North Carolina Child invites you to A Better World for Children: The Inaugural Tom V. Luncheon on Wednesday, Oct. 18, from 11:30 to 1:30 at the James B. Hunt Jr. Library.
We will celebrate the tremendous legacy of Tom Vitaglione, a member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, whose life of service has profoundly improved the lives of generations of children in North Carolina.
For more than 40 years, Tom has pursued an unwavering vision of a better world for children in our state. And he has done so with unmatched integrity, humility, humor, and kindness. As a Senior Fellow at N.C. Child, Tom’s steadfast belief that North Carolinians can bridge our differences to do what is right by children inspires us all, and is at the core of N.C. Child’s own values and approach to child advocacy.
At the inaugural luncheon, nonprofit leaders, policymakers, the philanthropic community and child advocates will come together to honor Tom’s legacy, celebrate his unwavering vision of a better world for children, and affirm what Tom and N.C. Child believe: that North Carolinians can work together to do what is right for our children.
Marian Pollard, a longtime and faithful member of our church family, passed away peacefully at about midnight on Dec. 30. Our deacon, Sallie Simpson, was with her that afternoon, and Marian’s sons Joe and Bill spent much of the evening with her before she passed away.
Services are 2:30 pm Saturday, Jan. 7 at St. Mark’s. A reception will be held before the service, from 1 to 2:15 pm in our Community Life Center. Burial after the funeral will be at Raleigh Memorial Park, 7501 Glenwood Ave.
Marian was born August 19, 1929, in Vance County, N.C., in a family of tobacco farmers. She lived a “hard farm life,” says her son, Joe. She attended Meredith and Campbell colleges and taught school for 30 years, mostly English classes at Millbrook High School.
“She was a very beloved teacher,” Joe says. “She loved gardening and flowers, the outdoors, and pets.
“She was a strong member of St. Mark’s. She and Dad loved that church very much.”
Many members of St. Mark’s recall Marian’s late husband, Joe, and his trumpet playing with the St. Mark’s Jazz Band and at special church services.
Marian is survived by her sons Bill – also a longtime member of St. Mark’s – and Joe, and by granddaughter Caroline (Nicholas) Morris and grandsons Kevin and Lock.
At St. Mark’s, as with many church communities, we have members who for various reasons can no longer be present at church or church activities.
Often they have experienced a crisis or change in their lives, and initially received visits from clergy and close friends within the community. As the initial crisis ended they still found themselves unable to attend services and activities, and have become isolated from their community of faith.
Pastoral Visitors is a new ministry that will be a way of reaching out to these homebound members. It is a ministry of presence. A way of showing that St. Mark’s still cares and supports all of its members even if they are absent from our campus. It is a way of bridging between these members and the rest of the community, and keeping the connections alive.
Susan Aycock and Joan-Ellen Deck have taken their experiences with Stephen Ministries and developed training and procedures for Pastoral Visitors. They now need your help.
Keep an eye out for announcements about training, and help out by becoming a visitor or making referrals of homebound members.
James Thomas often attends St Mark’s in traditional West African-style garb. His agbada is a four-piece suit of Nigeria and the Republic of Benin, West Africa. It consists of a large, free-flowing outer robe (awosoke), an undervest (awotele), a pair of long trousers (sokoto), and a hat (fìla).
James is a minister, a counselor and a criminologist.
Congratulations to Tom Vitaglione, a long-time member of St. Mark’s! Tom has been honored by the American Academy of Pediatrics as the national winner this year of the Child Advocacy Award. This an honor that is richly deserved.
Tom has long been an advocate for children, in his time with the Peace Corps in Malawi, in his career at the N.C. Division of Maternal and Child Health and now at NC Child.
During his time with the state, Tom helped develop the Child Health Insurance Program and helped implement the graduated license program for teens and the federal requirements for educating children with special needs. Tom also worked toward ending corporal punishment in N.C. public schools. Tom helped found and served on the NC Child Fatality Task Force.
After his retirement from the state in 2000, he began working with NC Child. Tom also volunteers as a reading tutor and, along with his wife, Eve, volunteers at the Natural Science Museum.