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In a little less than a year, we will be enjoying NAGA’s Triennial gathering in Austin, TX. It will be big and wonderful, as things are in Texas. At that meeting, six new board members will be elected to serve 2018 – 2021. Help us choose from our ranks of skilled and devoted altar guild members from around the United States — and help us create a wonderful legacy.

All nominees must be members of the Episcopal Church and current members of NAGA. Experience counts! More information on qualifications can be found below.

Please use this Nomination Form to recommend those you ask. Send the completed form with your suggestions and a note stating their qualifications to Sarah Hill by October 15. Your nominating committee will carefully review all of your suggestions.

Profiles of potential board members will be presented in the Winter issue of Epistle The election will take place at the 2018 NAGA Triennial meeting July 5-11. The NAGA board meets once a year for a total of three meetings. I can vouch that it is indeed a privilege to serve on this board and share this essential ministry with those who love it, too. It is the biggest honor to prepare the table for each Eucharist celebrated and to glorify God in all that we do.

~ Sarah Hill, NAGA Nominating Chair

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Requirements by Office:

President—Chief duties include presiding at all meetings; general supervision of all matters pertaining to NAGA; serving as editor-in-chief of Epistle newsletter; being a member of the finance committee.

First vice president-—Presides in the absence of the president and assumes those duties at such times; represents NAGA when necessary; serves as program chair for the NAGA triennial meeting; performs such other duties as requested by the president.

Second vice president—Presides in the absence of the president and first vice president, assuming their duties at such times; serves as membership chair; performs such other duties as requested by the president.

Secretary—Receives and replies to routine correspondence; gives written notice to all meetings, together with agenda; keeps the minutes of the National Altar Guild Association, its board and executive committee; has a copy of NAGA bylaws available at all times.

Treasurer—Responsible for all NAGA funds, their receipt, investment and distribution; maintains an accurate record of all monies received and disbursed on behalf of NAGA; chairs the finance committee and manages funds in accordance with its financial policies; serves on any other committee regarding finances; provides quarterly reports to the board; posts bond and arranges for an accredited auditor’s printed report for the triennial meeting; performs such other duties as requested by the president.

Nominating committee chair—By means of publication in Epistle, invites members’ recommendations for eligible candidates to fill the slate of candidates to be offered for election at the NAGA triennial meeting.

In addition some degree of competency in computer skills applies to all positions, chiefly useful for rapid communication, but also for the maintenance of computerized membership, financial records and reports. Organizational and secretarial skills are highly valued. (Walking on water is not completely necessary.)

General requirements: 

NAGA bylaws require your nominee to:

(1) Be a member of the Episcopal Church;

(2) Be a NAGA member in good standing;

(3) Have served as an officer of a parish altar guild (president or nominee must have completed at least one full term on the NAGA board);

(4) Agree that, if selected as a candidate, she/he will not accept the position of deputy or alternate House of Deputies, delegate to the triennial meeting of the Episcopal Church Women, or of any other committee or organization which might detract from her/his ability to attend all NAGA meetings, unless appointed as NAGA representative by the president.

You and your nominee may wish to be reminded that an officer (president, 1st vice president, 2nd vice president, secretary or treasurer) may not serve more than two consecutive terms in the same NAGA office. (Note: all present NAGA officers are serving for the first time in their respective roles.)

Also, NAGA officers and nominating committee chair elected at the triennial business meeting, usually held during General Convention, serve “until the next General Convention” (Note: terms of officers shall begin at the Installation of the Officers, with the exception of the Office of Treasurer. The incoming Treasurer’s term shall begin on January 1st of the following year.”)

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