Dignity/Washington’s Annual Meeting

Tom Bower (L) and Dan Barutta

Tom Bower (L) and Dan Barutta

After Mass on Sunday, November 16, President Daniel Barutta presided at the D/W annual meeting. The largest crowd (60 plus) ever to attend an annual meeting enjoyed a lasagna dinner provided by Mark Cosenza. We heard from Jake Hudson, Treasurer that we are financially sound and have been blessed to have two generous bequests in the past year that will allow us to continue to maintain the D/W Center and do outreach activities which we are planning for the future (contact him for details).

Daniel B. and Tom Bower gave a recitation of activities that the community supported during the past year. Daniel B also introduced the members of the “All Are Welcome” Committee (Rachel See, Ray Panas, Jeff Vormund, Jake Hudson, and Mark Cosenza as chair); they will create the actions called for in the Board resolution in response to the Female Presider Committee’s Report. Please contact Mark, Daniel, or any of the All Are Welcome committee if you want to participate in these projects. Dignity/Washington President, Dan Barutta and Vice President, Tom Bower, listed the Dignity/Washington community’s accomplishments in 2014.

  • The board managed a budget in excess of $110,00.00
  • D/W participated in the American University LGBT Fall Mixer
  • The Female Presider Discernment Committee presented nine programs most with outside speakers plus a dozen or so committee meetings
  • Many community members created the Female Presider Task Force document and the Board Resolution which created the All Are Welcome committee for future inclusivity actions
  • The Women’s Ordination Conference and Brother Help Thyself use office space at the Dignity Center
  • Jose Luiz and the Program Committee directed many stimulating speaker’s program
  • Servers at Annual Meeting

    Servers at Annual Meeting

  • Kenneth Dowling and others created and instituted a new logo for D/W’s, business cards, letterhead, Sunday Bulletin, and banners
  • PR committee and Web developers improved and expanded the D/W website
  • Kenneth and others have expanded our Facebook presence and we have a new advertisement venue in Tagg magazine
  • D/W presented our largest ever contingent in the Pride Parade with enhanced Larry Ranley’s Wedding Chapel
  • D/W achieved membership of more than 200 making it the largest DUSA chapter
  • D/W attracted and made use of 9 presiders at our Liturgies
  • Dignity/Washington Annual Meeting

    Dignity/Washington Annual Meeting


  • The Young Adult Group sponsored Mardi Gras party
  • D/W held a contested election which is a healthy sign of interest in guiding the community
  • 30 members experienced a moving retreat led by Jamie Manson
  • 60 members shared Ash Wednesday Mass with St. Margaret’s
  • 64 members experienced a spiritually enriching Mana and Mercy Lenten devotion series with light dinners
  • At the Easter Vigil a member received the sacrament of Confirmation
  • D/W members supported the development of the Queer for Christ ecumenical young adult group
  • Many members enjoyed country dancing events at Town and Mike Malik’s house
  • Members Participated in a program for the We Are Familysenior outreach network
  • The community made donations to St. Margaret’s Church, Sisters of Loretto, Women’s Ordination Conference, Martha’s Kitchen,Charlie’s Place, New Ways Ministries, and the Philippines Relief Effort
  • Dignity/Washington's Board of Directors

    Dignity/Washington’s Board of Directors

  • More than 60 members enjoyed a group event at the Night Out at Nats
  • Members of the Young Adults Group led D/W’s participated at the Youth Pride Day
  • D/W received generous donation from estates of Peter Morris and Jerry and Veronica Cofler
  • The board hired a new office manager, Paul Bedard
  • Henry Huot and others provided much information to DUSA Dateline
  • The community supported the DUSA first National Young Adult Weekend at Dignity Center with 35 individuals in attendance
  • The Liturgy Committee coordinated Masses at St. Margaret’s church every Sunday of the year plus Holy Week activities and
    Christmas and Holy Day Masses at the Dignity Center
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