ERUUF’s Board of Trustees welcomes new members Ed Hoefle and Carolyn Lekavich to the Board this year. We are grateful that Julie Edmunds and Bob Brown (Finance Liaison) agreed to continue to serve (Julie for one year and Bob for a full 3-year-term). Other board members are Bonnie LaCroix (Chair), Albert Hardy, Lenora Harris-Field (Secretary), Joan Tilghman, and Helen Wolfson.
by Kristi Chilton, outgoing Board chair
The members of ERUUF’s 2018/2019 Board of Trustees were Bob Brown, Rev. Deborah Cayer, Julie Edmunds (Secretary), Albert Hardy, Lenora Harris-Field, Bonnie LaCroix (Finance Liaison), Barb Sheline, Joan Tilghman, Helen Wolfson and me, Kristi Chilton (Chair). Each of these individuals brought unique gifts, and it was an honor to lead such a devoted, thoughtful, capable team of people.
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.