Organization

Here is a road map of how our volunteer and employee leadership are organized at FUUSE.

Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is responsible for conducting the legal affairs of the Society. It oversees the activities and performance of the Minister and the work of all other committees responsible for personnel administration. It is responsible for all property and financial resources of the Society, including current operating funds and investment funds. Each year it presents an annual operating budget to the Society for approval and then manages that budget during the year.

Jane Oldfield-SpearmanChair, boardchair@exeteruu.orgTitle
John GiglioSecretary
Jim BreelingTreasurer
Kristin O'GormanBoard Member
Karen PatnaudeBoard Member
Leroy JonesBoard Member
Janet StephensBoard Member
Jonathan WinsorBoard Member
Reverend Kendra FordEx-officio member

Board Committees and Task Forces

Committe/Task force/groupDescriptionContact
Property (formerly known as facilities)This committee takes care of and maintains all the FUUSE facilities.Co-Chairs, Dave Michelsen and Doug Stephens, property@exeteruu.org
Personnel CommitteeThis committee handles all the Human Resource functions regarding policy and performanceJanet Szarmach
Nominating CommitteeThis committee recruits people to become board members and people to serve on board committees.Margaret O'Day
Finance CommitteeThis committee oversees all of the finances, investments, budgets and reviews reportsJim Breeling
Building task forceTo assess and prioritize the needs of the current facilities.Deb Merrick

Programs and Service Committees, Groups and Task Forces

Committee/Group nameDescriptionContact
Program CouncilThe Program Council is a collaborative group that promotes interconnections in the church. The council supports and joins together allowing for synergy among committees. It consists of the chairs of all committees responsible for the various programs in our church.

The Program Council facilitates the development and coordination of church programs. The Program Council coordinates the Church calendar, enhances intra-church communication, initiates, advances or modifies programs and activities, provides leadership development and training, and ensures that committee leaders have the information and resources needed to carry out their function. The Program Council supports the inner workings of the church community and assists in achieving the objectives of the Society as directed by the Board of Trustees.
Gwen Kenney, Chair
Outreach CommitteeThe Outreach Committee reaches beyond the FUUSE walls by providing meaningful ways to connect, support, and enrich others through service, spirit, and financial contributions. We: research the needs of our community, call or personally interview service agencies, invite speakers to discuss their program needs, and conduct surveys to determine FUUSE priorities. The third Sunday of each month has been designated as Give-It-Away Sunday when the general offering will be distributed to groups serving the community.Gail Nostrom, Chair
Visiting CommitteeThis committee visits the home bound of our members and offers them companionship, communication and comfort.
Caring CommitteeAlso affectionately known as the “Casserole Ministry,” the Caring Committee works with the minister to provide care and support for congregation members in times of need. This includes rides, food, visits, and support at all levels.
Hospitality Committee
The Hospitality Committee social gatherings and events and welcomes and guides new people and current people though the membership process and getting connected at FUUSE.Chair: Dawn Huebner (hospitality@exeteruu.org)
Social JusticeThe committee meets the first Sunday of the month in the Parsonage library from 11:15 am – 12:15 pm unless otherwise posted in the eFUUSE. Church members and friends are welcomed to attend the meetings or to suggest issues of interest. The Committee also welcomes ideas for collaborations with Religious Education, a Coffee Hour tabling topic, or the subject for a church service or program. The committee functions using a focus group structure whereby members choose a specific area of interest and then bring forth ways to educate and/or promote action among church members and friends, and community members.
David Weber, Chair
Pat Yosha, Vice-Chair
Knitting MinistryThe Knitting Ministry has been active since 2006 with a group of enterprising folks who love to knit and crochet. We create shawls for our congregational members and friends to bring warmth, strength, and comfort during difficult times. We also support other charitable organizations such as Afghans for Afghans and we make hats for the homeless and blankets for babies. Novice knitters and those would like to learn will find encouragement along with a sense of connectedness and camaraderie. We meet on the second and fourth Mondays of each month in the Parsonage from 6:30 to 8. Donations of yarn are always gratefully accepted.Anne Tufts
Welcoming Circle TeamsWelcoming Circle is a team of volunteers who work together to provide a welcoming, safe and comfortable environment for the Sunday Service, Social hour and more. This model was adopted by this church in October 2014. It now has in place eight team leaders with eight teams of between eight and twelve members per team. These teams fill the much needed volunteer roles from September through June.Yvonne Zinicola, Office and Membership Manager, office@exeteruu.org
Worship CommitteeMeets as neededJennifer Morris
Christopher Ellis
Victoria Hayes
Lisa Bunker
Sylvia Foster

Staff

The First Unitarian Universalist Society of Exeter
12 Elm Street OR PO Box 627
Exeter NH 03833
Phone: (603) 772-4002
Church office: 10 Elm Street
office@exeteruu.org
PositionPersonDescriptionContact
MinisterRev. Kendra FordCall for an appointmentminister@exeteruu.org
Director of Religious EducationLinsey-Jean FrancoeurCall for an appointmentDRE@exeteruu.org
Minister of MusicRev. Mary DoaneAt the church Thursdays, afternoon and evening (except summer). Choir practice: Thursdays, 7 to 9 pm (except summer)music@exeteruu.org
Office and Membership Manager (including Communications)Yvonne ZinicolaYvonne works both in office, remotely and on some Sundays. office@exeteruu.org
TreasurerJim Breelingtreasurer@exeteruu.org
WebmasterBill Downallwebmaster@exeteruu.org
TrusteesJane Oldfield-SpearmanChairman of the Boardboardchair@exeteruu.org
PledgesDonna JensenPledge Committeepledges@exeteruu.org
NewsletterYvonne ZinicolaCommunications Manageroffice@exeteruu.org

Church Certifications

Green Sanctuary Certified: This helps our church community implement a program supporting the Seventh Principle Project of the UUA. A Green Sanctuary is defined as “a congregation that lives out its commitment to the earth by creating a sustainable lifestyle for its members as individuals and as a faith community.”

Welcoming Congregation: This certification worked to defeat the proposed Constitutional Amendment aimed at excluding same-sex couples from the legal equality represented by civil marriage.