Fundraising? Master Planning? …Sounds Like We’re Having a Party!

by , President, Board of Management

As many of you have heard, there will be a “Raising the Spirits” fundraiser on November 3rd .  (If you haven’t, please contact Cris Heffernan – or Maya Desai – post-haste!) The goal is a worthy one – to make modest, but noticeable improvements to Fellowship Hall.  The Board recently approved moving forward with this fundraiser at our last meeting on October 15th.

This focused fundraiser did bring up a few questions though.  Will it impact the Pledge Drive? Is it the Board’s prerogative to make decisions regarding the aesthetics of the building or is it the Congregation’s?  Do we need an Aesthetics Task Force or should we develop a Master Plan for the facility (building and grounds) first? Who invented liquid soap, and why?  Ok, that last one did not come up, but the others are good questions. Here’s what the Board came up with:

Will it impact the Pledge Drive?
We don’t know, so this will be a telling experiment.  The goal of the fundraiser is ~$2,000, which is small enough that we don’t think will have an impact.  Kindly prove us correct when the Pledge Drive rolls around in a few months.

Is it the Board’s prerogative to make decisions regarding the aesthetics of the building or is it the Congregation’s?   
The Board decided that congregational approval should be required for any off-budget and unfunded projects; that is, projects that were not included in the original yearly budget, yet need budget funding to be implemented, would require the approval of the congregation, not just the Board.  However, the Board must approve all other improvement projects to ensure that “pet projects” are properly vetted.

Do we need an Aesthetics Task Force or should we develop a Master Plan for the facility (building and grounds) first?
The Board discussed this for a while and came to the conclusion that a Master Plan is not only needed but must be created before any related task forces (Aesthetics, Legacy, etc.) are created.  As there is already a physical plant and grounds development group reviewing the city’s moving of Shore Drive, the Board agreed that this group should evolve into the Master Plan Committee. The members who asked about the Aesthetics Task Force will be invited to join.  You are invited too, though the Board reserves the right to keep the group size manageable. Feel free to let myself or Aaron know of your interest and qualifications.

Who invented liquid soap, and why?
I don’t know, but the question has vexed us all since at least 1985 when it was posed in the movie The Sure Thinghttps://www.imdb.com/title/tt0090103/.