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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 All the UUCOV Summer Reading Program Volunteers: Hats off to you for doing such a phenomenal job working with the children. They were given a pre-reading test the first week and a post reading test the last week by teachers from Laurel Nokomis School. The results of the six-week reading program are in: 96 % of our students showed improvement in accuracy or word recognition. 95% of our students were reading at the 90th percentile or higher. John Jefferson, Program Coordinator.
To Marty King: Huge thanks for stepping up to host our guest speaker, April Glasco, on June 25th. She stepped up with about 12-hour notice and saved the day. It is so nice knowing that we are a family who steps up when called upon. Lori Baribeault
To All Those Who Post on In Touch: You help those of us ‘away’ during the summer to feel not so far away. Linda Underwood
To Ken Boysworth, Richard Palmer, Jim McGuire, Dave Williams , Dick Smith and Dale Jermyn. Appreciation! One or more of these committed members of the Campus Group can be found at Waters Hall nearly every day transforming the living room by adding a wall and French doors, and painting the hallway and room. Ruth Boysworth
To Salli and Khleber: Thank you for your patience as the work on Waters Hall progressed this spring and summer. Linda Underwood

Waters Hall Makeover

Sallis OfficeThe Campus Group is happy to report that Salli is fully moved into her very professional looking office, and the former administrator office has new paint and a new floor. It will serve as a small conference room in the afternoons and will be used by volunteer receptionists in the morning. It is good that we now have another small meeting room that is private. The table seats a maximum of six.Room CFrench Doors The living room now has French doors, installed and painted, so groups meeting there will no longer be disturbed by people entering the building. Next you will see the TV removed from its temporary stand and affixed to the wall.
To assist in signing up for the three available rooms in Waters Hall, the living room will be Room A, the board room will beLiving Room Room B, and the new conference room is Room C.

Open for Business

book shelvesThe library in Waters Hall is open for business. We have re-homed some books, reorganized, and added some new titles. Checking out is on the honor system. On some Sundays next month, there will be a book table on the lanai or patio with some books that might interest you. “Jefferson's Bible”? Jim Walls on “Racism and White Privilege”? “American Religious Humanism”? Come and see what we have. Prefer fiction? Want a book swap? If you have suggestions for books or services to add, let our librarian know. Contact - Ruth Boysworth 941-218-4754 or .

Establish Your Legacy – Today

The Legacy Friends Program was established in 2005 to encourage members and friends of the congregation to provide long-term support for UUCOV’sFeatherPen mission and values. Most Legacy Friends have arranged to provide this long-term support by including a bequest to the Endowment Fund as part of their estate plans.
But John Spitzer, current Chair of the Program, is encouraging members and friends to adopt a new attitude, a ‘Why Wait’ attitude; make that contribution to the Endowment Fund now, rather than including the gift as part of a future Estate Settlement.
“After all, procrastination is seldom a virtue and…Why spend money on an attorney altering my Trust? Besides… It’ll be done, with no need to think about it anymore, and after all, I can afford to, so why not? And, I’ll feel terrific knowing that I’ve already done it!”
Of course, donors can always add to their donations over time if they want to. They can still include a donation as part of their estates if they choose. And as a final consideration, they need have no worries about something going astray with regard to their ‘final wishes’.
If you have questions about Legacy Friends or want information about planned giving, please contact John Spitzer at 319- 331-5914 or .

YES, We Can

petitions1Here at UUCOV we have a dedicated team, led by Kindra Muntz, Chair of the Common Good Committee, whose energy is focused on public policy issues & solving social and environmental justice problems. Sometimes, this involves getting a measure on the ballot for the entire voting public to make its wishes known. And a petition gets created. The number of signatures needed in support of a petition to get the measure on the ballot is HIGH. You get asked to do two things: Sign the petition. Ask others to sign the petition.
The first is easy: sign it. Go to the Common Good table on the lanai, read the ballot summary to make sure you’re in favor, then print your name and address, your date of birth, today’s date, and sign your name. Two minutes tops.
The second is almost as easy. Take some home with you. (If you’re a woman and carry a handbag, fold some up so they go where you go). You have lunch with a friend, you go to a meeting, to a class, you’re waiting in line at a supermarket, a neighbor stops by, you get the picture: tell them you signed this petition that made sense to you, read the BALLOT SUMMARY to them from the petition, and invite them to sign as you did. You might even consider offering a blank one so they can help get a signature.
At present, we are working to gather signatures on 4 petitions. An article (below) under Social Justice will help you understand what they are about so you'll understand their importance. This piece, we hope, clarifies for you how simple the effort needed is, so that you are emboldened to pitch in and become a worker for the cause. When we all pitch in, then Yes, We Can!


Many thanks to those of you who have already taken advantage of the matching grant opportunity. Remember, when you make a donation towards a newbench bench (put ‘bench’ in the memo line on your check) your gift gets doubled. Our goal is to have four benches surrounding the patio to make a welcoming statement. We hope to be able to place our bench order by late August.


Wanted: Two UUCOV members or friends with want to make a major contribution to a UUCOV event with rather minimal effort.
1. Needed skills:
Can handle simple online exploring/research tasks.
Can do simple ‘party’ planning.
Can participate a few times a year in a collaborative meeting with 3 others.
2. Needed skills:
Can create one small flier.
Can write a short article for Connection now and then.
Can be available post Sunday services now and then to respond to queries.
Can participate a few times a year in a collaborative meeting with 3 others
Appetite whetted? Are you one of these two people? Call Leie Carmody 941-445-4859 for a chat.

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, .

For New(ish) Members


For ‘old-timers’ as well, the distinction between two ‘publications’:

Happenings (plural) a weekly events bulletin (emailed to all and included in the Sunday Order of Service). Put together by our office manager, Salli Clarke. Deadline for copy: 9am each Thursday.

Connection (singular) a monthly compendium of news, events, reminders, views, and more (emailed to all with hard copies also available on the lanai) Editor, Leie Carmody. Deadline for copy: Midnight the 20th each month.