UM Council Meeting
September 28, 2005
Devotional by Kyunglim Shin Lee-John 5:1-9
J Park. Looking at the agenda, he asks Kathy Sano to do a presentation on Mutual Covenant and ethics. Code of ethics will be sent out to all of the members to sign and returned in order for us to work together. (Please see the Power Point presentation given by K Sano, Code of ethics)
Sano read all of the presentation and emphasized on items. As Asians there are cultural things such as gift giving. This practice should be fine because of the culture. The whole document will be sent out to all of the members. Chang made the comment of how there are rumors of misuse of the funds, but we as the new council should be extra careful to be exempt from these accusations. M Park requests that we should publish the funds that are available to be transparent. Sano- we need to be careful of the conflict of interest.
J Park- Thanks the resource people who have been helpful. What kind of community should be portrayed? We need to be transparent and accountable with all that we do. What is your relationship to the counsel? Whatever your sub-groups may be we need to represent the whole church UMC and the Korean American churches. Then we should identify with your sub groups. With this kind of understanding we can covenant together to be effective council. Just like how you are a member of an Annual conference even though you serve at the local church. We need to learn to look at the larger picture.
Begin our Business Session
We will finish by 11:30 am
Show the preliminary vision statement...
J Park- Funding Principals and guidelines and the issues concerning applications should be discussed. Chang- we need to approve funding principals and processes. (Please see handout on the "Funding Principals (Criteria) & Process")Some of the projects did not get the annual conference involved, for this term we need to partner with the AC. Application and Funding process... DS and/or MS assessment of this new ministry and signatures... Chang asks that 'or' will be dropped.
Won- questions about short term and long-term issue. Can we identify which projects are short term and what are the long-term projects? Chang- asks for improvements.
Won- if we have strict guidelines and clear vision then we may filter most of the applications. Hwang- reminds us that funds were encouraged to used for not just for projects but for resources. Um- Accepting application is in some way misleading the people because we do not have the funds and if we ask them to send in the application then we are not being honest.
Shin Lee- makes motion to funding principals and process will be granted to executive to make the changes needed. M Yang seconded... S Park made friendly revision to see the final wording through e-mail before we can approve. J Park- asks if Shinlee will accept the revision. Shinlee- asks for Chang's opinion. Shin Lee accept the friendly amendment. Seconded by Y Park, voted and approved.
S Park- Executive director should not have vote. Made motion to have voice but no vote. Seconded, Passed.
J Park- shares the recommendation from the executive committee. Chang- explains that it will be comprised of finance chair, president of committee, executive director, and chair of the each of the standing committee. Sano tells that we need balance in the female in this group. There is also geographical unbalance.
Motion to give the power to executive committee to find ways to balance the funding committee. Seconded and passed.
Looking at 2005 request for funding that are not approved.
Y Park- makes motion to not approve 1-4. and rest of the request be paid out by our funds at hand. Shinlee- Speech made against the motion.
Y Park made a motion to approve the requests for Funding 2005,
1-4 and S Park seconded. Um amended the motion to approve the #1,2,3,4 and give the money now, and the #s 3,4 in January of 2006. Y Park accepted the friendly amendment.
ED Chang offered background information on the matter including his opinion on approving the motion. The Council defeated the motion.
Shin Lee- Motion made to have everyone to submit a new application, seconded, voted passed.
Y Park- We should look at the minutes before the meeting begins. Leadership presence in the executive committee is not there. Shares that it is not in a self-interest but the needs of the clergywomen leadership team. There needs to be clergywomen representative in the executive committee. Shin Lee states that there may be a need for additional women in the executive committee but she is herself a clergywomen who can represent the clergywomen.
J Park- the importance of being all-inclusive is important. We are getting many requests to be included on the council. Additional members will not necessarily be more effective. Other request that have been made can be fulfilled by other people who are already in the council, but we are missing UM Women and UM Men. For executive committee we have all of the representatives that can be seen in all lights. From the last council meeting we added a person to represent a clergywoman. There was also need for continuality so we open the door to allow the person representing the body by the president or a person of choice from that body. UMW and UMM will be a member of this council.
S Park- Motion to add full council member will add UMW and UMM. And Motion that the executive committee with members as is with 10 members. Seconded by M Yang. Voted and Passed.
W Kim asked if the executive committee meeting could be observed. It is open by invitation.
Dates for meting: September 17-18, 2006 Executive meeting
September 18-20 full council meeting
Closing time... by J Park