Highlights from the Annual Meeting, Part I (Nov. 15)

At the Annual Meeting Part 1 last Sunday, Deacon Tom Duplessie announced he will be retiring on June 19 next year, the 12th anniversary of his ordination to the deaconate. However, he will continue as a member of St. Margaret’s, “just enjoying sitting in the pews for a change,” he explained to laughter and applause.
Tom McCord, chair of the Finance Committee, presented a draft budget for 2016 for discussion. The proposed budget totaling $190,750 includes a line item of $4,103 for mission outreach, based on a 10 percent tithe of endowment income that was approved by the Vestry at its Nov. 10 meeting. The budget also includes a small salary increase for the organist, her first in several years, and some shifts and adjustments in other expense accounts. Overall the draft budget is $2600 higher than the budget for 2015. Final figures will depend upon pledges received by the end of the year. The final budget will be voted on by the Vestry and then at the Annual Meeting Part 2 in January.
Copies of a constitution and bylaws for St. Margaret’s were passed out and then approved by the parish.
As the final order of business, Courtney Collins, Ken Taylor and Larry Theye were elected to three-year terms on the Vestry, starting Jan. 1, 2016. Courtney, who serves on the board of Coastal Mountains Land Trust, started coming to St. Margaret’s as a summer visitor from New York State in the 1990s, and has lived here year-round since 2012. Ken Taylor, a retired Humanities faculty member at the University of Maine, has come to St. Margaret’s after being part of the Aroostook Episcopal Cluster and serving on the Vestry of St. Paul’s, Fort Fairfield. Larry Theye has been a member of St. Margaret’s for 23 years and has served on the Belfast City Council and been president of Belfast Rotary and the Belfast Senior College.