Summary Minutes for Board Meeting on January 26, 2021

Summary Minutes of the UUFRC Board Meeting, January 26th, 2021

Board meetings are public; every member is invited to attend.

Attending: Steve Hill, Chris Stovall, David Stoutamire, Polly Ragusa, Tovis Page, Graham Abra, Rob Davis, Rev. Brian Ferguson, and Brett Dyer (partial).

Started at 6:30 pm.  Brian provided opening words and we had a check in. 

Preliminary budget review: Brett Dyer reviewed the preliminary budget for next year with the board. 

Financial report: Graham reviewed the latest Finance Committee report with the board.  There were no significant changes from last month’s report.  Pledge income is on pace (although we still have a projected $33k deficit) and the PPP loan forgiveness has been filed with the lender.   Offering income is still down from last year.   The recent $1k donation was placed in the general fund.  The finance committee researched the latest round of COVID relief funding and determined that the church is not eligible for a new PPP loan.  Rob moved to accept the latest finance report.  Polly seconded.  Passed unanimously. 

Video Proposal: The board had a quick rundown of some of the pros and cons about the new video equipment and installation proposal from John Cooney.  The board was generally in favor of this and will vote in February on it. Meanwhile, John will review it with the worship and other committees for further analysis. 

Connections Coordinator job description:  Steve went over the change to the connections coordinator job description – specifically that it will no longer be a “hybrid” position including unpaid work hours.   Steve so moved, Dave seconded.  Passed unanimously. 

Statement of consensus from the UU General Assembly:  The board voted on adoption of the Statement of Conscience as proposed here on Undoing Intersectional White Supremacy to be placed on the Final Agenda at the UU General Assembly in 2021.  Tovis moved to vote yes to add the SOC to the 2021 General assembly.  Steve seconded, David abstained, all other members voted yes.  Passed.

Covid Task Force: Polly reviewed the Covid task force’s planning on preparations to reopen the building when possible.  Some funding may be necessary to support the reopening, including new air purifiers and a review of the Janitorial services.

Summer writing camp:  Steve indicated that the planning for the ‘Adventures in writing’ camp program to use the church facilities, tentatively scheduled for this summer at the end of July, beginning of August, is still ongoing.  The AIW group COVID procedures, as well as the state of the building and pandemic in the next few months will determine if the camp can take place.  

Program Council:  Tovis reviewed the latest work by the program council.  The governance cluster will meet to review the new year’s budget proposal.  

Our next meeting will be Tuesday Feb 26th at 6:30 pm

Respectfully submitted,

Rob Davis, Recording Secretary