ian-ghostranch08Greetings! I'm writing on behalf of the staff of the Central Midwest District to wish you and your congregation a good year. We thank you for your dedication and willingness to serve.

We want you to know that we are here to give you any support you may need to make this a productive year. Please feel free at any time to phone or email any of us on the staff.

The Fall schedule of webinars will be up within the next couple of weeks. We have had a slight delay in this because we have had to switch software but there will be a full schedule of monthly, free online events to add to the recorded presentations that you can view any time at midwestuuleadership.

Remember that if you would like us to put on an educational event at your congregation, we are always glad to schedule those at no charge to you, provided that you are willing to open your doors to your neighboring congregations. If you want a custom event for your congregation only, members of our district consultant group are glad to do that for a small charge.

Please mark your congregation calendars and your personal calendars for the 2012 District Assembly in Oak Brook Illinois (April 27-29) and General Assembly in Phoenix, AZ (June 20-24).

Take a few minutes to browse our CMwD website, cmwd-uua for detailed calendars, online event registrations, information on the Chalice Lighter program, Youth and Young Adult events, and so much more.

Finally, if you are no longer president, please make sure your congregation's administrator updates your congregational leadership information with the UUA. For assistance with doing this contact CMwD Communications Coordinator Gretchen Ohmann.. Please note that many congregations have turned to using "president[at]congregation.org" emails so that presidents do not need to use their personal emails for church business. If your congregation does not do this, you might consider it.

Again, thanks for your work. And please, do not hesitate to contact us.

Ian Evison

Congregational Services Director
Central Midwest District UUA