Dear Chapter Members and Friends,

I am thrilled to begin this 2021-2022 program year as your Dean. It has been an honor to serve on the board for the last several years under Bradley Swope’s leadership. What a hard act to follow! On behalf of the entire Chapter, I extend our thanks to the nominating committee: Priscilla Ortoski, Cheryl Brouette, and Kevin Johnson. In only a couple weeks they assembled a board comprised of folks from all corners of Pinellas and Hillsborough counties.

Last Sunday in worship, I had a good chuckle during the reading of the Pentecost story. It begins this way: When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. I thought to myself: how funny and how sad that, in spite of all the bizarre things happening in Acts 2, this is the single verse that caught my attention. Your Chapter board will take part in a planning retreat later this summer to plan for next season’s events. Coming out of the pandemic, we might be hesitant to be together in one place, but I believe it is important for us to begin gathering in-person again. While our financial support of the Guild is crucial, our Chapter’s success depends on the energy of being present together. I look forward to seeing you at Chapter events this fall!

Shawn Thomas, Dean