The Audio/Video Team handles all of the audiovisual equipment (including the sound system and headphone sets for the hearing impaired) for the Sunday services, and for all other congregational and public events that take place at UUSO. The A/V Team also prepares the recordings of sermons and readings for the website.
The Bylaws Committee, consisting of the Moderator and the two previous Moderators, is responsible for reviewing the Bylaws and for bringing proposed revisions to the congregation for a vote at the Congregational Meeting in May.
Board Liaison: John Bagby
Chair: Anne Ray
The Design Committee is concerned with all things aesthetic pertaining to the buildings and landscaping of both the Chapin Memorial Sanctuary and Olympia Brown House.
Board Liaison: TBA
Chair: Margaret Davis
The Endowment Committee is charged with stewardship of the Endowment Fund, including both the raising of funds, and the disbursement of funds to causes within both the Society and the wider community.
Board Liaison: Keith Willcox
Chair: Kay Stuligross
Treasurer: Jeane Bennett-O’Dea
The Finance Committee prepares the annual budget for the congregational meeting and oversees the day-to-day operational finances of UUSO.
The Fundraising Committee works in conjunction with the various fund-raising subcommittees and oversees all of UUSO’s fund-raising events.
Historian: Bob Brzozowski
The UUSO historian handles all matters pertaining to UUSO’s history – that of the Society itself, including the architectural history of the Chapin Memorial Sanctuary, which is on the National Registry of Historic Places, and that of the Society’s history in the larger Oneonta community.
The Connections Team is responsible for welcoming new members through the hosting of social gatherings and the “Getting to Know UU” classes, and recognizes and honors them on New Member Sunday each year.
Board Liaison: Jeane Bennett-O’Dea
Chair: Arleen Benedict
The mission of the memorial program is to provide a plaque and a book of records to honor and remember UUSO members and friends who have died; to support the Ruth Achenbach Garden which provides a safe and peaceful place for cremains to be scattered or interred; and to bring comfort to those who mourn.
Members: Patricia Engel LaFata, Carolyn Wolf-Gould, and Kevin Schultz
The Committee on Ministry works with the minister to monitor the ministries of UUSO and encourage right relationships within the UUSO community.
Board Liaison: Rev. Craig Schwalenberg
Chair: Beth Small
The Music Team is responsible for all aspects of the musical life of our worship services.
Chair: Ben Friedell
The Nominating Committee is charged with submitting to the Congregation a slate of nominees – for the Board of Trustees, the Endowment Committee, the new Nominating Committee and the Moderator – to be voted on at the Annual Meeting in May.
Board Liaison: TBA
Chair: Rosemary Summers
The Personnel Committee is made up of representatives from each of the committees that work directly with a staff member (Office Committee: office administrator; Religious Education Committee: Director of Religious Education; Finance Committee: office administrator and bookkeeper; Music Committee: music director and worship musician; Properties Committee: custodian). The committee works with the minister to ensure that staff reviews are done in a consistent, timely, and fair manner. It also reviews and proposes policies related to staff positions.
Board Liaison: John Bagby
Chair: Duncan Smith
The Properties Committee is in charge of everything related to the upkeep of our two buildings, the Chapin Memorial Sanctuary and Olympia Brown House, including the grounds.
Board Liaison: Amy Forster Rothbart
Chair: Adrienne Martini
The Religious Education Committee manages all aspects of religious education for children, youth, and adults.
Board Liaison: Minister
Chair: Suzanne Miller
The Social Action Team provides information about social justice issues to the congregation and offers opportunities to work on those issues through financial contributions and gifts of personal time and effort.
Chair: Judy Tator
The Stewardship Team is in charge of UUSO’s annual stewardship appeal.
Chair: Kathy Paranya
The mission of the Website Committee is to create and maintain a working, welcoming, and attractive website to provide members, friends, and the public with information about the UUSO.
Rev. Craig Schwalenberg
The Worship Team meets quarterly to coordinate all aspects of the Sunday worship services (scheduling, music, theme, and other matters) as well as other regularly occurring worship gatherings and special services. The team is made up of the Minister, Pulpit Guest Coordinator, Music Director, Worship Musician, Music Volunteer Coordinator, Worship Associate Coordinator, and Audio/Video Team Coordinator.