Your Board met on November 11, a week earlier than usual, because of the PIIN Annual Meeting on the 18th. Brady’s opening words reflected his
recent thoughts on how the changing of the seasons reminds him to enjoy life in the moment while looking forward to the next season, and how this connects
to upcoming changes in the life of his family. Bob shared that he is teaching a Pitt Osher course on climate change to a group of very engaged students.
Ward reported that the Cluster Assembly was an excellent event with over 100 attendees.
Randy Weinberg from the Stewardship Committee reported the status of the pledge drive. There are still about 44 pledge units that pledged last year that we have yet to hear from. The rough estimated final total is about $424,000. Randy suggested that after the conclusion of this pledge drive, the Board appoint a group to look into the distribution of pledging as well as the idea of automatic pledging that would allow us to approach each financial year with a non-zero pledging baseline.
We then turned to discussion of the 2016 budget. The consensus of the Board is to view the budget as a half-year budget, keeping staffing the same, with an explicit promise to revise the budget no later than the Annual Meeting in May. This will allow us to include the outcome of the upcoming consultation with the UUA in our decision process. There will be a special meeting of the Board on December 2 focused on preparing to present the budget to the congregation on Sunday, December 13. In an effort to reduce some expenses now, a small group will work to create budget alternatives for consideration at the December 2 Board meeting.
Betty reported on the November 8 Activities Fair. She said 31 groups participated in a very successful event which was enhanced by the beautiful group signs made by Steven Mead.
Discussion then turned to election of new officers in light of Brady’s imminent departure. The Board passed a motion to approve Kathy Parker as our new President with Becky Studer and Bob Mitchell serving as Vice-Presidents. All expressed appreciation for Brady’s outstanding service as President.
Brady’s departure also creates a Board vacancy for the remainder of his term until May 2016. The Nominating Committee has nominated Audrey Masalehdan who will begin attending Board meetings immediately, and will officially replace Brady at the December 16 meeting.
The final topic was vacancies in the four endowment committees – Social Justice, Ministry with Children and Youth, Music, and Campus Ministry. In total, among 12 positions, there are the usual 4 that need to be rotated every year plus an additional 4 that are currently vacant including all three Campus Ministry positions.
The Board will hold two meetings in December -- a special budget preparation meeting on December 2 and its regular meeting on December 16.