Welcome to our Winter Newsletter. I am presently at our home in Arizona, enjoying some warm weather and relaxation. Another year is almost over, they certainly tend to go faster the older I get. I look forward to the upcoming year being of service, to Spiritualism and I encourage you to bring forward to your board, your ideas, suggestions and any other issues or concerns that may be of interest to all our members. We, your board are here for you.
I want to take this opportunity to thank all who sent in proxies and those who attended our AGM in October; we value and appreciate your support, and continued feedback. The workshops were educational and well attended. Special thanks to St. Brigid’s Spiritualist Church in Edmonton, for hosting us and for all their help along with Rev. Sandra Waytowich, in making the AGM a success. It was a pleasure to meet Rev. Richard Lanigan, his board, church members, and everyone who attended the workshops and education classes. The grand finale Saturday evening was a sold-out Mediumship Demonstration providing exciting examples of proof of Spirit; a great testament to mediumship, Spirit, and St. Brigid’s for their work in this area of Spiritualism. As we know it takes a lot of time and effort to organize an event such as this and we thank everyone involved.
Best wishes to Rev. Patti Tomczyk, who has moved on from our board, but is still contributing to Spiritualism in other ways. I would like to welcome our two new board members: Bobbi Pineau of Calgary and Rev. Marilyn Mazzotta of Mississauga.
Rev. Angie Morra is our new Vice-President and has also taken on the position of chair for Policies & Procedures. Rev. Mary Schamehorn and Nadine Miller remain in their positions; Mary, as our Secretary, and Nadine as our Treasurer. Both are very knowledgeable and experienced in these positions, working tirelessly to ensure all books, records and SCC obligations to government offices are complete and up to date.
Rev. Brenda Philp has agreed to remain as Education Chair. I know with Brenda’s vast knowledge of Spiritualism, she will continue to be an asset in this role and to our students. Stevie Martin is our newsletter editor, with Rev. William Pelech as co-editor in the west. Stay tuned for some interesting and exciting topics in upcoming issues of the newsletter. Please send in articles, poems, etc. to either Stevie or William, they would be appreciated. Phyllis McGrath-Cadorin has agreed to continue working on the Education Committee. Phyllis has offered her home for the board to conduct their meetings, she is a very gracious host and we thank her. Rev. William Pelech is remaining as our Western Liaison; William not only brings forth the western viewpoints at our meetings, he raises some interesting items for discussion. Thanks William for this.
Bobbi Pineau has agreed to chair the website and Rev. Marilyn Mazzotta & I will be heading Fundraising. As you can see, we have a very talented and strong board who will work diligently in achieving our goals and strategies for the upcoming year.
As this is the season for families to come together and enjoy each other, we at the SCC wish you the gifts of Love, Happiness, and above all, the Gift of Peace.
Rev. Brenda Ropp President Spiritualist Church of Canada
Dance as though no one is watching you. Love as though you have never been hurt before. Sing as though no one can hear you. Live as though heaven is on earth. – Souza
Don't aim for success if you want it; just do what you love and believe in, and it will come naturally. - David Frost