2010 Annual Gathering Minutes
The Honorable G. Barry Anderson called the convention to order in business session at 3:07 P.M. on Monday, October 4, 2010.
Barry Anderson began with the proposed rules of the convention as presented in the convention binder.
M/S/P To adopt the convention rules as amended (all changes to by-law changes to the trustees by 5 pm)
M/S/P To authorize the chair to appoint necessary committees for the convention
The chair appointed Rev. Tony Stoutenburg, with the assistance of Mrs. Sharon MacFadyen (LCMC Director of Operations) to the credentials committee.
Tony Stoutenburg reported that the total attendance at the gathering is 1067 persons, which include 220 visitors, 381 members, and 466 delegates, representing 337 congregations. As of today LCMC consists of 545 congregations. 495 of these are US congregations in 40 states.
The chair appointed Calvary Lutheran Church with the assistance of Sharon MacFayden to the arrangement committee.
The chair appointed Sue McKenzie as recording secretary for the 2010 convention.
The chair moved to the minutes of the previous convention. With no corrections or revisions, the chair entertained a motion to accept the minutes as presented.
M/S/P To approve the minutes of the 2009 LCMC convention as presented.
Barry Anderson gave a brief overview of the election process. He reminded us that people are elected from an area but represent the association as a whole. Areas are only for the election process. Area distribution is behind tab 7.
M/S/P To approve the apportionment of areas for election of trustees for October 2010 as presented under Tab 7 of the convention packet, as recommended by the Board of Trustees.
Elections for 2010 will be in areas 3, 4, 5, and 6.
M/S/P To approve the apportionment of areas for election of trustees for October 2011 as presented under Tab 7 and as recommended by the Board of Trustees.
Mrs. Anne Gran presented the Treasurer’s report, which had been prepared by Mr. Kirk Dean.
M/S/P To accept the treasurer’s report
M/S/P To nominate Barry Anderson to serve as permanent convention chair for 2010
The business session recessed at 3:37pm
The business session was moved back into session on Tuesday October 5, 2010 at 2:58pm.
The chair reviewed the election process as two areas have three persons running for election to the Board of Trustees.
These elections will be held by secret ballot at 5:30pm. A majority vote of those present and voting is needed to win the election. This could go to second and third ballots if needed.
Mark Vander Tuig presented a resolution from the board:
We believe that God has orchestrated a remarkable opportunity for our association that has come to light during our time together here at Calvary. We have been brought together with representatives of the Mekane Yesus Church in Ethiopia, a church that currently has significant relationships with Lutherans in America. Together we have recognized amazing similarities in mission focus, polity, structure, and ministry.
We authorize the LCMC Board of Trustees, along with other interested parties, to explore and develop a relationship with the Mekane Yesus Church of Ethiopia and its sister churches present in the United States.
Mark spoke to the resolution. We don’t do hardly anything without the authorization of this body so we were fortunate to meet with representatives of this group at lunch today. We are asking you to give us the authority to meet and have conversation with this group.
M/S/P To authorize the LCMC Board of Trustees, along with other interested parties, to explore and develop a relationship with the Mekane Yesus Church of Ethiopia and its sister churches present in the United States.
MSP to recess at 3:06pm
NOTE #1: Areas 3, 4, 5, and 6 met in caucus to nominate candidates for seats on the board of trustees. Areas 3 & 5 held uncontested elections; returning to service on the Board of Trustees is Mrs. Ann Gran and electing Rev. Bruce Gamache’. Newly elected to serve from the other Areas are Rev. Martha Uecker Nelson and Rev. Kip Tyler.
NOTE #2: Judith Wieserner delegate from St. Paul’s Lutheran Church West Falls, NY asked this body to thank the staff at Calvary Lutheran Church for a wonderful Gathering.
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