Vestry Highlights – monthly meeting of Feb. 10

* Praised and applauded Betty Becker-Theye for doing a “super job” as treasurer of St. Margaret’s for the last 18 months, a position she undertook on short notice and has ever since filled with exceptional competence and good humor. The Vestry subsequently voted another highly qualified parishioner, Doug Mayer, into office as treasurer. A former Senior Warden, Doug recently completed five years as chair of the finance committee for the Diocese of Maine.

* Discussed concerns of some parishioners that they have trouble hearing readers at the podium. Sometimes that has been because the mic has not been turned on or is not tilted down to the reader, and these issues will be addressed. It is also planned to get a new, wider step-stool to enable short readers to speak into the mic more easily.

* Discussed suggestions to clear outside access to the Parish House door nearest the church and to the door in the connector to make them available for emergency exits. The Vestry voted not to shovel a path to either door lest that would encourage people wanting to reach the office to try those doors, which remain locked. However, it was noted that in case of emergency, either door can be opened from the inside to allow people to get out.

* Encouraged parishioners to don Mardi Gras beads and colorful attire for the Shrove Tuesday pancake supper at 6 p.m. Feb. 17. Ash Wednesday services the next day will be at noon and 6 p.m., in place of the usual 9 a.m. Wednesday service. The GBAM Lenten luncheon series will start on Feb. 25 at noon at St. Margaret’s.