From the Board President

Wow and Double Wow!!
We are thrilled with the outcome of the Serendipity Auction!  Many thanks to committee members Janelle Dombek, Michaele Malecki, Vicki Rothhaar, Sarah Nuss-Warren, Kathy Kinkema, Jim Falendar and Judith Hill.  Your efforts produced an evening of fun, delicious food and record breaking income for the Fellowship (over $19,000!!!)  Plus contributions totaling $1,100 to Citizens’ Climate Lobby.  Well done Committee Members, all those who donated auction items, bid on auction items, and came to cheer them on.

Speaking of exciting fundraisers, the April pasty sale was also a record breaker.  258 pasties made in one day!  Thanks to Pete Carlson and the volunteers who came to work, and especially those who stayed longer than planned and those who came in a day early to help us beat the storm.

What an amazing community we are!

Board Proposes By-Laws Amendments
The board has completed a comprehensive review of the Fellowship By-laws. At the April 24 Board meeting the proposed amendments were approved for presentation to the congregation.  A discussion session is scheduled for after the service Sunday, May 6.  The amendments will be up for a vote at the Special Congregation meeting after the service on June 3.  Major areas addressed in the amendments are membership and the responsibilities of the minister.  More information is included in the every member notice of the meeting.  You can follow this link to see a copy of the proposal.

In other action, we discussed the importance of a strong stewardship campaign to support the 2019 budget as we move into the most intense phase of the search process and plans to relocate a new minister to Midland next year.  Kevin King volunteered to serve as Board liaison to the Stewardship Committee which is chaired by Judy Donahue.

Christina Van Poucker was approved as the UUFoM candidate to Midwest Leadership School and Sara Clavez and Heather Cleland-Host were approved as delegates to General Assembly.  If anyone else is planning to attend GA and might be available to serve as an alternate, please contact Sara Clavez.

Next Board Meeting
In preparation for the May 22 Board meeting, we are working on a proposal for accountability structures that will help us hold ourselves and our minister accountable to our goals and responsibilities. We will also be moving toward incorporating the strategic directions adopted by the congregation into the Board policy document.

Yours in Fellowship,

Sara Clavez, President
Sarah Schulz, President-Elect
Andi Salogar, Secretary
Vicki Rothhaar, Treasurer
Kevin King
Jill Haver-Crissman