February 7, 2021
St. James’ Annual Meeting
The St. James’ Episcopal Church will hold its 205th Annual Meeting on Sunday, February 7, 2021-12pm.
ZOOM INFO coming soon.
The State of the Parish and the 2021 Budget will be presented.
Warden and Vestry positions will be voted upon.
The Vestry Slate being presented is:
Jr Warden – Bill Spalding
Members –
2 year term Doug Smith
3 year term Nancy Corl
3 year term Amy Allyn
3 year term Barb Burton
(Bios Coming Below!)
In addition to nominations by the Nominating Committee, nominations may be made by written petition of fifteen (15) “members in good standing”*as defined by St. James’ By-Laws (see below) The petition must also be signed by the Nominee. Nominations by petition shall be submitted to the Chair of the Nominating Committee (Susanne Rynkiewicz) at least twenty-one (21) days prior to the Annual Meeting, but not more than thirty (30) days prior.
(Accordingly, the dates for submitting nominations by petition
for 2021 are January 9-17.)
*Definition of Members in Good Standing:
Any member of the congregation above the age of eighteen (18) years provided that such person shall be a stated worshiper in the Church, that such person should be an active Communicant of this Parish (receives Communion at least three times per year), and that such person shall contribute to the support of this Parish (with time, talent and treasure).
Biographies of Vestry Slate for 2021
Bill SpaldingJunior Warden
I was born and raised here in Skaneateles. After a 10-year sojourn in Cortland where I met my wife, Molly, I moved back home. My grandparents and my parents were/are St James’ members. I was christened and confirmed here. Molly and all three of my children were baptized in the lake here at St. James’. My business, Upstate Temperature Control, is based here in Skaneateles servicing HVAC Control systems for larger commercial buildings throughout Upstate. I am excited at the opportunity to give back through service on the Vestry.
Amy Allyn
I have been a member of St James for almost 25 years. My husband Dave and I had attended each other’s churches while dating, but began a search for our own family church almost immediately after our wedding. Father Skip was a real spiritual guide at that time of transition for us both. Every time I hear the welcome, “Know that whoever you are, wherever you find yourself on your journey of faith . . . there is a place for you at St. James,” I am filled with gratefulness at our decision. Our family grew quickly and I ended my teaching career to focus on our busy 4 children ; Dave was traveling a great deal with Welch Allyn at this time. In these early years of our membership, I enjoyed teaching Sunday school and volunteering in the nursery.
My involvement in the community has taught me so much and given me so many opportunities to witness the good and grace in so many people. It was insightful to be part of the grassroots organization that is now Matthew House, home for the terminally ill in Auburn. I spent 9 years on their board and a term as President and I feel I was part of the fundraising and planning team that set the home up for financial stability. For seven years I had the distinct honor of serving on the National Down syndrome Society. Though my responsibilities were numerous on the board, most notable was being part of the team during the execution of the TIME ACT on Capital Hill. In 2015 this piece of legislation amended a previous act from 1938 which allowed people with disabilities to be paid cents per hour! I am most recently serving on an an advisory board with InclusiveU bringing students with disabilities who want to experience college life in a fully inclusive setting to Syracuse University. Together, Dave and I are currently co-chairs for the Finger Lakes Land Trust in their capitol campaign. I have been so grateful to be able to help promote and preserve local lands that, especially during this pandemic, have become such a a safe outlet for so many!
As I look back toward home, I cherish the greatest gift that is my family. My happiest days are in the summer when everyone is at home and we have dinner together on the porch, sharing our love of food and the lake with extended family and close friends. ( and always a couple of dogs!) I have recently volunteered to read for services and to complete some small outreach projects with one of my daughters. It is such an honor to be nominated for the Vestry at St James . I look forward to discovering how I can serve and support others and our mission, with your blessing.
Barb Burton

Hi, I’m Barb Burton have been a member of St. James for the last 10 years. I was raised in Camillus and married my husband Rick at St. Paul’s Cathedral in Syracuse in 1981.  Rick and I spent the next 39 years attending Episcopal or Anglican churches in WI, CT, OR, CO and NSW, Australia before arriving back in Camillus in late 2009. I’ve been a member of both the Praise Band and choir, served on the Altar Guild and am currently active with the St. James Thrift Shop, serving as board secretary.   In the past I’ve served on the vestry and as Sr. Warden at St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church in Eugene Oregon. 

I attended Keuka College and my professional career has included working as a medical social worker, veterinarian nurse and medical receptionist.  Rick and I have three grown, married children, one beautiful granddaughter and a second grandchild due in February 2021. I love to travel, enjoy outdoor adventures and reading. 
I’m very humbled and excited to serve on the vestry. I believe I can learn a great deal from those presently serving. As a vestry member, I will be able to give back to my church, the community and beyond Skaneateles. I look forward to this next adventure in my Christian walk.
Nancy Corl
My name is Nancy Corl and I have been attending St. James with my husband, Jim, for the past twelve years. Many of you know that Jim is a retired priest, who spent his active ministry years entirely in the diocese of Central New York, which has given me a wide ranging perspective on the workings of our diocese. As you can imagine, when you are married to a priest, the workings of the church in the world are never very far from your mind, even as you pursue your own profession. In my case, that meant working as nurse and then as a Family Nurse Practitioner until my own retirement.
We chose to come to St. James because my father’s family has longstanding connections with the parish. In fact, my father was an acolyte here MANY years ago and some of you may be familiar with Ducketts who still live in the area and are related to me. Over the years, it has always been interesting to discern what I felt God wanted me to do next, both within the church and outside in the world, especially in these trying times when we are largely at home. I never served on a vestry until I came to St. James, but I have taken part in many other church roles over the years. While some of my preparation for what I do is a bit different (for example, I doubt that many of you who have a spouse who reads Katherine Sondenegger’s excellent book Systematic Theology in bed and shares some insights with you), much is also the same. Through prayer and the daily offices we do here at home, plus opportunities that are presented through email, social media and extra readings that we do together and separately, I try to remain open to God’s voice. I am currently one of the parish nurses and I hope to find new opportunities to make His will be more clearly seen in our world, in our church and in our personal and shared lives, going forward.
Doug Smith
My name is Doug Smith, and I was born in Syracuse, brought up in Skaneateles, and attended local schools. I graduated from the University of Miami in 1969 and moved across the street from First Presbyterian to St. James’s to marry my childhood sweetheart, Bev Fairs, that same year. Upon returning from our honeymoon, my 1-A draft notice was in our mail box. Consequently, the next several months were spent in training at Fort Polk Military reservation in Louisiana and I ended up in the Army Reserves for the next six years. We moved to Auburn, where Bev was teaching, from Camillus and raised our two children there. Eric, 47, now lives with his wife , Heather and family, five children and three grand children in Canton, GA. Krista, 44, lives with her husband, Dave, and two children in Keller, TX. Bev and I currently live on Highland Ave. in Skaneateles. My 51 years at St. James include three terms on Vestry, two as Warden, teaching Sunday school, ushering, hosting numerous parties and gatherings, volunteering for capital campaigns and work days and the last 22 years attempting to sing bass in the choir.
Along the way, I found time to coach Little League baseball and softball, serve the community in the Skaneateles Sunrise Rotary Club, participate in the Skaneateles Community Band, drive for Laker Transportation Project (Laker Limo) and am a member of the Robert J. Hydon Post #239 of the American Legion. I’m a huge N.Y. Yankees fan and also follow the Buffalo Bills and SU sports, especially basketball. In my spare time I play golf at Dutch Hollow Country Club from May to October.
My business life was highlighted by 25 years in the kitchen cabinet distribution business, designing kitchens, as a manufacturer’s representative for coated polyethylene films, selling stainless steel polishing services to industry, and residential real estate sales. I even flipped a couple of houses which I remodeled. I retired in 2015.
I feel that my extensive business background will offer a unique perspective to discussions and decisions which will undoubtedly have to be made during the next few critical months as we deal with the pandemic and it’s impact. My faith in God and His plan for each of us is the foundation for my optimism.