President’s Message for April 2018 

Carol Bartz

In nature as well as in organizations things have a way of ebbing and flowing. So many things are on a positive upswing at Manatee Unitarian Universalist Fellowship and it’s exciting to be a part of it all. With our Annual Meeting coming up on April 8 we will be electing new officers, approving a budget that shows what our priorities are, and sharing the decision making with one another as we plan for our future. We are anxiously awaiting responses to our application for a Developmental Minister as the process begins through the spring months.

Last year at our Annual Meeting we approved a line in our budget to supply funds for Leadership Development. This year for the first time in many years we are sending two of our members, John Isham and AJ Wolff, to the Dwight Brown Leadership Experience in May. This intense, interactive workshop will be five days long and will be held in Little Rock, AR. An investment in developing leadership skills through the resources and guidance offered by the UUA is well worth it. It is my hope that we are able to do this every year so that we will build a strong team of leaders with connections to each other, to the ideals we value as UUs, and knowing how to achieve positive change within our congregation.

Last month I wrote about our youth expressing themselves on guns and on safety issues for children in schools. The inspiring thing is that over a month later the momentum has not been lost…the movement is still going strong. This is one example of the good things that can be achieved via social media as these young people mobilize locally and nationally, asking the hard questions of our politicians and demanding answers and action. Additionally, the Columbine students are now adults in their thirties and they are just as motivated and passionate as the younger, recent victims. I do believe this time there will be some changes. Though things may not happen as completely nor as quickly as we’d like, at least we are seeing the beginnings of change towards a better future.

This is what spring is about—-HOPE! REJUVENATION! GROWTH! BEAUTY! 


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