August 6th, 2018
I am writing to update you about the recent Board meeting.
The Board voted to form a Financial Operations Committee based on a recommendation from the Finance Committee. The Board adopted the following mission for the new committee: To provide the Board recommendation for the creation of accounting policies, initiation of an accounting/financial management system and creating a reporting system for Congregation Beth Shalom.
The Board is still considering how many members would be on such a committee. Part of that depends on who is interested and which skills congregants can bring to the table. We need accounting and financial operational knowledge and also congregational knowledge to make this committee a success. The goal of this committee is not to rehash what happened in the past so much as to provide recommendations on how we move forward.
If you are interested serving on the committee please email me privately. Please describe which skills you can bring to the committee and why you want to be on it.
The Board also voted to have a congregational meeting on the status of the congregation’s finances. This meeting will be Sunday, August 19, 2018 at 10:00 am in the farmhouse.
We continue to gather bids for parking lot repair.
We continue to work on the job description for the new administrator. Volunteers continue to do an outstanding job handling the day to day running of the office.
The Board discussed a timeline for our rabbi search for the next few months. Leah Cohn’s committee will be sending out a survey during the high holidays. Following reporting of the results, we will move forward with search and fundraising committees.
L’Dor V’Dor fund made a donation of $1,900 to Welcome Home. This donation reflects 10% of our proceeds from the “Let’s Go Crazy” event.
The Board is examining agreements with service providers and utilities in order to make sure we have the most advantageous plans going forward. We are also considering upgrading our synagogue software Rakefet to the cloud version in order to take advantage of enhanced accounting functions.
Please don’t forget to pledge. You can do it on paper or online. High holidays are coming. If you are asked to do an honor, we will need to have your pledge sheet prior to the holidays. The Board has voted on this as a policy.