Welcome to 2020! Remember last week when we were celebrating coming into the year 2000? I know I’m not the only one who feels like this. Where did the last 20 years go, much less 2019?
With the beginning of a new year, we will have our Annual Membership Meeting Sunday, January 26th, after the second service. We’ve enjoyed having pot luck meals at our Town Hall meetings this past year, so we’ll do the same for the Membership Meeting. Eat and Meet! We’ll elect new Board Members, recap our accomplishments from the past year and discuss what exciting things we want to do in the coming year. This is a wonderful way to be involved in who we are as Unity of Springfield.
The Board is pleased to welcome Mitch Brashers, who was appointed December 16th to replace Dan DeCarlo, who resigned. We appreciate Dan’s service to the Board and the knowledge and wisdom he shared. We also welcome John Merrifield, who was appointed January 1st to replace John Russ. We are so grateful to have John Russ take over as the music director even though it meant him stepping down from the Board. John R. has been an incredible asset to the Board and we are grateful for his service.
This will be my eighth year on the Board and my last. I was appointed for someone and finished the last two years of their term, then ran again for two full terms. I’ve worked with some of the finest people I’ve ever known on this board, had so much fun and dealt with some difficult situations. We’ve made decisions that were some of the hardest I’ve ever made, and through it all they have shown tremendous integrity and inspired me.
I served as the secretary for a few years and as the president the past five years. This will be my last article for WINGS as I will be handing over the reigns to someone else when we elect officers this year. I want to step down while I’m still on the board so I can be there as an advisor to the new president.
Being the board president has been such an honor! It’s an experience that has allowed me to be the best version of myself, to connect with people on a deeper level and grow more than I thought possible. Serving Unity of Springfield in this capacity has strengthened my love for this ministry and the wonderful people I’ve served, from our amazing staff, the tireless volunteers and loving congregants, to the visitors who walk into our doors for the first time. I want everyone to love this church and experience how life-changing it is to be a part of it.
Thank you for walking through this with me and allowing me to serve. It has hit all the feelings, from great frustration and humility to abundant satisfaction. Mostly, it’s been one of my deepest joys and I am forever grateful!
Namaste, My Friends,
President of the Board of Directors