Our annual pledge campaign has launched, and it is time to consider how each of us will support ERUUF financially in the upcoming fiscal year. As Rev. Cayer shared with us, there is much good news. ERUUF is in excellent condition and has experienced abundant growth in 2018 with increases in both membership and member engagement. But, “it takes a village,” a village of staff and volunteers to support and sustain this growth.
As a non-profit organization, ERUUF is governed first by its bylaws and then by its policies. The current bylaws were written in 2010 when ERUUF first implemented Policy Governance. Unlike policies, which may be changed by a vote of the current Board of Trustees, bylaws can only be changed by a congregational vote.
Over the past few months, the Board of Trustees has carefully reviewed our current bylaws. Our goal was to ensure that they accurately and clearly reflect how we currently operate or wish to operate in the future.
Our Visioning process is well underway. The image created here is a visual representation of the input provided by workshop participants in October. As members sought to imagine a future-state ERUUF (7-10 years from now), these are the words that came to mind.
Unlike the mission of ERUUF that focuses on a description of the ministry of the congregation, its reason for being, and place in the world; our vision focuses on our image of an ideal future state and a description of what changes in the world will have resulted from our work.
Planned Giving at ERUUF
UPDATE on ERUUF’s VISION STATEMENT: Approximately 90 ERUUF members worked for 3.5 hours in 5 workshops on Sat, Oct 27, in a proven, sequential process to establish ERUUF’s vision statement for what and where we want to be in the next 7-10 years. Afterwards, the facilitators, Board of Trustees members and Coordinating Team explored and combined statements from the workshops. The Board of Trustees will continue to review, discuss, and consolidate the results at the November meeting. Stay tuned for additional opportunities for congregational input as we work to finalize the statement. Thank you to ALL those who participated in person and in the online survey. This is hard but important work and we are grateful.
HELP ERUUF ENVISION OUR FUTURE
The primary function of the Board of Trustees is to set the vision of this beloved community. Who are we? what do we want to accomplish? how do we create a community of spirit, service, justice and love? This requires that the members of the Board listen carefully to the desires and needs of the congregation.
On October 27, all members of the Fellowship will have the opportunity to determine together what ERUUF wants to be and where we want to go in the next 10 years. We will also help establish the goals, strategies and resources needed to get there.
It’s been a great start to the year for the Board. In August, we met for a day-long retreat facilitated by Kathy McGowan of the UUA. Her presence and some excellent planning ahead led to a retreat that was both fruitful and deeply meaningful. We’ve developed a Board covenant, and begun setting goals for the year ahead. Chief among them will be to develop a Vision statement, which will come out of the Creating Our Future event on October 27. We will then update ERUUF’s Ends and relevant policies to align governance with our Mission, Vision, and Strategic Goals. In order for us to be successful with this visionary work, we need EVERYONE’s involvement. If you have not already done so, please sign up to participate in the Creating Our Future weekend. We need workshop participants as well as facilitators. LET’S DO THIS!
The Board of Trustees extends a warm welcome to new members Joan Tilghman, Bonnie LaCroix and Lenora Harris-Field. Officers for the coming year will be Kristi Chilton (Chair), Julie Edmunds (Secretary) and Bonnie LaCroix (Finance Liaison). Committee chairs are Albert Hardy (Communications), Barb Sheline (Governance) and Julie Edmunds (Committee on the Evaluation of Ministry).
ERUUF's annual congregational meeting is Sunday, June 3, 2018 at 12:00 pm after the service (one service at 10:15 am).
Members will elect new officers and approve the 2018-19 budget. This meeting provides a review of the past year and lifts up new opportunities for the coming year. Everyone is welcome to attend, although only members may vote. Absentee ballots are below and can also be picked up from the ERUUF office.