Overwhelming “YES” Vote to Proceed with Building Plan and Capital Campaign

Overwhelming “YES” Vote to Proceed with Building Plan and Capital Campaign
“Yes” was the word of the day on Sunday, October 8, when members held up their pink ballot cards to accept the revised plans for the church renovation and the associated $17 million capital campaign. The 203 Yes votes out of 208 votes cast, including absentees, totaled well over the two-thirds needed to pass.
Before the vote, members heard positive news on several fronts. Capital Campaign Co-chairs Scott and Katie Renschler reported that capital campaign pledges so far total $14.7 million from early donors, representing about one-third of church membership and leaving $2.3 million yet to be raised. Treasurer Mike Kasprzak shared the good news that the church’s bank representatives have confirmed we have a solid capital plan and will likely be able to wait until the end of our five-year pledging period to convert any remaining debt to a long-term loan. In discussion, members were happy to hear that the Physical Space Implementation Team is in contact with the church’s neighbors about the plans, and that our contractor has a strong record of minimizing disruption, plus a commitment to using union labor and seeking minority-owned subcontractors. Special thanks go to PSIT Chair Lee Anne Warner and members Stacy Carlson, Jan Hood, Carolyn Rasch, Rev. Jon Luopa, and Director of Operations Byron Krystad for making sure that the plans fit the project’s and strategic plan’s vision of who we are and want to be.
If you haven’t pledged already, expect an invitation to a gathering or conversation to take place January through March 2018. For more information about our future UUC home, see www.uuchurch.org/our-church/our-future-uuc-home/.

 

Leave a Reply