About our Committees and Teams
Most of our committees and teams meet monthly and welcome new members.  If you are interested in joining a committee or task force, or sitting in on a meeting, please contact the UUSO office at 607-432-3491 or  If you have an issue you would like to see addressed at a particular meeting, please contact the Board Liaison, Team Leader or Chairperson for that committee or team.

Please note: This page is updated as committees and teams report changes.

Aesthetics Committee

Board Liaison: 
Chair:  Kathy Paranya

The Aesthetics Committee is charged with assisting with furnishing and decor choices pertaining to the public spaces of our UUSO buildings.

Bylaws Committee
Chair:  Mary Ruhoff

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.

Endowment Committee

Board Liaison:  Keith Willcox
Chair:  Margaret Davis

The Endowment Committee is charged with stewardship of the Community Fund and the development of the Endowment Fund, including both the raising of funds, and the disbursement of funds.

Finance Committee

Board Liaison: 

The Finance Committee prepares the annual budget for the congregational meeting and oversees the day-to-day operational finances of UUSO.,

Fun Team

Board Liaison & Chair: 

Green Sanctuary Task Force

Board Liaison: Karen Palmer

The Green Sanctuary Task Force facilitates the steps that UUSO is taking to become a UUA accredited Green Sanctuary.  This represents a pursuit of excellence in stewardship of our Earth’s precious resources.

Board Liaison: Arlana Young
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.

Connections Team
Board Liaison: Minister
Chair:  Karen Palmer

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.

Memorial Committee

Board Liaison: 
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.

Committee on Ministry

Members: Scott Segar(2020), Kate Seeley (2021)

The Committee on Ministry works with the minister to monitor the ministries of UUSO and encourage right relationships within the UUSO community.

Nominating Committee


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.

Personnel Committee

Board Liaison:  Rosemary Summers
Chair: Rosemary Summers

The Personnel Committee reviews and proposes policies and compensation related to staff positions.

Properties Committee

Board Liaison:  
Chair: Rosemary Summers

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.

Religious Education Committee

Board Liaison:  
Chair: Deb Bruce

The Religious Education Committee manages all aspects of religious education for children, youth, and adults.

Safety Committee

Board Liaison: 


Social Action Team

Board Liaison: Minister
Chair: Carol Malz

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.

Stewardship Committee

Board Liaison:  
Chair: Kari Reynolds

The Stewardship Committee fosters a culture of stewardship among our members and friends as they share their time, talents, and treasure throughout the year.  This committee coordinates all fundraising activities and the annual pledge campaign.

Fundraising Subcommittees:
  • Auction:  Arlana Young, chair
  • Book Sale:  Deb Bruce, chair
  • Cookies and Crafts: Rhiannon Hamm & Pam Strother, co-chairs
  • Plant Sale:  Julia Gregory, chair
Worship Team


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.