Kenya Smith, Director of Leadership Development, spoke of the Youth on the Move program which strives to provide middle and high school students with opportunities that will prepare them for success as adults. Students gather in Ezzard Hall at Emmaus House after school, three days per week. Caring staff check in with each student about their day and students receive homework assistance. Students participate in enrichment activities and are encouraged to explore colleges and careers through workshops and presentations as well as engage in discussions and experiences that are motivating and empowering.
After three dozen plus books were delivered to Emmaus house, we received this note:
Dear Phillip and Members of the Vergers’ Guild,
Thank you for the donation of books to the Youth on the Move program at Emmaus House. I was so happy to learn that vergers purchased ALL the books the Cathedral Book Store brought to the winter assembly! You are such a great group! Youth on the Move scholars will enjoy the prize-winning African-American novels and non-fiction books, and Emmaus House will benefit from this excellent collection for years. I appreciate the vergers’ kindness and generosity.
Director of Education Services
Business of the Chapter:
The meeting was called to order by Chair Phillip Knight. followed by an opening prayer, approval of the 2016 Summer Assembly Minutes, and a report from the Treasurer Karl Sachsenmaier. There is over $300 in the treasury with $2500 outstanding loan to the VGEC, which expected to be paid soon.
Training Officer Ruth Anne Tatum reported that, with the assistance of Canon Thompson-Quartey, the Verger Customaries developed in 2014 will be distributed to the current list of Interims and Priests-In-Charge. Chuck Dale gave a brief Communications report, followed by an update on the first three weeks that Conference Registration has been open. Vergers will be attending from as far east as London and as far west as Honolulu. Several Canadian Vergers have also registered.
The Chair announced that our next Assembly will be hosted by St. Bartholomew’s in Atlanta. The first officers of the Chapter were installed at St. Bart’s on May 22, 1992. We will rejoice in the MEG Chapter’s 25th Anniversary with a celebration being led by Bishop Wright. Our Chapter is the second local Chapter of the VGEC and is the largest Chapter, with most number of Vergers of any Diocese in the VGEC.
Vice Chair Martha-Sue Blythe closed the meeting with a prayer.
Bill Monk has created a Gallery for the Winter Assembly including photos and the three videos mentioned earlier.