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UNITY CENTER OF TACOMA

BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING MINUTES

May 17, 2018

Board Members present: Debora Burks, Rev. David Elliott, Kathy Hemion, Ann Sealy.

Absent:  Curtis Beech, Marsha Williams

Also Attending:  Denise Demos (Ministry Asst.), Raylene Ewing (Assoc. Minister)

Quorum: A quorum was present.

Opening Prayer: Rev. David Elliott

Mission/Vision Statement: Affirmed by all present.

Check-In/High Watch:   Debora held the high watch.

Reports:

Secretary Report: Minutes from the April 2018 Board Meetings were presented by Rev. David and Kathy Hemion.

Treasurer Report: A report on budget and finances was presented by Marsha Williams with full discussion following.

Minister Report: Rev. David Elliott

  • Our Spring Forward Series, “The Lenses of Life,” continues, and it seems to be progressing well.
  • Our live-streaming of Spiritual Roundtable on Facebook is having an impact, with people joining in online and new people coming in the door sometimes.
  • Efforts are being made to livestream or video-record our Sunday Celebrations.  We are researching and discussing how to get this online quickly.
  • 3 teenagers attended the recent NW YOU Rally.  We received reports of a powerful event.
  • Plans for membership classes have been pushed back several times as we’ve faced rapid changes and focused on expanding our online presence.
  • Our Sisters-in-Spirit Women’s Ministry’s in April was “Sacred Movement” presented by Jennifer Hyder.  Reports indicate it was successful in every way.
  • The SIS event on May 27 will be Janet Rhodes teaching a specific painting style.
  • The “Baby Shower” diaper drive sponsored by the Vitality Team began May 13, which was Mother’s Day.  It ends on Father’s Day, June 17.
  • Rev. David did not attend the face-to-face meeting of the NW Region Board on April 26-27 in Seattle due to illness.
  • Rev. David will attend UWM’s annual convention in the Kansas City area in June.
  • Rev. David will be away for vacation for a week in July.
  • Our annual Community Picnic is scheduled for August 26.
  • Planning is underway for the Chaplain Training in September.  They are also planning to attend the NW Region Conference on the day of workshops by Linda Martella-Whitsett.
  • Planning is underway for Faith in Action in the fall.

Committee & Team Report(s)

  • Finance Team/ Marsha Williams, Chair:  
    • Rev. David will ask MCFHC for a formal lease agreement, and let them know we have a prototype if they don’t.
  • Vitality Team/ Denise Demos, Chair
    • Mothers’ Day, May 13, we began our Baby Shower diaper drive, which will end on Fathers’ Day, June 17.
    • We have released the idea of participating in Art on the Ave and Tacoma Pride this year.
    • Plans are underway for our church picnic on August 26.
  • Communication Team/ Raylene Ewing, Chair
    • Moving forward, we need to set up ways to accept donations online.

Ongoing/Old Business:

  • We still need to recruit one Board member to fill a vacancy.
  • Planning was done for the Town Meeting this Sunday.
  • We will likely have a Special Board Meeting to make strategic financial decisions, with the date to be decided at the regular Board Meeting in June.

New Business:

  • A camera needs to be purchased for live-streaming of services.
  • The next Board Prayer session is scheduled for June 7 at 6:30 pm.
  • The next regular Board meeting is scheduled for June 21 at 6:30 pm.

Closing Prayer – Rev. David


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