For the past 22 months, I have been honored to lead UUCF’s Property Stewardship Council (PSC). You might not be familiar with this group. I wasn’t until I took up this ministry. The PSC is made up of lay leaders who meet once a month to advise and assist the Coordinating Team and the Board of Directors on matters relating to UUCF’s buildings and grounds. One thing that you might be familiar with is that we also organize volunteers and lead periodic workdays to maintain the grounds and the buildings. Here is a link to the PSC Charter.
The current members of the PSC are passionate about our campus and have brought expertise and energy to this role for many years. I have appreciated their fellowship and wise counsel, and all of us owe them a huge debt of gratitude for serving in this role for so long and so well. In particular, I want to highlight the service of several PSC members who have led the congregation through a variety of projects that improved our campus and facilities: Suzy Foster (your previous lay minister), Ken Foley, Karen Grycewicz, Allan Tubbs, Lois Phemister and Zeena Zeidberg, who unfortunately passed away last year.
With the baton being passed from long-term PSC members, we are looking for a few new members to join the PSC to ensure our campus and facilities are well cared for so they can continue to serve the needs of this congregation.
Although the PSC has been running occasional volunteer workdays over the winter with a limited number of volunteers under strict physical distancing protocols, there is still plenty to do to get the campus ready to receive our congregation again. As the Re-Opening Task Force considers when and how UUCF can safely reopen, spring has sprung and the weeds are getting the jump on us. The gardens in front of the Sanctuary and the Program buildings need to be restored and replanted with low-growing native plants and flowers. The emergency evacuation trails need to be restored now that we have tenants again. The buildings also need maintenance, including window washing, power washing and even some interior painting. Workdays are a fun way to escape to the sylvan outdoors with friends for a few hours, and joining these workdays is currently one of the limited ways to spend time on UUCF’s closed campus. The PSC will need to organize and lead volunteers to make this happen.
What does it take to be a member of the PSC? Members should enjoy and have experience working cooperatively and collaboratively on teams. In particular, we’re looking for people with expertise, experience and/or enthusiasm in the following areas: horticulture (garden/lawn care), landscaping, arboriculture (trees), construction/architecture, energy efficiency, zoning/permitting, planning/project management and/or volunteer recruiting/management. Degrees and certification aren’t required: Sometimes the best teacher is experience, and the current members might advise if necessary as you come up to speed. PSC members serve 2-year terms, with the possibility of one renewal. Members as well as friends of the congregation are eligible. Please let me know if you are interested in serving on the PSC by emailing me.