Ninth Biennial Convention
Augustana University College, Cambros AB
June 12 - 15, 2003
ELCIC Group Services Inc (Pension and Benefit Plans)
In April 2002, Carole Cockrell retired from the position of Executive Director of ELCIC Group Services Inc. The new Director is Ms Hildy Thiessen and National Church Council was pleased to welcome her when she presented the GSI report to the September 2002 Council meeting. National Church Council thanks Ms Thiessen and the Board for their fine work in providing a quality program of pension and benefits to ELCIC employees. The full report of ELCIC Group Services Inc is included in the Bulletin of Reports in the section GSI, Page I-1.
Evangelical Lutheran Women
The ELW's annual Praise Offering funding appeal has provided significant financial support to the ELCIC. In the past few years of fiscal constraint, the Praise Offering funds have been especially appreciated. National Church Council acknowledges the important and valuable contribution of the ELW to the life of our church.
The report of the ELW is presented in the section ELW, Page J-1.
Global Hunger and Development Appeal
A report on the work of the Global Hunger and Development Appeal (GHDA) is included as Appendix #9, Page X-31. As you will note from the report, GHDA suffered a shortfall in budgeted, undesignated giving last year. Despite this shortfall, GHDA continues to support global hunger and poverty alleviation efforts around the world and at home in Canada.