Vestry Candidate Statements

Linda Brown
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I have been a member of Good Shepherd since moving to Hemet from Michigan in June of 2011.  I am a retired Registered Nurse, having worked in Intensive Care most of my career.   I have been married to Larry for 52 years.

I have served as ECW President for the past 10 years, and have served on the Vestry for 2 previous terms.  This has had me involved in almost all the events of the church at some time over these years: bazaars, yard sales, golf tournaments, bake sales, receptions and pot lucks, Valley Restart meals & toy drives, Food Pantry collection, just to name a few.  I was a member of the Profile Committee when we searched for a new priest, the Covid Task Force to plan worship over the past 2 years, and am currently beginning work with the Visioning Task Force.

The importance of supporting Good Shepherd in these efforts to keep the church moving forward is why I feel a calling to serve on the Vestry again, with God’s help.

Larry Denn
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My wife and I moved to Hemet 10 years ago after retiring.  We were born and raised in Jamestown, New York. True snow country!  We have 3 grown children, 9 grandchildren and 1 great granddaughter.

I was a restaurateur for 35 years after inheriting my family business. I was raised Roman Catholic and was very involved in my parish, at home. I have been a minister to the home bound and the sick, a Eucharistic Minister, taught catechism for several years and was a council member.

My first mass at Good Shepherd won me over. I found the sacred charm of the sanctuary very comforting. It drew me in immediately along with the warmth of the people I met. My ministries so far are being an usher and serving on the alter guild along with other duties where I may help. I’ve also joined the SWOT discernment team that has just begun.

My desire is to help and enjoy serving Christ and our church family. May the Holy Spirit be our guide.
 

Gloria Madrid
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On December 18, 2016, I was confirmed and became a member of Good Shepherd Episcopal Church.  I participate faithfully in ECW and DOK.

I was baptized in 1962 in Panama City, Florida.

My husband and I have pledged faithfully every year since we joined Good Shepherd.

In 1971, I joined the United States Air Force and served honorably for 4.5 years. I was honorably discharged in 1975.  I lived in Little Rock Arkansas from 1975 until 1984.  I worked for the City of Little Rock from 1976 to 1977 as Vocational Assessment Center Manager and then I was employed by the ABC affiliate (KABC) as Station Relations Manager from 1977 to 1984.  Then I moved to Los Angeles with my son Dedrick Egger and we opened Medcare Medical Distributors, Inc., a medical supply company. I met my husband Rinaldo (Tony) Madrid.   I lost my son in 2001.  In 2011 we decided that both of us would retire to a quieter atmosphere.  So my husband chose San Jacinto.  We retired and sold our home and business in L.A. and looked in Riverside County for a new beginning.  We bought a home in San Jacinto and we are very happy there.

One day we went to Starbucks in San Jacinto where we met Ed and Debbie Moore and we became friends.  We shared with them we were looking for a church. They invited us to Good Shepherd.  The people were so friendly and welcoming that we decided Good Shepherd was the church we had been looking for.  Since joining Good Shepherd we have met so many nice people, especially Mae Kramer, who has introduced me to many organizations that I have joined, such as P.E.O.  Chapter UI, Hemet Concert Association, Assistance League of Hemacinto, plus various Bible Study groups, and teaching me how to play Bridge and Golf.

I am looking forward to serving on the Vestry.

Nancy South
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 On March 22, 1959, I was baptized a Christian in the Episcopal Church; at that time, I was twelve years old.  Following that, I was confirmed in the Episcopal Church on November 15, 1959.  For thirty years, I remained an Episcopalian, but in the year 1990 I made my profession of faith in the Roman Catholic Church.  Thirty years later, before Lent in 2021, I returned to my church home in the Episcopal Church at Good Shepherd.

My involvement at Good Shepherd now consists of attending Mass every Sunday, attending the virtual Bible Study each Wednesday with Rev. Susan, and implementing a special project with Linda Brown at Valley Restart Center for Christmas.  I am on the Visioning Task Force also.

I have served on the Vestry at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church in Oceanside, and have served on the Parish Council at Our Lady of the Valley (OLV) Catholic Church in Hemet.  In addition, I have served as Altar Guild Directress at St. Anne’s, as Evangelism Advisor at OLV, and I have been involved in Cursillo at St. Anne’s and at Our Lady of the Valley.

 

A broader community involvement occurred when I attended St. Michael and All Angels in Tucson, Arizona, and became connected with the Christian Social Justice movement regarding immigrants and braceros. 

My vocation was to work as a Nuclear Technical Procedures Writer at San Onofre       

Nuclear Generating Station located adjacent to San Clemente.  I wrote procedures for engineers to test plant components and systems.  I worked for Southern California Edison at San Onofre for twenty-five years, during which time I spent one year as the liaison to the United Way of Orange County.

 

My avocations, or hobbies, are reading, watching PBS on TV, and participating on the Resident Council, in a Book Club and a Bible Study here at The Village.  I am connected with my sorority alumnae chapter, and my P.E.O. sisterhood chapter.

My gifts and skills lie in the areas of administration, organization, leadership, and     motivation.  I like to take on those difficult projects, such as, the implementation of evangelism in conjunction with greeting/welcoming potential new church members.

 

I would like to share my abilities and gifts as a member of the Vestry at Good Shepherd.  I would work well with other members to ensure the accomplishment of parish projects and  programs as specified by the Visioning Task Force.