President’s Message, June 2023

“Fiscal year end is awesome!!!!!!! Said no one who holds a position in Finance.” ~ Anonymous

It is hard to believe this is the last month of the fiscal year, which means it is a very busy time for the Board of Directors, especially our treasurer, Kris Barnthouse. With the pledge drive concluding in May, Kris has been very busy putting together a new budget for the upcoming year that members of the UUFP will vote on at the Annual Congregational Meeting on June 11.

While on the surface, this might seem like a simple task, in reality it is a painstaking process of determining how much money we anticipate we will have for the year (the pledge drive) and allocating it out such that the fellowship’s and various committee’s needs are met. There are so many things that so many people would like to see done and it is up to Kris (with support from the Board) to craft these wishes into a realistic budget. So many, many thanks go out to Kris for all the work that he is doing, keeping our little community solvent and flourishing.

As I stated, the Annual Congregational Meeting will be held at the fellowship on Sunday, June 11, starting after the conclusion of Sunday services. Not only will members be voting on the new budget, but they will also be voting on the Board of Directors for the new fiscal year. The proposed Board of Directors are:

President: Linda Kozitzky; Vice President: Rick Duske; Treasurer: Kris Barnthouse; Secretary: Mary Ryan; Member-at-large: Monica Buckley; Member-at-large: Miranda Van Horn

End of year reports will also be given during this meeting. While all are invited, only members may vote. Further communication regarding the meeting will be posted in the fellowship and distributed via email to voting members.

But, not just the Board of Directors that has been busy. The Membership Committee has been busy holding multiple UU101 and UU102 classes for those individuals who want to learn more about us and coordinating the New Member Service. They were also busy planning the annual Potluck Picnic. Many thanks go out to that committee.

Thanks also go out to all who showed up to help with Spring Cleanup. Our community thrives on not only ensuring that our friends and members are taken care of, but also our buildings and ground. It takes a village….. And speaking of our village, I would like to welcome three new members: Justine and Chad Towarnicki and Corina Jenkins. Welcome to our community!

With gratitude, Linda K.

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