a smartphone app to promote the

Use of technology/ communication methods and tools Create a smartphone app to promote the League’s objectives to keep “users” (members and others) up to date and motivated Research software to facilitate collaboration and ease the burden amongst teams

Group discussion at tables Use Handout for Critical Issues Complete as a group 7

Group discussion at tables Use Handout for Critical Issues Complete as a group 7 minutes

Online feedback … https: //www. surveymonkey. com/r/CWLPLAN Open until July 18, 2018

Online feedback … https: //www. surveymonkey. com/r/CWLPLAN Open until July 18, 2018

Prayer to The Holy Spirit Good and Gracious God, we give thanks for the

Prayer to The Holy Spirit Good and Gracious God, we give thanks for the many blessings that we receive from You through Your Divine Spirit. Open our hearts and minds as we ask for Your guidance in developing practical ways that will best reflect the Catholic Women’s League today and tomorrow. Breathe into us right judgment and courage to know and understand Your will in our endeavours. Move in us so that our work may be holy. Be with us always so that in all things, we may act under the influence of Your holy inspiration. We ask this in Your holy name. Amen.