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Wednesday, 08 February 2012 00:00

Touching Base with California Chapters

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Although we are already 37 days into 2012 and the Year of the Dragon has begun, it is never too late to make plans. I hope you are planning Affiliate chapter meetings for the coming months. Each chapter does it differently. The Greater Los Angeles chapter, for example, sets aside the first Saturday of each month for their meetings. 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 on your chapter webpage or submitting to the Affiliate website gives other Affiliates and chapters ideas for their chapter activities. The Affiliates website 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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 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.

On Saturday, March 24, the Los Angeles Chapter will be meeting at the Religious Education Congress in Anaheim. Those attending the Congress are asked to meet at 12 noon at the Maryknoll booth. Bring your brown bag lunch.

Joe will be attending the combined Maryknoll Affiliate Board and Regional Coordinators meeting April 12 through 15 at Maryknoll. Among the agenda items will be the Experimental Model Evaluation Committee's recommendations to the Board, as well as a progress report on the recruitment of a new Executive Coordinator to replace Fred Goddard.

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.

Because of a busy family related schedule, Peggy and I will not be making our trip this Spring to visit your Chapters. So, please send me your news, questions, concerns, ideas that you would like to share. I will also be contacting each of you before my trip to the April Board meeting to get your up to date reports.

Paz, Joe and Peggy

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