Jan 15 2009

December 14 2008 SC Minutes

SPECIAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING
December 14, 2008

Carla Corey, Clerk, called the meeting to order at 12:15 p.m.

ARTICLE I. Debra Grad was elected moderator.

ARTICLE II. The following members were voted on and accepted:

Aimee Busby Christopher Busby
Welcome!

ARTICLE III. A motion was made and seconded to accept the Minutes of the State of the Society Meeting held September 21, 2008. The motion passed unanimously.

ARTICLE IV. A motion was made and seconded to see if the Society will accept the expenditure of up to $16,500 in surplus funds from Fiscal Year 2008 and from Reserves to purchase and install a new furnace. The Green Ministry had an evaluation done a year ago that indicated we are underpowered. The plan now is to approve funds from FY 08 surplus and from reserves to replace and re-vent the system as we are losing heat through the chimney. We have four zones at the moment and do not need to change or modify them at this time. The question was asked if the new furnace would fix the lack of heat problem in the chapel. It will not, that is a different problem. The proposal is for $13,500 for the new furnace and an additional $3,000 for anticipated repairs to get the heat in the Chapel and R.E. wing running well. This is the middle bid of three that were solicited. The high end was the most green but does not suit our needs. The motion passed unanimously.
ARTICLE V. Other business. Ron Deschenes brought up the fact that the Auction is scheduled for less than two months away – February 7, 2009 – and we still do not have a chair. The anticipated proceeds from the auction are in our budget. Edith Murphy stepped forward to chair and organize an Auction committee. All in attendance expressed their great appreciation.

Meeting adjourned at 12:25 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Carla Corey, Clerk

Standing Committee

The Standing Committee is the Church's governing board. The Standing Committee works to ensure the vitality of our community of faith. There are 10 members of the Standing Committee – nine voting members elected by the congregation and the minister, who is a non-voting member of the Committee. Standing Committee members serve a 3 year term.

The Standing Committee meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 7:00pm. Time is set aside at the beginning of every SC meeting as an open forum for members to bring forward any issues they would like to discuss.

The Standing Committee is responsible for the health and well being of First Parish. This includes maintaining communication among members and committees, managing Church property, and planning for the Church's short and long-term future. And of course members of the Standing Committee develop and manage the budget approved by the Congregation at the annual meeting.
The Human Resources Committee is a sub-committee of the Standing Committee.