Western North Carolina Conference
Saturday, January 12, 2013
St. Joseph AME Church
†The Western North Conference Lay Organization met Saturday, January 12, 2013 at St. Joseph AME Church in Durham, North Carolina.† The meeting was called to order by Bro. Dwight Patterson, President, who gave way to our chaplain, Sis. Myrtle Mayo.† The Lay Hymn began the devotion followed by the chaplain leading us in prayer. Sis. Mayo provided a brief word from Philippians 1:27.† The responsive reading of the Lay Litany concluded our devotion service.
†Bro. Patterson brought forth to the body the need for the election of delegates, for the upcoming Lay Biennial. The election will be held during the March meeting in Greensboro.† Also if any members are interested in running for a connectional office, the Letter of Intent can be retrieved via the website.†
The welcome address was delivered by the host president, Sis. Phyllis Shumate.†
The roll call of officers was conducted by Sis. Boneita Page, the recording secretary, followed by the reading of the minutes.† The minutes were motioned and seconded by Bro. Wilbert Hooker and Sis. Mayo respectively and approved by the body.† The President then gave way to the host pastor, Rev. Philip Cousin, Jr.† Bro. Patterson then called for the report from the corresponding secretary, Sis. Barbara Smith. This report consisted of a thank you card from Presiding Elder and Mrs. Pridgen for the Christmas gift.† Per the President, the Lay gifted each Presiding Elder $50 and the Bishop $100.† ††
The Treasurerís report was reviewed by the financial team, Sis. Mozell Weston and Bro. Woodrow Winchester.† Sis. Hague explained the search engine, GoodSearch, as being one of the organizationís ongoing fundraisers.† She solicited the body to use this method instead of the commonly known engines, to increase our treasury.† The report was received as information only.
†The Lay Institute - Sis. Jacqueline Kanipes:† This information segment of the meeting involved the changes of the Connectional Constitution and By-laws.† Along with the mission statement addition and purpose, the DOLA also highlighted the recent changes of the duties and obligations of the Lay Executive Board.† This presentation provided the body the upcoming items that will affect the organization on all levels, connectional, district and conference.†
Bro. Patterson acknowledged the members of the conference who recently encountered death in their families: Bro. Bernard Parker lost his uncle and the Yount Family lost Sis. Bernice Yount.† He announced that all announcements that are to be disseminated on behalf of the WNCC Lay will be approved by him.†††††
The Lay Convention will be held February 13th, 2013 in Raleigh, NC at the North Raleigh Hilton.† Registration of $50 will be accepted on site.† The Districtís Founderís Day will convene on the following two days at the same location.
Sis. Kennetra Irby, Young Adult Representative-YAR, presented her report of the upcoming fundraiser, Jack & Jill Extravaganza, to be held Saturday, April 20th at St. James-Winston Salem.† Sis. Irby also read the letter she will send to each lay president/church highlighting the agenda of this event along with upcoming events scheduled for 2014.†
Sister Stephanie Moore is the host president for the WNCC Lay Night during the Annual Conference. †The discussion of assistance for planning this event was concluded with the resolution that Sis. Moore will reach out to other members to create this committee.†
Bro. Hooker represented the Budget Committee and discussed the newly proposed budget.† The corrected items discussed will be taken back to the committee and reviewed for approval.† The new budget will be presented to the body during the next meeting.††
Welcome to our first-time attendees: Bro. Jackson - St. Joseph/Durham; Sis. Devoe(sic) - St. Paul/Chapel Hill and Bro. Alex Harper - Bethel/Greensboro.†
Bro. Richard Hunter, along with volunteers from the body, will construct a letter to our Presiding Elders on behalf of the WNCC Lay regarding issues that we would like to be considered and discussed.† This letter will be presented to the organization before being submitted to the recipients.†
The meeting was adjourned.