Happy Halloween First UUers!
Allie here with an update from the Board happenings from this month.
I’m excited to announce that we have filled the vacancy on the Board! Heidi Ballard, a long time First UU member, has agreed to join us. I have met with her to get her up to speed on Board matters and she attended her first meeting this past Wednesday. We also have new youth Board members, Caroline Mocharski and Teddy Davidson.
November and December Board meeting dates have been changed to 11/20 and 12/19 due to Thanksgiving and Christmas. Meetings are open to all.
Mark your calendars for the mid-year meeting on 1/19/20 at 12:30pm.
The Board has voted to approve new Reserve Fund policy to help us establish and manage our new Operating and Facilities reserve accounts. All normal and routine expenses for the operation of the Church should be budgeted in the annual Operating Budget. The Operating Reserve Fundserves the purpose of a savings account or rainy day fund. It should be used only when needed and use of the funds requires approval of the Finance Committee and the Board. With the establishment of the Facility Reserve Fund, funds are available to be spent for intermediate level facility needs: more costly than the expected facility expenses but less than capital projects normally funded with a capital campaign. Establishing these accounts is a very important for the long term financial stability of our Church.
Deborah Boyd was approved as a new member of the Finance Committee. If you have an interest in serving on the Finance Committee, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Laura Hartman, our Church Treasurer, gave an update from Finance committee. In general, our finances are on track with where they should be this time of year. We are looking ahead to some significant expenses involving the roof. We’ll update you as more information is available. One of the many financial indicators that Finance and the Board are looking at monthly, is Sunday morning worship attendance. We have noticed that attendance is down year to year. This is something that we are keeping a close eye on. We also noted that we welcomed 10 new members this month!
Personnel Committee met for the first time this church year in October. There are a number of changes that they are maneuvering through regarding payroll and the Employee Handbook. If you have an interest in serving on the Personnel Committee, please e-mail us at email@example.com. We are specifically looking for people with Human Resource experience.
The Board has sent a letter to the UUA asking for more active engagement and leadership with Move to Amend. This is a nationwide movement to amend the US Constitution to end corporate personhood and state that money is not speech.
We talked about the outcomes of the Safety Task Force from a few years ago. There is an opportunity to follow-up on some of the recommendations. Coordinating Team (CT) will be looking through these over the next couple of months to see what needs to be done.
Caroline and Teddy provided an excellent youth report. They are looking to increase membership to youth group and have some imaginative ideas for fundraising. Please support them in their efforts as more information comes out. If you are interested in learning more about youth group or youth activities in our congregation, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org
Larry Drake, Lisa Brandt, Greg Denby and I facilitated the last Town Hall conversation in September focusing on nurturing. We all presented our notes from these conversations. CT will be reviewing our notes and reporting back on actionable items at our next meeting. The next Town Hall will be on February 2nd. The question will be: How can we, as a congregation, better work for justice through learning? Please plan on joining us in Beach Hall!
Phew–A lot of updates this month!