The members of the Governing Board for FY 2017-2018. Left to right, back row: Rich Salz (VP of Programs), Alison Martin (At-Large), Anne Mark (Clerk), Liz Lovell (At-Large), Ron Cavicchio (Treasurer), Rev. Hank Peirce (Minister), Sherry Cook (VP of Planning), Robert Gauvin (At-Large). Front row: Phil Kluge (VP of Finance), Mark Taitz (President), Martha Moore (At-Large). Not pictured: Tammy Zambo (At-Large), and Liz Weber (Ministerial Intern).

Duties

Our Governance is in accordance with our bylaws. The Board consists of the President, Vice President for Programs, Vice President for Finance, Vice President for Planning, and five at large members.  The VPs convene councils in their areas and much of the day-to-day operation of the church is managed by the councils and committees of the church.  The Agenda Committee is comprised of the President, Vice Presidents, and the Minister.

The board’s work is to set policy and to support the work of the staff and committees of the church. They also serve as the fiduciary group in the congregation.  Part of their job is also to be smart, listen to the congregation to understand where they want the church to go, and then provide leadership to get us there.

All Governing Board members attend a daylong retreat in the summer to set the year’s goals and then meet once a month. Typically each member is part of a Board Subcommittee to investigate one of the goals and bring a recommendation to the full Board.

Establishing an operating budget for the church for presentation at the annual all congregational meeting is another function of the Board and takes a good bit of our time in the Spring of each year.

UUCR Bylaws

The governance structure was adopted on March 28, 2004. The bylaws of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Reading, MA were certified on April 10, 2005 and most recently amended in October, 2016.  A copy is available at http://uureading.org/members/UUCR_Bylaws_Certified_October_9_2016.pdf

Agenda Committee

The Agenda Committee consists of the President, the Vice President for Programs, the Vice President for Finance, the Vice President for Planning, and the Minister. The Agenda Committee meets in advance of meetings of the Governing Board to set the agenda for meetings of the Board, and refers and delegates matters to other committees for discussion and action as appropriate.

Program Council

The Program Council consists of the Vice President for Programs, who serves as chair, the Minister, and the chairs of the following committees: Denominational Affairs, Music, Religious Education, Adult Enrichment, Fellowship, Membership, Shared Ministry, Social Action, Caring and Sharing, Welcoming Congregation, Worship Arts, Summer Programs,and others as designated by the Governing Board.

The Program Council meets at least quarterly during the Church year, and has the following responsibilities: to serve as a forum for communication and coordination of the program activities of the Church; to allow members to discuss and coordinate the yearly calendar for Church events and activities; to provide input into the preparation of the annual budget; to consider other related matters as requested or authorized by the Agenda Committee or the Governing Board.

Finance Council

The Finance Council consists of the Vice President for Finance, who serves as chair, the Treasurer, the Collector, the Auditor, and the chairs of the following committees: Investment, Endowment, Canvass, Budget, Building Usage, and others as designated by the Governing Board.

The Finance Council meets at least quarterly during the Church year, and has following responsibilities: to serve as a forum for communication and coordination of the fiscal affairs of the Church, including the annual budget, investments, fundraising, and maintaining the financial integrity of the Church; and to consider other related matters as requested or authorized by the Agenda Committee or the Governing Board.

Strategic Planning Council

The Strategic Planning Council consists of the Vice President for Planning, who serves as chair, and the chairs of the following committees: Long-Range Planning, Property, Building Our Future Steering Committee, and others as designated by the Governing Board.

The Planning Council meets at least quarterly during the Church year, and has the following responsibilities: to serve as a forum for communication and coordination of the long-range planning and capital needs of the Church; to assess, anticipate, and project the long-range capital, program and staffing needs of the Church; and to consider other related matters as requested or authorized by the Agenda Committee or the Governing Board.

Voting

To participate in our votes, you must be a member of our church. Members vote on the annual budget, the Board of Directors and other candidates, to approve calling a settled minister, and other issues as necessary.