The Annual Meeting this year will be an online ZOOM meeting. It will be held immediately following the service on June 14, but with a different ZOOM ID. The ZOOM ID and detailed instructions will be sent next week.
All Members are encouraged to attend. If you have questions or need help with accessing ZOOM, please email Mary-Jane Cross, Secretary.
SLATE OF NOMINEES FOR ELECTION ON JUNE 14, 2020
For the Board of Trustees
• Beth Cliff: Beth started at TUCW in 2018 and became a member in April 2019. She is a visiting steward, serves on the Leadership Development Team, is on the board of the Beardsley School Committee, and since August 2019 has volunteered to head up communications for the Congregation. Prior to joining our community, she was a dedicated choir member and volunteer in her Wayland, MA Congregation. Before that, Beth was active in Congregational and Presbyterian churches, and she is an ordained Elder and Deacon in the Presbyterian Church USA. Beth resides in Easton with her husband, and two college age daughters. She is retired after a rewarding career in sales, marketing, operations, and HR with leadership roles at various global corporations, universities and consulting firms.
• Judy Eckert: Judy has attended TUCW since 2004 and became a member in 2013 (she signed the book on the last day of Frank Hall’s tenure as Senior Minister). She currently serves as a Worship Associate and recently organized and hosted a Story Slam for the Stewardship Committee. Judy also volunteered to organize and host a Night of Comedy for the Capital Campaign in 2019. In previous years Judy was on the Green Sanctuary committee, was a member of different Small Group Ministries and served as an SGM facilitator.
• Andy Gundell: Andy and his wife Carolyn began attending TUCW in 2000; Andy became a member in 2001. Andy has honored his great covenant with the Church primarily through music.. He composed the song, “The Question,” a UU anthem, and performed “The Question” at the Church shortly after joining. Since then and through the years, he has played and sung original and UU-themed material at services, Christmas concerts, fundraising events and cabarets, Voices Café, and much more. He participated in the launch and early days of Voices Café. Through the years, Andy has worked closely with Rev Ed Thompson, in particular on the formation of our Church-based acoustic quartet, Exit 43.
Andy is a full-time musician, recipient of 13 Emmy Awards, and the owner of One-Stop Music Shop, Inc in Wilton
• Luke Garvey: (completing term ending 2021): Luke has been a member of TUCW since 2000, and was first appointed to the Board of Trustees in May 2019. His many connections to the church include: serving three terms on the nominating committee; founding the Men’s Group/A Better Man in 2017, where he continues to participate in leadership and facilitation; founding member of the Pastoral Care Associates; and ten years participation in Small Group Ministry. After a long and successful career in healthcare information systems at the executive level, he returned to school to pursue a career in psychotherapy, which he has practiced for more than 7 years. He is married with two adult children who were raised in the RE program here.
For the Endowment Committee
• Jamie Forbes: Jamie has been a member of TUCW for approximately 30 years. She was raised a UU in Plainfield, NJ. Jamie was teaching special education in the Westport public schools when she became an RE volunteer and RE committee member at TUCW. This led to staff positions of DRE and then Youth Outreach Director. Now back to volunteer, Jamie’s current involvements are with the Beardsley School, the Women’s group, the O&A choir, and the TUCW hikers. Past volunteering includes Worship Associates, co-leader of Beloved Conversations, children’s worship, and visiting stewards.
For the Comiittee on Ministry
• Martha Constable: Martha was raised as a Unitarian, and has been a member of TUCW since 2007. Over the years, she has served as a Worship Associate and Mercy Learning Center volunteer, and is currently a Small Group Ministry facilitator, a member of the Shawl Ministry and Bell Choir, and an usher. She looks forward to bringing her listening skills and love for this community to the Committee on Ministry.
• Linda Lubin: (completing term ending 2024): Linda has been a member of TUCW since 1999 and has been active in UU congregations since the mid-1980s. She currently serves as a Small Group Ministry (SGM) facilitator, on the Steering Committee for the SGM, as a Worship Associate, and she sings in one of the choirs. In previous years, she served on the Canvas Committee for a number of years, as a head usher, on the Inspiration Committee (part of the SGM), one of the first iterations of the Committee on Ministry, and chaired the RE Committee in a NJ congregation.
For the Nominating Committee
• Tom Croarkin: Tom Croarkin and his family have been members of the Unitarian Church in Westport for 17 years. During that time he has served in many roles including RE Instructor, RE Council, a couple of Search Committees, Head Usher, and he helped found UGNO, a men’s spiritual exploration and service organization. He has also been fortunate to be a performer in the UU Players. These opportunities have led to new and deepening friendships with the wonderful people of TUCW.
• Lynne Laukhuf: Lynne has been a member of the Unitarian Church in Westport since 2004. In 2013, she retired from Greens Farms Academy where she was the Assistant Head of School and has since joined the GFA board. She is also a docent and board member at the Pequot Library in Southport. She has been an active member of her Small Group Ministry for over fourteen years and now co-facilitates the group. In 2013, Lynne began volunteering at the Beardsley School and for six years has happily served as a member of the Beardsley School Committee.