The Board wants to express its deep gratitude and appreciation to four board members who are leaving us. Three have been officers of the board for several years.
Ken Vogel has served as President of the Board of Trustees for the past two years. He earlier served for eight years as Treasurer and Board member. His leadership has been remarkable, moving us more firmly into our policy-based governance model. He is calm, orderly, and respectful, willing to express his opinion but careful not to influence others unduly. The Board has been in excellent hands with Ken. He has kept us on task and on time! It has been a genuine pleasure to serve with him.
Mary-Jane Cross has served for 6 years on the Board of Trustees, 5 of them as an officer. She was first the Clerk, then as officer names changed, she became the Secretary. Mary-Jane’s extensive knowledge of church history and governance have served the Board brilliantly and will be missed by all of us. We will miss her wise counsel as well as her compassion, generosity, and willingness to roll up her sleeves and pitch in on any task that was needed. Her attention to detail is impressive and has kept the Board working smoothly.
Carrie McAvoy served on the board for four years and as Vice President for the last two. She has been dedicated to the role of communications liaison with the congregation, helping to draft Soundings notices and announcements in the bulletin. Her professionalism, her analytical approach to problem solving, and her passionate commitment to the mission have been admirable. Her contributions to Board discussion have always been thoughtful and valuable. We Board members have observed her as faithful and supportive wife, then grieving widow, and now as ministerial candidate! We will miss her and wish her well.
Alex Gormley has been a true pleasure to work with. Her cheerful presence at Board meetings will be missed. We are sorry that she must step down from the Board at this time but admire her decision to pursue a Master’s degree and fulfill laudable and demanding career goals. We wish her all the best and thank her for her service.