Importance of Membership

Members will determine our next board of directors, budget, and path forward in the coming year

Sunday, April 10th is the deadline to sign the membership book
By Olga Felton,Chair,  Membership Committee
Dear UUSM congregants,
We have an upcoming Annual Meeting on May 22, 2016. At the Annual Meeting, members set the direction of UUSM for the coming year by electing a Board of Directors and passing an annual budget to guide financial decisions. Your vote is important to decide how we will best steward and allocate our resources.
To formally become a member, it's actually pretty easy:
UUSM Bylaws state that to become a member, an individual must:
Sign a statement of intent to participate as a member in the community life of the Church.
Reside within the Pacific Southwest District of the Unitarian Universalist Association (PSWD-UUA).
Be at least sixteen years of age or have successfully completed the Church’s Coming of Age Program.
Make a financial contribution of record, or a pledge to do so, to the Church.
In your own Path to Membership, you may also want to meet with the Minister or other Membership Committee or Board Member to help answer questions and facilitate your integration into our community.
New members "sign the membership book" as the Statement of Intent, a tradition that connects new members with existing membership and past generations of members. Completion of the membership packet also represents a Statement of Intent.
Membership then begins at the next board meeting when Statements of Intent are presented. Forty days after that date, the new member becomes a Voting Member and is eligible to vote, directly or by proxy, at Church Business and Annual Meetings. 
Are you unsure of your membership status but want to vote in the 2016 Annual Meeting? Are you a regular churchgoer at UU Santa Monica but want to become a member? If so, now is the time to join our congregation. 
The April 12, 2016 Board Meeting is exactly 40 days before the 2016 Annual Meeting on May 22. Any interested individual who would like to vote in the 2016 Annual Meeting will need to fulfill the four requirements of membership by or on April 12. 
UUSM provides regular classes and resources to potential members to explore the many ways you can serve this church and the wider community. Please feel free to contact me or any member of the Board for questions or help with membership.
Olga Felton RN
Membership Committee Chair