Parish Council Nominations & Elections Process and Tools

Dear Parish Council Presidents,

Welcome to the Nominations and Elections Package for Parish Councils. This package was prepared in accordance with our League’s governing documents. I put the package together to take away all the guess work and to make this process as easy as possible parish councils.

The documents are user friendly. Parish Council Nominations and Elections Committees simply need to insert names and dates, make copies and provide each of their membership with a copy of the package in an envelope. All the rest has been done for you! The majority of the work for councils is preparing their council’s eligibility list of members. Once it is prepared, it is be updated every January so that it is up to date and ready to use every two years when the council has its nominations and elections.

I will be giving a webinar in November to assist with this process and to answer any questions members may have.

I have been presenting on this process for several years and have had the opportunity to share these documents with council within our diocese  The materials and presentations have proven to be helpful to several councils in better understanding the process and having successful elections.

The package includes:
Nominations and Elections Qs&As (this document is in a pdf format and is accessible to all)
A letter to members (this document is in a Word format and is password protected to make it accessible to Parish Presidents to share with their Nominations and Elections Chair and Committee so that they can customize the letter with names and dates)
Duties of Officers each of the positions on the executive council (this document is in a pdf format and is accessible to all)
Sample Eligibility List (this document is in a Word format and is password protected to make it accessible to Parish Presidents to share with their Nominations and Elections Chair and Committee so that they can customize the letter with names and dates)
Nominations Form (this document is in a Word format and is password protected to make it accessible to Parish Presidents to share with their Nominations and Elections Chair and Committee so that they can customize the letter with names and dates)
Sample Elections Register (this document is in a Word format and is password protected to make it accessible to Parish Presidents to share with their Nominations and Elections Chair and Committee so that they can customize the letter with names and dates)

My prayer is that you and your council find this information helpful. Please feel free to contact me should you have any questions.
Blessings,
Teresa

Teresa DiFalco, First Vice President and Spiritual Development Chair
Hamilton Diocesan Council – Catholic Women’s League of Canada

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