A unanimous vote of the membership at June 3 Annual Meeting approved the start of a capital campaign for campus improvements.
Architect Wendell Burnette (Wendell Burnette Architects), hired by the congregation for consulting services, presented the results of the five-month data collection process, and recommendations for campus site improvements. Members present agreed that the congregation’s growth and ability to meet our longer term goals is dependent on having more and improved worship, faith formation, and parking space. The following motion was approved unanimously:
On behalf of the VUU Board of Trustees, I move that the Valley Unitarian Universalist Congregation initiate a campaign for the purposes of raising capital for future physical campus improvements, and that a capital improvements committee (planning) and a capital campaign committee (fundraising) shall be formed from the membership of the congregation, who shall report to the Board no less frequently than quarterly.
The board put out a call for volunteers and have convened these committees regarding the campus improvements project, and related capital campaign. We cannot thank these members enough for volunteering for this multi-year commitment to this high service. The Board is committed to providing each of these groups the resources and support required to successfully accomplish their work.
Capital Campaign Committee (CCC): Hiring campaign consultant(s), planning a financial campaign, two-way communication with the congregation relative to campaign goals and requests, communication with lender(s) regarding the borrowing of construction and/or permanent loan funds, communication with the Board and the CPC regarding project planning timeline. Members are Barbara Metz, David Sheh, Carl Anderson, Mary Wolf-Francis, Linda Horton (liaison to the Stewardship Team/annual operating pledge), and Musette Steger (Board of Trustee Rep/liaison to the Board).
Capital Planning Committee (CPC): Hiring the architect and construction company(ies), working with the City of Chandler, two-way communication with the congregation relative to construction design and timeline, making construction/finish decisions, communication with the Board and the CCC regarding project financing/timeline. Members are Beverly McCormick, Nancy Egly, Willa Cree, Mark Beehler, Barb Quijada, Debra Grande, Jeff Grout, Rick Hinrichs, Anne Schneider, Jim Horton, and Maria Dixon (Board of Trustees Rep/liaison to the Board).