07/01/2018: President’s Column

Good day to all members and friends of KUUF. We are well into church year 2018 – 2019 and I’m surprised how many activities we have going on – I thought UU’s took the summer off


I have a couple of updates for everyone:

      1) Mack Johnson and Jessica Demick have been added to the Ministerial Services Task Force – based upon input you provided to Terry Mallory. Thank you to everyone who participated in that effort.

      2) Last church year the congregation approved taking $7500 from endowment savings to fund the replacement of eight failed windows, a new refrigerator and a new dishwasher.  From those funds we had $1,484.44 left unspent. During the June 2018 board meeting, I authorized using the remaining $1484.44 toward the upgrade of our kitchen cabinets. I believe this to be in accordance with what the money was approved for, and it should make the kitchen easier to use for our generous volunteers.


During the last conversation with the board the idea of a safety campaign arose. I like this idea! The council has been considering what to do about congregational safety, in light of what other fellowships are experiencing, as well as our own brushes with adversity – due mostly to our choice to display the Black Lives Matter banner at the entrance of our property. The discussion grew into fire safety, an earthquake drill, a medical emergency and whether we should have an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) at the fellowship. I believe a “Safety Campaign” would serve us well and I’ve asked the Council to consider creating a safety campaign calendar, so we can see what needs to be organized, as well as the best time to conduct each training.  Go Council!!


On a similar vein, the effort to approve having a parish nurse is moving along. I have received all the necessary documents required by our insurer–Church Mutual, and the Personnel Committee is drafting a Parish Nurse volunteer job description. (The UUA has plenty of experience in using parish nurses and their website has great information, if you care to review it). We don’t have all the details worked out, but my understanding is that our parish nurse would be available for over the phone consultations, e.g., “Is it bad when a rash goes from here, to here;” not, “Are you available to set a broken bone?” We’ll learn more soon so keep your eyes open.


Finally, our annual Rummage Sale is being planned and this may impact some of us, as storage locations are scarce. Thank you to the amazing volunteers that are organizing this important fund-raising event! We are considering the minister’s office and the administration conference room as possible storage locations. The option of a storage pod was explored but would cost several hundred dollars and take up lower level parking areas. If you have concerns about storage, please let myself or a Rummage Sale planner (Karen Leader-Scott and Susan Welsh) know, so we can accommodate as many people as possible while preserving our budgeted fund-raiser.


As always, I thank you for your understanding of all matters KUUF and I encourage you to – “be the change you want to see.”


We are KUUF


Eric Harrold

KUUF Board President

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