AUUA Annual Meeting
June 21, 2011
The Westin Charlotte
Charlotte, North Carolina
The 2011 Annual Meeting was Called to Order at 4:17PM on June 21, 2011.
While this was a sparsely attended meeting with 19 AUUA members in attendance, it was a high-spirited gathering, and many of the past year’s accomplishments were ratified at this Annual Meeting.
President’s Report: as outgoing President, I once again wish to express my gratitude at being able to serve the AUUA (and our movement) for four years as President – thank you! I encourage you to read the Annual Reports that are available at www. AUUA.org.
At the conclusion of the President’s Report, two items were voted on by the members present and passed unanimously, those being the new Mission Statement and the new Code of Ethics for the AUUA.
Our Mission Statement now reads:
“The Mission of the AUUA is to Promote and Strengthen Unitarian Universalism through Effective Administration.”
I encourage our membership to read the new Code of Ethics, with many thanks to Mark Pedersen for putting that together!
Laurel Amabile, Director of Annual Program Fund in the office of Stewardship and Development spoke to us briefly. Laurel offered to be a resource to help publicize the work that AUUA is doing and help recruit new members to the AUUA. She also expressed an interest in working with Administrators on metrics and budget issues. She can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer’s Report. Julie Slayton Frank gave this report. The P&L for FY2010-11 showed a slight profit, and the Balance Sheet shows Assets of $39,150.99. The Proposed Budget for FY 2011-12 was adopted unanimously.
Membership Report: Mary Ellen Morgan reported that our membership has stalled at right about 200 members, out of a potential 700 UU congregational administrators in our Association. In the coming year we expect to conduct an online survey of administrators to identify what administrators.
Recruiting new members is our biggest challenge at this moment – I encourage all AUUA members to reach out to neighboring UU administrators and ask them to join us!
Nominating Committee Report, submitted by Lorraine Dennis and Mary Ellen Morgan:
The following persons were elected to the AUUA Board of Directors:
Mary Ellen Morgan, President; Mark Pedersen, Vice President; Julie Slayton Frank, Treasurer; Shaye Gambrell, Secretary, and Chuck Rosene, Past-President.
Debbie Bieber, Rina Jurceka, and Jeter Walker continued their service to the AUUA and were elected to another year term.
Charles Lewis, Eliot Unitarian Chapel, was elected to his first year term.
Old Business / Certification Report: Rina Jurceka reported on the exciting progress the new Certification Program is making! The Certification Team met in Chicago in October 2010, and completely revamped the program: sharpening its focus, streamlining the program from three levels to two levels, and making it more affordable by charging by module instead of by year.
This has proved to be popular with our members and Rina is receiving many inquiries on how to join the program, and we owe Rina many a heartfelt “Thank You’s” for agreeing to Chair this program for the AUUA.
There was a special presentation to Chuck in gratitude of service to AUUA – a beautiful silver business card holder with inlays of cherry, pau-Brazil, cocobolo, and ebony! It was gratefully received!
Closing Words: Mary Ellen Morgan
The meeting was adjourned and the members present retired to the no-host bar and reception that preceded the AUUA Annual Banquet.
I urge our members to read the Annual Reports that are posted on the AUUA web site – they aren’t as dry and drab as one might initially think!
Please go to: http://www.auua.org/Default.aspx?pageId=1025860
for those reports.
Charles B. Rosene, Past-President
Association of UU Administrators