This is my first message to you since being elected president of the central Council. For those of you who do not know me, let me introduce myself. I have been a member of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul since 1988 in the conference of Saint Margaret parish, 1395 Hertel, North Buffalo. I’ve also been a member of the Timon conference for about five years and am currently the treasurer of that conference. I have served on the program review committee of the Central Council for at least two years now.
I have some mighty big shoes to fill succeeding, first, Jim Byron, and also Mike Flynn. I am grateful to both gentlemen for generously offering their time and support as I learn how to do this job. I am also grateful to my friend Al Brownsey of the Infant of Prague conference for his nomination and to my friend Margaret Horey for her support, encouragement, and prayers.
There are many projects on the agenda for the Central Council in this year:
We will look to create a program to serve the needs of youth 8 to 13 to replace our summer camp program. Research is already underway with the assistance of Dr. Anthony Scime of SUNY Brockport who will be analyzing the needs assessments of the Buffalo Public Schools Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Survey, the Oshei Foundation’s Mobile Safety Net Team East side neighborhood report, and the Community Foundation of Greater Buffalo research for the Say Yes program. Once we determine what the greatest needs for youth are, we will survey what programs have been funded by state and federal governments. The funding agencies have rated these programs on their effectiveness.
We have to make a determination about the camp property in Angola. We are currently researching possible reuse as a retreat facility. Despite the rumors, no decision has been made to date.
We are looking at upgrades to both the Main St., Buffalo and Pine St., Niagara Falls discount stores.
Feel free to contact me with questions or concerns. I will have regular hours at the Main Street office on Wednesdays from nine to noon. Otherwise, you can reach me by email at email@example.com. I hope to meet as many members as possible in the years ahead and I look forward to working with all of you to fulfill the mission of our Society.
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