President’s Message, January 2020

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” ~C. S. Lewis The tradition of setting New Year’s resolutions dates back to the time of Caesar. While these resolutions were primarily moral in nature, the tradition seems to have evolved in such a way that resolutions nowadays are as varied and diverse as the individuals who make them. Did you set any? (I’ll come back to that question in a bit).

And as if the pressure wasn’t great enough to come up with something to do differently for the upcoming year, it is also the start of a new decade and I bet that there were some forward-thinking people who came up with goals for the next 10 years. Now, while long range planning like that is not common for people, it is a very routine process for businesses. And our UUFP business is no different. Sometime during the first few months
of the year, the board will be getting together to hold a retreat where the focus of discussion will be on what we need to do as a board and a community to ensure the sustainability of our fellowship.

Regardless of what plans and decisions are made at the retreat, the ultimate success will be dependent on the people of the fellowship. Plans are only words on paper. It’s the people that put the plans into actions. So now I come back to my question “Did you make any New Year’s resolutions?”. What I hope is that everyone who made resolutions for the new year
thought about how they might start to, or continue to support, the fellowship. What I am not talking about is increasing financial support or heading up a committee (although I certainly don’t want to discourage anyone from doing so). What I am talking about are the little things that would help us in the long term. Ask yourself “Do I have an idea for a
fundraiser”, “Am I aware of a nice item that the fellowship might raffle off”, “Do I know people who are looking for a place to hold a party or event”, “Have I come across an event in the local area that the UUFP could have a presence at”, “Is there a cause that I am passionate about and are actively supporting already that I might be willing to be the liaison for the fellowship”….and so on. It is these types of things that I am hoping members
of our community will make a resolution to think about and then share all ideas. The good news about this resolution is that it doesn’t require changing your diet, increasing exercise or breaking a long standing “bad habit”. It simply requires keeping the UUFP at the forefront of your mind and seeing opportunity. So, the only thing required are a few brain cells.

Wishing you all health, happiness and the wonder of possibilities for the new year.


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