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LAY NOTEBOOK Volume 17, Issue 3

Post Connectional Biennial Edition

September, 2011

Reflections from the Thirty-Second Connectional Lay Biennial



LAY NOTEBOOK September, 2011 SIXTH EPISCOPAL DISTRICT LAY ORGANIZATION OFFICERS President Gloria T. Byrd First Vice President Michael Brown Second Vice President Henry Chavers Third Vice President Dr. Verma Curtis Recording Secretary Melanie Lucear Assistant Recording Secretary Robbiestein Stone Corresponding Secretary Sondra Barnes Treasurer Maudie Anderson Financial Secretary Waynefield Leonard Chaplain Ola Irvin Historiographer Bettye Draper Parliamentarian Geraldine Monroe Director of Lay Activities Cheryl Robinson Transportation Chairperson L. Jean Swafford Director of Public Relations Robert T. Matthews, III PRESIDENTS EMERITUS Dr. Robert Williams Morris Hannah


Inside This Issue President’s Message

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Meeting Agenda

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Pages 4 - 7

Local Church Lay News

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33rd Biennial Committees Pages 8 -11 Save Morris Brown College Page 11


Parliamentary Procedure

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Mail: Robert T. Matthews, III 811 Sandy Creek Drive, NW

Other District Events

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District Lay News

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Atlanta, GA 30331 E mail:

Tribute to DeVeaux

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Photos: We wish to thank Sister Phyllis Gwennette Boyd for and Brother Alphonso B. Varner for the photo display in this issue of LAY NOTEBOOK. NOTEBOOK LAY NOTEBOOK is the Official publication of the Sixth District Lay Organization of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Articles of interest to the Laity are welcome and should be submitted to the above e mail or mailing address one month prior to our scheduled meeting dates. LAY NOTEBOOK ONLINE: ONLINE

CONFERENCE PRESIDENTS South - Joann Wilson Southwest - Anna Wynn Georgia - Joan Brown Augusta - Eunice Seigle Macon - Latrellis Dent Atlanta-North Georgia Annette Curry

Bishop William P. DeVeaux



Dr. Pam DeVeaux





President’s Message PREPARING FOR GREATNESS We all enjoyed the hospitality of the Fourth Secondly, requesting all Presiding Elder Episcopal District as well as the fellowship District President to begin pushing our with sisters and brothers of our world membership drive. The funds will help all denomination. Sixth District Lay will have to levels to prepare financially for the upcoming work hard to surpass the Fourth. My vision 2013 Biennial. Conference Presidents do encompasses the members of the Sixth not have the access to local churches like District working together, both Lay and our Districts of the Conference Presidents. Clergy, as we prepare for 2013 Biennial. Therefore we are relying on you to push I do not want committees consisting of one this project. Conference or Presiding Elder District. Nor This is the year for our Leadership Retreat do we want Committee chairs that will wait which will be held in Macon on September until the last minute to get a specific project 17th, 2011. Dr. Teresa Fry Brown has President done and end up doing it all by themselves. agreed to present a workshop for us at that Gloria T. Byrd Thanks to technology, you can participate gathering. without leaving South or North Georgia. My goal for the We will ask the Conferences to sponsor condiments and organization is to garner more members by asking side dishes as we have in the previous years and the Sixth non-organized Lay to work with us just on this project. Episcopal District will provide the meats. Fortunately for Let's show them what we are all about in hopes that us our great Chef (First Vice President, Michael Brown) eventually they will join us. Please start now encouraging has agreed to cook for us again. We will make sure we your best singers to join our District Choir which will add fish to the menu for those who are a little more start rehearsals in March of 2012 under the direction of health conscious. Dr. Anthony Stinson and Ms. Joan Gloria Brown. Desig- Hope to see all of you there. nate at least one musician in your conference that can Gloria T. Byrd, rehearse during your conference meeting when possible. Episcopal District Lay President

AGENDA (NO BUSINESS AT THIS SESSION) I. Devotion…...10:00 am II. Reports from Delegates to the 2011 Biennial……….....10:15 -10:45 am III. Workshop………10:45- 12:30 pm IV. Lunch/AME Jeopardy Competition 12:30 -2:00 pm

Quarterly Gathering Saturday, September 17, 2011 Saint Paul AME Church 2501 Shurling Drive, Macon, GA (478) 745-0507 Dr. W. Jerome McClain, Pastor




EDITORIAL BACK HOME IN MICHIGAN!! An Editorial by Robert T. Matthews, III The Thirty-Second Lay Biennial brought back to me a flood of memories of my more than fifty-eight years as a member of the AME Church, and even though I Map of the two peninsulas was born, grew up and of Michigan showing the location of Cass County, MI have lived my entire life in whose County Seat is the Georgia, I e-mailed many City of Cassopolis of my friends and family saying, “once again I was truly glad to be back ‘home’ in Michigan.” Not only was my mind filled with a lot of pleasant memories, but this experience also cemented what I had been taught as a child of what it means when we say that we are AME; and that it is first and foremost to acknowledge that we are not merely Saints Pauls, Saint Lukes, Saint Johns and Bethels, but that we are indeed, global and Connectional. This fact was ingrained and instilled in my conscience by my own mother who was taught this fact by her own parents--whose parents a generation before them were among the original founders of my Local Church. Like her mother, my mother also served for many years as Local Missionary President. My mother eventually married an AME preacher whose name I bear and his father—whose name he bore—was chosen by Bishop Henry McNeal Turner as one of his Presiding Elders during the initial organization of the original Atlanta Georgia Conference. My father’s mother was also chosen as the first president of the Women’s Home and Foreign Missionary Society and the first secretary of the Minister’s Wives Alliance of this conference. So, in the days when not any particular Annual Conference, but the entire jurisdiction of the Presiding Bishop was where the Itinerant Elder could, and would be appointed from year to year, my parents traveled with each new appointment from north to south or east to west to churches from East Point to Thomasville, from Dalton to Valdosta or from Washington to Cedartown, across the entire expanse of the Sixth District—usually taking their family with them as they went until my father died at the early age of fifty-four. Thus, my mother learned again that the church was not

local, but indeed connectional. So, she taught us that if we say that we are AME, it is our duty to meet all the church’s obligations, and whenever possible to attend all the conferences, e.g. church, quarterly, district, annual and general. Not only did she instill this fact in me, but she went with me to these conference as long as she was physically able to travel and financially able to attend. So I joined the Lay Organization and began attending Lay Biennials when I was 23 years old. This then brings me to the second thought I had during the Connectional Lay Biennial, but first allow me to digress. Despite my expressed desire to attend one of the larger eastern big name schools, my mother wisely enrolled me as a freshman at Morris Brown College in the fall of 1962. Upon my arrival at Morris Brown College I met the Dean of Students, Reverend Eleanor Jeanette Woodcock, D.D., and we became lifelong friends. I soon discovered that Rev. Woodcock was a member of Ebenezer AME Church in Detroit, MI and that she was the first of two women ever ordained as Itinerant Elder in the entire history of the AME Church. Reverend Woodcock also had the most unusual status of dual citizenship with both the United States and Canada and she was the adopted daughter of Mrs. Marvyl Marie Fields, who was the mother of my father’s youngest brother’s wife and who served as Nurse of Camp Baber and as Dorm Mother of Wilkes Hall at Morris Brown College. Reverend Woodcock met Mrs. Fields when she went to study at Oberlin. The two of them lived in Sarah Allen Quadrangle during their years at Morris Brown—where I visited them often since my class load was full and my days were long at Morris Brown. This of course allowed me to become the only graduating senior to receive a Bachelor of Science Degree in Public School Music from Morris Brown College in 1966. Now let me continue the point from which I digressed. In the early Nineteen-Sixties, Ebenezer AME Church in Detroit, Michigan had already distinguished itself as one of the leading churches in the Connectional AME Church. At this time it not only boasted a membership of several thousand, but also several pastors who went on to become Presiding Elders or Bishops afterwards. Among those who became bishop were: Bishop George Baber, Bishop Joseph Gomez, Bishop Hubert N. Robinson and Bishop Robert Thomas, Jr. At Camp Baber I met the latter three. The Fourth Episcopal District also proved to be a leader in what is did at that time or what it proposed to do. (Continued on page 5)



Main Lodge and Multipurpose Facility at Camp Baber in Cassopolis, Michigan Camp Baber was My Michigan summer “home” for several years

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(Is there, then, any wonder that it is only from this District that one finds the only geographical location in the US where

Reverend Eleanor Jeanetta Woodcock, Doctor of Divinity

on must travel south to Canada?) Thus, in 1960 the Michigan Conference of the Fourth Episcopal District distinguished itself as a leader by ordaining the first two women ever to become Itinerant Elders in the AME Church. Reverend Eleanor Woodcock, by the order in which the ‘Laying on of Hands’ of the Bishop and six other Elders occurred, became the first of these two women to be ordained. The Fourth District also established a Summer Camp— named in honor of Bishop George Baber—on fifty-seven acres of beautiful wooded property, which it acquired from the parents of Bishop Robert Thomas, Jr. and which lies on the west side of Stone Lake in Cassopolis, Michigan. Reverend Woodcock was employed as Camp


Baber’s first Executive Director and given the responsibility of not only making it into a leading Camp in the USA and Fourth District, but also making it one which would truly be Connectional. So, she used every available resource at her disposal to make this goal a reality, including recruiting students from Morris Brown College to work on Camp Baber’s Staff. I am indeed proud to say that I, Robert Thomas Matthews, III was one of those student whom she chose and that for an number of years after I first went to Morris Brown College, I spent my summers at Camp Baber in Cassopolis, Michigan—traveling twenty-five hours to get there from Atlanta, by way of Chicago on Greyhound Bus. In more recent years, I have also been fortunate enough to present a Lay Retreat Workshop and serve as a Lay Day speaker for the wonderful people in Michigan. I have also attended two Lay Biennials and, along with my mother and Mrs. Merlissa Middleton, attended one Missionary Quadrennial at the same hotel as the Twenty-Third Lay Biennial in Detroit, Michigan. The added joy of this experience was that my mother was a Life Member of WMS and Mrs. Middleton was the wife of my former pastor—who also was of the latter of my two college presidents and the president signing my diploma during my tenure at Morris Brown. This then brings me back to another point from which I digressed. While talking to Reverend Woodcock about her ordination to the Itinerancy and the many other talents which God had given her as preacher, teacher, musician, counselor etc, it soon became apparent that she never felt that the role of “pastor” was one of them and that based on Ephesians 4:11, God had given her the role of teacher and preacher, but pastor was not among the gifts He had given her. So, she would never accept a pastoral appointment nor ever seek to become a pastor of any church. Although she had earned the legal qualifications of Itinerancy, she understood her calling, and so she remained on the Ministerial Staff of Ebenezer Church in Detroit until her death. This brings me to the next point which came to mind as I went back “home” to Michigan during the Lay Biennial. Bishop Ming used to often say when he held an Annual Conference that we ought to be more careful about those persons whom we sent for Itinerant Orders to the Annual Conference, since those same persons might be sent back to us by the Presiding Bishop as our Pastors and Presiding Elders from the Annual Conference, and even as our Presiding Bishops from the General Conference. Yet, more often than not, today we find scores or person whom both laypersons and clergy have allowed to be licensed to preach at their Local (Continued on page 6)



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Church Quarterly Conference, passed on by the delegates of the District Conference and finally ordained as Itinerant Elders at the Annual Conference. Most of these persons also then expect to be appointed by the Presiding Bishop as pastor of some local church. However, I often wonder in this process of licensing and ordination if Ephesians 4:11-15 has ever been considered or even read, especially since we find that there are often not enough local churches to assign the number of persons who have been ordained? This passage of course reads: “And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ” (NASB). In each of the duties listed, this passage reads ‘some’ and not many or several and it is applicable not to just the role of clergy, but also to the role of each member of each congregation—both clergy and lay. The “HE” of course refers to our, resurrected and ascended Lord, Jesus Christ. So it stand to reason that He has not either overestimated nor underestimated the number of persons needed to fulfill these roles. Thus, the errors lie with us. Could it be that we have too often assumed roles on our own without seeking to discover the ones He gave to us? Which then brings me to the final thought I had as I attended the Lay Biennial Convention and traveled back ‘home’ again to Michigan. This point of course was touched upon by Rev. Floyd Flake and others in one of the workshops there. My mother and the Chair of the Music Department at Morris Brown College, Dr. G, Johnson Hubert, instilled in me both the joys and the educational value of travelling. So I took every opportunity to travel whenever my schedule and finances would permit me to do so. Very early on in my travels I discovered that what I had been taught and read in the Bible became more real and clearer than I had ever known. In Mexico City I discover what it meant to buy and sell inside and outside the Temple/Cathedral and also what it truly meant to beg for alms; In Versailles and London, I saw what it meant to enter into the gates and then into the courtyard of the king, as well as how there could be many mansions in one house; and in Quebec City I discovered what it meant to live within the wall and to walk upon the wall. But more especially the advantage of building one’s house on the wall, so that one might have access to what lies beyond the wall once the night fell and the city gates


were shut and locked. So one year I decided that I would connect with a tour group to Nova Scotia which met in Boston, continued to Portland, ME and then across the Bay of Fundy, then by land to several points of interest in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick; and eventually ending the tour in Boston a week after it began. This tour even took us above the tree line where we have to be guided down the steep slopes by a lead car to the various fishing villages. However I decided to rent a car and follow the tour bus to its scheduled Itinerary, so that I might also explore how the people there actually lived and might sometimes veer off course. Several friends have asked me since, Why Nova Scotia? But now I know the answer was that it was a mission I was taken on by God. One of the members of this group rode with me as we travelled to take in more than the tour gave us. On one occasion as we did so, the bus having gone ahead, we saw a flock of sheep within a fence and decided to take a closer look at them. As we approached the gate where the sheep were kept they walked toward us as if they were glad we had come. But then what we had not expected soon occurred. The person who rode with me said I have never seen sheep before and I replied that I had seen sheep before, but was glad that we stopped to see this flock. Once the sheep heard our voice they all turned and ran as fast as they could run—led but the oldest ram. As we discussed what had just happened, I said this is what Jesus meant when He said, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me” (John 27:10 KJV). It matters not who has signed your appointment or how many years they signed it, if you are not the shepherd the sheep will run from you; and they must always hear the voice of the shepherd when you speak to them. The role of shepherd can only be given by Christ and not, as Bishop Ming wisely surmised, by any Presiding Bishop’s signature. Once again, this principle not only applies to clergy persons but it also applies to laypersons in what we do in the congregation and the roles we assume. God has so designed it that His Church is ONE and we are simply members of One Body with many and varied functions to perform (I Cor. 12). This is why we often discover that when one or a few persons assumes all the authority, the flock will scatter and the resources which they bring will dwindle too—allowing those individuals to function ALONE. It is only when each member of the body is allowed to share equally their God-given talents that the congregation begins to prosper and grow. (Romans 12; 3-11) (Continued on page 7)




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So let use always carefully and prayerfully consider whatever role in the church we assume and whatever we propose to do; and be certain that what we are doing has been given to us by Christ. This is the AME Church I knew as a child, the one I joined at the age of eight years old in 1953. And this is the Connectional Lay Organization I knew and joined at the age of twenty-three; the one with the Late K.M. Browns, Christine Gilchrists, J. D. Williams and Joseph Mckinneys, the Camp Baber I helped to build so many years ago and the AME Connection I came back home to as I once again attend a Connectional Lay Conventions in Detroit, Michigan. I thank God for once again to Connect with AME from around the globe and to once again, “Come Back Home to Michigan”!!

Mrs. Merlissa Middleton, My Mother, Mrs. Ruchie Matthews & Mrs. Daisy Hardeman

Dr. G, Johnson Hubert and Mrs. Marvyl Fields

Local Church Lay News FOUNTAIN TEMPLE LAY DAY What a glorious day occurred at Fountain Temple AME Church of the Macon Georgia Annual Lay Day on Sunday April 10, 2011 at 2:30 p.m. The local lay President, Sister Cora Giddens, the Rev. Mildred Denson Pastor, her spouse, Brother Alfred Denson, and the officers and members left no stones unturned. The Mt. Zion Circuit AME Church of Monroe County Forsyth, Georgia was in full numbers and the choir was electrifying. Our guest minister for this occasion was the Rev. James Keeton of Cairo, Georgia. He delivered a powerful sermon. The Worship Leader was Sister Gwenette Boyd of Mathalama AME Church Morrow, Georgia. The Call to Worship was given by Sister Alnita Foster, as we were taken to the throne of grace by Brother Bob White Adams from Tabernacle CME Church. The Scripture Lessons were given by Minister Rosa Akude & Sister Edith Williams from Grays Chapel AMEC Yatesville, Georgia. The eloquent occasion was given by Sister

Linda Rhodes, and the Finance Committee was assisted by YPD’er, Sisters Barbara Penymon and Cynthia Milner. A delectable southern dinner was served. Reported by Sister Phyllis Gwenette Boyd Griffin District Lay Organization Director of Public Relations




2013 BIENNIAL COMMITTEE CHAIRS AND JOB DESCRIPTIONS Overall Chairs Gregory McMichael Latrellis Dent

c# 404.626.1348 h# 770.879.1602 c#478.390.2673 h#478.757.4438

ADVISOR Cheryl Robinson

c# 912.980.2834 h#912.369.7360c To ensure that each committee and sub committee is meeting target dates with a prepared quarterly report. They will be asked to meet with chairs and sub-chairs only until 2012, at which time all participants will begin meeting quarterly. Communications with everyone is very important for these three positions.

Logistics Chair: Ashley Ballard c#478.334.1629 Co-Chair: Castell Jackson c# 404.308.0805 Logistics will be responsible for us having the right things at the right time and the right place. This position will assist in identifying all support requirements, such as procurement, designing, and distribution, support equipment, assuring that the planning system meets performance requirement at a reasonable price. 2011 Presentation Chair: David Anderson

h#912.876.9785 c#912.977.4174 Develop a PowerPoint presentation for the Fall Board meeting and the 2011 Biennial in Detroit. Suggest what gifts will be given away to the 2011 delegation. Welcome /Hospitality Committee Chair: Janice Stewart c#229.225.6859 Co-Chair: Janice Emerson c#770.262.9070 Janie Grayer h#478.742.6125 w#478.744.2271 Plan the opening reception with entertainment and food. Coordinate the placement of host and hostesses at the airport and hotel. Tour Committee Chair: Sam Humphrey

c#404.210.5310 w#404.279.5083

Co-Chair: This committee will plan tours to offer delegates/families during their stay. This information will be assimilated and disseminated prior to their arrival. Sponsorship Committee Chair: Josephine Brown h#770.787.5669 Co-Chair: The overall duty for this committee will be to contact corporations/churches/individuals to help underwrite the cost of the Convention.

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Public Relations Co-Chairs: Phyllis Boyd Robert Matthews

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Develop a means of getting information out to all churches in the state about the Biennial as well as assisting with media coverage of the actual event. This committee will develop a strategy for promoting an interest in each church supporting one delegate and pastors and ministers purchasing Banquet tickets. Souvenir Journal Chairs: Shirley Washington

c# 478-731-1315 h#478-781-5247 Margaret Wright c#404-232-9669 h#404-292-0687 Co- Chair: Michael Brown c#706.825.8204 Emanuel Larkin h# 706.554.5487 This committee will work with the Public Relations and Sponsorship committee where needed. They will develop a design, price list for ads, and contact the Connectional Church to solicit ads. Hosting CLO Board Meeting Chair: Annette Curry c#404.281.6954 h#404.241.9667 Co-Chair: There will probably be at least two board meetings in Atlanta prior to the 2013 Biennial. This committee will work with designated location for transportation, special events (food and /or worship service) Transportation Chair: Jean Swafford Co- Chair: Richard Watson

c#404.281.9879 h#404.349.1730 c#404.293.1696

This committee will be responsible for transporting delegates, Connectional Officers and Episcopal Leadership (Bishops) from the airport to hotel and back to airport. This committee will need to identify young pastors to assist them with this effort and to join this committee. Worship Service Chair: Waynefield Leonard Co- Chair: Ola Irvin

h#770.942.7187 w#404.802.5835 h#912.285.1310

This committee will assist the Connectional Director of Activity and CLO President with the logistics of the worship service. The committee has a sub committee Communion which will assist with identifying ushers (check with Sons of Allen or the Saint Philip Male Usher Board-75 total), stewardesses, and ensuring full participation from all 17 Presiding Elders. Communion Chair: Alice Watson Co- Chair: Sondra Barnes

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Biennial Apparel Chair: Betty Draper

c#404.290.454 6 h#770.573.2860 Co- Chair: Henry Chavers 706.682.2181 c#706.604.9279 Geraldine Monroe h#229.420.4774 c#229.296.9110 Prepare suggested apparels and cost for the Sixth District to wear during the time of the 2013 Biennial.

Music Chair: Anthony Stinson Co- Chair: Joan G. Brown

c#912.266.4404 h#912.832.5904 Daisy Belt c#706-315-6125 This committee will be responsible for music for worship service and rehearsal of Episcopal District Choir beginning in March 2012. Budget Committee Chair: Maudie Anderson Co- Chair: Odessa McNair Virginia Harris Jasper Thompson Morris Hannah Waynefield Leonard

h#912.876.978 5 h#770.774.0300 404.688.0239

h#770.942.7187 w#404.802.5835 This committee will work hand in hand with the Logistics' committee keeping track of all expenditures. All vouchers for the Biennial will filter through this committee. All Committee budgets must be submitted to this committee for a final presentation of total cost for Biennial by March 2011.

Sons of Allen Chair: Bobby Jackson Co- Chair: Wilson Johnson Connectional Liaison Chair: Virginia Harris Health Committee Chair: Vickie Carr



h#706.793.7977 c#706.254.0563

Co-Chair: This committee will be responsible for overseeing the health room. Communications Committee: Chair: Jason Ferguson c#404550.1960 Co-Chair: This committee will oversee and manage the lines of communication between volunteers and committee chairs. They will also work as information ambassadors, which will be a sub-committee of the logistics team. (Continued on page 11)




YES WE CAN SAVE MORRIS BROWN!! On Sunday, August 14, 2011, the Cascade United Methodist Church, in Atlanta, Georgia, during it 8:00 a. m. service presented a check for $22, 000 to Dr. Stanley Pritchett, in order to assist Morris Brown College in meeting its goal of raising $500, 000 to settle it U. S. Department of Education debt. The Department agreed to forgive several million dollars if the college would make a one time payment of $500, 000 on August 24. According to Dr. Pritchett, the College had already raised a total of $480, 000. So this generous gift from the member of Cascade UMC would put the college over the mark and allow it to meet this deadline agreed upon by the College and USDE. Dr. Marvin A. Moss, the Pastor of Cascade UMC brought this matter to his congregation on July 3, after receiving a letter from Dr. Pritchett seeking whatever assistance the church could give. The members wholeheartedly responded with this gift and love and generosity, allowing the college to more than meet its goal with the donations they presented on Sunday, August 14. Dr. Moss is a product of HBCU, Hampton University Cascade’s Pastor Emeritus, Rev. Walter L Kimbrough is a product of HBCU, Morris Brown

“Haven for all hungry souls, Feeding them shall be our goal.” From the Alma Mater of Morris Brown

Dr. Marvin A. Moss

Dr. Stanley Pritchett

2013 Biennial Committees Continued (Continued from page 10)

Evaluation Committee Chair: Co-Chair: Exhibits Chair: Inez Owens

678.232.2815 478.472.4777

Co-Chair: Arthur Dozier Kits Chair: Verma Curtis Co-Chair: Registration Committee Chair: Annabella Wright Rosemary Street Anita Hunnicutt

c#404.889.0886 c#912.381.4485 c#404.794.0974

Submitted by Gregory McMichael and Chery Robinson




Proper Parliamentary Procedures Submitted by Virginia Henderson Harris, RP Seconding a Motion After a motion is made an individual may second the motion while not necessarily agreeing with the motion. Seconding merely allows the motion to be placed before the assembly for consideration. Please see RONR (10th Edition) page 34- lines 1-3. Lay on the Table or Table This motion is often used when it is the goal of an individual to avoid dealing with a certain issue entirely. The individual mistakenly moves to Lay on the Table which only allows the motion to be set aside temporarily. Consideration of the question can be resumed at the specified time in the motion or at call of the majority when there has not been a specified time included in the motion. If it is indeed the desire to avoid dealing with an issue then the appropriate motion to use is to Postpone Indefinitely which in fact “kills the motion” thus avoiding a vote on the question. Please see RONR (10th Edition) page 121 lines 1-7. Parliamentary Inquiry A Parliamentary Inquiry is a request for an opinion about parliamentary rules as it relates to the business being discussed. The inquiry is directed to the Presiding Officer [Chair or President] and not to the Parliamentarian as some may believe. Please see RONR {10th Edition} page 69 lines 22-24. Amendment of Bylaws When an organization desires to amend an item or items in it Bylaws the procedures necessary to implement should be outlined and a two-thirds vote is required. If the Bylaws do not have the procedures outlined, they still may be amended at any business meeting by a two-thirds vote as long as previous notice has been given or can be amended without notice at any regular meeting by vote of the majority of the entire membership. Please see RONR {10th Edition} page 562 lines 9-18. Amend a Motion The motion to Amend allows changes to be made to the wording and within limits of a pending motion before it is voted upon. Please see RONR {10th Edition} page 60 lines 29-33. There are three basic processes of amendments which are as follows: 1.To insert words to a sentence or paragraph, 2. To strike out words or a paragraph, 3. A Combination of 1 and 2

Virginia Henderson Harris is a Registered Parliamentarian certified by the National Association of Parliamentarians®. Virginia also presently serves as Parliamentarian of the Connectional Lay Organization of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. She is the first woman to have been elected and to have served in this position in the Connectional Lay Organization’s one hundred year history. Additionally, Mrs. Harris is a member of Saint John African Methodist Episcopal Church in Fairburn, Georgia and the Immediate Past President of the AtlantaNorth Georgia Conference Lay Organization of the Sixth Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.




Sixth Episcopal District Mid-Year Convocation October 13-15, 2011 Saint Paul, Macon 2501 Shurling Drive Macon, GA 31211 TEL 478-745-0507 Dr. W. Jerome McClain, Pastor The Reverend Benjamin Ridley, Host Presiding Elder




District Lay News The Griffin District Health Committee is on the move! By P. Gwenette Boyd, Director of Public Relations Griffin District Lay Organization On a hot sunny Saturday August 27, 2011 at Sugar Hill AME Church yard Barnesville, Georgia where the Rev. Shawn Drains serves as the Pastor. This District Leaders are the Presiding Elder David L. Moore & Supervisor Jacqueline Moore. The Health Commission of the Greater Griffin District presented a health event which is vital. They performed: blood pressure screening, diabetes screening, living with diabetes, know your A1C, heart disease, healthy diet, low salt intake, weight management, BMI,

MACON DISTRICT LAY FAMILY FUN DAY The Macon District Lay Organization of the Macon Georgia Conference, Sixth Episcopal District, A.M.E. Church conducted its annual "Family Fun Day" in the spacious facilities of North Peach Recreation Park in Byron, Georgia on Saturday August 6, 2011. From left Ashley Ballard, A large gathering of Rev. Bertram C. Smith children, youth, young and Samuel Lowe adults and adults from the twenty two churches in the Macon District were present to participate in a variety of indoor and outdoor games. The snacks included hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, homemade ice cream and drinks. The Reverend Alan H. Wicker, Presiding Elder of the District and other ministers were also in attendance. Brother Alphonso B. Varner, Recreation Chair proudly presented trophies to the winners in doubles horseshoe pitching competition. First place - Reverend Bertram C. Smith, Pastor of Saint Peter A.M.E. Church, Fort Valley and Brother Samuel Lowe, Allen Temple A.M. E. Church, Byron. Second place - Reverend Charles Lewis, Pastor of Steward Chapel A.M.E. Church, Macon and

know your medication, questions to ask your provider/ primary care provider /medical doctor, regular physical exercise for all ages including busy people, how to do your breast exam, skin assessment, healthy coloring books for the youth, how to adjust yourself hydrated— the importance of water, VEMMA nutritional for life. We are grateful to have such dedicated, loyal and skillful nurses on the Greater Griffin District – Sisters Phyllis Gwenette Boyd, Health Commissioner Chairperson, Bettye Draper, Cathy Dargan, and Ella Chambliss.

Brother Phillip Shannon, Allen Temple A.M.E .Church, Byron. Georgia. Brother Ashley Ballard, President of the District Lay Organization gave a hearty thanks to the program committee chaired by Sister Dorothy Wiley and many other volunPictured in forefront, the Reverend teers who shared their Charles Lewis, Pastor of Steward Chapel AMEC, Macon, GA relaxing services in making this with one of his youth after enjoy- festival an overwhelming a delicious repast. Sister Maggie Walker-Varner sitting to ing success. the right of Rev. Lewis. Pictures courtesy of Brother Alphonso B. Varner

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Annual Breakfast $5.00 donation Saturday, October 1, 2011 9:00a.m

Parker Chapel AME Church 5745 Hwy 83 South, Culloden, GA 31016 Sister Bettye Draper, President Sister Cheryl Blalock, Local President

Rev. Shawn Drains, Pastor





March 10, 1962 - July 24, 2011 Dr. Dawn Della DeVeaux, affectionately know as Dr. Dawn, was the first born child to Bishop William Phillips DeVeaux (113th Bishop) and Dr. Patricia Ann Morris (PAM DeVeaux on March 10, 1962 in Washington, DC. She was educated in the Nashville School System, where it soon became evident that she was a bright student with exceptional academic abilities. Dawn continued her education at Howard University, where she earned a Bachelors Degree in public relations in 1984. In 1987, she earned a Masters Degree in mass communication, theater and speech from Austin Peay University in Clarksville, Tennessee. Dr. DeVeaux later earned her Doctorate of Arts in Community College Education with a specialization in Communications from George Mason University. Dr. Dawn served as Assistant Professor of Speech and Theater at Austin Peay University in Clarkesville, Tennessee (1986 –1988), Regional Specialist of Adult Education in Petersburg School System (1993-1995). Assistant Professor of Speech and Theater at Volunteer State Community College in Gallatin, Tennessee (1997-2005), and Assistant Professor of Speech and Public Speaking at Fort Valley State University (2005-2011). She also served as the Interim Director of Enrollment Management at Fort Valley State University. Dr. Dawn became the mother of one daughter, Ryanne Patricia Thomas, whom she adored, on October 5, 1990. She also was an inspiration to her siblings, whom she dearly loved and her parents. whom she often assisted with their work and service of Christian Ministry. Dr. Dawn was a Christian woman who belonged to Saint Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church in Macon, Georgia at the time of her death. She was also a member of the Lay Organization and was the Atlanta-North Georgia Conference Lay Night Speaker at their last Annual Conference. On Sunday, July 24, 2011—in Warner Robins, Georgia—Dr. Dawn Della DeVeaux went home to be with the Lord. She will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her during her all too brief time on earth.



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September, 2011 Lay Notebook  
September, 2011 Lay Notebook  

A publication of the Sixth Episcopal District Lay Organization of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.