DOK TRIENNIAL CONVENTION 2015
The air was thin, the schedule was thick, the worship was uplifting, and the fellowship was wonderful. My second Triennial experience was even better than the first one three years ago. In the beautiful mountains of Utah - a place I never thought I would visit - over 550 Daughters of the King gathered from all over the US plus 16 International Daughters and many Junior Daughters.
Our first night was celebrated with the Province IV dinner. Over 175 Daughters from our Province attended. We enjoyed a wonderful meal, meeting new friends and embracing the old plus meeting our new Province Board and welcoming them. We bid farewell to the old Board and expressed our thanks.
The next day, after our beginning Eucharist and homily by the Bishop of Utah, our first speaker the following day was Canon Andrew White, nicknamed “the Vicar of Baghdad”. His message kept us on the edge of our seats and hanging on his every word. He told of his life and experiences from growing up in England to ministering in the only Anglican church in Baghdad. We laughed and cried as he masterfully told his stories. We were captivated.
Our second speaker was The Rev. Becca Stevens, Nashville’s own. I think she was just as inspiring and captivating in her unique way. She also told of her life experiences from losing her father at an early age, being molested by a trusted person, and her journey to the priesthood while being a wife and mother. Her message of founding Magdalene and Thistle Farms for women who have survived prostitution, drug addiction and trafficking is nothing less than amazing. We were once again on the edge of our seats.
Of course, we had our business meeting where there were reports and the presentation of candidates to be voted on for the next National Board. It is an honor to be able to represent this Diocese and place my votes on issues that affect us all.
There were three resolutions to be voted on.
1. Proposed bylaw to provide representation of DALs at Triennial.
Vote passed to allow one Daughter-at-Large delegate from each of the eight Provinces.
2. Proposed bylaw to require an audit.
Vote passed to have all financial records audited by a CPA annually coinciding with the end of the fiscal year.
3. Proposed bylaw to amend Chapter Relief Status.
There was much discussion and this proposed amendment is referred to the next council. No vote.
The election of the upcoming National Board took place with twelve Daughters being elected. After their time of prayer and discernment, the new National President was chosen and we welcomed Susan O’Brien, former National Secretary, as our new President.
A banquet was held in our very large meeting space on the final night before we went our separate ways the next day. Chandeliers and beautiful table settings were waiting for us as we dressed up to celebrate a successful Triennial convention. After an elaborate meal, our speaker was Becca Stevens once again. Each person was gifted with a Thistle Farms Hope candle at the place setting. As Becca spoke and the lights dimmed, we were invited to light our candles and lift them in an invitation to go forth and Shine the Light of Christ throughout the world.
Go forth and shine your Light!
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