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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.

The Coordinating Council

At UUCOV, we have a Coordinating Council you need to know about. Why? Because if you have a question or an idea, or you would like to volunteer in a specific area, or something is of concern to you, a Council Team Leader is the person to go to.

All the committees of UUCOV are organized into eleven Teams. The Team Leaders, appointed by the board to serve for one year, make up the Council and meet monthly with an agenda and minutes. The Council is chaired by the Vice President of the Board, presently Linda Underwood. If you wish to add an item to the agenda, send that information to her. You can read the minutes on our website or on the lanai bulletin board. The Counci meets the second Tuesday of the month. Visitors are welcome.

As we grow, it is harder to know everything and everyone and to keep track and participate in all that is offered at UUCOV. It is our goal to keep communication open and transparent, with information easily available

UUCOV is fortunate to have volunteers who give generously of their time and talent; current Team Leaders are:

  • Administration, Dave Lyon - Denominational affairs, personnel, strategic planning
  • Caring and Remembrance, Bev Morrison - Caring committee, memorial wall
  • Communications, Tom Voigt - Website, monthly Connection, weekly Happenings, publicity, brochures
  • Fiscal Team, Joel Morrison - Finance, Endowment,  Fundraising,  Stewardship, Legacy Friends
  • Lifespan Education, Jaye Williams - Youth Religious Education, Adult Religious Education, Spiritual Fellowship Groups, Interest groups
  • Physical Plant, Bill Dowling - Grounds maintenance, building maintenance, A/V and telecom equipment
  • Social Activities, Eileen and Steve Leapley
  • Social Justice, Marty King - Green Sanctuary, Interweave, Community Outreach, Common Good
  • Sunday Morning Experience, Lori Baribeault - Worship, music, ushers/greeters, Sunday social time
  • Welcome/Membership, Claire Harrison - Welcome Table, Pathways to Membership

Gosh! What’s the difference?

newsAt this very moment, you are reading the monthly UUCOV newsletter. It is called Connection. (Notice it has no ‘s’)

Each Friday, you are emailed a bulletin, reminding you of timely events and other items of interest. It is called Happenings. (And yes, it has an ‘s’)

Team leaders, committee chairs, Board members, the Minister all submit articles and notices for inclusion in Connection; they are sent to  and forwarded to the editor. You are invited to express your views via a Letter to the Editor, 325 word maximum, please.

Meet More New Members

JewettDonnaDonna Jewett grew up in Hingham, MA., joined the Old Ship Unitarian church as a teenager in the 1950’s. Her family spent summers on Cape Cod and later her parents spent winters in the FL keys. She graduated from UVM in Home Economics and taught 7-12 grades in Littleton, Ma. While also getting a Master’s degree at Framingham State College. She married young, divorced after 16 yrs. and later met her “soul mate”, Dave Jewett. They discovered that they were both UU’s. She started her own business as nutritional consultant teaming up with Shaklee Corporation and also loved to share the environmentally friendly products with so many people.

In 2000, they moved to Cape Cod and joined the UU Fellowship in Falmouth. She also was involved in garden clubs, and environmentally active community groups. Her hobbies include tennis, kayaking, swimming, and nature walks. Today, they have a large organic garden and solar heated greenhouse with hydroponics and are 95% off the grid! They are continuing D&D Healthy Solutions business to help others with their health, wealth and the environment. Together they have 18 grandchildren! Dave has 3 biological kids and 7 adopted, Donna‘s daughter is also adopted.

They enjoy being snowbirds here in Englewood FL esp. at The Open Studio where we can grow their own food and enjoy the arts! She says: “I’m especially glad we found another “family” at UUCOV that reflects so many of my values and beliefs.”

JewettDavidDonnaDave Jewett grew up in the woods in East Taunton, MA. After graduating from Harvard in Biology, he became an experimental scientist/engineer. He has worked in vitamin research and various physical chemistry projects related to batteries and fuel cells. He spent about 20 years developing silicon materials for solar cells and another 20 years reducing the costs of LED substrates. He is presently working with his wife, Donna in D&D Healthy Solutions promoting healthier and greener lifestyles. Dave became a Unitarian in 1945 and is presently active in the UUFF in Falmouth, MA.

AmorelloNanNan Amorello - I was educated at Arlington Technical Institute and retired after 26 years as a programmer/analyst. For my second career, I earned a BS in Early Education and Early Intervention from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA and taught pre-kindergarten until retirement in 2010.

Married to Al for 47 years, we have two children, five grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. I have volunteered with various church and community project involving families, young children and young mothers and hope to continue here in Venice. My hobbies include sewing, knitting, reading and walking.

Pat Franks - I grew up on a farm in Illinois. I received my Ph.D. in Zoology many years later from Rutgers in New Jersey, and after completing Post-Doctoral training at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, I moved to Toronto Ontario Canada where I lived and worked in the pharmaceutical industry for several years. I returned to New Jersey and continued my career in the pharmaceutical industry until retirement a few years ago. During my working years, I travelled widely in Canada, to Europe, South American and the near East. I moved to Florida as a full time resident 2 winters ago. I am an active gardener, love to bird and be out in nature, and enjoy volunteering at UUCOV. I have two daughters, one in Florida and one in New Jersey and five grandchildren. Although I live in Florida year round, I do try to return to my beloved Illinois each year.

Interested in Joining the Choir?

choir-clipartChoir rehearsals meet every Thursday 7:30 - 9:00 pm Sept - May. If you would like to join the choir or have other musical talents you would like to share, contact our Music Director, Steve Hanson at or 630-346-1842.

UUCOV Groundbreaking Ceremony March 4, 2002

Thanks to Bill Huston's filming and his grandson, Matt Marposon, for digitalizing and editing you can now view the ceremony of the historic groundbreaking ceremony of UUCOV's own Sanctuary. You can view it at the Vimeo website at

Member Directory

bookWe are pleased to announce that our Member Directory is now available online, accessible only by UUCOV members and pledging friends. You should have received an email with instructions how to log on. If you can't find the directions or if you need further help, contact Nan, or 941-485-2105 .

Now Available: Report on Senior Living Alternatives

Copies of the final report of the UUCOV members' visits to Senior Living Facilities in the Venice area (and a file of brochures and flyers about the facilities) is now available in Waters Hall. Included are summary descriptions of each facility and an aggregated evaluation sheet prepared by members. Lynn Stelle notes that the report does not recommend one facility over another, but, she says, "we are hoping it will help readers decide which facilities they personally might wish to visit and look at further. For an electronic copy of the report, please contact Lynn at 919.219.7497 or .

Memorial Gifts

The Memorial Gift Committee receives and acknowledges contributions made to UUCOV in memory of a deceased. You'll find gift forms on the lanai, at the UUCOV office, or by calling Theresa Hake at 941-480-1401.  On receiving a donation and this form, a note of appreciation is sent to the donor, acknowledging the amount and date of the gift. Memorial gifts which are for a restricted or special purpose, or which are of real property or other non-monetary nature, will first be referred to the Board of Directors for disposition. After acceptance by the Board of a restricted gift or property a letter of appreciation will be sent to the donor.

Viewing the UUCOV Memorial Book

A committee was created in 2005 to develop policies relating to memorials for UUCOV members and friends. One suggestion was a Memorial Book, and it was eagerly embraced by all members. It was determined that the Memorial Book would be a leather-bound book with pages designed by an artist skilled in illumination type design with room for some brief biographical notes. This seemed a fitting way to memorialize our members, and it would provide a wonderful source for personal information and history for the church as well as for individual descendents. The Memorial Book of tributes to deceased members and friends of UUCOV was introduced to the congregation at the end of January, 2008.

Marilyn Amick was chosen as the artist for the Memorial Book. Laura Marcusa will also be creating pages. A stand with a locked drawer was designed and built by members of the congregation in order to house the book. The Board voted to pay the costs for the pages. If members still want to make a financial remembrance, they can make donations in the memory of the deceased to UUCOV.

If you wish to remember a deceased member or contribute information on a deceased member or friend of the congregation's page, contact Marilyn Amick or Laura Marcusa and they will take you through the process.

The Memorial Book is always available before or after Sunday service on its designated stand at the right side of the stage. Additional appointments to view it may be made at the discretion of the President of the Congregation. You can also view the pages below.

Memorial Book

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