All Circle Membership Officers should now have received their email detailing the Shared Funding initiative and attached guidelines and application form.
The objective of the scheme is to assist Circles and Provinces with their Marketing and Membership plans financially so that there should be no reason why a Circle is not able to put such a plan into action. This of course fits very nicely with the Marketing & Membership workshop that the Province ran back in February and I am personally delighted that National Council have now recognised that Circles need this help. The application can be made by individual Circles, the Province and groups of Circles who may wish to undertake a Marketing initiative with a local Circle(s).
For smaller Circles with a low number of brothers or with limited financial resources, the Province may be able to assist further with resource or finance.
I am encouraged by the number of Circles in our Province that have already made considerable plans to market their Circles and therefore put themselves in a much better position to recruit new members and retain existing brothers. I do hope that every Circle in the Province takes advantage of this initiative and are able to access funds.
If anyone would like anymore information on the Shared Funding Project or need help with the application please do not hesitate to contact me.
I plan to contact each Membership Officer by the end of October to find out about your Circles plans and to see if I can help in any way.
A special Mass of thanksgiving was said for the brilliant school staff who have been bravely working throughout the pandemic. The Mass was celebrated at St Chad’s Cathedral, Birmingham, at 12.15 on Monday 6 July by Mgr Timothy Menezes, the Dean of St Chad’s. Mgr Tim has kindly agreed that the details of the Mass and his homily may be used by the Province and National Catenian publications.
On Saturday 29th February the Province held a Marketing & Membership workshop at Lea Marston Hotel. Circle marketing and membership officers were invited to attend and the response was brilliant! All 22 Circles in the Province were represented with 43 brothers in attendance. They were treated to some very inspirational speakers on subjects such as Marketing, LinkedIn, Whatsapp, Strategy and Membership statistics & retention. Brother Ed Murphy from Hastings-Bexhill Circle travelled up from Sussex to talk about marketing our Circles in a positive way that brings the message to Catholic men in our parishes. Brothers Raymundo (Stafford) Tom Brassil (North Warks) and Bernard Baxter and Ciaran Convey (both Kenilworth) also gave very interesting perspectives on the use of social media, statistics and retention. More information will be available in the summer edition of Newslink.
At our Circle January meeting we held our annual charity bottle auction. Other unwanted Christmas gifts are also welcome!
Considering it was early January we had a good turnout of Circle Brothers, enhanced by 6 visiting Brothers from Kenilworth Circle, including President Bernard Baxter and former Provincial President Danny McAree, and also three visiting Brothers from City of Lichfield, including President Denis Heaney and Andrew Bodger.
Thanks to strong encouragement from auctioneers Brother Ted Reilly and myself, all of the visitors joined our Circle in vigorous bidding for a large variety of bottles and gifts – not many Brothers went home empty-handed!
As a result, thanks to the generosity of Brothers present, we raised £378, which will be divided between the President’s charities and the two Catenians Funds. Circle President Tony Fleming has nominated student carers at Lourdes and MacMillan Cancer as his charities.
Photos show the auction donations and Brother Ted Reilly in full flow.
Bro. Martin Jackson – Membership and Correspondent Officer
All Circles should now have received their invitation to the above workshop to be held on Saturday 29th February. The session will commence at 10.30 and will finish at 2.30pm. Membership is THE most pressing topic for all Circles and we hope that all Circle Membership and Marketing Officers will be able to attend. Please do make sure your Circle is represented if the Marketing and Membership officers are unable to make this date. Topics covered will be:
How to effectively market your Circle
Social media including the use of Whatsapp
Writing a Circle marketing strategy
The workshop will be held at Lea Marston Hotel near Kingsbury B76 0BY.