Board Slivers from the Board of Trustee’s April 27, 2022 Meeting

The UUCS Board of Trustees held a Zoom meeting on April 27, 2022 beginning at 6:00 p.m. All Board members were present.

President Lynn Jinishian called the meeting to order. The minutes were approved with 2 minor corrections.

Opening Words: Rev. Todd Eklof provided opening words by reading a passage from the book “Challenge of a Liberal Faith”.

  • Rebecca Adams led a discussion on planning for the annual meeting.
  • The annual meeting will be held on Sunday, June 5 at 12:30.
  • The deadline for potential amendments to the by-laws are to be provided to Rebecca by Sunday, May 8, 2022 at 6 p.m. Rebecca will forward them to Board members to review.
  • The deadline for the agenda and all other documents for the meeting must be in to Rebecca by May 18, 2022.
  • The names of person nominated for the Board of Trustees and the Nominating Team must be provided to the congregation 4 weeks prior to the meeting.

The Board will use Monday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m. for the next few weeks to plan for the Annual Meeting.

President’s Report: Lynn provided a brief summary of the special congregational meeting that approved both the revised Articles of Incorporation and by-laws. She thanked Gordon Diddens and Tom Mosher for their assistance at the meeting.

Minister’s Report: Todd thanked the Board and Tom Mosher for all of the work that they did on revising the Articles of Incorporation and by-laws. Todd also reported that he is sensing a shift in the number of persons becoming aware of what is happening at the UUA and also senses that the leaders of the UUA may be more aware of how people feel and may be more ready to listen to differing opinions.

Todd also stated that he intends to run for UUA President in 2023. He will attempt to be nominated by petition, which requires the support of 50 congregations from at least 3 different regions.

The Operations Team Report was provided by Candace Schmidt, liaison to the Ops Team as follows:

  • The Generosity Campaign continues and will be officially over at the end of this week.
  • Together with the Finance Team, an effort is underway to find a provider to do a financial audit of the church’s finances for this year.
  • Building and Grounds:
    • There was a $400 repair to the hot water heater next to the kitchen. The heater was installed in 2016 and recently leaks had been noticed.
    • Due to several burners not working on the kitchen stove, repairs are needed. Quotes are being sought to 1) make the repairs and 2) to connect the stove to the fire alarm. There was discussion about possibly switching our kitchen appliances from commercial grade to consumer grade. Due to current ordinances restricting how often churches can rent out their facilities, upkeep for the more expensive commercial grade kitchen makes less financial sense than it did in previous years.
    • In mid-April a tow truck company was hired to remove a car from the church’s parking lot that had been stripped for parts.
    • The gate has been installed in the parking lot and posts/chains installed to prevent entry to the area that had been used in the past several years for illegal purposes.
  • The following three members have agreed to serve on the Operations Team: Don Willingham, Julianne Morse, and Robert Jinishian. The Board of Trustees is asked to officially invite them to serve for the next two-year term. The Operations Team would like the Board to consider how to stagger these terms in order to provide continuity in the coming years.
  • While still in the planning stage, a new team is to be created to allow viewers using our streaming platform to watch Sunday services together, and also to host an after-services Zoom meeting for those who are streaming and for those in our sanctuary who also wish to participate in the Zoom meeting.

Endowment Team Report by Karen Dorn Steel and Mary Gianinni: Karen and Mary reported the endowment funds have been received from the UUCEF and are now in an account at a local financial institution. Because the funds will not be invested with the Seattle Foundation until June, a total of $29,000 will be held back and used to support the 2022–23 operating budget. The balance of the funds will then be invested with the Seattle Foundation sometime in June.

The Board had a brief discussion about the General Assembly to be held in Portland in June. If congregational members are interested in attending in person or virtually, they should contact Lynn Jinishian or another Board member.

The next Board meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. on May 25, 2022

The meeting was adjourned at 7:57 p.m.

Board Slivers from the Board of Trustee’s January 26, 2022 Meeting

The UUCS Board of Trustees held a Zoom meeting on January 26, 2022 beginning at 6:00 p.m. All Board members were present.

President Lynn Jinishian called the meeting to order. The minutes were approved without corrections.

Catherine Trestrail provided opening words about the importance of moral courage.

Minister’s Report: There was no minister’s report as Rev. Eklof is on sabbatical through the end of February.

The Operations Team Report was provided by Candace Schmidt, liaison to the Ops Team as follows:

  • The Ops Team continues working on end of calendar year taxes and reports. These should be completed by the end of January.
  • The sanctuary heating system has been fixed; a recently-installed igniter module was defective and had to be replaced. Rebecca will monitor the system on a regular basis.
  • A new building rental policy was voted on by the Team, with the inclusion of a statement that the building cannot be used past midnight on any day. This is beneficial to our facility host, Shelley MacLallan, and to our cleaning company.
  • Members of the Ops Team read and discussed the letter written by our Board President to the UUA President, Susan Frederick-Gray. All were in agreement that the letter content was appropriate to our situation and are willing to support whatever decision is made by the Board as regards to when the letter is sent.

President’s Report:

Lynn began her report by providing information about the plan to hold informational meetings to allow the congregation to provide input on the proposed Bylaws and Articles of Incorporation changes. These include having board members present between church services on February 13, February 27, March 13 and March 27 to gather input form members of the congregation. On those same Sundays, Zoom meetings will be held from 5 – 6 p.m. for congregants to provide feedback.

Lynn reported that the Ministerial Agreement has been updated and signed by Rev. Eklof. It was signed by Lynn at the meeting tonight. This new agreement replaces the original contract signed in 2011 and some amendments that were made in the interim. The Ministerial Agreement has been placed in the personnel file and available to be reviewed by congregants by contacting the UUCS office.

Lynn led a rather long discussion about the letter she has written to Susan Fredrick Gray, UUA President, on behalf of the Board in response to the UUA’s annual request for money from our congregation. This year the UUA has indicated our annual contribution (pledge) should be about $33,000. In response to this request, Lynn wrote a letter indicating why the UUCS was disinclined to provide support to the UUA at that level as the UUA has not only provided very little in the way of service to the UUCS, but has denigrated our minister publicly and repeatedly over the past year. The Board discussed how this letter should be shared with the congregation. A motion was made and approved to send the letter to Susan Fredrick Gray by email as well as by USPS. A hard copy of the letter will be available at the back of the Sanctuary and a link to the letter is provided here:
Link to Lynn’s letter to UUA president

The meeting was adjourned at 7:40 p.m.

The next monthly Board of Trustees Zoom meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, February 23 at 6:00 p.m.

Take me to a PDF at Dropbox of the July 29, 2020 Letter from the New Board President.