December President's Column




Happy Holiday season to all.


Our congregation has created and received an early “holiday gift” - reaching a milestone in our building construction project. The third Sunday of this month -- November 15, 2020 -- goes down in our congregational history books as the day that 38 members (of the 40 casting votes) of the UU Church of Brazos Valley took a bold step into our future in Bryan by approving the construction of our new building!


Ninety-five percent of those casting a vote at the meeting or by proxy approved the following motion. This percentage is much higher than two-thirds of the voting members present at the meeting as required by our bylaws:

Approval to begin construction at a cost not to exceed $2,000,000 and upon assurance that the congregation's attorney has reviewed the contract and has issued an opinion that our risk is no greater than if we were to purchase a performance and payment bond.


If you weren’t able to attend the meeting, you can access the information that was shared by viewing the slides here. The slide deck includes

  • A brief summary of the bid process over the summer

  • Results of the feedback we received from the congregation on a list of items that we might exclude or modify from the original plans in an attempt to reduce the cost from $3.1M to $2M or less. The architect and contractor is considering your feedback as they finalize the plans.

  • A summary of our financial position as it relates to the building construction

  • An explanation of the “performance and payment bond” portion of the motion

  • Next steps as we see them now

  • Fundraising effort with a goal of $300,000 and a great BIG SHOUTOUT OF GRATITUDE to Kathi and Ken Appelt for offering a $100,000 matching pledge.


If you can’t access the slide deck, or have questions after you review the slide deck, please send me an email at president@brazos-uu.org and I’ll follow up with you to share the information and/or answer your questions.


Rob McGeachin and Nancy Granovsky are the co-chairs of our fundraising effort to supplement our building fund. They will provide more information soon. In the meantime, you can submit a building pledge by completing this on-line form or make a building pledge donation on our website here.


Another exciting event is on the horizon -- a groundbreaking event at the property early next year. If you would like to help plan the event, please contact me at president@brazos-uu.org.


I express my deepest gratitude to each and every member of our congregation for your commitment to this church. Each of you is a blessing to our congregation and the community around us. The actions you have taken will ensure our legacy for years to come.


Blessings,

Gaye Webb, President


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