A Letter from the President

president of First Presbyterial, of course.

Dear Ladies of First Presbyterial,

I hope that this letter finds you well and looking forward to attending our Annual Meeting at Pressly Memorial Church in Statesville on Saturday, August 20, 2011.  The ladies there have been working diligently to make it a great experience for all of us.  If you have not already done so, please let them know that you plan to attend by emailing your “rsvp” to presslymemorialarp@gmail.com.  This will give them an approximate “head count” for the lunch which they will provide.

Our speakers will be Val Shepherd and Judi Hodges. Both will have an excellent message.  Some lovely music will also be an integral part of the program.  After our meeting, there will be a workshop for your treasurers and a showcase with additional information (and candy) for you.  We are usually done by 1:30 or 2:00.

Besides installation of officers for the 2011-2012 year, we will be voting on a proposed change of date for our annual meeting beginning in 2012.  As you may remember, we voted at last year’s meeting to go back to a January – December year.  To transition into it, incoming officers would serve from September 2011 thru December 2012.  Thereafter, officers would serve a January – December term.  Your board felt that an October Saturday would be better with this change for several reasons.  We currently meet on the third Saturday of August.  We are voting to change the meeting to the third Saturday in October. First, this will allow 3 months transition time from old to new officers—time for leadership training or possibly a retreat for orientation (this is your local group’s decision if you would like to take advantage of this time).  Secondly, August has been a difficult time for many of you to attend because our current date is often vacation time or time to take your child to college, etc.  Most of our Presbyterials currently meet on our date so it is nearly impossible to get someone from our Synodical board to attend.  Thirdly, changing your year to a calendar year does not mean that you have to change your Bible study.  Some groups find that the current year study needs a bit more time or you may choose a summer option such as a ladies meeting with combined circles once or twice during the summer or just taking the summer off.  It is your local church’s option.

According to our bylaws, each church may send 4 voting delegates to the annual meeting.  It is suggested that they be 1. president or vp as alternate, 2. treasurer or any member of the board, and the last two are at large from the women of that church.

There will be a series of “area” meetings taking place in the coming year.  Your church will be notified of the time and place for yours. The first will be held on September 17th at First ARP Church in Gastonia. The Hendersonville group will meet in October. If you would like to host a meeting at your church for churches in your area, let me know.

It has been a privilege and an honor to serve as your president this year.  May God Bless You All!!!!


Vicki C. Marsh

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