At the Spring Meeting of the Board of Lay Ministry, Paulette Monroe was nominated to be our next Conference Lay Leader and was elected by our Florida Annual Conference in June. An attempt to create co-Lay Leaders was defeated. Paulette is former President of the Florida Conference United Methodist Women, has served in various offices within the UMW for many years, and still serves with them on the Jurisdictional level. Paulette is married to the Rev. Dr. Walter Monroe, District Superintendent of the South Central District. Paulette is the first African American woman to be the Conference Lay Leader for the Florida Conference! Congratulations, Paulette. We look forward to your experience and leadership over the next four years.