I don’t know about you, but I have always been intrigued by the intricacies of the Native American spiritual beliefs. Thankfully, this Sunday, Rev. Edie McAnulty is going to discuss with us the Native American concept of balance and harmony. I know what it means to me and how it affects me and my beliefs. I wonder how the Native Americans view these concepts and how it influences their beliefs.
I guess, I will just have to show up on Sunday morning to find out. Will you be there?
We have done it again! We have scheduled the Annual Meeting!
The Annual Meeting is scheduled for May 4th at Noon.
What is the Annual Meeting?
If you are wondering what our Annual Meeting is, well this is when we get together have a great meal and vote on issues that are important to our congregation as a whole on a yearly basis.
This year’s votes include our elections for the Board of Directors, our Annual Budget, and amendments to our Articles of Incorporation. Our Board of Directors members each serve for 2 years.
About the vote for Board of Directors
Then they can run again or if there are others who would like to run against them, they can through their hats into the ring as well. Since we have 5 members on the Board of Directors, we stagger the elections. In even years, there are 2 seats open for election. In odd years, there are 3 seats open.
This year we have 2 seats open and we only had two people state that they wanted to run for election. So our candidates for this election are Rev. Marty McAnulty & Rev. Norma Wills.
About the vote for our Annual Budget
Normally, for our Annual Budget, we present two options for the members to vote on. Historically, one was for generally for full share and the other was for about half share. Last year, the UUA changed the way the Southern District handles our annual dues. In the past, this was based on members. This was difficult for us since we have people who are members who don’t attend services on a regular basis, so we weren’t receiving a regular donation from those people. However, last year the UUA started a trial with the Southern District and we now pay our annual dues based on a percentage of the previous years certified expenditures. There are three tiers that the UUA suggest.
- GIFT Leadership – 7%
- GIFT Visionary – 6 %
- GIFT Supporter – 5%
Last year our certified expenditures was $2809. Therefore, the following would be our annual dues to the UUA.
- GIFT Leadership – 7% - $196
- GIFT Visionary – 6 % - $168
- GIFT Supporter – 5% - $140
In previous years, we had to pay a separate due to the Southern Region/Florida District. However, with the new program, we will no longer need to do so. As for the SE Cluster, since they have reformed, they have not specified any amount of dues as of yet. However, I know in the past that the annual dues for the SE cluster was minimal.
Here are the other areas that are included in our annual budgets and what our normal proposed budget gives to each area
- Programs & Speakers – $400
- Supplies – $250
- Publicity – $500
- Government Fees – $200
- Telephone – $100
- Hollywood Utilities – $750
- Electricity – $1200
- Insurance – $800
- Appliances & Furniture – $200
- Building & Grounds – $2000
- Caring Fund – $100
- Misc – $0
About the vote to amend our Articles of Incorporation
As some of you may know, in order for us to utilize some of our local places for fundraisers, they require a 501(c)3 certificate from the IRS. Even though we are a church and automatically have 501(c)3 status, we do not have a certificate because of changes that the IRS has made. In order for us to get this certificate, we need to put some standard wording into our Articles of Incorporation. So we will have voting on this at our Annual Meeting as well. In the next few days, I will be posting the exact wording that the IRS now requires in our Articles so that you can review them prior to the Annual Meeting.
Who can vote?
Any member in good standing is eligible to vote. How can you tell if you are a member in good standing?
- Have you been a member since before March 23, 2014?
- Have you participated in some way at the Fellowship during the last year?
If you answered yes to both of those questions, then you are a member in good standing. If you answered no, then you need to make sure that you attend some functions, make some tithes, and let the membership committee know that you are still wishing to be a member.
Best for last!
Ok, I saved the best for last! While we are voting and discussing, we get to eat! YUMMY! In the past, we have ordered something from places such as Pollo Tropical or other restaurants. This year, we really decided to be different. Brenda is going to make her yummy pulled pork. If you haven’t had it yet, then you will definitely be in for a treat. If you have a special dish that you would like to bring in to share with everyone, please feel free to. We want to make this meal about enjoying time together and honoring the Fellowship and how it has nurtured our souls.
Throughout history, various tribes and groups of people have used drums for a variety of reasons. One of the most basic reasons was to celebrate life through the celebration of rhythm.
Join us the first Tuesday of every month at 7:30 PM as we celebrate the unique rhythms around us.
Bring along your drums or any other instrument that you feel led to bring. There are also plenty of extras on hand as well.
For more information, please contact Debe at (954) 292-1581.
Arizona recently a passed a law, in the works in several other states, that permits businesses to openly discriminate against gays (and others) on the basis of religious conflict.
No more should we see "toilet for whites only," or "gays unwelcome," in our cities and towns. We cannot permit the wholesale loss of human dignity and freedoms for our citizens. With each freedom surrendered, we diminish the greatness of our nation and belittle the notion that all humans are created equal.
Please cut all federal funding to these states at once or bring more severe pressure to bear. Religious freedom is not a tool of oppression. This will only bring hatred, pain and blood as it escalates and emboldens lawmakers to worse actions. This is no longer about state's rights -it's about human rights.