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Board President’s Remarks to Congregational Meeting, May 22, 2011

[Note: Our May 22 congregational meeting included election of new Board, Program Council and Nominating Committee members, as well as the Communications Facilitator.  We heard updates on the Long Range Plan, “Building the Future,” and gave an overwhelming vote to affirm (and continue working toward) all three major goals.

[We had a Treasurer’s update and an update from the current Stewardship Chairperson.  After much discussion on the Budget Proposal for the 2011-12 fiscal year, the meeting was continued by the President and the meeting will resume after the 10:00 AM service on Sunday, June 12. It is likely to be a much shorter meeting!

The Board will take into consideration all the suggestions, ideas, opinions and testimonials as it prepares a Budget Proposal, which will be the only remaining business.  Since the meeting, several Members and Friends have raised their pledges for the coming fiscal year.  Thank you!  The Board will also consider the latest tally of this increase in projected income as it works on the proposal.  Below you can read the opening remarks by Tina C., our current (and re-elected) president.  See you on June 12!]

Board President’s Remarks to the Congregational Meeting

Get settled in your seats and close your eyes if you’d like.

Think of the first time you came to UUSS.

Walking through the parking lot.  Passing through people on the patio. 

Entering the door into the sanctuary.

What did you see?

What did you hear?

How did you feel?

Now reflect for a moment on how you feel about this place and congregation today.

How is it a part of you?  How are you a part of it?

My first visit to UUSS was with a friend and my five-year-old daughter – special friends. I loved the banners and the lines in the ceiling.

Now I usually come alone but look forward to seeing my many friends and acquaintances here.

***

I have reflected on my part in the church more frequently over the past year.   I always seem to come to the same conclusion:

UUSS is a huge part of my life.

I am just one tiny part of this congregation.

I am one of hundreds who call this building their spiritual home.

And there are hundreds of persons who contribute to the well being of the congregation and our beautiful grounds and buildings — during the Sunday church service, throughout the week, for special events, committee meetings, and so on.

I am blessed to be among the many who contribute energy, time and money to make the church strong.  I find that the more I give, the more I receive.  Do you feel that way?

I am proud to serve on the Board of Trustees; to serve the congregation.  Your faith and support of my abilities and contributions this year have touched my heart.

I want to thank all of you for your contributions over the years since you first arrived at UUSS to now.

Thank you for being here today.

We have important information to share and decisions to make together.

I want to share with you what the Board of Trustees has been doing.

  • In August we adopted Board priorities in the areas of budgetary needs, UUSS’ church culture, the long range building plan, and our church’s size, growth and ways to strengthening our congregation.
  • We committed to being “transparent” and inclusive in our actions and decisions.
  • We worked closely with the Personnel and Fiscal Committees to get their input on our budget.
  • We have been soliciting congregants’ input on the budget – what matters most to you and what it will take to have it (budget workshops, letters/em about our finances, posting fiscal reports and the proposed budget on the website.

We will be working on some heady issues in the coming months:

  • Consider calling an associate minister.  Roger has expressed his interest in being called to our congregation and we will follow UUA guidelines to evaluate this step and bring our recommendations to the congregation in early fall.
  • The Board will continue the great work of the Personnel Committee and look at staffing configurations of other UU churches.  We will be making recommendations on how our church might operate most efficiently.
  • Finally, we will start the campaign and pledge drive earlier this year.
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