19th AAC Local Committee holds organizational meeting

19th AAC
Fr. Eric Tosi meets with AAC Local Committee volunteers.

The Local Committee charged with planning the 19th All-American Council [AAC] of the Orthodox Church in America held its first meeting in Saint Louis and Kansas City December 14-15, 2016.

The 19th AAC will be convened at the historic Saint Louis Union Station Hotel, Saint Louis, MO July 23-27, 2018.  See related story.

Archpriest Eric G. Tosi, OCA Secretary and Council Supervisor and Deacon Peter Ilchuk, Council Manager, met with Archpriest Timothy Sawchak, Dean of the Kansas City Deanery and Local Council Clergy Chair; Robert Butchko, Local Council Lay Chair; and Kansas City Deanery faithful who have expressed an interest in assisting with planning efforts.  An overview of expectations and duties of the Local Committee, which compliments the work of the Preconciliar Commission, was reviewed.

“The goal was to organize the chairpersons and volunteers and to begin the work of the Council,” Father Eric said.  “There are over a dozen committees, including transportation, the AAC dinner, and delegate registration, and in general there is a need for nearly 100 volunteers to operate the Council.”

Meetings were also held with the hotel staff of the Saint Louis Union Station Hotel.

Faithful living in the Saint Louis area who are interested in volunteering in a number of capacities may do so by contacting Father Timothy at tsawchak33@gmail.com or Mr. Butchko at bbutchko1@gmail.com.  Additional information on the AAC theme, additional arrangements and the soon-to-be-launched AAC web site will be posted as it becomes available.

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