The vestry is the legal representative of the parish regarding all matters pertaining to its corporate property. The number of vestry members and the term of office varies from parish to parish. St. Mary Anne’s By-laws calls for nine vestry members, each serving for a period of 3 years from election to election. No member of the Vestry shall be eligible to serve more than two consecutive terms. Vestry members are elected at the annual parish meeting. The presiding officer of the vestry is the rector.
The basic responsibilities of the vestry are to help define and articulate the mission of the congregation; to support the church’s mission by word and deed, to select the rector, to ensure effective organization and planning, and to manage resources and finances.
We have three vestry vacancies to be filled. Phyllis Doyle and Judy Coudon, are two incumbents who completed their terms and each seek another three year term. Rotating off vestry is Pat Wagner. We are grateful for her service as a vestry person, and thank her for her commitment.
Our Nominating Committee (George Balog, George Kaplan, Fr. John ad hoc) submit Linda Gibeck as a nominee for the vacancy created by Pat. We have Linda’s bio and photo here, so please review prior to the Annual Meeting (Saturday, January 30 at 11AM).
Other nominations may be made from the floor, but those nominations must be members who meet the qualifications of eligibility as defined in Article V, Section 1 of our Bylaws and must have the consent and approval of the member nominated. As is St. Mary Anne’s policy, all nominations from the floor must be submitted prior to the Annual Meeting to verify eligibility qualifications, as defined in our Bylaws, willingness to serve, and so biographical information can be presented to the parish in advance of the Annual Meeting.
Thank you for your attention to this important matter, and to those who are willing to serve.
Father John and the Vestry of St. Mary Anne’s