Episcopal Diocese of the Virgin Islands
Episcopal Church Women
Churches in the British Virgin Islands are: St. Mary’s Church, Virgin Gorda—ECW President, Ms. Vanessa Rymer, St. Georges’ Church, Tortola, ECW President Mrs. Nesha Morgan; St. Paul’s (SCB), President, Mrs. Sayrette Pickering. Churches in the US Virgin Islands are: St. Ursula, St. John, Mrs. Martha Bruce, ECW President; on St. Thomas, Cathedral Church of All Saints, Mrs. Ura Gosha, ECW President; St. Andrew’s Church, Mrs. Gwendolyn Ryan, ECW President; St. Luke’s Church, Mrs. Marcella Somersall, ECW President; Church of the Holy Spirit, Mrs. Phyllis Almestica, President; and Nazareth-by-the-Sea, Mrs. Brenda Rita Payne Samuel, ECW President.
I am Mrs. Edith Haynes-Lake, President, Diocesan ECW, Diocese of the Virgin Islands. I am a member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. A former Senior Warden, Secretary of Diocesan Convention under three Bishops, Delegate to local and General Convention of the Episcopal Church, and a visitor to ECW Convention several times. I am retired after serving as Executive Assistant to the Executive Director of the VI Water and Power Authority. I am the mother of three boys and one girl as well as the proud grandmother of 18 and great-grandmother of 3.
I had the privilege of being elected as Diocesan President in May of 2018 and held my first convention in May of 2019. Realizing that we needed to reorganize the ECW, plenaries were held on the role of the ECW, its future in the territory, developing methods to reach young people and developing better grant writing skills to fund our efforts. I believe this was the first time in the history of the ECW that we had ECW’s presidents committing to host conventions which are held yearly on Memorial Day weekend. 2020 will be held in the British Virgin Islands (Tortola) and 2021 in US Virgin Islands (St. Croix). There is much work to do in re-organizing the ECW as a functional group dedicated to improving the lives of young and old in our community. We need to get closer and work cooperatively to benefit the youth and seniors whom we have elected to serve.
I also had the privilege of hosting members of the National Board the week of February 7-12. It was certainly a pleasure to expose them to who we are in the Virgin Islands. I am looking forward to future visits and exchanges.
Since my presidency, I have traveled to St. Croix and met ECW members and heard their concerns and pledged to meet with them again. I have also travelled to Tortola, British Virgin Islands, attending functions and meetings. I am looking forward to ECW week which is held the first week of October each year. This year, October 6-12,2019.