Nominees for the Board of Directors. Annual Meeting #4

This post continues a series begun last week with more more detailed information about various aspects of the 2021 Annual Meeting. See all posts in the series listed at the bottom of this page.

Candidates for the Board of Directors

As stated in the Bylaws, the Board of Directors consists of the President, the President Elect, the Past President, who rotate through a three-year term; and the Secretary, the Treasurer, and two At-large Board Members who each serve for a two-year term. Each member of the Board is a legal officer of the corporation and is empowered to sign documents affecting the corporation.

All Board members have ethical as well as legal responsibilities to make sure that policies and procedures set by the Board and the congregation are fully implemented, and that UUFR follows its own policies.

Candidates this year are Jim Yocum, President, Rebecca Marmaduke, Secretary, and Paul Buescher, Member at Large

About Jim Yocum, Nominee for President-Elect of the Board of Directors

(The President-elect serves a three-year term on the Board of Directors. One year as President-Elect, one year as President, one year as Past President.)

Greetings! I have been a member of UUFR since early 2018. When my husband and I moved here from Portland, Oregon, we knew that we wanted to be part of a spiritual community with brains, heart, compassion, and character–and a good track record of making a dent in the world’s problems. UUFR is all of that and more. I’ve especially enjoyed working with the Environmental Justice Ministry Team and the Healthy Congregations Committee as well as helping out with Love Wins, One Wake, and various social action events.

We live near UUFR with two shamefully spoiled dogs. (It’s probably most honest to say that the dogs own the house and we just do what they want to avoid eviction.) Originally from a small city in the Mojave Desert, I’ve lived in Salt Lake City, Seattle, Madison, and Portland. But I think I like the Triangle best. It reminds me in important ways of all of those places but also has, hands down, the most hospitable people in the country. Before service you can find me running on the nearby Greenways, reading a history book in my garden, doing the Sunday crossword, or counting my blessings.

About Rebecca Marmaduke, Nominee for Secretary of the Board of Directors:

(The Secretary serves a two-year term on the Board of Directors.)

My husband Ben and I have always participated in UU congregations as a couple and with our daughters, and so it was important we find a local community when we moved to the Raleigh area in 2018.  We discovered UUFR through its website, and from our first visit, we were made to feel very welcome. Soon, we knew that UUFR was going to be our spiritual home.

In other congregations back in Dallas, we had both held various leadership roles, and we always anticipated that, as we settled into our lives in North Carolina, and our careers wound down, we might take on more responsibility at UUFR. As a result of some health changes last October, I chose to retire from a long career in corporate communications and training, and when my health improved, I felt ready to apply my skills and energy at UUFR.

Outside of UUFR, I enjoy gardening, cooking, writing, reading, music, traveling, live theater, and spending time with friends and family. I also volunteer with Braver Angels of North Carolina and publish the monthly newsletter for that organization.

About Paul Buescher, Nominee for Member at Large of the Board of Directors:

(Members at Large serve  two-year terms on the Board of Directors.)

My wife Barbara and I joined the UUFR in 2007 and have been active members. I was on the UUFR Finance Committee for several years, have participated regularly in Wednesday night dinners and the Poetry and Spirit group, and attended Rev. James’ recent leadership course. I am committed to the mission of the UUFR and look forward to serving on the Board. I grew up in Jackson, Mississippi, went to college at Mississippi State University and Louisiana State University, and received graduate degrees in sociology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel. I worked for 32 years in the field of health statistics at the North Carolina Division of Public Health and retired in 2009. Other interests include gardening, travel, participating in the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at NC State University, billiards, serving as Treasurer and festival planning for the North Carolina Gourd Society, and spending time with my grandsons.

About This Series

The information found in this series as also available in the 2021 Annual Report, available for download here.

Previous posts:

Coming Soon:

  • Managing the Meeting: Quorums, Votes, Absentee Ballots, Zooming, etc.
  • About the Proposed Budget

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