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Nominations for District Elections on May 1, 2010

Brian_CovellBrian Covell, Third Church Chicago for President

Third Unitarian Church
work 773-626-9385; office fax is 773-626-9304.  Email:  minister@thirdunitarianchurch.org.

Served as the CMwD Board's Recording Secretary since Fall 2006, when I completed the remaining year of Chip Roush's term in this position.  During that time, I've taken a lead role in reviewing and compiling the Board's policies, and assisting with the crafting of new statements.  This is a high priority, since the Board operates under "policy and mission" principles.  In doing so, I've worked closely on policy implementation with all members of the Board, and particularly with members of the Executive Committee, including our Congregational Service Directors Ian Evison and Dori Davenport-Thexton and Office Administrator Peggy Boccard.  Lastly, I've served as President of the Chicago Area UU Council since April, 2007, and have helped implement our region's successful "Chicagoland Marketing Initiative" through various media.

Sandra CampbellSandra Campbell, Rockford, IL for Secretary

815-997-6891 (cell), 815-484-1020 (home);  Email:  butterflies1943@yahoo.com

Sandra Campbell, retired Air Force veteran, retired schoolteacher and full time UU volunteer.  I joined the San Antonio Fellowship in 1986 with my family.  We all enjoyed church school, services and numerous social events.  Our attendance and participation varied throughout the years but I became totally committed to the UU community when I came to Rockford, IL in 1999.  I joined the Rockford church in 2001 and served on the membership and activities committees.  Subsequently, I was asked to be a board member.  I attended CMW leadership school in 2003, became a member of the staff in 2004 thru 2007.  I have served my congregation as a member and chair of numerous committees, board president and search committee member.  I have the highest regard for those who serve the larger UU community at district and association levels.  There is always work to be done and we need everyone involved.  So when I was asked, I humbly offer my time and energy to advance our movement and support our district. 

Nancy_Armstrong_06-2009Nancy Armstrong for Trustee (incumbent)

309-452-8320; Email narmstr908@aol.com

I have been on the CMwD board just one year and am still getting my feet wet!  My husband Joe and I joined the UU Church of Bloomington-Normal in 1983 after years of searching for the right fit for both of us.  Over the years I have been actively involved in Religious Education, Caring, Finance, Fund Raising, Fellowship and Board Leadership.  I am currently serving my ninth year as congregation treasurer (and still like it!) and (most fun of all) I sing in the choir.  I am employed full-time as a financial planner and have no plans to retire any time soon. In our spare time, my husband and I garden, cook and travel.  We have one daughter, Larissa, who is a dedicated UU as well.

Suzi DeBeersSuzi DeBeers, Appleton, WI for Trustee at large, two-year term to replace Garret Cohn

715-258-7375; Email adebeers@charter.net

My social service has evolved through the years from visiting children at Cook County Hospital and delivering meals from Hull House to the elderly in Chicago to being involved in Study Circles on Race and the Madison Institute for the Healing of Racism. For the past five years I have planned a Human Rights Film Series for my Unitarian Universalist congregation and others in my community.  I serve as treasurer of the Madison Area Family Advisory/Advocacy Coalition, a group that is addressing the achievement gap between minority and majority students.  (She lists many other social service activities.)

I have served as Regional Coordinator for the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee National Volunteer Network in the Central Midwest District for the last six years.  In May of 2004, I was honored to join UUSC staff, Board members, Ambassadors and Network Volunteers on a trip to Guatemala.  This trip was an opportunity to meet UUSC partners and learn of the importance and impact of our human rights work.

DianeBrown2009-smDiane Brown, Peoria, IL for Nominating Committee

309-693-0664. Email: namaste29@hotmail.com

I'm a lifelong UU, raised is SW Michigan by parents, Kate and Marv Fuller, who co-founded the Berrien UU Fellowship.  50 years later, BUUF continues with a small but vital congregation.  Many a Meadville/Lombard student as well as other UU ministers came through BUUF during my time there.
 
As a young adult, I joined Second Unitarian Church of Chicago and was a member for 13 years.  In the first year, my husband Michael and I were co-awarded the 'Rookies of the Year' award for our involvement.  I served as DRE for 2 years while attending seminary part time at Chicago Theological Seminary as well as being a Mom of young kids. I have attended several CMwD  Conferences, over 20 Lake Geneva Summer Assemblies, and served on the LGSA planning council for three years.   I have attended over a dozen Central Midwest District WomanSpirit Conferences, serving on the Planning Board for the 2009 WomanSpirit in Peoria, Illinois.
 
I am currently an active member of the Universalist Unitarian Church of Peoria, Illinois.   I have attended several General Assemblies, most recently in Portland and before that in St. Louis and intend to attend the 2010 GA in Minneapolis.  I have also attended the Parliament of the World's Religions in Chicago (1993) Barcelona (2004) and Melbourne (2009).

Nominating2010-11Rod-DePueRod DePue, 1st U Society Milwaukee for Nominating Committee

414-390-0454; Email rdepue@aol.com

UU for 40 years. Past member of Unitarian Universalist Church West in Brookfield, WI, Unitarian Fellowship of Boca Raton and presently member of First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee. Served on Board, as Church President, Ministerial Search, Stewardship, Capital Fund Drive, Endowment, Social Justice, and Sunday Services committees. Taught RE and AYS (now OWL).
 
Community involvement:

  • Board President, Mental Health Association of Milwaukee County
  • Court Appointed Special Advocate for abused and neglected children under the protection of the Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare.
  • Southeastern Wisconsin Common Ground (member of the IAF) core team leader.
  • Established the Sharon & Rod DePue Family Foundation at UW Milwaukee to benefit children aging out of foster care.

Schuyler VogelSchuyler Vogel, North Shore UU (Deerfield, IL) for Nominating Committee, 2-year unfilled term

414-238-4728;  Email: m.schuyler.vogel@gmail.com

Schuyler grew up UU at 1st Church Milwaukee, received both a teaching degree and a BA in religious studies from Carlton College.  Served as Director of Faith Development at River of Grass UU Congregation in FL and on the FL District Faith Development Council.  While there, he received the Association Sunday Grant, which focused on developing young adult ministries at three local congregations.  He currently serves as DRE at North Shore Unitarian Church.