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          Society Page                                                                             February 2006
                                                                     A monthly newsletter for Members, Officers and Staff
                                                                     of the Atlanta Council of the St. Vincent de Paul Society

        For Presidents                     Take A Walk, Feed A Neighbor
First quarter financial reports were      As a Vincentian, you’re aware of the       receive the net proceeds (60%) of the
due at the Council office on January      many hungry people who live in             funds they raise. The remaining 40%
15.                                       Georgia. But, just how bad is the          covers the ACFB’s expenses related
    Conference Updates                    problem?                                   to the event.
Charles Mulvenna is the first President   Our current state population is over       The funds raised are restricted to food
of the new St. Mary Magdalene Con-        8.6 million people. Of that, almost        programs; certificates for clients, food
ference in Sharpsburg. Contact: 770-      10% receive food stamps every              purchases or operational expenses
716-5224 or               month, according to the Atlanta            related to food pantries run by Con-
Juddy Blount is the new President of      Community Food Bank (ACFB).                ferences.
Our Lady Queen of Angels Conference       Almost 13% of all Georgia house-
in Thomson. Contact: 706-595-5922 or                                                 As an added incentive, the Council
                                          holds are classified as being “food        will give $500 to the Conference that                      insecure.”
Mary Smith is the new President of the                                               raises the most revenue.
St. Pius X Conference in Conyers.
                                          Feeding the hungry is one of the           All Conferences are invited to form
Contact: 770-922-6350 or                  Society’s missions, so we have again       teams for some friendly competition                          partnered with the ACFB and other          to raise funds for the Society. Last
                                          faith-based organizations to sponsor       year, teams from about 20 Confer-
Tom Warren is the new President of the
St. Theresa Conference in Douglas-        the 2006 Hunger Walk/Run fund-             ences participated.
ville. Contact: 770-947-2403 or           raiser.
                                                                                     The Hunger Walk/Run fundraiser is a                      But we need help from all Confer-          family event, so moms, dads, kids and
Jim Gildemeyer is the new President of    ences. Specifically, participants are      grandparents can walk or run to-
the St. George Conference in Newnan.      needed for Hunger Walk/Run, which          gether. Teams may also consist of
Contact: 770-304-2482 or                  is slated for the afternoon of Sunday,     fellow employees from a company,                         March 12.                                  parish members, clubs or high school
Blanca Petitone is the temporary con-     For the first time, Conferences will be    and college sports teams.
tact person of the St. Thomas the Apos-   able to raise funds to benefit their
tle Conference in Smyrna. Contact:        own clients. Each Conference will                                    cont. on page 3

Member Training is scheduled at the        Archbishop Gregory Invitational Track Meet
following location:
- Mar. 25, St. Matthew, Tyrone, 9:00        Promises Fast-Paced Fun and Excitement
     am to 1:00 pm
For reservations, please RSVP to          Mark your calendars for Tuesday,           A full slate of track and field events is; 770-458-2507       March 14. That’s the date for the          planned: long jump, shot put, high
March 12. Hunger Walk/Run. Turner         Archbishop Wilton Gregory Invita-          jump, discus, triple jump, hurdles,
Field, Atlanta.                           tional Track Meet, which will be held      relay races, and individual races at
March 14. Archbishop Wilton Gregory       at Blessed Trinity High School in          distances ranging from 100 meters to
Track Meet. Blessed Trinity High          Roswell.                                   3200 meters.
School, Roswell.                          The track teams from four Catholic         Trophies will be presented to the top
April 5-8. U.S. National Council          high schools will be competing:            men’s and women’s teams. Out-
Midyear Meeting. St. Louis, MO.           Blessed Trinity, Marist, Our Lady of       standing Athlete Awards will be
April 8-9. Dogwood Festival. Piedmont     Mercy and Pius X.                          presented to the top two men and top
Park, Atlanta.                            Several Georgia state record-holding       two women competitors.
April 29. Spring to Life 2006. Our        athletes will be defending their titles,   Proceeds from the meet will benefit
Lady of the Assumption Church,            so the competition will be intense.        the Society. We will also have a
Atlanta. All members invited.             The opening ceremony will be at 3:30       donations truck there, so spectators
August 26-27. Annual Collection for       pm. The meet will start at 4:00 pm         are encouraged to bring food
St. Vincent de Paul Society Atlanta       and should end around 8:30 pm.             donations. For more information,
Council at all parishes.                                                             contact Marty at
                          News Briefs                                                       Condolences and
       Society Invited to                     Smith Named to Board                          Prayer Requests
       Dogwood Festival                    Dr. Iris E. Smith, a faculty member of
For the second year in a row, the So-      the Rollins School of Public Health at     Condolences to the family and
ciety has been invited to participate in   Emory University, has accepted a           friends of Mary DuFries, wife of
the annual Atlanta Dogwood Festival.       position on the Atlanta Council’s new      Robert DuFries, member of Our
                                           Board of Directors.                        Lady of the Assumption Confer-
The Festival will be held on April 9-                                                 ence.
10 at Piedmont Park in Atlanta. The        The other appointed Board members
Festival’s highlight is the Artist         are Bill Caesar (McKinsey & Co.)           Please pray for Mike Hunter, son
Market, which showcases the work of        and Frank Craft (North Georgia             of staff member Annie Hunter.
over 220 photographers, painters,          United Methodist Foundation).              Please pray for Randy Beers, son-
sculptors and craftsmen. Musical           The remaining Board members                in-law of staff member Lynn
performances are also scheduled.           include the Acting District Presidents:    Berlon.
The Festival is open from 10 am to 8       • Bill McGregor, District 1 Cobb
pm on Saturday and 10 am to 7 pm           • Tom Turner, District 2 North Fulton,
on Sunday.                                 • Jay Dahlquist, District 3 Gwinnett         Attendance Record Set
                                           • Raul Trujillo, District 4 Intown
The Society will have a table in the       • Tim Cox, District 5 Southwest               At Member Training
Community Corner section. We will          • Dick Valentino, District 6 DeKalb       We had a record 52 people attend the
distribute information and other           • Howard McKinley, District 7 East        recent regional member training at
materials. We need volunteers, so                                                    the Good Shepherd Parish in Cum-
please contact       Acting District President Tim Cox
                                           has a new email:                          ming. The attendees were from five
         Special Thanks                         Conferences and two parishes with-
                                                                                     out Conferences.
Special thanks to outgoing Confer-         Phyllis Morris has been named as the
ence Presidents David Bir (St. Pius X,     Spiritual Advisor to the Board.           The meeting again demonstrated the
Conyers); Bob Kiel (Our Lady Queen         Finally, a Board Retreat will be held     need for pre-registration, so there are
of Angels, Thomson); and Karen             on February 25.                           enough seats and materials for every-
Kipp (St. Theresa, Douglasville).                                                    one, minimizing disruption and maxi-
                                               Spring to Life Horizon                mizing participation.
     KEY COUNCIL STAFF                     We’ve been announcing the date of         Thanks to the Good Shepherd Vin-
 Nina C. Harrison                          our annual Council-wide event for         centians for their gracious hospitality.
 Executive Director                        Vincentians since last summer. Plan-      We were the first group to use their
 770-457-2920;       ning is underway and we will have         new parish center.
 Susan Butler Allison                      more details, a member registration
 Director of Operations                    form and a Top Hat nomination form        Also, thanks to the St. Vincent de
 770-576-4077;        with the March issue of Society Page.     Paul Parish of Dallas for hosting the
 Jane Currie                                                                         Member Training in January.
 Director of Merchandise Donations         Spring to Life, a day of information
 770-576-4082;         and rejuvenation, will be held on
 Mary Davison                              Saturday, April 29 at Our Lady of the             Website Update
 Director of Development                   Assumption Church, from 8:30 am to        A new Conference Corner has been
 770-576-4076;        5 pm. The church is located in Dun-       added to the Member News page of
 Eleanor Hunter                            woody, inside I-285.                      our website.
 Director of the Learning Center
                                           One of the workshops will be on           The Conference Corner features news
 Martin Kraft
                                           planned giving. You will receive          and announcements from Confer-
 Director of Communications                information on how to make a chari-       ences including new officers, upcom-
 770-986-4209;          table gift now without using funds        ing events, weddings, births, anniver-
 Susan Stevenot Sullivan                   you need to live on; how to minimize      saries and retirements.
 Director of Conference Services           your income taxes; and how to mini-
 770-458-2507;       mize the inheritance and estate taxes     In the near-future, an interactive form
 Munaa Shariff                             your beneficiaries must pay.              will be added to this webpage to
 Car Donations                                                                       enable members to directly submit
                                           For more information about the            news items and other announcements
                                           planned giving workshop, contact          via email.
    SVdP CLIENTS NEEDING                   Mary at
     ASSISTANCE SHOULD                                                               Our website is and
                                                                                     to access the Members Only section,
      CALL: 770-458-9607
                                                                                     you must type the password, fredoz
              Conference Reports Past Due                                                  Woman of the Year
Thanks to all Conferences that have        District 6                                The Sacred Heart of Jesus Confer-
completed their financial reports and      Our Lady of the Americas                  ence in Hartwell has named Eleanor
annual reports. However, many Con-         District 7                                Nagele as its Woman of the Year. She
ferences have not sent in their reports    St. Pius X                                was a starting member of the confer-
to the Council office. These docu-         District 8                                ence in 1993 and has been very active
ments are mandatory.                       St. Paul the Apostle (roster only         since then.
All report forms and instructions are      submitted)                                Eleanor’s activities include:
available on the Members Only              Missing Full Member Rosters               Extraordinary Minister of Holy
section of our website:                    (due Oct. 31, 2005)                       Communion, Vincentian, member of                                                                     Our Lady’s Circle (parish ladies
                                           District 2                                organization), and choir member.
The following Conferences have             St. Thomas Aquinas
missing annual reports and/or              St. Jude the Apostle                      Eleanor works weekly as a hospital
member rosters:                            District 3                                volunteer and volunteers at two
                                           St. Patrick                               nursing homes, visiting patients and
Missing Annual Reports AND                                                           running bingo games for their
Rosters (due Oct. 31, 2005)                District 6
                                           Corpus Christi                            entertainment.
District 1                                                                           She also volunteers at the local
St. Joseph, Marietta                       Missing Financial Reports From            community clothes closet, sorting
District 2                                 Year End (due Oct. 15, 2005)              clothes and packing food bags.
Holy Spirit                                District 2
St. Peter Chanel                                                                     Congratulations to Eleanor Nagele,
                                           St. Peter Chanel, 3rd and 4th quarter     Sacred Heart of Jesus’ Woman of the
District 4                                 District 4
Sacred Heart, Atlanta                                                                Year!
                                           Shrine of the Immaculate Conception,
St. John the Evangelist                    3rd and 4th quarter                             Birdies for Charity
                                           Sacred Heart, Atlanta, 4th quarter        The BellSouth Classic PGA Tour golf
                                                                                     tournament is hosting a special golf
                                                                                     event at the Sugarloaf Country Club
Hunger Walk, cont.                              H&R Block Program                    in Duluth to raise funds for local
                                           The H&R Block company offers a            charities.
To help you organize your team, free
promotional posters, brochures and         fundraising program to benefit non-       Birdies for Charity hopes to collect
donation envelopes are available from      profit organizations like the Society.    donor pledges of 1 cent or more for
the Council office.                        The Nonprofit Referral Program will       every birdie made by the PGA Tour
                                           give $20 to the Society for every         players during the BellSouth Classic
Serious runners can enter the 10K          Society-referred client that uses H&R     (March 27 - April 2).
Certified Race, which is a qualifier       Block to prepare their income tax
for the annual Peachtree Road Race.                                                  Several Conferences have already
                                           returns.                                  registered as Birdies charities. To
Casual runners and walkers can enter       The clients must use special referral     participate, Vincentians must select
the Fun Run and Walk, which offers         forms when they have their taxes          one of these Conferences to receive
the option of 5K or 10K courses.           done. The clients also receive $10        their donations.
Those who would rather watch than          from H&R Block.                           Other Conferences that wish to
walk can become Phantom Walkers            The Nonprofit Referral Program runs       register may still do so. For more
and simply make a donation to the          from January 1 through April 15. For      information, contact Jay Dahlquist at
Society.                                   more information, contact Sean  
Hunger Walk/Run will be held at            O’Neill at H&R Block, 404-252-
Turner Field in downtown Atlanta.          2615.                                           Conference Moves
Registration starts at 12:00 noon, and
the 10K Certified Race begins at 1:00                                                The Prince of Peace Parish and
pm. The Fun Run/Walk begins at 2:30
                                                 Volunteers Needed                   Conference have moved from Buford
pm. For more information, contact          Volunteers are needed to sort donated     to Flowery Branch. The new address
Marsha at               merchandise and assist customers in       is: 6439 Spout Springs Road, Flowery
                                           the Council office thrift store and our   Branch, GA 30542; 770-945-2244.
Hunger Walk/Run is an excellent
                                           Vinny’s Weigh-n-Pay. Call Susan at
opportunity for all Vincentians to get
                                           770-576-4077 for schedule informa-
                                                                                            Food Pantry Low
together for a worthy cause. We hope                                                 Conferences are asked to schedule
to see you there.                          tion or email
                                                                                     food drives to replenish the Council’s
                          - Martin Kraft                                             Food Pantry. Contact Susan at 770-
             Communications Director                         3                       576-4077 or .
       Tax Rules for Charitable Giving Set for Reform
Tax incentives for charitable giving       change under the panel’s proposals.         Finally, the panel issued a broad
could alter dramatically if recommen-      To assist taxpayers in claiming             recommendation that Congress recon-
dations made by a presidential com-        deductions and the IRS in verifying         sider the types of organizations quali-
mission become law. In November            deductions, charities would be obli-        fying for tax-exempt status, arguing
2005, President Bush’s Advisory            gated to report gifts over $600 direct-     that a tax exemption should only be
Panel on Federal Tax Reform released       ly to the IRS and the taxpayer.             extended to organizations “truly
an extensive set of proposals for          The panel also recommended simpli-          serving the public interest.”
reforming and simplifying the U.S.         fying the tax rules surrounding chari-      Without offering specific advice, the
tax code. A comprehensive tax bill         table donations made using IRA              panel suggested that lawmakers
passed later in November by the            funds. Because donors who contri-           review the standards for qualifying
Senate incorporates elements of the        bute assets from a traditional IRA to a     and maintaining tax-exempt status, as
panel’s recommendations on                 charity must include the amount in          well as tighten the oversight and
charitable giving.                         income and claim a charitable contri-       governance of charitable
The most radical change to charitable      bution when filing taxes, some donors       organizations.
giving incentives proposed by the          are currently unable to deduct the          This article is reprinted with
panel is the recommendation that           entire amount, the panel observed.          permission of Tauber & Balser, P.C. It
taxpayers be permitted to deduct only      To alleviate this problem, the panel        originally appeared in the Winter
charitable contributions exceeding         recommended that taxpayers over the         2006 issue of the NFP Newsletter.
1% of income. The panel observed in        age of 65 be permitted to make tax-
its report that the current deduction      free gifts from their traditional IRAs
for giving is only available to those      directly to qualified charities.
taxpayers who itemize deductions.                                                             Volunteer Thanks
                                           The panel also addressed the chal-
The panel also noted that more than        lenge of valuing non-cash donations         Several groups of volunteers came to
three-quarters of the estimated tax        for tax purposes. “Valuation is espe-       the Atlanta Council office in January.
expenditure for charitable contribu-       cially difficult for unique property        They included groups from Hands On
tions in 2004 benefited the 12% of         that does not have an established           Atlanta/Americorps; Successful
taxpayers with cash income of              market value,” the report said. “In         Women Making a Difference; Kraft
$100,000 or more.                          addition, the IRS does not have a           Foods; Druid Hills Cadets; Alpha Phi
“Americans by their nature are gener-      cost-effective way to verify the value      Omega, Oglethorpe University; and
ous and have always supported chari-       of donated property. This provides an       St. Philip Benizi Youth Group.
table causes, not only as a regular        opportunity for some taxpayers to           Many thanks to all of the parishes and
routine of giving back to the com-         overstate the value and inflate the         other groups that referred volunteers
munity, but also in response to times      amount of the tax deductions claim.”        to us. If you would like to volunteer
of great need or natural disasters,” the   Particular problems arise when cer-         at the Council office, please contact
panel said. “This support is likely to     tain types of donated property, espe-       Susan at or 770-
continue, even if changes in law           cially used cars and partial interests in   576-4077.
affect the tax benefits of giving.”        real estate, are sold by middlemen or
The recommendation that taxpayers          brokers who receive greater benefit
be permitted to deduct charitable gifts    than the charities themselves, the              Food/Clothing Drives
of more than 1% of their income, the       panel asserted.                             Special thanks to the Immaculate
panel added, “is based on the obser-       To prevent these abuses, the panel          Heart of Mary Conference (Atlanta)
vation that most taxpayers already         recommended that taxpayers be per-          for hosting a food and clothing drive,
contribute more than 1% of their           mitted to sell property and claim a full    and to the St. Benedict Conference
income to charity.”                        charitable deduction if the entire sales    (Duluth) for hosting a food drive.
In 2003, nearly three-quarters of          proceeds are donated to charity within      If your Conference would like to con-
individual taxpayers who claimed           60 days of the sale. No capital gains       duct a food or clothing drive, contact
deductions for charitable contribu-        taxes would be levied on the appreci-       Jane: or 770-
tions gave more than 1% of adjusted        ation of the property.                      576-4082.
gross income, the report said. Putting     Better standards for appraisals are
in place a fixed percentage of income      needed, as are new penalties for
as the threshold for charitable deduc-     appraisers who misstate the value of
tions would provide a uniform incen-       property, the panel maintained. The         Congratulations to Society members
tive to contribute, regardless of          use of do-it-yourself receipts should       Debbie Garoni and Gary Shane on
income, the panel observed.                be replaced by itemized receipts from       their recent marriage. Both are mem-
Reporting requirements for both            charities.                                  bers of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
charities and donors would also                               4                        Conference in Hartwell.

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