Vestry highlights – February 15, 2015 meeting

Vestry Highlights 2-15-2015
As clerk of the vestry I have been authorized by the rector and the senior warden to provide the following report of the most recent vestry meeting. Full minutes of the meeting will be posted after their approval at the next regular vestry meeting. In the meantime if you have questions or want more information, contact any vestry member.
The Vestry’s first regular meeting of the year involved many new things. The new Rector, the Rev. Scot McComas, new Jr Warden Charles Busey, and new Treasurer Doug Watson met with the Vestry for the first time. The newly elected class of Vestry was largely made up of new Episcopalians, although another new member has been a part of St. Martin all his life. The question “Why?” was asked many times as those new to the process at St. Martin worked to learn everything they could as fast as they could.
The Vestry adopted a new School Playground Policy, clearly outlining the policy for use of the new playground equipment. Manufacturer guidelines set weight limitations for use of the equipment. Previous Vestry discussions had involved the difficulty of enforcing weight limitations in the policy. The discussions ended when some young mothers on the Vestry reminded everyone that most small children and even some mothers don’t know how much the child weighs, but all children know how old they are. It was decided the policy would state that the current playground is to be used only by children 6 and under, during daylight hours, under parental supervision. The policy will be posted everywhere necessary and all adults of both church and school are expected to help enforce the rules in a loving, caring way.
The Treasurer reviewed the new format for the monthly financial report and made note of the format changes requested by Vestry members.
Changes are needed to the school website. The Rector will take care of decision making regarding the website, using the help of the Senior Warden, Annette Duff, Cindy James and Susan Kleinwechter. He plans to meet with them before the next school board meeting.
St. Martin’s school continues to thrive, and plans to offer kindergarten classes in the fall.
For the benefit of all members the procedures were reviewed for handling the communication cards and revised Vestry Person in Charge duties.
A Vestry retreat for all Vestry members, Rector, clerk and treasurer will be held April 25, 10 AM – 1:30 PM, in the home of Gil and Susan Kleinwechter.
The Rector appointed the following persons to head committees for the coming year: Jack Bailey will chair the Finance Committee, Joy Malmgren the Mission and Outreach Committee. Other committee chairs and the members of committees will be announced later.
A Newcomers Dinner will be held Saturday, March 21 beginning at 6:15 PM, following the 5 PM service. Childcare will be provided.
Starting March 2 our Rector will have regular office hours, afternoons 3:30 – 7:30 PM, Monday Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, or by appointment to or 704-779-6113.
2015 Vestry members: Gregory Anderson, Bob Bess (Senior Warden), Jack Bolerjack, Charles Busey, Annette Duff, Pat Hollifield, Gil Kleinwechter, Elizabeth Mason, DJ Mitchell, Courtney Mullaney, Cyndy Sulots, Jim Wilson.