|"We are guilty of many errors and faults but our worst crime is abandoning
the children, neglecting the foundation of life. Many things we need
can wait. The child cannot. Right now is the time his bones are being
formed, his blood is being made, and his senses are being developed.
To him we cannot answer ĎTomorrow.í His name is Today."
- from Noble Prizewinner, Gabriela Mistral
The St. Francis Prep Fathersí Guild was founded in 1957 as a fund raising and support organization to the Prep. During the past several years, the Guild has been able to raise money which has been used to hold down the cost of tuition and to further many of the programs and activities offered at the Prep.
The Guild promotes a closer spirit of cooperation among the students, fathers, and teachers at the Prep. Guild membership is automatic for any father or male guardian of all students. There is no assessment of fees and members are invited to attend all meetings.
About the Fathersí GuildYou may be asking yourself, why join the guild? I pay tuition, let someone else do it. I donít have time; I work two jobs. My wife always takes care of the kidís education. I was active in elementary school; I want to slow down. No one appreciates what I do.
The membership is made of people just like you. No cliques, just men willing to give of their time. In the process we have some fun. It is important for our children to see us give of our time without expecting a reward. Not everything we do in life has to have a price tag. However, much of what we do does, and if youíre not happy with it, perhaps our way is better.
Most of the active membership doesnít know the last names of the people they work next to during an event. Nor do we have any idea what that person does for a living. What we do know is that the person assisting cares about the Prep, cares about his child and is willing to give of himself. He is also someone who has to cut the grass, work the overtime, take his wife shopping, gets blamed for something that goes wrong in the house and knows how to laugh when he is with his Fathersí Guild brothers.
Yes, a Fathersí Guild member is the person to the right or left of you. He is the person willing to walk the extra mile and he is the person who is the most successful person you know, because he is loved by his children.
Our GoalsThrough active involvement and participation in a series of social events throughout the year, the Guild demonstrates to students and others the continued commitment of current and alumni parents to the economic and spiritual welfare of St. Francis Prep.
The Fathersí Guild Welfare FundThe Guild also sponsors a tuition assurance program to pay the remaining cost of a studentís tuition at Prep in the event of the death of either parent or legal guardian. There is a one-time charge at initial registration. It covers the entire studentís remaining years at St. Francis Prep.
The assets of the fund can be used only for the expressed purpose of providing for the continuance of a Franciscan Education at St. Francis Preparatory.
The Monthly MeetingsThe Fathers Guild meets at 7:30 PM on the 1st or 2nd Tuesday of each month, unless the school is closed. Notice of the meeting is sent by mail.
Our Request to YouWe ask two things: that each father becomes an active member of the Guild and that you and your friends support the various social events sponsored by the Guild during the year.
President: James Eck
Co-Vice Presidents: Joseph Dubowski, Al Vecchione
Co-Secretaries:David Callaghan, Eric Dietmann
Treasurer: Ron DiGangi
Event Coordinator: Kevin Brudie
Moderator: Br. Leonard Conway, O.S.F.
|Voice Mail: 718-423-8810 x 311|