Cleanup Day: Prairie's H&P
committee will have a Spring cleanup on Saturday, April 14, from
9:00am to 1:00pm. Let Dirk Herr-Hoyman know if there is some
specific activity you feel should be done.
will meet on Sunday, April 1. A potluck lunch will be served at
11:45, followed by a report on the Reason
Rally at 12:30.
ELDERS MEETING: Tuesday, March 27, 1:30-3:20, Nakoma Room,
Heritage Oaks building, Oakwood Village West. Call contacts for
directions, parking or a ride. If convenient, bring your own beverage
cup and a few snacks. Newcomers welcome.
Issues of Death and Dying. Comment on your most important concerns,
share information you gleaned from workshops and personal experience
or just come and listen. For a good review of decisions and
tasks, see First Unitarian Society’s 2011 publication
Choices.” A copy can be downloaded at
http://fusmadison.org/media/FinalChoices2011.pdf You may wish
to selectively print pages. The document is 36 pages long. An
outline of Final Choices will be mailed to members who don’t use
the web. Included will be a list of recommended readings which
address the dying process and our feelings about death.
US: Prairie Elders aims to provide good times and mutual support for
Prairie UU Members and Friends over 65 and UUs living at the facility
where we meet. Our “round robin” format makes it
hear and gives all of us the option of speaking. Topics
alternate between general issues and personal interests.
Contacts: Donna Murdoch 238-3802, Gordon Cunningham 230-3367,
Rosemary Dorney 238-4382 or Rose Smith 233-3363. Call
Donna to add your name to the mailing list.
Family Retreat - April 27-29, 2012:
your calendars for the annual Prairie Family Retreat at Bethel
Horizons in Dodgeville, WI. The fun begins Friday evening, April
27th and continues through noon on Sunday, April 29th. This is a
great time for Prairie members to connect with each other in a less
hurried environment, have a chance to play,
talk, or just linger over coffee.
those of you who have not attended a Prairie Retreat before, here is
the typical schedule:
evening - arrival in the early evening, finger food potluck, mixer
- breakfast, programming (arts and crafts, games, discussions, etc,)
lunch, more programming, dinner, talent show, and folk dancing
- breakfast, key log ceremony, clean up, and home again
year’s program is being coordinated by Phyllis Long. Here’s
“sneak peak” at the offerings: a session of Yoga for
Relaxation, a Ukrainian Easter Egg session, a recorder playing
workshop, and, of course, meetings of the WOW women’s group and
Liu will be the registrar this year, coordinating rooms and meals and
whatnot. Registration forms and an information sheet are attached to
this issue of the Prairie Fire, and are also available in hard copy
at Prairie or from Kate or Phyllis. Closer to the actual retreat
dates, final schedules will be available.
questions, please contact Kate Liu - firstname.lastname@example.org ,
238-9153, or Phyllis Long - email@example.com, 608-325-7397.
most of you know, on February 19th our society passed a set of new
bylaws that will go into effect July 1, 2012. Though many hours, much
thought and many people contributed to the content, there were still
a few issues we didn’t have time to resolve. This April and May
will have three opportunities to discuss additional amendments for
potential passage at the Spring Parish Meeting June 5th. If you are
interested in participating, here is the process.
thank you all for your thoughtful contributions to the effective
functioning of your Society!
a look at the new Bylaws, posted on Prairie’s website under
“About Us” on the left side of the main page.
your proposed change or amendment, indicating what language you
would like to add or delete, and where in the Bylaws any new
language should be inserted.
your proposal to me by email, mail, or in person at Prairie.
will gather proposals and publish them for the congregation to
to one of the additional Bylaws discussion sessions, scheduled after
service Sundays 4/22 and 5/06, and sometime on Saturday 4/28 at
the Prairie Retreat.
our discussions we will decide on any amendments to be published in
advance of the Spring Parish Meeting for our congregation's
consideration and a vote there.
Chair, Long Range Planning