President’s Letter November 13th, 2020

Hello UUFEC-

Here is my final president’s letter, with the latest updates on UUFEC’s status in our ongoing pandemic world.

About 2 weeks ago, on Sunday, Oct 25th, UUFEC held its first ever virtual congregational meeting (see photo below!). This was our annual fall meeting and election for the new 2021 Board of Trustees. Twenty three members of our congregation attended. At this meeting, we gave updates on UUFEC’s status.

Regarding Covid, right now UUFEC remains closed to large gatherings and will stay closed for the foreseeable future. Our building is open to small groups of 6 or less but attendees are required to follow safe protocols, listed in the Enews and on our website. (HERE) .

Regarding Membership, UUFEC membership has lost 5 members due to relocations; current membership is at 85. We continue efforts to have a meaningful presence and to fulfill our UU mission in the virtual world and look forward to building our membership through these new connections.

Our finances remain solid due to the ongoing monetary support from dedicated members and through the perseverance and hard work of our finance team, led by our treasurer John Holt.

We continue with our work serving the Social Justice needs of our community and the greater world around us, thanks to our Social Justice Chair, Toni Pentecouteau. And now, with our US elections over, please take the time to contribute time and money generously to UUFEC’s charities that you can identify on the UUFEC website. (HERE).

Even though it is a challenging time to recruit, our search for a new minister is well underway, thanks to our search committee team, led by Amy Weisberg. I am very excited to report that the UUFEC Board of Trustees has made a commitment to increase our resources in this effort and to offer this as a ¾ time position.

The final subject of the meeting was the election of Board members for 2021- led by Past President, Josh Ashley. I am happy to report that UUFEC voted for the following highly qualified candidates to fill these respective positions: Jane Park for President; Athena Riley for Vice President; Sarah Albano for Secretary; and Janet Chapman for Member at Large. The other board members that will carry over into next years board will be myself, serving as Past President, Amy Weisberg as Member at Large and John Holt as Treasurer.

I can not overstate my gratitude, respect and admiration for the people that have served on the board with me this past year. I don’t need to remind anybody of the trials and tribulations that we have faced. This team as well as nearly all of our membership, have stepped up as much as possible with phone calls, zoom meetings, church clean-ups, generous financial support and many other ways to fill in the gaps left by closure of our face to face activities. It has been a privilege to work in leadership at this time.

A special note of gratitude and respect is due to Josh Ashely for his service: Josh has served 5 consecutive years on the board now and has provided wisdom, stability and exemplified stellar UU Right Relations and kindness during that time. His presence will be missed!

So I bid you farewell as president now, and I look forward to working closely with our new leadership team in the weeks and months ahead.

Stay safe and healthy!
Gil


UUFEC Annual Fall Meeting
UUFEC Annual Fall Meeting 2020