Update from the Covid Standards and Safe Reopening Committee – MAY 7, 2021

The Covid Standards and Safe Reopening Committee have been consulting with several UFP groups regarding their in-person activities. For the most part, in-person activities were transitioned over a year ago to being offered at a distance, very successfully, using various technologies. Some activities, however, such as walking buddies, some music production, providing meals or groceries to those in need and helping transport folks to medical appointments, for example, just can’t be done without occasionally being in the presence of others. Instead of creating separate safety protocols for each of these activities, the committee has created a covid safety protocol that is more general and addresses any and all UFP community based activities. Please take a moment to review the document that is linked here. The Covid Standards and Safe Reopening Committee welcomes questions for very specific activities and contact information is provided for that purpose. Stay safe, Stay Well.

The protocol is HERE.


The board of the Unitarian Fellowship of Peterborough thanks Marta Hanlon for her two years of service and bids adieu. Marta has completed her term and now plans to exert her energies in other directions.

We say hello and welcome to new members Tracy Galvin, Meredith Hill, and Brian Thorn. And we welcome back Stephanie Curtin (Wildheart), Heather-Lynn Fraser, Chris Risley, and Ben Wolfe for the second year of their current terms, as well as Guy Hanchet and Joan Higginson who were re-elected for a new term.

The board met immediately following the AGM and elected the officers of the board for the next year: President, Stephanie Curtin (Wildheart); Vice President, Ben Wolfe; Treasurer, Joan Higginson; and Secretary, Chris Risley.

This team of nine is nearly a full complement for the board and we are looking forward to working and learning together. The bylaws still allow for one more board member, so if ever you find yourself wondering how you can contribute, please give us a call. 


UFP will hold both a Special Meeting and its Annual General Meeting right after each other this Sunday May 2 at 4:00.
Please join us at 3:45 here: https://tinyurl.com/UFP-AGM-2021
You’ll be asked to enter your name and email address before joining the Zoom meeting.  

This year we have an important item to consider – a request for congregational approval to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with Beth Israel Synagogue. This MOU commits UFP to a long-term relationship, and our decision is as important as purchasing a building. To consider an item of this consequence we will hold a Special General Meeting which has a higher attendance requirement (40% of members) to attain quorum. Following this we will hold the Annual General Meeting.

If you are a Member of the Fellowship and unable to attend these meetings, it is important that you assign your proxy to another UFP Member who will be attending. Once you have confirmed who will serve as proxy for you, send them an email stating that you assign your proxy to them for BOTH the Special and Annual General Meetings, and please copy that email to uu.ptbo@gmail.com.

The wording you can use in your email is:
I, [put in your name], appoint UFP member [put in the person’s name] to act as my proxy at both the Special Meeting and Annual General Meeting of the Unitarian Fellowship of Peterborough on May 2, 2021.

The Financial Statements, Annual Report, and Proposed Agenda for the meetings are linked below. 
Please contact Joan Higginson by email at joanhig@nexicom.net if you have any questions about the Financial Statements. 

Links to the MOU and to the License Agreement are also included below.

The Nominating Committee Report is HERE.
The Minutes from last year are HERE.
The Proposed Agenda for next Sunday is HERE

See you there on this momentous day!
Your Board President, Guy Hanchet
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