President’s Perspective – with gratitude

By Rebecca Graves, 2020-21 President

Thank you to all who attended our second online Annual Congregational Meeting on May 2. Following the meeting, 82 of you cast ballots by email or mail, overwhelmingly approving our budget and our board nominees. I welcome Melissa Ensign-Bedford, Susan Even and Connie Ordway to the board. They will begin their three-year terms on July 1. I look forward to serving with them this next year. I also thank Mark Johnson, Mindy McPherson and Jan Swaney for their service on the board as they finish their terms this month. A shout-out to Mindy for her work this year as past president and chair of the Nominating Committee and to Jan for her work this past year as secretary. You made my job as president so much easier. I will miss working with you on the board.

We have been working on the Accessibility Campaign. As I mentioned in my column last month, the board members decided that we could not wait for the capital campaign to resume in order to install an elevator or to replace the carpeting. At our May meeting, the board approved the following charge for the Board Accessibility Task Force:

UUCC Board Accessibility Task Force

The Board Accessibility Task Force is charged with making recommendations to the board and the minister regarding elevator and flooring accessibility improvements. The task force is specifically charged with the following:

  • Working with architects and contractors
  • Soliciting bids
  • Overseeing construction and installation
  • Fundraising for the projects approved by the board
  • Other tasks as they relate to accessibility improvements

The task force will be divided into two sections:

  1. Accessibility 2021 Fundraising section, and
  2. Accessibility 2021 Construction section.

Final decisions will be made by the board with the consultation of the minister.

The task force will consist of at least five (5) church members. At least one of the members will be from the board; at least one of the members will have an architecture, engineering, and/or construction background; and at least one of the members will have a fundraising/development background. The board representative will convene the task force and will serve on both sections.

The task force will meet and report to the board and minister at least monthly until project completion.

The board also approved Ginny Winter as the board liaison to the committee. Architectural firm SOA has been hired to provide a scope of work that we will then use to inform project bids. Once we know the cost of the project, we will begin to actively raise funds. If you have questions or would like to serve, please contact me or Ginny.

Finally, I would like to close by saying it has been an honor to serve as your president this past year. It has been a strange time – this pandemic – meeting online, being physically distant, and wondering how we would all fare. I sincerely thank and appreciate my board colleagues; our minister, Rev. Molly Housh Gordon; our sabbatical minister, Rev. Dr. C.W. Dawson Jr.; our church administrator, Suzanne Clark; and our webmaster, Steve Scott. Your work and support allowed me to succeed. I welcome new President Tim Dickerson and look forward to serving with him and the rest of the board this coming year.