Chimes Special January 2018 Edition

St. John’s Church


  • Annual Parish Meeting - NEW approach and format
  • Christmas at St. John's

Please attend to get an update on St. John's finances and other issues . . . and so we can hear your views!

The annual parish meeting is fast-approaching – on Sunday, January 21. We aim to engage and hear from as many parish members as possible, so please attend. To that end, we will be “shaking things up” to make the best use of everyone’s time – i.e., the meeting will be efficient and to the point. Babysitting and a light lunch will be provided.

We intend to conclude the meeting after one hour.

• We will hold the meeting in the church/sanctuary. We will start with the election of Nominating Committee members during the 10:00 AM service’s announcements. We will resume immediately after the conclusion of the Eucharist, with a limited number of brief presentations, opportunity for Q & A, final voting and announcement of voting results. (The Nominating Committee proposes warden and Vestry candidates.)

• We invite all parishioners to adjourn to the Parish Hall immediately after the meeting in the church/sanctuary for a light lunch, fellowship and further discussion.

• Various church groups, committees and staff members will prepare brief, written reports. We will post them on our website before the annual meeting. We will have hard-copy handouts available for you, in the Parish Hall following the annual meeting.

• To expedite nominations for the Nominating Committee, please let Rick Berry (Clerk@stjohnslarchmont.org ) know if you are interested in serving on the Nominating Committee or if you would like to nominate someone. We will also welcome nominations during the service announcements (which will start the annual meeting).

• We will vote for the Junior Warden and four Vestry members. As we have announced since early December, the 2017 Nominating Committee has nominated for Junior Warden: Robin Ingram and for the Vestry Class of 2018: Pete Bennitt, Karen Hall, J.B. Simko, and Dan VanderWoude.

The Nominating Committee consisting of Justin Goh, Mike O’Connell, Scott Swanezy, Linnet Tse, Lisa Young and alternate Nicole Eustace, is very pleased to share the slate for the Class of 2018 Vestry members. The committee very carefully considered St. John’s current needs, and sought candidates who would bring the necessary background, skills, and experience and represent different segments of the parish. The committee also considered the importance of building leadership for the future.

Robin Ingram

Robin Ingram (Junior Warden): Robin brings a wealth of leadership experience and a long history of involvement with St. John’s and the Episcopal Diocese of New York. Robin and her family have been members of St. John’s for 18 years. During that time, she has served on the Vestry, the Stewardship Committee, and the Rector Search Committee, and has also represented St. John’s at two Diocesan conventions. She has been Coordinator of the Midnight Run, a Nursery Advisory Board member, an Open Arms Volunteer, and continues to be an active member of the choir and a Eucharistic Lay Minister. She has served on the Diocesan Standing Committee (2012 -2016) and was a member of the Diocesan Strategic Planning Committee (2015-2016). Robin has been Head of the Middle Division at the Horace Mann School for 13 years, and is also on their faculty as a science teacher. Prior to moving to the area, Robin held leadership positions in her parish and Diocese in Philadelphia.

Pete Bennitt in Nicaragua for Bridges to Community Mission Trip

Pete Bennitt

Pete Bennitt: Pete and his family have been members of St. John’s for 13 years. He and Sonita have three children: Abby (16) is a junior at Mamaroneck High School, Tim (14) a freshman at MHS, and Emily (11) a 6th grader at Hommocks Middle School. Pete, Abby and Tim participated in St. John’s trip to Nicaragua in 2017, where Pete quickly became an expert cement mixer! Pete has worked in finance since 1998; he is currently at Imperial Capital where he is a senior Vice President in the debt capital markets group. He has an MBA from NYU Stern School of Business and a BS and BA from Lehigh University.

Karen Hall

Karen Hall: Karen and her family have been very actively involved in the St. John’s community since moving in Larchmont in January 2012. She and Taddy have two children: Penelope (11), a 6th grader at Hommocks Middle School and an acolyte; and Hadley (7), a 2nd grader at Chatsworth Elementary School and a member of the children’s choir. Karen served on the ECW board for two years, organizes the ECW wreath fundraising event, is a member of the Sunday School Committee and teaches in the Sunday School program. She is also actively involved in the Larchmont community; she serves on the Larchmont Parks and Trees Committee, has served on the Chatsworth PTA board, and developed and leads the Chatsworth Elementary School Garden program. Karen has a BS in Computer and Information Science and worked in the digital media industry in sales and marketing for 15 years before taking a break to raise her family.

J.B. Simko

J.B. and his family moved to Larchmont in 2010, after having lived in Switzerland for nine years, and have been active members of St. John’s since 2013. J.B. can frequently be seen ushering at St. John’s, and Kris has been very active with the ECW. They have three children: Ella (17), a junior at Mamaroneck High School, was confirmed at St. John’s two years ago; Ava (13) is an 8th grader at FASNY; and Sofia (11) is a 6th grader at FASNY. J.B. grew up in South Dakota, and attended school at the University of Iowa and the University of Minnesota Law School. He is Vice President and Associate General Counsel at Philip Morris International. He and his family are active with tennis, soccer, and basketball in the community.

Dan VanderWoude

Dan and his family moved to Larchmont from Chicago in 2012, and have been members of St. John’s since 2014. As Dan says, “after a rough patch in Olivia's health in 2013 we started attending a few different churches in the area. A new one each week or two. When we got to St. John's we felt so welcomed that we just stopped looking and started attending.” Dan and Polly have two children, Morgan (9) and Olivia (7). Dan is Vice President and Chief of Staff at Aon Benfield, where he helps launch new growth efforts, define strategies, research issues/opportunities, and coach/support leaders. He has an MBA from the University of Michigan Stephen M. Ross School of Business.

Christmas at St. John's

Special thanks to photo contributors Lisa Glover, Roger Coraggio, Linnet Tse.


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