Minutes of Steering Committee,

Winchester Area VOTF, Sept. 18, 2002, 7.30 p.m.

In attendance: Bob Morris, Anna-Marie Ferraro, Anne Harris, Bonnie Rodgers-Kronenburg, Louise Aleo, Dee Ingalls, Clare Keane.

The Opening Prayer was offered by Anne.

September 22 presentation by Fr. O’Donohoe:

The meeting will take place in the Church. The group discussed logistics regarding the placement of tables with handouts. Handouts should include the Voice of Compassion’s files attached to an email sent out today. Bob will request permission to tape the talk. Problems with the wireless microphones must be worked out. Several committee members volunteered to go through the pews after the meeting and pick up loose papers.

Updates:

James Carroll, due to speak on October 7, has not yet communicated the topic on which he will speak. Regina and Anne are working on cable and newspaper publicity.

Fr. Bob Bullock will be on retreat through September. Marie will follow up with him. As far as his theme is concerned, Louise believes that he should be clarifying the direction we (VOTF and the Priests’ Forum) should be taking at this time.

The Sex Abuse Panel Discussion featuring Tom Carr’s entire Parish Response Assistance Team may now include a survivor. We will try to get Phil Saviano, who seems to be eminently suitable for this panel discussion.

Cable Access: Regarding our effort to put VOTF meetings on cable, Dee is communicating with Arlington Cable Access.

Sex Education: Paul is still working on the sex abuse education piece.

Outreach to St. Zepherin’s: Bonnie and Anna-Marie are meeting with Darrell Simpson on September 27 at his office. This parish now finally has an administrator, Fr. Dan Casey, having lost their pastor due to an abuse allegation.

September 22 Event: Bob reiterated that this event is not sponsored or endorsed by VOTF, due to the attempt to have Catholics boycott Mass on that day. Marge will attend.

September 16 Meeting: Clare’s email to Steering Committee members concerning this meeting prompted extensive discussion. Louise led the discussion, in which all participated. Concern was expressed that those in the audience did not understand what was being voted on, how binding it was, and whether it concerned our chapter or VOTF in general. As explained by Louise, the motions were not drafted for our group to vote on, and the votes conducted on each motion were not intended to bind our group, but rather to express the sense of our group for Louise and Cathy to consider in continuing their work on the national structural change committee. Some voiced regret that the unplanned forum prompted a number of attendees to leave, and left some frustrated and confused. Following thoughtful and constructive discussion, the consensus of all present was that holding a vote on such "motions" at this time was premature. All vowed to work at restoring the confidence of parishioners and visitors to our chapter. All promised to work together to this end.

For the Closing Prayer, the group prayed the Our Father.