Volunteer leadership honored at The Bishop’s Ranch Evensong and reception

Posted on February 10, 2014

The Rt Rev Marc Handley Andrus and Grace Cathedral honored the ministry of The Bishop’s Ranch at a special Choral Evensong service at Grace Cathedral on Thursday, February 6, followed by a festive reception attended by over 100 people. In the cathedral and at the reception Bishop Marc spoke eloquently about the blessing of continuity in volunteer leadership and the example of Lloyd Aubry, past president of the Ranch board of directors.


Both Bishop Marc and Bishop Bill Swing wished Lloyd a happy 90th birthday and thanked him for leadership to the Ranch from 1986 through 2008. As president of the Ranch Board of Directors his “get things done” focus, extensive construction experience, and strong fiscal oversight guided four major capital campaigns and the construction of St. John’s Meeting House, Webb Lodge, Harrison House, and the Swing Pavilion, as well as the renovation of Kay Qvale Ranch House, St. Stephen’s Youth Village, and the Friary. Lloyd has fostered an amazing legacy of expanded facilities and programs at the Ranch — a wonderful gift to the over 7,000 people who visit the Ranch each year.


Guests welcomed Ranch leadership as they carried the news of the mission of hospitality and renewal from the wooded hills of the Russian River Valley into the City. Everyone enjoyed delicious hors d’oeuvres and drinks from the Ranch kitchen as well as piano music from Marc Capelle and singing by Carole Jan Lee. Ranch staff members, including AmeriCorps NCCC Green 5 team, were on hand to serve food and drink, tell Ranch stories and visit with guests.