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National Conference & Council September 2017 Meetings

The annual meeting of the National Conference took place on September 17 by WebEx with 21 out of the 26 conference members on the WebEx.

The Director of Operations’ address was “Power and Perils of Repetition.” He pointed out the potential peril of taking repetitive things for granted such as the Sabbath, Holy Days and even the annual meeting of the National Conference. He urged everyone to not allow these things to become routine. He quoted several scriptures showing how the children of Israel took God’s instructions for granted with bad results.

Bill Dimovski gave a report on behalf of the Media Team. An Internet campaign will begin after the Feast. Trials will be run to see what will work best and will mainly target areas where there are church congregations. A member of the Toronto congregation recently did volunteer work for the church. He carefully reviewed internet links to be sure they were all working so that our IT person can update all the links.

On behalf of the Ministerial Services Team, Anthony Wasilkoff reported that the pre-teen camp in the Edmonton area was again successful. He reviewed plans for the Feast of Tabernacles for this year and potential plans for 2018.

During the Treasurer’s address, Edwin van Pelt read the letter from our auditor. He informed the National Conference that the Home Office has requested that UCG-Canada pay approximately one-third of the cost for mailing the Beyond Today magazine to Canada which will be about $30,000 per year. This was requested after this year’s budget was approved. This expense will be included in next year’s budget.

In the Chairman’s address, Rainer Salomaa referenced an experiment by Philip Zimbardo, a Stanford University psychologist. His experiments brought about the “broken window” theory, which shows a correlation between a lack of care of surroundings and not caring. A formula could be: lack of civility = lack of restraint = lack of respect. By using scriptures as examples, he encouraged all to avoid following others who are attacking the virtues of civility, restraint and respect whether inside or outside of the church.

September 16, 2018, was set as the date for the next annual meeting of the National Conference. It was also resolved to hold this meeting by teleconference or other electronic means.

Ballots had been taken up prior to the meeting. The September 18, 2016, Minutes and the March 31, 2017, Financial Statements were approved. The three selected to serve a three-year term on the National Council were: Stanley Kitt, Larry DeLong and Jim Lucas. By resolution it was determined to use the same accounting firm to conduct the audit next year.

Shortly after the National Conference meeting ended, the National Council meeting began. The Chairman began the meeting by giving thanks to John Erickson and Patrick Read whose terms had just ended. Their service to UCG-Canada has been much appreciated. While they are reimbursed for expenses incurred for their service, this is not a paid position.

This was the first official meeting for those newly selected to a three-year term on the Council. Jim Lucas was able to be online. Due to a prior commitment, Stanley Kitt was not able to be online.

The minutes of the June meeting were approved. Then the Council made adjustment to the T3010 prior to having it sent to Canada Revenue Agency. The National Council approved reimbursement for next year’s annual audit.

Each year the Strategic Planning Committee prepares the Strategic Plan for the following year. The Council approved sending the 2018-2019 Strategic Plan to the National Conference for approval next March.

With new council members, committees had to be realigned. The new committee make-up can be found at: http://www.ucg.ca/about/national-council.

The next National Council meeting is scheduled for December 18 and will again be held by WebEx.

Linda Wasilkoff
National Council Secretary

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