and sometimes a little later…
I am away on Study Leave and vacation. I will return on August 20th. I hope you enjoy our guest hosts for Tuesday Talk. Take care and I’ll see you soon. –Rev. Marian
Hello First UUers,
My name is Allie Bonsteel and I’m the Chair of the Board of Trustees for the 2019-2020 church year. I’ll be hosting one Tuesday talk per month over the next year to tell you what’s going on with the Board. I’ll also be sharing my personal reflections.
First UU has six elected Board members who each serve a three-year term. This year we are excited to welcome Lisa Brandt and Heather Pierson. Lisa will be serving as Vice Chair.
The Board meets the 4thWednesday of the month. Anyone is welcome to attend. At the last Board meeting, we made some important decisions that you need to know about. We’ve made some updates to our Policy Governance. There aren’t any major changes to the way we do things, just tweeks including role descriptions and implementing a Board Manual. I encourage you to check them out here. Other documents are here. We also elected Laura Hartman as Treasurer, Doug Kauffman as Chair of the Finance Committee and Judy Kleen as the Chair of the Personnel Committee.
The Board will be meeting for a social gathering in July and a retreat in August. I’ll share the results of the retreat next month.
Here at First UU we are self-governed. There is no higher authority out there that is going to tell is what to do or how to do it. The UUA offers resources and guidance for sure, but we are accountable to ourselves. It is on each and every one of us to do our part to work to fulfill our Mission.
This fall you’ll be issued a challenge to find more ways to participate in our community outside of Sunday worship. More to come. This is a community we make, not one that is made for us.
The Board wants to hear from you. Stop us in the halls or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our names/pictures are up in the bulletin board by the volunteer room.
On an unrelated note…A few weeks back Rev. Marian wrote about new revelations in the murder of Jim Reeb. If you’re interested in learning more about the NPR investigation, I recommend listening to the podcast White Lies. It goes deep into the story of Rev. Reeb’s life and legacy including interviews with his family.