Annual Meeting Resources
The 2020 National Forum Annual Meeting will be Virtual
Friday, September 11 through Monday, September 14, 2020
Dear National Forum Stewards,
These are the materials for the Forum’s upcoming Annual Meeting – during the days of September 11th - 14th. As stewards, you are cordially invited to participate!
I’m looking forward to our work as church musicians – clergy, choir singers, chanters, and youth music leaders all together! What’s significant this year is that, thanks to some of the “lemonade” that has come out of our struggles with the pandemic, many more of you may be able to participate and see the workings of your national church music ministry in action. In the past, time, distance, costs, and other obligations may have kept many stewards away, but this year, with thanks to Zoom, you have an excellent opportunity awaiting you!
You’ll find four documents about the meeting:
- An invitational flier that you can use for further distribution, as all Forum stewards are invited to participate, not just Coordinating Committee members, although only they have voting powers (each Metropolis Federation has 5 Coordinating Committee members who form the legislative body of the Forum).
- A detailed schedule of the program indicating the various segments of the meeting over the four days. We had to account for different time zones, different times for lunches and suppers, and attention span, thus our decision to schedule shorter sessions during a day as opposed to longer marathon meetings!
- A fillable Registration Form – please return to me by September 1st
- And last, a fillable Stewardship Form for those of you who are not yet current in your 2020 stewardship. This year, there will not be a registration fee for the Annual Meeting, but we hope you’ll consider that in making your stewardship contribution
Please be registered and in good standing by September 1st. After that date, you’ll receive materials for the meeting and the links and passwords to Zoom.
I hope you are pleased with the structure and content of the meetings, and the additional opportunity to attend the two workshops that will occur on the Friday before and the Monday after the meeting. Also, look especially at Sunday, where we have figured out how to attend church together and also a way to publicly present the St. Romanos Medallion to this year’s (secret) recipient. See also that we’ll even try to “replicate” in a small way those informal gatherings and conversations that have usually occurred after a day of meetings – a wonderful way to connect with church musicians from across the Archdiocese!
If you have any questions or need more information, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I hope to greet you in September!
In His Service,
Dr. Vicki Pappas, National Chairman
Election of a new National Chairman
At the 2020 National Forum Annual Meeting we will be electing a new National Forum following the falling asleep of our last elected National Forum, Maria Keritsis of blessed memory, in 2019.
The following 3 individuals have been nominated to run for the office of National Chairman. Click on their names to see read their biographies and read letters in support.