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UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CONGREGATION OF MIAMI!

5/12/11

Weekly Update
This Sunday
Why You Matter This Issue:
Sometimes any behavior is - This Sunday
permitted because of a - RE News
notion that everyone has
- Board News
the right to behave in any
manner.  In other - Choir
settings, there are narrow - Newsletter
confines to limit our - Flowers
behaviors.  What is the
place of an individual in - Caring
this world made up of Committee
- Bylaw News
- Budget News
Religious Education News
The RE committee has officially formed a trial book club and - General
will be reading Religious Literacy: What Every American Needs to Assembly
Know-And Doesn't by Stephen Prothero.  For more details - Annual Meeting
contact Monica at mrizzodre@gmail.com.
- 8 Day Schedule

Budgets, Bylaws, and Board Elections, OH MY!


Annual Meeting: Sunday, May 22nd — 1:00 pm , Sanctuary
Lunch and nursery/child care provided. Please contact Monica Rizzo to RSVP for nursery/child care.

The proposed agenda, according to our current bylaws, is as follows: 

1) Approval of 2010-11 annual meeting and congregational minutes (Click here for view/download
copies of all minutes.)
2) Presentation and approval of 2011-2012 budget (http://uumia.org/index.php?
option=com_content&task=view&id=46&Itemid=71) 
3) Committee and congregational reports
4) Bylaws revisions presentation and vote (click here to view/download latest draft)
5) 2011-12 Board of Trustees Election (http://uumia.org/index.php?
option=com_content&task=view&id=46&Itemid=71)

The right to vote shall be limited to those at least 16 years of age who have been members for at least
30 days and have made a recorded, prorated minimal contribution for the current fiscal year to the
congregation at least 30 days prior to the meeting.
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UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CONGREGATION OF MIAMI! 5/12/11

CHOIR NEWS next to the kitchen. See Connie grabs. Financial sponsorship is
There will be no Choir Practice this Bartels, Caring Committee Chair with available. Click here for more
Thursday, May 12th. any questions. details about GA. Contact David
Traupman before May 27th at
NEWSLETTER BY-LAWS FEEDBACK SESSION 305-758-3067 if you are interested
The deadline for the June Newsletter Sunday, 5/15, 1-2 pm, room 4 in being a delegate.
is May 15th, THIS Sunday. Please Thanks to all the congregation
submit via email- members who participated in last ANNUAL CONGREGATIONAL
uucongmia@bellsouth.net. Late Sunday's first feedback session. All MEETING
submissions will not be published. are invited to continue the fine- The UUCM’s Annual Meeting will be
tuning this week! held on May 22, 2011 from 1-3pm in
FLOWERS the Sanctuary. The right to vote, as
BUDGET REVIEW WORKSHOP stated in our ByLaws, shall be limited
Have you ever wanted to donate
flowers for our sunday services but Wednesday, May 18 — 7:00 pm to those at least 16 years who have
just couldn’t find the time to arrange Finance VP David Roelant is been members for at least 30 days
it? Please call Iris Massey who is hosting this budget review (and and have made a recorded, prorated
taking donations toward Sunday providing food!) in advance of our minimal contribution for the current
flowers and she will arrange annual meeting.  Click here to fiscal year to the Congregation at
everything. (305) 661-8482 least 30 days prior to the meeting.
download a copy of the budget
Proposed agenda items include: 1)
draft. 
presentation and adoption of the
CARING COMMITTEE
2011-2012 budget, 2) bylaws revisions
Please sign up for services provisions GENERAL ASSEMBLY presentation and vote, 3) and election
for the Caring Committee up date- Interested in being a UU delegate of 2011-2012 Board of Trustees.
we need everyone who had at General Assembly (GA) in Nursery and childcare will be
volunteered to provide services int eh Charlotte, NC, June 22-26? available.
past and all newcomers to add their We still have delegate credentials
names to the most appropriate list for 2 more (plus 1 alternate) up for
which is posted on the bulletin board

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

12 13 14
NE NE 10am- Gentle
Yoga, R3
12pm- PFLAG, ER
6:30pm- Lavender
Salon, ER

15 16 17 18 19
9:30am- Spiritual 10am- Gentle 6:30pm- 10am- Gentle 7:30pm-
Reality, ER Yoga, S Buddhist Yoga, R3 Choir
Reflections, 12pm- Lunch Practice, S
11am- Service, S Legend:
ER Bunch, ER
12:45pm- Worship ER = Emerson Room
Committees, R6 6:30pm- Drolma
Buddhist S = Sanctuary
1pm- By-Laws Q&A, Meditation, R3
R4 NE= No Events
1:15pm- Grief
Support, ER
4pm- Lotz Concert, S

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Thanks to these members and friends who've already
committed to ensuring our 2011-2012 stewardship
campaign is a success! Won't you please join them?
John Asgeirson Mary Frances Haynes Andrea Mustelier
Connie Bartels David & Melissa Jacobs Barbara Nelson
Nannette Bartels Selva Joseph Reed Olszack
Rey Baumel Eva Kahn Julie Prentice
John Bost Carol Klopfer Sally Vann Pyle
June Britton Kay Kuge Carol & Jeff Reiter
Pat Brown Pat Leslie Raquel Reyes & Gustavo Roman
Tim Buchholz & Anna Nummelin Alice Lingswiler David Roelant
Lauralyn Bunn Trish Maggio Jan Roelofs
Ann & Dick Burnside Lily Marlatt Emily Sokoloff
Bud & Jeanne Conlin Nelson Martinez Rex Thompson
John Cunningham Iris Massey Rosemary Timmony
Ruth Dickman Margaret McAlister David Traupman & Jesse Walters
Martha Dominguez Janice McArthur Ruth Trencher
Bezel Evoy Paul McCabe Thelma Tucker
Carol Gassaway Patricia Mellerson Bill Turner & Barbara Woshinsky
Clara Halstead Lynn Montgomery Sterling Waiters
June Harbett Gregg & Lidia Moore Beth Wiggert
Martha Harrison Cheryl Koenig & Ben Morgan Roger Williams
Gisela Haynes Lori Mulrooney

We still need you! If you've not returned your membership renewal and stewardship card yet, there is still time
for you to do your part! We are only $46,000 away from our pledge goal of $125,000.
It is important for EVERY member and friend to complete a card to: indicate your desired membership
status for the coming year • update your contact information • choose how you wish to receive
communications • pledge for the July 2010- June 2012 church year.

Current members and friends should have received a pledge card in the mail in early May.
If you did not or need another copy, please contact Office Administrator Susie Green at
uucongmia@bellsouth.net or 305-667-3697.
PLEASE COMPLETE AND RETURN YOUR MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL & PLEDGE CARD
TO SUSIE GREEN BY THIS SUNDAY MAY 15TH.
Questions? Contact Finance VP David Roelant or Reverend Drew Johnston.
* As of May 11h.
Frequently asked questions
Q. I put money in the collection basket every Sunday, why do I need to fill out a pledge card?
A. Regularly donating to the collection basket is a wonderful thing, and thank you for that, especially for the
monthly community outreach collections coordinated through our Social Justice committee.
The benefit to you for committing your pledge to a card — and then either using a check with "Pledge" in
the memo line or inserting cash into a pledge envelope with your name on it — is that the basket donations
you make are then recorded as being made by you to fulfill your pledge.
The benefit to the congregation is that our annual budget is based upon the dollar amount of committed
pledges. So, the higher and more accurate the dedicated pledge amount, the better the board and
congregation can create a realistic budget and manage expenses for the year.
Q. What is the minimum pledge for a voting member?
A. Our current bylaws have set $240/year ($20/month) as our minimum pledge. However, the current average
pledge is approximately $1,140 ($95/month).
Proposed bylaws revisions, which will be discussed and voted on at our May 22nd annual meeting,
recommend eliminating a minimum pledge, and encouraging all members to be as generous as possible
when committing to the financial well-being of our congregation.
Q. When does the pledge year begin and end?
A. Our new pledge year runs on a fiscal year from July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2012. Please note that you are
not expected to pay your pledge today, you are simply making a commitment for an amount to be paid over
the course of the upcoming fiscal year.
Q. What if I want to increase or decrease my pledge amount after I turn my card in?
A. Simply contact Office Administrator Susie Green and let her know!
Or, what if I cannot financially commit to any pledge at this time?
Our current, and proposed, bylaws have a financial hardship clause. If your circumstances require you to
request one for the coming year, indicate that on your pledge card.
Q. How can I tell how much of my pledge I have already given?
A. Currently, hard copy statements are provided quarterly at end of calendar year for tax purposes. Future
plans call for online member access to your pledge report. You can contact the Board Treasurer or Susie
Green at any time if you have questions about your pledge.

Please complete and return your card to Office Administrator Susie Green by Sunday, May 15th.
Thanks!