Committees and Members


As Friends do not have a traditional minister and staff, Meeting acts through its committees.  From a Business Meeting of the whole to a Relief Committee with three members, activities in Quakerism are accomplished through Committees.

Committees have either a clerk for a long standing committee such as Ministry and Counsel or a convener for a short-term committee such as a Clearness Committee.  Like all Quaker activities, committees begin and end in silent worship and members await the leading of the Spirit in the transaction of business. Committees are therefore forms of worship that are Spirit-led.

In order to ensure a democratic distribution of authority, the clerk and other members of committees serve only for a specified length of time. All Meeting members and attenders may be asked to sit on committees, depending upon their leadings and the discernment of their gifts by the Nominating Committee.

Anyone with a leading for service to the community should contact the Clerk of Nominating or any Member of the Nominating Committee to make that leading known.

POSITIONS & COMMITTEE MEMBERS FOR 2019 (All positions are for one year, renewable except for the Nominating Committee terms which are for two years, staggered terms, renewable once, and Ministry & Counsel terms for 3 years, renewable once, staggered terms.)

CLERKJane Alexandre

RECORDING CLERK: Stephen McDonnell

ASST. RECORDING CLERK: Bernard Winter

FINANCE COMMITTEE: Charlene Ray, Pamela Wood

TREASURERAn open position

ASSISTANT TREASURER: Bryan Oettel

MINISTRY AND COUNSEL: (Terms end in January)

2020: Ed Elder, Karen Taborn, Tom Goodrich (all first term)

2021: David Fletcher, Charlene Ray (second term) Jerry Reisig (partial term)

2022: Ron Rieder, Jason McGill , Pamela Wood (all first term)

RECORDER FOR MEMBERSHIP/HISTORIAN: Helen Garay Toppins

NOMINATING

2020: David Britton, Ernie Buscemi (partial term) 

2021: 2 open positions

HOSPITALITYJoyce Richardson, Charlene Ray, Richard Schmidt, Bryan Wigfall

FIRST DAY COORDINATORS: Sally Campbell, Richard Schmidt

FIRST DAY MEETING FOR CHILDRENErnie Buscemi, Sally Campbell, Tom Goodridge, June Tano 

(Note – Meeting for Children includes First Day Caregivers, parents and children)

LIBRARY/LITERATURE COMMITTEE: Corona Machemer, Richard Schmidt, Jane Alexandre

LIBRARIAN: Sally Campbell

RIVERSIDE SPACE COMMITTEECharlotte Ehrman, Sally Campbell

COMMUNICATIONS AND WEBSITE COMMITTEE: Corona Machemer (Convener), Bryan Oettel, Kathy Stackhouse, Emily Bishop

PEACE AND SOCIAL CONCERNSDavid Fletcher and Corona Machemer (Convenors), Committee of the Whole

ARCH VISITORS: Sally Campbell, Kathy Hinton, Dot Savage, John Tweddle, Convener: Charlene Ray. AGING CONCERNS is a committee of the whole.

COMMITTEE FOR PRISON MINISTRY: Ernie Buscemi, David Fletcher, Helen Garay Toppins, Pamela Wood, Someone needed for correspondence.

QUARTERLY NOMINATING (MMM appointment)David Britton

YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS: Currently Ministry & Counsel is in charge.

FRIENDS IN UNITY WITH NATURE: Tom Goodridge


LIAISONS/REPRESENTATIVES:

FRIENDS COMMITTEE ON NATIONAL LEGISLATION (FCNL): Kathy Stackhouse

 NEW YORK YEARLY MEETING: Pamela Wood

 NEW YORK YEARLY MEETINGS FOR DISCERNMENT: Peter Beck

 RIGHT SHARING OF WORLD RESOURCES: Sally Campbell

 

Sources of information for the following Organizations

AMERICAN FRIENDS SERVICE COMMITTEE: Pamela Wood 

FRIENDS GENERAL CONFERENCE: Sally Campbell 

PENDLE HILL: Stephen McDonnell

POWELL HOUSE: Charlene Ray

QUARTERLY MEETING LIAISON: Ed Elder

 

NEW YORK QUARTERLY MEETING POSITIONS  (Filled by Joint Nominating, except for Morningside’s Appointment to the Joint Nominating Committee):

CLERK: Nancy Britton (1 term of a possible 5, ends 2019)

TRUSTEES: Katharine Alford (2nd term ends 2021), Barton Dominus (term ends 2019)

ASSISTANT TREASURER: Barton Dominus

AUDIT & BUDGET: Kathy Stackhouse (term ends 2021)

CEMETERY COMMITTEE: Bryan Oettel (partial term ends 2020)

COMMITTEE FOR THE DOWNTOWN ALLOWED MEETING: Sally Campbell (term ends 2020) and Richard Schmitt (term ends 2019)

COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE: Bryan Oettel, David Britton

EDUCATION FUND: Bryan Wigfall (term ends 2021)

NYQM MINISTRY & COUNSEL: Karen Taborn (partial term ends 2019)

NYQM NOMINATING: David Britton (partial term ends 2020)

RELIEF COMMITTEE: John Slater (term ends 2020)

THE GREAT LAKES (Africa) EDUCATION COMMITTEE: Corona Machemer