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Love Thy Neighbor bannerWe welcome all members and regular attenders to participate in the life of the meeting through serving on committees. Our practice requires that we seek members to serve on Ministry and Counsel and the Nominating Committee, but we gratefully welcome anyone to serve on the Committee of the Whole. Please consider where your gifts lead you to participate.

One of our greatest needs is for volunteers to help clean and maintain our property. If everyone, regardless of ability, could do one or more small tasks it would really help. There are a variety of tasks and projects that need doing, from dusting, to washing windows to pulling weeds. Contact us at TampaQuakers at gmail dot com if you are interested in serving in this way.

Ministry and Counsel Committee

The Ministry and Counsel Committee nurtures the spiritual health of the meeting with specific concerns for our ministry and worship and pastoral care. They have a special responsibility to watch over, encourage, and develop the care of members for each other and for the life of the meeting.

Responsibilities include

  • Spiritual health of meeting
  • Eldering and member care
  • Schedule - clerk for worship, etc.
  • Provide queries for spirit-led reflection
  • Discern policies and processes
  • Discern friends-in-need requests
  • Nominating committee
  • Pastoral care visits
  • Discern clearness committees

This committee carries a three-year commitment. Unless otherwise noted, committee members and clerks serve for one year, and may be asked to serve again for additional terms.

Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee identifies and recruits the clerk, assistant clerk, recording clerk, and treasurer, as well as seeing that committees have clerks and a sufficient number of members. They discern gifts that individuals might offer in service to our community, ask members to serve, and make sure committees have strong membership to fulfill their responsibilities.

This committee carries a three-year commitment. Unless otherwise noted, committee members and clerks serve for one year, and may be asked to serve again for additional terms.

Committee of the Whole

Committee of the Whole is comprised of the "umbrella" groups listed below. All are welcome to attend at any time. Responsibilities include:

  • Develop short, medium, and long-term plans
  • Maintain and review list of plans and activities
  • Determine when other committees need to be activated
  • Hold other committees accountable


Responsibilities include

  • Maintain and review list of current activities and work
  • Invitation for woder involvement
  • Discern leadings of peace and social concerns
  • FCNL
  • Friends Peace Teams
  • EarthCare Witness
  • Summer book project
  • Christmas family
  • Voter registration


Responsibilities include

  • Snacks
  • Greeters
  • Fellowship activities after meeting
  • Wednesday SRG
  • Fellowship programs
  • Potluck
  • Friendly dinner
  • Dinners out
  • Host Quaker groups
  • External outreach
  • Maintain social media
  • Develop and post sign messages
  • Maintain contact lists
  • Missing you cards
  • Library


Responsibilities include

  • Adult first day program
  • Children's first day program
  • Library
  • Quakerism 101
  • Retreats and programs


Responsibilities include

  • Treasurer
  • Financial decisions
  • Property maintenance
  • Building cleaning
  • Purchase supplies
  • Capital projects
  • Building maintenance
  • Requests for Use of meetinghouse
  • Contracts, partnerships and relationships
  • Scholarships and travel fund
  • Membership recorder
  • Archives

2023 Committees

Clerk (2025)
Nil Wilkins
Assistant Clerk
Recording Clerk
Cynde Mercer
Chris Hugues

Ministry and Counsel
Chris Hugues 2024
Dustin Lemke, clerk 2025
Nil Wilkins, ex-officio
Cecilia Yocum 2024

Chris Hugues, clerk 2024
Cecilia Yocum 2023

Clerk of Committee of the Whole
Chris Hugues

Activism Contacts
Cecilia Yocum

Community Contacts
Nil Wilkins
Cecilia Yocum

Learning Contact

Projects Contact
Chris Hugues

NOTE: For committees carrying a three-year commitment, the dates given note the year through which the individual will serve. Unless otherwise noted, committee members and clerks serve for one year.