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Tuesday, 17 January 2012 20:37

News from Pat Bader

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The start of the new year is a good time to make plans. I hope you are planning Affiliate chapter meetings for the coming months. Each chapter does it differently. The Seattle chapter, for example, sets aside the second Saturday of each month, September through May, for their meetings. Then as the year goes on, a speaker or topic is chosen for each meeting. In this way, a consistent schedule is maintained for the year. The Affiliates know the dates of the meetings even though all the details of each meeting may not be fully planned months ahead. Sharing your activities to your chapter webpage or submitting to the Affiliate website gives other Affiliates and chapters ideas for their chapter activities. The Affiliates website (www.maryknollaffiliates.org) gives news about current chapters and also new chapters being formed.

The Affiliates Newsletter, Not so Far Afield (NSFA), is aligning its bi-monthly themes with the Maryknoll Magazine. For example the theme for the March/April issue is the Maryknoll Brotherhood. Affiliates are encouraged to submit articles or short comments to Fred Goddard by early February. The Affiliates website gives the list of themes for 2012 NSFAs. Your Affiliates are also encouraged to submit other articles on their mission work, current issues, etc

The Portland Chapter is sponsoring its Search for Peace Art Festival and Poster Contest with cash prizes during February. See www.searchforpeaceart.org for more information.

Save the dates for The Western Regional Affiliates Conference August 31 – September 2 in Las Vegas (September 3 is Labor Day). Stay tuned for more information.

This United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has designated this week " National Migration Week' to discuss this social justice and moral issue. Their website has materials on this subject (www.usccb.org). The Seattle Affiliates chapter discussed this issue at their meeting today.

I am planning to call you in the next few days to chat with you about your chapter.


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