April 2016 Splinters from the Board

Meeting in our temporary office space, graciously made available to us by Winalee and Ron Zeeb, owners of Heartdance Studio, the Board continued working on issues related to our transition to the new building.

Several motions were approved stemming from proposals made by the UU Bikers, a group comprised of UUCGL members and friends. They will apply for a grant from the Tri-County Bicycle Association for new bicycle racks and for designation from the City of Lansing to become the entity responsible for cleaning trash from a nearby portion of the South Lansing Bike Trail. The UU Bikers also were approved to plan a family-friendly bike ride to coincide with an International Day of Peace concert scheduled for September 25.

The Dream Implementation report took the form, in part, of a walk-through of the new building by the Board prior to the meeting. Lighting, cabinetry, carpeting, and trim are being installed, making the place look like we will soon be able to move in.

The Grounds Planning Group developed a proposal for grading and for the removal of old concrete and asphalt.

Kathy is working on a new security system, which will use wireless technology.

Head Start continues to show strong interest in occupying the west wing, which we have no current plan to use ourselves. UUCGL is providing them information they can use in developing a proposal to the federal government that is due prior to the end of June.

The Board heard more about the Donor Wall Art project being proposed by artists in the congregation and invited the submission of a detailed proposal. Another piece of art recommended to the Board is a ceramic tile piece by Doug DeLind. The Board moved, gratefully, to accept this generous donation on behalf of the church.

In the Minister’s Report to the Board, Kathryn explained that during the interim, Sunday worship plans are being announced only two weeks ahead of time because of the uncertainty of our date of occupancy at the new building. Besides the May 1 outdoor service, plans for May include a “Visit Another Church” day.

To make another fundraising option available to those planning the June 5 UUCGL Auction and Fair, the Board approved applying for a raffle license. The raffle will make it possible for people to participate in the event with money in smaller amounts.