This is a summary of the board minutes from the board meeting on Feburary 9, 2009. If you have questions about any of the items mentioned, please contact a board member. Please note that items voted on are led by ***
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Beth H. read the chalice lighting.
District Assembly Report – Kathie Slater
The topic is "Extravagant generosity." The NE Ohio Cluster is hosting the event. There will be a candidate's forum on Friday night. The schedule was reviewed. Next year's DA will be at OU – Eastern Campus, hosted by Southern Cluster.
Director of RE – Bylaws Amendment Proposal:
See page 18 of packet for proposed new wording. Board needs to vote to put the proposed amendment on the DA agenda.
**Karen Z. moved that the proposed Amendment be placed on the DA agenda. Brad seconded. Motion passed.**
Award – Service to Children and Youth
Board received 2 nominations for this award: Heather Dinklage (Maumee Valley), and Fred Smith, Kat Holtz, Kathy Walker and Saul Flanner (Kent). The board chose one of these nominees to receive the award, which will be announced at the OMD DA.
Resource Dev Team
Chalice Lighter Feb 1 Grant was awarded to Athens. These grants are becoming more competitive. Over $4700 was raised for the last grant, which went to Oberlin. The district now has 679 Chalice Lighters.
Association Sunday Grants have been reviewed by the Resource Development team and two proposals have been recommended to receive these grants. NE Ohio ministers are looking at marketing. Southern cluster is doing campus ministry outreach.
Award – UU Visibility
Two nominations were received: the UU Church of Blanchard Valley and Penny Evans-Meyer from Maumee Valley (Bowling Green). The board chose who will receive the award, which will be announced at the OMD DA.
UUA Trustee Report – Pat Solomon
See report on pages 44-45 board packet. Some topics were briefly discussed. The board discussed attendance of OMD Board Members at GA. For 12 years the OMD Board President has attended. OMD Board Members are encouraged to attend GA.
How to be a better Board – Case Study - Phil
The Leadership Development Team reported a future change in chairmanship. See policy 4.4.2 regarding committee chairmanship. There was discussion on the role of the board and its responsibility regarding committee leadership. This will be further discussed at the OMD Board Retreat.
There was also discussion regarding the Rising Stars recognition given at DA, regarding whether or not it encouraged new members from become involved in leadership before they have become well integrated into the community, thus leading to burn out.
OMD Young Adult Ministry Proposal –
See proposal in board packet (pages 20-25).
**Linda moved that we accept the OMD Young Adult Ministry Proposal as presented. Kathie seconded. Motion passed.**
Budget – Ward
See board packet (pages 2-17).
There was discussion regarding investing in the PAX World High Yield Bond Fund.
**Lynn moved to authorize the treasurer to request a withdrawal from the UUCEF of up to before February 28, 2009. Prior to the physical withdrawal of the cash, the board will convene a conference call to determine the next course of action. The only destination for this money is either the UUCEF or PAXHX. Joan S seconded. Motion passed.**
Budget: see page 15 of packet.
Joan VB presented proposed budget.
**Lynn moved that the proposed budget be presented at DA. Bill seconded. Motion passed.**
Award – Unsung Hero Award
Two nominations were received Mary Mackzum of UU Congregation of Maumee Valley and Sue Gross of UU Fellowship of Wayne County. The board chose one of these nominees to receive the award, which will be announced at the OMD DA.
Social Issues Changes – Phil
Social Change Team Charge: See page 19 for the proposed charge for this team.
Joan moved that the proposed charge for the Social Change Team be accepted as presented by Rev. David McFarland. Karen seconded. Motion passes.
See page 19 of board packet regarding policy 2.8.1.
**Ward moved to accept the proposed new language of policy 2.8.1 with the removal of "and/" on point 2. Kathie seconded. Motion passes.**
Beth Casebolt reported that the OMD had a net gain of 12 members. Morgantown did not certify membership numbers with the UUA. Westfield Center did not make a financial contribution to the UUA. These two congregations are not eligible to vote in the UUA trustee election at District Assembly.
Joan VB referenced reports in the board packet and previously handled topics in today's meetings. Focus for her work now is on Healthy Congregations and on congregations dealing with difficult economic times.
Award – Faith in Action
The board has received 4 nominees for the Faith in Action Award: UU Church of UU Church of Kent, Maumee Valley UU Social Action Committee, Southwest UU Church, and Ohioans for Marriage Equality (Mady Noble, Chair). The board chose one of these nominees to receive the award, which will be announced at the OMD DA.
Phil thanked those folks who were attending their final meeting: Pat Solomon (UUA Trustee), Beth Houseknecht and Lynn Acquafondata (OMD Board Trustees), and Linda Coulter (OMD Board Secretary), Robbie Houseknecht (OMD Youth Representative).
Secretary, OMD Board of Trustees