Resolutions for Outgoing Vestry Members 2022
Whereas Katie Kroger courageously chose to join a board whose average age would be impolite to discuss, and whereas in doing so she injected youthful energy and vision in a time when we desperately needed it, and whereas the fruits of that energy and vision led to a beautiful transformation of our grounds under her leadership of the Landscape Committee, and whereas her vibrant spirit also inspired a vibrant re-branding of our church graphics, and whereas she also helped bring a new look to our worship helping design and produce our Saturday evening services, and whereas she did all of this even faster than she puts words together, and whereas she grew up at St. John’s and has continued to return the favor, helping us grow up in a challenging time,
Be it resolved that Katie Kroger has hereby earned the title Saint of Saint John’s.
Whereas Laura Kroger brought a true spirit of family to the vestry being the first person to serve on the vestry with her daughter, and whereas that sense of family is seen in the way she cares for our buildings and grounds, as if they were her own house and garden, and whereas all of her care of our campus and design of our Saturday service liturgy was grounded in her amazing sense of aesthetics, and whereas in bringing beauty to our campus she also faced off with contractors who had more than met their match, and whereas she was always extremely prepared for every meeting, having thoroughly studied each document, and whereas such attention to detail made her our most reliable proof-reader, and whereas she was the model of a team player, applying her amazing gifts to the vision of the vestry even if a given vision was not her cup of tea, and whereas the intensity she brought as she took on big projects was always grounded in a graceful spirit and gentle laughter,
Be it resolved that Laura Kroger has hereby earned the title Saint of Saint John’s.
Whereas Ruben Simpliciano faithfully answered the call to become the People’s Warden, and whereas his patience, kindness and sense of humor always inspired the people he represented, and whereas he could magically create a sense of calm in the midst of intense conversation, and whereas it didn’t hurt that his one-year-old daughter Lillian often joined our meetings, and whereas he brought our agendas to new heights with his technological skill and his gifts of analysis, and whereas he is committed to supporting our staff, serving on the Personnel and Search Committees, and whereas in Zoom meetings his hair always looked amazing all the way through the pandemic, even as he juggled bottles, high chairs, nap times and computers, and whereas his presence in meetings made everyone feel like it was not just a meeting but a caring community,
Be it resolved that Ruben Simpliciano has hereby earned the title Saint of Saint John’s.
Whereas Victoria Robinson had the courage to say Yes to being Senior Warden, and whereas that spirit of YES has set the tone for leading us all through a pandemic, and whereas her profound gifts and vision for development have inspired development on many levels, and whereas her first agenda item in every meeting is to ask how people are doing, and whereas her compassion and curiosity naturally inspire others to share their opinions, and whereas her humility and care have made her an inspirational consensus builder, and whereas her deep love for St. John’s and care about every detail leads to multiple texts and emails every day, and whereas she has managed to put up with constant meetings with the rector, and whereas she has done all of this with gratitude, humor, and great joy, seeming to get more out of things than she puts in, which can’t possibly be true,
Be it resolved that Victoria Robinson has hereby earned the title Saint of Saint John’s.
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