In a contested race in a field of three qualified candidates all submitted by the Nominating Committee, Justine Urbikas of the Unitarian Church of Evanston was elected as the district’s new UUA Trustee.
Justine Urbikas, CMwD UUA TrusteeWith this election, she also gains the honor of being one of the youngest UUA Trustees ever elected, and we as a district have the honor of electing a Young Adult to this position.  Justine is a full-time student at DePaul University and previously served the district as Youth Trustee to the CMwD Board as well as serving on the UU Campus Ministry Advisory Committee.  Justine replaces Sue Stukey who served for eight years as UUA Trustee from the Central Midwest District.  For more information on Justine Urbikas, you can read her candidate announcement.

Other candidates who were elected at the annual meeting of delegates at this year’s District Assembly for the Central Midwest District’s Board of Trustees are:
  • The Rev. Daniel O’Connell, minister at the Eliot Unitarian Chapel in Kirkwood, MO was elected as President of the Board;
  • Rev. Brian Covell, minister at Third Unitarian Church in Chicago was re-elected as Secretary;
  • Rev. Emmy Lou Belcher, minister at the DuPage UU Church in Naperville, IL was elected as Ministerial Trustee (after being nominated by the District’s UUA chapter); and
  • Meredith E. Schultz who is a member of the First Unitarian Society of Madison, WI  was elected as Trustee-at-Large.
In other business, the delegates approved a budget for the 2007-08 fiscal year, approved a resolution from the floor which supported the state of Illinois’ proposal to make civil unions a legal option for couples and approved a measure which would allow members of the Church of the Larger Fellowship to send delegates who reside in our district to District Assembly in future years.