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   Communications Communiqué #1 - June 2019

  

  


    

      

Communications Communiqué #1

   

Marge Appell, Provincial Communications

June 2019

provCWLcommunications@gmail.com

  

  

Greetings!  I was recently appointed chairperson of Communications for the term June 2019 – June 2021, and I look forward to working with you.  As Doreen Gowans, our National Communications Chairperson, stated in her initial communique, “…communications is a two-way street…” therefore I welcome input from any/all of you as we learn and work together.

   

Briefly, the communications portfolio includes:

a) the Canadian League magazine,

b) media

i)   for evangelization,

ii)  to promote the League,

iii) evaluation and promotion of good content,

iv) newspapers and bulletins,

c) media relations, and

d) pornography.

  

The Communications section of the Executive Handbook gives a detailed explanation of each of these topics as well as actions that can be taken by a Communications chairperson to further the work of this portfolio.   As I was going through this section of the Handbook, I learned or was reminded of some interesting details.   Certainly these (and many more I didn’t list) are facts to keep in mind for use at some time during our terms of office.            

Past Communications Resolutions are posted on the National website  www.cwl.ca

Reacquaint yourselves with these and resolve to carry out the action plans.

A Personal Letter Writing Guide is available to help members formulate responses to our government

representatives on issues that concern us.   Order copies today! 

Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) Publications Service is a great resource. Contact

information is included in the Handbook, page 64.  You’ll be surprised at the wealth of information you will find.

World Communications Day is the first Sunday in June – Start making plans for 2020!

               

Hopefully, some of the above will give us food for thought and plenty to occupy our time as  chairpersons of this standing committee!

  

Have a great summer!  Enjoy the National Convention if you are able to attend, and if not, follow the proceedings on the National Website.  It won’t be the same as being there in person, but you will still get caught up in the enthusiasm of those attending, be energized by the keynote speakers, and revitalize your resolve to further the work of the League!

    

  

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Communications Communiqué #8 - Feb 2019

   

Adele Giblin, Provincial Communications

provCWLcommunications@gmail.com

  

  

National Theme: Care of the Common Home

  

National CWL President, Anne-Marie Gorman, would like us to focus on conserving water during the first year of her term. Canadians are fortunate to have water and for the most part, lots of it. If not looked after, our grandchildren and future generations may not have such a good supply.  Discuss new ideas and reminders with your council and encourage conserving water daily. One example is to turn off the tap while brushing teeth or use a cup of water for rinsing.  Think twice before starting the washing machine and either only turn it on with a full load or use the small load option.  For the spiritual side, remember water is a gift from God which needs to be used wisely.

  

Anne-Marie Gorman has suggested we do something new this year to challenge yourself and council members to grow in faith and bring about the Kingdom of God on earth. 

  

Doreen Gowans, National Communications Chair, has been a great communicator to us.  I will share some of her advice.

  

Friday April 26, 2019 CWL celebrates the Feast of our Lady of Good Counsel. The League is sponsoring a mass on Vision TV. It is being offered for CWL living and deceased members and spiritual advisors.  Think about having a mass, potluck supper or social gathering to celebrate our patroness.

  

CWL National website, cwl.ca, is updated with a new format. The search button has been reinstated.  You can access information by clicking the items at the bottom of the home page.  The website is more user friendly for iPad and handhelds. As strategic planning information gets released, it can be found at cwl.ca/implementation-of–the–strategic-plan/. If you have any suggestions for the national website, Doreen Gowans would appreciate hearing from you. 

  

Both Provincial provCWLcommunications@gmail.com and National info@cwl.ca accept submissions about your council’s activities. Please review my communiques and oral reports on cwlsk.ca / Communications to guide you as you prepare your articles for both websites.  As of October 2018, Doreen Gowans’ Memo states “Permission for persons identified in the pictures are no longer required”.

  

Please review The Canadian League magazine Feb. 5, 2019 and send feedback to info@cwl.ca to let Doreen Gowans know your suggestions of future improvements that would benefit our members.

Encourage members to consider learning more about current issues from a Catholic perspective.  Visit grandinmedia.ca.

  

The following resolutions require action. Please write letters and talk to members of parliament and legislative assembly.  On cwl.ca, review resolutions:  2004.11 Link between Violent, Graphic Imagery and Aggressive Behavior and the Mechanic of Killing and 2002.11 Responsible Internet use for children.  These could great discussions going at your meetings.

  

  

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Communications Communiqué #7 - Dec 2018

   

Adele Giblin, Provincial Communications

provCWLcommunications@gmail.com

  

I sent my provincial convention report for inclusion in The Catholic Register newspaper but I received a letter explaining how they accept articles.  I will paraphrase the reply from Mike Simpson, Managing Editor of The Catholic Register. This is how The Catholic Register works. 

    

“Thanks very much for the note.  Since the demise of The Prairie Messenger, we are hopeful we can fill some of the void for Saskatchewan.  I hope that as you read the Register over the coming months, you will see more western coverage reflected in the pages including several from the west (including Leah Perrault from the Messenger).  We are trying to cover the bases, though space in the paper is tight.  We are always interested in story ideas, whenever they come. As your CWL meetings, we don’t really have a set approach on what you’ve submitted. We don’t generally publish meeting notes, though we look for potential story ideas. I saw that Alex Schadenberg was talking about Fatal Flaws, a film we wrote about in our last issue. Catholic missions is another source of stories for our reporters, especially with some of their interesting projects up north. As for the CWL in general, we try to touch base with the leadership as they make their annual trip to Ottawa and we are currently tracking CWL annual national convention in Winnipeg. So, your notes are helpful to us for potential stores ideas and certainly encourage you to let us know what’s going on, which we generally assign to one of our reporters or freelancers if there is an interesting story tell. We also try to keep an eye on what’s going on in the archdioceses in Saskatchewan as much as I can. It is a challenge to be as comprehensive as the Messenger might have been in staying on top of local issues. Still, we are trying to do our best in that regard.  In that vein, we’ve also just started to expand our online calendar of events at catholicregister.org to encourage submissions from other parts of the country. Since space has become so tight in the paper we are moving the calendar entirely out of the paper.  I hope this conveys our continued interest in receiving info for potential stories and boosting western coverage. “    

    

The Catholic Register 1155 Yonge Street, Suite 401 Toronto, Ontario   M4T 1W2    msimpson@catholicregister.org   Phone 416 – 934 – 3410 (ext. 415)   www.catholicregister.org

    

Newspaper dated August 19 – 26 did have an article about the National Convention in Winnipeg.

    

Nov 25 article “CWL puts D & P funding on hold. “While strongly endorsing the mission and work of Development and Peace, the CWL is asking its parish councils to hold off on sending funds to the organization as Canada’s bishops continue to investigate D & P’s project partners.  Dioceses across Canada have withheld funds from the organization after suggestions that several partner agencies include abortion, contraception and gender theory.  

    

Nov 25 has article of Leah Perrault “Learning how to spend and save energy”. She mentions her new book My Heart of Flesh.  It is a physical reminder of many of the things that grief and loss have been teaching her.   It is a reminder of all the energy that is spent learning. No wonder she is tired.     

    

Newspaper dated Dec 2, Fr. Ron Rolheiser has article “We are Failing the welcoming Test.’.  Few sentences:  “How we treat the poor is how we are treating God.  Moreover Jesus tells is that, at the final judgment, we will be judged for Heaven or hell on the basis of how we treated the poor, particularly on how we treated the most vulnerable among them (“widows, orphans and strangers.) Among these are the unborn, the refugees and the immigrants. “  

  

This concludes my report.  

  

  

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Communications Communiqué #6 - Oct 2018

   

Adele Giblin, Provincial Communications

provCWLcommunications@gmail.com

  

Provincial CWL Fall Meeting Oral Report October 11 – 13, 2018

I brought this report from Fall meeting so it is more convenient for my readers. 

  

Thanks for so many communiques, reports and photos coming to me for the cwlsk.ca.   I would appreciate you reviewing my Communiques that guide you to prepare your report.

  

Announcements: Send announcements of your events well ahead of when they happen.  Our webmaster would like to increase “Announcements / Upcoming Events” sections so that it can truly become a useful tool for members wondering what is happening, where and when.       

  

CWL email address: It is strongly suggested to make a separate email address for CWL.  It really helps to keep the CWL topics together and separate from your personal emails.  I had recommended this previously but I hear from some executives that it may be a good project for this fall.

  

Diocesan pages are created:  I would ask you to check these pages for all three diocese.  It will give you examples of what has been submitted.  If your communiques and annual reports from the last year or so are not there, I ask you to send them in so we can get the site unified for each diocese.  With computers able to save all this information, we are not asking you to rewrite your reports but just share them. 

  

Financial reports: When you delete the whole table of numbers, all your inputted information will get deleted.

Paragraphs: Add space between paragraphs for easier reading.

  

Photos: Send in jpg and on their own and not in the word document.  Identification of the people in the photos makes the story more interesting. Please review my communique #2. 

  

Privacy: You can have your address, phone number, email address on your reports to your executives.  When you send them for cwlsk.ca website, this private information should be deleted before you submit it for website. 

Sentence Spaces: Our computers space the words of the sentence line so we do not need to have two spaces after a sentence. This is a practice from the typewriter days.

  

Spellcheck: We have the wonderful “Spellcheck “on our computers but you need to double check it.

Subject line:  Identify if you are “provincial or diocesan” and “communique or question or whatever is appropriate”.

  

Word document:  Send typed word document and webmaster will put it into pdf.  She may need to edit for space, etc.

  

Share this information and my communiques with all your parish and diocesan ocunterparts and I will put this information on the provincial website as well.  I agree it is a lot of information but once you get in the habit of this, it does really make sense. 

  

This concludes my report. 

  

    

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Communications Communiqué #5 - June 2018

   

Adele Giblin, Provincial Communications

provCWLcommunications@gmail.com

  

Saskatchewan Provincial Convention 2018 Communications Oral report

I have brought this report over to the communiques so it is more convenient to my readers.  

  

Communication on provincial and national websites is important for our readers.   They will see how we are living out our theme Inspired by the Spirit and Women Responding to God’s Call.   We hope we encourage new members and educate and enthuse current members.  I encourage you to check out cwl.ca for national and cwlsk.ca for diocesan and provincial news.   When submitting activities around your councils and reports, I encourage you to exclude your address, phone number and personal emails.  It is not safe to put your personal information on unprotected websites.   If you wish to contact a diocesan or provincial executive, please send it to me at provcwlcommunications@gmail.com and I will be pleased to forward your email to the appropriate executive member.  In the Subject line of the email:  Attention:  Provincial President or Diocesan Resolutions, etc.  We welcome hearing from all our councils. Please review my Communications Communiques #1 and #2 to guide you how to prepare your good news.  Watch for Communique #3 in June.  If you do not have internet access, I would encourage you to ask one of your CWL members to print out some articles from these websites so everyone in your council has access to this information.  Have a look at Saskatchewan cwl website where you will see Newfoundland’s submission about the quilts they created for our Humboldt Broncos.   See national’s “On the Spot” communication project to see Humboldt CWL’s thanks to all prayers and actions to help with the Bronco tragedy.  The point of these two examples is the news can be spread so effectively through these available sites.    

  

The Prairie Messenger newspaper has been a faithful source of Catholic and Christian encouragement for almost a century.  Unfortunately it closed its doors May 2018. I have brought a couple recent ones if you wish to browse through them. The Catholic Register serves every province and has won dozens of awards. The Prairie Messenger’s Leah Perreault has agreed to write a monthly column. Fr. Ron Rolheiser appears weekly. Mary Morrocco contributes monthly. The Catholic Register can continue provide a weekly Catholic newspaper to our homes. I received this information in the recent Prairie Messenger edition.  They offered two free copies if you were a subscriber. Introductory price to subscribe for one year which is 47 issues: Print is $35.00, Digital is $25.00 and Print and Digital is $45.00.  You are welcome to browse The Catholic Register at my table.   The company office is Toronto, Ontario.  www.catholicregister.org.  Call toll free 1 855 441 4077 ext. 404. 

  

This concludes my report.  
  

  

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Communications Communiqué #4 - July 2018

   

Adele Giblin, Provincial Communications

provCWLcommunications@gmail.com

  

Theme: Inspired by the Spirit      Women Respond to God’s Call

  

Our National Communications Chairperson Shari Guinta, is also Catholic Women’s League (CWL) National 2nd Vice President. I thank Shari for her dedicated work at National CWL. Good luck on your new endeavor as the new National CWL Executive unveils at the August 2018 National Convention in Winnipeg. 

  

I will recap her July 24/2018 Communique #8.  Her complete Communique can been seen on cwl.ca now.  She hopes the new chairpersons on Communications review past communiques to carry on with the issues regarding technology and pornography. She mentions the success and popularity of “On the Spot” about council activity on the National CWL website. She encourages us to continue submitting picture(s) with brief description to national office. Shari promotes positive aspects of the internet and variety of technology such as Facebook, twitter, email and websites. The League must evolve if it is to survive. 

  

Live streaming for annual convention in Winnipeg will be provided for the Keynote address of Archbishop Murray Chatlain (Keewatin Le-Pas) on the topic “Listen Slowly: Women Guided by the Spirit”. The telecast with be available via link on the national website on Tuesday August 14 from 12:45 to 3:15 pm in Saskatchewan. Visit cwl.ca.

  

Exciting news!  National website will be revamped just prior to the national convention. Due to popular use of hand held technology, an update will make website easier to navigate. View cwl.ca website often.   

  

To contact National CWL office, you can use toll-free phone number 888–656–4040 or email info@cwl.ca   or write to National CWL, C 702 Scotland Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3M 1X5.

  

The Prairie Messenger newspaper last edition was May 2018. We bid them fond farewell. A suggested alternative is The Catholic Register. I will provide a few titles and words of some articles in the July 22 – 29 / 2018 edition.  

  

From New Delhi. “Mass Appeal: Celebrating Eucharist in unconventional places ” … at the ballpark, at home, at prison.

  

From New Delhi: “Nuns fight back against false news”. Missionaries of Charity say order is not involved in child trafficking. 

  

From Ottawa: “Five more businesses join attestation fight”.  Federal government now faces five federal court legal challenges by private businesses against the Canada summer jobs pro-abortion attestation requirement. 

  

From Ottawa: “Ontario sex-ed curriculum back on drawing board.” The repeal of Ontario’s controversial sex education curriculum by the new government had elicited reactions ranging from jubilation to gloom among Catholic education stakeholders.

  

The Catholic Register article: “New Canadians are keeping the faith alive.” Immigrants are driving the bus for almost every faith community in Canada, but none more-so than Catholics.

  

From Ottawa: “Standing on Guard for Life”. Fr. Tony VanHee has maintained his abortion protest on parliament Hill for nearly 30 years.

  

From Edmonton:” …and re-building for the future”. Tiny parish in Alberta is filled with big hearts.  They rebuilt their church. 

  

From Fr. Ron Rolheiser: “Forgiveness is the greatest miracle”. He states nothing falls outside the scope of God’s power to forgive, to resurrect and make new, fresh, innocent and joyful again. 

  

In my June 2018 Provincial Convention Oral report, which is on this website (the cwlsk.ca website), I have the prices and details of ordering The Catholic Register magazine. To explore more from The Catholic Register Archives, go to catholicregister.org/. 

  

Please review my Communique #1 and #2 and 2018 Provincial Convention Oral report to help you to prepare and submit articles to the Diocesan or Provincial sections of this cwlsk.ca website.  It is growing and interesting.  Have a look.  

  

This concludes my report.

  

  

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Communications Communiqué #3 - June 2018

   

Adele Giblin, Provincial Communications

provCWLcommunications@gmail.com

  

  

Duties of Communications Standing committee is to communicate the Good news of the gospel by words and action.

  

I will give a quick overview to use as you plan for the fall season.

  

Please review the provincial chairperson annual reports on cwlsk.ca which may give you some ideas of what you could include in your next meetings.    The oral reports from the April diocesan and June provincial conventions are also on this website.  Provincial executive submit communiques every couple months so have a look.  National website Cwl.ca has the resolutions, prayer services, information of many topics, so sit back and read what our executives have prepared for you. 

  

Please link onto www.surveymonkey.com/r/CWLPLAN before July 18 to give your opinion to the Strategic Planning Committee.  They are asking our opinions on how National CWL can improve and strengthen CWL.  You just push the “excited”, “anxious”, etc. responses on the answer suggestions.  Click, you are done.  

  

The Canadian League Magazine: There are great reports from the National Executive.  I look forward to reading my magazine three items a year.

  

Media for Evangelization:   My Communiques #1 and #2 have detail on how to submit reports to the website.  There are many good reasons for all the information presented there. Please have a review of those and my provincial convention oral report. 

  

Media to Promote the League:  You could encourage members to monitor media content and discuss at a meeting.  It is good to hear when there is good content but make others aware if there is some content that should be monitored.   

  

Newsletters and church bulletins: Publish newsletters that have items of interest to the parish bulletin regularly.  Members like to keep informed. 

  

Media Relations:

  

We are asked to subscribe to at least one Catholic newspaper.  The Prairie Messenger has closed May 2018.  The Catholics Register newspaper can continue to provide a weekly catholic newspaper to the homes of The Messenger’s loyal readers.  If you had a Prairie Messenger subscription, you could order two free issues. To order, you can call toll free 1- 855-441-4077 Ext 404. May 20 issue, two articles discuss the documentary film A Man of His Word which shows that Pope Francis is true to the Word.   Director Wim Wenders explains Pope Francis is on the move because of a message he needs everyone to hear.  The German director worked with the Pope for two years. Wim had four long sit-down sessions with the Pope and plied him with questions.  He allowed Pope to speak directly to every viewer and listener about his concerns and all the issues that matter to him.    See the movie.  It will move you.

Pornography:

  

Issue of pornography should be a concern of all members and invite members to participate in Pornography Hurts Campaign by downloading the postcard for the national website to send to local, provincial and federal politicians. Continue writing to Prime minister, minister of justice, and local members of parliament urging them to continue to object to pornography in all its forms. For the federal politicians, we do not need to pay postage.  I watched the trailer at: over18doc.com.  The one comment from a young boy said he was playing one of his games and a pornography scene popped up. He had not been looking for it.    

  

Resources and References:

  

As mentioned above, The Canadian League, Communiques, resolutions are educational. 

The following are available from National office:

  

  • National Manual Policy and Procedure
  • Resource list
  • Constitution and bylaws
  • Personal letter writing guide
  • Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) 

Toll free:  800 – 769-1147   www.cccbpublications.ca

  • Canadians Addressing Sexual Exploitation (C.A.S.E.)  

519 – 728 - 3432   www.4case.ca

  • Current addresses for additional addresses may be obtained from national office. 

204 - 927 – 2310     www.cwl.ca      email:  info@cwl.ca   

  

All diocesan chairpersons are expected to send communiques to their parish counterparts several times a year.  Please feel free to use the information here to help you prepare those communiques.   A copy of each communique must be sent to provincial president, your provincial counterpart and a copy to myself to forward to the diocesan section of the provincial website.

  

Thanks ever so much.  Let’s keep communicating.

  

  

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Communications Communiqué #2 - November 2017

   

Adele Giblin, Provincial Communications

provCWLcommunications@gmail.com

  

Theme: Inspired by the Spirit    Women respond to God’s Call

    

The diocese now have their own pages on the Provincial website. There are already some interesting events posted, and you can see them here: <http://www.cwlsk.ca/pages/events.html>

  

We welcome more events from around the province. Let us know what is going on in your parish. You can send you communiques, events and pictures to the provincial communication chairperson at provcwlcommunication@gmail.com.

  

Submissions to the Provincial CWL website should follow these guidelines:

  

  1. Clearly identify the parish, town and diocese the submission is from.
  2. Councils may send in more than one submission. Submissions can be communiques or events.
  3. Communiques and reports should be in downloadable (clickable) pdf files. They should be sent in MSWord and we will convert them to pdf.
  4. Each event shall be limited to one topic.
  5. Items must be about CWL events. How was the League involved?
  6. Events of particular interest are those that are innovative and those that are replicable by other councils.
  7. Events and celebrations should be in doc or docx (MSWord) or txt (Text) or rtf (Rich Text Format). Format and pictures should be included separately (up to 5 pictures per event) in jpg format with full resolution (original/actual size). Do not send pictures that have been reduced for email.
  8. Identify the people in pictures, except for crowd shots. List the names, left to right, back to front.
  9. Quoting from a National CWL email:  “Any photograph taken at a public event does not require permission. Should a council wish to announce that photographs are being taken and that they may be published prior to the actual photographs being taken, this would allow anyone not wanting to be photographed the opportunity to extract themselves.”   
  10. Text with events should be short and to the point (up to 300 words), but detailed enough to cover what happened at the event. Descriptions of what is in the pictures should be included where necessary.
  11. Communiques should not have personal email, phone number or address on it.
  12. Submission texts should be page-ready as a “story” as it would be presented on the website (excluding photos which will be submitted separately).
  13. If you are including any published work, you must get copyright permission from the publisher before it can be put on the website.
  14. Newspaper articles will be eliminated unless they are clearly readable and authorization to reprint has been received.
  15. Events may be edited for such things as space requirements. Any personal items and comments will be edited out. Submissions shall be reviewed and approved by the communications chairperson prior to being posted on the website.
  16. The communications chairperson in consultation with the provincial president may decide to not publish a submission.

  

Here is the information to submit articles to the National CWL website “On the Spot”. 

  • Submissions may be emailed to communications@cwl.ca with the subject title “On the Spot” submission.
  • All submissions should be 50 words or less and include at least 2 high resolution photographs.  All articles will reviewed and edited for content and should reflect council activities that may be shared to other councils – examples: fundraisers, personal care home visits, rosary making, etc. 
  • Focus should be on the council and not on an individual.  Neither birthdays nor pin awards/ ceremonies are posted.  For ideas, please see either the national website under On the Spot tab or national Facebook page. 
  • As a rule, we try to post only one event per council per month so that all councils have an opportunity to share their events. 

  

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Communications Communiqué #1 - June 2017

 

Adele Giblin, Provincial Communications

provCWLcommunications@gmail.com

  

Theme: Inspired by the Spirit         Women Respond to God’s Call

Welcome aboard to the Communications Standing Committee.  I look forward to chatting / communicating with many of you in the next two years. 

  

The duties of this chairperson are: 

  

A. The Canadian League magazine

  

Invite members to contribute articles to the magazine, read the magazine, and encourage members to use the magazine as a resource. 

  

B. Media, including social media, for evangelization.

  

Promote the League, evaluation and promotion of good content, and newsletters and bulletins. Publicize faith-orientated programs. World Communications Day is the first Sunday in June.  

  

C. Media relations

  

Be responsible for releasing all council news stories, in consultation with the president.  Make use of local media to advertise council activities and special events. Encourage members to utilize the League’s websites for up-to-date information.  Communiques from national and provincial chairpersons are regularly posted on the websites. National website is www.cwl.ca and provincial is cwlsk.ca.  National CWL has a Facebook account.  It is a great way to communicate as news items are posted directly to the Facebook feed.  The page will include updates on League activities, photos and stories.  Please select the “like” icon on the Facebook page to follow along.  Share the updates with your friends.  Twitter account is also a great social media service in which updates are restricted to 140 characters, making it user-friendly for busy members.  Please follow @CWLNational for updates and feel free to “tweet” (and “retweet”) League news.   Members are encouraged to learn more about the use of On the Spot which was launched January 2017 at cwl.ca. It is a resource to share council news across Canada and all visitors to the national website.  It focuses on the creative and meaningful activities you make happen in your council on a regular basis.  On the Spot submissions will be posted immediately.  (I see five Saskatchewan councils and Saskatoon Diocesan council have submitted to On the Spot.  Let’s see how many more I will see next year this time.  Let’s show the country how active we are.)

  

Here are some suggestions to prepare your submission.   Some of these are from the previous Be League ideas and I think they may help you get started. 

  

  1. Each submission shall be typed and not exceed 50 words.  
  2. Each submission shall be limited to one topic and one to three photographs.   
  3. Councils may send in more than one submission.
  4. Items must be about CWL events. How was the League involved?
  5. Council title and location must be mentioned.
  6. Items should be new or innovative and able to be replicated by councils.
  7. There will be limited focus on anniversaries, service pins, members’ years of service and members’ birthdays. They may be listed.  Details will only be included if there is significant importance of the event.
  8. I quote from National CWL email response to us:  “Any photograph taken at a public event does not require permission. Should a council wish to announce that photographs are being taken and that they may be published prior to the actual photographs being taken, this would allow anyone not wanting to be photographed the opportunity to extract themselves. “   
  9. Photographs should be cropped to eliminate distracting details and provide better balance.  (Sending photos separate from written article   AND send photo with full resolution to ensure better clarity.) 
  10. Newspaper articles will be eliminated unless they are clearly readable and authorization to reprint has been received.
  11. Personal items and comments shall be excluded or edited out.
  12. Submissions shall be reviewed and approved by the communications chairperson prior to being posted on the National website.
  13. The executive director in consultation with the communications chairperson may decide to not publish a submission.

  

If you see information of Canadian interest that you feel pertains to CWL, like articles pertaining to our resolutions, send an article in.  

  

  • Encourage members to try an activity, fundraiser, prayer service, workshop, quilting bees, crafters, outreach to projects for community or other countries, etc.  I know so many quilts were created for the National lap quilt project.  Let’s see them.  Please include the members that were involved (if they allow), not just the product. Be creative. Adapt it to suit your members and submit an article to national and provincial websites.   Print a copy from the websites and take it to a council meeting.  Usually members want to see themselves and their friends online and not everyone has a computer.   
  • Phoning tree is a committee who phones members to notify them of monthly meetings and special events.  Emailing members is also a successful way of keeping them up to date.
  • Media Evaluation and Promotion of Good Content.  Encourage members to monitor media content. Your members can make their opinions known to producers, network executive, and advertisers, Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission and the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council.
  • Promote good television viewing and members should monitor children’s use of the Internet. 
  • Newsletters and Bulletins.  Publish a parish CWL council newsletter and insert items of interest in the parish bulletin regularly. Many shut-ins appreciate delivery of newsletters. 
  • Media Relations. The chairperson should be aware the council president is the official spokesman.  Introduce the president to the media in her area.  Attend workshops / seminars on media relations.  Ensure the information received from all other levels is shared with members. Subscribe to at least one Catholic Newspaper.  The Prairie Messenger last edition is May 2018. 
  • Tips of Media Interviews.  The chairperson should discuss questions to be asked before the interview begins.  Remain focused on the objective of the interview.  Recognize that what is said could be quoted, so words should be chosen carefully. Prepare short clips of words and phrases.  Ask that unclear questions be repeated.  Refrain from personal comments and speaking off the record.  Treat all journalists with respect.  Observe media deadlines.  Have back-up material available for quick reference. Use plain language.  Remember, you are speaking for all Canadian CWL members, not your personal views. 

  

D. Pornography. 

The chairperson should be aware of the negative influence pornography has on children and adults.  Support national campaigns such as Pornography Hurts. You can obtain these postcards from national CWL office under “Resources-Forms”, write a short note in them and send them to minister of justice, and attorney general of Canada, another member of parliament and / or the prime minister.  Postage if free if sending to House of Commons.   Write individually to the government, send an email or call the government directly to let them know how you feel about pornography. One letter to government is equal to 100 voters. Let us keep the fight going by taking action now.   

  

Please send your articles for the provincial website which has the Diocesan tabs to myself.  Let’s show the country all of your good works.

  

Advice from our webmaster to have better success of good quality pictures and articles for the website.

  • Jpeg or jpg are the best for pictures. Also good are png or bmp, tif or gif.   Pretty much any PICTURE format.  Be sure that it is fairly large size (at least 1.5 “x 1.5” or larger) and a clear picture. She can crop where necessary.
  • Do not send pictures inside a document (like Word or pdf or html).
  • Send any text as MS Word, MS Wordpad, Notepad, plain text, or inside an email.  Do NOT send PDF format unless it is for download only and not to be displayed on the web page. 

  

Prince Albert, Regina and Saskatoon diocesan councils will have their separate tab on the Provincial website.

  

Use suggestions from C. Media Relations above to help compose your article to the websites.

  

Let me know if I can help.   I am learning too but will do my best to find the right answer.

  

Thanks. 

  

Well, I think if you can do some of these suggestions, you will be Inspired by the Spirit and be Women responding to God’s Call.    

  

Adele    

provCWLcommunications@gmail.com

  

 

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