173 North Prospect St.
Burlington, VT 05401
Burlington Friends Meeting Committees




Clerks and Committees

Burlington Friends Meeting has no paid staff. The work of the Meeting is shared by members and clerks of the Meeting's committees, who are appointed by the Meeting as a whole. Here are descriptions of the committees with contact information for the committee clerks. For a complete list of committee members see the Committee Membership page.



Presiding Co-Clerks
Attend to the overall life of the Meeting. They arrange the agenda for and preside at the Business Meeting. The Presiding Clerks shepherd the schedule of tasks for the Business Meeting throughout the year.  They also sign official Meeting documents, consult with clerks of Meeting committees, and maintain links among our Monthly Meeting, New England Yearly Meeting (NEYM), and other Quaker and community groups.
Charles Simpson 802-865-5110 and Holly Gorton 802-899-2891, presiding_clerk@burlingtonquakers.org
Recording Clerk
Writes and keeps minutes. The Recording Clerk works closely with the Presiding Clerk to structure Monthly Meeting for Business.
Currently, the Recording Clerk's responsbilities are shared by the presiding co-clerks.
Recorder
Keeps permanent records of changes in the status of members, such as births, death, marriages, membership applications, transfers, and withdrawals.
Peggy Powell: recorder@burlingtonquakers.org
Treasurer
Manages Meeting financial accounts, receives and disburses fund, and makes financial reports to the Meeting.
Christopher McCandless: 802-862-8665, treasurer@burlingtonquakers.org
NEYM Nominating Representative
Represents the Meeting on the NEYM Nominating Committee, raising up Friends to do our work throughout New England. Christopher McCandless: 802-862-8665, treasurer@burlingtonquakers.org

QEW Representative
Represents the Meeting at Quaker Earthcare Witness
Louis Cox 802-425-3377, qew1@burlingtonquakers.org


Ministry & Counsel Committee
Oversees the worship and spiritual life of the Meeting, seeking to support and nurture God's will in our lives. This committee has oversight of Meetings for Worship on Sunday mornings and Wednesday at noon. Other responsibilities include planning for religious education of adults, preparation of the annual State of Society Report, and appointment of clearness and oversight committees for marriage, membership, and other matters requiring Friends to reach clearness for themselves and the community.

Ministry and Counsel also provides for supportive care of all members and attenders. This care may include transportation, meals, and visits to the sick and hospitalized.  Standing support committees provide a sounding board and ongoing encouragement for individuals who are in challenging situations.  Temporary support committees are convened for a shorter time to help a person who faces a particularly difficult life situation.
Co-clerks - Linda McKenna: 802-879-4307, ministry_counsel@burlingtonquakers.org and Ruah Swennerfelt: 802-425-3377, ministry_counsel2@burlingtonquakers.org
Children's Religious Education Committee
Plans and implements First Day School, an educational program for the Meeting's children and youth. This committee plans the curriculum and invites and oversees Friends work with the First Day School.
Clerk - Abby Matchette, 765-618-8936, first_day_school@burlingtonquakers.org
Communications
Committee
Coordinates communication among Friends within the Meeting.  This committee produces a newsletter and the directory of members and attenders. It manages the Meeting database, web site and email list serve and oversees the flow of printed information in the Meeting House.

Items for the newsletter should be sent to Louis Cox, newsletter@burlingtonquakers.org; matters concerning this web site should be taken up with Bill Williams, webmanager@burlingtonquakers.org
Library Committee
Develops and maintains the Meeting's collection of books and other media.
Clerk - Jean McCandless: library@burlingtonquakers.org
Peace, Justice &
Earthcare Committee
Provides an interface between Meeting members and the larger community on issues of peace, nonviolence, equality and right-living. This committee strives to cultivate a deeper awareness of our connections with all of creation.
Co-clerks - Sophie Quest: 802-238-4927, peace_justice_earthcare2@burlingtonquakers.org and Elinor Yahm: 802-985-9095, peace_justice_earthcare1@burlingtonquakers.org
Property Committee
Oversees the use and maintenance of space in the Meeting House and Bassett House, as well as the grounds. The Property Committee also manages the four apartments on the property.
The comittee currently is without a clerk.
Finance Committee
Works to ensure the fiscal soundness of the Meeting through development of the annual budget, appeals for donations, and disbursement of grants and loans.
Co-clerks - Stuart Wisse, 802-253-8197 and Jim Geier, 802-453-2483. finance@burlingtonquakers.org
Young Adult Friends
A group between 18 and 35 years old (give or take a few years) who gather to enjoy each other and offer service together.
The committee is currently without a clerk.
Gifts and Service
Committee
Nominates members and attenders to serve as the Meeting's clerks and committee members.
Catherine Bock, gifts_and_service@burlingtonquakers.org.
Newsletter Editor
Edits the Meeting newsletter and manages the Meeting listserv.
Louis Cox: 802-425-3377, newsletter@burlingtonquakers.org
Web Manager
Manages changes to the web site.
Bill Williams: 802-899-2891, webmanager@burlingtonquakers.org