Many paths. One welcoming and diverse community.


The Welcome/Membership Committee holds as its responsibilities:

  • Providing a welcoming experience for all visitors,
  • Encouraging membership growth
  • Supporting the active involvement of members in congregational life.

We strive for UCOV to be a welcoming place for first time visitors as well as long-term members.

The Committee is responsible for the Welcome Table, which is available every Sunday. Visitors who avail themselves of the Welcome Table and provide contact information receive a welcome note and receive copies of our congregational notices.

The Committee plans and conducts regular informational sessions called Pathways that provides information on membership. These sessions are publicized to all visitors.

Once a visitor has committed to joining the congregation the Committee works to involve the new member in a meaningful way to assist them in finding their calling. All new members receive invitations to several social events in small groups and are encouraged to join a standing committee.

The Committee also works with other congregational committees to maintain connections with members to ensure meaningfully involvement.

If you would like to join this Committee or have any questions/comments/concerns please feel free to contact the Committee Coordinator - Linda Underwood, , 941-584-7518.

Membership News

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.

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.