ReBuilding: Canvass 2023/2024
A Message about This Year’s Canvass from Our Senior Treasurer: Damian Bozzacco
The annual Canvass is both a time of reflection and a time to look forward. You will be asked to reflect on the benefits provided by the Green Bay Area Unitarian Fellowship, and look forward to our continued support of your spiritual journey, your connectedness with people who share similar beliefs, and social justice initiatives within our community.
I would first like to thank everyone who has given so generously over the last few years. Despite the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic and other changes in how we operate, we remain in good financial shape. Total pledges have increased each year since 2017. We have maintained a balanced budget each of the last two fiscal years and are on track to do so again this year, despite increased expenses resulting primarily from our participation in the Consortium. That is thanks to the contributions of each of you.
The theme for this year’s Canvass is Rebuilding. This has multiple meanings in the context of our Fellowship. First and foremost, over the last several months we have settled into a “new normal” living with COVID. While nothing will be quite the same as it was prior to 2020, it feels like we are becoming comfortable connecting with each other, whether in person or virtually. We are rebuilding our Fellowship and connections with each other.This past October, we celebrated five years in our Fellowship building. Thankfully, we have not had many unexpected expenses in the last 5 years. However, as with all properties, maintenance projects are inevitable. One such project that has been identified is renovations of our parking lot. Additionally, there is some concern over the condition of our roof. These two projects speak to another meaning of the Rebuilding theme – rebuilding and maintaining our physical premises.
These are just two examples of how we are rebuilding for the future of Green Bay Area Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. I hope you will support our mission and pledge your financial commitment for the upcoming fiscal year.