President’s Message for October 2017 

Carol Bartz

This summer has been a humbling one for us Floridians as we’ve watched the destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey only to find ourselves in the path of Hurricane Irma a few weeks later. The uncertainty of its path coupled with the stark images of what could become a reality for us put many in a state of indecision until we knew we had to act by either evacuating or hunkering down. There were so many factors to consider as availability of supplies, gas, food, water, etc. became limited or nonexistent.

Overall, we here in Bradenton were lucky with power outages, debris, and lack of internet access to deal with in the aftermath. Others in Florida and in our neighboring islands were not so lucky. Feelings of compassion are so much stronger when we personally can identify with what others are experiencing. As Unitarian Universalists, we are always trying to live our principles and put into action what our mouths are saying.

It’s good to know that we were able to donate through the UUA/UU Service Committee to help with both Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma victims, that some of our donations will go to assist UU churches and their members and some to others in the communities affected, and that it will be distributed wisely with the help of our UU Southern Region representatives. Our members at MUUF were very generous in giving towards the two special collections.

There’s reaching out financially, but there’s also reaching out to the persons in need by offering basic needs and an ear to listen. Emotionally we have all been changed by these events as we are less self-absorbed, more tuned in to others. We’ve learned to take nothing for granted, to show our love to one another, to treasure the important things as well as the little things, and to know that we might have to let go of nearly everyone and everything all at once.

During our board meeting in September we reviewed the results of the survey administered by the Transition Team and acknowledged that the Transition Team had completed its task of exploring options towards getting a minister. The team recommended seeking a Developmental Minister with the help of the UUA. The board approved the formation of a Ministerial Team to communicate with and provide more information to MUUF members and to continue with the steps needed towards hiring a Developmental Minister. Those on the Ministerial Team are: John Isham, Ed Kobee, AJ Wolff, Bill Hayes, Doris Sutliff, and Carol Bartz.

We keep coming back to change. Change is the only thing we can be sure of, so the change we make happen, is so much better than the change that happens to us. Let’s be the drivers of our own changes by setting goals and working together towards achieving them

President Roster Since the 50th Anniversary

Carol Bartz   2016  to present 
Martha Pelletier 2015
Bill Peruzzi:(winter) and Martha Pelletier (summer)   2014
Bill Peruzzi (winter) and Joan Butcher (summer)  2013
Grace Hirsch January 2012
Lorraine Berry  2009-2011