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Board of Trustees

Who is on the Board?

President: Colleen Dolak

Vice President: Mary Carvajal

Secretary: Peter Shaw

Treasurer: Christy Shannon

General Trustees: Dana Alzouma, Glenn Griffin, and Aaron Pied

Ex-Officio Members: Steve Eckstrand, Immediate Past President, and Rev. Lynn Strauss, Senior Minister

The UUCR Board of Trustees is composed of seven members of the congregation.

  • The President chairs the Board, sets the direction for the Board’s work, and ensures that the Board gets its work done.
  • The Vice President assumes the role of the President during the President’s absence and may oversee special projects. The Vice President is also the President -Elect.
  • The Secretary records proceedings and decisions of congregational and Board meetings and makes those minutes available to the congregation. The Secretary makes sure there is a quorum at meetings if a vote is taken.
  • The Treasurer is responsible for receiving, safekeeping, and properly disbursing the congregation’s funds and for keeping accurate accounts of members’ pledges and contributions.
  • Three General Trustees each serve three-year terms and represent the broad interests of the congregation.

The Immediate Past President and Minister serve as non-voting, ex-officio members of the Board.

What Does the Board Do?

The UUCR Board of Trustees is elected by the congregation to ensure that its core values and purposes are reflected in UUCR’s policies and operations. The Board is responsible for managing UUCR’s finances, developing and implementing comprehensive plans, ensuring that the congregation is on track with meeting its goals, and crafting policies that support those goals.

The Board recently approved a Policy for Considering New Initiatives to provide a consistent process for new initiatives that will use UUCR facilities, funding or staff time, or which are likely to require considerable volunteer effort by the congregation beyond the initiating group. The Lay Ministry Council considers and approves new initiatives.

Can I Attend a Board Meeting?

Members, friends, and visitors are welcome at Board meetings, which are scheduled for the third Tuesday of each month from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. and are held in the UUCR Fellowship Hall. Monthly meetings are summarized in the Quest newsletter. Click here to read the summaries.

What is the UUCR Board Doing this Year?

The Board sets its goals at the beginning of each program year. The 2016-17 Board has the following goals:

  • Engage on and revise a policy for UUCR Membership to ensure support for our Beloved Community
  • Examine our current Policies and By-laws, to create an even stronger framework to support our Beloved Community
  • Lead a Miracle Sunday fundraiser for improvements and innovations to celebrate UUCR's 60th Anniversary and bright future
  • Increase congregational participation in the Canvass in coordination with Canvass Leadership 
  • Use this Year of Reflection to shape and guide UUCR's future via the next 5 Year Plan

How Can I Learn More About the Board and Its Work?

You can identify Board members by their blue nametags. Look for the Board table in Fellowship Hall after the service, where you can find more information about Board activities.

Where Can I Read UUCR's Governing Documents?

The congregation's governing documents are saved as PDFs. Here you may read the Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws, Covenant of Right Relations, Five-year Strategic Plan, and 2016 Annual Report.

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