October 17, 2018
SUBJECTS: Bylaws, the picnic, Karaoke night, Dreams Roundtable, Yahrzeit information,
Rabbi Lisa is now “on board”. October has been a busy month.
At our monthly Board of Directors meeting last week, a very important motion was passed by the unanimous consent of the Board. They voted to approve a new set of Bylaws that has received a significant amount of revisions. The key element in these Bylaws is that, for the first time in the history of our congregation, the members will now have the right to vote and will decide all of the important issues affecting our congregation.
For the past 24 years, the only voting that was done was by the Board of Directors. Each year, they, and they alone, would decide who would be on the Board for the ensuing year. Each and every decision after that one was then made by that new Board.
In the Fall of 2016 a committee was formed to review the existing Bylaws. Early in 2017, that committee reported to the Board with a rough draft of revised Bylaws that included the changeover to member voting. However, shortly after that, the committee did not meet very often and things slowed down considerably.
At the Annual Meeting in June of 2017, several non-Board members spoke and requested that the Board redouble their efforts to finalize member-voting Bylaws. The process stretched out into the Fall, and quite a few Temple members decided they were going to delay paying their dues until they could be sure that the Board was fully committed to completing this important task. Later in the year, the Board did make it clear that this was the result they were working toward. At that point, all those who had been holding back their dues payments went ahead and sent in their checks. But the process stretched into 2018. Finally in the February BOD meeting, the Board voted to put a hold on the process of completing the Bylaws, to hold a member-voting election in May to elect the new Board, and that Board could then continue the process in any way that they desired.
One of the first acts of the current Board was to appoint a new Bylaws committee chaired by Vice President Tony Hirsch. On this committee is Jim Richman, David Cohn, and Ted Miller. A great deal of appreciation must go to Tony and David for the extra effort that they have put forth.
Thanks must also go to Jim for offering to have his law firm review the final draft on a no-fee basis. Their primary task is to make sure that the Bylaws are in conformance with all Federal and State laws and regulations. A report from Stradling, Yocca, Carlson & Rauth will be received shortly, reviewed by the Board, and then officially adopted. During this process, a copy of the final draft was sent to all members and encouraging them to make comments and suggestions. We want to thank those of you who responded, and I am pleased to report that all of the communications received were taken into full consideration by the committee. The committee made sure that those members who submitted information were satisfied with the end result. Finalizing this process was a long time in coming, and now that it is here, I personally am extremely pleased.
On a lighter note, the Social committee put on a very successful BBQ picnic at Soule Park on September 30th. This was FREE for all members. A very nice crowd of 55 members were in attendance, the weather was perfect, the food was plentiful and delicious, and it is safe to say that a good time was had by all. It is hoped that this can become an annual event.
The next social event is a Karaoke night on Saturday, November 17th. This is going to be a really fun evening, and it will be topped off with a birthday celebration for 2 members of the Social committee and a spouse of a 3rd member.
The Program committee hosted a Dreams Roundtable discussion early in the month. Led by Richard Kline, the 6 others who attended decided at the end of the session that they wanted to do it again. Various aspects of dreaming were discussed such as how to remember your dreams, and does dreaming enhance the quality of ones sleep, etc. The next session will be on December 5th.
Something new!! We have registered with a computer company to manage a Yahrzeit program. This is a FREE service for all of our members. Simply copy and paste this link to register your dearly departed……………..
It will take you to a very simple form that literally takes less than a minute to complete. Then, every year a few weeks before the Yahrzeit is to be read on Shabbat, you will receive an email informing you of the coming Yahrzeit date. The deceased’s name will be read by the rabbi during the service, and you will be welcome to say a few words about your relative or friend.
Finally, Rabbi Lisa has now taken her place on the pulpit. She led her first service last Friday. She will be with us on the 2nd and 4th Friday of each month. Please come out to support her and show your appreciation for her leadership.
Feel free to contact any of your new Board members if you have a question, a suggestion, or a comment. Here is a list for your convenience.
Feel free to contact any of your new Board members if you have a question or a comment. Here is a list for your convenience. To send an e-mail, please click on the Board member's name.
Cell Phone Home Phone How Late to Call
Tony Hirsch, Vice President 805-570-0413 805-640-8398 9:00
In closing.......... It's going to be a great year!