Preparing for Leadership Elections at the Annual Meeting- 2018

Jan 04, 2018

This post by Sr. Warden, Nora Howell, originally appeared in St. Mark’s e-Gospel newsletter, on Friday, January 5, 2018. (Wait…you don’t get the e-Gospel? Subscribe now!)

After our wonderful COLD Christmas season, we now turn to the matter of who our elected leaders will be for the next few years effective after the Annual Meeting on Sunday, February 25th. The following contains key dates and information for those considering running to be a Vestry member or a Delegate to the Diocese.

Every year the overall election process is managed by a Nominating Committee made up of outgoing Vestry members and two members of the parish appointed by the Senior Warden. This year the Nominating Committee members are Karen Wiedemann (chair), Doug Jackson, Fritz Henn, Josie Jordan, Kenn Allen, and Nora Howell.  Anytime you have a question about the process, please seek one of these people out because they will know the latest and the greatest.

The role that all of us can play is to encourage people that we think would be good leaders to think about running for office. My experience is, I think, typical:  I first thought seriously about running for office when someone asked me to consider it.  So please encourage people you think could represent us well and ask them to volunteer in this important way.

The process begins with an announcement of key dates, followed by people volunteering to run for various offices and being prepared to tell the congregation why they want to serve. This year we will be electing three members of the Vestry and one Diocesan Delegate.

The timetable is as follows:

Sunday, January 7th – Nominations OPEN
Sunday, January 21st  – Nominations CLOSE
Thursday, January 25th – The candidate slate will be posted in the lobby, on the website, and via e-Gospel.
Sunday, February 25th – Annual Meeting. Elections will take place during the annual meeting.

Here are some additional resources for information and procedures related to the 2018 Annual Meeting, including specifics about the roles of Vestry member and Diocesan Delegate:

·       Running for Office at St. Mark’s

·       Nomination Petition Form

·       Annual Reports for past years can be found on the Leadership and Governance page.


See you in church,


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