Open Letter from President Lucy Saunders: DUES INCREASE 2012

The following is taken from the Summer 2011 Servicette

Effective January 1, 2012, LCUSA membership dues will increase to $10 per member. At the Spring Board Meeting, members voted to increase dues based on the financial support that is necessary to maintain the National Service Center Office and sustain the position of Executive Administrator held by Maureen McMillan. As our only employee, Maureen is there to serve you and your association.

Your financial support as a dues–paying member is necessary to continue the organizational efforts of LCUSA to lead and unite the Ladies of Charity throughout the country. In 1960, our leaders worked together to foster better communications and alignment of Ladies of Charity associations. A statement was made at one of the brunches hosted by the Ladies of Charity that in “unity there is strength.” Right now, that unity and strength is more important than ever, because in today’s society we need to serve and foster opportunities for those less fortunate.

As a national organization, we continue to make a difference in the lives of those we serve. As members of LCUSA, you are recognized throughout the world as women who provide leadership and compassion to those who are our brothers and sisters through Christ. The Ladies of Charity of the United States of America share with local associations their leadership in developing the necessary formation for Vincentian spirituality and passion to serve others. Each member’s support is vital to the future of LCUSA.

LCUSA needs you to be an active member with the same commitment today that has given the Ladies of Charity their legacy through the centuries. Together we will strengthen and preserve our corporal works of mercy following the footsteps of St. Vincent de Paul, whose concern for the poor compelled him to provide for the future. The LCUSA Board is committed to ensuring that the same future is available today as it was in the past for the Ladies of Charity. This will happen only with your support and commitment in the years ahead.

With payment of the required $10 dues, members will be eligible to receive LCUSA’s national newsletter, the Servicette. More information on this will be forthcoming. The Servicette provides ideas for you to share with your group, as well as spiritual guidance and prayer. Articles are written from both national and local perspectives, and reflect the activities of Ladies of Charity throughout the United States. The Servicette provides insight from other associations that are successful in recruitment and changing the lives of others. In order to activate the subscription, names and address are required from local associations on a disk in a format to be specified by LCUSA. †


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