• Board of Trustees

The Annual Meeting 2018-19 Recap

June 7, 2019

On Sunday, June 2, over 135 Cedar Laners came together after the service to share a meal and discuss the state of Cedar Lane. Following opening words and honoring the memory of members who’d passed away over this last year, we were updated on our work around sanctuary by Charlene Zellmer and Dianne Seiffert, and updated on the progress of our building renovation by Maryann Dillon and Mary Means, co-chairs of the Renovation Task Force. Look for opportunities to become involved in both these areas over the summer. Trainings for ever-needed volunteers to support Doña Rosa and her children in Sanctuary will continue to be offered twice a month. And opportunities to share your ideas and feedback with the Renovation Task Force will be announced.

Moving ahead with the business of the Board, the slate of new members for the Board of Trustees and the Nominating Committee for 2019-2020 was presented and unanimously approved by the congregation. Next, a new Strategic Direction #5 was presented for consideration, to be added to the original four Strategic Directions approved by the congregation in May 2016. Strategic Direction #5, which lifts generosity and financial management, was approved unanimously.

And finally, after highlighting what has been a challenging financial year, the Treasurer, Joe Merenda, presented the FY 2019-2020 budget. Projected to include a $111 K deficit, the budget includes significant cuts, among them to programming, to the UUA program fund, to communications, and a small increase for personnel that is below what the Board considers to be fair compensation. But perhaps the most egregious cut is the two weeks of unpaid furlough to be taken by our five senior staff members.

A robust discussion followed. Questions about staffing, programming, revenue-generating opportunities, how Cedar Lane compares to other UU congregations, were asked and answered with help from Rev. Abhi, Rev. Katie, and Executive Director Jen Morley. There was also a lot of support expressed for the vision/mission of Cedar Lane and for its staff. Ultimately the 2019-2020 budget was passed with an overwhelming margin.

Thanks to the staff, Board members, and all those who stepped in to help where there was a need, for making the 2019 Annual Congregational Meeting a success!