President’s Message for May 2019 

                                              John Isham                                                                   


May is when the last of our snowbirds go home. If I let my imagination wander, I can remember May in Massachusetts where, being a country boy, I spent hours in the pine woods alone, walking on the soft bed of pine needles, finding patches of wild May flowers with the sweetest smelling small white flowers one could ever imagine. There was a favorite grassy place next to a bend in the herring brook where the water ran clear and cold and trout and herring rested under the overhanging edge of the bank. Nearby one could find lady slippers growing next to skunk cabbage and princess pine. I was momentarily contented; worry free, and alone with myself to gaze at a sky filtered through pine branches. I hope most snowbirds are returning to similar environments where they can recall and perhaps experience some of those early feelings, for me it was more than 70 years ago.

Back here to reality, April has been a month when many past efforts have come to fruition with satisfaction. With the annual meeting completed, next year’s budget is set in stone being based on a generous congregational stewardship effort and a very rewarding auction. Our bylaws are updated to reflect the latest UUA congregational concepts with expert help and efforts of our minister. We are finally rid of the awful odor of the remains of a large animal that died under the floor of our building. This was one of those unplanned happenings for which we were completely unprepared, I hope our acquired knowledge of how to deal with it will go unused for the next 50 years. Has anyone noticed the garage? It is clean and organized thanks to Bernie Salzinger, our handyman, whose work ethic is uncompromised and was evident in his unflinching pursuit of the cleanup of the animal nest under the building. Gradually the landscaping is improving. We held a successful work party attracting six pizza lovers who earned their slices by doing cleanup of the grounds. One more party soon will have us ready for planting some color in appropriate places. The memorial garden is looking more English every day. Check it out.

In the financial arena, early next month we will meet with our new financial adviser and set investing goals for the future. We will also hold informational meetings soon to inform members of the many ways to set up legacy giving arrangements. MUUF was fortunate to have past members start a legacy giving circle about 20 years ago. I want to create a commemorative plaque showing the donor’s names.

Coming soon are adult RE classes in UU history and concepts taught by our minister. Also, social justice is considering recommending we endorse the Manatee Clean Energy Alliance who will give us a talk at the May share a dish. Also, in the works is a consideration to declare MUUF to be plastic free.


Presidents Since the 50th Anniversary
John Isham  2018 to 2020
Carol Bartz   2016  to 2018
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