Meeting for Business November, 2017

 

Meeting for Business

November 5, 2017

 

Present:  Mark, Buffy , Liseli , Barbara , Debbie, Ami , MaryEllen

The meeting opened with gathered silence. The minutes from last month’s meeting was read and approved.

Treasurer’s Report

The treasurer’s report was read and approved.

Questions were raised about the NYSEG bill being $40.00 where the past bills have been in the $20.00 range.  We will have Alex look into a printout of our NYSEG usage and history.

Buildings and Grounds

Two cords of wood for the meeting house have been ordered and should be here soon.  The smoke alarms for the building still need to be installed.

 

There will be a called meeting on Monday Nov. 6th at 7pm at the meeting house.  Deb said that this has been posted on the website, Facebook page, and by e-mail to the members.

Old Business

A topic still needs to be decided upon for the quarterly meeting that is to be here in January 2018.  Again the idea of the FCNL Advocacy team to give a presentation was brought up. However, it was brought up that over two of the meetings are actively involved in it.  A focus group was suggested to come up with topics.  Sanctuary committee is another topic, but that depends upon the outcome of the called meeting tomorrow night.

New Business

Ami said that she feels that she can no longer carry on the worship sharing meeting that is on the third Sunday of each month.  MaryEllen said that she is willing to take it over.

OPC – Outreach Practice Committee has monthly phone calls about how monthly meetings do outreach.  Buffy did one phone call and said that there were ten meetings on that call. Would there be anyone who can do the following phone dates: 11/27, 11/28, and 11/30 from 7 – 8:30pm.  Ami said that she was willing to do this.

Buffy brought up fuel bill payment plan options for our heating bill.  A few of the options were discussed.  It was decided that Buffy will look into the budget cap plan as the meeting approved to go with this plan.

There is a gym downstairs at the meeting house for members to use.

Next Year Budget Proposal

Right now we have not paid our 2017 covenant donation of $1,000.00.  This is due by the end of December.  It costs about $400.00 a month to run our meeting house.  A discussion was brought up about the meeting breaking down the large bills such as the heating and insurance into either monthly or quarterly payments.  An e-mail will be sent out at all the members regarding the budget and how much we spend each month.  The budget will be voted on at the next meeting.

 

The meeting ended with gathered silence.

Next Meeting for Business is December 3rd.

 

 

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  • The budget for this year’s review and a draft of next year’s budget will be brought up at next business meeting.

The meeting ended in gathered silence.

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Meeting for Business October 1, 2017

Meeting for Business

October 1, 2017

 

Present:  Alex , Mark , Debbie, Ami,  MaryEllen

 

The meeting opened with gathered silence.

Mark Read a thank you card from Michele.

Treasurer’s Report

 

The treasurer’s report was read and approved.

Buildings and Grounds

Nothing new to report.  The lawn mower is out for repairs.

Reminder to everyone to only press the on/off button on the heaters for heat.

FCNL Advocacy Team

The team met with Congresswoman’s Claudia Tenney’s office staff and with the Congresswoman herself.  When they met with the staff, that meeting went well.  Tenney’s staff took notes, seemed attentive, and asked questions.  The team walked away positive.  When they met with Congresswoman Tenney, the team felt that they were not heard.  Congresswoman Tenney did most of the talking – went into lawyer mode- and appeared to be defensive.  Our goal, as a team, is to build a working relationship with our Congress and Senators.  The team also participates in a monthly phone call with FCNL along with the other groups and gives updates on their teams.  The team gave their report about meeting with Tenney.  Buffy and MaryEllen are thinking about attending the FCNL conference in Washington DC in November.

Sanctuary Committee

We’re looking at what needs to be done here at the meeting house to be a sanctuary; but realized that we cannot do this alone.  MaryEllen made a spread sheet of what needs to be done to the meeting house and what we can/cannot do as a meeting; and a cost estimate. There is a one-time expense of about $3,000.00.  Annual expenses would be about $12,000.00 a year; which would be about $1,000.00 a month.  We need to let the entire meeting know about (1) all this expense to do this, (2) Full support, volunteers, and total involvement needed by its members.

MaryEllen asked for a called meeting regarding sanctuary to be held on Monday November 6th at 7 pm.  The request was approved.

 

  • The budget for this year’s review and a draft of next year’s budget will be brought up at next business meeting.

The meeting ended in gathered silence.

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Meeting for Business September 2017

 

Meeting for Business

September 6, 2017

Present:  Mark , Mary Ellen , Liseli , Debbie , Alex , Margie

 

The meeting opened with gathered silence.

Last month’s meeting for business minutes were read and approved.

Treasurer’s Report

 

The treasurer gave his report and it was approved.

Building and Grounds

The wood shed is just about done. Mirabito still needs to be contacted about checking the heaters.

  • Michele will be available Sept. 24th for her last meeting and party. The party will be a potluck party. She cannot eat nuts and seeds.
  • David enquired about the position of recorder and Margie also said that she would be interested if no one stepped forward.

Sanctuary Committee 

Mary Ellen stated that they have logistics that still need to be worked out.

Quarterly Meeting

We are still looking for topic suggestions.  FCNL Action Team is a good topic however there are people from other meetings who are involved so there may not be new people to hear about it.  It could be a fall back topic though.

  • Mark read a thank you letter from the student who received the Peace Maker Award.

The meeting ended with gathered silence.

Next meeting is for October 1st.

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