The beginning of October saw the council busy delivering Meals on Wheels for the four Fridays of the month. A total of 64 members and friends delivered the meals throughout the city. On October 15, Carol MacKenzie-Gruber, Diocesan Recording Secretary, and Life Members, Suzanne Kiazyk and Albertine Moran attended a workshop in Winnipeg facilitated by Barb Dowding, National Council Past President. The focus was to look at the League and its operations; its motto and objects, and the future of The League.

The Winnipeg Diocesan Council Fall Meeting and Workshop was held on October 28. Reports were held in the morning. Just before lunch the new executive was installed, which included Carol MacKenzie-Gruber, recording secretary for the Winnipeg Diocesan Council. In the afternoon we had guest speaker, Fr. Peter Nemcek on Vocations, and two workshops, one about the treasurer’s reports, and the other on electronic charting.

Elections were held on Tuesday, November 7, 2017. Six women were elected to the Executive. President Arlene and Life Member Suzanne Kiazyk appealed to the members to answer God’s call, and by Thursday most positions were filled. The Executive for 2018-2019 are: President: Linda Seitz; Treasurer: Helen Forsyth; Recording Secretary: Karen Simard; Corresponding Secretary: Kathy Redman; Organization Co-Chairs: Ann Kamann and Albertine Moran; Spiritual Development: Dianne Fox; Christian Family Life: Laura Bohrn; Community Life: Bernice Lewis; Education and Health: Mary Lou Simms; Legislation and Resolutions: Liz Shewchuk; Past President: Arlene Elves. Vacant positions include Communications, President Elect, and the Vice presidents.

On November 11, President Arlene and Community Life Chair Ann attended the annual Remembrance Day Service to lay a wreath on behalf of the CWL.

At the November 28 Executive meeting, the old and new executive met with the old executive handing over the books to the new executive. Below: the out-going and the in-coming executive. Installation of the new executive will be held at the Annual General Meeting on January 2, 2018.

A team of 7 members made 158 visits to the hospital and nursing homes this past year, and CWL Connect sent out 22 Thanksgiving cards, 10 Christmas cards and 11 poinsettias to cherished members. The poinsettias are purchased through Westman Hospice so it is a gift given twice. Also several members volunteered to help the Salvation Army with their kettle campaign beginning in November and running until Christmas Eve. By year’s end, Corresponding secretary, Karen sent out approximately 110 cards for various occasions.

We held our Christmas party on December 5, and about seventy people enjoyed a wonderful meal provided by Mark Hagan. We were entertained by the Brandon Ukulele Club, ably assisted on bells by our own Ann Kamann. Items collected for St. Vincent de Paul included 19 boxes of cereal, 4 boxes of pasta, 12 jars of peanut butter, 56 canned items, 7 miscellaneous food items., and 5 pairs of mitts. We collected slightly over $300.00 for Esk-Omi Missions. Thank you everyone, for your generosity.

Members donated about 20 dozen cookies to be handed out to the people who came to get hampers from St. Vincent de Paul on Wednesday, Dec. 20, as well as scarves, Christmas ornaments and toys. (See Sr. Therma above).

On Thursday, December 21, President Arlene, President incumbent Linda, Past President Carol and Treasurer Helen met for two hours to prepare the budget for the coming year.

Upcoming events:

January 2, 2018: Annual General Meeting with Installation of Executive

January 30: Executive Meeting @ Bernice Lewis’

February 6: General Meeting

February 10: 18th Annual Provincial Council Day of Celebration at St. Emile Parish

February 14: Ash Wednesday

February 16: Stations of the Cross led by CWL

February 27: Executive Meeting @ Liz Shewchuk’s

March 2: World Day of Prayer

March 27: Karen Simard’s

April 13/14: Winnipeg Diocesan Annual Convention at St. Michael’s, Gimli

August 12-15: Annual National Convention in Winnipeg, MB. Plan to attend this great event in our back yard.

We pray you and yours have had a blessed Christmas, with much to be grateful for this past year, and more to look forward to in the New Year.

May Our Lady of Good Counsel always be the guide and model for our Christian life.                           2.