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Northwoods Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

STANDING COMMITTEES: These committees are created by the bylaws of the fellowship.

Spirituality (Program) Committee: The Program Committee facilitates Sunday programming, including both fellowship and outside presentations; serves as a resource for program ideas and formats; selects and arranges dates for visiting ministers/speakers; seating arrangements, cassette tape recording of the service and other supplies and items needed for the Sunday program; and coordinates with the treasurer the payment of speakers and with the Publicity Committee to publicize the program. Music Sub-Committee: This committee works with the sporituality committee to develop the musical portion of worship services. It is responsible for the tuning and repairing of the piano and the organ. It also reviews and acquires sheet music including hymnal supplements.

Religious Education Committee: (Adult and Children): This committee is responsible for setting up programs to help the children of the fellowship to develop their own spiritual beliefs and ethics. The committee recruits teachers, adopts curricula, budgets and orders supplies and equipment for classrooms and coordinates child care for religious services. The committee is also responsible for the adult religious education program that runs on the alternate Sundays from our regular services.

Membership Committee: This committee welcomes newcomers and visitors, providing them with information on the fellowship and Unitarian- Universalism. The committee also provides new member orientation, maintains the stock of literature and name tags, recruits Sunday greeters, and maintains the visitor's book and fellowship member's book. It is also responsible for updating the membership and friend's list.

Social Justice Committee: This committee provides leadership in the membership in expressing liberal religious ethics in action. The committee promotes community action on social issues to help support the principles, purposes and resolutions of Unitarian- Universalism makes information available to the fellowship and surrounding community about social justice issues, and encourages social action at local, state, national and international levels.

Nomination Committee: This committee of three members is selected at the annual meeting and is responsible for selecting candidates for Board positions at the following year's meeting.

Finance Committee: This committee aids the treasurer in monitoring incomes, expenses, cash flow, assets, and financial records keeping of the fellowship, makes reccomendations on investments and payments of long term debts, directs the annual budget process, sends periodic pledge statements to members and oversees the annual canvass.


Endowment Committee: This committee is responsible for developing an endowment program for the fellowship.

Investment Committee:This committee is responsible for the safekeeping,invesment and reinvestment of all endowment funds. Its authotity is specifically set out in Article X. of the fellowship By-laws. This committee shall consist of three members selected by the Board, serving staggered three year terms, and two voting ex-officio members, the Treasurer and Finance Committee Chair.

Memorial Garden Committee: This committee is responsible for the maintenance of the Memorial Garden. The committee develops landscaping, prepares a budget, maintains the records of the garden, and arranges for the memorial plaques. There are three members of the committee serving three year terms. One member is elected each year at the annual meeting. Members of the committee cannot succeed themselves according to the provisions adopted by the membership when the committee was established.

OTHER COMMITTEES: These committees are created under the authority of the Board

Hospitality /Social ActivityCommittee: This committee is responsible for Sunday coffee hour, volunteer sign ups, coffee hour supplies, coordination of the potluck at the annual meeting, other Fellowship potlucks and arranging housing for visiting ministers and speakers. This committee initiates and arranges indoor and outdoor social events for the membership.

Publicity Committee: This committees produces the fellowship newsletter for members and friends, provides local newspapers with timely articles about the fellowship and its activities and develops and implements an annual advertising campaign and maintains the fellowship website.

Building and Grounds Committee: This committee oversees the basic upkeep and repair of the fellowship building and exterior property, including landscaping, snow plowing, cleaning, painting and minor equipment repairs, coordinates volunteer custodial work and maintains cleaning supplies.  This committee is responsible for the decorating of the public areas of the building and to consider and record gifts donated for that purpose.

Care Committee: This committee provides support and comfort to members and friends during times of bereavement, provides support to people who are ill or disabled and, as appropriate, alerts the fellowship to services that might be needed by others and arranges for them to be performed.