2017 National Assembly - St. Vincent de Paul (Tampa)

Tampa, Florida
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

 


Morning Prayer & Rosary  
Add to calendar8/30/2017 7:00 AM - 7:30 AM (Eastern Time)
Location: Florida Ballroom

Wednesday Hospitality Break offered in Grand Ballroom Foyer (featuring Continental break, Coffee & Tea).  Full breakfast buffet is available in the Waterside Grill - $18.95 per person.  
Add to calendarWednesday, August 30, 2017 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM (Eastern Time)
Location: Grand Ballroom Foyer
  • Yes
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National Stores Meeting  
Add to calendar8/30/2017 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Grand Ballroom E

Spiritual Advisors & Formators Meeting  
Add to calendar8/30/2017 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Grand Ballroom

Disaster Training  
Add to calendarWednesday, August 30, 2017 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$25.00

Voice of the Poor Committee Meeting
VOP Committee Members Only  
Add to calendarWednesday, August 30, 2017 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)

Governance Committee Meeting  
Add to calendarWednesday, August 30, 2017 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (Eastern Time)

Wednesday - Lunch  
Add to calendarWednesday, August 30, 2017 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Grand Ballroom
  • Yes
  • No

Executive Directors Meeting
(ED's Only)
 
Add to calendar8/30/2017 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM (Eastern Time)

National Board of Directors Meeting
(All Board Members are required to attend. 
Others may attend as observers only.)

 
Add to calendar8/30/2017 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM (Eastern Time)

Welcome Reception - this a time to mix and mingle with your fellow Vincentians, while enjoying wonderful food stations, cash bar and best of all, Banana's Foster Dessert Station!  (details)
Enjoy time with your fellow Vincentians, while visiting our Sponsor Tables and enjoying some wonderful flavors from Tampa.  Key West Shrimp & Ravioli Station, Salad Bar, lots of passed hors d'oeuvres and dessert!
Add to calendarWednesday, August 30, 2017 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Il Terrazzo
  • Yes
  • No

Reconciliation  
Add to calendar8/30/2017 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Florida Ballroom


Thursday, August  31, 2017

 


Morning Prayer & Rosary  
Add to calendar8/31/2017 7:00 AM - 7:30 AM (Eastern Time)
Location: Florida Ballroom

Breakfast & President's Address
Assembly Opening Ceremony  
Add to calendar8/31/2017 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM (Eastern Time)
Location: Grand Ballroom
  • Yes
  • No

Keynote Presentation: Fr. Robert Maloney
"The Vincentian Way...400 Years of Vincentian Charism...The Year of Welcoming the Stranger"  (details)


Keynote Speaker - Fr. Robert Maloney


Born in Brooklyn, New York and attended St. John's Preparatory School.  Fr. Maloney was ordained in May of 1966 and was Rector of Mary Immaculate Seminary in Pennsylvania from 1970 - 1979.  Later he served as Superior at Seminary in Niagara Falls, NY from 1979 - 1983.  And he became Superior General of Congregation of the Mission, Rome, Italy 1992 - 2004.

Author of eight books: The Way of Vincent de PaulHe Hears the Cry of the Poor, Seasons in SpiritualityGo: On the Missionary Spirituality of St. Vincent de Paul, Turn Everything to Love: A Rule of Life for Lay Members of the Vincentian Family, Faces of Holiness, and ‘Tis a Gift to be Simple, and A New Century Dawns: Hopes for the Vincentian Family.  Co-author of Seeds of Hope: Stories of Systemic Change. Many of these books have been translated into various languages, principally Spanish, French, Italian, and Portuguese.

Author of numerous articles on spirituality, published               
particularly in America, Review for Religious, and Vincentiana.  

 


Add to calendar8/31/2017 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM (Eastern Time)
Location: Grand Ballroom

Thursday Mass
Fr. John McEvoy, St. Anne, Ruskin, Diocesan Spiritual Advisor  
Add to calendar8/31/2017 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM (Eastern Time)
Location: Florida Ballroom

Thursday - Lunch  
Add to calendar8/31/2017 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Grand Ballroom
  • Yes
  • No

National Committee Meetings
All National Committee Members are required to attend.
These meetings are OPTIONAL for others to attend as observers only.
 
Add to calendar8/31/2017 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM (Eastern Time)
  • National Disaster
  • National Formation & Training
  • Multicultural/Diversity
  • National Stores
  • National Voice of the Poor
  • National Young Adults
  • National Youth

WORKSHOPS Session 1
Please select the workshop you plan to attend from the list below
 (details)
Workshops Session 1:

Accessing Governance-in-A-Box 
Mike Syslo

Our National website contains hundreds of files of valuable information related to the important topic of Governance.  This workshop is intended to help you understand what is there and how to navigate through the material.  You are not expected to know everything that is there; but, based on your role in the Society, there are certain governance topics that you should be aware of and , at least, know where to find more when the need is there.

Increasing Membership: Sharing with Energy of the HeartI - Jeanne Harper
In order in to increase membership:

a. Participants will personally encounter a variety of creative methods to effectively witness and share your love of “our little Society” so that others will WANT to join in your work of “living out the Gospel message…by encountering the suffering Christ in those we serve”!

b. The Workshop will create awareness moments so that a personal realization can occur that
your own hope, joy and peace can successfully be utilized to spread the Good News and inspire others to follow! “Seeing the miraculous in the details of everyday life…” Gary Eckstein, Community Care Resources, Inc. v4, p5

Sanctification, Solidarity, and Service: The Lay Spirituality of Antoine Frederic Ozanam
- Ray Sickinger (Interactive workshop using both power point and discussion)

* Participants will become acquainted with Ozanam’s ideas about the Lay Apostolate
* Participants will understand how Ozanam’s lay spirituality powerfully impacted the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul


Add to calendar8/31/2017 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM (Eastern Time)
  • Accessing Governance-in-a-Box - Mike Syslo
  • Increasing Membership: Sharing with Energy of the Heart - Jeanne Harper
  • Sanctification, Solidarity, and Service: The Lay Spirituality of Antoine Frederic Ozanam - Ray Sickinger
  • Will Not Attend Session 1 Workshops

WORKSHOPS Session 2
Please select the workshop you plan to attend from the list below
 (details)
Workshops Session 2:

Eyes to the Blind & Feet to the Lame - Project Empower & Systemic Change for Individuals with Disabilities - Tai Prohaska
1.    Understand the genesis of the Project Empower program, its biblical base, evolution and how Vincentians can
       use it to support systemic change.

2.    Understand the factors that contribute to disabilities being a cause and consequence of poverty and unemployment.

3.    Be able to identify and assist individuals who are and who are not eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits and return to work assistance.


Communication Across Barriers: "If Not Me, Then Who?  A Mythbusting Approach to Poverty Awareness" - a Donna Beegle Program - John Berry & Jayne Stewart

In the words of Dr. Donna Beegle, author of See Poverty… Be the Difference, “Poverty is a moving target… it’s complex… there’s lots of life experiences of poverty….” In If Not Me, Then Who?, a new poverty awareness training produced by Dr. Beegle for the Society, Vincentians participate in an interactive journey through the myths and realities of families struggling to survive, and develop the resources and shared understanding of poverty so that we can be the thought leaders in our communities. In this workshop, participants will experience this exciting and unique program from some of the Society’s most experienced trainers, and learn how to implement it in their own conferences!




The Grace of Inclusion -  Encountering Jesus in the Other - Dr. Fidelis Teresa D'Cunha
To focus on building a Culture of Inclusion in Conferences with the purpose of extending diversity in membership and encouraging diverse leadership.  This workshop will be an interactive discussion on how to build a culture of inclusion that supports and integrates a growing diverse membership. The presentation will focus on providing resources to encourage minorities take on leadership roles within the Society while addressing diversity challenges. Included are case studies and best practices on how to successfully incorporate culture change in order to realize our Cultural belief of One Society.








Add to calendar8/31/2017 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM (Eastern Time)
  • Eyes to the Blind & Feet to the Lame - Tai Prohaska
  • Communication Across Barriers: If not Me, Then Who? - John Berry & Jayne Stewart
  • Grace of Inclusion - Encountering Jesus in the Other - Dr. Fidelis Teresa D'Cunha
  • Will not attend Session 2 Workshops

REGIONAL  MEETINGS
Please select your region from the drop list below  
Thursday, August 31, 2017 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM (Eastern Time)
  • Eastern Region
  • Mideast Region
  • North Central Region
  • Western Region
  • Midwest Region
  • Southeast Region
  • Northeast Region
  • South Central Region

Thursday Dinner - On Your Own  
Add to calendarThursday, August 31, 2017 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (Eastern Time)

Evening Prayer & Eucharistic Adoration  
Add to calendar8/31/2017 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Florida Ballroom


Friday, September 1, 2017

 


Friday Morning Rosary & Prayer   
Add to calendarFriday, September 01, 2017 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM (Eastern Time)
Location: Florida Ballroom

Hospitality Break offered in Grand Ballroom Foyer (featuring Continental break, Coffee & Tea).  Full breakfast buffet is available in the Waterside Grill - $18.95 per person.  
Location: Grand Ballroom Foyer
  • Yes
  • No

Spiritual Leadership Retreat:  The Quest for Integrity -- Dr. Leonard Doohan  (details)
Spiritual Leadership: The Quest for Integrity
Leonard Doohan, Professor Emeritus at Gonzaga University

Dr. Leonard Doohan’s morning presentation will deal with The Qualities, Values, and Challenges of Spiritual Leadership. This presentation will include reflections on the vision and values of a spiritual leader and the major components of spiritual leadership. It will further consider some significant consequences of spiritual leadership and some immediate goals that we can each set ourselves on the path to spiritual leadership. If time allows we will look at what an organization led by a spiritual leader looks like.

Dr. Leonard Doohan is professor emeritus at Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington, where he was a professor of religious studies for thirty years and dean of the graduate school for thirteen years.  He is author of fifteen books and many articles, has given workshops internationally, and also organizes local and regional conferences on the topics of leadership in business, healthcare, non –profit organizations, and ministry.



Add to calendar9/1/2017 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM (Eastern Time)
Location: Grand Ballroom

Friday Mass & Recommitment Ceremony
Fr. Kevin McCracken, South Pinellas District Special Works Spiritual Advisor  
Add to calendar9/1/2017 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Florida Ballroom

Friday - Lunch  
Add to calendar9/1/2017 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Grand Ballroom
  • Yes
  • No

Workshop Session 3
Please select the workshop you plan to attend from the list below  (details)
Workshop Session 3:

Laudato Si' and the Society - How Vincentians Can Make A Difference - VOP Committee
Climate change has a particularly devastating impact on the poor and vulnerable in ways that are sometimes surprising.   Become aware of those impacts in this workshop and learn about ways Vincentians can make a difference, drawing inspiration and examples from Pope Francis’s encyclical, Laudato Si’ and other sources and Vincentian experiences.   


Past, Present and Future of Latinos in the Society of St. Vincent de Paul - Victor Vera, Guadalupe Sosa Valencia

To discuss the involvement and participation of Latinos in the U.S. Society of St. Vincent de Paul.  We will present ideas on how to invite within the Latino communities, which also increases the number of people serviced by conferences.  

Most Successful Prisoner to Citizen Programming in America - Mykal Tairu
Provide step by step action plan for building a service conference dealing with the problem of prison recidivism, where nearly 60% of the poor are re-incarcerated within three years.  

Share the practical structure of St. Peter Claver Prison Ministry, so it can be replicated within other St. Vincent de Paul Councils and Conferences.
Add to calendarFriday, September 01, 2017 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM (Eastern Time)
  • Laudato Si and The Society - How Vincentians Can Make a Difference - VOP Committee
  • Past Present and Future of Latinos - Victor Vera & Guadalupe Valencia
  • Most Successful Prisoner to Citizen Program - Mykal Tairu
  • I Will Not Attend Workshop Session 3

Invitation for Renewal Alumni Program - Celebrating the 15th Anniversary of the IFR  sharing memories of the past, challenges of the present  and hopes for the future.
"Spiritual Leadership:  The Quest for Integrity" - Dr. Leonard Doohan
(IFR Alumni only)  (details)

Invitation for Renewal Alumni Gathering

Dr. Leonard Doohan will lead us in the journey to “Spiritual Leadership: The Quest for Integrity”  that is rooted In our Vincentian Vocation.  In this afternoon session we will look at the stages in spiritual leadership. This will stress the leader’s own spiritual journey which consists in two major stages separated by a profound experience that is both illuminative and an experience of darkness.  A leader who goes through this spiritual experience of passage from a set of old values to a set of new values will never be the same again, either in leadership or in life.


Dr. Leonard Doohan is professor emeritus at Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington, where he was a professor of religious studies for thirty years and dean of the graduate school for thirteen years.  He is author of fifteen books and many articles, has given workshops internationally, and also organizes local and regional conferences on the topics of leadership in business, healthcare, non –profit organizations, and ministry.




Add to calendarFriday, September 01, 2017 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Grand Ballroom

Neighborhoods of Hope - Council Level - Jack Murphy  (details)

Jack Murphy


  Jack Murphy has more than 20 years of working for and with Fortune 500  
  companies in operations, human resources, training, and quality areas. Jack was a
  senior adjunct profession for Quality & Operations Management at Keller Graduate
  School for 14 years. Currently, he is in the Investor Relations area of the Metro
  Atlanta Chamber.

  He serves on both the National and Georgia Boards of The Society of St. Vincent
  de Paul, responsible for Diversity, Advocacy, & Systemic Change. He chairs the
  North Fulton Poverty Task Force.

  Jack received a BA in psychology from Belmont Abbey College and a MEd. from
  the UNC-Greensboro.  Jack and his wife Nancy, a retired elementary school
  principal, have two grown daughters and two grandchildren.  They live in
  Alpharetta, GA.

Add to calendarFriday, September 01, 2017 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM (Eastern Time)

Workshop Session 4
Please select the workshop you plan to attend from the list below  (details)
Workshop Session 4:


Building a State-Based Advocacy Network
 - VOP Committee
It is becoming increasingly clear that Voice of the Poor advocacy at the state and local level will be ever more important in the years ahead as the Federal government seems to be stepping back from social service programs and funding and shifting more and more of those responsibilities to state governments and municipalities.  So how do we react as Vincentians who see these issues up close and personal daily?  Learn more about the Voice of the Poor initiative to develop state-based advocacy networks and response strategies, and how you can be involved and effective in helping our friends in need.

Where we are Now, Where we can go - MCD Milestones - Pam Hudson & Kathy Jackson
As we approach the 10 year anniversary of SVDP diversity initiative, the National MCD Committee thought it would be great to update our Vincentian members on the diversity milestones and events accomplished over the years.

Join us at the national assembly in Tampa to hear chronologically, the accomplishments made thus far, since 2006!  We’ve made great strides.


Spirituality/Bullying: "Fraternal correction in the spirit of Blessed Frederic Ozanam" - John Heithaus

This workshop is intended to explore the question of “bullying” within our Society (Vincentian to Vincentian, Vincentian to our neighbors in need), and how to address that issue in the spirit of Blessed Frederic Ozanam.  It is predicated on a commitment to the Essential Elements of the Society (Spirituality, Friendship, Service) while simultaneously recognizing that Vincentians are imperfect human beings who will, at times, need fraternal re-orientation to those Elements.  Providing fraternal correction when Vincentians act in ways inconsistent with the Elements is a sensitive, often difficult, but essential act.  This workshop presumes that there are many different experiences, and multiple ways to approach the subject, based on individual experiences, personalities, and skills.  The workshop will be very interactive, drawing on the experiences of the participants.  It will consist of four elements:  Creating a common framework and language, surfacing experiences and prevalence of bullying, identifying some of the risks and challenges of addressing it, and Vincentian-based approaches to fraternal correction.  








Add to calendarFriday, September 01, 2017 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
  • Building a State-Based Advocacy Network - VOP Committee
  • Where we are & Where we can Go - MCD Milestones
  • Spirituality/Bullying: "Fraternal correction in the spirit of Blessed Frederic Ozanam" - John Heithaus
  • I Will Not Attend Workshop Session 4

International Video Conference
 
Add to calendar9/1/2017 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (Eastern Time)

Host City Event - Relax and enjoy a beautiful Sunset Cruise on Tampa Bay aboard the Yacht StarShip.  The 2 1/2  hour dining cruise will feature a Top Round of Beef Carving Station, Premium Cold Salad Station, Gulf Shrimp & Scallop Past Station and European Pastries and Petit Fours. www.yachtstarship.com

Boarding Time is 6:30 pm, and sailing time is 7:00 pm.  The ship is docked about 600 feet from the hotel on the river walk.If you unable able walk and require transportation, please contact svdp2017assembly@gmail.com to make arrangements.

The cost for this event is partially covered in your registration fee, however there is an additional cost of $25 per person.  You MUST RSVP 'yes' below to receive your ticket to attend.  (details)


Yacht StarShip’s three yachts are perfect for any size event from 2 – 600 guests and feature top quality service, breathtaking views, entertainment, and award-winning cuisine. Yacht StarShip is America’s First Dining Yacht to be recognized by AAA with a three-diamond rating and is the winner of “Best Event Facility” in 2010 by South & Central Tampa Tribune readers.

With our premium brand of service, Yacht StarShip is the only dining yacht of its kind in the South. We offer a place like no other for business, pleasure, or a spectacular combination of both. If you’re seeking a one-of-a-kind venue for your next event, cruise aboard Yacht StarShip. Whether its a corporate event, networking meeting, convention, banquet, gala, bar/bat mitzvah, or a social get-together, you’re sure to get glowing reviews from your guests!


www.yachtstarship.com


Add to calendar9/1/2017 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Yacht StarShip
  • Yes: $25.00
  • No


Saturday, September 2, 2017

 


Saturday Morning Prayer & Rosary  
Add to calendar9/3/2016 7:30 AM - 8:00 AM (Eastern Time)
Location: Franklin

Saturday Hospitality Break offered in Grand Ballroom Foyer (featuring Continental break, Coffee & Tea). Full breakfast buffet is available in the Waterside Grill - $18.95 per person.  
Add to calendar9/2/2017 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM (Eastern Time)
Location: Grand Ballroom Foyer
  • Yes
  • No

General Session - Ralph McCloud
"Racial Injustice - A Black Leader's Perspective on its impact on Poverty"  (details)
General Session Presentation - Ralph McCloud
"Racial Injustice -- A Black Catholic Leader's Perspective on its Impact on Poverty"

The presentation will explore the implication of race and poverty and how racism and deprivation contributes to systemic poverty.  I will offer case studies, stories and suggestions for being brother and sister on a deeper level; a level that acknowledges a shared humanity that moves us all to insist and work toward our mutual salvation.

Ralph McCloud is the Director of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development in Washington DC. CCHD is an anti-poverty program of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. The program seeks to address poverty by grass roots organizing, economic development and transformational educational. The program distributes around 11 million dollars for low income community organizations around the country.

He has been director for nearly for nine years and has become a sought after speaker, presenter and facilitator on poverty, its effects and the Gospel call to respond as Jesus did. 

Prior to working the USCCB, Mr. McCloud worked as the Director of Pastoral and Community Services for the Diocese of Fort Worth TX. He has served the church and civic community in many various ways, including mentoring, coaching sports teams and tutoring programs. While in Fort Worth, he was also the Director of African Ministry and served as President of the National Association of Black Catholic Administrators. He has been a board member of the National Black Catholic Congress and served as a delegate on 5 different occasions.



Add to calendar9/2/2017 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM (Eastern Time)
Location: Grand Ballroom

National Business Meeting  
Add to calendar9/2/2017 9:45 AM - 4:30 PM (Eastern Time)

WORKSHOPS Session 5
Please select the workshop you plan to attend from the list below
 (details)
Workshop Session 5:

How and Why we Must Tell Our Story - Joe Griffin

The purpose of this workshop is to stress the importance of telling people who we are and what we do.  First and foremost is to increase conference member's frame of reference as it pertains to the SVdP.  We have more than 800,000 members, we need to change our mind set.

Time will be given to tell your story and how you've "sold" the SVdP to others.  Emphasize the importance of the conferences, exchange ideas, share special works that you do.

Accepting Help from People in Poverty - Sonia Holycross, Phil DeVol, Aha! Process

People in poverty can transition from being clients to becoming partners in our mission.  This session introduces you to Sonia Holycross who made the journey from being a client, to becoming  a peer, to  taking leadership roles in her community and becoming a national Bridges Out of Poverty presenter for aha! Process.   This can happen in your community too just as it is across the US.  Speakers will include Philip DeVol the author of Getting Ahead in Just-Gettin’-By World and Sonia Holycross who graduated from Getting Ahead is is now running programs in her city.  “Getting Ahead gave me the tools to step away from the daily crisis and plan for a stable tomorrow.

* Recognize the range of factors that create barriers and instability for people in poverty
* Use the Getting Ahead model in your community to move individuals to self-sufficiency
* Understand the larger frame of economic class to better support the clients you serve.

Breaking the Cycle of Debt Via an SVdP Payday Loan Program - Matt Pogor, Jerry Mitchell
This a workshop on breaking the cycle of debt of our Vincentian friends through implementation of a payday/auto title loan conversion program.  The workshop will address how this program can lead to systemic change among our friends.  Our presenters will outline the need for the program, how it can be implemented, and the critical role that Vincentians play in the success of the program.  Participants will leave the workshop with an easy-to-follow blue print for executing a similar program within their councils. 


Youth Workshop "Circle The World" - Sr. Teresa Daly, D.C.

During this workshop we will explore the energy and spirit of Frederic Ozanam and others as they desired to CIRCLE THE WORLD WITH CHARITY.

We will also discuss how we can live that Spirit in our day and time and how we may be able to pass it on to others.

This will be an interactive workshop with discussion and activity as well as some input. COME AND PARTICIPATE…


Systemic Change Story on Criminal Justice Advocacy - Mykal Tairu

The Vincentian Reentry Organizing Project (VROP) is a partnership between USCCB’s Catholic Campaign for Human Development and the National Society of St. Vincent de Paul. The goal for the project is to shift our criminal justice system to focus on building strong communities, advancing restorative justice and promoting the human development of each person. We are striving to build transformative relationships that create better understanding and compel each of us to act. We are going beyond recidivism reduction and promote the common good. Since the VROP’s establishment, Vincentians across the state of FL have been engaged in Criminal Justice reform work. This workshop will highlight three initiatives lead by VROP:  Ban the Box Initiative, Florida Rights Restoration Petitions Initiative, Catholic Days at the Capitol.



Governance - "Dealing With Our Stakeholders - There's a Lot at Stake" - Tom Fahl & Joe Riley

Did you ever think about the number of people who are looking over our shoulders and making judgments about us as an organization?  Or the number of people to whom we have responsibilities, who have a stake in what we do and with whom we need to deal?  This workshop will discuss the different groups Vincentians must deal with and the vital importance of being effectively responsive to them, their interests and their desires.  Audience comments will be invited.







Add to calendar9/2/2017 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM (Eastern Time)
  • How and Why we Must Tell Our Story - Joe Griffin
  • Accepting Help from People in Poverty - Aha! Process
  • Breaking the Cycle of Debt Via SVdP Payday Loan Program - Matt Pogor, Jerry Mitchell
  • Youth Workshop "Circle the World" - Sr. Teresa Daly
  • Systemic Change Story on Criminal Justice - Mykal Tairu
  • Dealing With Our Stakeholders - There's a Lot at Stake - Tom Fahl & Joe Riley
  • Will not attend Session 5 Workshops

WORKSHOPS Session 6
Please select the workshop you plan to attend from the list below
 (details)
Workshop Session 6:

Developing an action plan to attract new conferences - Patrick Hanafee
Participants will develop a step-by-step action plan to identify, approach, enlist, and mentor new conferences. Workshop will assist participants in identifying specific steps in a logical sequence to ensure a thoughtful and effective strategy to increase the number of conferences.

Getting Ahead in a Just Gettin' by World - Philip DeVol, Aha! Process

This workshop answers important questions about the effectiveness of Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin-By World.  Getting Ahead graduates tell powerful and inspiring stories but does it really work?  What changes are made?  What are the metrics?  Are people getting out of poverty? 

This workshop examines studies done by professors at Indiana University and the University of Notre Dame as well as reports from Getting Ahead sites that use Charity Tracker.  

How National Partnerships Can Work for You - Karen Lanter
Participants will understand the National Partnership Program, its purpose, the benefits, individual partnership opportunities and features and how to access them.  Attendees will provide feedback about their needs and desires for the partnership initiative.

"The Hula & Systemic Change...The Two Step!" - Arnold Simonse

The Hula is a beautiful Hawaiian dance form with which we are all familiar. At the very start of the hula, it is necessary for the dancer to take two steps to begin the classic smooth movements that follow.  This presentation will take that imagery of those two steps to point out the importance for the Vincentian who is aiding their needy neighbor to do so in two steps.

The first step is the one that is a traditional Vincentian charism, i.e. the direct aid given to those in need. The second step which is heavily encouraged by our ministry is the inclusion of some sort of systemic change aspect…the second step.

Systemic change is often seen as working to change society or the community environment for those in need. This is true, but we need to remember that working for the systemic change of the individual is also a goal of our ministry.


Trending on the Advocacy Front - Issues Affecting the Poor and Marginalized - VOP Committee
Join Voice of the Poor Leaders for a discussion of the latest in Federal legislation and policy impacting the poor and marginalized – both the challenges and the opportunities.  We’ll pick the latest trending on the advocacy front from topics like preserving health care for the poor; immigration reform and sanctuary protections; predatory lending; economic dignity for the poor; criminal justice reform; the impact of pollution on the poor; racial injustice; homelessness prevention; criminal justice reform; and the social safety net and tax policy.  Understand the issues a bit better and learn how you can help bring about meaningful change for the better.  

Basic Fundraising Principles for Conference Members - Steve Martinez, Nathan Martin

1.   Attendees will learn, What is required before they start to ask for donations from the community.  The important aspects of writing a donor centered thank you letter.   Will be exposed to a high level of the donor research data from Penelope Burke.  The basic concepts of writing a grant request/proposal.   How to apply to the Friends of the Poor Grant Program-a complete review of the application.    The benefits and basic requirements of hosting a Friend of the Poor Walk/Run event.   How the SVdPUSA National Vehicle Donation Program can raise funds for their conference-council. The basic requirements and access to the complete guide book for marketing and success.  Be exposed to the successful outcomes of the National Council’s Digital Platform.













Add to calendar9/2/2017 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Eastern Time)
  • Developing an Action Plan to Attract New Conferences - Patrick Hanafee
  • Getting Ahead in Just Gettin' by World - Aha! Process
  • How National Partnerships Can Work for You - Karen Lanter
  • The Hula & Systemic Change - Arnold Simonse
  • Trending on the Advocacy Front - Ussues Affecting the Poor and Marginalized - VOP Committee
  • Will not attend Session 6 Workshops
  • Basic Fundraising Principles for Conference Members - Steve Martinez & Nathan Martin

Off-Site Tour St. Petersburg Thrift Store & Shelter
(Box Lunch Included)  (details)


Center of Hope & South Pinellas Thrift Store Tour

This tour will visit SVdP South Pinellas’ Center of Hope and Thrift Store operation in St. Petersburg.  Since 2000, the Center of Hope has become St. Petersburg’s ground zero for the homeless population.  The center houses the CARE Center – which provides food, shelter and shower services to more than 200 street homeless daily.  The 87-room former hospital includes the largest Veterans Administration Grant & Per Diem program and 21 units of shelter for homeless families.    The newly renovated Thrift Store averages 200 daily visitors.   Lunch will be included.


Ozanam Village Tour

This tour will visit SVdP Upper Pinellas District Thrift Store & South Pinellas’ Ozanam Village.  Ozanam Village is a brand new 30 unit permanent supportive housing complex located in New Port Richey, FL.  This inaugural phase is part of a 90 unit, $ 15,000,000 development project the South Pinellas has underway.  Lunch will be included.


Add to calendarSaturday, September 02, 2017 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: St. Petersburg
  • St. Petersburg Thrift Store & Center of Hope: $10.00
  • Housing Project Pasco County, New Port Richey: $10.00

Saturday - Lunch  
Add to calendar12:00 PM - 1:15 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Grand Ballroom
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WORKSHOPS Session 7
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Workshop Session 7:

Bridging the Divides:  How Bridges communities rise above the bitter divisiveness of our times - Philip DeVol, Aha! Process

This workshop will show how local Bridges initiatives bring people together in healthy respectful ways.  We know of the many things that divide us a people, but working on poverty using Bridges concepts and tools is a way to bring us together.  The key constructs that make this possible will be illustrated through the words of Bridges leaders who were interviewed on this topic.

Bridges work began without any thought or intention of bridging more than the economic divide.  Now that we know its possible to bridge other divides we can, by intention, help rebuild trusting relationships in our communities. 


Immigration: "Welcome the Stranger: Know Their Rights and Our Moral Obligation" - Bertha De Alegria

** This workshop will be presented bilingually in English & Spanish
God told Moses, “When an alien resides with you in your land, you shall not oppress the Alien…..you shall love the alien as yourself, for you too were once aliens in the land of Egypt.: (Leviticus 19:33-34)

As Vincentians, we are the voice and the hope of the needy – regardless of their legal status in our country. Immigrants are not excluded or abandoned by the National Council of the US SVDP, US Conference of Catholic Bishops, nor by Pope Francis.  They all call us to set aside politics and allow the principles of our faith to guide us.  As Vincentians, what can we do if the current laws contradict the core values of our faith and the social teaching of our church? Do we judge immigrants, or do we answer the call to action? Like Moses, we are called not to oppress, but to “love the alien as yourself, for you too were once aliens in the land of Egypt.” This workshop on immigration will help you learn about resources to share with your conferences/parishes.  Where can undocumented immigrants or their children get legal advice? If they get detained/deported, what happens to their US born children? How can they protect their interests (bank accounts, homes, cars, etc.)? We will learn what they should and should not say if authorities detain them.  This will not make you a legal expert; however, it will provide you with the resources necessary to guide you and those work with undocumented immigrants or their children.  You will also learn about other organizations within and outside the Catholic Church that are assisting immigrants. We will also provide you with forms that can be used while assisting these families. 


The Spiritual Advisor's Role in Helping to Keep Spirituality Front & Center - Rita St. Pierre

This workshop will address the importance of the Spiritual Advisor to Vincentians at all levels of the Society. Through the presentation of slides, reference to the Rule, stories and a Q&A period, the presenter will attempt to refocus Spiritual Advisors on their role and responsibilities in keeping spirituality at the forefront of all that occurs within the Society.

Throughout the Society at all levels obstacles frequently detract Vincentians from their spiritual growth and development. This workshop will address some of these and offer suggestions on how the Spiritual Advisor can help Vincentians return to and stay on the Vincentian spiritual pathway.

Finally, the workshop will remind Spiritual Advisors that our vocation as Vincentians is lived out in all areas of our lives and not only in prayer and reflection during meetings. The presenter will offer specific examples of how our spirituality ideally is always “front and center.”

Managing Conflcts in Conference Meetings Gayle Westfahl, with Roger Playwin & Ned Delmore

Conference meetings are intended to be “mutually fulfilling” gatherings where members joyfully share their experiences, grow in faith and make plans to serve others.  Sometimes, however, members do not always agree on how to go about these activities and the meetings are far from mutually fulfilling.  Managing meeting conflict is almost never at the top of any conference president’s list of favorite undertakings, but it doesn’t need to be a negative experience.  In fact, sometimes it can be healthy and help your conference grow.  In this workshop we will share a few tips to better prevent and manage conflict within your conference meetings. 





Add to calendar9/2/2017 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM (Eastern Time)
  • Bridging the Divides - Aha! Process
  • Immigration: "Welcome the Stranger: Know Their Rights and Our Moral Obligation" - Bertha DeAlegria
  • The Spiritual Advisor's Role in Helping to Keep Spirituality Front & Center - Rita St. Pierre
  • Managing Conflict in Meetings - Gayle Westfahl w/Roger Playwin & Ned Delmore
  • Will not attend Session 7 Workshops

WORKSHOPS Session 8
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Workshop Session 8:

Recruiting and Retaining Members - Sunnie Lain
Participants will understand how to implement a process for recruiting and admitting new Conference members, and learn why doing so is vital to the Conference’s success.
Participants will gain new tools to retain, energize, and engage existing members by utilizing the three Essential Elements of the Society

Systemic Change in Action:  Homework Help in a Hotel Setting - Lynda Coppola
Presenter intends to share how the book “Bridges out of Poverty” inspired our conference to start a systemic change outreach.  We, as a group, came out of our comfort zone from the more traditional outreach of emergency assistance, food, Walk for the Poor, etc.  The journey took us through embracing an ecumenical approach and “letting go and letting God” as well as helping the community understand the world from the perspective of those in needs.

"Executing the Mission that No One Should Go Hungry" - Jayci Peters

The presentation will include the history of Food Banks and early involvement of SVdP; coverage of the food insecure population;  and  role of the food bank. Information on the size of the insecure food population. The national  network of food banks and their role in the community. Government projected funding of food for the needy; i.e. SNAP, TEFAP, EFSP or other programs and utilization of these programs. Food bank product  procurement. Direction of food banks i.e. trend to fresh product availability and what adjustments may be required of food pantries in the future. Systemic change as it relates to the food pantry recipient. Establishing a connection with a food bank as a partner agency.


"Who is our Neighbor?" - James Davis


·         Reflect on the parable of the Good Samaritan

·         Discuss the way the parable inspires our Vincentian Ministry

·         Identify the ways the Lawyer, Priest, Levite and Samaritan are present on your Vincentian journey.

James Davis, Spiritual Advisor for the Diocese of Austin Texas Council will lead a reflection on the Parable of the Good Samaritan, one of the essential grounding scriptures for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.  Participants will identify the various characters in the parable and find their modern reflection in our personal lives and in the larger community.  


Getting Ahead Panel Discussion -
Tom Mulloy
Add to calendar9/2/2017 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
  • Recruiting and Retaining Members - Sunnie Lain
  • Systemic Change in Action: Homework Help in a Hotel Setting - Lynn Coppola
  • Executing the Mission that No One Should Go Hungry - Jayci Peters
  • "Who is our Neighbor?" - James Davis
  • Getting Ahead Panel Discussion - Tom Mulloy
  • Will not attend Session 6 Workshops

Vigil Mass & Commissioning Ceremony
Most Rev. Gregory L. Parkes, Bishop of St. Petersburg  
Add to calendar5:00 PM - 6:30 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Florida Ballroom

Closing Reception & Banquet - Caribbean theme, come enjoy the food, festivities and comradery of your follow Vincentians, while we welcome our incoming President.  (details)
Closing Dinner, CEO Comments, 2018 Host City Presentation

Join in celebrating Sheila Gilbert for her 6 years of service as President to the Society, and welcoming Ralph Middlecamp our incoming President, and enjoy a wonderful Cuban feast prepared by the Marriott's executive chef, 
Add to calendar6:30 PM - 10:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Grand Ballroom
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