Information about Grace Annual Meeting on 1/28/18

Junior Warden’s report for 2017

Senior Warden’s Report for 2017

Minutes of the Annual Meeting of the Parish, Grace Episcopal Church, Martinez, California

January 28, 2018

Vestry Members Present:  Stan Applegate (Sr. Warden), Les Marks (Jr. Warden), Sally Hanson, Ron Luttringer, Marj Leeds (Clerk), Lynda Dyer, John Heyse, Barbara Brooks

Vestry Members Absent:  Pat Hambly

Parishioners Present:  Approximately 52 total members of the Parish were present

The meeting was called to order by Stan Applegate at 11:30.

Opening Hymn (Amazing Grace)

The meeting opened with the singing of “Amazing Grace.”

Opening Prayer (Reverend Deb)

Rev. Deb led the meeting in prayer.

Appointment of Clerk –  Marj Leeds

Marj Leeds (M/S/C) was appointed Clerk for the meeting.

Approval of the Minutes – January 29, 2017 Annual Meeting

The minutes of the January 29, 2017 were M/S/C for approval. (John Lee/Don Dyer)

Senior Warden’s Comments – Stan Applegate

Copies of the report were in the meeting packet.  Questions were invited but none were raised.

Junior Warden’s Comments – Les Marks

Copies of the report were in the meeting packet.  Questions were invited but none were raised.

Election of new Vestry members for Class of 2020

Stan Applegate introduced the slate of Vestry members proposed for the class of 2020.  They are Connie Towey, Paula Menconi, and Josh Senn.  Dick Evans moved that the nominations be closed and the clerk be directed to elect the slate unanimously.  Jack Case seconded the motion.  The motion was approved.

Election of 2018 Deanery/Convention Delegates

Stan Applegate introduced the slate of candidates for Deanery/Convention delegates.  They are Pat Hambly, Les Marks, Barbara Brooks and Mary Canale (Alternate).   Dick Evans moved that the nominations be closed and the clerk be directed to elect the slate unanimously.  Don Dyer seconded the motion. The motion was approved.

Treasurer’s Report – Paula Menconi and Marj Leeds

Marj Leeds began by thanking John Heyse for his many years serving as our Treasurer.  She then presented the 2018 budget that was approved by the Vestry in the early January meeting.  There was a question from one of the Parishioners as to how the Diocesan pledge is calculated.  It was answered that it is a set per cent of the operating income from 2 years prior.  There was also a question as to why we have a deficit budget when our Stewardship campaign netted more pledge money this year. Marj indicated that this is the result of moving from a part-time Interim Rector to a full time Rector.  Marj closed her presentation by urging Parishioners to contact her if they have questions about our spending.  She also committed to developing a transparent way to routinely share our financial situation with the Parish.  

Rector’s Report – The Rev. Dr. Deborah White

Rev. Deb shared some of the information in her Rector’s annual report.  In particular she brought forward information on Parish size, the SWEEPS model, and evangelism.  

Recognition of Ministry

Dick Evans presented an Honorarium to Dave Eary on behalf of the congregation in gratitude for all his work for the Parish.  Jessie Senn presented an Honorarium to John Heyse on behalf of the congregation for all of his work.  Great celebration ensued.  

Announcement of 2018 Senior Warden

Rev. Deb announced that Stan Applegate will serve as Senior Warden in 2018.

Dismissal (Reverend Walter)

The group was dismissed at 12:10.

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