Our Canvass kicks off, led by our indubitable Howard Richman, an individual who makes a real contribution. I am personally gratified that the Church continues to exist, and to move forward. Please think about the role the Church plays in your life, and about the role that the Church does and can play in the community.
Our current Congregational Administrator, Nancy Watkins, is the important and valued connector that holds many of our processes together and advances the Church in the community, and delivers and improves its services to our members. She also is experienced and knowledgeable in all aspects of our operations, and also has expertise in Quickbooks Online, our accounting program. The progress that we have made in the past year would not have been possible without her contributions. She plays a similar role at Throop Unitarian in Pasadena, where she increased Throop’s presence in the community and community awareness of Throop Unitarian by increasing community utilization of Throop Unitarian’s building facilities. She has suggested a similar avenue for UUCVH. I think it is a great idea. I hope she and her husband are invited to a Friendship Dinner so more of us can get to know her.
Our previous Administrators, Jeannie Akerley and Terresa Carson-Jones, did much to bring modern progress to our Internet presence and social media presence. J. Blackwood, Intern, has been with us this past year. He has done many things, including many that I do not know about. And, he has rationalized or systematized our computer and our IT infrastructure. This will make a longer-run contribution to our electronic communications and the dissemination of our messages. He may not be around a lot longer, so find him and thank him when you have the chance.
We will be having, and perhaps have already had, a field trip to Watts Towers, led by VP David Hostetter. I found the trip last month to the Japanese-American Museum very impactful. I have since learned that the U.S. Government not only rounded up and interred Japanese American citizens, but we also rounded up and interred Japanese in Latin America at the beginning or WW II (which of course, was not under our official jurisdiction). A trip to Watts Towers is a good chance to learn about another part of our community, and spend time with our friends.
We have a nice physical building, and I am hoping that we can use it for more events that interface with our community in the months ahead.
Gary N. Clark