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Meredith_Beckman_Vice_PresAnnual Report 2010

Be a Transformer

“We’re all assigned a piece of garden, a corner of the universe that is ours to transform. Our corner of the universe is our own life –our relationships, our homes, our work, our current circumstances—exactly as they are. Every situation we find ourselves in is an opportunity…to teach love instead of fear.”
-Marianne Williamson in Return to Love

I humbly serve as the Vice President of the Central Midwest District (CMwD) Board, so that I may be a transformer. I bring my energy and leadership skills to support this highly functioning mission and vision board.  I am most proud of the financial health of this district. In my day job as a retirement planning specialist, I encourage long-range thinking and saving. This board, in its collective, long-standing wisdom, has a solid history of making sound financial decisions. In the three years I have served on this board, I have seen or been part of the move to a virtual office, the creation of an investment policy, and the utilization of webinars to enhance and stretch our services. All of these help to solidify the financial strength of our district so that we may continue forward with our mission.

Even with the conservative fiscal nature of the Board, we are facing financial challenges in this current economic downturn. We could overcome some of these financial shortfalls if more congregations were at “fair share.”  In my remaining tenure as Vice President, I have made it a goal of mine to work towards getting more of our congregations to “fair share” so that the CMwD can continue to consist of healthy, thriving, nurturing, UU congregations and more UU’s living UU values for UU’s.

Yours in love and faith,

Meredith Beckman
Vice President, CMwD