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Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes March 2022

Unitarian Universalist Church of Elgin   March 27th, 2022 Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes  Present: Steve Stultz, Erica Lavine, Jamie Yucuis, Thomas Lesiewicz, Mila Brinker (ET representative)  Absent: Rowan Fixemer  The meeting was called to order at 11:45 am.  New Business   Mike Murschel discussion – Mike was referred as a potential person to provide potential pastoral care and weddings/funeral services.  We discussed what the services and cost structure would be.    The meeting minutes from Feb 27 were unanimously approved.  Employee Handbook –…

From the Board of Trustees

Hi Everyone! It has been great finally getting to see many of you in person at our services over the past few weeks! I’d like to thank everyone involved in getting the church open and figuring out how to do services while keeping everyone safe. They all continue to meet and discuss how to improve your experience at the services. I attended the last meeting, and we did decide to continue masking for now to protect our most vulnerable congregants.…

Board of Trustees Minutes for February 27, 2022

UUCE Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes 02-27-2022 Attended: Steve Stultz, Rowan Fixemer, Jamie Yucuis, Tom Lesiewicz Absent: Erica Lavine Meeting called to session 11:55 am. 1. Employee Handbook: Each board member is to review the handbook and then email the rest of the board whether they feel it’s satisfactory, or whether the board should meet to make updates. a. Discuss whether there need to be changes to by-laws for when there’s no minister to oversee employees. b. Specify the policies…

From the Board President

Hi Everyone! I wanted to check in and give you an update on what your Board of Trustees has been working on. With the church closed I feel like we have less opportunity to get the word out on what we’re doing, and I sometimes forget that people would like to know what direction the Church is headed! We recently held a meeting that combined the Executive Team, the Revitalization Committee and the Board to discuss how we could all…

From the Board of Trustees

Welcome to the New Year! I hope you all had a great holiday season however you chose to celebrate and you’re all heading into 2022 full of hope and enthusiasm. I wanted to fill everyone in on what the Board has been up to recently and give you some information on the status of the church. It’s no secret that the Covid Pandemic and subsequent shut down has thrown the whole world for a loop, our church included. Our membership,…

October Board Update

Attendance: Steve Stultz, Tom Lesiewicz, Rowan Fixemer, Erica Lavine, Jamie Yucuis Missing: None New Business Proceeding without Rev. Leland The Board discussed how to support the Worship Team and staff in light of Rev. Leland’s upcoming departure. Meeting of Core Committees We discussed calling a meeting of the core committees to align priorities, and to make sure everyone’s efforts are being used efficiently. We want to make sure we are all on the same page with what each team is…

The Statement of Conscience (SOC): Undoing Intersectional White Supremacy

Elizabeth Olson reports The Statement of Conscience (SOC): Undoing Intersectional White Supremacy (PDF) was adopted. The draft version was shared last week. The General Assembly affirmed these “Actions of Immediate Witness” designed to encourage social justice activism this year. Defend and Advocate with Transgender, Nonbinary, and Intersex Communities (PDF) The COVID-19 Pandemic: Justice. Healing. Courage (PDF) Stop Voter Suppression and Partner for Voting Rights and a Multiracial Democracy (PDF) [by clicking on each bullet point separately, you will be able to see the details of…

May Board Update

In Attendance : Tom Lesiewicz, Kevin Sweeney, Erica Lavine, Steve Stultz , Elizabeth Olson, Jamie Yucuis, Rev. Leland New Business Request for Energy Innovation & Carbon Dividend Act Endorsement Elizabeth will be reaching out to the requestor to get more details and provide guidance. Ongoing Business Fundraising We discussed some ideas on how to fundraise to ease our budget crunch. Tom has reached out to the Grand Victoria Foundation to get help with fundraising and writing grant requests. Annual Meeting…

April Board Update

In Attendance : Tom Lesiewicz, Kevin Sweeney, Erica Lavine, Steve Stultz , Elizabeth Olson, Jamie Yucuis, Rev. Leland New Business Minister’s Report We discussed the minister’s involvement in the UUMUA / 5th Principle Project. Review Music Director Job Description Kevin moved to accept the job description and offer letter, Jamie seconded. It was unanimously approved. ET recommendations for reopening The Board reviewed the recommendations from the Executive Team. We will discuss further at our next meeting on May 4. Direction…

Ministerial Search Committee Update

Dear Friends, In October, the UUCE Board of Trustees began a process of reaching out to congregational members to gather input on desired qualities and potential candidate names to have serve on the upcoming Ministerial Search Committee. After tallying names mentioned in that round of surveys, the Board arrived upon a list of the top 14 candidates. Because volunteering for this committee will require a significant commitment of time and energy, those candidates were then contacted by Board members in…

March Board Update

Visit our Board of Trustees page to meet our current BoT leadership. Budget Financial Committee meeting notes reviewed. Summary of Actual vs. Budget reviewed. Pledge income has caught up with budgeted amount as of February reporting. Projections at the moment show that we could have a surplus on the current year budget, but this is based on rolling over a surplus from the prioryear. Discussion of staff wages and recommendations from the FC. We should aim to provide COLA raises…