The 149th Annual Meeting was held on a snowy Sunday, January 17, and included several important elections.
Clare Andreasson, Eddie Grim, Maria DiStefano-Post, and Marian Vermeulen were elected to fill three year terms on the vestry, while Anne Montgomery was appointed to replace Dixie Stephen for a one-year-term.
Elizabeth Blondia, Bob Foote, and Rosemary Hagan were elected as diocesan delegates to the annual convention. Greg Hagan, Bill Pierce, and Mary Pierce are alternates.
Barbara Klugh and Kate Wood were elected by acclamation to the 2016 nominating commitee, which is charged with identifying candidates for next year’s elections.
Congratulations to the new members of the Grace leadership team.
Changes to two different bylaws–Bylaws for Grace Episcopal Church and Bylaws for the Grace Episcopal Church Foundation–were also presented.
The Grace Church Bylaws were amended to reflect current practices, and all amendments passed.
The first three amendments to the Bylaws for the Grace Episcopal Church Foundation passed as follows:
- Amendment I – 96% PASSED
- Amendment II – 95% PASSED
- Amendment III – 95% PASSED
- Amendment IV – 63% FAILED
The fourth amendment, which would have made it possible to invade the foundation principal with an affirmative vote of 75% of the vestry and a simple majority of the members of the parish of the church eligible to vote at a duly called parish meeting was defeated. Because 75% of the members did not approve the amendment, use of principal remains as it is.
Note that the absentee ballots for the 4th amendment to the Foundation Bylaws were not counted because an amendment changed the amendment wording. Absentee voters had been informed that this might occur.