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Committee News

Below lists the most recent committee news as published in the Connection. To view news by category, choose the appropriate council link to the left.  Each council page provides a description of what that council covers and lists published articles for that council.

Lifespan Education and Social Justice news is not included. For those items, go to their webpages by clicking on the menu above.

Tip of the Hat

tip of the hatTip of the Hat is a new column that provides a place for each of us to express recognition of or thanks to others in the congregation. You might ‘tip your hat’ to a group, a team, or an individual. If you have a submission for this column please email it to the editor, Leie Carmody, with “tip of the hat” in the subject line. Your message should include who is being recognized or thanked.
To the members of UUCOV: I would like to thank the members of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Venice for the donations to the needy students of our school. Each year they provide students with supplies to start the school year off on the right foot. Thank you for being such great neighbors and helping our students achieve their academic dreams. Jason Hunter, Island Venice Montessori School, Venice campus principal.
To the ARE Team and the Social Justice Team: Thank you for keeping us informed and relevant. Every summer the NY Times does an article about the books that the nation's colleges and universities are recommending for summer reads, indicative of what our educational institutions deem important and what some of the younger generation is reading. I was delighted to see several of our UUCOV reads from last year listed in the article - "Just Mercy", "Hillbilly Elegy", and "Evicted". - Linda Underwood
To Kindra Muntz: Her energy to make our community a better place is extraordinary. From afar, all summer, she keeps track of what our county and state legislators and commissioners are doing and calls on us to write, march, picket, and call. Linda Underwood
To Linda Engle, for Chairing the summer meetings of the Common Good Committee, and to Leie Carmody, Francie Storey, Peggy Drogosch, Barbara Buehring, Becky Leas, Marty King: All you Common Good volunteers who staffed the Social Justice table, gathered petitions for Single Member Districts and the Voting Restoration Amendment, kept our Public Facebook group dynamic and growing, and all our Common Good efforts humming all summer, you are the greatest! - Kindra Muntz

Do it now!

FeatherPenJohn Spitzer, Chair of Legacy Friends, notes that the stock market has been strong – the Dow index recorded over 50 record highs during the past 9 months, and the index broke through the 22,000 level in early August. He suggests providing your intended long-term support to UUCOV now, by donating some of your appreciated stock to the Endowment Fund.
He points out that, if you ‘wait’, you risk that the markets will be lower at the time your estate settles. If you sell the stocks to avoid that risk, the gains are subject to capital gains taxes. But, if you donate the stocks to the UUCOV Endowment Fund now, you pay no capital gains taxes, the endowment (as a tax-exempt entity) receives the full market value of the stocks, and the value of your donation then grows as part of the endowment.
If you have questions about Legacy Friends or wish to obtain information about planned giving, please contact John Spitzer at 319- 331-5914 or email .

Another GA Participant Speaks Up

Linda Van Zandt
Ministry Days start on the Monday before GA starts on Wednesday afternoon and evening. Khleber and I try to attend the smaller, more intimate Ministry Days before the bigger, more complicated days that are GA. Ministers have two and a half days of meetings, workshops, worship services, etc. The Unitarian Universalist Ministers’ Partners/Spouses (UUMPS) also meet. The UUMPS have two scheduled get-togethers to renew connections aGA 2017 NOLAnd make new connections.
This year, for the first time, the UUMPS had a table set up during registration allowing us some recognition of our status, separate from our partners/spouses. Next year, I have volunteered to be the logistics chair of the UUMPS meeting at Ministry Days. I look forward to setting up meetings at GA as well. We have met informally at GA in the past, but next year it is one of my goals to have a meeting space of our own and maybe even some programming. It is all about the connections we can make, at GA and everywhere.

The Librarian Speaks

If you have a copy of "Evicted," please return it to the welcome table or to Ruth Boysworth, 941-218-4754 .EvictedApril

Aah, have a seat!

benchWith appreciation of all UUCOVers who made donations and the secret donor who matched their offerings, we’ll soon have three new benches for our outdoor comfort. The patio is complete.

Stay In Touch the Easy Way

Are you aware that UUCOV has an informal Facebook page for members and friends to ask questions, post goings-on, happy events, family and friend news, etc.. In Touch-UUCOV is a face book page open to all members and friends. This is an informal page to keep connected. It is especially fun during the summer months when many are away and it is an easy way to keep in touch with friends and what is happening in the congregation. It is a 'closed' group so if you're not already part of it, you'll need to send an email to Lori   telling her you want to be invited; she'll take it from there. facebook
It's an easy way to find out what is happening in the congregation and to keep in touch with friends, especially during the summer months when so many of us are traveling or away for months at a time. We were able to hear from our members at General Assembly in New Orleans, we can see pictures of gardens from the north, get an update on the mat project or see pictures from last month's Elizabeth Ellis storyteller afternoon.


Countdown to Sicily #5


Siracusa, Syracuse to us, had the world’s first cooking school and now has the only school of classical drama outside Athens. Come with us to the theatre and the food! Visit Sicily with UUCOV in September 16 to 27, 2017 for good food and fun. For trip information contact Nancy Ryder, .

Looking for a Special Person

HandsRaisedAre you familiar with Robert’s Rules of Order? Do you have experience with these rules in meetings?

Please, please contact Dave Lyon at or 765-215-4329.

What is General Assembly?

2017GAGeneral Assembly (GA) is the annual national gathering of UUs to conduct business, learn, sing, listen to really good speakers and be totally inspired. So, who goes? And what happens there? And what does it cost? How long does it last? What do you actually do?

These and any other questions will be answered in an informal Q & A in Water’s Hall on Saturday, February 18th, 1-2pm and Monday, February 20th, 4-5pm. So, stop by....find out more. This year’s GA will be in New Orleans, LA!! ...this GA will be not only close, but at a terrific venue.

For Adult Eyes Only

greetingNow’s the time, folks! Ignore the good advice you heard as a child. TALK TO STRANGERS. On Sunday mornings and at any UUCOV event, – members and friends alike - do the opposite of what you were taught. TALK TO STRANGERS!

Too often, we hear, “I was a visitor one Sunday morning and while everyone was hugging and chatting around me, no one talked to me”. That is a tough thing for one to hear when we are striving so hard to be the welcoming and loving congregation that we think we are. But we are not always welcoming to everyone. So once you sit down, please, say hello to the persons sitting next to you whether you know them or not. It is everyone’s challenge/pleasure to talk to strangers at UUCOV. If you are visitor, say hello. If you are a member, tell a strangers you are glad to see them. Don’t listen to your mother – talk to strangers.

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