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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 Frances Donahue. Thank you for the lovely donation of a large jacaranda tree to be planted this fall in honor of your father, Henry Lombard. And a thank you to Marianne Lombard for helping make this possible. UUCOV Board of Trustees.   jacaranda

To Pam MacFarlane and to Marty and Bruce King. Thank you for making the arrangements for and thank you for hosting a wonderful afternoon of storytelling by Elizabeth Ellis. Linda Underwood

UnderReconstruction To Bill Dowling and The Campus Team. Thank you all very much for the smooth transition of my office at Waters Hall. You were very patient and accommodating with the arrangement of furniture, re-routing of multiple computer wires and picking up various furniture donations. Salli Clarke

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.


Gonna Make This Garden Grow

Last December, when John Spitzer took over as Chair of Legacy Friends, he talked with various members and past Legacy Chairs and then convened an Advisory Group to assist him in promoting opportunities for members and friends to provide a legacy to UUCOV.

FeatherPenCurrently, all Legacy Friends’ donations are directed to the UUCOV Endowment Fund, which only allows withdrawals of interest – withdrawals of principal are not allowed. Some individuals have said they would like to have their entire donation available to UUCOV to support legacy projects, such as buildings. In consideration of this situation, the Advisory Group has recommended that we establish a new fund from which the entire balance would be available to support legacy projects, and that members be given the option to allocate donations to this fund.

John Spitzer writes, “I hope we can implement this recommendation in the near future, as I am one of the members who would like to use it.” John and his Advisory Group have other proposals under consideration as well so stay tuned. If you have questions about Legacy Friends or wish to obtain information about planned giving, please contact John 319- 331-5914 or

A Thank You to Nan

A thank you celebration is being planned for the May 28th Sunday service to acknowledge Nan’s work and support to all of us over her years as UUCOV’s Office Administrator. She has tirelessly supported the Teams, Committees, several ministers, Boards of Trustees and the congregation. She has put our dates on calendars, designed and printed our flyers, put together annual reports, found us rooms for meetings, counseled us through computer issues, photographed events, and reminded us of deadlines. She produced our UUCOV history video, shared her art with us, and prepared countless orders of service.
At the May 28th celebration we plan to give Nan a token of our appreciation. Anyone wishing to donate toward this may send a check to Joel Morrison made out to UUCOV with “Nan Kritzler’s gift” in the memo line. These can be placed in the donation box, mailed, or placed in the Waters Hall mailbox for the Finance Team. In addition, Eileen Leapley and Linda Underwood will be available at church on Sundays to collect any cash donations that you might want to make. A card will be available for all to sign. (For those away, let Eileen or Linda know and they will add your name). Let’s show Nan how important her service to us has been!

Why Am I a Legacy Friend?

Pat Schwing writes: Dick & I are honored to have been asked to testify, if you will, to our reasoning behind our decision to become Legacy Friends to UUCOV.     
This has become a deeply felt commitment initiated in the Birmingham Unitarian Church in Michigan where we served in a number of leadership roles including on the Endowment Committee. Having been nurtured and educated to the deep-seated commitment to the future of this religious movement for 50+ years we are deeply committed to seeing our free religious movement progress & nourish many more souls as it has ours.
One does not have to be wealthy to participate. We simply must set aside funds in our estate plan which will be donated to UUCOV for use in the growth of this great congregation. Won't you consider joining us in this endeavor?
To join Legacy Friends or to get information about planned giving, please contact John Spitzer at 319- 331-5914 or .


SanctuaryPath200  UUCOV would like to add additional benches to the front patio and replace the wooden ones in the Memorial Garden area under the big tree. We also have been requested to consider installing a bike rack to aid those biking to services or meetings. If you have an interest in donating a bench or bike rack, please contact Linda Underwood,
We are asked from time to time for ideas to memorialize a loved one. A bench with a plaque is an excellent option. The straight benches for under the tree are about $1,000 each and the curved benches are about $1,200 each. An individual or a group might consider a memorial bench. The bike rack is about $975.

Seeking a New Coordinator

The Fiscal Team is seeking the next UUCOV Travel Coordinator. Nancy Ryder, during her long and successful tenure, has accumulated materials that are invaluable and is eager to share them with the next Coordinator. If interested email Joel Morrison .

For New(ish) Members

As you make your way through the many activities that beckon week by week here at UUCOV, you may find yourself wondering how and where to get involved in an ongoing way. Don’t miss out on the specific requests for your idea, your energy, your creativity. As an example, check out “How Do We Make A Difference” (below, under Social Justice).


Countdown to Sicily #4

Sicily As we count down to this splendid trip, be aware that the trip is filled, but if you are interested in going, contact Nancy Ryder, , to be put on the waiting list.

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, .