Parish Meetings / Vestry Elections
The parish bylaws provide for an Annual Parish Meeting on the first Sunday in February. The primary purpose of this meeting is to fill Vestry terms which end at that time. The Vestry is the parish's governing board. It is responsible for all of the temporal affairs of the parish and has oversight over the full range of its ministry and mission. The Vestry includes a Senior Warden, a Junior Warden, and twelve Vestry Members. The Rector also is a member of the Vestry and serves as its presiding officer. The Vestry elects other officers and officials including the Treasurer, Register (Secretary), Lay Delegates to the Diocesan Convention, and chairs of Vestry Committees. These may or may not be Vestry members, although usually they are not. Each year at the Annual Meeting, one Warden and Four Vestry members are elected. This is done on the basis of a slate presented by the Nominating Committee, which the Vestry confirms on the recommendation of the Rector and Wardens, and nominations from the floor if any are made. Other business also comes before the Annual Meeting, most typically including reports on financial performance for the year just concluded, the operating budget fo the year ahead, and stewardship as reflected in the results of the Every Member Canvass.