by Nate Lamusga, Member Engagement
March 29, 2021
We at Catholic United Financial, like many businesses and individuals, are beginning to see a glimmer of hope as the doors of society crack open and let in the sun this spring. COVID-19 vaccination rates are rising daily as infections plummet. So, it is with great excitement and qualified hope that we announce our plan for the 2021 Triennial Business Meeting and Leadership Conference.
This is no simple morning meeting, but a reimagining of the social, leadership and governance conventions of eras past. We invite all members AND all Catholics with an interest in growing their parish or volunteer service corps to consider attending. Our first-ever Triennial Conference will be the 136th convening of delegates from the Councils and Volunteer Teams of the Association. Our last meeting took place in August, 2018.
As currently set forth – barring a resurgence in the coronavirus or other government-mandated social distancing – the weekend will begin on Friday, August 6 with a hosted social hour, Mass, and a catered dinner. Saturday morning, August 7, the business sessions regarding the Association’s governance will be conducted.
Saturday afternoon is where the real fun begins. We have contracted with keynote speakers and thought leaders to kick off the Catholic United Leadership Conference. Mini-workshops and discussion on parish preservation, volunteer leadership, multigenerational service and more will run throughout the day and into Sunday. Dinner and bowling and other social events will conclude Saturday night, before the symposium concludes with more breakouts and prize drawings on Sunday, August 8.
It is a completely new format, and we have high hopes to have our best attendance in years. PVTs and Councils will still need to elect delegates, but members and non-members are highly encouraged to attend and participate if space allows. Attendees will overnight at the friendly and air-conditioned dorm rooms at the University of St. Thomas in Saint Paul, MN, where the entire event will take place.
Look for more information in the coming months, but feel free to contact Member Engagement at email@example.com to reserve your spot early or have any questions that can be answered addressed.
We truly hope to see you there!
As a member-owned, not for profit company, Catholic United Financial is governed by you, the member, through our Giving Network of local Parish Volunteer Teams and Councils across the Upper Midwest. Every three years, elected delegates from those bodies gather at our Triennial Conference to conduct company business, vote on policies set in our constitution, and elect candidates for leadership positions on our Board of Directors.
Member involvement is key in helping Catholic United Financial live out our mission and vision, as is the involvement of our many volunteers and Catholic leaders who connect with us to perform joyful service for those who live in and around our Catholic communities. To encourage equip all of us in that mission, we have added a leadership symposium. It’s going to be a ministry-expanding and encouraging event for all involved.