Written by Jill Loegering, At-Large Council Member
The COVID-19 pandemic has propelled creative thinking with “out-of-the-box” accommodations for many activities. Since we are in Phase 2 of our reopening plan, hosting our Annual Meeting in-person this year was not suitable. Instead, we decided to embrace everything 2020 had taught us, and we jumped into hosting the meeting on Zoom. We knew we had a 100- person login limit with Zoom and the “know-how” necessary to ensure it would be successful.
You can review the meeting minutes on CtK’s website lifeatctk.org* or, click here to be linked to the meeting recording.
First, really good news! We exceeded the constitution-required number of members attending to achieve the quorum. As a result, the meeting was called to order at 10:37 am. We are very grateful members stepped-up to accomplish the business of the church.
There were three main things that we completed at the annual meeting. First, the election of a slate of nominees for the Congregational Council. Several new members were elected to continue their terms, and some new people were added to replace those whose terms were completed. Here’s the result of the unanimous vote:
The 2021 CtK Congregational Council will be: (*indicates elected at this meeting)
Council Officers: *Brett Kosec, President; *Diane Shallue, President-Elect; *Bob Benke, Secretary; *Dale Erickson, Treasurer
Council At-Large: (in alphabetical order) *Scott Black, Chris Frost, *Jill Loegering, Dawn Ralston, Maria Tenorio, *Paul Wilde-L’Heureux, and Peachu Yates.
The second goal was to highlight 2020 Ministry reports. No surprise, each report was given socially-distant via video by the leaders of each group. All reports included the changes in programing and activities due to COVID, along with their estimates of spring and summer plans in 2021.
The last goal was a major one. CtK’s Financial Report included two main documents. This meeting’s discussion centered around the document “Budget for Ministry: Summary of Comparison.” It centered around the concept of reduced income and reduced expenses, all due of course to the pandemic. Discussion also included the PPP loan, which we anticipate will be forgiven; if not forgiven, we will then plan to repay the loan.
Over all, the 2021 virtual Annual Meeting was a successful business meeting. It definitely didn’t have the communal feel of our previous meetings over the years, and it wasn’t immediately followed by a wonderful fellowship meal; but we march on. Thanks again to all who were willing and able to participate in this year’s style of meeting.
Jill Loegering, retiring Council Secretary
*(On lifeatctk.org, click on the words at the top of the page “About Us,” (No password is required for this page) and hover over them until you see the drop-down menu. Look down the list for “CtK Council Page,” and click on it. You will then see a highlighted box that reads: “Minutes of 2021 Annual meeting.”)