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Jun20

See You at the Congregational Meeting 10:00 a.m. Sunday, June 24!

Written by // John N. Louie Categories // 2018 Posts

I am hoping to see everyone at Sunday’s Annual Congregational Meeting. I will set out some snacks at 9:30 a.m., in hopes of motivating a larger attendance.

At the meeting, the Board and I will update you on Sinai’s current finances, and we need all of you there to vote on the slate of Board candidates for the coming year, and on the Bylaw revision. We are also looking for your input on welcoming and guiding our new rabbinic team, Rabbi Benjamin and Rabbi Sara Zober. They arrive at Sinai a few days later!

I need to thank from the bottom of my heart all of the dedicated families in our Sinai community who stepped up and made donations this last year. Without you, we would not have been able to attract such a dynamic rabbinic team.

My apologies for the two versions of the Bylaws amendment that you have seen. It was my error to include a statement on Board email voting in the initial proposal. After talking with some dedicated and vigilant members, the Board has removed that statement. The proposed Bylaw amendment focuses, as intended, just on allowing Board members to attend meetings electronically.

Shalom,
John

 

Agenda

  • Call to Order
  • D’var Torah
  • President’s Address – John Louie
  • Volunteer Appreciation – John Louie
  • Congregational Election of Members of the Board of Trustees
  • Congregational discussion and vote on Proposed Bylaw Change
  • Summary of 2017-2018 financial information – Jay Goldberg
  • Presentation of Budget for Fiscal Year 2018-2019 – Jay Goldberg
  • Congregation Member Comments
  • Adjourn

 

Slate of Nominees for the Temple Sinai Board of Trustees

For Second Vice President, completing Mary Allstead’s term ending June 30, 2019

  • Russ Kotlicky

For Five Member-at-Large Positions, for one-year terms ending June 30, 2019

  • Yani Dickens
  • Michael Gorden
  • Evan Klass
  • Tova Ramos
  • Marilyn Roberts

 

Proposed Temple Sinai Bylaw Change

Amendment to Article V – Section 3 (page 8) or
Responsibilities of the Board / Additional Information (page 16)

Any Board member may attend a Board meeting or special meeting by using a conference telephone, video conference or other interactive technology. They must give the President at least three days’ notice, unless an emergency arises.

Special Meetings of the Board may be in person, or by teleconference or by any other technology that permits all persons participating in the meeting to communicate with each other.

Members may attend meetings telephonically; however, attendance in person to the maximum extent possible is highly encouraged.

(a) Motions made through any of these mediums will hold equal force.
(b) A written record of the vote shall be recorded in the minutes of the meeting with reference to the Board members not physically present.

 

May16

I Hope to See You at Sinai’s Annual Congregation Meeting!

Written by // John N. Louie Categories // 2018 Posts

Every year, the president invites all the member families of Temple Sinai to gather in the synagogue during the month of May or June. This year, our meeting will be Sunday, June 24th at 10:00 a.m. Please note that this year’s meeting will be in the morning.

At the meeting, the Board will give you the latest update on the financial condition of our synagogue including a review of the year about to end, information about next year, and other matters of interest such as our engagement of Rabbis Benjamin and Sara Zober. I will also honor our “18+” Sinai volunteers, most of whom have dedicated much more than the Chai חי hours we are recognizing.

I will present the nominees for the Board of Trustees for the upcoming fiscal year for a vote of approval by the members. Each member family in good financial standing is given one vote. Of course, everyone is invited to attend and participate in the meeting and join in the conversation.

Changes to our synagogue Bylaws can only be made by vote of the congregation at this meeting. The Board has approved a change to explicitly allow Trustees to discuss and vote at Board meetings electronically, if necessary. Our objective is to broaden the diversity of Board members by allowing them to participate in our meetings even if they are traveling for work or caring for sick family.

Sinai’s Board of Trustees consists of the immediate past president and eleven elected positions: six officers and five members-at-large. Both the Men’s Club and Sisterhood each also appoint a voting representative to the Board, and the Rabbi serves as an ex-officio member, bringing the total number to fifteen.

For the coming July 2018 – June 2019 fiscal year, your Board has endorsed a slate of five nominees for the five member-at-large positions, and one nominee for the Second Vice President and Chair of the Membership Committee. We very much appreciate all the efforts this past year of Beth Slamowitz, who has decided not to continue for second term as a member-at-large, and of Mary Allstead, who has decided to step down from the 2nd VP position.

Below you will find this Slate, as well as the Agenda, and the proposed Bylaw change. Temple Sinai members may submit additional items for the agenda to the Secretary, Steve Weidman, no later than June 4, 2018 in accordance with the provisions in our by-laws. Also, additional nominations to the Board of Trustees may be made by petition of five percent (5%) of the Membership Units in good financial standing, with the petition being filed with the Secretary, Steve Weidman, no later than June 4, 2018. No nominations will be accepted at the meeting. If no other items or nominations are received, the Agenda and Slate below are final.

I look forward to seeing and speaking with all of you soon! Remember, 10 a.m. on Sunday, June 24.

Shalom,
John

 

Agenda

  • Call to Order
  • D’var Torah
  • President’s Address – John Louie
  • Volunteer Appreciation – John Louie
  • Congregational Election of Members of the Board of Trustees
  • Congregational discussion and vote on Proposed Bylaw Change
  • Summary of 2017-2018 financial information – Jay Goldberg
  • Presentation of Budget for Fiscal Year 2018-2019 – Jay Goldberg
  • Congregation Member Comments
  • Adjourn

 

Slate of Nominees for the Temple Sinai Board of Trustees

For Second Vice President, completing Mary Allstead’s term ending June 30, 2019

  • Russ Kotlicky

For Five Member-at-Large Positions, for one-year terms ending June 30, 2019

  • Yani Dickens
  • Michael Gorden
  • Evan Klass
  • Tova Ramos
  • Marilyn Roberts

 

Proposed Temple Sinai Bylaw Change

Amendment to Article V – Section 3 (page 8) or
Responsibilities of the Board / Additional Information (page 16)

Any Board member may attend a Board meeting or special meeting by using a conference telephone, video conference or other interactive technology. They must give the President at least three days’ notice, unless an emergency arises.

Special Meetings of the Board may be in person, or by teleconference or by any other technology that permits all persons participating in the meeting to communicate with each other.

Members may attend meetings telephonically; however, attendance in person to the maximum extent possible is highly encouraged.

(a) Motions made through any of these mediums will hold equal force.
(b) A written record of the vote shall be recorded in the minutes of the meeting with reference to the Board members not physically present.

 

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