Assistant Clerk

 

OFFICE DETAILS

Name

Assistant Clerk

The Assistant Clerk (AC) is an optional position in the Quaker organizational structure. The AC usually sits at the clerk's table, to the right of the clerk. ACs read reports and Query summaries from subordinate meetings. They also help the clerk during the business as needed, such as by suggesting words for minutes and in discernment of agenda matters. The position is often called simply "assistant." Ohio YM went through a phase in the latter half of the twentieth century when most ACs were women.
 
In the 1990s, the position of AC came to be called informally the "reading clerk." This term had not been used historically but has become considered the right term on the yearly meeting level.

 

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Treasurer

Convenor

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Recorder

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Caretaker

 

SAMPLE APPOINTMENTS

Ohio YM Men's Assistant Clerk 1813-1949

Redstone QM Women's Assistant Clerk 1808-1869

Ohio YM Women's Assistant Clerk 1813-1949

Redstone QM Men's Assistant Clerk 1823-1869

Short Creek QM Men's Assistant Clerk 1807-1935

Short Creek QM Women's Assistant Clerk 1807-1935

Ohio YM Assistant Clerk 1949-

Short Creek QM Assistant Clerk 1935-1979

New Garden QM Men's Assistant Clerk 1824-1836

Stillwater QM Men's Assistant Clerk 1821-1850

Stillwater QM Assistant Clerk 1950-

Ohio YM Second Assistant Clerk 1960-1972

Ohio YM M&E Assistant Clerk 1940-1961

Ohio YM M&O Assistant Clerk 1962-

Pennsville QM Men's Assistant Clerk 1855-1926

Pennsville QM Women's Assistant Clerk 1855-1922

Salem QM Assistant Clerk -

Salem QM Men's Assistant Clerk 1808-

Ohio Rep. Mtg Assistant Clerk 1958-

Stillwater QM Women's Assistant Clerk 1821-1950

Deerfield MM Women's Assistant Clerk 1827-1835

Pennsville MM Women's Assistant Clerk 1835-1904

Westland Men's MM Assistant Clerk -1865

Deerfield MM Men's Assistant Clerk 1827-1835

Pennsville MM Men's Assistant Clerk 1835-1904

Plymouth MM Men's Assistant Clerk 1850-1897

Plymouth MM Women's Assistant Clerk 1850-1897

Plainfield MM Men's Assistant Clerk 1808-1828

Somerset MM Men's Assistant Clerk 1821-1960

Somerset MM Women's Assistant Clerk 1821-

Marlborough MM Men's Assistant Clerk 1814-1855

Marlborough Women's MM Assistant Clerk 1814-1855

Springfield Women's QM Assistant Clerk 1836-1872

Salem Men's MM Assistant Clerk 1805-

Springfield Men's QM Assistant Clerk 1837-1872

Salem Women's MM Assistant Clerk 1805-1931

Sandy Spring Women's MM Assistant Clerk 1820-1873

Upper Springfield Men's MM Assistant Clerk 1825-1935

Sewickley Men's Assistant Clerk 1866-1874

 

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