Message from the President
“What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from.” As 2015 begins, I reflect on the insight of T.S. Elliot. It is a desire of countless individuals to release self-defeating behaviors and/or painful experiences from the current ending year and to create a resolution or two for the upcoming year. According to a study conducted by the University of Scranton, about 45% of Americans participate in the ritual of making New Year resolutions. Out of the 45% who set resolutions only 8% of these individuals are successful in fulfilling them (Journal of Clinical Psychology, 2014).
So, why do so few people realize their resolutions? For many it is because their pledges frequently are too vague, not realistic to an individual’s readiness or ability level, and/or are not measurable. When I attended trainings with Maria Nemeth, the founder of the Academy of Coaching Excellence, I learned that one must set goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and are time based (SMART) in order to successfully reach a goal. At the end of 2014, the Board of Trustees reflected on its performance in relation to roles and responsibilities of its members. We have gained insight into individual and collective strengths and weaknesses. In 2015, the Board will set several SMART goals which will be determined at an enrichment session that will be conducted during the winter months. Once they are determined they will be shared with the membership.
In January 2015, the Board will be saying goodbye to several of its current members and will welcome in new members that will be elected to serve at the Annual Meeting on January 25, 2015. Orsini Sanchez, Rachael Fredericks, and Patricia Loughney will be leaving the board in January. In his 3 years of service, Orsini has served as both an alternate and as a member of the board. For the last two years, Rachael has served as secretary of the board, and Patricia has served as alternate for one year. I thank you all for your dedication and commitment to UBTS. I invite members and friends of UBTS to personally thank them for their service.
In February of 2015 the Board of Trustees will be creating a schedule of fundraising events to support the spiritual and physical expansion of UBTS. If you are interested in supporting a fundraising event please see Angela Denton, Gwen Lewis, or Angie Stewart.
Lastly, the Annual Membership Meeting will be held on January 25, 2015, following the Sunday service. The purpose of the annual meeting is to:
- Approve Secretary Minutes from the 2014 Annual Membership Meeting.
- Discuss and approve the 2015 budget that has be prepared by The Finance Committee under the direction of Denise Gregory, our business manager.
- Vote on 4 nominees of the Board of Trustees (3 member positions & 1 alternate position) put forth by the Nominating Committee.
- Share ministry team happenings.
- Report on the current events/affairs of UBTS.
“And now we welcome the New Year, full of things that have never been” ― Rainer Maria Rilke