Columbus KTC Announcement of Annual Elections

Dear Sangha Members:
In accordance with KTC elections policy, we have opened nominations for the offices of Columbus KTC Director, Secretary, and Member-at-Large. Any KTC member in good standing may be nominated for the position, but it is wise to check with the person first before nominating them. Nominees must receive two nominations from members in good standing to become eligible candidates for the office.

Nominations will be received by Rich Butchko at, or in writing to Rich Butchko, c/o Columbus KTC, PO Box 14946, Columbus, Ohio 43214. You may also call Columbus KTC at (614) 228-6546 to nominate someone by phone.

All nominations–whether by email, phone, or postal mail–must be received by 11:59pmon Thursday, December 27, 2018.

We also invite people who are considering membership in Columbus KTC to take this opportunity to become members and join us in this process; we welcome your input. To become a member, please visit our pledge page and/or contact Steve Phallen at

For more details on the election policy, please see the attached document.

Columbus KTC Board and Elections Policy 14.1-1.

Best wishes in Dharma,
The Columbus KTC Board
Director: Kim Miracle
Assistant Director: Stacey Berry
Treasurer: Steve PhallenSecretary: Justin FitchMember at Large: Eric Weinberg
Resident Adviser: Lama Kathy Wesley

Statement of Thanks from Outgoing Secretary

Greetings, Columbus KTC Dharma Family!
It has been my pleasure serving as your secretary of the board these past four years. I’ve done my best to keep the newsletter running in good order and to keep you informed of the goings on here at Columbus KTC, as well as to support the Welcoming Team, and to assist the board and community when- and wherever I’ve been able to do so during the transition period after the fire.
Instead of running for secretary again this election cycle, though, I need to take a little time for myself and invite another member of the community to take up a board position at this time.
I will continue on in service to the Welcoming Team and the newsletter crew, as well as volunteering in as many other ways as I can, which is what all of us do: volunteer to keep Columbus KTC strong! So thanks to all of you who give your time, energy, and financial and moral support to our sangha. You are Columbus KTC!
Speaking of volunteers, I’ve had the honor of working with amazing board members over the past four years, and I share my heartfelt thanks, as I know you all do, with Kim, Steve, Eric, Tanya, Michelle, Stacey, Chuck, and Lama Kathy for their unwavering commitment to Columbus KTC.

In addition, the guidance and support Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche (and Khenpo Tenkyong, Lama Karma, Ani Lodhro, and others from KTD) during our journey since the loss of our building has been generous, selfless, wise, and kind. We are all so thankful to them-and the Karmapa!-for their support. Karmapa Chenno!
Many thanks to you all, may all beings benefit, and I’ll see you on the volunteer and Dharma practitioner trail soon!
Justin Fitch