As we approach March—only 4 months from the end of our fiscal year—we wanted to update you about our Board of Trustees as there have been some shifts in responsibility as some members step down. In addition, we wanted to share our plans for the Presidency while offering our thoughts and ideas for the future of our Board.
First, we would like to thank both Brian Bodemer and Bruce Levine for their service on our Board since 2015 as Director of Building Operations and Property Management, and Treasurer, respectively. Both men felt that they had other matters that required their time and attention and as a result they could not fulfill their duties on the Board. We appreciate that this was a di cult decision for both of them, and we hope you will join us as we celebrate their time and commitment as leaders of our congregation!
As a result of these changes we are happy to share the news that current Board member Addam Brodsky, who had been supporting Amy Bono and Toni Tinburg in the areas of Congregational Support and Engagement and New Membership, will shift his focus to Building Operations and Property Management. He has already begun to work with Sharon Friedman on seeking cost saving opportunities and he will manage our day-to-day operational needs with help from the Building Committee.
Also as a result of these Board changes, Rosanna has agreed to serve as both Co-President and Interim Treasurer through June. She is working closely with Erin, our new office administrator, on all financial systems and reporting functions. Together, they are working to improve our database and reported information in an e ort to streamline this function and make it easier to manage for the next Treasurer.
We also want to update you on our plans for the Presidency—or in our case, the “Co-Presidency.” We announced at last year’s annual meeting that we would commit to only one year of our second two-year term, that is, until June of this year. We both have since decided to stay on as Board Co-Presidents for the remainder of our second term, through June 30, 2019. A new President or Co-Presidents will be elected at the 2019 Annual Meeting.
Now for a twist on a common theme. We would like to ask that you consider how you would like to contribute to the synagogue, but—believe it or not—this time we are not asking about money, but something equally important: your time.
Many, many congregants over the years have assumed roles on the Board and on committees, have volunteered at events, and have accepted honors on the bima; several have done all of the above. We ask that you consider your synagogue and how you can serve as a leader—someone who is willing to support our building operation, seek new members, record important discussions, raise funds, or perhaps lead the whole lot of those working hard to sustain our congregation.
Some of these ideas may seem daunting, but you will have the support of many fellow congregants. As we have learned, it can be quite manageable, and even rewarding!
At this year’s annual meeting on June 3, we will report on plans for 2018–2019 and we will share our thoughts for the two-year term that will follow from 2019–2021. If you would like to be part of this exciting time, please reach out to either one of us—we are happy to discuss the scope of work that lies ahead as well as the challenges we continue to face.
Best wishes to all... and we look forward to building a strong leadership in the years ahead!
Sammi & Rosanna
Amy and her husband George have lived in North Attleboro for the past 21 years. She grew up as a member of Agudas Achim, and became a bat mitzvah in 1983. He son, Samuel, followed in her footsteps, becoming a bar mitzvah in 2013. After being a member of the board for the past 4 years, Amy is looking forward to continuing to build on the momentum from our previous leadership.