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Membership Matters — June

barbWe honor members, friends, visitors

Our thoughts and good wishes continue to be with:  Laurie Duncan who is still dealing with the infection in her shoulder.  We miss your laughter and YOU!  We had a time of quiet as we remembered the people of Boston, and the Texas fire saying it had been a hard week.  Emily Valerio’s dear friend, Maria Rodales was killed Sunday, May 12, by her estranged husband.  Justin Butterworth’s great uncle Bill died last month.

Congratulations, Good Luck, Blessings, and Thanks to:  Carol Saunders and Reed Bailey’s granddaughter, Erin, graduated from the University of Northern Arizona.  Becky & Jerry Palmer’s daughter, Stephanie Palmer was married March 29th in Boulder, to Dane LeBlanc.  Last month they helped them move to Portland Maine, where Stephanie will study at the University of New England to become a Physician Assistant.  My special thanks to Ingrid & Steve Parker who “personed” the Greeter’s table while we were in California.  Will Kropp was elected to be the MDD (Mountain Desert District) Treasurer, and is now a member of the Board of Trustees.  April 30th at 11:30 p.m., found Fred & I at the County Clerk’s office supporting Mary Dineen and Sue Masterson who were twelfth in line, to receive their Civil Union Certificate.  The excitement and energy in the building that night (in spite of pouring rain) with both couples and allies about took the roof off!  The following Sunday, Betty Skipp and Jean LaDue had a Union Ceremony before church at UUCB with Rev. Lind officiating and witness’ Ellen Lilly and Fred Cole.

A special Thank You goes out to the 45 members and friends who rode the “Big White Bus” to Aurora (and to the 4 others who joined us there) — to participate in a Vigil in front of the ICE “Processing Center” on May 6th!  This All-Church Social Change event was sponsored by UUCB’s Immigration Ministry.  It was particularly pleasing to have whole families involved (7 children attended).  In total nearly 80 people gathered at 30th and Peoria, making this the largest crowd that has ever assembled.  Rev, Howell Lind provided the appropriate spiritual context for what we were doing — and the evening was a total success!  Kudos too, to the members of the Immigration Ministry who planned and coordinated this activity.  Once again, UUCB has shown what can be done!

Random Thoughts: Fred came across this quote recently, “Volunteers are unpaid, not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless!” — Anon.  Your YES is always appreciated when asked, and your offer, without being asked, is a real blessing!

Fred, Jenny Fitt-Peaster, Rev. Howell Lind and Moi attended MDD’s first Pacific Western Regional meeting in San Jose, CA.  The theme was Big Faith – No Borders which was attended by nearly 700 UU’s from our four combined Districts.  It was well done, and well received.  Stan & Marianne Stefancic came from San Rafael for the Sunday morning service, and took us back to Marin County where we spent time touring, eating and just enjoying being together.  Stan joined us for breakfast before taking us to the San Francisco airport on Monday.

With Love & Care, Barb

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