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
- Membership Statistics
- Writing a Circle marketing strategy
The workshop will be held at Lea Marston Hotel near Kingsbury B76 0BY.
There was an early Christmas present for Patsy Broom , daughter of Brother President Steve Broom and Elena , at Sutton Coldfield Circle’s Christmas party when she received a cheque from the Catenian Bursary Fund for £250-00 presented by Brother Provincial President Paul Clancy. Patsy will be using the award to assist her with teaching english in Bali for six weeks in 2020. She will be working with the organisation The Mighty Roar which provides structured, safe and affordable volunteer programmes abroad to make a positive impact around the world.
At Sutton Coldfield’s December meeting which was the occasion of the Circle’s Christmas Party there was early Christmas cheer for two Sutton Coldfield brothers: Liam Tomlinson and Alf Dineen, who received their 40 year membership scrolls presented by Brother Provincial President Paul Clancy. Brother Paul gave a brief history of both Brothers’ contribution to the Circle over the years. Both had served as President of the Circle. A most enjoyable evening was held in the true Christmas spirit with £325 being raised for Brother President Steve Broom’s charity, The Lisieux Trust.
The motto of the guild of St Stephen is “CUI SERVIRE REGNARE EST” -To serve is to reign” and this has been the way of life of Peter Armstrong, Vice President of Malvern Circle who was recently awarded the Guild of St Stephen’s gold medal for 50 years’ service to God and the Church as an altar server. This is the highest award of the Guild for long service.The Guild motto is printed on the front of the medal and on the back is the title of the Guild “SANCTI STEPHANI ARCHISOLDALITAS” – Archconfraternity of St Stephen. The Greek letters Chi and Rho in the centre are the first letters of “Christ”.
Peter says: “This is the medal for serving on the altar for over fifty years. I have served all over the world in my career in the armed forces, Australia, Cyprus, West Germany and the UK and retired with the rank of Major. It has been a privilege and a pleasure to assist the clergy by serving on the altar over the years and I shall continue to do so at St Joseph’s Church in Malvern.”
Peter is pictured front-row on the right.