Saving Valuable Dollars # 7

October 2014

The seventh annual Saving Valuable Dollars Finance Seminar was held at Techny Towers Conference and Retreat Center on September 30 through October 2, 2014. Participants heard from a variety of speakers, celebrated Eucharist at each day's end, and enjoyed an evening social on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Finance Seminar was co-sponsored by the Chicago Province Finance Office and the Secretariat of Education, Recruitment and Formation. Funding for participants to attend was provided through ongoing education/formation grants.

Photos courtesy of: Bro. Dan Holman, SVD

Nhan Van Tran led the participants in an opening prayer each morning.

Dariusz Garbaciak opened the seminar with a welcome to all.

Jim Braband greeted the participants and reviewed a few of the seminar's objectives.

Participants are ready to learn.

Even the Provincial was ready on Tuesday morning.

Adrena Herbst passed out a handshake and a dollar bill to everyone as she began her basic accounting presentation.

Jesus Martinez reviews a packet of accounting materials. In the background is Ed Tetteh.

Matheus Ro appreciated the accounting materials.

George Koottappillil checks his answers during a budgeting exercise.

Dominikus Baok feels he might have an answer.

Pedro Bou (left) asks Jesus Martinez's opinion.

Bobbie Thomas begins her presentation on the new Morgan Stanley services.

A view of some of the 22 seminar participants.

Jan Pastuszczak delivered a double presentation: Canon Law & Parish Committees and SVD Handbook for Superiors & Finances.

(Left to right) Chau Pham and Walter Mendonca in front; Jerzy Gawlik and Alu Oa in the back.

More participants...still listening, still learning.

Doug Stillings, Sr. VP, Dubuque Bank & Trust, offers timely advice on bank fraud and data security.

Mark Weber (left) asks Doug Stillings a question.

The topic of data security had everyone's attention.

PAG/MEG was explained by Stan Uroda during his Wednesday afternoon presentation.

Listening to Stan's advice are (left to right) Pedro Bou, Vicente Dominguez, Jesus Martinez, Robert Ratajczak, and Alu Oa.

Jan Slattery from the Archdioces of Chicago presented information on internet protocol and behavior.

Robert Ratajczak ponders a point.

Alu Oa reads up on internet protocol tips.

Chau Pham reflects on the day's information.

Quy Dang observes a moment of silence during Thursday morning's opening prayer.

Khien Luu (left) and Mark Weber listen during the seminar's wrap up session.

Guilherme Andrino (left) and Ed Tetteh consider their evaluation of the seminar.