Fonds 032 - Francescan Outreach Society fonds

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Francescan Outreach Society fonds

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WVAN 032

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38 cm of textual records
94 photographs

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In 1986, with close to 60 members, the Francescan Society was renamed the Francescan Outreach Society, and registered as a charitable trust. It continued the regular fundraising and outreach activities of the organization until 1989 when, after more than twenty years assisting numerous North Shore organizations, and individuals, the group ceased operations.

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In 1967, two members of the West Vancouver Anglican church, St. Francis-in-the-Wood formed the inter-faith female fellowship group, the Francescan Society. Commonly known as The Francescans, the stated purpose of the group was "to share time and talent to provide outreach in the community and to raise funds for the community."

The Francescans provided financial assistance to many North Shore organizations such as Meals on Wheels, Emily Murphy House, North Shore Association for the Physically Handicapped, North Shore Adult Daycare Centre, West Vancouver Daycare, and West Vancouver Community Help and Information Centre. The group's popular fundraisers included spring luncheons, strawberry teas, rummage sales, dinners, and special events. In the early 1980s, The Francescans also ran the refreshment garden during Community Day in West Vancouver.

In 1986, with close to 60 members, the organization was renamed the Francescan Outreach Society, and registered as a charitable trust.

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The fonds consists of material relating to the establishment, fundraising, and social activities of the West Vancouver charitable society, the Francescan Outreach Society, and their predecessor, the Francescan Society, more commonly known as the Francescans. The records include society acts, meeting minutes, annual reports, treasurer's reports, membership lists, appreciation certificates, correspondence, documents, forms, newsletters, publicity material, newspaper clippings, and photographs.

The fonds is arranged into the following series:
Series 1: Constitution and incorporation
Series 2: Minutes
Series 3: Reports
Series 4: Membership
Series 5: Certificates
Series 6: Correspondence
Series 7: Social events
Series 8: Newsletters and publicity material
Series 9: Newspaper clippings
Series 10: Photographs

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Access to records in series 4, Membership, is restricted. Records must be reviewed before access is provided.

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BCAUL control number: WVAN-3628

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Revised January 2010.

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