Final Agenda of the 2016 Annual Business Meeting of the MidAmerica Region of the Unitarian Universalist Association
Saturday, April 30, 2016
This meeting will be held as part of the 2016 MidAmerica Regional Assembly in St. Paul, MN.
Please note that the following reports are included in Annual Business Meeting Delegate Packet that will be available on or before March 30, 2016:
The Purpose of the MidAmerica Region is "... to support, enrich, and extend Unitarian Universalism in the defined geographic area.
The Region shall work in collaboration with the Unitarian Universalist Association." (Bylaws, Article II, Section 1)
March 15, 2016
Since Regional Assembly 2015, our MidAmerica Board has worked diligently to serve our congregations, our Region, our Association, and our larger movement! We have met face-to-face in May, September, and November, and have met by conference call or computer meeting in August, October, January, February, March, and April. We have another face-to-face meeting scheduled in May, 2016. Detailed reports of our formal business meetings are available on the Governance page of the MidAmerica Region website (www.midamericauua.org/governance).
We also do a lot of work outside of our board meetings. Our main charge as a board is to represent MidAmerica's congregations and other Unitarian Universalist groups, and to help ensure that the resources of MidAmerica are directed toward the most important needs and opportunities present within our Region. In order to do that, it is important that we make connection with those groups within MidAmerica, and engage in conversation with them, so that we can hear what is most important to the entities that make up our Region. This past year we have used several different ways to do this. We reviewed the results of an online survey of leaders in all congregations conducted in Summer, 2015, and in the Fall of 2015 individual board members conducted a series of phone conversations with congregational leaders, leaders of UU professional groups, and state advocacy network leaders. In addition, each time the MidAmerica Board meets face-to-face, about three times a year, we make it a point to connect with the congregations in the area of our meeting. We will continue to look for additional ways we can make connections and engage with as many of you as possible.
Camp UniStar, part of a proud tradition of summer UU camping in the Midwest, is a Unitarian Universalist camp located on Star Island in Cass Lake, northern Minnesota (www.campunistar.org).
During the Regional Assembly, I invite you to join us at our exhibit booth to learn more about Camp UniStar, its programs, and the newly-established Nancy Heege Family Scholarship Fund. Sponsored by the Camp UniStar Foundation (CUF) and the MidAmerica Region to recognize Nancy’s many years of service to UU’s in the Midwest, the fund will fulfill Nancy’s desire to enable more families in need to experience UniStar’s unique combination of UU fellowship, natural island environment, and personal and spiritual growth. I hope that you or your congregation will consider a donation to honor Nancy’s legacy (see the camp website for more information).