2007 June (Parish Life) Minutes


Diocesan Meeting
Parish Life Conference Plymouth, MA
Thursday, June 28, 2007
OPENING PRAYER -
The meeting was opened at 2:45 PM
with the Antiochian Women’s Prayer led by Fr. Edward Hughes and singing
of the Troparian of the Dormition led by Marilyn Robbat. There were 29
members present.
ROLL CALL
Executive Board Present:
Advisor - V. Rev. Edward Hughes, President - Priscilla Goss, Vice President - Marilyn Kurban, Treasurer - Carol Swydan, Secretary
- Pam Samara, Past President - MaryEllen Mabardy, Coordinators:
Cultural - Nora Walker, Website - Melissa Nassif, Humanitarian - Gladys
Laham, Membership - Marilyn Robbat, Religious - Kh. Louise Ferguson
Parish Delegates:
St. Mary Cambridge – 1 St. George Norwood – 1 St. Michael Cotuit– 0
St. John Dedham – 4 St. George W Roxbury - 4 All Saints Mission S Weymouth – 1
St. George Lawrence – 0 St. George Worcester - 4 St. Elias Mission Fall River - 0
St. George Lowell – 0 St. Mary Pawtucket – 4
SECRETARY’S REPORT- Pam Samara
Minutes of the meeting at St. Mary Pawtucket on April 28 were read. A motion to accept was made by Salwa Khoury and seconded by Marilyn Robbat.
TREASURER’S REPORT – Carol Swydan

Our checking account balance was reported, as well as the totals of our
CD’s. A motion to accept the report was made by Violet Robbat and
seconded by Joyce Hanna.
VICE PRESIDENT - PROJECT – Marilyn Kurban
Marilyn
thanked all who have supported the Retired Clergy Fund, and gave an
itemized listing of all the donations from each parish. Our total this
year is $13,662.13. A motion to accept the report was made by Gladys
Laham and seconded by Joyce Hanna.
SPIRITUAL ADVISOR’S REPORT– Fr. Edward Hughes
Fr.
Ed has been the Women’s Advisor for more than 15 years, and he thanked
us for all our work during that time. He spoke of the need for a
complete slate of officers for next year, and encouraged all to become
part of the executive board. ‘All ladies are born leaders’, and we
should all participate at some time, in the running of our
organization. After some gentle encouragement, we had volunteers for
each office.
ELECTIONS - Past President MaryEllen Mabardy
The slate of officers for 2007-08 was announced, and voted on:
President – Nora Walker (St Mary Pawtucket) Treasurer–Carol Swydan (St George Worcester)
Vice President – Delores George (St George Worcester) Secretary–Nancy Ghantous(St GeorgeWRoxbury)

Public Relations – Pamela Samara (St George Worcester)

COORDINATORS AND COMMITTEE REPORTS:
CULTURAL COORDINATOR– Nora Walker
Continuing
her series on religions, Nora reported on the similarities and
differences between Christianity, Judaism and Islam. She also gave us a
chart titled “Religions of the Middle East”, comparing various aspects
of these religions, including place of worship, leadership, writings,
feasts, fasts, symbols, etc.
RELIGIOUS COORDINATOR – Kh. Louise Ferguson
The
PreLenten Retreat was held on February 10 and had 45 participants. Fr
Eugene Pentiuc was the speaker. Thanks to the Women of St. George
Norwood, for their hospitality and delicious lunch. Ideas for future
Retreat speakers and topics may be sent to Kh. Louise.
HUMANITARIAN COORDINATOR – Gladys Laham
Thanks to all who supported the project this year – toys, books, etc to the Childrens’Hospital in Boston.
MEMBERSHIP– Marilyn Robbat
Continuing with her efforts to raise awareness of women's health issues, Marilyn gave us a handout on “Depression in Older Adults.”
WEBSITEMelissa Nassiff http://www.antiochian.org/neraocwna
Updates
to our website were described in Melissa’s report. She invites
comments and suggestions to make the site more inviting, informative
and useful.
CHAPTER REPORTS
Reports were given from each Chapter President on the past years’ activities, programs, membership.
ARCHDIOCESE CONFERENCE

The Conference will be July 23-29 in Montreal, Canada, hosted by St.
Nicholas Church. Delegates will be Priscilla Goss, Kh. Louise Ferguson,
Kh. Margaret Wilhelm, Kh. Erin Kimmet, Gladys Laham, and Salwa Khoury.
Also from our Diocese will be our NAB Officers, Violet Robbat and
Marilyn Robbat.

PRESIDENT’S REPORTPriscilla Goss
Priscilla
gave sincere thanks to all the women of the Diocese and to Father Ed,
for support and friendship during her tenure as President. We in turn
thank Priscilla for her leadership, friendship, and all the work that
went into keeping our group so strong.
A MOTION TO ADJOURN was made at 3:20 by MaryEllen Mabardy and seconded by Marilyn Kurban.
Fr. Ed led us in a prayer, and then we all enjoyed the rest of the weekend’s Conference activities.
Respectfully Submitted, NEXT MEETING: TBA Fall 2007
Pam Samara, Secretary