Interpersonal Skills

works well with others

Sunday Services Chair

The Sunday Services Committee maintains and enhances the content and quality of our Sunday Service.  The chair is the team leader for this committee’s “Leadership Team.”  The chair has the big-picture responsibility for the activities of others on the leadership team, for organizing meetings and for communication with QUUF Leadership and Staff.

Detailed Description: 
Sunday morning services are at the heart of our congregational life and ministry. This vital Committee uses a team-based approach in the support of the Sunday morning experience for members. Sunday Services Chair responsibilities include the following: 1. Schedule and announce committee meetings. 2. Facilitate meetings or recruit a facilitator for the meeting. 3. Act as committee contact for staff and leadership. 4. Act as the team lead for the leadership team of the committee. Other members of this team work on budget, annual report, leadership assembly, recruiting, recording minutes and job descriptions. The time commitment would be four hours per month, occasionally more during more intensive times for the committee. This amount of time includes calling meetings of the whole committee, and/or the leadership team of the committee, as needed (once every 1-3 months), as well as facilitating, or finding a facilitator, for meetings. Regular emails are also part of the work of this role, and communicating between the office and others on the committee.
Service Term: 
3 years
Benefits for the Volunteer and the Congregation: 

There is nothing more important than our Sunday Services to our congregational life and ministry.  The chair of Sunday Services plays a pivotal role  in supporting the ministers and the whole Sunday Services committee.  The chair benefits from the opportunity to develop leadership and facilitation skills.   A close working relationship with the ministers makes this and exceptional opportunity.

Skills Needed: 

The chair needs to be able to take responsibility and follow through on communication and organization for the committee including communication with other members of the leadership team, the office and the Board. The ability to facilitate a group of people is a must as is the ability to use email and access to a home computer.

Training, assistance, and safety requirements: 

The minister and the board liaison to the committee supply support for the chair. In addition the chair receives periodic opportunities for leadership training through leadership assembly and UUA webinairs.

Contact Person: 
Kate Lore
Contact Person Email: 
katelore@quuf.org
Ministry Team: 
# of positions available: 
1
Availability: 
Position Open
Service Opportunity Filled By: 
Carrie Andrews
Date Filled: 
Saturday, July 1, 2017
Expected Service Opportunity Term End: 
Wednesday, July 1, 2020
Hours per Month: 
4

Membership Committee Member

The purposes of this committee are: to welcome visitors and promote new membership; to orient new members into the life of the congregation; and to enhance the retention of current members. The committee consists of a Chairperson appointed by the Board and from 6 to 10 members. The committee works closely with the Membership Coordinator and may support/assist the coordinator’s work

Detailed Description: 
General responsibilities for all Committee Members include the following: attend monthly meetings August through June; participate in discussion, decision making regarding the work of the Committee; participate in preparation for and presentation of Newcomer Orientations, New Member Sunday and other Committee sponsored events; volunteer, at least occasionally, to be a Sunday morning Greeter; model a welcoming presence among the congregation, even when not “on duty” as a Sunday morning Greeter. All Committee members share the task of making follow-up contacts with new members approximately 3 months after they join. The Membership Committee has opportunities for Team Leaders in specific areas. The Welcoming Team Leader is the Sunday Greeter Coordinator, who schedules Greeters for each Sunday service, year round (maintain a list of Greeters and substitutes, Committee members sign up at the monthly meeting, many others are “regulars”, remaining slots are filled by phone or email; recruit when necessary). Each Monday this team leader provides QUUF office with names of Greeters for the next Sunday. The Note Writer' s goal is to stir a sense of belonging among all members by making personal contacts. We will initiate this program in August 2017 by writing short, welcoming and thoughtful notes to members who have belonged the longest. We are seeking a lead Note Writer will collaborate with the Membership Coordinator to determine to whom and when notes will be sent. The Connecting Team Leader organizes the team in its work. In collaboration with the Membership Committee Chair, the ministers and the Membership Coordinator the Connecting Team Leader assists in organizing, preparing for and conducting Newcomer Orientations as needed (traditionally held in fall, winter and spring). The Engaging in Congregational Life Team Leader assists the Membership Committee Chair and Membership Coordinator with myriad details accompanying the New Member Sundays. This team leader also takes the lead in getting all Committee members involved in follow-up contacts for new members and collaborates with the Ministers and Membership Coordinator to develop ways to increase and enhance new member’s sense of belonging.
Service Term: 
3 years
Benefits for the Volunteer and the Congregation: 

Interact with and add to the enrichment of, newcomers, friends and members of the QUUF community. You have the opportunity to be a part of the first line of interaction and assist in furthering the spiritual, intellectual and social growth of friends, members and self.

Skills Needed: 

A desire to meet and interact with people. Good organizational and communication skills. Flexibility is important in order to work with other committee members and as a part of the various groups at QUUF. Ability to manage your own time and also meet the needs of the fellowship.

Training, assistance, and safety requirements: 

The Membership Chair provides assistance along the way.

Contact Person: 
Judy McCutchen
Contact Person Email: 
judy@eagleroost.net
# of positions available: 
2
Availability: 
Position Open
Service Opportunity Filled By: 
Judy McCutchen
Hours per Month: 
2

Membership Committee Chair

Use your leadership skills in organizing, inspiring, encouraging, and working with an experienced and delightful committee whose purpose is to welcome, connect with and help engage QUUF members in congregational life.

Detailed Description: 
Provide leadership for all the Membership Committee work. Listen to, encourage participation of and value input from all Membership Committee members. Support Membership Committee Team Leaders. Plan, prepare and conduct interesting, relevant and participatory monthly meetings September through June. Collaborate with the Membership Coordinator on Orientations and other projects as appropriate. Be responsible for timely submitting of budget and reports as requested by QUUF. Time Commitment Monthly Meetings- September through June (currently 2 to 3:30 pm the second Thursday of the month) While time for planning, prep and then the meeting varies some, it is usually no more than 5 hours a month. Collaborative meetings with Membership Coordinator as needed. (Varies depending on activity – most months one hour every other week. Newcomer Orientations - November, February, May. We prepare for the 3-hour events by putting together participant notebooks. The actual events, held on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings, each require prep and cleanup time, so about 4 to 5 hours of Chair and Committee member time. Newcomer Recognition Sunday – The week before, the Membership Coordinator and Committee Chair have several hours of prep. Leadership Assembly gatherings – four 2 hour evening events a year
Service Term: 
3 years
Benefits for the Volunteer and the Congregation: 

While responsible for specific tasks and activities that are the Membership Committee’s charge, as committee chair you will have many opportunities to share your expertise and creativity as you lead. It feels good to take a turn as a leader in our Fellowship from which we draw so much spiritually, intellectually and socially. It is energizing to get acquainted with potential members and friends and then welcome them as they choose to join QUUF. At each Orientation session, words from Kate and inspirational stories from the participants prompt reflection on what is really important …in life as well as being an active member of our Fellowship. The Leadership Assembly is a welcome opportunity to connect with other committee chairs and learn about things such as QUUF’s programs, current issues and governance.

Skills Needed: 

Ability to create an atmosphere of shared good work and discovery during meetings and our tasks. Have the ability to get everyone involved and let them know they are valued. It helps to have the ability to be both serious and playful, to direct the energy to important work or sense when one, or all, need to step back, perhaps to think or to laugh. It takes skill to nurture committee members while they discover and develop new skills and also to empower others to lead teams.

Training, assistance, and safety requirements: 

The Board and Staff Liaisons provide on-going support, answer questions and serve as a connection from you, the Membership Chair to all those who serve to make QUUF all it is. These include the QUUF administration, Board and other volunteers and staff. Ideally, a Membership Committee Chair will have served on the Membership Committee for at least the year prior to taking the job. Thus, s/he will have” on-the-almost-my-job” training. Certainly the retiring committee chair will mentor the new chair.

Contact Person: 
Betty O'Bryan
Contact Person Email: 
bettob3333@gmail.com
# of positions available: 
1
Availability: 
Position Filled
Hours per Month: 
10

Affinity Groups Coordinator

The Affinity Groups Coordinator is responsible for the overall coordination and organization of the QUUF Affinity Groups.

Detailed Description: 
1) Advertises the signup for the Affinity Groups on the Opening Sunday of the programmatic year. In August contacts the existing Affinity Groups to check on their status, and puts out the call for new Affinity Groups. (6-8 hours) 2) Assistis new Groups (and sometimes ongoing Groups) in clarifying exactly what their particular group might be and assistis in writing up their advertisements for it. (6 hours). 3) Coordinates the actual sign-up on the last 3 Sundays of September. (2-3 hours) 4) Follows up with the facilitators/contacts/conveners of the various Affinity Groups. (2-3 hours) 5) Provides facilitators with materials they might use in their Affinity Groups. (2 hours in year) 6) In some cases, attends the opening meeting of a new Affinity Group. (2-3 hours for each new group) 7) Keeps an ongoing record of the facilitators and members of the groups (4-6 hours a year) 8) Convenes a meeting of all the Affinity Group facilitators/conveners, 2-3 times a year ideally. (2 hours per meeting) 9) Advertises during the year for new groups and for additional members of existing groups. (4 hours in year) 10) Provides advise/counsel to the facilitators of the Groups when needed.
Service Term: 
2 years
Benefits for the Volunteer and the Congregation: 

An Affinity Group Coordinator may contribute in a very large way to the small group work of the Fellowship, essential in a larger religious organization. It can be an opportunity for an individual or individuals (if this position were shared) to draw on interpersonal and organizational skills.

Skills Needed: 

Organizing and relational skills would be necessary, and some capacity with computers.

Training, assistance, and safety requirements: 

Staff support would be available.

Contact Person: 
Trish Rossi, Jon Rossi
Contact Person Email: 
patriciarossi@comcast.net, jonrossi@comcast.net
Ministry Team: 
# of positions available: 
2
Availability: 
Position Filled
Hours per Month: 
3

Kitchen Care Committee (Circle) Chair

Oversee KCC in its goals of promoting Fellowship enjoyment of all events involving QUUF kitchen use. The Kitchen Care Committee/Circle assures a clean, uncluttered, healthy and eco-friendly environment for food and drink preparation.

Detailed Description: 
Overseeing KCC activities include: 1) Cooperating with Building and Grounds Committee in collection of recycling materials, trash and garbage, with the Green Sanctuary Committee in composting, and with the custodian in kitchen care. 2) Encouraging all kitchen users to follow the Green Kitchen Guidelines and practices which allow safe use of the facility and leave the kitchen in perfect condition its next use. 3) Understanding the operation of appliances and providing written and demonstrated instructions for their use. 4) Cleaning and clearing the refrigerator, stove and shelves regularly, 5) Monitoring kitchen materials (cleaning supplies, utensils, equipment, linens, etc.). This also includes discouraging unsolicited donations, periodically informing QUUF of items left in the kitchen before removing and donating them, and assuring that the kitchen is equipped to meet the Fellowship's needs, replacing or upgrading items when necessary. 6) Scheduling support for emerging needs like special cleaning or repairs and KCC meetings 7). Propose and monitor annual budget (3 hours/year) 8) Participate in Leadership Council (3 hours/quarter)
Service Term: 
2 years
Benefits for the Volunteer and the Congregation: 

 The congregation benefits from a well-equipped, sanitary environment for safe food preparation, which enables social or community cooking activities.   The wider community benefits from QUUF's continued status as a Donor kitchen in which food for donation (e.g., to the Boiler Room, Winter Shelter) may be prepared.   In addition, all benefit from a good kitchen for community rental use during meetings, weddings, banquets, funerals, etc.

Skills Needed: 

Organizational Technical (how equipment functions) Social Food handling Green and non-toxic cleaning approaches. Leadership Council Social Hour Set-up Use of all appliances Kitchen lay-out KCC Meetings Donor Kitchen public health laws.   

Training, assistance, and safety requirements: 

Guides and manuals for the use of the kitchen are provided and there is an experienced group of volunteers to assist.

Contact Person: 
Cathe Bell
Contact Person Email: 
bell.cathe@gmail.com
# of positions available: 
2
Availability: 
Position Filled
Date Filled: 
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Expected Service Opportunity Term End: 
Sunday, June 30, 2019
Hours per Month: 
10

Covenant Groups Coordinator

Assist the minister in organizing and coordinating the QUUF Covenant Groups.

Detailed Description: 
The Covenant Group Coordinator coordinates the forming of small groups for congregants to find support and intimate interaction. During the latter part of August through October the time spent is higher while groups are being set up. The following activities are involved: 1) Advertising and organizing the sign-up for the Covenant Groups prior to Opening Sunday of the programmatic year 2) Putting the individual groups together 3) Selecting the facilitators of the groups, working from a roster of past facilitators and suggestions from the minister 4) Preparing and emailing the agenda for, and leading the monthly meetings of the facilitators of each group. During these meetings, group topics are selected and concerns of the facilitators are addressed. 5) Attending the opening meeting of new Covenant groups , usually only one or two are new each year. 6) Keeping an ongoing up to date record of the members of the groups 7) Keeping a record of topics 8) The Coordinator also functions as a gatekeeper regarding new persons who wish to join an ongoing group in the middle of the year.
Service Term: 
2 years
Benefits for the Volunteer and the Congregation: 

The Coordinator interacts with leaders within the congregation and helps provide secure groups where congregants can find support and companionship. He/she has the benefit of being of service in deepening the spiritual life of others and helping them to connect on a deeper level with others and the community.

Skills Needed: 

Facilitation and organizing skills, people skills, and some capacity with computers.

Training, assistance, and safety requirements: 

Staff support will be available.

Contact Person: 
Zoe Lamp
Contact Person Email: 
zoe_lamp@man.com
# of positions available: 
1
Availability: 
Position Open
Service Opportunity Filled By: 
Zoe Ann Lamp
Date Filled: 
Sunday, September 17, 2017
Expected Service Opportunity Term End: 
Friday, September 18, 2020
Hours per Month: 
6

Pastoral Care Committee Member

Each  committee member commits to providing services that support our 1st UU principle: to promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person, and to uphold confidentiality as we serve. Members are expected to attend occasional meetings and participate in a team of choice.

Detailed Description: 
Our committee has chosen to work in teams. The teams include: Sage Club Luncheon, Cards and Rides, Buddy Visitations, Publicity, Meals, Cooking Projects, Story-Corps, and Administrative Tasks. Members choose to either lead or help with the team that is most appealing to them. Each team meets and carries out their tasks, and the team leader reports to the committee chairperson. Additional short-term volunteers who have expressed an interest in working with teams are asked to help with many of the teams. The pastoral care team is being developed and will be chosen and directed by our ministers.
Service Term: 
3 years
Benefits for the Volunteer and the Congregation: 

Working in teams allows committee members to follow their passions and the result is work that is satisfying and interesting. Using additional non-member volunteers gives an opportunity to get to know new people, and gives the volunteers a chance to get to know us. It does away with long committee meetings involving lengthy discussion. This committee provides valuable services to members of our community directly in line with our UU principles.

Skills Needed: 

Skills needed for this committee include a passion for helping others, good listening and communication skills, ability to maintain confidentiality, accepting responsibility and ability to follow through, compassion and ability to work in a group.

Training, assistance, and safety requirements: 

Training in listening and other skills is provided to new members of the committee by the chairperson and team leaders.

Contact Person: 
Carol Graves
Contact Person Email: 
colorqueen4@gmail.com
# of positions available: 
Multiple
Availability: 
Position Filled
Hours per Month: 
7

Pastoral Care Chair

Help serve QUUF members and friends in a direct and important way, providing meals, personal contact, socialization and emotional support when needed. 

Detailed Description: 
The chairperson coordinates activities with the office and ministers, holds committee’s confidential work in a sacred space, keeps records of activities, plans and maintains the budget, recruits new members, attends monthly meetings of leadership council, and maintains contact with committee team leaders. The position requires a commitment of about 15 hours per month. Meetings are monthly at the Fellowship. A separate program, Home Maintenance and Repair Corps, functions under our umbrella to provide those services
Service Term: 
3 years
Benefits for the Volunteer and the Congregation: 

The committee’s purpose is to serve our first UU principle: to promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person by caring for our church community. All members of our congregation can benefit from this support. The chairperson can exhibit a great deal of creativity. Committee activities include but not limited to helping team members to provide temporary and longer term assistance in times of need, sending greeting cards, providing friendship and pastoral support, educational programs, Sage Club luncheons for elders, and sharing of their stories through a Story Corp program. The chair benefits from knowing he/she is serving a real need in our community that is in line with our values. The members of this committee enjoy a strong bond of caring, both for our members and for each other. Our congregation is well aware of our services and holds them in respect.

Skills Needed: 

Skills include, a willingness to hold confidentiality, calm demeanor, strong ability to listen with compassion, creative leadership in leading meetings, offering training for new members, reporting to ministers, attention to detail in record keeping, and ability to get along with all people.

Training, assistance, and safety requirements: 

No special training is needed, but past exhibited leadership capabilities are welcome, and a background in counseling or social service is a plus.

Contact Person: 
Carol Graves
Contact Person Email: 
colorqueen4@gmail.com
# of positions available: 
1
Availability: 
Position Filled
Service Opportunity Filled By: 
Carol Graves
Expected Service Opportunity Term End: 
Tuesday, September 1, 2020
Hours per Month: 
15

Personnel Committee Chair

Lead the committee that interfaces on issues of employment and supervision among the fellowship staff, the Board and congregation.

Detailed Description: 
The chair is the meeting convener and facilitator and is also the overseer of all the tasks. Currently, the chair prepares the personnel budget. The committee meets to make personnel-related decisions, monitor the annual performance review process for all staff, create or modify job descriptions with staff input and Board approval, work through any difficulties or conflicts involving staff, make hiring and firing recommendations to the Board, serve with members of the congregation and staff to interview and recommend candidates for hire, prepare recommended salaries and benefits for staff and Ministers, work with the Board and the staff to prioritize staffing needs, understand UUA Personnel Guidelines as well as the federal rules, research and propose personnel changes as needed, and update the Personnel Handbook as needed.
Service Term: 
3 years
Benefits for the Volunteer and the Congregation: 

The benefit for the Volunteer is becoming an active partner in the organization and functioning of the Fellowship. You get to know new people, learn new skills and develop a better understanding of the mission and goals of QUUF and UU. You have the opportunity to assist in the selection of staff and then providing the support to assure growth and success for them. The congregation benefits by providing a committee of Fellowship members to assist the Administrative Staff and the Board in areas of personnel and human resources. Without this committee the work would fall back onto the shoulders of the staff.

Skills Needed: 

Good organizational skills as well as an interest in and ability to track details and stick to timelines. Experience with personnel issues such as supervision responsibilities, staff performance reviews, and compensation. Some familiarity with Federal Labor Relations and UUA Personnel Guidelines. Computer Experience in the use of spreadsheets, Microsoft word and power point; specifically, as it relates to the preparation of the personnel budget. Good writing and editing skills. Ability to lead and participate in discussions on sensitive personnel issues and remain objective. Comfort in making hard decisions related to Personnel. Remaining at all times – the keeper of confidential information!

Training, assistance, and safety requirements: 

Since the Committee works on a team basis with members responsible for specific areas of Personnel work – a new member would receive input and support from the person doing the same assignment the new member chooses - budget prep; supervision and performance review; taking and keeping records/minutes, working on the handbook, etc. The Chair also provides support in the the training for new members.

Contact Person: 
Brian Rogers
Contact Person Email: 
briandrogers@gmail.com
# of positions available: 
1
Availability: 
Position Filled
Service Opportunity Filled By: 
Brian Rogers
Date Filled: 
Thursday, March 15, 2018
Expected Service Opportunity Term End: 
Monday, March 1, 2021
Hours per Month: 
8

Long Range Analysis Committee Member

A member of the Long Range Analysis Committee has the unique opportunity to develop a long-term perspective of the development of QUUF (over 5 to 15 years) for the purpose of trying to identify crucial growth questions that should permeate and guide long-range decisions by the Fellowship.  The member also has the opportunity to keep grounded in reality by researching, collecting and maintaining yearly data documenting the physical growth of the Fellowship.

Detailed Description: 
Purpose: Construct various models for the future evolution of QUUF, clarifying the range of choices available, and highlighting the potential significant impacts of those choices. The products of the committee are designed to be a resource for the Board, committees and the Fellowship membership as they consider the future direction of QUUF. Central Responsibilities: • Attempt to identify crucial growth questions that should permeate and guide long-range decisions by the Fellowship • Provide useful long-range analysis by creating and presenting scenarios of possible choices in response to crucial growth questions. Analyses should address both our strengths and weaknesses as well as the opportunities and threats to the continued development and excellence of our programs and services • Maintain a secure, trusted and convenient repository for data relevant to long-term (5 to 15 year) trends at QUUF. This includes data on membership, attendance, pledging, and other community demographics. • Be generally cognizant of future trends in other UU churches, UUA recommendations and new church models. Time commitment: The committee meets once or twice each month. Preparation for meetings, including data collection and Excel file updates, may take a few hours between meetings. Key activities: Every year prior to the Board retreat, the LRA Committee gives recommendations to the Board about active long-range vista or planning topics which would be useful to consider. Beyond this, insights should be creatively shared with the Congregation as needed.
Service Term: 
3 years
Benefits for the Volunteer and the Congregation: 

Committee members are encouraged to creatively consider the long-range choices before QUUF.  The necessity of thinking clearly and creatively while working with others has the potential to build a strong sense of synergy among committee members.  The lack of decision-making power challenges the volunteer to find ways to reach out to others – A committee member also has the satisfaction of maintaining historical growth data which should give a sense of reality to any choices for vista scenarios the committee might construct.  The net result for a congregation is a sense that when it’s time to make decisions about the future, we understand where we’re headed and how the choices made to get there will impact us.

Skills Needed: 

Some experience with the evolution of QUUF.  A team player who not only listens carefully to other committee members but also keeps alert to general membership needs and Board agendas.  A familiarity with Excel spreadsheets is a great benefit.  A willingness to collect data, and to share committee insights with others through writing or speaking.

Training, assistance, and safety requirements: 

contact Chair

Contact Person: 
Tim Berry
Contact Person Email: 
tim@cpchange.com
Ministry Team: 
# of positions available: 
Multiple
Availability: 
Inactive
Hours per Month: 
7