Annual Meeting 2021
2021 proves to be an exciting and a challenging year for St. Paul's. We will continue our navigation of a Covid world and adapt where necessary, ensuring that St. Paul's continues to be a spiritual home for the beloved and broken.
As with so many other gatherings, the annual meeting of St. Paul's will be affected by the pandemic. As your new Dean, it is my desire to respect the traditions and uphold the bylaws of the cathedral while ensuring that all members can fully participate in a safe and healthy manner. While we are still finalizing the planning, I want to take this opportunity to let you know what to expect:
- The annual meeting will take place online on Sunday, January 31, 2021, at 11:00 a.m.;
- We would invite you to participate through Zoom. If you do not have a computer or are not comfortable with Zoom, there will also be an option to participate by telephone;
- The agenda for the meeting will be the same as it would be for an in-person meeting, including the selection of junior warden, treasurer, four vestry members and eight convention delegates, presentations from the officers and various guilds, and the 2021 budget;
- The nominating committee for the vestry is already at work seeking candidates for the four open positions. Since it will be logistically difficult to take nominations from the floor, we invite anyone who would like to nominate himself, herself or another person to do so no later than January 13. Click [HERE] for the nomination form for vestry and [HERE] for the nomination form for convention delegate if you wish to make a submission. Candidates will need to include a short biography and a photo;
- Procedures for the election of the vestry and convention delegates will be somewhat different. As always and according to the bylaws, any person 16 years of age or older who is a communicant in good standing at St. Paul's (for this meeting, defined as attending three or more in-person or virtual services in calendar year 2020 and have been faithful in working, praying and giving for the spread of the Kingdom of God.”) and who attends the annual meeting will be permitted to cast a ballot;
- Ballots may be cast electronically by email, or with a paper ballot. Instructions on how to request and return both electronic and paper ballots will be sent in mid-January;
- In order for a ballot to be counted, a voter must do two things: (1) Return a ballot to the cathedral by email, regular mail or in person; AND (2) Attend the annual meeting either by Zoom or telephone.
The cathedral continued to function with the hard work of the wardens, treasurer, clerk and vestry this year. The vestry as a whole is integral to the mission and ministry of the cathedral. The diocese held its first convention under the leadership of Bishop Poulson virtually in November with great success and we follow their lead. While the business end of the cathedral may not be uppermost in our minds during these challenging times, it is fundamental to allow us to continue our ministries. Mark your calendars and I hope you will join me at the upcoming annual meeting.
With gratitude and fondness,