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The 2019 national convention of the Catholic Women's League of Canada is being hosted by the Calgary Diocesan CWL. Plan to be a part of this exciting experience.

 August 18 - 21, 2019

Accommodations:  Hyatt Regency Hotel, Calgary

After attending the national convention in Vancouver in 2015 which was also held at the Hyatt, we have worked out an estimated budget and anticipate that we need to raise $70K to cover items such as: Mass Liturgy expenses, Hospitality, Transportation to and from the Mass Liturgies, Coffee breaks, Promotions, Special Events, Printing, Decorations and Promotion – all aimed at making this convention “affordable” for all our sisters across this wonderful country of ours. These expenses are not covered by National. All registrations monies go to National. Please support our various fundraisers:

Have you seen any of the gorgeous CWL merchandise we have for sale? We have a beautiful blue CWL Madonna Journal available as well as sophisticated CWL ribbons, water bottles, golf shirts and windbreaker jackets ready for purchase. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested in any of our products.

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 Madonna Journal $20

Water Bottle $10

CWL Ribbons $10

Golf Shirt $25

Windbreaker $40

 

Volunteers!

The Calgary 2019 National Convention Planning Committee needs your help to make this a fantastic event.

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There are 15 committees working together on this convention, and we continue to look for volunteers to assist the chairs of these committees. 

Here are the responsibilities and chairs for these committees:

ACCOMMODATIONS & RESERVATIONS
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Responsible for all accommodations, reservations and confirmations.
DECORATIONS
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Provide decorations for all meeting rooms, venues for mass, banquet and social functions as well as flowers for the church
EXHIBITS
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Responsible for inviting and managing all exhibitors at convention.
FUNDRAISING
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Responsible for fundraising to ensure that the convention budget is met.
HOSPITALITY
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Greet all attendees and provide hostesses in the convention centre during all business sessions
LITURGY
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Plan and prepare all liturgical celebrations before, during and after the convention, working closely with the convention planning committee, national chairperson of spiritual development and the national spiritual advisor
PRINTING
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Arrange for printing of the Liturgy Program and the official Convention Program booklets by working closely with all committees
PROTOCOL
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Responsible for ensuring appropriate protocol at the convention for all celebrations
PUBLIC RELATIONS & PUBLICITY
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Responsible for promoting the convention to gain maximum attendance and publicize the conventional locally. 
REGISTRATION & CREDENTIALS
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Responsible for all items that are specific to a convention attendee
SALE OF LEAGUE SUPPLIES
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Responsible for ensuring all Sale Of League supplies are shipped directly to the convention site; ensuring all unsold items are packed and verified for return shipping to national office
SECRETARIAT OFFICE
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Responsible for setting up a 'mini-office' with appropriate equipment in order to support the national executive before, during and after convention
SUPPORT
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Lend support to all other committees, where needed, throughout the convention.
TICKETS & SPECIAL EVENTS
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Responsible for Tickets and Special Events before, during and after convention.  The Closing Banquet is a responsibility of this committee
TRANSPORTATION
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Responsible for all transportation needs for the convention

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Report on the January 2017 Snowflake Gala Fundraising Dinner and Silent Auction

The air was electric on the evening of January 28, 2017 at the Croatian Cultural Center in Calgary. Two hundred and seventy three guests purchased tickets to attend this evening of enchantment. As guests arrived for the sparkling reception, every tenth person that entered received a “Surprize gift.”

As our guests moved through the welcoming area they were met by our photographer at the snowflake photo booth. Everyone was very excited to have a complementary photo taken of them at the event, all dressed up.

Each guest was breath taken when they were greeted with a glass of champagne lit up with a glowing ice cube. As they entered the great hall, world renowned harpist Gianetta Baril was eloquently playing and the silent auction items were laid out for bidding and ushers escorted guests to their tables.

Reverend Dominic Nguyen, diocesan spiritual advisor, set the mood for the evening with a beautiful grace and the four course meal and wine service started shortly after. The event featured a fully stocked open bar all night long.

Convention co-chairs Marilyn Schafer and Judy Montes welcomed all guests to the first ever Catholic Women’s League (CWL) Snowflake Gala. "All of the ladies of the CWL are like snowflakes... different yet unique in their own special way."

Danny Barth was the Master of Ceremonies for the evening. His charming personality won over the crowd and he did a fantastic job keeping the momentum of the evening going, and our guests engaged.

His Excellency Bishop Frederick Henry brought greetings to our guests and spoke of the commitment and determination he has seen from the women of the Catholic Women's League of Canada.  The entire room stood and applauded as His Excellency made his way back to his seat. It was a special moment.

The Calgary based travelling choir One Accord performed and entertained our audience with five fantastic songs during dinner.

CWL National President Margaret Ann Jacobs brought greetings on behalf of our National office, and spoke of Calgary hospitality and how wonderful it is. Sharon Malec, Diocesan President, also spoke reminding us of the incredible work that we do as members of the CWL, through the different themes that have been used over the years.

Several door prizes were handed out to lucky ticket holders throughout the evening, while the wine continued to flow. After the final auction closed at 10:15PM, the dance started and the dance floor was packed.  The late night snack was set out at 11:30 PM and all too soon the enchantment and fun came to an end. Guests packed up their items from the auction, picked up their coats and said "when you do this again next year, make sure we are invited!" A fabulous evening of enchantment and excitement was had by all.

Special thanks to all of the dedicated hard-working gala committee members and volunteers who helped make this event happen. Also a huge special thanks to the members of the Alberta business community as well as our councils who donated items to our auction.  You are appreciated.

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