Notes From the President’s Desk – May, 2019

In April the Finance Committee recommended a budget for 2019-2020 to the Board. The process for creating the budget began as part of the Congregational Conversation and a mid-year review held last January. It’s fair to say that we intentionally moved up the process of preparing a budget by a couple of months. The size of our congregation and the increasing complexity of budgeting where our resources are spent has led us to greater transparency and congregational input. That was evident by the participation of 20+ members who attended the March 30 Finance Committee presentation led by Chair, David Smith. This was a congregational opportunity to comment on the draft version of the budget before its submittal to the Board of Trustees. On June 9, the date of our UUCV Annual Meeting, the budget will be presented to the congregation for an “up or down” vote. We believe our budget is a moral document that contains visionary components as well as fiduciary prudence that frames our hopes and aspirations for 2019-2020. In late May a packet of information about the Budget and the Slate of Candidates will be mailed to members for review prior to the Annual meeting.

April also saw the Pacific Western Region hold District Assembly in Long Beach from the 26-28. One of the things that amazed me about DA this year is that registration for this event sold out! UUs attended from all over the region reconnecting with old friends and making new ones. A variety of workshops were available for any interest. If you were unable to attend, please consider including District Assembly in your plans for next year.

The UUA General Assembly 2019 (GA) is coming up on June 19– 23 in Spokane, Washington. This is a much larger and bigger version of DA because it involves UUs from all over the country coming to attend. For many, GA is a pilgrimage. It is a long way to travel and yet worthwhile if you are able. Please let me know if you are planning on going to GA. It is an energizing experience to be with other UUs!

Further out on the calendar is another event to consider attending when it comes to meeting other Unitarian Universalists. That’s the Conejo Valley & Monte Vista UU Family Retreat at Camp de Benneville Pines. This is also known as our “Cluster Camp” because of the involvement of our local, Ventura County UU churches. The dates are September 27-29 and is a great opportunity to get away for a weekend of fun, play, and rejuvenation in the mountains. You can find out about Camp de Benneville Pines and make reservations on the camp website at www.uucamp.org. Please let me know if you are interested in going.

Living in Paradise,

Bryan Buck, UUCV Board President