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Women’s Day Alliance (WDA) Minutes – December 6, 2017 (Draft, for approval at the January WDA meeting)

The Women’s Day Alliance of the First Unitarian Church of Dallas met at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, December 6, 2017, in the Sanctuary.

President:  Mary Lee Kilgore welcomed everyone and called the meeting to order.

Membership:  Lou Ann King welcomed three guests.

Programs:  Ellen Tye invited everyone to move to Channing Hall after the business meeting to enjoy the musical program by Sugar Daddy and the M&Ms before the luncheon.  She announced that the January WDA meeting will feature a presentation by member Paula Rose about helping immigrants re-settle in Dallas.

Treasurer:  Dee Ann Dain presented the November 2017 overview of WDA’s finances.  The beginning bank balance was $8,749.47.  Income was $0.00.  (This does not include the proceeds from the November Crafty Bake Sale fundraiser.)  Expenses totaled $195.00.  Ending balance was $8,554.47.  Dee Ann invited members to ask any questions they may have.

Minutes:  Sharon Clark reported that minutes of the November meeting had been provided for review.  The minutes were approved.
Luncheon:  Barbara Moody described today’s menu and thanked the hostesses.  Everyone was glad to hear that Martha Withers is now well and has resumed her work as Luncheon Co-Chair.

Service:  Verda Shine encouraged everyone to give toys or cash donations toward gifts for children ages 0-5 by Sunday, for a toy drive for the Child Care Group of Dallas.

Liaison:  Susan Grundy reported…1. Women’s Evening Alliance invites WDA members to the December 12th WEA potluck supper and meeting, beginning at 6 pm in Channing Hall.  Bring a wrapped gift ($10) to participate in the gift exchange and a dish for the potluck.  Program:  music by Jean Ann Powers.2. The annual SWUUW conference will be February 23-25 in Austin.  Coordinator is former Dallas UU member Mary Overton.  State Rep. Donna Howard will be the keynote speaker.  There will be fifteen workshops, including one by church members Patty Jantho, Holly Nichols and Marydell Hoagland, on bringing UU women and women’s history alive through readers’ theater.  Registration is now open at www.swuuw.org.  WDA offers a partial scholarship; contact Finance Chair Rhonda Koetting to apply.3. The UU Women’s Federation has a new President, Claire Sexton.

Crafty Bake Sale:  Sale Co-Chair Kris Gillett announced the good news:  proceeds totaled $3,567.91, which will be evenly divided between the Day and Evening Alliances.  Some craft items left over from the event are for sale today in Channing Hall.

Finance:  Rhonda Koetting announced that the Alliances will sponsor a special fundraising event on Friday night, January 19th.  Theme:  “One Last Dance.  Say Yes to Your Dress…Again.”  Women in the Alliances and the church will gather to wear those memory-filled special occasion clothes.  There will be a photo booth, a red carpet, music, dancing, food and beverages, fun and fellowship.  This fundraiser is affiliated with Clothes Encounters, like last year’s rediscover your closet workshop.  Sharon Clark passed around a sign-up sheet for members to volunteer to bring refreshments.

Communications:  Gwen Lummus announced that the website is fixed and will be updated soon.

Contributions:  Mary Lee announced that during the luncheon following today’s meeting, WDA’s annual contributions will be presented to the Church, the Coming of Age youth group, and the UU Women’s Federation.  Rev. Aaron White and Karen Lewis accepted these gifts with many thanks.

Luncheon:  A festive holiday luncheon followed, in Channing Hall.

Minutes prepared by Sharon Clark, Recording Secretary

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Women’s Day Alliance (WDA) Minutes – November 7, 2017

The Women’s Day Alliance of the First Unitarian Church of Dallas met at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, November 7, 2017, in the Sanctuary.

President:  First VP Lou Ann King conducted the meeting, and welcomed everyone.  She lit the chalice “for the warmth of friendship and the fellowship of the WDA sisterhood.”  She called the meeting to order.  Members with November birthdays were recognized.

Crafty Bake Sale:  Paula Rose encouraged everyone to support the Women’s Alliances fall fundraiser by bringing baked goods and handcrafted items, and volunteering during set-up day (November 18, 11:30-2:30) and sale day (November 19).

Women’s Evening Alliance:  Paula invited everyone to the November WEA meeting and potluck supper on November 14.  Human trafficking in Dallas will be the program topic.

Treasurer:  Dee Ann Dain presented the October 2017 overview of WDA’s finances.  The beginning bank balance was $8954.34.  Income was $100.  Expenses totaled $307.17.  Ending balance was $8749.47.  Dee Ann invited members to ask any questions they may have.

Minutes:  Minutes of the October WDA meeting (posted on the website) were approved, after the spelling of Kris Gillett’s name was corrected.

Clothes Encounters:  Sharon Clark encouraged everyone to donate their nicest clothing and accessories that they are not wearing to Clothes Encounters, the Women’s Alliances annual spring fundraiser.  It will be the weekend of April 22.  She invited interested members to join the planning team.

Luncheon:  Barb Moody thanked today’s hostesses.  She announced that in response to requests, a vegetarian entrée is being served along with a non-vegetarian selection.  Barb explained how difficult it is to plan for food quantities when people do not RSVP.  WDA must provide the caterer with a number the day before each meeting.  So, she asked those who did not RSVP to be at the end of the line, to pay their $10 and have lunch if enough food is available after those who RSVP’d (and guests) have been served.

Caring:  Linda Sykes told us that member Peggy Cargile has died; her memorial service will be at 2 pm on December 3 here at church.  Member Carol Currie recently had hip surgery; she would appreciate cards and calls.  Member Carolyn McMurray will have shoulder surgery on November 13 and we all wish her well.

Service:  Verda Shine encouraged everyone to donate today toward our church’s support of the Wilkinson Center Thanksgiving basket project this month.

Liaison:  Susan Grundy reported:• Remember to vote in the election today.• The UU Women’s Federation has a new initiative, The New Prophetic Sisterhood, bringing together women UU ministers and church professionals.  Rev. Beth Dana is involved; let’s encourage the other women on our church staff to become involved also.  To receive the UUWF newsletter, go to their website to sign up:  www.uuwf.org. • This year’s SWUUW conference will be in Austin, February 23-25.  The theme is “Be the Spark, Kindle the Flame.”  It will be at the Embassy Suites; two queen beds plus a queen sleeper sofa in each suite make it convenient for several women to share a room.  Former Dallas UU member Mary Overton, who now lives in Austin, is chairing the conference.  www.swuuw.org.

Membership:  Lou Ann King reminded everyone to use the computer just inside the sanctuary door to sign in each month.
Programs:  Ellen Tye invited everyone to join the WDA field trip to A Tasteful Place, a new edible display garden at the Dallas Arboretum, at noon on November 14.  She introduced today’s speaker, a master gardener who has been an Arboretum volunteer for nine years.  Nancy gave a very interesting presentation about A Tasteful Place, showed slides of the garden, responded to questions, and encouraged people to volunteer.

Luncheon:  A catered luncheon followed, in Channing Hall.

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Women’s Day Alliance (WDA) Minutes – October 3, 2017

The Women’s Day Alliance of the First Unitarian Church of Dallas met at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, October 3, 2017, in the Sanctuary.

President: Mary Lee Kilgore welcomed everyone. She said some members have not been receiving WDA emails; please add this email address to your contacts to prevent these emails from going to spam or trash: notifications@accessacs.com.

Programs: Ellen Tye said the November program will be about A Tasteful Place, a new garden opening today at the Dallas Arboretum. A field trip to the garden is proposed for October 31st or November 14th; please indicate date preferences on the sheet at the lunch table today.

Treasurer: Dee Ann Dain reviewed the September 2017 overview of WDA’s finances. The beginning bank balance was $9,362.93. Income was $65. Expenses totaled $472.28. Ending balance was $8955.65. Dee Ann invited members to ask any questions they may have. WDA is offering several cemetery plots at the Greenwood Cemetery for sale and two have sold.

Minutes: Minutes of the May and September WDA meetings (posted on the website) were approved.

Service: Verda Shine reported on September service projects.
• Thanks to all who contributed to the school supply drive for Rogers Elementary School. WDA and WEA collected supplies plus about $800, which will be used in an after school program. Several WDA members regularly tutor at Rogers, and more tutors are needed; please contact Sara Miskimins for more information.
• Thanks to those who helped provide lunch on September 16th for 40 Hearts and Hammers volunteers.

Liaison: Susan Grundy encouraged members to attend the Annie’s List luncheon in Dallas on November 10th, to raise funds to assist women in running for office.

Luncheon: Barb Moody thanked today’s hostesses. Luncheon co-chair Martha Withers is recovering from some health problems and hopes to return to this role later in the year. In the meantime, other members will help out.

Crafty Bake Sale: Paula Rose and Chris Gillet are chairing this year’s Crafty Bake Sale, the joint annual fall fund-raiser for Day and Evening Alliances. Everyone is encouraged to provide baked goods and handcrafted items, and to volunteer. Sale date: Sunday, November 19th. Set-up will be Saturday, November 18th.

WEA: Paula invited WDA members to the Women’s Evening Alliance meeting on Tuesday, November 10th in Channing Hall.

Program: Ellen Tye introduced the speaker, Jenny Singleton, “butterfly wrangler and citizen scientist” (and member Anne Norvell’s daughter), for a very interesting presentation and slideshow about monarch butterflies. Jenny and her family help tag monarchs to help track their migration, and she will be donating her WDA honorarium to the University of Kansas to support this work.

Special presentation: Rev. Aaron White

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Women’s Day Alliance, May 2, 2017 

President:  Lou Ann King• Lou Ann called the meeting to order and lit the chalice, saying, “I light this chalice to let our joy in being together burst forth like the flowers of Spring.”• She expressed happy birthday wishes to Hannelore Daniel, Martha Durst, Genie Fritz, Ann Harrell, Ginny Lombardi, and Gail Mackey.• Minutes of the April WDA meeting were approved. • She encouraged everyone to come to the WDA/WEA retreat May 5-7 in Glen Rose.
Invitation from WEA:  Paula RosePaula invited everyone to the Women’s Evening Alliance May meeting, where Rev. Beth Dana will speak about service as a spiritual practice, and to the summer potluck suppers, the second Tuesday evenings of each month in members’ homes.

First VP – Membership:  Mary Lee KilgoreMary Lee thanked the many members who have already renewed their membership for next year, and encouraged others to do so today at the table in Channing with incoming First VP – Membership, Lou Ann King.
Treasurer:  Dee Ann Dain• Dee Ann presented the April Treasurer’s report.  Beginning bank balance was $4564.58.  Income (including $1563.47 from Clothes Encounters) was $2558.47.  Expenses (including $1600 in member-voted gifts) totaled $2500.00.  The ending balance was $4623.05.• Dee Ann also presented the year-end financial report.  She noted that this has been a very successful year for WDA.

Corresponding Secretary – Care:  Marci KizerMarci reported that Margaret Gillet’s husband Grover’s memorial service will take place later in May.

Discussion:  WDA DirectoryWDA will continue to print a directory next year.  Some members expressed that they use and count on having a paper directory.  Lou Ann explained that the member list on the church website, which is updated frequently, is the most current source for members’ contact information.

Luncheon:  Brenda Mahar and Elaine Villarreal• Brenda and Elaine thanked today’s hostesses, Gail Mackey, Sue Priest, Dee Ann Dain, and Jean Andresen.  • They thanked all who brought a dish for today’s potluck luncheon.• They asked for volunteers to be hostesses for three of next year’s meetings, and passed around a sign-up sheet.• They reported that the incoming Luncheon co-chairs are researching new caterers for next year.

Communication:  Gwen Lummus• Gwen asked someone to volunteer to co-chair the Crafty Bake Sale (along with a co-chair from WEA).  She chaired it last year, and will help, but may be out of town during the event.  Members are invited to some sewing get-togethers at her home this summer to make things for the sale.• A slide show highlighting some of the year’s activities was shown before and during the meeting.  Gwen thanked Fritz Keuhn for his technical assistance, and Sharon Clark for providing some of the photos.

Programs:  Ellen TyeEllen, incoming Program co-chair, asked members to fill out and return a questionnaire today with suggestions about programs for next year.

Adjournment:  Lou Ann thanked everyone and extinguished the chalice “in the light of love and the service this group has given for so many decades.”

Thanks to outgoing leaders:Incoming President Mary Lee Kilgore welcomed Rev. Aaron White, who recognized outgoing officers and Board members.

Program:Rev. White spoke about the church’s Capital Campaign and how members can become involved.
Installation:Rev. White installed incoming officers and Board members.

Minutes submitted by Sharon Clark, Recording Secretary

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Women’s Day Alliance (WDA) Minutes – April 4, 2017

Welcome and chalice lighting:
President Lou Ann King lit the chalice, welcomed everyone, and called the meeting to order. She expressed good wishes to members with April birthdays: Linda Ray, Carolyn McMurray, and Verda Shine.

Approval of minutes of the last meeting:
The members voted to approve the March WDA general meeting minutes. Minutes are posted on the website, www.wdauu.org.

First VP-Membership report:
Membership chair Mary Lee Kilgore reminded renewing members that dues are due this spring and can be paid today or by mail. Everyone was recently sent an email with details. Promptness in completing the membership renewal process is greatly appreciated.

Treasurer’s report:
Treasurer Dee Ann Dain said every year in WDA, we “gather and give”…raising funds and then donating them. She presented the WDA financial report for March 2017. Beginning bank balance was $4145.45. Income was $1060, including $750 in dues; expenses totaled $640.87; and the ending balance was $4564.58. Dee Ann invited members to ask her for further details any time.

Caring report:
Marci Kizer, Corresponding Secretary-Caring chair, reported that Genie Fritz is recovering from a broken leg and is back at home. Jean Ann Powers is recovering at home from knee replacement surgery. Rainbow Room has written WDA a nice letter thanking us for our donations. Marci asked everyone to let her know if someone needs attention and care from WDA.

Luncheon report:
Luncheon Co-Chairs Brenda Mahar and Elaine Villarreal thanked today’s luncheon hostesses, Linda Ray, Verda Shine, and Ellen Tye. They explained the hostess role: each month, the three hostesses plan decorations for eight tables and the dessert table; they eat lunch first, then help during the luncheon.
Members were asked to sign up today or in May for their preferred month to serve as a hostess next year, in time for the hostess list to be in the directory.

Finance report:
Rhonda Koetting, Finance Chair, reported:
• WDA members are invited to apply for a WDA partial scholarship of $300 to attend GA. This will be announced in the newsletter and given in April.
• The WDA budget for 2017-18 (recommended by the Board) was presented at the meeting and approved by vote of the membership.
• WDA and WEA equally share the net proceeds from the Clothes Encounters fundraiser. WDA’s share this year is $1625, which will be disbursed next year. Rhonda said Clothes Encounters was an outstanding success, and will occur again next year.

Service report:
Service Chair Verda Shine announced this year’s member voted donations. WDA will give $400 to Planned Parenthood, $400 to the Minister’s Discretionary Fund, $200 to the Coming of Age Class, $200 to My Friend’s House, $200 to Resolana, and $200 to Vogel Alcove.

Communications report:
Communications Chair Gwen Lummus congratulated Sharon Clark and the Clothes Encounters team for a great job. She said co-chairs and a team are needed for 2017 Crafty Bake Sale, the fall WDA/WEA fundraiser. She suggested some summer sewing events where interested members could gather and make items for the Crafty Bake Sale. She asked everyone to send her photos from WDA events for the slide show and bulletin board. And she asked everyone to send her information that should be in the WDA e-newsletter.

Welcome, visitors:
Membership chair Mary Lee Kilgore welcomed three visitors: Jane Roe, Ann McFarland, and Susan Miller.

Nominating report:
Nominating Chair Ellen Tye thanked those who have volunteered to serve in leadership roles for WDA next year. She presented the proposed 2017-18 slate of officers and committee chairs for WDA: President, Mary Lee Kilgore; First VP-Membership, Lou Ann King; Second VP-Programs, co-chairs Kathy Warner and Ellen Tye; Recording Secretary, Sharon Clark; Treasurer, Dee Ann Dain; Luncheon, co-chairs Martha Withers and Barb Moody; Service, Verda Shine; Finance, Rhonda Koetting; Communications, Gwen Lummus; Liaison, Susan Grundy; Nominating, Holly Nichols. Ellen noted two positions have not yet been filled. Linda Sikes volunteered to serve as Corresponding Secretary-Caring. Irene Ellis volunteered to serve on the Nominating Committee. Kathy Calhoun moved that this slate be approved. Dee Ann Dain seconded. The motion passed.

Fond farewell:
Lou Ann expressed WDA’s good wishes to long-time member and friend Sue Moyer, who will be moving from Dallas in April to be nearer to her family. Sue said, “I will miss all of you. This has been a very important group in my life for the past thirty years. Carry on. I’ll be thinking of you.”

Invitation from the Women’s Evening Alliance (WEA):
WEA Vice President Carolyn McMurray invited everyone to the April 11th WEA potluck supper (6:30), meeting (7:00), and the program (8:00), a presentation by the Executive Director of Metrocrest Community Clinic, “Medical Home – What’s That?” – on medical care and the role of nonprofits.

WDA/WEA retreat:
Lou Ann encouraged everyone to register for the spring retreat at Glen Rose May 5th and 6th.

Adjournment and extinguishing the chalice:
Lou Ann adjourned the meeting and extinguished the chalice, saying, “Walk softly on your path.”

Program:
Program Chair Liz Orr introduced the speaker, church member and church board of directors member Sara Saldana, outgoing Director of Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) during the Obama administration. Sara made an excellent presentation and responded to questions from members and guests. Sara said she plans to donate her WDA honorarium in memory of her son Michael, to a foundation in his name administered by bigthought.org to help underprivileged children with music and art.

Marcia Neimann announced a “mega-march” focused on immigration in Dallas on April 9th.

Minutes submitted by Sharon Clark, Recording Secretary

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Women’s Day Alliance (WDA) Minutes – March 7, 2017

Welcome and chalice lighting:
President Lou Ann King lit the chalice in memory of Jolyn Robichaux. Lou Ann welcomed everyone and called the meeting to order. No one present had a March birthday.

Approval of minutes of the last meeting:
The February WDA general meeting minutes were approved. Minutes are posted on the website, www.wdauu.org.

Service report:
Service Chair Verda Shine reported that twelve organizations were nominated by members in February to receive charitable contributions from WDA this year. She passed out forms listing the organizations and asked each member to vote for four different organizations, then the ballots were collected. In April, the results will be announced, and checks will be sent to the charities.

Treasurer’s report:
Treasurer Dee Ann Dain presented the WDA financial report for February 2017. Beginning bank balance was $4350.30. Income was $370; expenses totaled $574.85; and the ending balance was $4145.45. Dee Ann invited members to ask her for further details any time. Next year’s budget will be voted on at the April meeting.

Nominating report:
Nominating Chair Ellen Tye thanked those who have volunteered to serve in leadership roles for WDA next year. She presented the proposed slate for officers and committee positions for WDA 2017-2018: President, Mary Lee Kilgore; First VP-Membership, Lou Ann King; Second VP-Programs, co-chairs Kathy Warner and Ellen Tye; Recording Secretary, Sharon Clark; Treasurer, Dee Ann Dain; Luncheon, co-chairs Martha Withers and Barb Moody; Service, Verda Shine; Finance, Rhonda Koetting; Communications, Gwen Lummus; Liaison, Susan Grundy. Two positions were not yet filled. Holly Nichols offered to serve as Nominating Chair. A volunteer is still needed for Corresponding Secretary-Caring; Marci Kizer explained what this role involves, and recommended it to others. Lou Ann said, “Serving on the board is fun and rewarding. This is a great organization and it deserves good leadership. Please volunteer.”

Old business: proposed by-Laws change:
Lou Ann reported that at the February meeting the board proposed revising the WDA by-laws. (The new wording is underlined below.) It was agreed then that a vote would take place at the March meeting.

ARTICLE VI – STANDING COMMITTEES
Sec 1 The Standing Committees shall be Membership, Program, Caring, Luncheon Arrangements, Service, Social, Liaison, Finance, Communications and Nominating. It is at the discretion of the board as to the need to have or not to have a particular standing committee during the year.

Lou Ann explained that while all these functions are important, sometimes they are accomplished in ways other than needing standing committees. For instance, this year, groups (bridge, movie matinees) which were formerly overseen by a Social chair operated autonomously. And in some years, no one volunteers to fill all these roles. The amendment is to make the bylaws in synch with what we actually do. After discussion, a vote was taken and the amendment did not pass.

First VP – Programs report:
Liz Orr announced that today’s speaker will be church member Marcia Neimann, on reproductive justice and women’s issues. The April speaker will be Sara Saldana, church member and outgoing Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The May speaker will be Rev. Aaron White.

Clothes Encounters report:
Sharon Clark reported on the success of Clothes Encounters (the WDA/WEA spring fundraising event), and thanked everyone for their help and support. The amount raised will be announced soon. Some items from Clothes Encounters are being offered today in exchange for a donation.

Caring report:
Marci Kizer, Corresponding Secretary-Caring chair, reported that Paula Rose’s daughter Lara had breast cancer surgery and is home and doing well. Jolyn Robichaux has died, after a long illness, and a memorial service will take place be at church. Genie Fritz had the flu, and also broke her leg; she is in Room 388 in the Plaza at Edgemere and would love to receive cards. Gwen Lummus’ husband Alan is home from the hospital and doing well. Marci asked everyone to let her know if someone needs attention and care from WDA.

Luncheon report:
Luncheon Co-Chair Brenda Mahar thanked the luncheon hostesses, Marci Kizer, Linda Sikes and Tanis Weiss. Co-Chair Elaine Villarreal said her sons are on spring break and are here to help during the luncheon.

WDA/WEA retreat:
Lou Ann invited everyone to register for the spring retreat at Glen Rose May 5th and 6th. Send the $145 registration fee (made out to WEA) to WEA Treasurer Terri Goodman.

Invitation from WEA:
On behalf of WEA President Paula Rose, Lou Ann invited everyone to the March 14th WEA potluck supper, meeting, and program: the readers theater presentation on notable UU women, by Patty Jantho and a panel of WDA members.

First VP-Membership report:
Membership chair Mary Lee Kilgore welcomed a visitor, Rosalinda Stone. She announced that the collection of dues for next year begins today and will continue for the next two months.

Program:
Liz Orr introduced the speaker, church member Marcia Neimann, who gave a very interesting presentation about reproductive justice.

Minutes submitted by Sharon Clark, Recording Secretary

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Women’s Day Alliance (WDA) Minutes – February 7, 2017

Welcome and chalice lighting:
President Lou Ann King lit the chalice, welcomed everyone and called the meeting to order.

She wished members Marjorie Neimann, Alma Ayers, Sharon Clark, Maridel Hoagland, Brenda Mahar, Sara Miskimins, and Laura Weinbrom happy birthdays in February.

Approval of minutes of the last meeting:
The January WDA general meeting minutes were approved. Minutes are posted on the website, www.wdauu.org.

Nominating report:
Nominating Chair Ellen Tye thanked those who have volunteered to serve in leadership roles for WDA next year. Please contact Ellen if you would like to serve on the board next year as VP-Programs, Luncheon Co-Chairs, or Corresponding Secretary/Caring. Ellen and Lou Ann emphasized that these roles are critical and must be filled. Luncheon Chair Elaine Villarreal recommended being on the board based on her positive experiences.

Proposed By-Laws change:
Lou Ann reported that the board passed a resolution to propose the following change in the WDA by-laws. (The new wording is underlined below.)

ARTICLE VI – STANDING COMMITTEES
Sec 1 The Standing Committees shall be Membership, Program, Caring, Luncheon Arrangements, Service, Social, Liaison, Finance, Communications and Nominating. It is at the discretion of the board as to the need to have or not to have a particular standing committee during the year.

Lou Ann explained that while all these functions are important, sometimes they are accomplished in ways other than needing standing committees. For instance, this year, the Liaison assisted with Programs, and groups (bridge, movie matinees) which were formerly overseen by a Social chair operated autonomously. It was agreed that this proposed change will be further discussed and voted on at the March meeting.

First VP – Programs report:
Liz Orr announced that next month’s speaker will be church member Marcia Neimann, on reproductive justice and women’s issues.

Treasurer’s report:
Treasurer Dee Ann Dain presented the WDA financial report for January 2017. Beginning bank balance was $4675.30. Income was $250; expenses totaled $575; and the ending balance was $4350.30. Dee Ann invited members to ask her for further details any time.

Clothes Encounters report:
Sharon Clark and members of the Clothes Encounters team encouraged everyone to bring treasures from their closets for Clothes Encounters (the WDA/WEA spring fundraising event), invite friends, and come to the clothing swap party (March 4th from 10-2 for Alliance members and 11-2 for others) and to Clothes Encounters (Sunday, March 5th from 9:30-2). Lou Ann encouraged everyone to “come, enjoy, volunteer, and bring your friends.”

Luncheon report:
• Luncheon Co-Chairs Brenda Mahar and Elaine Villarreal thanked the luncheon hostesses, Jana Blackburn, Carolyn McMurray and Janell Jenkins.

Service report:
• Service Chair Verda Shine thanked everyone for bringing needed items and cash donations today for Rainbow Room of Community Partners of Dallas – WDA’s February service project.
• Verda explained that February is the month to nominate charities to receive donations from WDA this year. She distributed nomination forms and asked that they be returned during today’s meeting. Members will vote in March. In April, the results will be announced, and checks will be sent to the charities.

SWUUW Conference announcement:
Carol Currie, conference convener, spoke about the annual district UU women‘s conference, February 10-12 at the Magnolia Hotel in Dallas. Several people from our church will be leading workshops, including Rev. Beth Dana, Jean Ann Powers, and Marcia Neimann. Carol thanked WDA for funding two partial scholarships. Someone registered but cannot attend and wants to donate her registration, and Carol asked whether someone else in WDA would like to go.

First VP-Membership report:
Membership chair Mary Lee Kilgore welcomed three visitors.

Invitation from WEA:
On behalf of WEA President Paula Rose, Sharon Clark invited everyone to the February 14th WEA potluck supper, meeting, and program: a speaker from Skill Quest on climbing out of poverty.

Extinguishing the chalice:
Lou Ann adjourned the meeting and extinguished the chalice, saying, “Walk softly on your path.”

Program:
Liz Orr introduced the speaker, church member Dr. Margaret Tresh Owen, with the Center for Children and Families. She gave a very interesting presentation about research on the development of language skills during early childhood, and ways to lay the foundation for success in school and beyond during the first three years of life.
Minutes submitted by Sharon Clark, Recording Secretary

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Women’s Day Alliance (WDA) Minutes – January 3, 2017

Welcome and chalice lighting:
President Lou Ann King lit the chalice, saying, “Happy new year. I light this chalice for the month of January and new beginnings.”

Lou Ann wished member Rhonda Koetting a happy birthday today.

Approval of minutes of the last meeting:
The December WDA general meeting minutes were approved. Minutes are posted on the website, www.wdauu.org.

First VP – Programs report:
Liz Orr announced that next month’s speaker will be church member Margaret Owen, on childhood development and mental health for young children and their families.

Treasurer’s report:
Treasurer Dee Ann Dain explained that the WEA budget, which includes gifts to the church, is on page 44 of the directory. At the December WDA luncheon, gifts totaling $2,000 were presented to the church, UUWF, and RE Department. She presented the WDA financial report for November 2016. Beginning bank balance 11/30, 2016 was $4856.15. Income was $2026.90; expenses totaled $2207.75; and the ending balance was $4675.30. Dee Ann invited people to ask her for further details any time.

Clothes Encounters report:
Sharon Clark encouraged members to bring refreshments and to invite people to the January 17th decluttering workshop (raising money to cover Clothes Encounters expenses) featuring Dallas clothing and closet expert Elisabeth White. Clothes Encounters (the WDA/WEA spring fundraising event) will feature a clothing swap party March 4th from 10-2 for Alliance members and 11-2 for others. Clothes Encounters will be Sunday, March 5th from 9:30-2. Lou Ann encouraged everyone to “come, enjoy, volunteer, and bring your friends.”

President’s report:
• Lou Ann reported that she and Verda Shine have straightened out the WDA closet near Channing Hall.
• She said at least fifty members have not yet picked up their WDA directories. She noted that continuing the printed directories may not be for the best if they are not being widely used, because printing them costs $500 and because more up-to-date contact information for members is now available on the church website.

Luncheon report:
• Luncheon Co-Chairs Brenda Mahar and Elaine Villarreal thanked the luncheon hostesses, Barbara Powell, Marge Niemann and Alma Ayers.
• They encouraged any member turning 90+ to let us know so we can celebrate with a cake at the meeting during her birthday month.

Service report:
• Service Chair Verda Shine explained that February is the month to nominate charities to receive donations from WDA this year. The Board encourages us to consider smaller organizations which might especially benefit from WDA’s contributions. Brief presentations about such groups may be made today or at the February 7th WDA meeting.
• Gwen Lummus made a presentation about SkillQuest, which helps people train for jobs which will provide a family living wage and benefits, and a career path. Dallas Area Interfaith helped create SkillQuest and Gwen recommends its work, which helps break the cycle of poverty.
• Verda reminded everyone about WDA’s February service project. Please bring needed items (see the list emailed by Verda) or financial contributions to the February meeting for Rainbow Room, a program sponsored by Community Partners of Dallas, serving children who are in the custody of the state.

Finance Chair’s report:
Finance Chair Rhonda Koetting said two WDA partial scholarships to attend the SWUUW conference have been awarded. The recipients will make a report about their SWUUW experiences at the March WDA meeting.

Nominating report:
Nominating Chair Ellen Tye thanked those who have volunteered to serve in leadership roles for WDA next year. Please contact Ellen if you would like to serve as VP-Programs, Luncheon Co-Chairs, Corresponding Secretary/Caring (these are Board positions), or if you would like to be in charge of the Crafty Bake Sale or the Directory.

SWUUW Conference announcement:
Carol Currie, conference convener, thanked WDA for providing two scholarships. Additional scholarships are available from SWUUW. Everyone is encouraged to come to the annual district UU women‘s conference, February 10-12 at the Magnolia Hotel in Dallas. More information and the registration form are online at www.swuuw.org. Several people from our church will be leading workshops, including Rev. Beth Dana and Jean Ann Powers, as well as church members.

Women’s marches, announcements:
• Marcia Niemann encouraged everyone to go to the Women’s March in Washington, DC or in Austin on January 21st. Bus transportation to Austin is available.
• Susan Grundy encouraged everyone to go to a march January 22nd for women’s reproductive rights.

Extinguishing the chalice:
Lou Ann adjourned the meeting and extinguished the chalice, saying, “Walk softly on your path.”

Program:
Liz Orr introduced the speaker, church member Deanna Charles, a close friend and church member. Deanna has worked in disease management and prevention, and has led work to assist communities in Sudan.

A social entrepreneur, Deanna has created a social engagement platform, Mambo, designed to help people find meaningful activities, connections and relationships. She described how strong communities require a sense of generalized reciprocity, where members know each other, do things for each other, and expect things from each other. Today, too many people are spending their time alone online on their devices rather than engaging with one another. Social isolation, loneliness and anxiety can result. When young people want to fit in and find friends, but lack positive networks as well as social skills, they may turn to parties and drinking, etc. Mambo reaches people where they are – online – with the technology to help them easily connect to leisure time events and activities which fit their interests and where they can meet others and make friends. Local organizations, universities, or communities can use Mambo to help connect people. Deanna said she will be offering Mambo to our church soon.
Minutes submitted by Sharon Clark, Recording Secretary

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Women’s Day Alliance (WDA) Minutes – December 6, 2016

Welcome and chalice lighting:
President Lou Ann King lit the chalice, saying, “I light this candle for the month of December with words from Dr. Seuss: ‘Maybe Christmas,’ the Grinch thought, ‘doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas … perhaps … means a little bit more.’ – May it be family, friends, delightful conversation, wonderful food, laughter and joy.”

Approval of minutes of the last meeting:
The November WDA general meeting minutes were approved. Minutes are posted on the website, www.wdauu.org.

Announcement/volunteer opportunity:
Liz Orr explained that the church needs volunteers to staff the front desk, especially on Sunday mornings from 9:30 until 1. The volunteer can leave the desk to attend second service. Liz has done this and recommends it. A sign-up sheet was provided. (This was one of the roles of Diane Moore, who recently retired; other staff members have taken on her other roles.)

Women’s Evening Alliance:
WEA President Paula Rose invited everyone to the December 13th WEA meeting, which will feature a musical program by Rosanna Eckert. Please bring a dish for the potluck supper, a $10-limit wrapped gift if you’d like to participate in the gift exchange, and peanut butter or a cash donation for the food drive for the North Texas Food Bank.

Treasurer’s Report:
Treasurer Dee Ann Dain presented the WDA financial report for November 2016. Beginning bank balance was $4991.15. Income was $370.00; expenses totaled $505.00; and the ending balance was $4856.15. Dee Ann invited people to ask her for further details any time.

Clothes Encounters:
Sharon Clark explained the Clothes Encounters team is raising money in advance for clothing rack rental costs for the WDA/WEA spring fundraiser Clothes Encounters (the weekend of March 5th). A festive Christmas sweater and vest are available today by silent auction, and gift certificates ($10 and $25) are for sale, in Channing Hall during the luncheon. A decluttering workshop featuring Dallas clothing and closet expert Elisabeth White is planned for January 17th; the registration fee will be $15.

Corresponding Secretary – Care:
Marci Kizer reported that Jolyn Robichaux still loves receiving cards but is no longer up to having visitors. Kathy Calhoun will be having heart surgery on December 8th; Paula gave her a bouquet of roses from WDA. Martha Withers shared the good news that her sister Mimi is home, recovering from open heart surgery. Marci asked everyone to please let us know if a member is not doing well, so we can help.

Service:
Service Chair Verda Shine expressed appreciation to those helping with cookies for the Friends for Good event December 10th.

Luncheon:
Brenda Mahar thanked the luncheon hostesses.

SWUUW Conference:
Carol Currie, conference convener, encouraged everyone to come “spend some time in women’s space” at the annual district UU women‘s conference, February 10-12 at the Magnolia Hotel in Dallas. More information and the registration form are online at www.swuuw.org. Register by the end of December to get the lower rate.

Finance:
Rhonda Koetting reminded everyone that WDA placed money in this year’s budget for two partial scholarships for the SWUUW conference. Each scholarship will be $87.50. Interested members are invited to apply, using the scholarship application form which is available at the meeting and on the website. Deadline is January 1 and those chosen for scholarships will be notified by January 6th.

WDA fundraising and donations:
Lou Ann explained that WDA raises money through two annual fundraisers, Crafty Bake Sale (fall) and Clothes Encounters (spring), and makes two types of donations: those voted by the membership in the spring, and those included in the annual budget. The three budgeted donations for work being done through our church will be presented to the ministers at today’s WDA luncheon.

Crafty Bake Sale:
Gwen Lummus thanked everyone for bringing baked goods and handcrafted items and volunteering, making the WDA/WEA fall fund-raiser a success. All the food items were sold. Proceeds will be more than $4,000, with half to Women’s Day Alliance (and half to Women’s Evening Alliance). The fundraising goal for this event has been met! Everyone congratulated Gwen and thanked her for her leadership.

First VP Membership:
Mary Lee Kilgore introduced and welcomed a guest.

Program:
Liz Orr announced a change in the program topic for the January meeting. Rather than climate change, the topic will be building healthy communities in the digital era. Church member Deanna Charles will describe a new program which will launch at our church.

Liz welcomed Jean Ann Powers, accompanied by Rosanna Eckert, for a wonderful program of holiday music, with opportunities to sing along together. Jean Ann said, “It’s so good to see so many people I love in here. I admire you, and all you do, and all you’ve done… My life is much richer from knowing you all.” And as Director of Pastoral Care, she said, “We want to know what’s going on in your life and be here for you.”

Luncheon/presentations:
The meeting and program were followed by a potluck luncheon and fellowship in Channing Hall. Lou Ann King presented WDA’s contributions to the First Church General Fund, $1000 (received by Rev. Daniel Kanter); Coming of Age, $500 (received by Rev. Aaron White); and the UU Women’s Federation (received by Rev. Beth Dana). Rev. Kanter announced that our church is now officially a Reproductive Justice Congregation.
Minutes submitted by Sharon Clark, Recording Secretary

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Women’s Day Alliance (WDA) Minutes – November 1, 2016

Welcome and chalice lighting:
President Lou Ann King lit the chalice, saying, “I light this candle for the month of November – the month to remind us to be thankful for the many positive things happening in our life. Let us be thankful for the fellowship of this day.”

Approval of minutes of the last meeting:
The October WDA general meeting minutes were approved. Minutes are posted on the website, www.wdauu.org.

Treasurer’s Report:
Treasurer Dee Ann Dain shared how she describes WDA’s role: “We gather, and we give.” She presented the WDA financial report for October 2016. Beginning bank balance was $5,005.57. Income was $540.00; expenses totaled $554.42; and the ending balance was $4991.15. Dee Ann invited people to ask her for further details any time.

Clothes Encounters:
Sharon Clark reminded everyone to save nice things from their closets for Clothes Encounters, the WDA/WEA spring fund-raiser, the weekend of March 5th.

Corresponding Secretary – Care:
Marci Kizer reported that Martha Withers’ sister Mimi will be having open heart surgery November 2nd. Gwen Lummus reported that Carolyn Glenn has moved to Abilene, is doing well, and sends greetings to WDA; she loved coming to WDA meetings. Marci asked everyone to let us know if a member is not doing well, so we can help.

Luncheon:
Brenda Mahar and Elaine Villarreal thanked the luncheon hostesses, Paula Rose and Kathy Calhoun. Members turning 90 and older are invited to let us know if they would like their birthday celebrated with a cake at a monthly WDA luncheon.

Service:
Service Chair Verda Shine was unable to attend. Lou Ann expressed appreciation to all helping with cookies for the Friends for Good event.

WDA fundraising and donations:
Lou Ann explained that WDA raises money through two annual fundraisers, Crafty Bake Sale and Clothes Encounters, and makes two types of donations: those voted by the membership in the spring, and those included in the annual budget. The budgeted donations will be presented at the December WDA meeting, and are for the church’s general fund, Coming of Age, and the UU Women’s Federation. The budget is in the WDA Directory.

Finance:
Rhonda Koetting reminded everyone that WDA placed money in this year’s budget for scholarship(s) for the SWUUW conference. Interested members are invited to apply, using the scholarship application form on the website.

SWUUW Conference:
The annual district UU women‘s conference will be February 10-12 at the Magnolia Hotel in Dallas. Theme: “Hearts and Hands Joining for Justice.” Helen Bond will be the keynote speaker and there will be worship, music, many workshops, and a bazaar. WDA member Carol Currie is convener. All are encouraged to attend. More information and the registration form are online at www.swuuw.org.

Crafty Bake Sale:
Gwen Lummus reminded everyone to bring baked goods and handcrafted items for the WDA/WEA fall fund-raiser. It will be Sunday, November 20th. Set-up will be Saturday afternoon, November 19th. Volunteers are needed; sign-up sheets were passed around. Items are invited for a silent auction.

WEA:
WEA President Paula Rose announced that the November meeting scheduled for the evening of the election has been cancelled. WDA members are invited to the December 13th WEA meeting, which will feature a musical program.

First VP Membership:
Mary Lee Kilgore introduced visitors, and announced two new members.

Field Trip to Fair Park:
Kathy Warner encouraged everyone to sign up for a guided tour of Fair Park on Tuesday morning, November 29th – sponsored by WDA as a follow-up to the WDA program about Fair Park at the October meeting.

Social Action Council Forum:
Gwen Lummus invited everyone to a November 18th forum on reproductive justice, sponsored by the church’s Social Action Council.

Adjournment:
Lou Ann ended the business meeting by extinguishing the chalice, saying, “Go softly on your path.”

UU Women’s Federation:
Rev. Beth Dana, who is a board member of the UU Women’s Federation, thanked WDA for the $500 donation last year, and described the Federation’s role and work. The Federation’s mission is to advance justice for women and girls and promote their spiritual growth. It helps amplify the voices of UU women in several ways. Focus areas include reproductive justice, economic justice, environmental justice, and gender-based violence. At the website, www.uuwf.org, there is more information and an opportunity to sign up for an e-newsletter.

Program:
Liz Orr introduced speaker Stephanie Koepke, Clinical Nurse Specialist at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. She gave an excellent presentation about women and heart disease, discussing high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart attacks, and strokes. She described symptoms, warning signs, prevention, and treatment, and answered questions.

Luncheon:
The meeting and program were followed by a catered luncheon and fellowship in Channing Hall.
Minutes submitted by Sharon Clark, Recording Secretary

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Women’s Day Alliance Minutes – October 4, 2016

Welcome and chalice lighting:
President Lou Ann King lit the chalice, saying, “When we do the best we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another” – Helen Keller.

WEA meeting invitation:

Paula Rose, a member of WDA and President of Women’s Evening Alliance, invited everyone to the October 11th WEA meeting and potluck supper in Channing Hall.

Approval of minutes of the last meeting:
The September WDA general meeting minutes were approved.

First VP Membership:
Mary Lee Kilgore welcomed everyone and introduced visitors.

Treasurer:
Treasurer Dee Ann Dain presented the WDA financial report for September 2016. Beginning bank balance was $5,512.29. Income was $190.00; expenses totaled $696.72; and the ending balance was $5,005.57. Dee Ann invited people to ask her for further details any time.

Lou Ann reminded everyone that this year’s budget is printed in the directory.

Lou Ann said some of the budgeted donations will be presented at the December WDA meeting.

Corresponding Secretary – Care:
Marci Kizer asked everyone to let her know whenever a member is having issues and would benefit from support through WDA. She encouraged everyone to stay in touch with older members who no longer attend meetings.

Luncheon:
Brenda Mahar and Elaine Villarreal thanked the luncheon hostesses who are serving for two months, September and October. Members turning 90 and older are invited to let us know if they would like their birthday celebrated with a cake at a monthly WDA luncheon.

Service:

Dan D. Rogers Elementary School…
Verda Shine thanked everyone for their generous donations to Rogers Elementary. WDA members donated 14 backpacks and $325. WEA members donated 10 backpacks and $105. Sara Miskimins has also collected 5 more backpacks. Vogel Alcove is donating a large number of books they were unable to use to Rogers Library; this was arranged by WDA member and Vogel Alcove volunteer Laura Weinbrom. Volunteers are always needed; please contact Sara for more information about volunteering.

UU Hearts and Hammers…
Verda reported on the last Service Project we did: preparing lunch for our UU Hearts and Hammers volunteers. Patricia Bailiff was the organizer. Helpers from WDA and WEA were Lou Ann King, Mary Lee Kilgore, Martha Withers, Paula Rose, Kathy Lee, Cynthia Rutherford, and Verda. It was great to have our two Alliances working together! This is a part of what Patricia Bailiff commented about the project: “…lunch for two dozen was finished in about 30 minutes. God, I love the women of our Alliances! Cooperative, giving, thoughtful, capable.”

Fund Raising:

Clothes Encounters…
Sharon Clark led a “pop quiz” reminding everyone to save nice things from their closets for Clothes Encounters, Sunday, March 5th – the WDA/WEA spring fund-raiser.

Crafty Bake Sale…
Gwen Lummus reminded everyone to bring baked goods and handcrafted items for the WDA/WEA fall fund-raiser. It will be Sunday, November 20th. Set-up will be Saturday afternoon. Volunteers are needed. Soft drinks and single-serving items will also be sold. Items are invited for a silent auction.

Announcement:
Gwen announced a special presentation on reproductive justice, Sunday, November 13, at 11:15 am in Raible Chapel.

Movie Matinee Group:
An announcement was made about WDA’s movie group, which goes to an afternoon movie the fourth Tuesday of each month for fun and fellowship. Contact Sara Miskimins to join the mailing list and receive notices about upcoming movies, times and locations.

Adjournment:
Lou Ann ended the business meeting by extinguishing the chalice.

Program:
Liz Orr introduced the speaker, Sally Rodriguez, who made a very interesting presentation about Fair Park. This year is the 80th anniversary of the Texas Centennial celebration which took place at Fair Park. Sally co-authored a book about Fair Park, and a copy is being donated to the church library. WDA will sponsor a guided tour of Fair Park on Tuesday, November 29th.

Luncheon:
The meeting and program were followed by a catered luncheon and fellowship in Channing Hall. Jeanne Clinchy’s birthday was celebrated with a lovely cake and a presentation by Dee Ann Dain about Jeanne’s long history of service in the church and WDA.
Minutes submitted by Sharon Clark, Recording Secretary

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Women’s Day Alliance General Meeting – September 6, 2016

BOARD MEMBER REPORTS

President: Lou Ann King

Lou Ann welcomed everyone, and lit the chalice, saying: “I light this candle in the name of WDA sisterhood. May we be there for each other in times of joy and of concern, in times of work and play, in times when we search for answers and companionship.” She called the meeting to order.

Minutes of the May WDA meeting (available on the WDA website) were approved.
First VP Membership: Mary Lee Kilgore

Mary Lee welcomed everyone. (Attendance: 53, including 49 members and 4 guests.)

The WDA Directory is ready, and may be picked up in Channing Hall. Everyone gave Holly Nichols a round of applause for her good work on the directory.

Mary Lee asked that everyone please keep your contact information updated on the church’s online database, and also notify her of any changes. Updates will be provided to members on directory insert sheets throughout the year.
Treasurer: Dee Ann Dain

Dee Ann noted that this is WDA’s 116th year.

The WDA budget for 2016-17 is on page 44 of the directory.

The Treasurer’s Report for August 2016: Beginning balance, $5,467.63. Income, from member dues: $75. Expenses, for website renewal: $30.34. Ending balance: $5,512.29.
Corresponding Secretary – Care: Marci Kizer

Marci announced that WDA is donating books to the church library in honor of members who have passed away: Ellen Sollender and Melissa Rice.

She asked everyone to please let her know of any members who may need our attention.
Luncheon: Elaine Villarreal

Elaine thanked the six September luncheon hostesses.

She explained that WDA would like to celebrate the birthdays of those turning 90 and older, at our luncheons this year. If you would like this, please let someone on the board know.

Plans are being made for a back-up caterer for WDA luncheons; please let Elaine or Brenda Mahar know, if you have suggestions. Café Max has been suggested.

Service: Verda Shine

Verda discussed the WDA fall service project — collecting backpacks and money for Dan D. Rogers Elementary School. Donations are being accepted today and at the October meeting. WDA members who are volunteering at Rogers were recognized: Sara Miskimins, Paulette Cooper, Pam Egert, Linda Sikes, Anne Norvell, Betty Balliet, Susan Grundy, Ginny Lombardi, Jean Andreisen, Leslie Palmer, and Laura Weinbrom.

WDA and WEA will prepare lunches for Hearts and Hammers volunteers on September 17th.

Volunteers are needed to provide dinners for the Goodwin family. Please let Verda know if you can help.
Communications: Gwen Lummus

The new WDA brochures are ready, and are available on the Women’s Alliances bulletin board in Channing Hall and in the narthex. Please share these with friends who might be interested in WDA.

FUND RAISING AND RETREATS

Lou Ann encouraged everyone to join the planning teams for the fundraisers, and “if you were on before, we want you back!”

Sharon Clark: Clothes Encounters – Sunday, March 5. Please save the date, and save those treasures from your closet that you’re not wearing any more. Everyone is invited to sign up for the planning committee.

Sharon Clark: Spring Retreat – May 5-7, in Glen Rose. WDA and WEA are sponsoring this annual weekend of fellowship and fun. Please save the date.

Gwen Lummus: Crafty Bake Sale, Nov. 20. The Crafty Bake Sale will be the Sunday before Thanksgiving. At the October and November WDA meetings, everyone can sign up to help. Members are encouraged to join the planning team; its first meeting will be Thursday, September 8th at 6:30 pm.

Carol Currie: SWUUW Conference, February 10 -12 in Dallas. This annual gathering of UU women from Texas and surrounding states has been happening for more than 30 years. This year it will be here in Dallas, at the Magnolia Hotel. Everyone please mark your calendar, invite your friends, and “join us for one of the best weekends you’ll ever spend.”
Lou Ann adjourned the meeting and extinguished the chalice, saying, “Walk softly on your path.”
PROGRAM

Liz Orr, Program Chair, introduced WDA member Susan Grundy, who received WDA’s 2016 scholarship to attend General Assembly in Columbus, Ohio in June. Susan shared reflections about this experience. It was her fifth time to attend GA, which she described as “exciting, exhilarating, exhausting, and exasperating.” She went to workshops focused primarily on reproductive choice and justice. She said our church was well represented. Rev. Daniel Kanter “beautifully introduced” Rev. Laurel Hallman who received a UUA Life Service Award. During a panel on reproductive justice, he described the Women’s Alliance’s support for Roe v. Wade with an amicus brief. Susan encouraged everyone to “be involved in the larger world of what UU women are doing,” learning about and getting involved in SWUUW and the UU Women’s Federation.

Susan introduced speaker Jack Youngkin. A church member since 2009, Jack is retired after thirty years in management consulting. He has played leadership roles in groups including the Social Action Committee, gotv.com (get out the vote), Compassion DFW, and the Dallas Philosophers Forum.

Jack described the UUA’s work to identify and mobilize action to address social issues and increase compassion, at the national and congregational levels. He emphasized the UU legacy of “deeds, not creeds…putting our faith into action.” His PowerPoint presentation covered the UUA process for selecting issues and shaping needed action, and many issues that have been worked on, including promoting compassion. He referred everyone to the UUA website for more information. He encouraged us to attend GA to experience the diversity of the people and the UUA’s “democratic, collaborative way of doing business.” He noted that action is up to us: “We must volunteer, educate, and advocate at the local level.” Gwen Lummus gave an example of how through Dallas Area Interfaith we gathered information about substandard rental apartments and helped educate the City Council. Jack then discussed the Charter for Compassion, and related work at our church, here in Dallas, and in other cities and countries, engaging multiple sectors. Individuals and organizations may affirm and partner with the Charter for Compassion; Jack referred us to www.compassiondfw.org and www.charterforcompassion.org to learn more and get involved.

Liz expressed WDA’s appreciation to Susan and Jack.

Minutes submitted by Sharon Clark, Recording Secretary

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WDA GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING MINUTES
MAY 3, 2016

LIZ ORR – ACTING PRESIDENT IN LOU ANN KING’S ABSENCE

Liz called the meeting to order at 10:00. She asked people with May birthdays to stand. Liz also asked if any new grandchildren or other events that needed to be announced.
Liz said there was a glitch and last month’s minutes were not on the website but were being passed around for review. She reminded members that the minutes were available on the WDA website every month for review.

Gwen Lummus
Corresponding Secretary
Gwen talked with Kay Agnew, the catering. Kay had a fall and hurt her hip and had a replacement surgery. She is going well. Elaine Villarreal sent her a card. Lunn Lawrence’s brother died and Gwen sent a card. Liz asked the members if anyone had any other information on members needing caring correspodane.

Mary Lee Kilgore
Nominating Committee
Mary Lee announced she would be sitting at a table in Channing Hall to collect dues and update the directory. So far members have paid dues of $1015.00.

Liz Orr welcomed visitors including Elaine Villarreal’s father. She stated our membership was up to 106 and how pleased we are about that. Membership has been increasing each meeting. Liz asked that members please pay dues so we can get information into the directory and complete the database. Holly Nichols will be taking directory pictures during lunch.

Liz Orr reminded the membership that Sharon Clark put together a slide show that was playing throughout the meeting. Beautiful photos of member at a wide variety of events were played.

Dee Ann Dain
Treasurer
Dee Ann Dain presented her “Money Minute” for the month of April, 2016.

Beginning Bank Balance $4267.76
Income (luncheon) $400
Expenses $2519.00
Ending Bank Balance $2148.76
Dee Ann has an end of the year report and will discuss it after it is passed out to the membership.
Verda Shine
Service Chair
Verda made a beautiful poster showing where our funds were spent. She said we had a great year and mentioned the donation to the First Church General Fund, 2 trees planted from the Hopkins Bequest, money for two books about the holocaust donated to the church library, and listed member voted fund recipients:

Planned Parenthood
VNA
First Church Coming of Age Group
Vogal Alcove

Service projects included Dan D. Rogers Elementary, Rainbow Room and Resolana.
Program Speakers also donated their stipend of $100 each to Scottish Rite Hospital and the Frankford Preservation Foundation. The Dollars Taxes Band donated CD’s for member purchase. Verda commented we had done very well as an organization. Liz commented Daniel was donating his speaker fee today to Jericho Road.

Liz announced the $300 scholarship for General Assembly was available for a member to use. The application is on the front page of the website. The appellation deadline is May 15, 2016. Liz asked that applications be emailed to Rhonda or to give her a call.
The frist program in September will include a report by the recipient.

Dee Ann Dain
Treasurer
Another Minute:
Dee Ann mentioned our rhythm method of accounting, money in and money out. There has been an interruption and an event occurred. She pointed out the negative balance on the year end report and commented that will not be a problem at all. She asked members to ask questions after the meeting and she would be glad to answer them. Liz reinforced the fact that the negative balance had to do with year end accounting practice and nothing to do with WDA stewardship of our money.

Marge Neiman
Finance Chair
No Report

Luncheon
Elaine Villarreal and Brenda Mahar
Elaine thanked Verda Shine, Beverly Cohen and for the beautiful table decorations and for hostessing the last luncheon of the year. She still needs six more hostesses for next year’s luncheons. She will pass a signup sheet during lunch, commenting she hoped to fill the slots today and get next year all set with hostesses.

Liz Orr asked if the minutes were ready to be approved. Rhonda Koetting asked for corrections and Liz mentioned a wrong date in the beginning of the minutes. The date was not identified. Rhonda asked if there was a motion to approve the minutes, a vote was taken and the minutes were approved.

Sharon Clark
Communications Chair
Sharon Clark, to a big round of applause, announced that the Clothes Encounters was over and was a wonderful event. She spoke about the many people who donated time and items. She asked the planning committee, volunteers, members who sponsored a clothing rack or loaned equipment, brought toffee, or brought treasures from their closet to raise their hands. Many hands were raised to applause. Sharon asked members who found a treasure and were wearing it to stand up and show it off. She mentioned, to laughter, that in future years everyone in Channing Hall would have on someone else’s clothes.
Sharon said the planning committee has several goals for the Clothes Encounter Fundraiser.
To have more space in our own closet
To be a source of wonderful treasures for our own church’s women
To do something wonderful with WEA and form stronger connections between WEA and WDA and
To make our organization known in the church in a warm and engaging way. She said she thought we met all those goals.

Sharon said those goals were enough without raising money but we did raise money.

Year one: WEA alone raised $1000
Year two: WEA and WDA together raised $2600
Year three: WEA and WDA wanted to increase total and did so. As of now the proceeds are right at $3200.
Members applauded loudly for the best WDA/WEA fundraiser to date.

Sharon thanked everyone again and the members applauded her. Liz acknowledged Sharon for her hard work and the joy she brought to the project.

Sharon mentioned the WDA/WEA retreat at Glen Rose still had a few places open and to contact Terri Goodman for information.

A question from the membership was directed at Liz Orr about the last field trip. Liz described it for the membership. The Frankford tour included 35 people. It was a beautiful day and the Kathy Power and the landscape architect did presentations. Liz mentioned the beauty of the church and that the land was a park for the neighborhoods. The neighbors love and embrace the church and land. There are plans for educational projects around the history of the church and prairie. Members went to lunch together and had a wonderful time. Liz mentioned that this was the most successful field trip so far.

Liz Orr announced that the 2015-2016 outgoing board would be thanked and the incoming board would be installed.

Liz called the outgoing board to the front. Candy was presented to the outgoing board as they stepped to the front of the sanctuary.

President Lou Ann King
1st Vice President (Membership) Susan Grundy
2nd Vice President (Programs) Liz Orr
Treasurer Dee Ann Dain
Recording Secretary Rhonda Koetting
Correspondent Secretary/Caring Gwen Lummus
Luncheon Chairs Brenda Villarreal and Elaine Mahar
Service Chair Verda Shine
Liaison Paulette Cooper
Finance Chair Marge Neiman
Communications Chair Sharon Clark
Nominating Committee Mary Lee Kilgore and Linda Ray

A picture was snapped of the outgoing board. The members applauded the outgoing board.

Liz Orr asked Reverend Dr. Daniel Kanter to call the 2016 – 2017 WDA Board Members to the front for installation. Reverend Kanter called:

President Lou Ann King
Vice President Membership Mary Lee Kilgore
2nd Vice President Programs Liz Orr
Recording Secretary Sharon Clark
Treasurer Dee Ann Dain Corresponding Secretary/ Caring Marci Kizer

Committee Chairs
Luncheon Brenda Mahar and Elaine Villarreal
Service Verda Shine
Liaison Paulette Cooper
Finance Rhonda Koetting
Communications Gwen Lummus
Nominating Kathy Calhoun and Ellen Tye

Daniel handed each new board member a sunflower (provided by Liz Orr) and welcomed them. Daniel said, (paraphrased), “Do you promise to faithfully fulfill your duties and care for all the women of the church. We charge you to lead in good conscious. Let the people say, “You go girls.” The group gathered for a picture.

Liz Orr introduced Reverend Dr. Daniel Kanter as the speaker for the day. Her introduction included Daniel’s interesting path to the ministry. Daniel was traveling in the Himalayas thinking of being a Buddhist monk. He heard a voice say, “Go home and serve your people”. Daniel paid attention to his spiritual callings and ended up at First Unitarian Church of Dallas!

Daniel Kanter’s presentation included information about the history of the Women’s Alliance at First Church. He expressed his admiration of our money stewardship and said it enhanced our presence in the church. He thanked WDA and WEA for holding together the “fabric for the women of the church”. Daniel mentioned Melissa Rice and her sense of humor and importance in the church. She had an impact on Daniel’s feeling of belonging to the church when he first began. He also remembered Ellen Solendar and her contribution to the church.

Reverend Kanter mentioned the WDA legacy and our importance to the church. He said we cannot give up – we are too important to the church. Daniel announced he was part of the team who nominated the UU of the Year for this year’s GA award. The award is going to Dr. Laurel Hallman, retired minister from First UU of Dallas. The members applauded enthusiastically.

Reverend Kanter said he wanted to get to know each person better. He talked about the challenge of leading a large congregation and losing the personal connection to each member. He spoke of developing the Self, embedded in a community of others. Understanding the core of who we are helps develop our relationship with others and develop our spiritual path. Making a whole self takes a long time. Daniel read a passage about coming into our whole selves. We never stop “sewing the fabric of who we are”. He said as part of the WDA/WEA we certainly continue this development.

Daniel quoted Ralph Waldo Emerson: “Honest in our relationship with others, spiritual life starts with the self, engages the other and the infinite.” The importance of engaging the other cannot be overstated. Our group embraces the “other” which staves off loneliness and isolation and “anxiety of the soul”. Deep friendship, spiritual friendship breeds vulnerability and deepens the spiritual life and relationship with the infinite. “Faith is an act of a finite being who is grasped by and turned to the infinite.” To Reverend Kanter, developing and deepening the self, engaging the other and engaging in the mystery that is beyond us are the three things most important things to learn in our church.

Daniel passed out paper and asked each member to write down answers to a series of questions. He assured the members that they would be read and would be important to him and others.

1. When you come to the church?
2. Who was the first person you met?
3. What was one thing a minister said to you that had meaning to you?
4. What was one thing another woman said to you that had meaning to you?
5. How has being part of this community changed you? How you think, feel, approach other people? What has the church encouraged you to do or to be?

Daniel asked for input from the members about their answers. Members told brief stories of how they came to the church and how much it meant to them. Stories were heartfelt and meant a lot to the entire membership. Daniel commented about how much the stories meant to him. They apply to the fabric of the church and importance of the “other” in our lives. They are important and they change our lives.
Reverend Kanter said getting these stories is getting harder and harder. We serve 1800 people including 1100 members. He said it’s precious to have a group like ours to interact with. He talked about our global reach on Facebook and video broadcasts of our services. He said our members are now part of something bigger than just our church.

Daniel invited members to the Parish Meeting on May 15. He hinted at the strategic plan to be presented then. A spirited discussion of future parking restrictions in University Park ensued. Daniel announced the church’s new Executive Director, Cindy Moreland.

The membership applauded loudly for Daniel.

Liz Orr ended with a shout out to Martha Withers and an announcement about the Crafty Bake Sale.

The meeting was adjourned at 12:00.

Respectfully submitted,
Rhonda Koetting
Recording Secretary

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WDA GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING MINUTES – APRIL 5, 2016

PRESIDENT
LOU ANN KING

Lou Ann called the meeting to order at 10:30 AM by lighting the chalice and saying, “Every successful organization has good bones. WDA is no exception. It has an officers board, fundraising, committees and volunteers.  I light this chalice in honor of making our infrastructure even stronger in the coming year.  To WDA ”.

Lou Ann asked anyone with April birthdays to stand and the membership sang “Happy Birthday”.

 

SECRETARY
RHONDA KOETTING

Rhonda asked for approval of the minutes from February’s general membership meeting. The minutes were approved as posted on the WDA website.

 

CORRESPONDING SECRETARY
GWEN LUMMUS

Gwen updated the membership on her duties as Caring Secretary.  Gwen sent cards to Pamela Townsend (ill), Jo Murrell (sister is ill) and Betty Plume (surgery) as well as Catalina Garcia (sister died). Sue Moyer’s husband Bill is ill and has had several small strokes. Carol Uberbacher recommended that phone calls would be bothersome but notes welcome.  Mary Lee announced that Melissa Rice is at home and the “By Your Side” singers went to sing for her. Gwen asked members to let her know if we knew of others who needed cards or care.

 

SUSAN GRUNDY
1ST VICE PRESIDENT MEMBERSHIP

Susan announced that the directory updating process will begin during lunch with a table in Channing Hall for updates and collection of dues. The location is next to the lunch payment table. Members will update their information in a printed directory if changes are small and on a form if they are more extensive. Pictures will be taken if needed. Susan thanked Mary Lee and Lou Ann for making the process easy.  The process will be in place in May as well.  Susan announced there were 49 members at the March general meeting.

 

WEA announcement – Paula Rose, President

Paula announced the upcoming WEA meeting featuring The Daughters of Abraham.  She invited everyone to come and bring a pot luck dish.  She also reminded the members of the Glen Rose retreat coming up May 13 – 15.

 

Irene Ellis asked about the need for a carpool to the field trip next Tuesday.  Kathy Power, long-time church member and preservationist, will tour and talk about the Frankford Church and Cemetery Restoration Project. Lunch will follow at  nearby restaurant.

 

TREASURER
DEE ANN DAIN

Dee Ann Dain gave the “Money Minute”.  Dee Ann stated that no money came in and WDA had$80 in expenses.

Beginning bank balance:                    $4347.76
Ending bank balance                          $4267.76
Income:                                              $ 410.00
Expenses:                                          $ 480.00

 

SERVICE COMMITTEE
VERDA SHINE (was not present)

Lou Ann spoke about top four organizations voted by the membership to receive donated funds. They  are Planned Parenthood, COA, VNA and Vogel Alcove.  Each received $400.00.  She reminded everyone that the membership did important work and how proud she was of us all.

 

NOMINATING
MARY LEE KILGORE

Mary Lee asked Linda Ray to call the next year Board Nominees to the front of the sanctuary. They are:

President                                                                  Lou Ann King

Vice President Membership                                       Mary Lee Kilgore

2nd Vice President Programs                                    Liz Orr

Recording Secretary                                                 Sharon Clark

Treasurer                                                                 Dee Ann Dain

Corresponding Secretary/ Caring                              Marci Kizer

 

Committee Chairs:

Luncheon                                                                 Brenda Mahar and Elaine Villarreal

Service                                                                     Verda Shine

Liaison                                                                     Paulette Cooper

Finance                                                                    Rhonda Koetting

Communications                                                       Gwen Lummus

Nominating                                                               Kathy Calhoun and Ellen Tye

 

A photo was taken of the group.  A motion to approve the nominations was made and seconded.  A vote was taken and the new Board was approved.

Lou Ann King spoke briefly about the need to serve on the Board, support the WDA and asked members to think about what they might be able to contribute to the Board. She spoke of the fun we have and are going to have in the future.

 

FINANCE CHAIR
MARGE NEIMAN

Marge talked about the process of working on next year’s budget. Members had copies to review. Dee Ann Dain asked for a motion to approve the new budget.  The motion was seconded, a vote was taken and the new budget was approved.

 

LUNCHEON COMMITTEE
BRENDA MAHAR AND ELAINE VILLARREAL

Lou Ann King asked for applause for the Brenda Mahar and Elaine Villarreal and thanked the hostesses for today’s meeting: Linda Ray, Holly Nichols and Ellen Tye. Brenda asked everyone to enjoy today’s last catered lunch of the year.

 

COMMUNICATIONS CHAIR
SHARON CLARK

Sharon spoke about Clothes Encounters and introduced Paulette to model a beautiful outfit and lovely socks.  Sharon sang a beautiful song she composed for the membership.

“Are you going through your closet?  Are you finding treasures there?”

The membership applauded enthusiastically.

Sharon reminded the members to find all their treasures to bring to the fundraiser.  She handed out a fact sheet so members would know days and times to drop off clothes and the time of the members swap party.  She asked members to sign up to do various duties like bringing snacks, helping during the sale and party, etc. Sharon reinforced the fun and fundraising aspects of the event.

Lou Ann King repeated Sharon’s message and requests for the members to pull together to make the Clothes Encounters the best ever.

 

PRESENTATION

Irene Ellis introduced the speaker for the day, Kathy Power and her guest Rosa Finsley, landscape architecture.  Kathy is a member of First UU for the past 20 years. She serves as President of two organizations decicated to the restoration of native prairie and historical Frankford Church and Cemetery located at 17400 Muirfield, Dallas, Texas 75287 in Collin County.

The web address is www.frankfordcemetery.org.

Kathy has family members buried in the historic cemetery.

Kathy Power spoke passionately about the Frankford Church and Cemetery and what it meant to her.

The neighborhood of Bent Tree North now surrounds Frankford Church, Frankford Cemetery, the creek and springs, the windmill, and the adjacent fields.  Kathy heads the Frankford Cemetery Association and is committed to preserving the church, cemetery, and the entire site for future generations.

(Some of the following information is taken from www.frankfordcemetery.org.)

The first known unmarked grave in the cemetery dates to 1862. It is possible that there are earlier burials in Frankford Cemetery and some speculation that Native Americans are buried there as well.

According to The Handbook of Texas Online, the site is on the old Shawnee Trail, an American Indian thoroughfare and later a popular route for antebellum cattle drives. It was a camp stop because of natural springs along the Halls Branch of the Trinity River.

By the late 1800s, the community of Frankford included about 80 residents on homesteads near current-day Preston Road and the tollway. Like so many fledging prairie towns, it faded when it was bypassed by railroad construction.

For years, Kathy mourned the modern development that has surrounded the Frankford site but has come to appreciate the circumstances (longstanding endowments, deed restrictions, dedication and luck) that allowed the little piece of prairie to endure.

Starting in 2009, Kathy began overseeing the church restoration.  At the same time she and her team decided to hire Rosa to see the surrounding fields and what could be done to make them beautiful – about 3 acres.  Rosa quickly noticed native Buffalo grass and blue skullcap in the newly mown field. Rosa guessed the field was native prairie.

The association stopped mowing some of the fields around the church and cemetery. Within a short time native prairie grasses and flowers sprang to life on this land which had never been broken by a plow. The tipoff, Finsley said, was the emergence of native big bluestem grass (pioneers called it “turkey foot”), which won’t grow in soil that has been worked for agriculture. Kathy and two of Rosa’s employees spent three hot Texas summers digging and pulling out invasive species of plant so that native plants could thrive. The plants did thrive and the land is a beautiful example of rare native prairie.

The association also located the site of the “everlasting springs”. Capped off and lost for nearly a hundred years, Indian Springs now flows again. Kathy and her team were present when a large stone was lifted off the spring and it started to trickle and then gently flow.

Kathy answered questions from the members at the end of the presentation.

 

President Lou Ann King adjourned the meeting at 11:20 AM by extinguishing the chalice.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Rhonda Koetting
Recording Secretary

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MARCH 1, 2016 WDA GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING MINUTES

PRESIDENT
LOU ANN KING

Lou Ann King called the meeting to order at 10:05 by lighting the chalice and saying, “I light this chalice for Women’s History Month and for the ladies in our midst who have researched, written and rehearsed a presentation for us of profiles of six fascinating Unitarian women”.

Lou Ann asked the people with February and March birthdays to stand and be recognized. The membership applauded.

Announcements included information on WDA and WEA upcoming activities:

Lou Ann stated that all members and guests are welcome at groups. Contact each chair for information.

  • Bridge Group meets the 2nd and 5th Tuesdays, 10am – 2pm; contact Cecily Hutchison, at 214-503-7652
  • Friendship Group meets every 3rd Tues, 11am – 1 pm; contact Barbara Powell at bpjvg@aol.com or 214-660-7369
  • Movie Matinee Group usually meets monthly on the 4th Tuesday; contact Sara Miskimins at smisk@verizon.net or 972-271-6077 to get on notification list
  • The Women’s Day and Evening Alliances Glen Rose Spring retreat will be May 13-15, 2016.
  • WOMEN’S EVENING ALLIANCE MARCH MEETING:  March 8 in Channing Hall.  Conversation at 6, potluck supper (bring a dish to share) at 6:30, meeting, and program:  Charles Hess, a church member will present “How to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint by 20%”.

Lou Ann announced that Gwen Lummus agreed to be the Crafty Bake Sale chairperson next year. The membership applauded loudly at this welcome news.

 

RECORDING SECRETARY
RHONDA KOETTING

Rhonda asked for approval on the February minutes and minutes were approved.

 

SERVICE CHAIR
VERDA SHINE

Verda announced that she delivered the member donated supplies to the Rainbow Room and they were very excited and pleased about the donations.

Verda announced that voting for four organizations that will receive WDA donations this year would take place at this meeting. She handed out ballots and collected them. While waiting, Lou Ann listed the donations WDA made so far this year.

 

TREASURER
DEE ANN DAIN

Beginning bank balance: $4492.76

Income:                             $485

Expenses:                         $630

Ending bank balance:       $4347.76

Dee Ann read a gracious thank you note from Scottish Rite Hospital thanking WDA for a contribution made by Matt Hornbach. Mr. Hornbach was the February speaker for WDA and donated his honorarium to Scottish Rite Hospital.

 

MEMBERSHIP CHAIR
SUSAN GRUNDY

Susan introduced two new WDA members present at the meeting: Carolyn Glen and Karen Ward. Members applauded. Susan said about 50 people were present at the meeting – people were still signing in.

 

ELAINE VILLARREAL AND BRENDA MAHAR
LUNCHEON COMMITTEE

Brenda announced the hostesses for today’s luncheon: Martha Withers and Gwen Lummus. The membership applauded. Brenda announced that she was taking volunteers for hostesses for next year’s luncheon and would have a sign up sheet in Channing Hall. She asked for volunteers so that by the May 2016 meeting there would be a “full slate” of members willing to host. The sign up sheet will be circulated during the next two meetings also.

 

SUSAN GRUNDY
FIRST VICE PRESIDENT MEMBERSHIP

Susan spoke about the WDA Membership renewal and directory process, giving the members a “heads up” about next month’s meeting. Susan will have a table set up in Channing next month. Members may pay next year’s dues and also check the accuracy of their individual directory information. If there are changes, they can make small changes right on the directory or fill out a form to make longer changes. There will be photos taken if needed, also.

Lou Ann King asked members to help with the process and aid in our efforts to be better organized.

 

SHARON CLARK
COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE

Sharon asked Clothes Encounters volunteers and WDA Board Members to walk around with some of the beautiful clothes donated for the fundraiser. Sharon reviewed the upcoming Clothes Encounters pre-party for WDA/WEA members only on the Saturday before the event. She mentioned the fun and laughter and fellowship at that event and encouraged members to bring lovely treasured clothes to donate and to pick out. A member asked what kind of treasures would be accepted. Sharon said any kind (except shoes), any season, any style that was a treasured garment and that might be treasured by another.

Lou Ann emphasized the fun at the pre-party and the event and invited members to attend.

 

MARY LEE KILGORE
NOMINATING COMMITTEE

Mary Lee asked the members for help finding a replacement for her board position, on the nominating committee for next year. She asked members to recommend or volunteer and to let her know if they were interested. The members applauded Mary Lee for her service.

 

President Lou Ann King noted that several more people arrived at the meeting and asked Verda Shine to hand them ballots to vote on donations.

 

SUSAN GRUNDY announced two visitors: Patty Raggio and Kate Echol. Members applauded.

 

SWUUW

Lou Ann King introduced Carol Currie who asked this year’s SWUUW attendees to stand. Carol announced the Southwest Unitarian Universalist Women’s conference will be held in Dallas next year and that she would be heading up the event.

 

LIZ ORR
SECOND VICE PRESIDENT – PROGRAM

Liz Orr announced the March WDA meeting will feature Kathy Power and a presentation about the Restoration of the Frankford Church and Cemetery and nature preserve area. Kathy spearheaded the restoration of the church and area. There will be a nature walk and tour the following Tuesday, led by Kathy. Carpools from church will be available. More information will follow. The website for the organization is www.frankfordcemetary.org

 

PRESENTATION

Patty Jantho introduced the program celebrating six Unitarian women.

HOLLY NICHOLS represented SUSAN B. ANTHONY. She read a riveting history of Ms. Anthony and her amazing contributions. Born in February 15, 1820, in Adams, Massachusetts, Anthony grew up in a politically active family. They worked to end slavery in what was called the abolitionist movement. They were also part of the temperance movement. Anthony was inspired to fight for women’s rights when she realized that no one would take women in politics seriously unless they had the right to vote. Along with activist Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Anthony founded the National Woman Suffrage Association in 1869. Around this time, the two created and produced publications that lobbied for women’s rights. Later the pair edited three volumes of History of Woman Suffrage together. Women got the right to vote 14 years after her death. “Men, their rights, and nothing more; women, their rights, and nothing less.” is a well-loved quote by this incredibly brave women.

BARBARA POWELL represented CLARISSA HARLOWE BARTON, born in 1821. An American nurse, suffragist and humanitarian, Clara Barton is best remembered for organizing the American Red Cross. During the Civil War, she independently organized relief for the wounded, sometimes bringing her own supplies to front lines. As the war ended, she helped locate thousands of missing soldiers. Barton lobbied for U.S. recognition of the International Committee of the Red Cross, and became president of the American branch when it was founded in 1881. Barton continued her humanitarian work throughout several foreign wars and domestic crises before her death in 1912. The international symbol – a red cross on a white background – was designed by Clara Barton. Her work led to the Geneva Treaty, Red Cross Treaty and Geneva Convention.

MARY LEE KILGORE represented REVEREND ANTOINETTE BLACKWELL BROWN. Born May 20, 1825, she was the first woman to be ordained as a Protestant minister in the United States. She was a well-versed public speaker on the important issues of her time and used her religious faith in her efforts to expand women’s rights. She lost enthusiasm for her Protestant religion as her frustrations about how the Bible was used to keep women down grew and left the ministery. In 1878 she returned to organized religion, becoming a Unitarian and she was recognized as a minister. She spoke in Unitarian churches and resumed her lecture touring. She said in one of her more famous speeches: “Women have become—or when the ingrained habit of unconscious imitation has been superseded, they will become—indispensable to the religious evolution of the human race”. She was the only suffragette of the 1850 Women’s Rights Convention who lived long enough to actually see the 19th amendment passed in 1920. She died at age 96.

JEANNETTE RICHARDSON represented MARY ELLEN RICHMOND, born in 1861. Ms. Richmond became a Unitarian at approximately age 20. She grew up with her grandmother and aunts who were active women’s suffragists. She was constantly surrounded by discussions of suffrage, political and social beliefs, and spiritualism. Mary Ellen worked as a treasurer for the Charity Organization Society (COS) and began to develop many ideas about how casework could be conducted to improve the lives and services for people in need. Her ideas are now the basis for social work education today. Ms. Richmond died in 1929.

GENIE FRITZ represented ELLEN VAN RAALTE KARELSEN. Ms. Karelsen began her interest in political, social and educational issues at an early age – influenced by her parents. A native of New York City, she was educated in schools where principles of equality were highly prized including Oberlin College. When World War II ended, Ellen married Robert L. Solender, one of her Oberlin classmates, and in 1949 they moved to Dallas. She joined the League of Women Voters in Dallas. Solender said she noticed that when she worked on behalf of the league, her questions were not taken seriously. So she decided to improve her credentials. Despite having three kids in school and being much older than most of her fellow students, she went to Southern Methodist University Law School at age 44. She graduated in the top 10 percent of her class and passed the bar in 1971. Twelve women started with her in law school, but only five finished. Because women were not welcome in large law firms no firm or even the district attorney’s office would hire her or her female classmates. So Solender took a part-time job teaching at the SMU Law School. SMU asked her to teach more, and she became a full-time faculty member, struggling for many years to receive tenure because she was a woman. She fought both negative attitudes and reviews from students and factually because of her gender. Ultimately she became the second woman in the history of the law school to receive tenure in 1977. At SMU, she made significant contributions to equality and the protection of equality by working to change the predominantly male law students’ perceptions of women. Solender also mentored female students and colleagues. She urged women to enter law school and stay the course, often against great odds and prejudice. Her advice played a significant role in the careers of many lawyers and judges in Texas. In fact, 23 of her former students have become judges. Solender was a WDA member and thought it was a perfect place to connect with like-minded women. She was honored in 2011 with the Susan B. Anthony award. She donated $2,000,000 to the SMU Law School to advance women in the law. Solender died in August of 2015.

MARIDEL HOAGLAND represented REVEREND LAUREL HALLMAN. Reverend Hallman served First Dallas UU as Senior Minister for 22 years from 1987 until 2009. Reverend Hallman was a minister, wife, mother, author, grandmother and student. Born in 1943 in the middle of WWII into a loving Baptist family, Laurel decided to become high school teacher. Her small stature was thought to be negative teaching those big high schoolers so she taught elementary school instead. Her first husband introduced her to the UU church. She was astounded that such a loving, socially active church existed. While visiting a monastery in San Francisco, her intuition led her to apply to theology school. This “major and radical decision as a single mother with a comfortable job” received a Master of Arts in Divinity degree from the University of Chicago Divinity School and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Meadville Lombard Theological School. She became ordained minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, Ind., from 1981 to 1987. She hoped to return to San Francisco, her childhood home. In August 1987, the First Unitarian Church of Dallas church called Reverend Lauren Hallman to be its first female Senior Minister. Nine months into her ministry a minor surgery resulted in paralysis of her left side below the hip. Her prognosis was unknown as was her ability to continue to her ministry. One month later she preached one of her favorite sermons called “Cheap Grace”. Other triages occurred during this time – her mother and son became ill. She experienced the help, support and love of the church members during this time and eventually recovered from her paralysis. Her mother and son recovered as well. Words from her sermon “When the Half Gods Go”…It is the paradox of life that in brokenness we become whole. May it be.

 

President Lou Ann King adjourned the meeting at 12:00 PM by extinguishing the chalice and saying, “Walk softly on your path. Go in peace.”

 

Respectfully submitted,

Rhonda Koetting,
Recording Secretary

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WOMEN’S DAY ALLIANCE GENERAL MEETING MINUTES – FEBRUARY 2, 2016

President Lou Ann King called the meeting to order by lighting the chalice and saying, “I light this chalice for the care of our hearts both physically and emotionally. And… Happy Valentine’s Day.” She spoke briefly about the importance of heart health for women and for their families.
Treasurer: Dee Ann Dain

The January WDA bank balance was:

Beginning Balance      $4437.76

Income                        $625.00

Expenses                   $570.00

Ending Balance           $4492.76

 

Recording Secretary: Rhonda Koetting

Rhonda called for a motion to approve the January minutes from the WDA General Meeting. The motion was made, seconded and the minutes were approved as posted on the WDA website.

 

Gwen Lummus: Corresponding/Caring Secretary

Gwen announced that Jeannette Richardson is improving. Gwen sent Norell Liddell a farewell card. Lena Webb is improving and Jane Vrabel is back in her regular apartment. Karen Lewis received a get well card.

Gwen announced an upcoming speaker for the Social Action Committee after the Feb. 21 second church service. Dr. Tim Grey will be talking about inequality. She has more information for members if they want it.

 

Luncheon Committee Chair: Elaine Villarreal

Elaine Villareal announced the hostesses for the luncheon: Marci Kizer, Patty Jantho and Jean Clinchy. Elaine complimented the beautiful Valentine’s Day decor in Channing Hall. She reminded members to bring their $10 payment for lunch – correct change preferred. A brief discussion of the luncheon RSVP method ensured. Elaine said she would reply to RSVP emails so that members know she received it. Sharon Clark took responsibility for the RSVP snafu.

 

Verda Shine – Service Committee Chair

Verda announced that WDA is collecting supplies for the Rainbow Room today. There is an area in Channing set up for donations and she will also be accepting checks.

Verda spoke about the nominating forms for charitable donations. She explained the form and also let members know you can nominate on the WDA website. Nominations are due by Tuesday, February 9. Voting by the General Membership on which charities receive donations will occur at the March meeting. Please ask Verda if you did not get a form or need more information.

 

President Lou Ann King reinforced the importance of member input about distribution of funds raised by the WDA for charities.

 

Sharon Clark: Communications

Sharon gave an enlightening presentation about the upcoming Clothes Encounters fundraiser. May 1 is the day and Sharon asked that we all check our closet for our treasures that might be donated to find a perfect new home with someone else. She spoke about the exciting member party on Saturday before the sale and the fun and laughter that occurs at that event – in addition to the wonderful treasures available..

This year there will be a Facebook page and online auction featuring wonderful treasures that can be viewed in advance. Treasures can be collected now for that preview. Sharon also announced the upcoming WEA speaker for February. She will speak on “Simplifying Your Closet”..just in time to gather things for the Clothes Encounters.

Sharon spoke about the May 15 Spring Retreat for WDA and WEA at Glen Rose. Fun and food and laughter and relaxation is expected for all who attend. Four attendees are still needed to reserve the lodge. February 10 is the date that the minimum number attending must be set. She reinforced the fun nature of the weekend. The fee is only $125 for meals and lodging and carpooling will occur. Sharon let everyone know they could register later but needed the minimum to secure the lodge now.

Liz Orr asked about items accepted for the Clothes Encounters fundraiser. Sharon said everything but shoes. Handbags, jewelry, and accessories are all welcome in addition to nice clothing.

 

Nominating Committee: Linda Ray

Linda Ray asked that if anyone knew of potential members they let the nominating committee know and a committee member would contact them.

 

SWUUW Conference:  Kathy Calhoun
Kathy Calhoun spoke about the upcoming SWUU Conference in Lawton, OK the last weekend in February. She encouraged members to attend the fun event.

 

Susan Grundy: Membership Chair

Susan announced four guests present at the meeting.  Karen Ward, Carolyn Glen, Susan Thrower and Connie Anthony were welcomed by the members with applause. Susan also announced that 40 WDA members were at the meeting.

 

President Lou Ann King

Referring to the nominations of charities by the membership, Lou Ann King pointed out the donations already in place by the WDA. They include:

Dan D. Rogers                        $300

RE Youth                                $300

First Church General Fund      $600

WUWF                                    $300

Mary Lou Hopkins                  $1000 (trees on playground)

Resolana                                $120

Planned Parenthood               $25

Rainbow Room                       TBD after today’s donations

 

PRESENTATION: DR. MATTHEW HORNBACH

Kathy Warner introduced the speaker, Dr. Matthew Hornbach. Dr. Hornbach presented “Understanding Earthquakes in the DFW Area”. Dr. Hornbach lives in Dallas and is concerned that his young children can now identify when an earthquake occurs. He is an Associate Professor of Geophysics at SMU.

Dr. Hornbach presented information that the primary suspected source of triggered seismic activity in the North Texas region is not from hydraulic fracturing, but from the injection/disposal of water associated with oil and gas production. He began the lecture by explaining the major potential causes of the earthquakes occurring in North Texas. These causes include natural stress changes, possibly drought, and the wastewater injected by oil and gas companies.

Dr. Hornbach’s research shows the earthquakes that have struck in North Texas are due to the high volumes of waste water from fracking being injected in the gas subsurface. Also, the high volumes of fluids being removed is what is driving the significant pressure changes in the affected areas. Dr. Hornbach explained that when producing oil and gas, a large quantity of water is produced as a byproduct and needs to be safely removed, which is why it is injected into the ground.

Dr. Hornbach didn’t state with absolute certainty that the cause of the earthquakes is from oil and gas activity, but from a scientific perspective, he claimed that it is the most likely cause. He raised the concern of the potential occurrence of larger earthquakes that could have catastrophic and damaging effects. It’s been proven that the occurrence of an earthquake increases the likelihood of even larger earthquakes following the initial one. This poses a real safety hazard to the public as well as Texas infrastructure that is not equipped to withstand earthquakes. More data is needed to understand and predict future hazards.

After his presentation, Dr. Hornbach answered questions from the members.

 

President Lou Ann King adjourned the meeting at 12:00 PM and invited the members to lunch.

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WDA General Meeting Minutes – January 5, 2016

President Lou Ann King called the meeting to order at 10:00 AM by lighting the chalice and saying the following:

“I light this chalice for the brightness and potential of the New Year as we walk through our time together in WDA looking for friendship, knowledge, and shared meaningful work for our hands and our monies.”

 

President Lou Ann King

Report and Announcements

Lou Ann King opened the meeting with an overview of the day’s agenda.

  • Celebrate the 90th birthday of long-time UU member and WDA member Rita Taubenfeld. There are surprises for Rita during the luncheon following the meeting.
  • Lou Ann asked the members and guests with January birthdays to stand and singled out Irene Ellis as having a birthday on the very day of the meeting. Members stood and the membership applauded.
  •  Lou Ann mentioned Bill Orr, husband of member Liz Orr, would present our exciting program for the day.
  • Lou Ann announced that Norell Liddell and her family were moving to New York. Norell stood and said they would be present for two more Sundays and then off to New York. She expressed that she would miss the WDA family very much.
  • Lou Ann drew attention to a poster listing the donations WDA made as of the meeting. Lou Ann emphasized the need for information and transparency about how WDA’s money is being spent. She reminded the members that we are a charitable organization and we have $800 additional dollars to give to a member voted charity.

 

Recording Secretary Report

Rhonda Koetting

Rhonda asked for a motion to amend and approve minutes of December 2015 General Meeting. A question was asked about a correction of Martha Wither’s name and Rhonda confirmed that the correction was made. A motion was made, seconded and the minutes were approved as corrected and recorded.

 

Membership Committee

Susan Grundy

  • Susan reminded the membership to remove name badges before they left the luncheon and tuck the strings into the badge for easy storage.
  • Susan recognized Penny Lee Chapman, a new member and asked for a warm welcome for Penny and four guests. She asked that members be sure to welcome and sit with the guests during the luncheon.

 

Treasurer Report

Dee Ann Dain

  • Beginning bank balance $4546.01
  • Ending bank balance $4453.76
  • Money Raised for Crafty Bake Sale WDA portion – $2296.19
  • Dee Ann announced that all funds were donated on National Day of Giving (December 1) to maximize the donations.
  • Dee Ann listed the donations for month
  • Dee Ann mentioned that we need, as an organization, to take care of our money. She asked for a show of hands of people interested in meeting to learn how the budgeting process works. Two hands were raised. In a humorous manner, Dee Ann described why it might be interesting to learn about the budgeting process. A meeting will be announced.

 

Corresponding Secretary / Caring Committee

Gwen Lummus

  • Gwen Lummus reported on the Caring Committee work.
  • Lenna Webb is improving.
  • Carolyn McMurray is better and at the meeting. Carolyn is a new member of WDA.
  • Melissa Rice is home.
  • Rita Taubenfeld is at the meeting with her daughter and granddaughter.
  • Gwen asked members to provide input to her about any other members in need of cards and support.

 

Luncheon Committee

Elaine Villarreal and Brenda Mahar

Lou Ann asked the members to recognize the luncheon committee and the very hard work they do.

  • Brenda Mahar introduced the December luncheon hostesses as Alma Ayers, Marge Niemann, Barbara Powell and Vee Shine.
  • Elaine Villarreal asked for a volunteer to fill one hostess spot in May 2016.
  • Lou Ann made the announcement that in Spring 2016 the hostesses for 2016-2017 year will be decided upon in advance of the directory being printed.

 

SWUUW Conference

Debbie Canatella, new member of WDA and President Elect of SWUUW, spoke about the upcoming conference in Lawton, OK on the last weekend of February. Debbie gave a few details of the conference speakers and entertainers and emphasized the fun and friendship of the conference. Debbie said she had flyers for anyone interested and encouraged members to attend and visit the website SWUUW.org. She mentioned the opportunity to carpool to the event.

 

General Assembly

Kathy Calhoun announced flyers for the General Assembly workshops with information on how and why to attend. Kathy said she would have the flyers available during lunch. The General Assembly in Columbus, Ohio will be during the last week of June 2016. Workshops to learn about General Assembly and how and why to be a delegate will be held at the First UU Dallas on January 10, 17 and 28th. Kathy Calhoun also mentioned the wonderful t-shirts available only to volunteers at the GA.

Dee Ann Dain announced a budgeted amount of $300 in the WDA budget to assist someone with the registration fees to attend GA.

 

Program

President Lou Ann King introduced Liz Orr. Liz introduced Paulette Cooper. Paulette drew attention to the important literature on women’s heart health and the signs of heart attack and stroke available at the check-in table in Channing Hall.

Liz Orr introduced Bill Orr, PhD, and Professor of Biological Sciences at SMU in Dallas. Dr. Orr gave an informative talk about some of the research and latest findings on aging. His talk about molecular genetics covered some of the mechanisms involved in the aging process, with emphasis on oxidative stress and its possible roles in the aging process. Dr. Orr spoke about some of the ways we might extend our health-span based on his research. Dr. Orr answered questions from the members after his talk.

 

President Lou Ann King thanked the speaker, invited the members and guests to lunch in Channing Hall and closed the meeting at 12:00 PM.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Rhonda Koetting
Recording Secretary

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Women’s Day Alliance General Meeting Minutes – Tuesday, December 1, 2015

President Lou Ann King called the meeting to order at 10:40 AM by lighting the Chalice and speaking the following words:

“It came without ribbons. It came without tags.
It came without packages, boxes, or bags.
Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before.
“Maybe Christmas” he thought, “doesn’t come from a store.
Maybe Christmas perhaps …Means a little bit more.”

“I light this candle that perhaps the gifts of time and love be our best gifts to each other today.”

 

President Report and Announcements

Lou Ann King began with talking about the fun day ahead, calling it a “wonderful holiday fair”. She referred to a short business meeting, a musical performance by Dollars Taxes, featuring WDA member Linda Ray, Dollars Taxes music tapes available for sale to benefit Planned Parenthood or Resolana, toiletries and donations to collect for Resolana, pictures to be taken by Sharon Clark to update our online database, a potluck to enjoy, substantial monies to distribute to some of WDA’s favorite organizations including our church, and a computer and smart phone application class.

  • Lou Ann thanked Sharon Thompson for agreeing to put on a training session after lunch for attendees to learn about the wonderful database of members and how to access it. She stated that she hoped members brought laptops and smart phones for this session.
  • Lou Ann King commented about WDA monies to be donated during today’s luncheon. The Mary Lou Hopkins bequest of $1000 was mentioned along with $2200 ($1200 of this was budgeted) to donate to various church departments. Lou Ann stressed the transparency of the WDA’s budget and the intention to continue that transparency in the future.
  • Lou Ann King asked the members and guests with December birthdays to stand and be recognized. The members and guests did so to applause from the attendees.

Recording Secretary Report – Rhonda Koetting

Rhonda asked for a motion to amend and approve minutes of November 2015 General Meeting. A motion was made, seconded and the minutes were approved as recorded.

Membership Committee – Susan Grundy

Susan recognized Penny Lee Chapman, a new member and asked for a warm welcome for new members, guests and visitors. Susan stated that 44 members and 4 guests were present at the meeting and others were continuing to arrive.

Crafty Bake Sale Co-Chair (with WEA) – Martha Withers

Lou Ann King introduced Martha Withers and asked for a round of applause for Martha’s amazing success and creativity at co-chairing the Crafty Bake Sale fundraiser. Martha   reported the following about the Crafty Bake Sale

  • Martha read a note from Jamie Bernstein, her co-chair for the project. Using an army metaphor, Jamie enthusiastically complimented the bakers, crafters, workers and cleanup crew. Martha said that she and Jamie would be meeting to determine and document which processes worked best and which needed improvement for next year’s event.
  • The Crafty Bake Sale resulted in at least $4500 in sales and donations. This amount was split between the WDA and WEA organizations.
  • The silent auction was a success but could be even more successful with more promotion next year. The auction raised $545. Martha read the winners of the silent auction including Jean Ann Powers with the winning bid on the both the soup of the month and dessert of the month.
  • President Lou Ann King asked for another round of applause for Martha and all the members who participated in the Crafty Bake Sale. The membership responded enthusiastically.

Treasurer Report – Dee Ann Dain

  • Beginning bank balance $4581.66
  • Ending bank balance $4546.01
  • Dee Ann stated that, in the interest of transparency, she would always welcome any questions from members about the WDA account.

Corresponding Secretary / Caring Committee – Gwen Lummus

  • Gwen Lummus reported on sending cards to members who needed support including Catalina Garcia, Melissa Wright, Mickie Nunn and Carolyn McMurray. Gwen asked members to provide input to her about any other members in need of cards and support.

Luncheon Committee – Elaine Villarreal and Brenda Mahar

  • Elaine introduced the December luncheon hosts – Kathy Warner, Mary Lee Kilgore, Teresa Hanson and Ginny Lombardi and complimented the beautiful holiday decorations in Channing Hall. Elaine also mentioned how helpful it was that members were so good at sending in RSVP’s for the monthly luncheons.

Service Committee – Verda Shine

  • Verda asked that members with toiletries or donations for Resolana bring them to the table at the entry of Channing Hall. Verda gave an overview of the Resolana organization. Resolana means “warm sunny side of the building” and provides holistic, gender-sensitive, rehabilitative programming for women who are incarcerated mostly due to substance abuse. Volunteers work to turn the women’s time in custody at the Dallas County Jail into an opportunity to acquire the insight and self-discipline, skills and confidence to turn their lives around. For many incarcerated women it might be the best – or the only – opportunity they will ever have.
  • Verda said that proceeds from CD sales from today’s “Dollars Taxes” musical program will benefit both Planned Parenthood and Resolana. She said that both organizations would also be grateful for checks or cash.

Liaison Committee

Paulette Cooper was not in attendance. Kathy Calhoun gave an overview of the upcoming UU Southwest Women’s Conference. The date is February 26, 2016 and the location is Lawton, OK. Kathy said she had brochures for the event for interested members and said the conference was a lot of fun and everyone should attend.

Program Committee – Liz Orr

Liz gave a brief overview of the organization “Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense”. Several WDA and WEA members have been attending the latest meetings. Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is a non-partisan grassroots movement to mobilize moms and families to advocate for stronger gun laws and common sense, middle-ground solutions to the escalating problem of gun violence in America.  Liz said to ask her for more information about an upcoming “Orange Walk” at the Dallas Arboretum on December 13th to protest the reversal of its firearms policy after facing a complaint – and potential fines – under a new state law that strengthens the legal right of licensed carriers of concealed handguns to bring guns onto most properties owned or leased by a governmental entity.

Communications Committee – Sharon Clark

Sharon reminded members that she would take pictures for the WDA online database directory after the meeting. She also mentioned the slideshow of pictures from the Crafty Bake Sale that would be online soon.

Program

Lou Ann King introduced Ellen Tye who introduced the musical musical performance by Dollars Taxes, featuring WDA member Linda Ray and band members Bill Johnston, Max Johnston, and George Cloy.  Linda describes the group as “a hillbilly chamber music ensemble, playing an eclectic mix of blue grass, old time, Irish and other acoustic music.”  Dollars Taxes went on to play several songs and relate the history of the songs and the surprising meaning of the lyrics of some versions. Songs performed included “Cotton Eyed Joe”, “I’ve Endured”, “Deportee” and “I Belong to the Band”. The group performed to enthusiastic applause and members sang along on several ballads.

President Lou Ann King extinguished the chalice and said these closing words before dismissing members for the luncheon: “Walk softly on your path. May the light shine on you all the days of your life.”

Respectfully submitted,

Rhonda Koetting

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Women’s Day Alliance General Meeting Minutes, Tuesday, November 3, 2015 (DRAFT for approval at the December meeting)

President Lou Ann King opened the meeting at 10:38 AM with the lighting of the chalice and opening words. Members with November birthdays were asked to stand and were honored.

President Report and Announcements – Lou Ann King

Lou Ann spoke about recently reading that TCB Z was Elvis Presley’s business motto. (Taking care of business and a lightening bolt – meaning quickly). She related the motto to how the WDA Board conducts business for the WDA membership. She listed some of what the board accomplished last Tuesday at the WDA Board Meeting.

  • First there was a business meeting from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM where each board member has approximately five minutes to discuss their previously submitted agenda items.
  • This past meeting, members gave their backup plan(s) for what or who would take over if they were not present.
  • Lou Ann then presented an overview of the useful websites available to church members:
  • www.wdauu.org has information about WDA activities, programs, calendars, and meeting minutes.
  • www.dallasuu.org has a new database and app that makes many board member jobs easier and more efficient. This functionality is now used for emails, attendance, and membership rosters. In addition it has potential for the WDA Caring and the Nominating Committee. It also has an associated smart phone app called Church Life. Lou Ann spoke about Sharon Thompson providing an amazing technology training session for WDA Board members after the board meeting.
  • Lou Ann said that Sharon has agreed to repeat this training session for all of WDA Members after our December 1st potluck meeting. She asked members to bring their laptops, smart phones and passwords next meeting and Sharon and several others will get members hooked up with this technology.

Recording Secretary Report – Rhonda Koetting – Minutes of October 2015 General Meeting

A motion was made to approve the October General Meeting minutes, seconded and the motion to approve the minutes passed.

 

Treasurer Report – Dee Ann Dain

  • Financial Report: Dee Ann stated the beginning balance ($4821.66) and ending balance ($4581.66) for the WDA back account October 2015.
  • Dee Ann explained that the first six months WDA gathers money, mostly in the form of dues. The second six months WDA distributes money, mostly in the form of donations. She also explained that the WDA uses the cash method of accounting.

 

Membership Committee – Susan Grundy

  • Susan welcomed new members, guests and visitors, asking them to stand and be recognized.
  • Susan stated that Sharon Clark was available to take photos of new members

 

Corresponding Secretary / Caring Committee – Gwen Lummus

 

President Lou Ann King introduced the new Corresponding Secretary/Caring Committee Gwen Lummus. Gwen asked members to keep her informed on people who have a need for cards. Gwen thanked Marci Kizer for her service.

 

Luncheon Committee – Elaine Villarreal and Brenda Mahar

  • Lou Ann King introduced the Luncheon Hosts – Irene Ellis, Susan Snell, Liz Orr and thanked them for the beautiful table decorations and hard work setting up the luncheon.
  • Lou Ann reminded members that December is a potluck luncheon instead of catered.

 

Service Committee – Verda Shine

  • Verda alerted members to the opportunity to fold peace cranes after lunch with Bradly Ferst for Beth Dana’s Ordination.       All members and guests were invited to participate.

 

Crafty Bake Sale Co-Chair (with WEA) – Martha Withers

  • Martha distributed detailed written information about the sale and asked that all members participate. The sale is Sun. Nov 22, with setup Nov 21. Martha stated she would be available at lunch for any questions and to accept volunteers.

 

Movies – contact Sara Miskimins

Lou Ann King spoke for Sara:

  • Movie Matinee is canceled for November, but will meet on Tuesday, Dec. 1
  • Seats still available for Dec 15 Bath House play “Romance in D”.

Susan Grundy

  • Attendance numbers: Total Attendance 61 including 14 guests/visitors

 

 

President Lou Ann King then closed the meeting by extinguishing the chalice and introduction the Program Chair.

 

Program Committee – Liz Orr

  • The program was a Margaret Fuller play, staring Sally Vahle, and facilitated by Patty Jantho. Nine cast members participated in the play, reading various parts. The story dealt with the life and work and tragic death of Margaret Fuller, a leading intellectual during the first half of the 19th Century and her interaction with Unitarian related men including Emerson and Thoreau. Fuller was an American journalist, critic, and women’s rights advocate associated with the American transcendentalism movement. She was the first full-time American female book reviewer in journalism. Her book Woman in the Nineteenth Century is considered the first major feminist work in the United States.
  • Patty Jantho then asked for questions and comments from members and a spirited discussion took place.

 

 

 

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General Meeting Minutes October 6, 2015 — DRAFT for approval at the November 2015 WDA meeting

Women’s Day Alliance met in the Sanctuary.

President Lou Ann King

The meeting was called to order at 10:35 AM with the chalice lighting. Lou Ann invited members with new babies in their family to light individual birth candles to celebrate the new lives. Candles were lit by Norell Liddell (son), Sharon Clark (grandson), Barbara Powell (great grandson) and Gwen Lummus (great nephew). President Lou Ann King read a poem about motherhood and grand-motherhood as the candles were lit.

Lou Ann also asked those present with October birthdays to stand and be recognized.

Lou Ann King reminded membership to review monthly meeting minutes at wdauu.org. Recording Secretary Rhonda Koetting commented on one correction in the September 2015 minutes and stated the correction would be made available online. President called for a motion to approve the minutes from the September General Meeting. The motion was made and seconded, and the minutes were approved.

The announcement that Sarah McGrath, Social Committee Chair, retired from the board was made. Members honored her with applause. She has been a WDA member for many years and a past president among other offices held. Sarah reminded members about the upcoming movies on behalf of Sara Miskimins and The Movie Matinee Group. She also mentioned the upcoming production, Romance in D, coming up December 15th at the Bath House on White Rock Lake. Reservations need to be completed ASAP with Sara Miskimins.

Lou Ann King commented on the WDA has a online membership directory presence on the church member website. All members have been loaded into the WDA group. Lou Ann encouraged members to use this convenient tool for communication with members. She commented that Sharon Clark (Communications Chair) and Verda Shine (Service Committee Chair) sent emails from this application this past month. Lou Ann thanked Susan Grundy (Membership Chair) and Sharon Thompson for their help in setting up the system. Lou Ann commented that attendance was taken at the meeting using the application and how easy it was to do.

Lou Ann commented that Daleen Maxwell from WEA asked our board if we would join with them to support the nomination for First Sunday of TX Equal Access Fund.  The board voted yes. The request has been made and the results will be announced when they are available.

Discussion of decisions made at the Saturday, October 3rd joint board meeting of WDA and WEA were presented:

CLOTHES ENCOUNTERS FUNDRAISER – MAY 1, 2016

Sharon Clark gave a brief overview of the Clothes Encounters Spring fundraiser. Sharon Clark will be committee chair. She encouraged everyone to start saving clothes for the event.

GLEN ROSE RETREAT – MAY 13 – 15, 2016

The WDA/WEA boards agreed again to sponsor a joint Glen Rose Retreat under committee chair Terri Goodman on May 13 – 15th. Paula Rose gave a short, enthusiastic explanation of retreat and encouraged members to attend.

CRAFTY BAKE SALE – NOVEMBER 22, 2015

The upcoming Crafty Bake Sale was reported on by co-chair Martha Withers. Martha Withers passed a sign up sheet to the membership. She asked for as many volunteers as possible to help with the fundraiser. Martha presented new ideas of a raffle and silent auction for the most popular items, inducing a new bakery that will contribute cakes. The membership was positive towards the new ideas.

Patti Jantho announced that she needs women (at least 8) to agree to research a Unitarian woman for a Readers Theater presentation at the March 1, 2016 meeting. She encouraged members to call her for more information even if they have no performance experience.

Treasurer Dee Ann Dain

The Treasurer’s Report was given. The WDA bank account has $4759.30 currently. Dee Ann gave a brief description of where donations went last year. It included:

Member voted donations:

R.E. Youth, $800
Planned Parenthood, $400
Vogel Alcove, $400
Our Friends Place, $400

Program presenter donations:  Jericho Road, Aids Arms, Meadows Museum, Church Sustainability — $100 each

Budgeted amounts donated:

First Church, $1000
R.E. Youth, $100
UUWF, $100

Also:
Dan D Rogers, Rainbow Room, and Hearts and Hammers

Luncheon Committee Chairs Brenda Mahar and Elaine Villarreal

Brenda Mahar thanked this month’s luncheon hostesses Rhonda Koetting, Paula Rose, and Norell Liddell.

Service Committee Chair Verda Shine

Verda Shine announced Beth Dana and Bradley Ferst are asking WDA members to assist in making paper cranes for Beth Dana’s ordination immediately after lunch in Channing.

Verda announced that the WDA collected $300 at the September luncheon for Rogers Elementary. The money was presented to the school.

Second Vice President and Program Chair Liz Orr

Liz Orr announced that our presentation today would be by Brian Rigg, a church member, author and speaker with extensive knowledge about the holocaust. The following Tuesday will offer a guided trip to the Holocaust Museum in Dallas at 2:30 in the afternoon.

President Lou Ann King extinguished the chalice, and adjourned the meeting at 11:00 a.m.

PROGRAM

The presentation today was by Brian Rigg, a church member, author and speaker with extensive knowledge about the holocaust. Brian is an American author and speaker who received his Ph.D. from Cambridge University. He served in the Israeli Army and in the US Marine Corps. He is based at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

Brian Riggs presented a riveting presentation about the history of mass killings and genocide in our world with emphasis on the WWII holocaust. Brian’s presentation was impactful and a preview for the trip to the Holocaust Museum of Dallas on October 13.

Respectfully submitted,

Rhonda Koetting, Recording Secretary

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General Meeting Minutes – September 1, 2015 (draft, for approval at the October general meeting)

Women’s Day Alliance met in Raible Chapel on Tuesday, September 1, 2015.

President Lou Ann King

Called the meeting to order at 10:30 AM with opening words and the chalice lighting. She asked those present with September birthdays or who had a birthday during the summer to stand.

Lou Ann King discussed meeting arrangements. Today’s meeting was in Raible Chapel due to electrical and roof improvements in the sanctuary. The future plan is to meet in the sanctuary. Parking issues were mentioned with several solutions presented including car pooling, church parking other than Normandy, side street parking, and parking in the lot on the northwest corner of Preston and Mockingbird. WDA members who are able to choose the farther-away spots were encouraged to do so in order to free up the closer parking spaces for those who need them. Members were urged to ask for help with rides if they need it.

Additional announcements:

New officer Rhonda Koetting, Recording Secretary was introduced. Linda Ray, Board Appointee to Nominating Committee was announced.

A Board opening for Corresponding Secretary for Caring was announced. Marci Kizer resigned due to personal issues. Members were asked to speak to Nominating Committee Chair Mary Lee Kilgore with suggestions to fill that position.

Treasurer Dee Ann Dain

The Treasurer’s Report was given. No expenses were incurred over the summer. The WDA bank account has $4759.30 currently. Irene Ellis asked for information on the WDA expenditures relating to charitable donations. Dee Ann Dain mentioned page 40 in the WDA directory for a list of organizations. She spoke of an amount around $1500 each year donated to these organizations and that the group also seeks suggestions for organizations to support.

First Vice President and Membership Chair Susan Grundy

Members and guests were welcomed. She noted we had about 90 members, of whom 30+ are present at today’s meeting. In addition, there at least three guests present. Susan Grundy announced the new member directories are printed and could be picked up in Channing during lunch. She asked members to come to her with questions and corrections for the directory.

Second Vice President and Program Chair Liz Orr

Liz Orr announced the speaker today as Beth Dana, Minister of Spiritual Life and Community Involvement. She mentioned Beth Dana would speak about her experiences at the UU General Assembly meeting and that other attendees would be sitting among the members during lunch.

Liz Orr announced that the October 6 meeting would be a presentation by Brian Rigg, a church member, author and speaker with extensive knowledge about the holocaust. The following Tuesday will offer a guided trip to the Holocaust Museum in Dallas at 2:30 in the afternoon. More details will be released later.

Barbara Powell spoke about the March 2016 program. Patti Jantho (out due to foot surgery) asked Barbara to rekindle interest in having selected women (at least 8) agree to research a Unitarian woman for a Readers Theater presentation at the March 1, 2016 meeting. If interested, members were asked to speak to Patti Jantho.

Ellen Tye asked Barbara Powell if there were plans for other theater trips. Information will be forthcoming.

Lou Ann King made an observation that every Tuesday there was something to attend with other WDA members and getting involved is fun.

Corresponding Secretary and Caring

Lou Ann King reported that Marci Kizer’s son Clinton’s memorial service was held yesterday at church. Beth Dana officiated and Marla Beikman, Alice Johnson, and Ginny Lombardi provided a lovely memorial reception. Marci was touched that so many of the WDA ladies attended.

Patty Jantho is having surgery on her left foot.

Brenda Mahar asked for assistance information concerning her mother. She asked for member suggestions for home care or home care agencies that might be able to provide care.

Lou Ann King suggested that if members have news to share, or know of a member who is not able to join in on a regular basis and might need a phone call, please let us know.

Luncheon Committee Chairs Brenda Mahar and Elaine Villarreal

Brenda Mahar thanked this month’s luncheon hostesses Kathy Calhoun, Sharon Clark, Tanis Weiss and Sara Miskimins. They thanked Sara Miskimins who decorated the tables using some of the school supplies for Dan D Rogers School. A bowl for contributions to cover the supplies and other possible needs of the school will be on each table at the luncheon. Brenda Mahar mentioned that any suggestions from members on how to improve the luncheon experience were welcome.

Service Committee Chair Verda Shine

Verda Shine spoke about the Dan D. Rogers volunteer opportunities. They exist in tutoring and mentoring for the approximately 525 students. She mentioned the collection bowls on the lunch tables for donations.

Verda Shine asked for members to support the Habitat for Humanity project by volunteering to help at the site or to work alongside with families/kids who are volunteering for the food preparation, delivery, and cleanup of the lunches for the workers at the site. Signup can be done online. The dates for Habitat for Humanity are the four Saturdays in October (October 3, 10, 17, 24).

Social Committee Chair Sarah McGrath

The following information was presented by Sarah McGrath:

  • Bridge Group – 2nd & 5th Tuesdays, 10 am – 2 pm; Cecily Hutchison, 214-503-7652; new players welcomed. Martha Withers mentioned that the Bridge Group meets at JJ’s Cafe and directions are on the WDA web site. This month’s meeting will be on the 3rd Tuesday due to Labor Day weekend.
  • Friendship Group – 3rd Tues, 11am – 1pm; Barbara Powell, 214-660-7369 or bpjvg@aol.com. The Friendship Group meets all year long. Everyone is invited.
  • Movie Matinee Group – usually 4th Tues; Sara Miskimins, contact at 972-271-6077 or smisk@verizon.net to get on email notification list or check church Friday Reminder. An email will go out about the September movie the weekend before the movie. To get on the movie email list, contact Sara Miskimins.
  • There are plans on December 15th for attending a play at the Bathhouse at White Rock Lake. The movie is Romance in D, presented by 1:30 Productions. Pay at the door is available but reservations need to be confirmed as soon as possible with Sara Miskimins. About 30 seats will be saved and tickets are $12.00. More information will be presented later.

Finance Committee Chair Marge Niemann

There will be a joint WDA/WEA board planning meeting Oct 3 concerning fund raisers.

Participation in the Crafty-Bake Sale with the Evening Alliance is coming up on Sunday, Nov. 22. Martha Withers is the WDA co-chair. Martha Withers gave a report on the Crafty Bake Sale. The sale is on the same day as Beth Dana’s ordination ceremony so clean up and clear out will be hasty. Martha Withers is working closely with WEA co-chair Jamie Bernstein to create a great event and fundraiser. A “Country Kitchen” theme has been decided with hopes for a wide variety of crafts and food to sell. She mentioned breakfast items, jams and jellies, quiche and perhaps tables set up on the patio for eating. Martha Winters asked each member to try something new and contribute a craft, cook or combine the two with things like herb infused oils. She asked members to save and collect jars and containers for the sale. A sign up sheet will be made available in the near future.

Communications Committee Chair Sharon Clark

Sharon Clark reported the new brochures were printed and available on the bulletin board in Channing Hall, with extras in the WDA closet. The WDA bulletin board and website are updated. She asked members to use the brochures to invite friends to the WDA events and to use the updated website for useful information.
President Lou Ann King extinguished the chalice, and adjourned the meeting at 11:00 a.m.

 

PROGRAM

Liz Orr introduced our speaker Beth Dana, Minister of Spiritual Life and Community Involvement. Liz Orr gave a description of Beth’s history with the UU church, her education and many leadership roles throughout her life as a UU.

Beth Dana spoke about her roles in our church and community, including her involvement in the UU Women’s Federation (UUWF). Beth Dana described highlights of the 2015 UU General Assembly in Portland (the theme of the conference was “Building a New Way”) and shared about the impact that First UU of Dallas had at the conference. Three ministers and 4 staff members attended the conference along with 20 delegates and others who participated online. Our church’s Faith Forward programs were in the spotlight with many churches around the country interested in our leadership and membership programs. Beth Dana commented about the programs she was involved in at our church including Circles, Family Ministry and Community Service.

Beth Dana requested questions and discussion was started about the importance of children to our congregation and connecting with them. Beth Dana mentioned an effort to have more volunteer opportunities for families and children. Neighborhood UU church member groups were discussed as a way to connect members with each other and foster intergenerational relationships. Beth Dana is working on this project now. A question was brought forward about human trafficking issues and its importance in the context of the UUWF. Beth Dana stated that it was mentioned but not one of the top three priorities. She stated that local groups were involved with that issue.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Rhonda Koetting
Recording Secretary

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General Meeting Minutes – May 1, 2015

Women’s Day Alliance met in Raible Chapel at 10:30 am on Tuesday, May 1, 2015.

President Susan Grundy called the meeting to order and asked those present with May birthdays or birthdays during the summer to stand and be acknowledged. She spoke the opening words and lit the chalice.

Returning to our theme for the year: Are We There Yet? What’s Next? Each month since September, we’ve addressed questions about our future. President Susan included a summary of responses from throughout the year in the agenda. (See agenda excerpt attached)

She had also asked officers and committee chairs for a brief report of activities and accomplishment for the 2014-2015 year in each area of board responsibility, and these were included in the agenda. (See agenda excerpt)

The April 2015 Annual Meeting minutes prepared by Recording Secretary Martha Withers were made available online for members to review, and copies are available now for those who have not yet read them. The president called for a motion to approve. A motion was made and seconded, and the minutes were approved as presented.

Treasurer Dee Ann Dain gave the Treasurer’s Report for April; Beginning bank balance 3/31/2015 was $4,553.17. Our income of $1,139.74 included $678.74 as WDA’s share of income from the Clothes Encounters fundraiser. Our total expenses of $2658.62 included $2000 in donations to member-voted charities. This brings our total donations for the year to $3,200 (not including off-budget donations to Dan D. Rogers School and Community Partners Rainbow Room). Ending bank balance 4/30/15 was $3,034.29.

Membership Chair Kathy Calhoun welcomed members and guests and reminded all that it’s time to renew membership, pay dues (still just $25 for WDA membership and $40 for membership in both WDA & WEA),and update directory information, Membership forms are available today and are also online. You may also get a new picture taken for the directory at lunch.

President Susan thanked Program Chair Kathy Warner for the wonderful programming this year.

Corresponding Secretary / Caring Committee Chair Marci Kizer reported on the committee’s current activities and updated us on the status of our members who have been ill or injured.

Service Chair Verda Shine announced the causes and organizations receiving donations from the WDA based on members’ votes. The amounts given to each was determined by the board after consideration of our financial position. Originally $1200 was forecast as the total amount to be distributed. However, based on the amount of cash on hand, the board determined it was feasible to disburse $2000. The Coming of Age Heritage Trip was the clear top choice of our members. Votes for Planned Parenthood, Vogel Alcove, and Our Friends Place were within a 4-point spread. The board voted to donate $800 to the Coming of Age Heritage trip and $400 to each of the other organizations named above.

Social Chair Sarah McGrath’s report from the agenda:

  • The bridge, friendship, and movie group invite all to their monthly meetings. For information see the agenda or go to wdauu.org website. All groups will continue to meet throughout the summer.
  • Theatre events in May and July were listed on the agenda

Luncheon Co-Chairs Lou Ann King and Linda Ray are sending around a sign-up sheet today for luncheon hostesses beginning in Sept and going through May. Please sign up today so the schedule can be printed in the directory.

Nominating Committee Chair Kathy Warner reported that Maridel Hoagland has agreed to be the Recording Secretary. This position was not filled when slate was voted on last month; therefore, the board was called on to appoint Maridel at their board meeting last week. Needless to say, they were happy to welcome Maridel to the board. Also, a big “thank you” to incoming President, Lou Ann King for recruiting her.

New Business

Patty Jantho has proposed a “Unitarian Universalist Women” Research Project to result in a Readers Theater program in March (Women’s History Month). Please contact her if you want to participate. Meet to discuss on Tuesday, May 19, following Friendship Group at 12:45 pm.

Recognition of Outgoing Board Members:

Outgoing President, Susan Grundy called for the outgoing board to come to the front and be recognized. She expressed her gratefulness for their service and presented them with seedlings from her herb garden. Susan will remain on the board as First VP/Membership Chair next year.

Then Kathy Warner, the outgoing Second VP/Program Chair and also outgoing Nominating Committee Chair, thanked Susan for her board leadership and presented her a set of garden stakes marked with the names of herbs.

Installation of New Board Members:

Rev. Aaron White, Associate Minister of First Unitarian Church, was called on to install the 2015-16 board: President, Lou Ann King, First VP, Membership Chair, Susan Grundy, Second VP, Program Chair, Liz Orr, Recording Secretary, Maridel Hoagland, Corresponding Secretary, Caring Committee Chair, Marci Kizer, Treasurer, DeeAnn Dain, Luncheon Committee Co-Chairs, Brenda Maher and Elaine Villareal, Service Committee Chair, Verda Shine; Social Committee Chair, Sarah McGrath; Liaison Committee Chair, Paulette Cooper; Finance Committee Chair, Marge Niemann; Communications Committee Chair, Sharon Clark; Nominating Committee Char, Mary Lee Kilgore; Second Nominating Committee Member, Jana Blackburn (another member will be appointed by the new board).

After the conclusion of the installation, President Susan gave the closing words, extinguished the chalice, and adjourned the meeting.

Program Chair Kathy Warner called on Rev Aaron White, who’s pulling double duty today by presiding over the board installation and presenting our program. Aaron was born and raised in the DFW Metroplex. He received a B.A. in religion and theatre from Austin College, studied abroad in Scotland and England, and earned his Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School in 2007. He was called to serve as Associate Minister at First Unitarian in May of 2009.

After Aaron had served our congregation for five years, he was granted a sabbatical in 2014. His goals were two-fold. He wanted to immerse himself in a Spanish language program in order to better understand, communicate with, and minister to the increasing number of Spanish speakers in our community. To that end, he attended Spanish immersion classes and looked for opportunities to use his bilingual skills. He recently found himself in a public situation where he was able to helpfully intervene when Spanish-speaking individuals weren’t able to understand and comply with instructions given in English.

His other goal was to research and implement measures to reduce his family’s energy consumption and minimize their impact on the environment. To save energy, they installed a single solar panel inside pointed towards a window. The panel, along with a marine battery and inverter, provides power for 1 room in the evening, partially diminishing their dependence on the power grid. And for the most part, they’ve given up using a clothes dryer – hanging out their laundry to dry instead.

They’ve planted a garden that produces much of their food. Aaron’s research into sustainable practices in gardening, such as composting and water collection, included a week-long “homesteading” class at Homestead Heritage near Waco. Another source of inspiration was Wendy Tremaine’s Good Life Lab. He’s sought out local resources and discovered there’s more farming going on here in this town than you might have thought – including on a former football field at Paul Quinn College. He’s already instituted some of the techniques he’s learned about and continues to research and experiment with others in his garden. He included his young son in the food production effort and delights in his son’s enthusiasm for getting “down and dirty” in the garden and his pride in their harvest.

Respectfully submitted,

Martha Withers, Secretary

Agenda Excerpts

Theme for the year: Are We There Yet? What’s Next? Every month we have addressed a question about our future . . . What Do We Want WDA to Continue into Our Future?

  • Build WDA Membership: invite someone, encourage use of www.wdauu.org, social media (face book) presence, Channing Hall social time after services, tell our story, speak up in classes, programs promotion, brochure, WDA/WEA connection, reach out to women’s university groups
  • WDA Connection with Church: usher and/or light chalice, continue our gift, additional ways to sustain youth programming, focus on helping with maintenance and upkeep and clean facilities, support WDA Caring Committee
  • Sense of Community/Caring: use internal email to update members, joint WDA/WEA projects, field trips/ fun stuff, increase membership diversity
  • WDA/WEA Coordination/Cooperation: co-sponsor fund raising endeavors, dual memberships, joint service projects, weekend retreats, connect with other UU women’s groups, social outings
  • Generosity + Hands-on Volunteering: donations to church for specific identified needs (ask staff) such as new chairs for Channing Hall, repair/replacement of Raible windows, improved PA system; help with increased church upkeep/maintenance; support YRUU and Coming of Age programs; more participation at fund-raising projects
  • A Voice for Women: Addressing — mental health issues, women’s health (especially reproductive) needs, economic injustice / equal pay / living wage, relationship violence, aging / economic security, affordable childcare
  • Great programs and social opportunities
  • More and better denominational involvement

President Report and Announcements – Susan Grundy

What has WDA accomplished this year?

Groups/organizations to which we have made financial contributions this year:

Unitarian Universalist Women’s Federation, First Unitarian Church of Dallas Ministers’ Discretionary Fund, YRUU, Dan D Rogers Elementary School, Hearts and Hammers, Community Partners of Dallas Rainbow Room, Jericho Road, AIDS Arms, Meadows Museum, Church Food Matters Group, Coming of Age Heritage Trip Scholarship Fund, Vogel Alcove, Our Friends Place, Planned Parenthood

Recording Secretary – Martha Withers: Now posting minutes of the last meeting on the website, allowing members to read them prior to the meeting at which they will be approved

Treasurer – Dee Ann Dain: Our financial obligations are now in line with our fiscal year, and we have put in place a plan for yearly forecasting

Membership Committee – Kathy Calhoun: We have 100+ members for the first time in ??many?? years

Program Committee – Kathy Warner: Our programs are aligned with our WDA theme and our Church theme

Corresponding Secretary / Caring Committee – Marci Kizer: WDA Caring Committee members are contacting/visiting home-bound members regularly

Service Committee – Verda Shine:

Sept – provided lunch for workers at the Hearts and Hammers house; collected supplies and $250 in donations for Rogers Elem. School and set up 8 WDA volunteers to mentor students. Oct – Informed members about the Church Service Comm. project “Music and Memory” and asked for donations of used i­Pods, gift certificates for i­Tunes, or monetary contributions; asked members to donate to the church-wide peanut butter collection for the North Texas Food Bank. Nov – announced North Dallas Shared Ministries needs donations of gently used clothes. Feb – collected diapers, wipes, & other baby supplies along with donations of $145 for the Community Partners of Dallas Rainbow Room. Mar – collected nominations for the charities to be included on the ballot for the annual member-voted charities donations; Apr – prepared the ballot, managed the voting, and presented the board with results.

Liaison Committee – Paulette Cooper: Provided information regarding church and community events/activities/opportunities to connect

Finance Committee – Marge Niemann: Two most successful ever fundraising events with WEA

Communications Committee – Sharon Clark: Day/Evening Alliances bulletin board; WDA website www.wdauu.org; brochure; E-Newsletter

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General Meeting Minutes – April 7, 2015

Women’s Day Alliance met in Raible Chapel at 10:30 am on Tuesday, April 7, 2015.

President Susan Grundy called the meeting to order and asked those present with April birthdays to stand and be acknowledged. She then spoke the opening words and lit the chalice.

Returning to our theme for the year: Are We There Yet? What’s Next? Every month we’ve addressed a question about our future. Today – Review of the topics: build membership; connect with church; sense of community and caring for each other; co-ordinate with WEA; hands-on volunteering; voice for women; great programs and social opportunities. After patting ourselves on the back for building membership, implementing the dual Day and Evening Alliance membership, and the quality program’s we’ve enjoyed this year, a topic not previously brought up was added to our aspirations: we would like more and better denominational information and involvement. This ties in with our congregation’s growing connection and participation in a larger UUA network. (And as it turns out, also nicely ties in with the program later presented.)

President Susan Grundy’s Report and Announcements:

  • Diane Moore has requested Chalice Lighters for upcoming Sunday services. Please stop by her desk and sign up
  • Reminder to register for the Women’s Alliances Weekend Retreat, May 1-3
  • Before the presentation of the minutes, Susan introduced Ellen Tye and Jeanette Richardson, both interested in working on updating our archives and history. She hopes to see this become a permanent committee aligned with the Recording Secretary position.

March 2015 General Meeting minutes prepared by Recording Secretary Martha Withers were made available online, and copies are available now for those who have not yet read them. The president called for a motion to approve. A motion was made and seconded, and the minutes were approved as presented.

Treasurer Dee Ann Dain gave the Treasurer’s Report for March. Beginning bank balance 3/31/2015 was $4,543.17. We received income of $490 and incurred expenses of $480. Ending bank balance 3/31/15 was $4,553.17.

Membership Chair Kathy Calhoun welcomed all present and introduced Elba Smith, a guest of Marge Niemann, and reported we now have 102 members.

Program Chair Kathy Warner announced the final program for the 2014-15 year: At the May 3 General Meeting, Reb. Aaron White will install our 2015-16 Board and present a program entitled “Next Matters.”

Corresponding Secretary / Caring Committee Chair Marci Kizer reported:

  • Get-well cards sent to Jolyn Robichaux, Vee Shine, Sarah McGrath, Genie Fritz, Carol Riddle and Rita Taubenfeld. (Marci has learned and informed us today that Jolyn’s illness is terminal.)
  • Phone call and meal to Sarah McGrath and visit to Melissa Rice (both suffered complications after a fall, but Sarah was able to attend the meeting today)
  • Emails to Peggy Cargile (not feeling well recently), new members, and visitors at March meeting
  • Vee Shine sent a thank-you to WDA and Friendship group for their care and concern

Luncheon Co-Chairs Lou Ann King and Linda Ray:

  • Thanks to Brenda Mahar and Elaine Villareal for subbing as today’s hostesses since the assigned hostesses were not able to attend today.
  • May’s luncheon will be potluck; bring a dish to share which serves 8 or more; fried chicken will be provided.

Service Chair Verda Shine distributed a ballot listing of all the organizations nominated to receive part of the $1200 budgeted for our annual “member-voted” donations. (Copy is attached to these minutes.) Each member present has 5 votes. Please vote before the end of the meeting and turn in ballots as we adjourn for lunch. The WDA board has the final decision on the allocation – based on members’ votes; i.e., the number of recipients and the amount for each. This will be determined at the April board meeting. Our Treasurer will issue the checks and mail them before fiscal-year-end April 30, and will announce the distribution at the May 5 General Meeting.

Social Chair – Sarah McGrath’s report:

  • The bridge, friendship, and movie group invite all to their monthly meetings. For information see the agenda or go to wdauu.org website
  • Theatre Three matinee on May 20; Ellen Tye at tyefam@sbcglobal.net or 214-369-3845

Liaison Chair Paulette Cooper was not present, but her report was included in the agenda. Several upcoming events of interest in the church and the wider community were listed. See Paulette for ongoing information about health issues such as Osteoporosis; Women and Heart Disease / Strokes; and Nutrition Counseling

According to the WDA Bylaws, the April meeting is the organization’s annual meeting. The financial forecast, formerly known as the “budget,” for the next year is voted on and new officers are elected.

The Finance Committee’s Forecast of income and Expenditures for the fiscal year beginning May 1, 2015 was distributed at the meeting and a copy is attached to these minutes. Note: The Finance Committee has presented our operating expenses in more detail than in the past few years and has included a line item to partly allay the expenses of a WDA delegate to the UUA General Assembly.

The board having already approved the forecast, no new motion needed to be made from the floor to vote on it. President Susan called for a second, which was received. The vote was called and the proposed financial forecast was passed unanimously by members present.

The Nominating Committee’s Slate of Nominees for Officers and Committee Chairs – 2015-16 was distributed at the meeting and a copy is attached to these minutes. President Susan asked if there were other nominations from the floor. There being none, the slate in its entirety was voted on and passed unanimously

Communications Chair Sharon Clark was not present. She has asked for feedback on email communications and for someone to take a photo during today’s program. Mary Lee Kilgore volunteered.

President Susan Grundy gave the closing words, extinguished the chalice, and adjourned the meeting at 11:05.

First Vice President Kathy Calhoun introduced our speaker David Overton, whose topic is “Interdependence Matters.” In March, David and his wife Mary (a WDA member), were recognized together as UUs of the year for 2014 in recognition of their outstanding service to the First Unitarian Church of Dallas, our local community, and also their significant contribution to the Unitarian Universalist religious movement in the US.

You may remember David spoke to us last year about climate change, an issue he is still passionate about. Today he explores our UUA principle to affirm, respect, and promote the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part. How do we as individuals and as a congregation maximize our efforts to promote policies to strengthen and preserve the web of all existence based on a Unitarian Universalist moral outlook?

He explained how we at First Church – through our Social Action and Community Service Committees – connect with other city, state, US, and global organizations to promote the principles of human rights and social justice, democracy, peace, and environmental justice. For example, locally we interact with Dallas Area Interfaith, Jericho Road, North Dallas Shared Ministries; at the state level we connect with Texas UU Justice Ministries; nationally we participate in an annual Congregational Study Action Issue (currently looking at income inequality) and the UU Service Committee promoting human rights and social justice; and globally we are allied with the UU United Nations Office advocating for human rights internationally.

Because the Texas legislature is meeting this year, it is important now to let them know there is a constituency in Texas that supports reproductive and economic justice and affordable care implementation.

Respectfully submitted,

Martha Withers, Secretary

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General Meeting Minutes – March 3, 2015

Women’s Day Alliance met in Raible Chapel at 10:30 am on Tuesday, March 3, 2015.

President Susan Grundy called the meeting to order and asked those present with March birthdays to stand and be acknowledged. She then spoke the opening words and lit the chalice.

Returning to our theme for the year: Are We There Yet? What’s Next? Every month we address a question about our future. Today: How shall we continue to be a “Voice for Women”?. All ideas have been recorded for reference. A sampling of the recommendations includes: championing women’s health and reproductive health, mental health issues, economic justice and security, and standing against relationship violence.

March is Women’s History Month, and we honored our First Church Women’s Alliance sisters who in May 1970 filed an “amicus curiae” brief in cases challenging the constitutionality of the Texas state abortion laws – the beginning of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision, which in January 1973 legalized abortion.

President’s Report and Announcements:

  • April is our “Annual Meeting” as designated in our Bylaws, Article VIII, Sec. 1. We will elect next year’s board, adopt next year’s budget and indicate preferences for disbursement of unbudgeted funds.
  • Martha Withers represented us at The Women’s Auxiliary of the Dallas Chapter of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Interfaith Symposium, a forum on “Tolerance and Respect of Other Faiths.”
  • We have childcare arranged through May meeting.
  • President Susan asked for opinions on increasing the length of the business portion of our general meeting to allow for more member input time. Most who offered an opinion felt the meetings are about the right length now. Those who wish more input can speak to a board member or ask to speak at a board meeting.
  • At the request of several members, the board addressed the possibility of contributing to Raible windows’ repair or replacement at its February meeting. As far as we know, church leadership has no such proposed project in the works; i.e. nothing to “latch onto.”
  • The Southwestern UU Summer Institute (SWUUSI) happens in Oklahoma at Sequoia State Park (Western Hills Resort) July 19 – 24, 2015. Info is available at the table in back.

February 2015 General Meeting minutes prepared by Recording Secretary Martha Withers were made available online and copies are available for those who have not yet read them. The president called for a motion to approve. A motion was made and seconded, and the minutes were approved as presented.

Treasurer Dee Ann Dain gave the Treasurer’s Report for February. Beginning bank balance 01/31/2015 was $4,708.17. We received income of $405 and incurred expenses of $570. Ending bank balance 2/28/15 was $4,543.17.

Membership Chair Kathy Calhoun welcomed members and guests. We had 39 members present and 6 guests.

Program Chair Kathy Warner announced the April program: Interdependence Matters

Corresponding Secretary / Caring Committee Chair Marci Kizer reported:

  • Emails sent to all visitors from January meeting and to all new members.
  • Thinking of you cards to Nina Bell, Jeanne Clinchy, and Norma Jo Johnson.
  • Cards sent to Rita Taubenfeld, Ellen Solender, Jean Laughlin, Martha Popkess, Jane Vrabel, Melissa Rice.
  • Card, visit, and 2 phone calls to Carol Riddle in rehab. Also ran some errands for her.
  • Thank you card sent to Chris Denny for printing of WDA directory.

Luncheon Committee Co-Chairs Linda Ray:

Thanks to this month’s luncheon hostesses: Jeanne Clinchy, Jolyn Robichaux, Sarah McGrath

Service Committee Chair Verda Shine reported:

  • In February we collected a number of items for infants and children and $135 in donations for the Community Partners of Dallas Rainbow Room. Verda and Irene Ellis delivered them.
  • Deadline for nominations for WDA member-voted contributions has been extended until today. Please ask for a form or talk to Verda if you know of an organization you would like us to support.

Social Committee – Sarah McGrath reported

  • The bridge, friendship, and movie group invite all to their monthly meetings. For information see the agenda or go to wdauu.org website
  • Upcoming outings to the Bath House Cultural Center and Theater Three were noted

Liaison Chair Paulette Cooper reported several upcoming events of interest. Two events in March to be held at First Unitarian Church related to Dallas Area Interfaith (DAI), of which our congregation is a member: an information forum and a reception honoring DAI’s Lead Organizer

Finance Committee Chair Marge Niemann asked “Clothes Encounters” co-chair Sharon Clark to report on the event held last weekend. Despite the cold, bad weather, we raised over $2,600! Half will be given to the First Unitarian Church and the other half split between WDA & WEA. Clothing remaining was donated to City Square. Many thanks to Sharon Clark, Kathy Calhoun, Mary Lee Kilgore, Susan Grundy, Marci Kizer, and all who participated in the exchange for making this a successful fundraiser.

Communications Chair Sharon Clark will continue posting the minutes of the previous general meeting on the website so members with access to the internet can read them before the meeting. Look for a link on the meeting announcement. Let her know of any other questions about the website.

Nominating Committee Chair Kathy Warner submitted a draft slate of officers developed by the nominating committee for 2015-16. As of this time, there is no candidate for President nor for Secretary.

President Susan Grundy gave the closing words, extinguished the chalice, and adjourned the meeting at 11:20.

Kathy Warner introduced Patty Jantho, author of We Hold These Truths, and the participants in this Readers Theater Production – Kathleen Campbell, Norell Lidell, Holly Nichols, Yvonne Norfleet, Barbara Powell, and Jeanette Richardson. The title derives from words of a statement read by Elizabeth Cady Stanton at Seneca Falls, New York, on July 19, 1848, at the first convention dedicated to equal treatment of women. Her statement began with, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men and women are created equal.” It listed injuries that women had suffered at the hands of men, and accused them of “endeavoring to destroy” a woman’s “confidence in her own powers, to lessen her self-respect, and to make her willing to lead a dependent and abject life.”

The production presented the history of women’s suffrage from 1848 through passage of the 19th amendment to the US constitution giving women the right to vote in 1918 to its ratification in 1920. The readings and narration told of the efforts of the above mentioned Elizabeth Cady Stanton and 9 other women: Susan B. Anthony, Frances Willard, Jane Addams, Esther Morris, Alice Paul and Carrie Chapman Catt, and Texans, Minnie Fisher Cunningham, Jessie Daniel Ames, and Jane Yelvington McCullum to obtain women’s right to cast their own votes.

Some US activists worked with like-minded women in England who were also seeking women’s right to vote. Others were also involved in the abolitionist movement and the temperance movement. Others worked after the passage f the Right to Vote amendment to establish and sustain the League of Women voters.

Also of interest is the fact that women in frontier states who tended to work side-by-side with men were the first to be franchised. First to be granted suffrage were women in Wyoming Territory in 1869, followed by those in Utah, Colorado, and Idaho.

During this 95th anniversary year of women’s right to vote, we are still awaiting an Equal Rights Amendment for Women

Respectfully submitted,

Martha Withers, Secretary

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General Meeting Minutes – February 3, 2015

Women’s Day Alliance met in Raible Chapel at 10:30 am on Tuesday, February 3, 2015.

President Susan Grundy called the meeting to order and asked those present with February birthdays to stand and be acknowledged. She then spoke the opening words and lit the chalice.

Returning to our theme for the year: Are We There Yet? What’s Next? In September, Susan asked the question: “What do I want WDA to continue into our future?” We continue to address various aspects of this question. Today: generosity / hands-on volunteering. All proposed ideas have been recorded for reference. There were several proposals of donations to the church for specific projects – Raible windows, Channing chairs, PA system, and additional funds for youth group trip. As for volunteering, the idea of a group service project with WEA was repeated. This suggestion originated last month when we discussed the objective of cooperation and coordination with WEA.

Announcements:

  • SWUUW Conference in March 6-8, San Marcos, “Our Sacred Springs” featuring Dr. Rebecca Parker. Register at swuuw.org or today during lunch time in Channing Hall.
  • Due to an unexpected circumstance, childcare during our meeting and lunch wasn’t available this month. Childcare will be available for the March meeting.

January 2015 General Meeting minutes prepared by Recording Secretary Martha Withers were made available online and copies are available for those who have not yet read them. In the future, a link to the minutes of the prior month will be included monthly meeting email announcement. The president called for a motion to approve. A motion was made and seconded, and the minutes were approved as presented.

Treasurer Dee Ann Dain gave the Treasurer’s Report for January. Beginning bank balance 12/31/14 was $4,690.32. We received income of $230 and incurred expenses of $212.15. Ending bank balance 1/1/15 was $4,708.17.

Membership Chair Kathy Calhoun welcomed members and guests. We had a number of guests, and she asked them to introduce themselves.

Program Chair Kathy Warner announced the March meeting program: “WDA Reader’s Theater presents We Hold These Truths celebrating the 95 anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment. Come prepared to see our own Women’s “Herstory” come alive with some of our own members portraying our foremothers who struggled for decades to achieve “Votes for Women!”

Corresponding Secretary / Caring Committee Chair Marci Kizer:

  • Get well or thinking-of-you cards were sent to Jolyn Robichaux, Ellen Solender, Jean Laughlin, Rita Taubenfeld, Carol Little, Carol Uberbacher

Luncheon Committee Co-Chairs Linda Ray:

  • Thanks to this month’s luncheon hostesses Martha Durst, Sarah McGrath, Jolyn Robichaux, Ellen Tye

Service Committee Chair Verda Shine reported:

  • She will deliver Items and money collected today to Community Partners of Dallas Rainbow Room
  • It’s time for nominations for the WDA member-voted contributions. Please see her for a form for nominations.

Social Committee – Sarah McGrath – All are welcome at groups. Contact each chair for information.

  • Play at Theater Three, The Liar, a classic French comedy by Pierre Corneille, brilliantly adapted for today by David Ives. Wed, May 20, 2pm. Tickets sell out quickly for this “hooky matinee,” so sign up with Ellen Tye today. $10 – $15
  • Play at Bath House Cultural Center, The Lady with all the Answers, Tues, Mar 17, 1:30pm, $12, pay Sara Miskimins today
  • Bridge – 2nd and 5th Tues, 10am – 2pm; Cecily Hutchison, at 214-503-7652
  • Friendship – 3rd Tues, 11am – 1 pm; Barbara Powell at bpjvg@aol.com or 214-660-7369
  • Movie Matinee – usually 4th Tuesday; contact Sara Miskimins at smisk@verizon.net or 972-271-6077 to get on notification list. Next movie date is Jan 27.

Although Liaison Chair Paulette Cooper was not able to be present, she prepared the following information:

February is Heart Awareness month ~~ *Go Red for Women*

  • One in three women dies of heart disease
  • More women than men die of heart attacks and stroke
  • Heart attack symptoms can differ in men and women

Heart Attack Signs in Women

  1. Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest. It lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back.
  2. Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
  3. Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
  4. Other signs such as breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.
  5. As with men, women’s most common heart attack symptom is chest painor discomfort. But women are somewhat more likely than men to experience some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain.

If you have any of these signs, don’t wait more than five minutes before calling for help.

Call 9-1-1 and get to a hospital right away. 

Jeanette Ricardson’s sister had a heart attack just 2 days ago, and she shared her sister’s story with us. Thank you for sharing your “heart story” with us, and we wish your sister a good recovery.

Also from Paulette: The Dallas Festival of Ideas, presented by the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture and the Dallas Morning News, Feb 27 – 28; thedallasfestival.com

Finance Committee Chair Marge Niemann called on “Clothes Encounters” co-chairs Sharon Clark and Kathy Calhoun. Sharon modeled a good-looking coat, which until the WEA Clothes Encounters event last year lived in another’s closet! Remember we will be offering new and nearly-new clothing, accessories, and jewelry – this IS NOT a garage sale.

  • Bring your treasures to Raible Chapel on Saturday morning, February 28, and enjoy the Members-Only Clothing Swap Party
  • Open to the public Sunday, March 1, from 9am-2pm in Raible Chapel

Nominating Committee Chair Kathy Warner asked for members’ help in identifying candidates for officers and committee chairs, including themselves, if they are interested. And it’s not too early to begin thinking about what projects and committees each of us is interested in contributing to next year. There are opportunities for all to participate in meeting the WDA objectives whether it is on a one-time project or on a continuing basis. To this end Kathy distributed a sheet with an interest survey on one side and suggestions for the nominating committee on the other. Other nominating committee members are Jeanne Clinchy and Martha Durst. Please feel free to ask Kathy, Jeanne, and Martha any questions you may have about serving in an area that interests you.

Communications Chair Sharon Clark said our website is up to date. In the future she will be posting the minutes of the general meeting on the website so members with access to the internet can read them before the meeting. Look for a link on the meeting announcement.

President Susan Grundy gave the closing words, extinguished the chalice, and adjourned the meeting at 11:20.

Kathy Warner introduced Kathy Kinney, a member of First Unitarian Church’s board of trustees and participant in Food Matters Group of First Unitarian Church. Kathy has previously been a classroom teacher and an outdoor educator in New York City. She is now an educator at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. Kathy was joined by panelists Penny Kent and Ann Norvell, also participants in the Food Matters Group.

The topic was Sustainability Matters. Kathy first described challenges to sustainability – from practices related to extraction, production, distribution, consumption and disposal, all built on an economic system based on planned obsolescence and the introduction of new products.

She and the other panelists presented ideas for solutions related to growing and consuming fresh foods (personal and community gardens); buying locally; waste (composting, recycling); water conservation and collection; and non-factory clothing production (purchase second hand or make your own).

Respectfully submitted,

Martha Withers, Secretary

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General Meeting Minutes – January 6, 2015

Women’s Day Alliance met in Raible Chapel at 10:30 am on Tuesday, January 6, 2015.

President Susan Grundy called the meeting to order and asked those present with January birthdays to stand and be acknowledged. She then spoke the opening words and lit the chalice.

Returning to our theme for the year: Are We There Yet? What’s Next? In September, Susan asked the question: “What do I want WDA to continue into our future?” We continue to address various aspects of this question. Today: How do you see WDA and WEA continuing to coordinate and cooperate? All replies have been recorded for reference. Here are a few responses: Cosponsor a fundraiser this spring. (JYes! Clothes Encounter!) Continue the dual membership and dues break. Organize a joint service project.

Announcements:

  • Meadows Museum tour – good turnout; hopefully the first of other “field trips”
  • Reminders: SWUUW Conference in San Marcos March 6-8; Women’s Alliance Retreat May 1-3 in Glen Rose (deadline for registration fee of $100 is Jan 25)
  • Susan asked for a show of hands by those interested in meeting the second Tuesday of June, July, and August as we did in 2014 with programs geared to getting to know one another better. The interest was somewhat sparse.
  • Child care for general meetings has been temporarily curtailed because the coordinator has accepted a contract position. Please let Susan know if you have any ideas of possible recruits. Two childcare providers must be present for care to be provided.

December General Meeting minutes prepared by Recording Secretary Martha Withers were distributed prior to the meeting. The president called for a motion to approve. A motion was made and seconded, and the minutes were approved as presented.

Treasurer Dee Ann Dain gave the Treasurer’s Report for December. The beginning bank balance November 30 was $4,639.43. We received income of $1,722.70, which reflects proceeds from the Crafty Bake Sale of $1,542.70 (net of expenses) and incurred expenses totaling $1,671.81 including payment of our fiscal year budgeted donations: First Church Youth ($100), First Church General Fund ($1000), and the UU Women’s Federation ($100). Ending bank balance was $4,690.32.

Membership Chair Kathy Calhoun welcomed members and guests. 48 members and 2 husbands were present. In addition, 7 guests present were introduced. Kathy has updates and corrections to the directory available for pick up after the meeting.

Program Chair Kathy Warner announced the February program will feature church member Kathy Kenny speaking on Food Matters. The Readers Theater program based on the life of 19th century Unitarian feminist, Margaret Fuller scheduled for March has been cancelled. Instead the readers will present a production delving into the early women’s suffrage movement and its participants.

Corresponding Secretary / Caring Committee Chair Marci Kizer:

  • Holiday visits made to Melissa Rice, Jean Laughlin, Rita Taubenfeld, and Jane Vrabel
  • Birthday card sent to Sarah McGrath; thinking-of-you card sent to Barbara Powell
  • Marci would like to initiate additional visits to our homebound members. Please let her know if you’re willing to visit at other times during the year.

Luncheon Committee Chairs Lou Ann King and Linda Ray:

  • Thanks to this month’s luncheon hostesses Alma Ayers, Marge Niemann, and Barbara Powel.
  • We have engaged Melody Nye to continue helping in the kitchen for the luncheons through May

Service Committee Chair Verda Shine reported:

  • Dan D Rogers School volunteer program is welcoming new volunteers. There will be a volunteer training session conducted both in the morning and the afternoon this coming Thursday, Jan. 8. See Verda for additional information.
  • A collection for the Rainbow Room, which provides items for infants and young children to Child Protective Services for distribution. Please bring supplies such as diapers, wipes, and pull-ups to the February meeting. Monetary donations are always welcome.

Social Committee – Sarah McGrath – All are welcome at groups. Contact each chair for information.

  • Tues, Mar 17, group outing to matinee, 1:30 Productions, “The Lady with All the Answers,” at Bath House Cultural Center, $12, sign up today; Sara Miskimins at smisk@verizon.net or 972-271-6077
  • Bridge – 2nd and 5th Tues, 10am – 2pm; Cecily Hutchison, at 214-503-7652
  • Friendship – 3rd Tues, 11am – 1 pm; Barbara Powell at bpjvg@aol.com or 214-660-7369
  • Movie Matinee – usually 4th Tuesday; contact Sara Miskimins at smisk@verizon.net or 972-271-6077 to get on notification list. Next movie date is Jan 27.

Liaison Committee – Paulette Cooper

  • Women’s Alliance Retreats:
  • SWUUW Conference “Our Sacred Springs” March 6 – 8, featuring Dr. Rebecca Parker, San Marcos Conference Center at Embassy Suites Hotel and Spa, early bird registration $165 before Feb 4
  • WEA/WDA Spring Retreat, May 1 – 3, Glen Rose, $100 deadline Jan 25
  • Listening Conversations Gather, Connect, Renew: Which interests and concerns are keeping you up at night? Share your thoughts, listen deeply and build connections in Listening Conversations. In First Unitarian’s Year of Living Compassion, this is your chance to listen compassionately to others in our church. Sunday, Jan 11th, Room 302, 11:15 – 12:45 or 1:00 – 2:30. Sign up in advance please. Light refreshment will be provided. This is a one-time commitment with opportunities open to meet again in the spring.
  • DUUC Talks in the spring

Finance Committee Chair Marge Niemann called on Co-chairs Sharon Clark and Kathy Calhoun to talk about the upcoming Fundraiser “Clothes Encounters.” This event offers the opportunity to clean out your closet, try a new look, and raise money for the church and the charities supported by the Day and Evening Alliances. Along with a couple of sidekicks, they explained the Saturday, Feb 28, clothing swap (Alliance members only) and the Sunday, March 1 “open closet” where church members and others can make a donation and select items of clothing, accessories, and jewelry – no shoes. Please bring articles in good condition (on hangers) you think would be desirable to others.

Nominating Committee Chair Kathy Warner reported the nominating committee will begin meeting this month. Contact her if you are interested in serving as an officer or chairing a committee – likewise if you know someone you wish to recommend.

President Susan Grundy gave the closing words, extinguished the chalice, and adjourned the meeting at 11:00.

Kathy Warner introduced our speaker, Audette Rackley, M.S., CCC/SLP, from the Center for Brain Health, part of the University of Texas at Dallas. She is director of the Brain Fitness Research Project.

As lifespans have doubled in the last century, more people are experiencing cognitive changes that begin in their 50s when an accelerated loss of brain volume begins. Those who develop dementia typically show signs in their mid-to-late 70s. The Center has engaged in many studies and research projects documenting how our brains change with age.

She presented the benefits of cognitive training (brain exercise) and physical training (physical exercise) as methods of slowing brain decline. Cognitive training involves challenging your brain – take up something new you’ve not done before. This increases brain blood flow and brings oxygen to the brain, improves connectivity and improves the integrity of brain structure. Physical exercise has been shown to improve memory.

She presented a list of behaviors that can help maintain brain health:

  • Start the day with a plan
  • Limit multi-tasking
  • Engage your brain
  • Move your body
  • Consume a healthy diet
  • Control vascular risk factors
  • Talk to your doctor, particularly if you take depression or thyroid medication

Martha Withers, Recording Secretary

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General Meeting Minutes – December 2, 2014

Women’s Day Alliance met in Raible Chapel at 10:30 am on Tuesday, December 2, 2014. President Susan Grundy called the meeting to order and asked those present with December birthdays to stand and be acknowledged. She then spoke the opening words and lit the chalice.

President’s Report and Announcements:

Returning to our theme for the year: Are We There Yet? What’s Next? In September, Susan asked the question: “What do I want WDA to continue into our future?” We continue to address various aspects of this question. Today: How do we maintain our sense of community and caring for each other? All replies have been recorded for reference. A couple of suggestions: Develop and internal email system that all members can use to connect and schedule “field trips and outings, such as the one planned for next Tuesday to the Meadows Museum.

Susan then called Karen Lewis, director of children’s ministries at First Unitarian Church, to the front and presented to her our check for $100 to be used to support the annual “Coming of Age” heritage trip to Boston by our ninth-grade youth. Karen thanked us and revealed the cost of the trip for this year’s group has gone up by $6000 for lodging alone due to the sale of the Beacon St. UU B&B.

Karen also brought up our church’s mission to build an intergenerational community. We can contribute to that goal by volunteering to be a teacher in the RE program. The teaching teams consist of three participants for each grade level. All team members participate each week in September, and then a rotation is established where two of the team members are present each week. She asked all to consider joining the education team.

Copies of the November General Meeting minutes prepared by Recording Secretary Martha Withers were distributed prior to the meeting. The president called for a motion to approve. A motion was made and seconded, and the minutes were approved as presented.

Treasurer Dee Ann Dain gave the Treasurer’s Report for November. The beginning bank balance October 31 was $4,804.43. We received income of $295 (dues $25 and luncheon income $270) and incurred expenses totaling $460.00 (program $100 and lunches $360). Ending bank balance was $4,639.43.

First Vice President and Membership Chair Kathy Calhoun welcomed members and guests. 45 members were present and 9 guests, including Mary Lou Hoffman, Sara Van de Mere, Jeanette Richardson, and Carol Sage.

Second Vice President and Program Chair Kathy Warner announced that the January Program will be on brain health.

Corresponding Secretary and Caring Committee Chair Marci Kizer reported:

  • Martha Durst’s husband Leo passed away last night, December 1.
  • The WDA Caring Committee will visit four home-bound members during the Christmas season with a small gift and a special edition of WDA History from 1900 to 1938.

Luncheon Committee Chairs Lou Ann King and Linda Ray thanked this month’s luncheon hostesses Patty Jantho, Marci Kizer, Kathy Calhoun, and Sharon Clark.

Service Committee Chair Verda Shine reported:

  • Dan D Rogers School volunteer program is getting started again after temporarily discontinuing due to the Ebola crisis. They are now welcoming new volunteers.
  • Church RE needs two volunteers at RE desk on Dec 14 and Dec 21

Social Committee – From Agenda

Meadows Museum docent-led tour Tuesday, December 9, 11a.m. $8; coordinated by Ellen Tye and Liz Orr – sign up today in Channing or email tyefam@sbcglobal.net. If interested in carpooling from church, please indicate when signing up. If not carpooling, sign in at Meadows by 10:45 am.

Ongoing social groups: All are welcome. Contact each chair for more information.

  • Bridge – 2nd and 5th Tues, 10am – 2pm; Cecily Hutchison, at 214-503-7652
  • Friendship – 3rd Tues, 11am – 1 pm; Barbara Powell at bpjvg@aol.com or 214-660-7369
  • Movie Matinee – 3rd Tuesday this month – usually 4th Tuesday; contact Sara Miskimins at smisk@verizon.net or 972 -271-6077 to get on notification list.

Liaison Committee

  • Women’s Alliance Retreats – Flyers available for pickup today
  • SWUUW Conference, March 6 – 8, 2015, San Marcos
  • WEA / WDA Spring Retreat. May 1 – 3, 2015, Glen Rose (Note: Cost is only $100, but deadline to register and pay is January 25, 2015. Pay by check to WEA. Your check will be returned if he group doesn’t “make.”)
  • Park Cities / Central Dallas Democrats Meeting Sat, Dec 6, 10:30, University Park Library, speaker Lynda Ender, “Advocacy for Dallas Seniors”
  • Urban Engagement Book Club – presenting Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women by Susan Faludi, Thur, Dec 4, noon at Wilshire Baptist Church

Finance Committee Chair Marge Niemann called on Gwen Lummus to report on Crafty Bake Sale.

Proceeds currently are $3053.40 to be equally divided between WDA and WEA. Verda Shine asked if there were still cloth bags left to sell. The answer: Yes, there are! Verda purchased one, and Gwen noted there are a number still available if anyone else wants to purchase one. If you shop in Dallas, you may be inspired to buy one after the first of the year when a 5 cent charge will be imposed on non-reusable bags.

Next fundraising event is “Clothes Encounters – From Our Closet to Yours” on March 1This was a fun and successful event for WEA last year. WDA is partnering with them this year. Co-chairs are Sharon Clark, representing WEA, and Kathy Calhoun, representing WDA. Time to clean out your closet!

Nominating Committee Chair Kathy Warner noted the committee will begin meeting soon. Please contact her if you are interested in serving as an officer or chairing a committee – likewise if you know someone you wish to recommend.

President Susan Grundy gave the closing words, extinguished the chalice, and adjourned the meeting at 11:00.

Kathy Warner introduced our speaker, Scott Winterrow, curator of education at the Meadows Museum of Art. Scott has a master’s degree in art education; he interned at the Meadows Museum, was an educator for six years at the Dallas Museum of Art, and served as an educational specialist for teachers at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles before returning to the Meadows in 2006. Scott is in charge of gallery training, docent training, lectures, and symposiums presented at the Meadow.

He had planned a detailed overview of the Meadows collection, but a complication in setting up the audio-visual equipment led to him speaking extemporaneously about Algur Meadows, his foray into Spain to expand his oil and gas holdings, and his frequent visits to the Prado with his first wife Virginia. They became aficionados of Spanish artists and purchased art there, some pieces of which were ultimately determined to be forgeries. Virginia died in 1961, and in in honor of his second wife Elizabeth, he began buying sculpture. In 1965 he donated his collection to SMU, establishing the Meadows Art Museum.

After the audio-visual equipment was operational, Mr. Winterrow was able to show us pictures of art pieces in the permanent collection, including pieces by Miro, El Greco, Murilla, and Vasquez, as well as images from the current exhibition of the graphic works of Francisco de Goya. Complete first edition sets of Goya’s four major print series, Los Caprichos (The Caprices, 1799), Los Desastres de la Guerra (The Disasters of War, 1810-19), La Tauromaquia (Bullfighting, 1816), and Los Disparates (The Follies, 1816-23) are featured in the exhibit.

The museum will be celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2015 and plans for special programs. He looks forward to our tour next week and hopes we can participate in some of the 50th anniversary programs in 2015.

Martha Withers,
Recording Secretary

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General Meeting Minutes – November 7, 2014

Women’s Day Alliance met in Raible Chapel at 10 am on Tuesday, November 4, 2014. President Susan Grundy called the meeting to order and asked those present with November birthdays to stand and be acknowledged. She then spoke the opening words and lit the chalice.

President’s Report and Announcements:

Returning to our theme for the year: Are We There Yet? What’s Next? In September, Susan asked the question: “What do I want WDA to continue into our future?” We continue to address various aspects of this question. Today: What actions shall we take to reinforce our relationship with First Unitarian Church? All replies have been recorded for reference. Two suggestions: As a group, continue our financial support of the church. As individuals, support each other in time of need and extend support to other church members by joining one of the Pastoral Care Volunteer Teams.

  • Susan reported on Connections Sunday. It was a positive experience with quite a few people stopping at the table and a number of brochures distributed. 5 people signed up as interested; one joined that morning.
  • If you haven’t voted already, VOTE TODAY.
  • If you haven’t submitted a financial pledge to the church, do so as soon as possible.

Copies of the October General Meeting minutes prepared by Recording Secretary Martha Withers were distributed prior to the meeting. The president called for a motion to approve. A motion was made and seconded, and the minutes were approved as presented.

Treasurer Dee Ann Dain gave the Treasurer’s Report for October. The beginning bank balance was $3,934.43. We received income of $1,560 (includes $1000 bequest from Mary Lou Hopkins) and incurred expenses totaling $690.00. Ending bank balance was $4,804.43.

First Vice President and Membership Chair Kathy Calhoun welcomed members and guests. New member Ellen Tye was introduced. 33 members and 3 guests were present. She asked members who did not pick up their 2014-15 directories to pick them up today.

Second Vice President and Program Chair Kathy Warner announced that in December we’ll have a program presented by a speaker from the Meadows Museum at SMU. President Susan asked for a show of hands of all who might be interested in touring the museum as a group. Quite a few present raised their hands.

Corresponding Secretary and Caring Committee Chair Marci Kizer reported:

  • Cards sent in October include a sympathy card to Donna Beavers for a family death and a welcome back card to Patty Jantho.
  • Received information from My Ride Dallas, a program sponsored by the Community Council of Greater Dallas. They help match people who need rides to doctors’ appointments and other destinations with the appropriate service. Contact Marci at 214-455-3089 for more info, or call My Ride Dallas at 972-855-8084.
  • Sent emails to visitors.
  • The WDA Caring Committee will determine how to contact members for the holidays.

If you have news to share or know of a member who isn’t able to join us regularly and might need a phone call, please let us know. PRIVACY- Please keep in mind: When notifying Caring Committee of members’ concerns it’s important you have their permission to share their information.

Luncheon Committee Chairs Lou Ann King and Linda Ray thanked this month’s luncheon hostesses Peggy Cargile, Beverly Cohn, and Laura Weinbrom. Also, thanks to Melody Nye for helping us to meet the kitchen stewardship guidelines of the First Unitarian Church.

Service Committee Chair Verda Shine reported:

  • The church is collecting clothing for North Dallas Shared Ministries this month. Also, our volunteers at Dan D. Rogers School will be returning soon. They will have the opportunity to attend a “refresher” course due to the temporary discontinuation of the volunteer program.

Social Committee – From Agenda – All are welcome at groups. Contact each chair for more information.

  • Bridge – 2nd and 5th Tues, 10am – 2pm; Cecily Hutchison, at 214-503-7652
  • Friendship – 3rd Tues, 11am – 1pm; Barbara Powell at bpjvg@aol.com or 214-660-7369; At 21st meeting we were urged to vote, and to get our flu shots. Jean Ann Powers, Director of Pastoral Care, gave us updated folders on 6 Personal Care Teams, including a new one, the Geek Squad to help us with technological problems. Check with Jean Ann to join as a helper or to get help
  • Movie Matinee – usually 4th Tuesday; contact Sara Miskimins at smisk@verizon.net or 972-271-6077 to get on notification list; next movie date is Tuesday, Nov. 18.

Liaison Committee – From Agenda

  • Final reminder – Facing Race: A National Conference presented by Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation, Dallas, Nov 13-15

Finance Committee Chair Marge Niemann called on Gwen Lummus to report on Crafty Bake Sale coming up Sunday, November 23

  • Pie advance order forms will go up on bulletin board, in Friday Reminder, and order of service soon.
  • We still need volunteers for both Saturday and Sunday
  • New and improved plan for Saturday morning set up: separate table with a volunteer at each for pies, cakes, muffins/cupcakes, bread, cookies, other baked goods, crafts, and a wrap table. Volunteers will make sure the craft items are priced and marked with creator’s name. No differentiation between WDA and WEA this year, so that should make pricing and marking easier.
  • Five of us gathered for a shopping-bag sewing bee. A number of completed bags were displayed.
  • Things to bring/send on Saturday: any additional shopping bags that you’ve completed and anything that could be used for display to help us “go vertical”; e.g. wire racks, pedestal cake plates, etc.

Communications Committee Chair Sharon Clark wasn’t present, but President Susan asked all to be sure to look at the new bulletin board and to pick up some brochures to use as conversation starters in Channing.

President Susan Grundy gave the closing words, extinguished the chalice, and adjourned the meeting at 11:00.

Irene Ellis introduced our speaker Scott Chase, an attorney who specializes in health law and has been named as one of the best lawyers in Dallas. He is an expert on the Affordable Care Act and health reimbursement issues and lectures extensively on these topics. In addition, he participates in community activities, has helped build 20 Habitat for Humanity homes, and lectures DISD students on the constitution.

Mr. Chase reviewed the history of national health care beginning in 1878 when Bismarck in Prussia instigated a national health care system (primarily to keep soldiers healthy). In the US, he said the platform of Teddy Roosevelt and the Bull Moose Party advocated national health care in 1912. In 1945 President Truman called for creation of a national health insurance fund, open to all Americans.

However, the passage of Medicare and Medicaid as an Amendment to the Social Security Act in July 1965 during the administration of President Lyndon Johnson was the first public health law implemented by the US. This ensured that elderly and low income persons had access to health care. President Bill Clinton championed healthcare reform during his administration, but was unable to develop a plan the insurance companies and a majority of the Congress would support.

The Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare,” passed in 2010, mandates that all must have health insurance coverage. Anyone not covered by a federal program, a public or charity health plan, or by a spouse or parent’s policy must purchase insurance coverage or can be penalized under the law. State and national “exchanges” allow customers to obtain information on coverage available in different “tiers” of policies offered by insurers. They can also find out if they are eligible for a subsidy (based on income) to help purchase a policy.

In addition to the personal mandate, the Act requires insurance companies to cover everyone – regardless of their prior health history – and allows adult children to be added to or kept on a parent’s health insurance policy until they turn 26 years old.

Despite a great deal of public confusion, legal challenges by many states, and glitches in rolling out the exchanges, Mr. Chase does not believe the ACA will be overturned. However, I must note he spoke to us on Election Day – just hours before we learned of the election results.

Martha Withers,

Recording Secretary

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General Meeting Minutes – October 7, 2014

Women’s Day Alliance met in Raible Chapel on Tuesday, October 7, 2014. President Susan Grundy called the meeting to order with opening words and lit the chalice. She then asked those present with October birthdays to stand. A special salute was given to our program speaker, Kay Nelson, for being here on her birthday.

Returning to our theme for the year: Are We There Yet? What’s Next? In September, Susan asked the question: “What do I want WDA to continue into our future?” In the coming months, we will address various aspects of this question. Today: What actions shall we take to continue building our membership? All replies have been recorded for reference. One simple thing: bring it up during a conversation in Channing on Sunday. And one more complex: establish a social media presence.

Additional announcements:

  • Susan reported seeing many Alliance members and other First Unitarian Church members at the Annie’s List Luncheon on September 23, 2014.
  • Jeanne Clinchy has accepted an appointment by the board to the nominating committee.
  • Thanks to Holly Nichols for creating the directory, Sharon Clark for creating the new brochure and Chris Denney for having them printed and ready for distribution at today’s meeting.
  • The annual launch of fundraising for next year’s budget and invitation to engage in service to the church and participate in social groups takes place this coming Sunday, October 12. (Formerly known as UU Link, it’s been renamed Connection Sunday.
  • UU Women and Religion — new curriculum: Unraveling the Gender Knot: Challenging the System that Binds Us  

Copies of the September General Meeting minutes prepared by Recording Secretary Martha Withers had been distributed prior to the meeting. The president called for a motion to approve, but Sara Miskimins pointed out that the Service Committee report was missing. A motion was then made to approve them with this addition. It was seconded and approved.

Treasurer Dee Ann Dain gave the Treasurer’s Report for September. The beginning bank balance was $3,945.45. We received income of $275, and incurred expenses totaling $286.02. Ending bank balance was $3,934.43.

She also announced a $1,000 bequest from Mary Lou Hopkins, which has just been received. It will appear in next month’s report

President Susan took the opportunity to recommend we all look at planning our end-of-life bequest and suggested we keep in mind the First Unitarian Church of Dallas and the Women’s Day Alliance.

First Vice President and Membership Chair Kathy Calhoun welcomed members and guests. New members present were Liz Orr and Carol Riddle. Altogether there were 37 members and 5 guests present. She also asked members present to pick up their new directories today.

Second Vice President and Program Chair Kathy Warner announced that November’s program features attorney Scott Chase, who will speak on “The Affordable Care Act at 31/2 years.”

Corresponding Secretary and Caring Committee Chair Marci Kizer reported:

  • Several birthday, get well and thinking-of-you cards were sent over the past month.
  • We haven’t had anyone volunteer to give rides to those who need one to attend meetings. Marci alerted members to the website myridedallas.org, which lists transportation options available in Dallas.
  • Marci updated her contact information. She has recently moved and has a new phone no. – 214-455-3089. If you have news to share, or if you know of a member who is not able to join us on a regular basis and might need a phone call, please notify her at the number above.

PRIVACY- Please keep in mind when notifying Caring Committee of members’ concerns that it’s important that you have permission from them to share their information.

Luncheon Committee Chairs Lou Ann King and Linda Ray thanked this month’s luncheon hostesses Irene Ellis, Ginny Lombardi, and Martha Withers.

Service Committee Chair Verda Shine reported:

  • We joined with WEA to provide lunch on Sept. 12 for volunteers participating in the church Hearts and Hammers project.
  • We purchased and delivered composition notebooks as well as a check for $250 to Dan D. Rogers School – also in collaboration with WEA.
  • Two October projects:

1). Peanut butter drive – bring jars to church for North Dallas Shared Ministries.

2). Music and Memory project – bring used i-Pods, gift certificates for i-Tunes, monetary donations to the Service Committee table in Channing on Sunday. For more info go to: musicandmemory.org/?s=faq

Social Committee – From Agenda – All are welcome at groups. Contact each chair for more information.

  • Bridge Group – 2nd & 5th Tuesdays, 10 am – 2 pm; Cecily Hutchison, 214-503-7652; new players welcomed.
  • Friendship Group –3rd Tues, 11am – 1pm; Barbara Powell, 214-660-7369 or bpjvg@aol.com
  • Movies – usually 4th Tues; Sara Miskimins, contact at 972-271-6077 or smisk@verizon.net to get on email notification list or check church Friday Reminder

Liaison Committee – From Agenda

  • Facing Race: A National Conference presented by Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation, Dallas, Nov 13-15

Finance Committee Chair Marge Niemann invited Gwen Lummus, WDA co-chair of the Crafty-Bake Sale, to talk about plans for the event.

Three significant initiatives this year:

  • The Board of WDA and WEA reached an agreement that we are equal partners in the proceeds from the Crafty-Bake Sale and other cooperative fundraising events.
  • Gwen and Kris Gillette are contributing fabric and directions for a group craft project to make and sell washable fabric shopping bags. This is in anticipation of the imposition of a 5 cent charge for all plastic and paper shopping bags in the city of Dallas, beginning in January.
  • Pre-ordered pies made-to-order will be offered. Taking orders begins in November.
  • Individual wrapped items such as small quiches, muffins, cupcakes sold at what is usually the donut table.

Gwen passed around a sign-up sheet for volunteers to bake and bring goods and crafts for sale as well as to work on Saturday collecting and pricing the goods and/or selling on Sunday.

Marge also noted co-chairs for the Clothes Encounters, scheduled March 1, 2015, are Kathy Calhoun for WDA and Sharon Clark for WEA. Again, WDA and WEA will equally share in the proceeds.

Communications Committee Chair Sharon Clark reported the bulletin board has been updated. If you are not receiving WDA email, please check with Kathy Calhoun and confirm your email address

President Susan Grundy gave the closing words, extinguished the chalice, and adjourned the meeting at 11:00 a.m.

Program Chair Kathy Warner introduced our speaker Kay Nelson, Gardening Coach, a Texas Certified Nursery Professional (TCNF) affiliated with North Haven Gardens. Kay literally presented information on using organic products in the garden from A to Z (Alfalfa Meal to Zinc). In addition to this, she presented information and handouts on composting, planting new trees and shrubs, and caring for new plantings .Her personal experience and anecdotes as an organic gardener and composter reinforced her professional credentials. Her garden planning services are available at North Haven Gardens by appointment for $50. After the consultation, a client receives a $50 rebate on purchases at North Haven Gardens.

Respectfully submitted,

Martha Withers, Recording Secretary

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General Meeting Minutes – September 2, 2014

Women’s Day Alliance met in Raible Chapel on Tuesday, September 2, 2014. President Susan Grundy called the meeting to order with opening words and asked those present with September birthdays or who had a birthday during the summer to stand during the chalice lighting.

She announced our theme for the year: Are We There Yet? What’s Next? (This continues exploring last year’s theme, Back to Our Future). Every month we will address a question about our future. To the question “What do I want WDA to continue into our future?” she received numerous answers including: building our membership, coordination with WEA, caring for each other, increase our hands-on volunteering, connection to the church, being a voice for women, and more.

Additional announcements:

  • The WDA/WEA joint workshop and board retreat on Saturday, May 31 was enjoyed and valuable to those who attended.
  • Anyone with feedback on the reactivated summer meetings, talk to her at lunch.
  • All are encouraged to attend Annie’s List Luncheon on September 23, 2014. The organization is focused on electing progressive women to office in Texas. Leticia Van de Putte, candidate for Texas Lieutenant Governor will speak at the event. Wendy Davis, candidate for Governor of Texas, will introduce her.

Copies of the May General Meeting minutes prepared by Recording Secretary Martha Withers had been distributed prior to the meeting. The president called for a motion to approve. A motion was made and seconded, and the minutes were approved as presented.

Treasurer Dee Ann Dain gave the Treasurer’s Report for August. The beginning bank balance was $3,845.45; income: $75 member dues, a donation of $100, and $100 for memorial service reception; expenses $175 for WDA/WEA joint membership reconciliation. Ending bank balance was $3,945.45.

First Vice President and Membership Chair Kathy Calhoun welcomed members and guests. She noted we had about 80 members, of whom 30 are present at today’s meeting. In addition, there are nine guests present.

Second Vice President and Program Chair Kathy Warner thanked her Program Committee and all who had participated in the member survey to evaluate past programs and recommend types of programs they would like to see. A handout of the program lineup was distributed and will also be listed in the directory/yearbook. Quite an eclectic variety of programs are on tap, with the first and last programs for 2014-15 aligned with the church’s theme for this program year: compassion. Our speaker today is First Unitarian Church Senior Minister, Rev. Dr. Daniel Kanter, who will give us an idea of what to expect during the coming year. The speaker in May will be First Unitarian Church Associate Minister, Rev. Aaron White, who will review the year and talk about what’s next.

Corresponding Secretary and Caring Committee Chair Marci Kizer reported

  • Birthday, get well and thinking-of-you cards were sent over the summer months.
  • Several members would like to attend meetings but need rides.

If you have news to share, or if you know of a member who is not able to join us on a regular basis and might need a phone call, please let us know.

PRIVACY- Please keep in mind when notifying Caring Committee of members’ concerns that it’s important that you have permission from them to share their information.

Luncheon Committee Chairs Lou Ann King and Linda Ray thanked this month’s luncheon hostesses Genie Fritz, Janelle Jenkins, Holly Nichols, and Elaine Villareal. She thanked Sara Miskimins who decorated the tables using some of the school supplies for Dan D Rogers School. A bowl for contributions to cover the supplies and other possible needs of the school will be on each table at the luncheon. Not only did Elaine help with setup and cleanup, she also volunteered for nursery duty in the absence of a caregiver, thus missing both the meeting and the luncheon. A very special thanks to Elaine.

Service Committee Chair Verda Shine reported we’re providing lunch at the church’s Hearts and Hammers project on September 13 in partnership with the Evening Alliance. She’s making some contacts for donations of sandwiches. Today at the luncheon, there will be bowls at each table where you can make a contribution for the school supplies and notebooks decorating our tables and which will be delivered to Dan D. Rogers School. Any funds collected over and above the amount needed to pay for the supplies and 100 composition notebooks already purchased will be given to the school, too.

Susan recognized Sara Miskimins who announced the school is looking for volunteers. Anyone interested is asked to attend a meeting Thursday evening to learn more about it.

Social Committee – From Agenda – All are welcome at groups. Contact each chair for more information.

  • Bridge Group – 2nd & 5th Tuesdays, 10 am – 2 pm; Cecily Hutchison, 214-503-7652; new players welcomed.
  • Friendship Group –3rd Tues, 11am – 1pm; Barbara Powell, 214-660-7369 or bpjvg@aol.com
  • Movies – usually 4th Tues; Sara Miskimins, contact at 972-271-6077 or smisk@verizon.net to get on email notification list or check church Friday Reminder; next movie date Tuesday, Sept. 16, movie TBA.

Liaison Committee – From Agenda

  • General Assembly/UUWF Kathy Calhoun represented us on a panel discussion of women’s reproductive rights; church now has Mary Lou Hoffman’s oral history of our involvement
  • 6th annual Peacemaker Luncheon, Thurs., Sept 18 11:30 a.m. at the Doubletree Hotel in Dallas.
  • LWV: 1)Voter Registration Events throughout Sept

2) Meeting Wed Sept 24

  • Gendercide Awareness Project, documentary film, Thurs., Sept 25, Angelika
  • The Golden Rule: Norman Rockwell’s America, presented by Thanksgiving Square Foundation, Thurs. Oct 2. Takes place at First Unitarian Church of Dallas
  • Dallas Sierra Club’s Earth, Wind & Fire Energy Summit, Oct 4-5
  • Facing Race: A National Conference presented by Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation, Dallas, Nov 13-15

Finance Committee Chair Marge Niemann was not present. Participation in the Crafty-Bake Sale with the Evening Alliance is coming up on Sunday, Nov. 23. Gwen Lummus is the WDA co-chair for the second year, and we’re looking for a volunteer to work with her and be able to co-chair in 2015.

Communications Committee Chair Sharon Clark reported the bulletin board refresh and website update are in process.

President Susan Grundy gave the closing words, extinguished the chalice, and adjourned the meeting at 11:00 a.m.

Program Chair Kathy Warner introduced our speaker Rev. Dr. Daniel Kanter. As the senior minister of First Unitarian Church, he is our spiritual and religious leader. He serves on the Planned Parenthood Board of Greater Texas and is aligned with other progressive religious and political leaders who confront social justice issues in the Dallas area.

Daniel spoke briefly of the power of women in his life and admitted to having been held accountable by strong women since he was a child! He recognized the groundbreaking work of the Women’s Alliance in the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision for which we received an award last spring and commended the Evening Alliance for their contributions to the Texas Equal Access (TEA) Fund.

Turning to the church’s program theme, A Year of Living Compassion, he said Sunday services will feature stories from multiple sources which will be thoughtfully examined to determine how and where compassion emerges. The individual and collective focus on the stories is intended to develop an awareness of our common need for compassion. The desired result is an enhanced practice of compassion within the congregation, leading to a culture of service and generosity.

Last but not least, Daniel returned to the topic of reproductive rights for women. The law requires Plan B drugs (emergency contraception drugs taken after unprotected sex) to be available and prominently displayed in all pharmacies. He challenged each of us to check out pharmacies in our neighborhood to see if they are in compliance and to let them know if they aren’t.

Respectfully submitted,

Martha Withers, Recording Secretary

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General Meeting Minutes – May 6, 2014

Women’s Day Alliance met in Raible Chapel on Tuesday, May 6, 2014. President Susan Grundy called the meeting to order with opening words and asked those present with May birthdays to stand during the chalice lighting.

President Susan Grundy showed off the beautiful Faith Voices for Reproductive Justice Award presented to the Women’s Alliance on April 7. The award celebrates the Alliance women who in 1970 were at the forefront of a journey that ultimately led to Roe v. Wade and the establishment of a legal right to abortion in this country. Definitely a moment of the present organization honoring the past and bearing witness to the future. She then spoke briefly about the value of honoring the experience and wisdom of older women and referred to the “90 Something Celebration” to be held later today in this context.

Recalling the connection between the Alliance and the kitchen, mentioned more than once during reflections on WDA history and how it relates to our current experiences, Susan commended a stalwart team who recently tackled the grease, grime, and lack of organization in our church community kitchen. Spearheaded by WDA members Marla Beikman, Hannelore Daniel, and Barbara Powell and joined by Marla’s husband and a friend of Hannelore, the team scrubbed, polished, and organized, at every level – even getting rid of leftovers in the refrigerator. We thank you for contributing a valuable service to the church and its members and friends.

She then announced the board had decided on a trial run of continuing WDA meetings during the months of June, July, and August. We’ll gather at the same time on the first Monday of the month for an informal activity or exchange of ideas. More information to come.

Copies of the April General Meeting minutes prepared by Recording Secretary Martha Withers had been distributed prior to the meeting. The president called for a motion to approve. A motion was made and seconded, and the minutes were approved as presented.

Treasurer Dee Ann Dain gave the Treasurer’s Report for April, the final month of the budget year. The beginning balance for April was $5,153.69. We received $351 in income, and the expenses for the month were $3,178.34, leaving fiscal-year end balance of $2,326.35. $3,000 of the expenses went to member-voted charities. The board determined the dollar amounts distributed to the organizations the members had selected. The First Unitarian Church received $2,000; Planned Parenthood, $400; Girls Inc., $400; and Visiting Nurses Association, $200.

First Vice President and Membership Chair Kathy Calhoun welcomed members and guests. She noted that the membership forms for the year which began May 1 have been placed on the luncheon tables. Please complete the form, write a check for the dues, and give to Treasurer Dee Ann Dain. Send your bio for the directory to the directory chairperson, Holly Nichols at tdn60@tx.rr.com.

Second Vice President and Program Chair Patty Jantho thanked her committee members Genie Fritz and Barbara Powell for their help in organizing and presiding over the programs this year.

Corresponding Secretary and Caring Committee:  A book has been added to the church library in memory of Mary Lou Hopkins. It is “The Mighty and the Almighty” by Madeleine Albright (a Wellesley graduate, as was Mary Lou).  Cards were sent to:
•    Birthday Cards: Jean Laughlin – 90th b’day; Genie Fritz- 90th b’day; Melissa Rice- 97th b’day
•    April program speaker – thank you
•    Gwen and Alan Lummus – congrats (shared UU of the Year Award)
•    Jackie Nadel – thank you (Mary Lou’s memorial gathering)
•    Ken Tillou –sympathy and thanks (Mary Lou’s cousin who spoke at memorial)
•    Donna Beavers – sympathy
•    Jane Wilson – 94th b’day (non-member, on church pastoral care list and knows many WDA members- home bound, was suggested by Marci Kizer, WDA member)
•    Martha Popkess – Invitation to be included in “90 Something Celebration” at May lunch
•    Ellen Sollender – Invitation (as above)
•    Additional honorees for the “90 Something Celebration” were contacted by phone)

Luncheon Committee Co-Chair Linda Ray thanked this month’s luncheon hostesses Nina Bell, Hannelore Daniel, Sue Moyer and Jolyn Robichaux. She also thanked Sara Miskimins who organized the setup and decorations for the birthday party and made arrangements for the cakes and flowers.

Social Committee – From Agenda – All are welcome at groups. Contact each chair for more information.
•    Bridge Group – 2nd Tues; Cecily Hutchison, 214-503-7652; new bridge players always welcome.
•    Friendship Group –3rd Tues; Barbara Powell, 214-660-7369 or bpjvg@aol.com; next meeting is May 20; group will meet during summer.
•    Movies – usually 4h Tues; Sara Miskimins, contact at 972-271-6077 or smisk@verizon.net to get on email notification list or check church Friday Reminder.

Liaison Committee – From Agenda
•    WEA meeting – Tuesday, May 13, Channing Hall, 6pm social, 6:30 potluck dinner, 7:00 program
•    PARISH MEETING MAY 18.  Come experience UU Congregational Polity in action! Join us at 1:15pm, in the Sanctuary on the 18th. Food trucks will precede the meeting. This Meeting is a critical one as your Board will be looking for our Congregation’s input on several important issues!
•    Calling for Delegates for General Assembly (GA), June 25-29. Anyone interested can participate on-line or in Providence, RI (register uua.org/ga/). 22 delegate slots; if you’re interested in being a delegate email board@dallasuu.org by May 20.
•    SUPPORT GIRLS’ EDUCATION IN SOUTH SUDAN.  Proceeds from the sale of puzzles of Africa and Bol Deng Malual’s book “One Lost Boy” will benefit this effort. Items will be available in the Book Nook.
•    LUCKY NUMBER SEVEN.  Seven caring adults are needed to join our teaching faculty for children this summer. Help at 11:30 is especially urgent.

President Susan recognized Mary Overton for another announcement of interest. The National Convention of the League of Women Voters will be held in Dallas June 6 –10. Volunteers are needed, and you need not be a member of LWV to volunteer. Mary has volunteer forms available today, or you can contact her at mover100@aol.com for her to email you a form. Volunteers are able to attend the sessions and are also invited to attend the special presentation of Red Hot Patriot: The Kick Ass Wit of Molly Ivins on Saturday June 7. If you have questions, you may reach Mary at home (214-750-1093) or on her cell ((214-620-1812).

Susan recognized the outgoing board members – Irene Ellis, Patty Jantho, and Sara Miskimins – and thanked them for their service.

Next, she called on Nominating Committee Chair Irene Ellis to lead the installation of officers and committee chairs for 2014-2015. They are President Susan Grundy; First VP/Membership Committee Chair, Kathy Calhoun; Second VP/Program Committee Chair, Kathy Warner; Corresponding Secretary/Caring Committee Chair, Marci Kizer; Recording Secretary, Martha Withers; Treasurer, Dee Ann Dain; Luncheon Committee Chairs, Lou Ann King and Linda Ray; Service Committee Chair, Verda Shine; Social Committee Chair, Sarah McGrath; Liaison Committee Chair, Paulette Cooper; Finance Committee Chair, Marjorie Niemann; Communications Committee Chair, Sharon Clark; Nominating Committee Chair, Kathy Warner; and Nominating Committee member Martha Durst.

President Susan Grundy gave the closing words, extinguished the chalice, and adjourned the meeting at 11:00 a.m.

Program Chair Patty Jantho introduced speaker David Overton whose topic is “Climate Change—How We Can Make a Difference.” David is an invaluable church leader who’s served us in many capacities over the years. He was instrumental in the church’s establishment of Jericho Road Dallas, an organization whose mission is to match volunteers to the needs of community-based nonprofits. He’s actively involved in the Social Action Council’s climate action team.  His presentation defined the pattern of social change in general by stages. Ideas are first pioneered by a few (not surprisingly, UUs are often involved at this stage). The second stage, escalation, occurs when a significant factor emerges that begins to shift public opinion. In the third stage, change happens. The final stage is reinforcing and protecting change.  In exploring how to move to meaningful action on climate change, he used force-field analysis to examine the drivers (forces pushing forward on action) and barriers (forces holding it back). Science overwhelmingly supports the need for action and thus is a driver. Barriers include public opinion – either climate change doesn’t exist or there’s nothing we can do about it. With these forces pushing against each other and the force-field analysis of other elements pointing more or less to equilibrium between drivers and barriers, what can we do? Perhaps the Obama administration’s release today of a report reinforcing the science of climate change and proposing a remedial action plan will provide a needed escalation. And as citizens we can boost our knowledge of the problem and be ready to rebut the prevailing public opinion by writing letters or joining an action group. (Information sources: 350.org and climate.nasa.gov.)

Respectfully submitted,
Martha Withers, Recording Secretary

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General Meeting Minutes – April 1, 2014

Women’s Day Alliance met in Raible Chapel on Tuesday, April 1, 2014. President Susan Grundy called the meeting to order with opening words and asked those present with April birthdays to stand during the chalice lighting.

This month, in our “Back to Our Future” moment, Susan read from Ruth Clark’s history of WDA printed in the late 70s. She read of the time period from the late sixties through the early seventies – a time period when women’s rights issues exploded – from equal employment opportunity, sports opportunities for women and girls, property rights, and the legalization of abortion giving women the right to choose whether or not to bear a child. Stress developed in the organization, particularly on the abortion issue. During the 1969-70 program year, presentations focused on the abortion issue. When first asked to join in a suit challenging Texas abortion laws, the Alliance members voted to take no action. However, in March, they did vote to give $50 to the Texas Citizens for Abortion Education; then at the general meeting on May 5 voted unanimously to file amicus curiae brief on cases then pending in Dallas Federal District Court.

Back to April 2014: At 7:00p.m. Monday, April 7, we’re gathering where this story began – at the First Unitarian Church of Dallas – where the “Faith Voices for Reproductive Justice Award” will be presented to Sara Weddington (the Texas attorney who represented “Jane Roe” before the Supreme Court) and the Women’s Alliance of The First Unitarian Church of Dallas. (Note there wasn’t a separate Day and Evening Alliance then.) Our own “foremothers” were at the forefront of a journey that ultimately led to Roe v. Wade and the establishment of a legal right to abortion in this country.

Copies of the March General Meeting minutes prepared by Recording Secretary Martha Withers had been distributed prior to the meeting. The president called for a motion to approve. A motion was made and seconded, and the minutes were approved as presented.

Treasurer Dee Ann Dain gave the Treasurer’s Report for March. The beginning balance for February was $4,589.87. We received $1,144 in income. The expenses for the month were $580.18 (includes $500 for budgeted donations for fiscal year ending April 30). The ending bank balance is $5,153.69.

First Vice President and Membership Chair Kathy Calhoun welcomed members and guests. 30 members and 4 visitors were present.

Program Chair Patty Jantho announced the program for May. David Overton and David Gray will speak on the topic “Climate Change…We Can Make a Difference.”

As Corresponding Secretary, Sara Miskimins reported a card received from Community Partners of Dallas for our recent donation to the Rainbow Room.

As Caring Committee Chair, Sara sent cards to:
•    Micky Nunn – get well – back surgery
•    Melissa Rice – thinking of you – recent fall and other health concerns

Additional Announcements from Sara:
•    A “Celebration of Life” for Mary Lou Hopkins on Friday, April 4 from 1-3 PM at the Plaza at Edgemere. It will be a come and go event, with formal remarks made about 1:30. Mary Lou would have been 90 in May and was looking forward to a special birthday celebration, so we will celebrate her long life for her on the 4th! You can read her obituary at www.ariacremation.com.
•    Celebrating significant birthdays for Jean Laughlin on April 10 and Genie Fritz on May 4. They each reach 90 years of age!

Luncheon Committee Co-chair Linda Ray thanked this month’s luncheon hostesses Alice Johnston, Marci Kizer, and Dee Sliger.

President Susan Grundy announced that WDA member Gwen Lummus and her husband Alan had jointly received the UU of the year award yesterday.

Social Committee – Sara McGrath – All are welcome at groups. Contact each chair for more information.
•    Bridge – 2nd Tues, 10am – 2pm; Cecily Hutchison, (214-503-7652)
•    Friendship – 3rd Tues, 11am – 1 pm; Barbara Powell (214-660-7369) or Marge Niemann (214-324-3294)
•    Movie Matinee – usually 4th Tuesday; contact Sara Miskimins (972-271-6077) to get on list for notification of movies location and time

Liaison Committee – Paulette Cooper
•    UU Group viewing of Fortress of Solitude at Wyly Theater, Sat, Apr 5, 2pm
•    Food Matters Group, Cookbook Exchange, Sun, Apr 6, Preston Patio, 9:30 – 1
•    WEA  meeting – Tuesday, April 8, Channing Hall, 6pm social, 6:30 potluck dinner, 7:00 program
•    Again in Texas . . . Lifting Faith Voices for Reproductive Justice, First Unitarian Church, Monday, Apr 7, 7:00pm, Honorees are Sarah Wedding and Women’s Alliance of First Unitarian Church
•    Monthly Forum on Issues of Social Justice for Women & Girls at 11:30 on Sunday, April 13, in Room 301. Jean Marsh presents: Finding Our True Self through Our Story
•    Dallas Faces Race, second organizational/information meeting, Sun, Apr 13, 1pm, Raible Chapel

Finance Committee
Treasurer Dee Ann announced the remarkable success of the March 16 “Final Going Out of Business Book Sale.” Our net profit was an amazing $1,217 total! Special thanks to all who donated and organized the books, and those who staffed the sale. A special “shout out” to Ann Harrell and Vee Shine who stayed late and helped Susan clear the leftover books.

According to the WDA Bylaws, the April meeting is the organization’s annual meeting. The budget for the next year is voted on and new officers are elected.
All in attendance had received a copy of the proposed budget for fiscal year May 1, 2014 – April 30, 2015. Dee Ann asked for questions, but there were none. The board having already approved the budget, no new motion needed to be made from the floor to vote on it. President Susan called for a second, which was received. The budget was passed unanimously by members present.

All in attendance also received a copy of the slate of officers and committee chairs proposed by the nominating committee. President Susan asked if there were other nominations from the floor. There being none, the slate in its entirety was voted on and passed unanimously.

Communications Committee Chair Kathy Warner is still working on confirming all are on the new email list. Right now many are getting two copies. When it’s confirmed everyone is on the new list, you’ll only receive one.

President Susan Grundy gave the closing words, extinguished the chalice, and adjourned the meeting at 11:00 a.m.

Program Chair Patty Jantho introduced Meijken Westenskow, an attorney and legal program director at Mosaic Family Services, who talked about human trafficking. On a personal note, Patty told us that Miejken has a Danish heritage, but was born in Utah. She is expecting her second child (a surprise as to whether it’s a boy or girl) in about two weeks.

Mosaic is dedicated to serving victims of human rights abuse from around the world who find themselves (willingly or unwillingly) in North Texas. With a staff that speaks 25 different languages, Mosaic provides legal representation, shelter, and case management services to victims of human trafficking and family violence and to refugees forced to flee their homeland by war, persecution, or violence.

Speaking about human trafficking, Meijken said the term has a highly specific definition under the United States Criminal Code. Human trafficking crimes are defined as the recruitment, harboring, transporting, or procurement of a person for labor or services for the purpose of involuntary servitude, slavery, or forced commercial sex acts. It must include force fraud, and coercion. This can be subtle or overt, physical or psychological. Traffickers use methods such as:
•    Threats to harm family members of the victim in their country of origin
•    Debt bondage – charging for transportation, housing, or uniforms, which the victim must pay under the threat of harm to themselves or family members
•    Confiscation of the victims documents
•    Physical violence
•    Controlled housing and communications

Other facts presented:
•    There are about 800,000 to 900,000 people trafficked internationally and 18,000 to 20,000 trafficked nationally. Local traffickers are often part of global networks.
•    California is the # 1 trafficking hub in the US, and Texas is probably is second.
•    Probably the largest numbers of perpetrators of human trafficking in Dallas are foreign nationals, both men and women.
•    Many of these occur when foreign nationals recruit children of relatives in their homeland for domestic service.
•    Mosaic learns of trafficking victims from Good Samaritans such as a neighbor or observer who becomes suspicious of activities at a neighboring residence, community organizations, faith-based organizations, and health-care facilities.

Martha Withers, Recording Secretary

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General Meeting Minutes – March 4, 2014

Women’s Day Alliance met in Raible Chapel on Tuesday, March 4, 2014. President Susan Grundy called the meeting to order with opening words and asked those present with March birthdays to stand as she lit the chalice.

This month, in our “Back to Our Future” moment, Susan featured recorded instances through the years of the Women’s Alliance participation in First Unitarian Church’s children’s programs, beginning in 1901. They’ve funded and participated in Christmas and Easter celebrations as well as Sunday School programs for the church’s youth. This intergenerational connection has continued – for more than a century!

Two special “events” today remind us of this connection. For the first time in a number of years, the church has made childcare available during our meeting today, allowing mothers of young children the opportunity to attend our meetings and programs. Certainly an affirmation of the value of intergenerational connections.

Susan then introduced 2014 Sumfun! Director, Martha Norton, who extended an invitation to volunteer during the annual weeklong summer day camp for our children, held this year June 23 through 27. Look for more information to come.

Copies of the February General Meeting minutes prepared by Recording Secretary Martha Withers had been distributed prior to the meeting. The president called for a motion to approve. A motion was made and seconded, and the minutes were approved as presented.

Treasurer Dee Ann Dain gave the Treasurer’s Report for February. Beginning bank balance was of Jan 31, 2014, $ 4,799.80. We received $290 income (lunch receipts) during the month. The expenses for the month were $200 for program and $300 for catering, leaving an ending balance of $4,589.87.

First Vice President and Membership Chair Kathy Calhoun welcomed members and guests. 30 members and 7 visitors were present.

Program Chair Patty Jantho announced the program for April. Bill Bernstein from Mosaic Family Services will speak on “Human Trafficking.”

Corresponding Secretary Sara Miskimins reported thank you notes sent to Mona Kazim Shah, M.D., Jan speaker, and Kathleen Cunningham, Feb. speaker.

As Caring Committee Chair Sara Miskimins reported cards sent to:
•    Chris Denney: thinking of you card, Chris’s brother is seriously ill
•    Sarah McGrath: sympathy, brother-in-law died
•    Betty Plumlee: (new member- attends Movie Matinee regularly) thinking of you, heart surgery 2/17 (she will be hospitalized for several days and then in rehab. at Edgemere for a while longer- has children locally and I will visit her when I am back)
•    Tink Claman: Martha sent a sympathy card off to Larry and the family for WDA; Tink’s memorial service is March 23 at 3:00 p.m.
It was announced from the floor that Melissa Rice had a bad fall and is wearing a heart monitor to determine if she needs a pacemaker.

Luncheon Committee Chairs Linda Ray thanked this month’s luncheon hostesses Dee Ann Dain, Jeanne Clinchy and Sarah McGrath. One more volunteer is needed for April. Please let her know if you can help.

In the absence of a service committee chair, Sara Miskimins delivered the annual WDA Rainbow Room contribution to the Community Partners of Dallas following our General Meeting on February 4. Our members contributed 5 boxes/bags of diapers and 3 tubs of baby wipes along with clothing for infants (including a tiny Dallas Cowboys shirt). In addition, $215 in cash and checks were donated. The Rainbow Room is the emergency resource center that provides critically-needed items for children in the care of Dallas County Child Protective Services. Thanks very much to all who participated. CPD thanks you as well.

At the February General Meeting, Dee Ann Dain was appointed Chair of the ad hoc service committee to recommend the beneficiaries of our annual member-voted charitable contributions. All members present at the February meeting were asked to nominate recipients. The form distributed for this purpose had no list of former recipients or suggested recipients – only the objectives of WDA.

Based on the tabulation of these nominations, Dee Ann announced today the four organizations recommended for a share of our 2013-14 charitable donations. These are The First Unitarian Church of Dallas, Planned Parenthood, Girls’, Inc., and the Visiting Nurses Association. Others serving on the committee were Marge Niemann and Martha Withers, as well as ex-officio member President Susan Grundy. Checks to the beneficiaries will be mailed before April 30, the end of the fiscal year.

At its next meeting, March 25, the WDA Board will evaluate and approve the 2014-15 budget presented by the Finance Committee. It will be presented to the membership April1.
Social Committee – Sara McGrath – All are welcome at groups. Contact each chair for more information.
•    Bridge – 2nd Tues, 10am – 2pm;  Cecily Hutchison, (214-503-7652)
•    Friendship – 3rd Tues, 11am – 1 pm;  Barbara Powell (214-660-7369) or Marge Niemann (214-324-3294)
•    Movie Matinee –  usually 4th Tuesday; contact Sara Miskimins (972-271-6077) to get on list for notification of movies location and time; March movie date is Tuesday, March 25, movie TBA.

Liaison Committee – Paulette Cooper
•    SMU Women’s Symposium: Wed, Mar 5, 11am to 9pm at Hughes-Trig Student Center Ballroom; Women are Superheroes, contact Karen Click, 214-768-4796
•    WEA meeting – Tuesday, Mar 11, in Channing Hall.  6:00 – conversation, 6:30 – potluck supper, 7:00 business meeting and program
•    Dallas Women’s Foundation: Maura Women Helping Women and Young Leader Awards on Thursday, April 24 at the Omni Dallas Hotel. Debbie Branson, a FUC member is the recipient of one of the awards.
•    SWUUW Conference, March 6 – 8, 2015; San Marcos; Our Sacred Springs; Dr. Rebecca Parker

Finance Committee
Book Sale – March 16 – Sign-up sheet passed around
Bring book donations starting Sunday March 9
Publicity already started. Flyers asking for used books and other items passed out Sunday, February 23

Communications Committee Chair Kathy Warner is setting up a new email system. Let her know if you did not receive an email notice last week about the Early Stage Memory issues workshop held Saturday, March 1.

Nominating Chair Irene Ellis presented the Nominating Committee’s Slate of Officers and Committee Chairs for the
2014-15 WDA Board.  (See attachment.) Per Article IX, Sec.2 of the Bylaws, the membership will vote at the April Annual Meeting. Other candidates may be nominated from the floor, provided each has consented to be named.

President Susan Grundy gave the closing words, extinguished the chalice, and adjourned the meeting at 11:00 a.m.

Program Chair Patty Jantho introduced the cast of the reader’s theater production “The Passion of Olympia Brown” by Fred Keefe. Cast members were Kathleen Campbell, Paulette Cooper, Charles Crow, Andy McCollum, John Norfleet, Yvonne Norfleet, and Barbara Powell. Thank you all for the wonderful presentation of the life and spirit of Olympia Brown.

Olympia was born in Michigan in 1835. After attending Antioch College in Ohio, she decided she was called to be a Universalist minister. First it was a struggle to gain admission to a theological school. She persevered, but when her studies were completed, no one would agree to ordain her. She succeeded in convincing the Universalist Council of her worth and became a fully-ordained minister in June of 1863.

But this was not her only fight. She became interested in women’s suffrage. Susan B. Anthony began recruiting her to the cause because of her speaking ability. One especially hot summer, she traveled to Kansas and gave over 300 lectures!  At some point she decided to give up her ministry and dedicate her life to the suffrage movement.
When World War I broke out, she and other “rabble-rousing” women believed if the USA was defending democracy abroad, it needed to fully extend the vote to its own citizens -– in the form of votes for women. They picketed the White House, where some were arrested and jailed. Olympia staged a demonstration across the street from the White House, and publicly burned President Woodrow Wilson’s speeches on freedom and democracy. When the war was over, Wilson had a change of heart and urged legislators to give the vote to women. As we know, the 19th Amendment was passed by Congress and ratified by the states, becoming part of the US Constitution on August 20, 1920. Olympia Brown cast her first vote on November 2, 1920.

But just to let you know, she wasn’t just a fighter; she was also a lover. She married and bore 2 children. Her husband was very supportive of her career and causes. As far as we know, her marriage was a happy one. However, she never adopted her husband’s last name.

Martha Withers, Recording Secretary

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General Meeting – February 4, 2014

Women’s Day Alliance met in Raible Chapel on Tuesday, February 4, 2014. President Susan Grundy called the meeting to order with opening words and asked those present with February birthdays to stand as she lit the chalice.

This month, in our “Back to Our Future” moment, Susan reviewed some of the history we’ve already covered so far by asking us questions. (No prizes or penalties were involved.)
Susan asked anyone who had money or a check for the Rainbow Room to give it to Sara Miskimins right now, as Sara will be leaving immediately after the business meeting to take our donations to Community Partners of Dallas (CPD).

Susan announced she had met with church childcare coordinator Brenda Johnson about implementing childcare during our meetings and luncheons. The goal is to recruit some of the younger women in the church to participate in WDA. Childcare will be provided for our meetings in March, April, and May.

Copies of the January General Meeting minutes prepared by Recording Secretary Martha Withers had been distributed prior to the meeting. The president called for a motion to approve. A motion was made and seconded, and the minutes were approved as presented.

Treasurer Dee Ann Dain gave the Treasurer’s Report for the month of January 2014. The beginning bank balance was $4,978.14. Income for the month was $345. Expenses for the month were $523.27, leaving a balance as of Jan 31, 2014 or $ 4,799.87.

Kathy Warner represented First Vice President and Membership Chair Kathy Calhoun. She was assisted by Karen McClendon and Sara Miskimins. 30 members were present as well as two spouses of members. Hats off to these gentlemen for bringing their wives to the meeting!

Program Chair Patty Jantho announced the program the March meeting will be a readers’ theater production entitled The Passion of Olympia Brown by Fred Keefe. It’s presented by the WDA Acting Company.

Corresponding Secretary Sara Miskimins reported receipt of thank you notes from Girls Inc., Alan Neustadt, and Melissa Rice.

As Caring Committee Chair, Sarah reported cards sent to Ann Harrell (get well), Mary Lou Hopkins (thinking of you); sympathy to Mary & David Overton family (Mary’s mother) and Catalina Garcia/Rollin Gary family (Rollin’s father and uncle). If you have news to share, please let us know. PRIVACY- Please keep in mind when notifying Caring Committee of members’ concerns that it’s important that you have permission from them to share their information.

Luncheon Committee Chairs Lou Ann King and Linda Ray thanked this month’s luncheon hostesses Karen McClendon, Genie Fritz, and Peggy Cargile. Thanks also to Jesus Mura, our new Facilities Engineer who helped out with kitchen duties.

Filling in for our deceased Service Committee Chair Marilyn Neustadt, Dee Ann Dain distributed a request form to all present to nominate recipients of our annual community donations. WDA objectives were listed as guidelines for nominations. These were collected at the end of the meeting. Kathy Warner, Paulette Cooper, Marge Niemann, and Martha Withers will work with Dee Ann to develop a list of recipients.

Social Chair Sarah McGrath reported on the activities of the social groups – bridge, friendship, and movie matinee.
•    Bridge – 2nd Tuesday, Cecily Hutchison (214-503-7652)
•    Friendship – 3rd Tuesday, Barbara Powell (214-660-7369) or Marge Niemann (214-324-3294).
•    Movie Matinee – Sara Miskimins (972-271-6077). In February the Movie Group is going to movies every week on Tuesdays. To participate, check the website for notice of the time, location, and name of the movie or join the email list (smisk@verizon.net). Today, they’re attending Her at the Angelika.

Liaison Committee Chair Paulette Cooper announced upcoming events and programs of interest to WDA. Please see the list in the Agenda distributed. In addition to the events listed, The DUUC talks, to be held on March 22, were brought to our attention. More on this is available on the church website.

In the absence of the Finance Committee Chair, President Susan Grundy announced that the board had decided to go ahead with a final book sale fundraiser despite not having a chairperson. It’s a TEAM effort taking place on March 16. Everyone needs to do what they can to make this happen. Books may be delivered to Channing Hall beginning Sunday, March 9.

Communications Committee Chair Kathy Warner announced the resignation of long-time webmaster and email coordinator, Lenna Webb. Kathy is actively recruiting for someone to take over these functions or we may have to “pull the plug” on our web presence and email communications.

Nominating Chair Irene Ellis noted that the committee was very close to being able to present a slate of nominees for next year’s officers and committee chairs.

President Susan Grundy gave the closing words, extinguished the chalice, and adjourned the meeting at 11:00 a.m.

Genie Fritz introduced Kathleen Cunningham, presenting today’s program, a book review of The Astairs, Fred and Adele, by Kathleen Riley. Genie’s association with Ms. Cunningham began when Ms. Cunningham was an assistant VP for the Texas Credit Union and Genie’s husband, Ned Fritz, was the attorney for this organization. Ms. Cunningham previously spoke at a WDA meeting when she was associated with the Dallas Arboretum. She is also known for ballroom dance exhibitions with her husband Randy and now combines her experience in speaking and dancing by presenting programs such as the one we were privileged to enjoy today.  Fred and Adele Astaire were a brother and sister dance act who began performing in vaudeville shows at a very early age in the early 1900s. The book traces the lives of both Fred and Adele. Adele marries an English aristocrat and Fred enjoys a huge success in movies, dancing with an array of well-known partners.

Respectfully submitted,
Martha Withers, Recording Secretary

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General Meeting Minutes – January 7, 2014, Approved February 4, 2014

Women’s Day Alliance met in Raible Chapel on Tuesday, January 7, 2014. President Susan Grundy called the meeting to order with opening words and asked those present with January birthdays to stand as she lit the chalice.

Corresponding Secretary Sara Miskimins’ listing of thank you cards and get well cards sent on behalf of WDA was included in the printed agenda distributed at the meeting.

Sara’s report as chair of the Caring Committee included congratulations to Genie Fritz and Maridel Hoagland for community recognition during December and to Irene and Leonard Ellis on the birth of a new granddaughter; condolences on the deaths of Ginny Witt and Shirley Woodward; former members/friends of WDA; and noted home-bound members visited by the holiday visiting team.

If you know of any WDA member who is not able to join us on a regular basis and would enjoy a visit, please let us know. And if you have news to share, please let us know that as well.

PRIVACY- Please keep in mind when notifying Caring Committee of members’ concerns that it’s important that you have permission from them to share their information.

President Susan Grundy recognized Jeanne Clinchy who had recently heard from former First Church and WDA member, Marion Gholston. Marion had suffered a stroke a couple of years ago, but at this time is still living independently in Corpus Christi, where she moved in 1998.

Luncheon Committee Chairs Lou Ann King and Linda Ray thanked this month’s luncheon hostesses Marge Niemann, Alma Ayers, and Barbara Powell.

Service Committee Report:

Following the death of our 2013-14 Service Committee Chair Marilyn Neustadt, former Service Committee Chair, Sara Miskimins, has stepped up to coordinate the annual RAINBOW ROOM project.

Donations for Community Partners of Dallas’ Rainbow Room will be collected at the February meeting. CPD serves abused and neglected children in Dallas County through five unique programs. One of these is the Rainbow Room, an emergency resource center providing critically-needed items for children in the care of Dallas County Child Protective Services. Bring your items and place on the designated table in Channing. They will be delivered that same day.

They accept new items only, operating on the credo that “abused and neglected children don’t need abused and neglected things.” Sara provided a list of current needs. Monetary donations are always welcome.

Susan noted that the primary remaining duty of the Service Committee for this program year is to coordinate the decision- making process of selecting our annual beneficiaries of charitable contributions. She asked for volunteers for the task and four members responded: Kathy Warner, Paulette Cooper, Dee Ann Dain, and Marge Niemann.

Social Chair Sarah McGrath reported on the activities of the social groups – bridge, friendship, and movie matinee.

  • Bridge/Cecily Hutchison, 2nd Tues
  • Friendship/Barbara Powell + Marge Niemann, 3rd Tues
  • Movie Matinee/Sara Miskimins  –  In preparation for the Oscars, the Movie Group is starting a marathon movie series over the next two months of Tuesdays. To participate, check the website for notice of the time, location, and name of the movie. You may also join the movie/matinee email list (smisk@verizon.net) or call Sara at 972-271-6077.

Liaison Committee Chair Paulette Cooper announced upcoming events and programs of interest to WDA. Included was an invitation to the January WEA meeting, notice of the church’s upcoming participatory creative event “A Festival of HeARTS,” the recurring monthly forum on Issues of Social Justice for Women and Girls, and the annual Southwest Unitarian Universalist Women (SWUUW) Conference in Tulsa on February 21-23.

Communications Chair Kathy Warner reported she is continuing to work on some transitions in the flow of communications. If anyone feels they aren’t getting the information they need in the form they prefer, please let her know so she can check to be sure your contact information is current and correct. She will soon be updating our Bulletin Board in Channing (shared with WEA). She would love to get pictures from events if you have any.

Nominating Chair Irene Ellis was introduced. She introduced the other committee members, Ginny Lombardi and Judy Smith. The committee distributed an “Interest Survey” and asked those present to complete it during lunch. Please let them know in what positions, committees, or special projects you are willing to participate in.

President Susan Grundy gave the closing words, extinguished the chalice, and adjourned the meeting at 11:00 a.m.

Program Chair Patty Jantho introduced Dr. Mona Kazim Shah, a physician turned journalist from Pakistan. As host of “Politics Today” on FunAsia Radio, she became an expert on the problems and politics of Pakistan, Afghanistan, and the Kashmir region controlled by Pakistan.

Dr. Shah began the program by stating “Pakistan today is a victim of terrorism and a safe haven for terrorists.” Pakistan had at least 49 terrorist organizations of record operating in various networks at the end of 2013. Two shocking facts she presented: The Taliban sells terrorist franchises and at least 500 schools have been blown up.

On a softer note, she remembers her childhood in Pakistan with pleasure and recounted the story of her and her husband being introduced by their parents.

Martha Withers, Recording Secretary

Report from the Treasurer Women’s Day Alliance January 7, 2014

For the month of December 2013

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Women’s Day Alliance Minutes, 2013
(most recent first)

General Meeting – December 5, 2013 (As approved January 7, 2014)

Women’s Day Alliance met in Raible Chapel on Tuesday, December 3, 2013. President Susan Grundy called the meeting to order with opening words at 10:30. Those with December birthdays were asked to stand during the lighting of the chalice.

This month, in Susan’s continuing exploration of the “herstory” of the Women’s Alliance, the kitchen was once again the topic. You may remember she previously told of the pleasure of Alliance members in 1911 when the church moved into a building with a kitchen. When the congregation moved to its present location on Preston Road with a brand-new kitchen, once again they were excited. The church grew rapidly in its new location, and keeping the kitchen clean, well maintained, and well organized became a recurring topic of concern. Of course, a number of First Unitarian Church groups used the kitchen, and the church also rented space to other organizations for meetings.

Fast forward to the present. It seems our current expanded and remodeled kitchen is in need of some deep cleaning and organization. Susan proposed organizing a kitchen task force, possibly in partnership with the Evening Alliance. Please let her know if you have suggestions to offer or want to help decide what we can do to support our church home in addressing the state of the kitchen.

Copies of the November General Meeting minutes prepared by Recording Secretary Martha Withers having been distributed, Susan asked all to review them, and we’ll vote on approval after the Treasurer’s Report.

Treasurer Dee Ann Dain gave the Treasurer’s Report for the month of November 2013. Our receipts were $935 and disbursements were $219.05, leaving a bank balance of $3,534.64. (Does not include proceeds from Crafty Bake Sale, but does include donations in memory of Jo Hoge. A summary of her report will be posted online with the minutes. (See Treasurer’s Report following this document.) The entire report is filed with the minutes.

After this, we returned to the minutes. They were approved as presented.

First Vice President and Chair of Membership Kathy Calhoun welcomed eight new members present today and three guests. She distributed updates to the membership directory including new members.

Corresponding Secretary Sara Miskimins had no correspondence to report this month. Her report on activities in her role as Caring Committee Chair was included in the printed agenda distributed at the meeting and, in the interest of time, was not read. It is copied here:

MEMORIAL GIFTS TO LIBRARY- (chosen from suggestions by David Overton, church librarian) have been delivered to the library and will soon be placed.

  • Honoring Phyllis Jo HogeThe Moral Ground (Kathleen Moore) and The Real Environmental Crisis (Jack M. Hollander), both hardcover books on environmental issues
  • Honoring Marilyn Neustadt: Half the Sky (Nicholas Kristoff), hardcover book and companion DVD, women’s rights issues

HOLIDAY VISITATIONS- Keep Karen McClendon, Martha Withers and Sara Miskimins posted on any suggestions/volunteers for both recipients and visitors.  Jane Vrabel and Jean Laughlin, our Emeritus Members, are on the list. 

Luncheon Committee Co-Chair Lou Ann King thanked today’s luncheon hostesses Kathy Calhoun, Beverly Cohn, Patty Jantho, and Martha Withers.

Susan noted the loss of our Service Chair, Marilyn Neustadt. Please speak to her if you have interest in serving on this Committee. The RAINBOW ROOM project will not happen until after the holidays at the earliest.

Social Chair Sarah McGrath reported on the activities of the social groups – bridge, friendship, and movie matinee.

  • Bridge/Cecily Hutchison, 2nd Tues
  • Friendship/Barbara Powell + Marge Niemann, 3rd Tues – 25 attended the Nov 19 meeting, with 100% participation in discussion time. Friendship group has a service project, collecting donations to purchase gift cards for 3 needy single-parent families in our church (working with Jean Ann Powers). If others in WDA would like to join in this project, please give your donation to Barbara Powell.
  • Movie Matinee/Sara Miskimins – In Dec the Movie Group is scheduled for Dec 17, 3rd Tues. rather than the usual 4th. Look for notice on website or join email list.

Liaison Chair Paulette Cooper was unable to be present, but her report follows.

  • WEA meeting – Tuesday, Dec 10, in Channing Hall.  6:00 – conversation. 6:30 – potluck supper (please bring a favorite dish to share). Gift exchange: members decided on bringing a wrapped Christmas ornament ($5 limit) to exchange.  Program: Elizabeth Ellis, professional storyteller.
  • Monthly Forum on Issues of Social Justice for Women & Girlsat 11:30 on Sunday, December 8
  • SWUUW Conference, Feb 21-23, 2014, Tulsa Hyatt Regency Hotel. The Power of Story

Crafty Bake Sale WDA Co-Chair Gwen Lummus reported a wonderful success and thanked all who baked or provided crafts for sale as well as those who set up on Saturday and worked the sale on Sunday. The final accounting showed WDA raised a whopping $1,208, our highest-ever receipts from this fundraiser.

An announcement from Kathy Warner Communications Chair: Let her know if you have any questions/concerns about receiving emails sent to membership. She and Lenna Webb, our email list guru, are refining this process.

Nominating Chair Irene Ellis was not present. She’s in San Antonio awaiting the birth of a grandchild. Please be thinking about how you might like to serve WDA next year.

President Susan Grundy gave the closing words, extinguished the chalice, and adjourned the meeting at 11:00 a.m.

Barbara Powell introduced the program for December featuring Jean Ann Powell, Pastoral Care Director of First Unitarian Church, presenting “My Life in Word and Song.” Her collaborator Mark Carroll is a well-known pianist/vocalist with whom she studied. They performed together for a number of years at various Dallas venues.

The “words and songs” first led us through a tribute to Jean Ann’s family of origin, then her education and career. (Who would have thought our Pastoral Care Director began her career in the theater in New York City? Although she loved the theater, she became disenchanted with the uncertainty of employment in this field. She went back to school and became an educational counselor.)

Next came the romantic part. (She fell in love with her now husband Darrell and married him when he was transferred to Dallas.) The final “words and songs” focused on the joys – and sometime complexities – of nurturing a marriage and two sons and serving in a position she loves.

Martha Withers, Recording Secretary

Report from the Treasurer Women’s Day Alliance
December 3,2013

For the month of November 2013.

We’ve been 7 months on this journey. With a lot of help from professionals who have become
friends, I’ve learned the following: Clarity is often in the eyes of the clarifier, not the beholder,
and simplification isn’t always simple.

My computer program and I have finally figured out how to get the numbers to reflect the
actions of the organization. As proud of myself as I am of this accomplishment I realize that
they are only numbers.For many Board and members thats what they will remain. Having them
mean something to you is my goal for the rest of the journey.

Beginning bank balance 10/31/13 $2,818.69.

We have exceeded our $1700 budgeted amount for membership dues. That is a goal we have
not reached in a good number of years. Dues are our primary income source. Fundraising and
donations are the other two, Early figures report that that we will exceed our Crafty Bake Sale
projection of $900. Our share is currently $1183.50.

We do not budget donations as we have no way of knowing the amount. This month our
donations are $635, due to the generous bequest of Jo Hoge’s family.

Our expenses remain in line with Honors for Jo Hoge and Marilyn Neustadt totaling $54.05,
this expense reflects CD gifts to the library. Our final donation of $150 to Rogers School has
been made.

Total income for November $1,370.
Total disbursements $654.05.

Ending bank balance and checkbook balance, the same at $3,534.64

I always end my reports with an invitation to you, to give meaning to any questions you have
about your money. That invitation is always open, after the meeting, please.

Thank you,

DeeAnn Dain

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General Meeting – November 5, 2013 (As approved December 3, 2013)

Women’s Day Alliance met in Raible Chapel on Tuesday, November 5, 2013. President Susan Grundy called the meeting to order with opening words. Those with November birthdays were asked to stand during the lighting of the chalice.

This month, Susan’s continuing exploration of the “herstory” of the Women’s Alliance reported on an event she recently attended, sponsored in part by SMU’s Women’s and Gender Studies Program. The speaker, Shelby Knox, as a 15-year-old in Lubbock, Texas had advocated not only with for a comprehensive sex education in her high school but also for a gay-straight student alliance. During her talk, Ms. Knox touched on the excellent comprehensive sex education curriculum developed by the Unitarian Universalists. She shared with Susan that she recently learned that the 1973 Supreme Court decision   was a case begun in Texas. Susan was able to inform her of the research and support provided by our Alliance members in 1973 to the two young attorneys, Linda Coffee and Sarah Weddington, who argued the abortion rights case before the Supreme Court.

Recording Secretary Martha Withers read the minutes of the October General Meeting. These were approved as read. Since the printed minutes are available, Genie Fritz suggested that they not be read aloud at the general meeting. We agreed to give that a try and see how it works.

Treasurer Dee Ann Dain reported income of $254.74 and expenses of $238.07 during the month of October, leaving a bank balance of $2,818.69. She reported Jo Hoge’s obituary directed memorial donations to the Women’s Day Alliance for their selected charities. She has already received one donation and expects to receive several more. Her entire report is filed with these minutes.

First Vice President and Chair of Membership Kathy Calhoun announced we had nine new members since Sept. 1st. (Not including several more in attendance paid their dues today.) Kathy distributed updates to the membership directory information including new members up until today and any information changes she had received. She once again asked everyone to check their information and let her know if there are any updates.

Program Chair Patty Jantho reminded us of the program for the next general meeting December 3. First Unitarian Church Director of Pastoral Care Jean Ann Powell, will present “My Life in Word and Song.”

The written report of Corresponding Secretary and Caring Committee Chair Sara Miskimins was included in the printed agenda distributed at the meeting and, in the interest of time, was not read. It is copied here:

Corresponding:

Cards Sent:
– Get well: 
Gail Mackey (knee surgery)

– Sympathy:  Jo Hoge Family (Jo’s death); Dee Sliger (Jo’s sister); Allan Neustadt and Family  (Marilyn’s death)
– Thank you:   Lloyd Bockstruck (Oct. program); Andrea Heaberg (Jo’s daughter- thank you to family for  directing    memorial gifts to WDA); 6 cards total to individuals for 7 Jo Hoge memorial gifts
 – Congratulations:  Catalina Garcia (honored as Latina Living Legend by Hispanic 100).  
 – Emailed Andrea Heaberg list of Hoge memorial gifts
Cards Rec’d:
 – 6 individuals have sent a total of 7 memorial gifts in Jo’s name.  
 – Linda Adkins (Jo’s daughter, on behalf of the family), thank you for the memorial reception

Caring Committee

  • MEMBERS- Jane Vrabel‘s recent hospital stay was due to her son needing to be away for several days. She is back in her “independent living” apartment. Church Pastoral Care seems to be handling her needs very well, but she (and others) would love to hear from WDA friends. Patty Jantho is home and on the mend from pneumonia. Elsa North is out of hospital/rehab and staying with her daughter.
  • MEMORIAL GIFTS TO LIBRARY- Alma Ayers is currently working to arrange memorial gifts to the library for Jo Hoge and Marilyn Neustadt.
  • HOLIDAY VISITATIONS- Keep Karen McClendon, Martha Withers and Sara Miskimins posted on any suggestions/volunteers for both recipients and visitors.  Jane Vrabel and Jean Laughlin, our Emeritus Members, are on the list.  
  • PRIVACY- Please keep in mind when notifying the Caring Committee of members’ concerns that it’s important that you have permission from them to share with me as well as permission to share with other members and/or the church.  

All members are encouraged to make calls to our members I’ve noted above with current health problems (and any others I may not know about) who would enjoy the contact or might need a helping hand.

Luncheon Committee Co-Chair Lou Ann King thanked today’s luncheon hostesses Jana Blackburn, Judy Smith, and Lenna Webb. She again reminded us that food scraps must go into the disposal – not the wastepaper container.

 The report of Service Chair Sara Miskimins is excerpted from the agenda:

  • A $150 check will go to Dan D. Rogers Elementary for misc. school supplies – this is the overage we had from member donations in Sept.
  • Rogers could use more tutors in the lower grades (PK-2nd), as well as lunch time mentors who simply meet with a student (or two) for lunch periodically.  Both of these volunteer opportunities can be tailored to fit your schedule.  They are both small services that reap huge benefits to these kids.  Sara Miskimins and new member Pam Egert are scheduled and we hope others of you will join us.  Contact Sara if interested.
  • RAINBOW ROOM – With Marilyn Neustadt’s passing, we will need to find other means of ensuring our donations are collected and delivered to Community Partners of Dallas.  If one or more of you will volunteer for this short term project it will be greatly appreciated.  This does not enlist you as a board member or service chair.  You can determine when would be the best time to execute the drive as well.  Please contact Sara Miskimins to help your organization get this done!

Social Chair Sarah McGrath reminded us that the social groups – bridge, friendship, movie matinee – are open to anyone who wants to be a part of a smaller group focused on particular interests. Friendship hostesses on the third Tuesday of November are Martha Durst and Jo Lynn Robichaux.

Communications Committee Chair Kathy Warner thanked all who had participated at the joint WDA/WEA table on Commitment Sunday. She requested all to let her know of anything needing to be communicated, either within the organization or to the congregation.

President Susan Grundy gave the closing words, extinguished the chalice, and adjourned the meeting at 11:00.

Patty Jantho introduced speaker Sarah Saldaña, United States Attorney of the Northern District of Texas and a First Unitarian Church member. She was confirmed by the US Senate in 2011 and is only woman in Texas now serving in this capacity- not to mention one of only two women to be appointed in Texas in 132 years. Her district comprises 100 counties in Texas and 9500 square miles. Essentially she is the “district attorney” or head prosecutor, in this district for all agencies of the federal government.

Chief types of crime investigations pursued and prosecuted by her department are national security issues; violent crime involving gangs, guns, and drugs; financial fraud involving Medicare or Medicaid or stealing from banks; and the protection of our most vulnerable – children, seniors, and those whose civil rights have been violated.

Martha Withers, Recording Secretary

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General Meeting – October 1, 2013 (As approved November 5, 2013)

Women’s Day Alliance met in Raible Chapel on Tuesday, October 1, 2013. President Susan Grundy called the meeting to order at 10:35 am with opening words. Those with October birthdays were asked to stand during the lighting of the chalice.

The “herstory” moment for this month was a reading from Hilda Sieder Ross’s 1900-1938 History of the Women’s Alliance. The year was 1911, and the church had acquired a new building at St Louis and South Ervay, formerly a Jewish house of worship. The reading expressed the pleasure of the ladies in the Alliance that their new church home included a kitchen where they could prepare and serve church dinners. It touted particular cooking skills of various members and their contributions to the life of the church. In a “Back to the Future” moment, Susan mentioned the upcoming Crafty Bake Sale and our opportunity to show what we can do in the kitchen.

Recording Secretary Martha Withers read the minutes of the September General Meeting. These were approved as read.

Before proceeding with items on the agenda, Susan asked Gwen Lummus, WDA’s representative for the Crafty Bake Sale, to start around sign-up sheets for the event to be sure they made it around the room before the end of the meeting. Susan also stressed the importance of all being involved in this fundraising project.

Treasurer Dee Ann Dain expressed thanks to Marla Beikman and her committee for the reception following the memorial service for Mary Gilmore and to Martha Withers for guiding the Hearts and Hammers Luncheon. Income this month was $282 and expenses $557.21, leaving a bank balance of $2803.02. Her report is filed with the minutes.

First Vice President and Chair of Membership Kathy Calhoun announced we had 24 members present including new member Verda Shine, and guests Susan Ruby, Donna Beavers, and Kate Echols present today.

In the absence of Program Chair Patty Jantho, Susan G. reminded us of the program for the next general meeting November 5. First Unitarian Church member and former board member Sarah R. Saldaña, United States Attorney of the Northern District of Texas will present “An Overview of the US Attorney’s Office.”

Holly Nichols, a member of the Caring Committee and daughter of Patty Jantho, told us Patty has bronchitis and is still in the hospital because she still has a fever.

In the absence of Corresponding Committee Chair Sara Miskimins, Martha Withers read the list of those to whom cards were sent in September.

Martha also read Sara’s Caring Committee report noting members with current health difficulties either new or continuing and encouraged all present to call or visit those we know who would enjoy the contact or might need a helping hand.

Luncheon Committee Chairs Lou Ann King and Linda Ray expressed thanks to Irene Ellis, Martha Durst, and Pamela Townsend for being hostesses at today’s luncheon and decorating the tables.

The Service Committee report, prepared by Sara Miskimins, was also read by Martha. Sara has been serving as Acting Chair of the Committee until Marilyn Neustadt returns to Dallas.

  • Donations for Rogers Elementary received at the September meeting totaled approx. $235. We spent approx. $85 for the school supplies (composition notebooks and misc. supplies used for luncheon table decorations) and will give the balance of $150 to Rogers for a specific need.
  • The Evening Alliance also made a large donation of school supplies. Sara delivered all supplies on September 3. Thanks to all who donated.
  • The Day and Evening Alliances jointly sponsored lunch for First Church’s Hearts and Hammer’s crew on September 14.
  • Holly Nichols, Caring Committee member in charge of facilitating rides to the meeting for those who can’t drive, developed a list of members by zip code.

Social Chair Sarah McGrath reminded all that the social groups – bridge, friendship, movie matinee – are open to anyone who wants to be a part of a smaller group focused on particular interests. Signup for email to get reminders of these meetings, or call Sarah or one of the group coordinators for information, time, and format of each group.

Bridge, coordinated by Cecily Hutchison, meets on the 2nd Tuesday; Friendship, coordinated by Barbara Powell and Marge Niemann, meets on the 3rd Tuesday; Movie Matinee, coordinated by Sara Miskimins, usually meets on the 4th Tuesday, but sometimes on the 5th.

In the absence of Liaison Committee Chair Paulette Cooper, Susan G reported on upcoming events of possible interest to members.

Communications Committee Chair Kathy Warner needs two more members on the committee for making telephone calls to members who don’t use the internet. Peggy Cargile volunteered to be a caller.

In the absence of Nominating Committee Chair Irene Ellis, Susan announced the third member of the committee chosen by the board according to the by-laws. The board appointed Judy Smith, who joins the elected members Irene and Ginny Lombardi.

President Susan Grundy gave extinguished the chalice, gave the closing words and adjourned the meeting at 11:00.

Karen McClendon introduced speaker Lloyd Bockstruck, noted genealogist, librarian, and historian. He spent much of his career as supervisor of the genealogy department at Dallas Public Library. Accordingly his topic was entitled “Genealogy and You.” Many of us enjoy tracing the ever-expanding “family tree” of our ancestors. Mr. Bockstruck noted it’s a great way to become aware of where we came from and why: the convergence of national and international events and the social and cultural challenges that landed us where we are today. He addressed the origin of family names and the vagaries of name changes through the generations and shared many informative and amusing anecdotes.

Martha Withers, Recording Secretary

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General Meeting – September 3, 2013 (As approved October 1, 2013)

Women’s Day Alliance met in Raible Chapel on Tuesday, Sept 3, 2013. President Susan Grundy called the meeting to order at 10:30 am with opening words. Those with September or October birthdays were asked to stand during the lighting of the chalice.

Susan made several announcements:

  • The chosen the theme for the year is “Back to Our Future.” Each meeting will include a few minutes of history – or as some prefer “herstory.”

~ This month’s herstory lesson: Sixteen members attended the first meeting of the Women’s Alliance on Sept. 11, 1900. Two printed histories are in existence – one by Hilda Sieder Ross covering 1900-1938 printed in 1968 and one compiled by Ruth Clark covering 1900-1976.

~ Teaser research question – to what does the phrase “post office mission” refer?

  • The board had a half-day retreat during which Sharon Thompson presented “True Colors,” a workshop to find out more about various personality types and working styles – what is our own, what is another’s , and how best we can work as a team.
  • After the program today Senior Minister Daniel Kanter and Director of Congregational Life Tracy McShan will talk about church programming for the coming year.

The minutes of the May meeting were read and approved after a clarification.

Treasurer Dee Ann Dain announced a bank balance of $3,078.23. She reported Bank of America has credited service charges of $144 for last year back to our account and waived any additional fees incurred until July 2014. Her complete report is attached.

First Vice President and Chair of Membership Kathy Calhoun announced we had 31 members and 10 guests (many from the Evening Alliance) present today. She invited members to pick up their directories and also some brochures to distribute to prospective members. She thanked Judy Smith who produced both.

Kathy Warner, Communications Chair, said the brochures would also be available in the pockets in Channing Hall where information on various programs and groups is available.

Second Vice President and Program Chair Patty Jantho reported the October program would be “Genealogy and You” presented by Lloyd Bockstruck.

Correspondence Secretary and Caring Community Chair Sara Miskimins said a Caring Committee is in place comprising Karen McClendon and Martha Withers (holiday visitations), Alma Ayers (memorials), and Holly Nichols (coordinate rides to general meetings). She gave details of correspondence sent and received, reported a donation of a set of CDs on comparative religion in honor of Dottie Latimer. Her complete report is attached.

In the absence of Service Chair Marilyn Neustadt, Sara reported she’s already delivered composition books Dan D. Rogers School. Containers are on the tables today for donations to help pay for these and other supplies adorning the luncheon tables. The Women’s Evening Alliance is contributing as well. Information about volunteering at Dan D. Rogers School is in her report attached. Ask Sara about orientation if you wish to volunteer.

Regarding the Hearts & Hammers service project, Martha Withers has arranged a donation of sandwiches from a manager of three North Dallas Subway stores on the first workday, Sept 14. WEA will partner with us to supply other items for the lunch.

She also reminded that First Unitarian volunteers for weekly shifts at the North Texas Food Bank. See her attached report for dates and contact information.

Social Chair Sarah McGrath reminded all that the bridge group, friendship group and movie matinee group are open to anyone who wants to be part of a smaller, more social group. Sign up for email to get reminders of these meetings, or call Sarah or a board member for more information.

Thanks to today’s luncheon hostesses Ginny Lombardi, Sara Miskimins, Micky Nunn, and Kathy Warner.

In the absence of Community Liaison Paulette Cooper (who has broken her hip), President Susan Grundy announced:

  • The Evening Alliance has invited us to join them for a weekend retreat November 15-17 at Glen Lakes Camp & Retreat Center in Glen Rose, Texas.
  • Focus on Women and Girls – A followup to last year’s book study of Half the Sky will meet the second Sunday of each month at 11:30, September through December, to examine issues that impact women and girls worldwide and choose a focus for action during 2014. Facilitators are MarySue Foster and Susybelle Goslee.
  • Kathy Calhoun will be bringing information to the group on the Unitarian Universalist Women’s Federation (UUWF) throughout the year.
  • Red Hot Patriot, a one-woman show about Molly Ivins, is playing at the Water Tower Theater.

In the fund raising arena, Susan introduced Pamela Townsend, Finance Committee Chair, and Gwen Lummus, the Day Alliance representative to plan and organize the annual Crafty-Bake Sale with the Day Alliance. The date is November 24, the Sunday before Thanksgiving, so it’s time to start working on your crafts. At our October meeting, we’ll be signing up for shifts to work Saturday and Sunday and to bring baked goods.

Webmaster Lenna Webb let us know she will put additional information up about our programs, speakers, and events as she learns about them. The website url is www.wdauu.org.

If she does not yet have your email address or it is incorrect in the directory, she has a sign-up sheet available.

President Susan Grundy extinguished the chalice and adjourned the meeting at 11:08.

Genie Fritz introduced her long-time friend and fellow conservationist Mary Vogelson, whose subject was “WATER: Who Gets to Drink and Who Pays?” It might well have been “Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Water,” as she addressed many issues surrounding water:  the ownership and rights to ground and underground water, water utility reservoirs and Corps of Engineers reservoirs, agriculture demand vs. development demand, and the giant new demand which has been created by a new technology to extract oil and gas – fracking.

Martha Withers, Recording Secretary

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General Meeting – 7 May 2013 (As approved September 3, 2013

Women’s Day Alliance met in Raible Chapel on Tuesday, May 7, 2013. President Kathy Calhoun called the meeting to order at 10:30 AM with opening words. Members with May birthdays stood during the lighting of the chalice. Those with summer birthdays were also recognized.

The minutes of the April 2nd meeting were approved as read.

President Calhoun explained that the vote taken at the April meeting on the 2013-2014 slate of WDA officers was invalid as it wasn’t the slate that had been approved at the March Board meeting. The approved slate was read by Marge Neimann, chair of the nominating committee, who moved that this slate be elected so as to conform to the slate approved by the Board. The vote was seconded and passed.

Charitable contributions will be made to Planned Parenthood, the Visiting Nurses Association and Girls, Inc., the organizations that received the most votes by WDA members. The Board recommended that $100.00 be added to the $1,100.00 set aside for the donation so that each entity will receive $400.00. The recommendation was seconded and passed.

Treasurer Lenna Webb announced a bank balance of $3,416.00. A complete report is filed with the minutes.

Membership Chair Ginny Lombardi reminded members to fill out the Membership Information Form and return it ASAP.

Three visitors and the speaker were guests at this meeting.

Program Chair Patty Jantho reported that work has begun on programs for the 2013-2014 year and asked for specific recommendations from members for a speaker or for program topics of interest.

Barbara Powell, Luncheon Chair, thanked the hostesses for today’s potluck luncheon – Jana Blackburn, Hannelore Daniel and Kathy Warner who were assisted by Linda Ray and Lou Ann King. Barbara thanked everyone who was a hostess at some time during the year.

Bridge Chairman Genie Fritz thinks someone has volunteered to be bridge chairman. The announcement will be made Tuesday when bridge meets.

Sarah McGrath, Friendship Circle Chair, announced that the next meeting will be May 16th. It will be decided then whether or not Friendship will meet during the summer.

Community Liaison Jana Blackburn mentioned several art shows in town at the DMA, Artists’ Showplace and the Southwest Art Gallery.

Genie Fritz presided over the change of officers. She reminded us of the history and objectives of WDA and recognized the officers of 2012-2013 before installing the new slate of officers for 2013-2014.

The business meeting ended at 11:00 with the extinguishing of the chalice by President Calhoun.

Patty Jantho, Program Chair, introduced Njoki McElroy, author of 1012 Natchez: A Memoir of Grace, Hardship and Love, who told several anecdotes about growing up in Texas and her college experience at Xavier in New Orleans. Questions and answers followed.

Karen McClendon, Recording Secretary