House of Studies Alumni Society Formed


Visiting Fort LigonierVisiting Fort LigonierOn September 3, 2010, under the guidance of Bishop Thomas and Fr. Joseph Allen, the Antiochian House of Studies created the framework for the new AHOS Alumni Society. Writes the Rev. Martie Johnson Jr., U.S. Navy Chaplain and Association Vice President, "On this historic day, after some eight full hours of meetings, nearly thirty students erected the framework for the AHOS Alumni Society under the auspices of Bishop Thomas and Father Joseph.  The By-Laws, Board of Directors, and Officers are now in place to take the next step of ratifying, reviewing, and fully implementing the follow-on elements necessary to launch this organization after the prayers and counsel of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America and Metropolitan Philip." Go here to view a photo gallery of the Village meetings.

Vice President Johnson's report reads as follows:

From:  AHOS Alumni Association Vice President

To:  His Grace Bishop Thomas

RE:  Report – Initiation and Planning Meeting for Alumni Association (ANECDOTAL)

Abstract:  On this, the thirtieth anniversary of our beloved Metropolitan Philip’s dream of educating the church and the world more fully in the Orthodox faith, the students of the AHOS, consistent with the vision and inspiration of Bishop Thomas and Very Reverend Joseph Allen, endeavored to construct a framework to establish an Alumni Association.

1.)   On September 3, two meetings were held which included all students present at Antiochian Village from all the AHOS programs.  Overseen by His Grace Bishop Thomas and under the leadership of Father Joseph Allen and Father Elias Bitar, students undertook discussions to construct, evaluate, and provisionally ratify the Association By-Laws.

2.)   The first meeting’s discussions focused on the organization structure as it relates to officers and to spiritual direction from Bishop Thomas and moral and ethical guidance from Father Elias Bitar.  It was critical to all present that the Metropolitan’s vision and leadership be followed and manifested in the process and the result.  This meeting included discussions on processes for including all persons in all programs at AHOS to build robust membership of current and former students, inspire and support reunion events, and erect a framework for mentoring as well as ‘giving back’ to AHOS.  Additionally, this meeting was the foundational meeting to discuss the process for reviewing and adopting By-Laws.

3.)   The second meeting, which was delayed until after dinner to include the D.MIN students, was held to review and vote on the slates for a board of directors and officers, and to conduct a line-by-line review of the By-Laws before voting on them.  During this meeting, a slate was developed wherein both a Board of Directors and Association officers were presented, discussed, and carried. 

In sum, on this historic day, after some eight full hours of meetings, nearly thirty students erected the framework for the AHOS Alumni Society under the auspices of Bishop Thomas and Father Joseph.  The By-Laws, Board of Directors, and Officers are now in place to take the next step of ratifying, reviewing, and fully implementing the follow-on elements necessary to launch this organization after the prayers and counsel of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America and Metropolitan Philip.

This summary is anecdotal. Please refer to the forthcoming notes and minutes of the day’s agenda, activities, votes, and by-law discussions/emendations found in the official minutes (to be maintained by the AHOS secretary).

Respectfully submitted, 

Rev. Martie Johnson, Jr,

Chaplain, U.S. Navy

USS Emory S. Land (AS-39)