September 8, History, Pandemic, Paddling Pastor, Monarch Butterflies
Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, September 8th at 1:00 p.m. for mass, commemoration of tree, and meeting.
To commemorate the CWL’s 100th Anniversary and in keeping with the national theme, every diocesan council across Canada is asked to plant a tree in a place of honour to help the environment and that can be enjoyed by the community. At our June 9th CWL get-together, we all agreed to purchase a Spring Snow Flowering Crab. It was planted on June 10th, and a plaque was created by Northern Light Memorials with our logo. We will have a brief commemoration after mass, three months after it was lovingly planted into the cool soil on a cool day.
Ohe CWL Website has a wonderful History of the League Supplement. Please click on the link below. It is interesting to see all that has happened in the past 100 years.
Working Through a Global Pandemic July 2020
Jacqueline Nogier, Implementation Committee Member and Goal 3 Lead
Despite working from home, travel restrictions and business closures, the work of the League continued. All of the working groups and the implementation committee have become adept at signing into online meetings, turning on and off web cameras, and muting microphones. Sometimes there was connectivity trouble and we could not see one another as clearly as we would like, however, we made things work and are moving forward in the quest to rejuvenate the League.
There are four Goal 3 working groups, with 17 women who are hard at work and who have adapted to the changing world. Team members have accessed shared Google documents and have contributed to brainstorming using those documents. The work of bringing the strategic plan to life continues despite all roadblocks encountered. This month, two of the four groups working on Goal 3 strategies are featured.
Working Group 3A was tasked with eliminating League misconceptions. The group has created a precise and detailed action plan that (once approved by the implementation committee), will start the work of addressing misconceptions held by members and non-members alike. This group, along with others, will work towards increasing the League’s cultural and generational diversity. Working Group 3A is dreaming of sharing the exciting things the League does with everyone to dispel preconceived notions about the League.
Working Group 3C took on the challenge of creating three ready-made, adaptable toolkits for parish councils to access. The group members have taken this challenge to heart and are prime examples of members jumping in with both feet for the betterment of the membership. The group completed a streamlined process to research, create and publish three toolkits on faith, service and social justice. Working Group 3C has a vision where everyone has the necessary tools at their fingertips to create vibrant and animated parish councils.
Congratulations to Father Rene and his group of boys who completed a 70 km. canoe trip around Minaki from Sygnet Lake to Eaglenest Lake and back in four very windy days on August 10-14, 2020. Gerry and I had to bale out that first morning, as I dislocated my right hand ring finger carrying a pack on a portage and slipping in mud. Change of plans- to the Kenora Emergency I went, instead of this canoe trip. A blessing in disguise- we rented a cabin back on Sygnet Lake, owned by Americans- so empty, and had the whole resort to ourselves! Second blessing- not sure how we would have done in all that wind.....
Heh, I think that's us! But the new messaging is to learn to live in the pandemic, which includes good hand hygiene, physicial distancing, no face touching, and if unable to keep 6 feet apart wearing a mask- like at the hair salon.
A hair dressor in Beausejour brings the catterpillars inside, munching away on the milkweed, and over the next few weeks watches as they form a crystalis or cocoon and transform into a Monarch Butterfly over a few weeks. Now, it takes four generations for these tiny, delicate creatures to fly the 5,000 km migration to the mountain forests of Mexico. This is one of the world's longest insect migrations. They live 2-6 weeks, except for the last generation of the year, which can live up to 9 months. Despite COVID 19 restrictions, they will leave in March of 2021 to return to Beausejour or other southern Canada spots. (I wish that was me too, but not this winter!)
Monarch butterflies are a truly amazing creation of God.
on Thursday, August 20 at 1:51PM