President-elect Judy Cozzens (center), her 2018-2019 Executive Committee and guests gather for a meal during a break at the USA Council's Transitional Meeting, May 4-6, 2018. The Executive Committee of Serra's Council for the United States held a Transitional Meeting on May 4-6, 2018, in Minneapolis, MN. The Transitional Meeting is a time [...]
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Let’s say you want to cook an ethnic food that is new to you. Or you want to try to improve your favorite dish. What do you do before you start cooking? You investigate recipes, you read up on spices or cooking methods. In other words, you prepare, you arm yourself with knowledge, you increase [...]
by Anne Shepherd-Knapp and Alice Wold, Serra's USA Council Vocation Committee Serra's USA Council and the Newman Connection, a Catholic outreach organization, have partnered over the last several years to connect graduating high school seniors with Catholic ministries at their college destinations. It is estimated that 80% of Catholics who attend college no longer practice their [...]
by Serra's USA Council President Greg Schwietz from the March 2018 Issue of the Serran Magazine Serra is facing the effects of a long-term leadership crisis. Some would say we have a membership problem. Many clubs report that their membership is aging and that it is hard to recruit new members. Some are suffering [...]
Is Your Club Relevant? by Serra's USA Council President Greg Schwietz In many of the dioceses where Serra clubs currently exist, this question of relevance arises. Either this is the result of an internal review of Serra club activities, or it comes in the form of an unwelcomed comment from an outside observer. The question [...]
Serra USA Council President Greg Schwietz meets the Holy Father Pope Francis at Vatican City on June 23, 2017. It was a powerful moment: sitting in the Vatican’s Paul VI Audience Hall, waiting for the Holy Father to address 650 lucky Serrans and their families this past June 23, an exciting prelude to [...]
In most dioceses that have Serra clubs, Serrans are rightly and properly identified with the many vocations activities that they do for the Church with regular frequency. It’s a given that most Serrans are known as “doers.” One will find that typically Serrans are active on many fronts, mostly focused on vocations, while also supporting [...]
by USA Council President Greg Schwietz A few months ago, we welcomed a new club into the Serra family: The Serra Club of North Idaho. This new club, with full starting support from our Spokane, Washington club (Club #2, celebrating 80 years this year), and District Governor Aileen Fields, is the first club in the [...]
What does it take for your club to be a top club? It takes more than just membership numbers to be a top club. Any club can attain this desired status with some reasonable number of active members. Fundamentally, it is the organizational quality of your club which makes the important difference to be what [...]