President’s Perspective – Making Progress

By Barbara Rupp, 2018-19 President

I am very pleased that we had a healthy turnout for our congregational meeting in May during which we passed our budget for next year, elected three new Board members, and participated in a productive workshop with Simon Oswald Architects (SOA), the architects for our future church renovations. Their objective was to gather information from members of the congregation through a “dotmocracy” activity that would help to prioritize the needs of the church. SOA felt that they gathered some very valuable information and they will continue to work with the Building Needs Task Force throughout the summer months and will eventually return to do another presentation at a congregational meeting in the fall.

It is important to keep a couple of things in mind. First, there is no final decision as yet regarding either a master plan or the aesthetic design. SOA will continue to work with us and gather information, and the congregation will have an opportunity next fall to review their recommendations for a master plan.
Second, we must each realize that none of us will get everything we want in this project. However, one of SOA’s strengths is helping us prioritize where we can get the most desired changes while making the best use of inevitably limited resources for our renovation project.

Your Board of Trustees is committed to strengthening the communication with the congregation as we progress with this project. Toward that end the board has decided to increase the size of the Building Needs Task Force to help with communication, including the development of visual charts to show where we are in all stages of the process. It really is an exciting time for our congregation, and I look forward to seeing the progress in the coming year.

Meanwhile, I will be moving from Board President to Past President and passing the baton to Mindy McPherson as of July 1. We are very fortunate to have Mindy as our President next year, and I look forward to working with her as we launch our capital campaign and work toward a master plan for our desired renovations.

Thanks to all for helping to make my time as President so rewarding.