VOTF OFFICE News
From VOTF president Jim Post
I am pleased to report that a Search Committee is being
formed under the leadership of its chairman Mark Mullaney.
Mark is a founding member of VOTF and serves as Executive
Director of the Mind Body Medical Institute (affiliated
with Harvard Medical School). Other members will be
named following consultation with the Council Steering
Additional details will be available shortly. Meanwhile,
inquiries can be forwarded to Mark Mullaney at c/o VOTF,
P.O. Box 423, Newton MA.
Mark Your Calendars for the VOTF National Convention
on July 9-10, 2005 in Indianapolis, Indiana!
Indianapolis was the unanimous recommendation of the
Convention Exploratory Committee, which was formed to
investigate and recommend a site and date for a 2005
VOTF Convention. Committee members were: Maria Cleary,
Northern NJ; Betty Clermont, Atlanta, GA; Pat Gomez,
Concord, MA; Vince Grenough, Louisville, KY; Larry Mulligan,
Grand Rapids, MI; John Ryan, Peoria, IL; Marilyn Wells,
NW Chicago suburbs, IL; Gaile Pohlhaus, Philadelphia,
PA (Rep. Council Steering Committee); and Ann Carroll,
Boston, MA (VOTF Treasurer). An important factor in
the site selection was the desire to acknowledge that
VOTF has become a national (and international!) movement
of lay Catholics. Members of the VOTF National Representative
Council, which is comprised of affiliate representatives
from across the US and abroad, recently voted overwhelmingly
in favor of approving the Exploratory Committee’s recommendation.
Convention planning is shifting into high gear. Volunteers
are sought (from all corners of VOTF) to serve on a
wide range of Convention Planning Committees, including:
Program Development (prayer, speakers, breakout sessions,
liturgy, and outreach); Promotion/Publicity/Tickets
& Communication; Operations (logistics, signage, etc.);
Finance (budget, registration, etc.); and Technology.
The specific time commitment for each committee will
vary, but all will require frequent emailing and regular
conference calls. Throughout the convention planning
process, additional volunteers will be sought for specific
tasks. All VOTF members who are willing to donate their
time and talent to planning this wonderful undertaking
are urged to contact Ann Carroll (email@example.com).
Monthly updates will appear in each issue of In the
Vineyard, so stay tuned!
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