At an outdoor Eucharist on June 21, the Rev. Canon Andrew White challenged the Daughters to love their enemies and take risks for Jesus. At a closing banquet, candles from Thistle Farms marked every place setting. After being challenged by the Rev. Becca Stevens, founder of Thistle Farms, Daughters lit their candles and guest musician Roger Grenier sang “Take your candle, go light your world.”
Daughters from 16 countries attended the gathering, along with three national chaplains. Honduras was honored as the fifth country to form a national assembly and elect national officers. Several other countries have formed their first chapters during the past three years and reported other chapters in formation.
Canon White was delayed twice on his way to Utah, first by complications involving the funeral of Tariq Aziz and again by the mechanical failure of an elevator in Texas, but President Pam Runyon adapted the schedule as necessary.
Three chaplains ministered to the assembly: the Rt. Rev. Sylvestre Romero, national chaplain; the Rt. Rev. Bill Skilton, international chaplain; and the Rev. Deborah Jackson, Junior Daughters chaplain.
The Rt. Rev. Scott Hayashi, Bishop of Utah welcomed the Daughters, and retired Bishop Daniel Herzog of Albany spoke at a Sunday evening healing service.
In business meetings, the group approved a new bylaw providing Triennial representation to Daughters at Large. Fifteen of 19 nominees were elected to National Council, six of them for the first time. Only one of eight province presidents will serve a second time in that role.
Daughters elected a new National Council on June 22. New president Susan O’Brien of Chicago succeeds Pamela Runyon of North Carolina. Lindy Kirk of South Carolina takes over from first vice president Jennifer Mariano of Maryland, and Chesley Vohden of Virginia follows second vice president and Triennial chair Melinda Denney of Texas. Annemarie Delgado of Wyoming continues as treasurer, and Susan Keith of North Carolina is the new secretary.
Daughters elected 10 other members to the National Council:
- Helen Bhagwandin, Florida
- Christine Budzowski, California
- Krisita Jackson, Florida
- Katherine Marshall-Polite, New York
- Marilyn Vinson McAfee, Missouri
- Vicky Patterson, Florida
- Pamela Sebura, Indiana
- Anna Stevenson, Colorado
- Patsy Thomson, Texas
- Lori Geres, Oregon
Eight province presidents are serving the Daughters in this term:
- Province I: Mariana Bauman, Massachusetts
- Province II: Janet Papa, New York
- Province III: Ronda Toll, Virginia
- Province IV: Susan Towson, Florida
- Province V: Lela Joscelyn, Wisconsin
- Province VI: Nancy Severin, Colorado
- Province VII: Pat Hind, Texas
- Province VIII: Cynthia Carson, Hawaii