Chair: Kathleen Quenneville
The Nominating Committee is charged in the Society’s Bylaws to nominate candidates for the Board of Trustees and for the Nominating Committee itself.
Members of the committee are elected to staggered two-year terms at the Annual Meeting each June. Current members are Susan Anthony, Sam King, Megan Lehmer, Judith Ottoson, Kathleen Quenneville (chair), Melvin Stark, and Galen Workman.
The Nominating Committee agreed in June, 2018 to a request from the Board of Trustees to help identify and support lay leaders. We agreed to embark on a year-long kickoff of a leadership development program for the community. A complete leadership development system will emerge over a period of time longer than one year, but we are now taking some first steps toward creating an ongoing volunteer identification and empowering process.
The Committee’s initial work will be exploring with members and friends what type of volunteer activity at the First Unitarian Universalist Society of San Francisco will make them feel fulfilled, excited, and satisfied.
The Nominating Committee wants to find out from you how you’d like to make a difference at UUSF. Of course we are interested if you have some special skill, like maybe you’re an architect, expert in designing public restrooms. But, we understand that although you may be that expert architect, you may have always wanted to teach children in a Sunday School… or relax by killing weeds in a courtyard… and you’d find being on a building committee a terrible idea.
So, the first thing we want to learn is what you would be delighted to do here.
With the inspiration of Rev. Vanessa Southern, we adopted the “Cruise Director” title and decided to float through coffee hours being aggressively friendly, engaging visitors and members alike, answering questions and finding out more about each person’s interests. We want to increase our knowledge of the community and its members, and see what passions and activities excite people.
In addition to simple chatter, we stand ready to note a person’s interest in helping in a certain area or in learning more how another part of the community operates.
Throughout the Fall, we will develop more targeted ways of finding out what you and others would like to do with your precious volunteer moments. We are considering an online survey and also coffee meetings with people we don’t know well. And, we encourage members and friends to talk to any Cruise Director and tell them what you’d like to do. Or, set up a coffee date to talk about the community in more detail.
We are also gathering from Vanessa, other ministers, staff, and leaders of UUSF organizations lists of what needs they have or know are coming up. We are working on a way to share a list of up-to-date volunteer opportunities with members and friends. We would like to have a list online for you to check as well as excerpts shared in the order of service or other hard-to-miss spots.
Another Leadership Development goal is training. We would like to have a series of workshops/meetings/whatevers that we invite people to once they said they might be interested in serving on the Board of Trustees, Personnel Committee, Social Justice Council, Nominating Committee, or other important group whose members have special responsibilities and may need specific skills. Instead of just asking you if you’d run for a two-year term as a Trustee, we’d like to spend a couple hours with you and other people who are considering serving. We’d talk to you about what a Trustee does at UUSF, the time commitment, and other details as we understand them.
The Nominating Committee is starting its leadership development work but we don’t know how far we will get this church year. How many people will we talk to? Will we be able to offer any training this church year? How up-to-date will our Help Wanted listings be?
Stay tuned! And, please contact any of the Cruise Directors with your passions, ideas, or comments.
photo: Cruise Director Sue Anthony at coffee hour on September 16, 2018