President’s Perspective – Moving Forward into our Future Together

By Barbara Rupp, 2018-19 President

I’ve just completed my first year on the Board of UUCC and have been humbled and impressed by the level of commitment of my fellow board members and the amazing volunteers in our church. I also feel fortunate to have been able to serve as president-elect under the guidance of Todd Iveson and am grateful he will remain on the board as past president in the coming year. I’m sure I’ll be looking to him for good counsel on numerous occasions.

In the coming year I hope to focus on a continuation of the good work that has already been accomplished by our community. At our congregational meeting in May, we were presented with a thorough analysis of our building needs by the Building Needs Task Force composed of Larry Lyle, Gretchen Maune, Kevin Fritsche, Connie Ordway and Matthew Bossaller. They did some impressive homework to provide us with information we will need in the coming year as we make important decisions about priorities for our building needs within reasonable fundraising expectations. I look forward to assisting with that process in any way possible.

I’ve been impressed with witnessing the effect the policy governance model has had in streamlining some of our decision-making within the church. Although we’re ending our fifth year of this type of governance, it still seems to feel a bit “new” to some. I sense we still could improve our communication efforts to ensure that everyone in the congregation better understands how policy governance works and why we are using this approach.

Like Todd, I would love to get more members interested in serving on the board and would be more than happy to have a conversation with you about it. Yes, it’s a commitment, but it’s not at all overwhelming, and it’s quite rewarding. Please talk to me or other members of the board with questions you may have about serving on the board or on any committee at the church.

Like many other things in life, we tend to get rewards out of church that are commensurate with what we put into the church. If you haven’t done so, or haven’t done so recently, I urge you to go to our website’s Connect page and check out the myriad activities and groups you can join to not only support our congregation, but also strengthen your ties with fellow UUs.