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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.

A New Service, A New Opportunity

safety committeeThe Board has created a new committee, a Safety Committee, to not only check on and improve building and grounds safety, such as lighting and smoke detectors, but also to plan ahead for possible disasters, and to evaluate the safety of our community in terms of interpersonal relationships and how we treat each other.
We need your help to make UUCOV safer.
At our initial meeting, we will evaluate our current levels of safety, and at ongoing meetings we’ll discuss how best to implement needed safety measures. If you are interested in the topic or have a background that could be useful, please contact Stephanie Zoernack .

Say Hello

10 new members were welcomed by the congregation on December 10th. They are (left to right): Doug Choate, Suzy Choate, Nancy L. Wilson, Ray New members Dec 2017Goins, Janet Lemoine, Stan Majors, Mary Erceg, and Jill Majors. Not pictured are new members Janet Knudsen and Bob Knudsen.
Our next Pathways class is scheduled for January 23 and January 30 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at Waters Hall. We encourage folks who are interested in becoming a member or just want to learn more about Unitarian Universalism and our congregation to attend. Sign up at the welcome table or contact Claire Harrison ,-or- 941-244-0151.

The Search is On

musicA committee of five (Bill Harrison, Chair, Bob Allen, Barb Griffin, Dawn Spitz, and Wayne Strife), has the responsibility of finding a person (or persons) to run UUCOV’s Music Program. We have been able to find strong interim music talent so that the committee will have the time they need to find the right fit for UUCOV. We were fortunate enough to have a great number of people volunteer and we thank everyone for their offers to help.

Fun, Frivolity, and Fund-Raising!

Yes, all at the same time, cause it’s AUCTION time! Show up in the Sanctuary, Saturday, January 27th beginning at 4:00 pm for a greatGavel afternoon/evening, dinner included, and quietly make the rounds to select what you want to ‘silently’ bid on before the live auction gets underway.
There’s still time to contribute to the fun and fund-raising by offering a party, a brunch, a lesson, an art item, a service, a ‘whatever’ for fellow UUCOVers to bid for; we can accept donations until January 14th. Check out the 2015-2017 auction brochures on the lanai to stimulate your own ideas, then pick up a donation form from the lanai or contact Diane de Grasse, to get listed in the auction brochure. The fatter the brochure, the more fun, frivolity, and funds. The Auction is our biggest fund raiser at UUCOV - last year we raised well over $10,000. Let’s do it again.
If you’d like to be in on all the action by volunteering, contact Joel Morrison .

A Congregational Conversation

Be part of refreshing the UUCOV Mission Statement on January 8th, 1:00 pm, in the Sanctuary We will look at our long range planning ideas to see if our mission reflects those ideas. What comes first? Mission/purpose or actions. Perhaps doing this planning in tandem helps in our work?

Speaking Up


Speaking Up

The national newshas been both heartening and difficult as so many have courageously come forward to tell their stories of sexual assault and harassment at the hands of powerful abusers. Heartening, because there finally appear to be consequences for powerful perpetrators. Difficult, because the stories can bring up old trauma and hard reactions for those who’ve lived with abuse. If you need to tell your stories in a safe and supportive atmosphere, join us in the Sanctuary on Thursday, January 25, 3-5pm. Contact Rev. Khleber Van Zandt, .

Request for Help

Tis the season... and the Nominating Committee has begun work to identify a slate of candidates to serve on our Board of Trustees. In addition to openings on the Board, there other leadership positions open on the Coordinating Council and key committees. Fulfilling stewardship is more than just monetary support. We need the talent and hard work of a committed membership in a variety of ways to keep UUCOV thriving. We need your help to identify leadership talent within the congregation! If you would personally like to serve in a leadership capacity, please reach out to a member of the committee to either express your interest or learn more about needs for the upcoming year. If you wish to recommend someone, please do so only with their permission. We look forward to hearing from you!
The Nominating Committee:
Bev Morrison, Chair     
Claire Harrison            
Bonnie Norton             
Paul O'Dell                 
Phil Veach                  

We’ll Be Celebrating

FeatherPenMarch 3rd. Legacy Friends, save this date, 4-6pm. We’ll gather to celebrate our commitment to support UUCOV’s mission far into the future. Look for details in the February Connection. If you’re not yet a Legacy Friends and want any information or an opportunity to talk about planned giving, contact John Spitzer - 319- 331-5914 or .

UUCOV Endowent Fund

It’s a gift that keeps on giving, now and hereafter. All gifts, large or small, are welcome in the UUCOV Endowment Fund. With a gift of $5,000.00 or more, you are designated as a UUCOV Patron and automatically recognized as a UUCOV Legacy Friend. Check with Wayne Strife - 941-375-2400 or John Spitzer - 319-331-7187.

UUCOV Has Bylaws

A Bylaws Committee has been convened to review the UUCOV Bylaws. Its commission is to report its recommendations to the congregation. Thesebylaws clipart 4 recommendations will be voted on at the UUCOV Annual Meeting, Saturday, March 24th , 11am-1pm. Committee members are Barbara Smith (Chair), Joel Morrison, Charlotte Neagle, Matt McHugh, and Linda Underwood. The current Bylaws,  were adopted March 29th, 2015. The Bylaws Committee will convene an Open Meeting to receive your in-person input, Friday, January 19th at 3pm at Asta Linder; written recommendations, however, are welcome anytime up to that date. Please submit to Barbara Smith in writing at with a description of the general issue you are seeking to change. Also, please provide in writing your recommended language and specific location within the Bylaws where you seek to insert the recommendation. Your email submission will be acknowledged and very appreciated.
We have high respect for the work of those UUCOV members who put forth the UUCOV Bylaws at its formation and during the intervening years and are impressed as to how they have well served this congregation. The 2018 Bylaws Committee endeavors to continue in that tradition.

Tip of the Hat

tip of the hatTip of the Hat 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 Linda Underwood and Bill Dowling for their excellent three-minute speeches on the changes to the Venice Comprehensive Plan at the Open to the Public session of the Venice City Council on November 28th. What a great example for others! It is important to bring our concerns to our elected officials. Bill was even interviewed by the Herald-Tribune and appeared on ABC-TV7 news that night. Way to go, Bill and Linda! Kindra Muntz

To Pat Franks - Our Sunday services are made all the more special by the time we spend afterwards with each other and Pat helped make that time even more enjoyable. Thank you, Pat, on behalf of the Sunday Morning Experience team for finding volunteers for our Sunday social times over the last several months. In addition, you and your helpers have cleaned and organized the kitchen numerous times. Lori Baribeault

To Bev Morrison - Kudos to Bev Morrison for all the work she did to organize UUCOV into neighborhoods! Bonnie Hurley

To Karen Griffin, Barbara Smith, Marilyn Amick, and Saxon Stanley. We appreciate you! * Jaye Williams
*see Lifespan Learning, YRE article

To Marianne Koerner, Steve Doublestein, Nancy Zarowin and Ray Goins for sharing their diverse and high energy musical talent and organization with the congregation and to the choir for their continuing and well-appreciated service as we transition into a new musical era for UUCOV. Board of Trustees