Board Updates and News
Mark Flewelling Retires as MHS Board Trustee
July 28, 2014
|John Davis, Chairman of the Board and Mark Flewelling, Former Board Member
At the annual Board Appreciation Dinner held in June at the Pasadena Tournament House, Mark Flewelling was honored for his years of service to Maranatha High School. Mark has served as a member of Maranatha’s Board of Trustees for the past five years and has retired from this post as of July.
Besides his service as a trustee, Mark has also volunteered in the Maranatha Booster Club since 2004, including serving as the Booster president for two of those years. He and his wife, Laura, have been active members of the Maranatha community for over ten years as they have watched their three children graduate the school.
In thanking Mark for his service, Chairman John Davis remarked, “Mark’s insight and reasoned input will be missed. It has been a blessing to have had Mark on the Board of Trustees for the past five years.”
Headmaster David Gyertson stated "Mark has been such an important member of our campus community and particularly the Board of Trustees during the transition period. His insightful analysis, professional expertise, gentle spirit, and consistent desire to see Christ glorified at Maranatha has been such a blessing and encouragement to me."
Other Board members also expressed their appreciation. David Smith said, “Mark has been one of the cornerstones of Christian Leadership and a stabilizing force amongst the Board of Trustees for many years. His unselfish dedication to the Christian Education of Maranatha will never be forgotten by the people who worked with him.” George Hausler commented, “Mark was the consummate professional who was always thoughtful and deliberate with his words. Above all, Mark put God first and always had the best interests of Maranatha in mind.”
In reflecting on his retirement, Mark noted “It has been my privilege to serve as a Maranatha trustee. I leave the board knowing that under the leadership of Dr. Gyertson and his team, God’s plan for Maranatha will be realized and implemented.” Mark also mentioned how important Laura has been as she fully supported him during the many hours of meetings and deliberations while serving on the Board. Maranatha is grateful to Mark for his exceptional leadership and dedication to Maranatha during his years of service.
Maranatha Files New Articles and By-Laws
August 5, 2013
The Board of Trustees is happy to announce that it recently approved changes to its primary corporate documents. The documents had not been updated for many years. As a result of these changes, Maranatha has now been classified by the State of California as a religious organization. Previously, Maranatha had been classified as a public benefit corporation. Other changes include the elimination of membership included in the corporation (membership ceased being a legal requirement in 1980) and establishing the position of Headmaster.
The board has been reviewing its governance and board policies. It is part of the board’s focus on ensuring that Maranatha’s vision, mission and core values are consistent with who we are and are clearly communicated. Furthermore, we believe the classification of Maranatha provides some legal benefits for us primarily in employment related matters. In order to facilitate the transition back to being a policy board, the board is also reviewing its board policies. We believe that these changes will help us take the next steps in our mission to be a center for a quality college preparatory education intentionally anchored to the Christian faith.
If anyone in the Maranatha community wishes to review the revised corporate documents, please make an appointment with Jane Tawel in the Headmaster’s office.
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