Friday, November 28, 2008

Weekly Witness For November 28th

Happy Thanksgiving!

The staff of Integrity USA hope you are enjoying your long holiday weekend. We are too. The Rochester office is closed until Monday morning.

Accept, O Lord, our thanks and praise for all that you have
done for us. We thank you for the splendor of the whole
creation, for the beauty of this world, for the wonder of life,
and for the mystery of love.

We thank you for the blessing of family and friends, and for
the loving care which surrounds us on every side.

We thank you for setting us at tasks which demand our best
efforts, and for leading us to accomplishments which satisfy
and delight us.

We thank you also for those disappointments and failures
that lead us to acknowledge our dependence on you alone.

Above all, we thank you for your Son Jesus Christ; for the
truth of his Word and the example of his life; for his steadfast
obedience, by which he overcame temptation; for his dying,
through which he overcame death; and for his rising to life
again, in which we are raised to the life of your kingdom.

Grant us the gift of your Spirit, that we may know Christ and
make him known; and through him, at all times and in all
places, may give thanks to you in all things. Amen.

General Convention Project Manager Chosen

Mr. Michael S. Bell has been selected to serve as Integrity's half-time General Convention Project Manager/Meeting Planner. Michael has an impressive amount of experience managing complex projects and planning large conferences for the healthcare sector. He demonstrated his dedication and abilities as a tireless Integrity volunteer during the three arduous weeks of the Lambeth Conference last summer.

Michael lives in Southern California and is a postulant in the Diocese of Los Angeles. He will begin work in early January.

Amendments To National Bylaws

Integrity USA has grown rapidly over the past two years. Our staff has increased from a quarter-time employee to two full-time employees and two half-time employees. We have a public office for the first time in our 35-year history. Our grant income has increased dramatically. Our programming, development, and administration have expanded geometrically. In other words, Integrity USA has made a quantum leap to the next level of organizational maturity. It's time for our governance structure to change accordingly!

In response, Integrity's board of directors recently approved a number of amendments to the national bylaws. They include...

. Appointing an executive director as the chief leader of the organization
· Reducing the size of the board of directors
· Converting the regional vice presidents to provincial coordinators
· Forming a stakeholders' council

These amendments must be ratified by the membership before they can take effect. If you are a member whose dues were current as of November 25th, you will soon be receiving an email or postcard [depending upon whether or not we have your email address on file] with voting directions. The polls will open on December 15th and close on February 15th.

While you are waiting for the voting instructions to arrive, click here to read more about what is being altered and why!

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