Academic journal article Anglican and Episcopal History

Minutes of the Annual Meeting of the Board of Directors of the Historical Society of the Episcopal Church Saturday, 23 June 2007 Williamsburg, Virginia

Academic journal article Anglican and Episcopal History

Minutes of the Annual Meeting of the Board of Directors of the Historical Society of the Episcopal Church Saturday, 23 June 2007 Williamsburg, Virginia

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The annual meeting of the Board of Directors of the Historical Society of the Episcopal Church (HSEC) convened at 9:30 a.m. in the Woodlands Conference Center in Williamsburg, Virginia, on Saturday, 23 June 2007. Officers and directors present were: Fredrica Harris Thompsett, Alexandra Gressitt, Edward L. Bond, Meiynn Glusman, Mark Wastler, J. Robert Wright, Ted Gerbracht, Al Moss, Alan Hayes, Grant LeMarquand, Brooks Graebner, Robert Prichard, Pamela Darling, James Bradley, Mark J. Duffy, John F. Woolverton, Joan Gundersen, Gardiner Shattuck, Patrick Mauney, Frederick Quinn, Willis Moore, and Christopher Agnew. Karen Meridith (HSEC Administrator) and A. Margaret Landis (Editor of the Historiographer) were also present. Joining during the course of the meeting was Thad Tate (Past President). President Thompsett opened the meeting with a prayer from St. Thomas Aquinas. Following introduction of those present, the President shared the regrets of directors Harold Lewis and Craig Townsend, as well as AAEHC committee member Gene Lowe, who could not be in attendance. Added to the agenda of the meeting were the following items of new business at the request of members of the Executive Committee: 1. committee renaming and restructuring; 2. strategic thinking; 3. honoringjohn F. Woolverton. Under old business, the President offered to share with directors a copy of the materials generated in response to the advertisement that appeared in the 2006 General Convention issue of Episcopal Life lauding Bishop and Confederate General Leonidas Polk as a martyr. These items included the letter objecting to the advertisement that President Thompsett and Al Moss wrote on behalf of the HSEC board, as well as the responses to that letter from the Episcopal Life Editor and several readers. The directors approved the minutes of the 2006 meeting of the Board of Directors as printed in the December 2006 issue of Anglican and Episcopal History (AEH).

TREASURER'S REPORT AND BUDGET

Treasurer Ted Gerbracht observed that the overall financial situation of the Society remains stable and predictable. He reported that official action of Executive Council re: tax-exempt status and official recognition as The Historical Society of the Episcopal Church was still pending. The President, Treasurer, and Historiographer will seek informal conversation with the secretary of General Convention, Gregory Straub, at the upcoming Tri-History Conference to facilitate resolution of the issue. The Treasurer also observed that the proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year reflected chiefly the goal of sustaining the current activities of the Society, but did not reflect any new strategic direction for the Society. He encouraged the Board to engage in conversation about such directives that might be implemented in future budgets. The Board accepted the Treasurer's report.

REPORT ON MEMBERSHIP

Secretary Brooks Graebner reported that the Business Office Manager, May Lofgreen, prepared the annual membership report and offered an analysis of the declining number of members (776 members in 2007 compared to 835 members in 2006). In a memo addressed to the Secretary and the Chair of the Promotions Committee, Patrick Mauney, she attributed the decline chiefly to having an aging membership and to transitions in parish leadership. She also noted movement within the membership categories, with some regular members now retired and others choosing to become sustaining members and even benefactors. Patrick Mauney added the further comment that the current decline is part of a longer trend, beginning at least six years ago. The Secretary's report was approved.

PRESIDENT'S REPORT

The President briefly noted the meeting of the Executive Committee in February 2007, held at Virginia Theological Seminary. She reported that the meeting was chiefly devoted to matters relating to the transition in editorship of AEH and preparations for the Annual meeting of the Board of Directors. …

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