There’s something special about Maryknoll Affiliates, especially at the chapter level, where I really feel accepted and safe among kindred spirits—you all. Learning about the different advocacies you are involved in is amazing, inspirational, and spiritually rejuvenating. You give me hope, especially in today’s political climate.
As your new board member, I will be replacing David Schaffner on the finance committee. His clever appeal letters and your generosity have kept the Affiliates in the black these past 5 years. Thank you, all!
David will be a hard act to follow, but I will do my best. Part of my job will be tracking expenses; the other part will be helping to raise funds for the 2017 operating budget: $22,000. So far this year, Affiliates have donated $10,428. We are a little behind last year’s giving rate, but we still have six months to go. As your new finance committee chair, I ask each of you to seriously consider making a donation to the best of your capability. I thank you for your generosity, and I look forward to our next meeting. God bless the Maryknoll Affiliates!