Pat Wellnitz

Secretary

secretary@ecwnational.org

Greetings from your National ECW Secretary!

I am a cradle Episcopalian, baptized, confirmed and married at St. Mary's-Holly Episcopal Church, a small county church north of Rushville, Nebraska. My husband Jerry and I have two sons and six grandchildren. I manage the laboratory at Gordon Memorial Hospital, a 25 bed critical care hospital. I work with five lab technicians that handle the lab work for the hospital, two rural health clinics, and two nursing homes. I have taught Sunday school and Bible school since I was in high school, and been a member of St. Mary's Altar Guild and ECW since I was 20 years old. I have served on the vestry as warden, secretary and treasurer many times over the years. I am a lay reader and lay Eucharist minister. I am currently a co-dean for the Western Deanery in the Diocese of Nebraska. I served as both secretary and co-convener for the Diocesan Women's Ministries in Nebraska and have been a delegate to Triennial three times, serving as head of the delegation twice.

During this next triennium we need to focus on the report generated by Resolution 101/104 for Restructure. We need to find a way to be accessible and known to the women in the pews. I am excited about the resolution adopted at the 2015 ECW Triennial Meeting to research and publish by 2021 the Episcopal Church Women’s history—in time to celebrate our 150th anniversary.