Message from the Board President

NOVEMBER 11, 2018, PRESIDENT’S REPORT

Lois Batcheler
 
 
 
This was a year of giving, receiving and gratitude.  Blessings abound for Unity of Harrisburg and for all who are a part of the community.
 
Using quarterly community meetings, we are transitioning to a community led spiritual center.  Everyone is empowered to be a part of accepting and providing prosperity to this community with their time, talents, and giving.
 
Currently, we have activity in place for a committee to research the work needing done to rebuild the parking lot.  We are blessed with the Penn Cumberland Civic Beautification Committee accepting a partnership to clean up the growth at the Labyrinth area and create a new garden.  The Beautification Committee plans to create a place for them to add to their garden tours by next year.  And, an idea came from one person to undertake painting the Sanctuary. These are the results of being community led.  Our volunteers make up a large part of helping to maintain our grounds, buildings and the activities we enjoy.
 
This is the reason I stated this year has been one of giving, receiving and gratitude.  We are blessed.
 
Our next activities will be decorating for the holidays. And, again we will support many children in need of gifts for Christmas with our Angel Tree.
 
The Board of Trustees has successfully negotiated a three year minister contract with Rev. Dan.  In my time at Unity since 2000, this is a first.  We have updated and revised an old policy manual that will be printed and available in early 2019 for everyone.  It now contains policy and procedures using Unity Worldwide Ministry input for many items such as technology and other legalities.  Completing the policy and procedures will prepare for the new board to update and revise the Bylaws.
 
It has taken several years, and with the help of our Bookkeeper, Meagan Cassel, we now have a clear system to monitor income and expenses.  As you will see in the Treasurer Report, we have worked to develop savings accounts, and maintain an endowment fund.  Our actual expenditures from last year left us with a substantial balance. Our angel, Leesa Crnogorac and her trust is coming to completion this year.  Again, we are very grateful for our prosperity.
 
I would like to recognize the board for all their many hours in keeping Unity of Harrisburg operating this year.  And to the 3 who are stepping down, we are very grateful for all their work.
 
Stephanie Dynan, as vice president, handled the building maintenance, structured the job evaluations for the music director position and administrative assistant position.  She spent many hours literally crawling through the attics of both buildings, changing light bulbs to energy efficient LEDs, and handling quotes and tasks associated with contractors.  Her efforts were a special gift to this community.
 
Rita Behofcist held the Secretary position this year.  She took on the Health and Wellness Day project and was on the committee to revise the Policy Manual.
 
Scott Cooper, our Treasurer, worked many hours with the bookkeeper to get the QuickBooks program operating correctly and efficiently.  Scott also took on handling Pride Fest activities in July for several years to market Unity of Harrisburg.
 
For everyone who continues to keep Unity of Harrisburg thriving and active, we applaud you. 
 
Last year in November, Rev. Joy Wyler of Unity of Lehigh, came to our service and led us in an installation ceremony to celebrate our spiritual commitment with Rev. Dan.  This was a special event to recognize our new minister and our sacred commitments:
 
1. I commit to my relationship with Unity of Harrisburg.
2. I commit to maintaining my prosperity consciousness and to seeing the highest and best for all.
3. I commit to maintaining a culture of open and loving communication in our relationship.
4. I commit to being steadfast to love and faith in our relationship.
 
This year has truly been one of giving, receiving and full of gratitude.  It is an honor to be your board president.  I am looking forward to an amazing year at Unity of Harrisburg.
 
Lois