District Office Changes
Last fall I reported on some changes in the district office, noting that we
were a staff of five; and that congregations could borrow materials, at no
charge, from the Dorothy Spoerl Resource Library. We also launched a new
website, and expanded and refined our electronic opportunities. As part of the
UUA’s Pacific Western Region, we are now expanding our webinar lineup to
include a larger variety of easily-accessible trainings. And have you
discovered our new News
More changes are afoot for the Dorothy Spoerl Resource Library.
With the introduction of the UUA’s Tapestry of Faith all-ages program, many of our resources are no longer
relevant; OWL (Our Whole Lives sexuality program) is
always popular, but congregations are urged to own copies of the curricula; and
lastly, this past church year only four congregations borrowed a total of six
items from the resource library. Effective this church year, the district will
no longer maintain a resource library. We encourage congregations to consult
the excellent UUA Religious Education website as a first
step in searching for life-long learning resources.
And our staff has doubled since last fall’s district office update:
Hill serves as the Program Assistant to the PNWD Chalice Lighter program. Susan began as
our Chalice Lighter volunteer over two years ago and naturally progressed into
the staff role in January. She processes the Chalice Lighter contributions,
maintains the extensive database, and generates program data. Her office
schedule fluctuates with the three Chalice Lighter calls throughout the church
We now have a bookkeeping staff of two! We have recently
contracted with Leif
Pedersen for our accounting services. Leif is generally in the
office two days each week and manages the district’s bookkeeping and financial
Johnson, (left) joined us in January
and stays on top of
the accounts receivable and accounts payable. Mary is generally in the office
on Mondays and Thursdays.
Our Training Coordinator, Lori Ragona, (right) hit the ground
running in July. She works with presenters to set up training events and
webinars. Lori works about 8-10 hours per week from her home office. If you
know of a training opportunity that you would like the district to consider,
please be in touch with Lori.
In July we also welcomed Nick Fusaro as our Communications Assistant.
Nick updates the PNWD Facebook page and also manages other
communication-oriented projects. Nick begins his freshman year this fall at
Western Washington University, and is able to devote several hours each week to
the work of the district.
The rest of the names may be familiar to you.
Anable (left) has
been with the district since 2008 and serves as our District Registrar. She
manages event registrations and oversees our database design. Janis works
mostly out of her home office two days each week, but comes into the office
when event registrations are active.
Sarah Schurr (right) wins the multiple-hats award as our
Developmental Outreach Minister. Sarah lives in Portland and began serving last
year as quarter-time minister to two congregations in Alaska: the UU Fellowship
of Fairbanks and Juneau UU Fellowship. This year she is also serving
quarter-time as Consulting Minister to the West Hills UU Fellowship in
Portland, and also works quarter-time for PNWD, primarily as staff support to
the 2012 District Assembly in Anchorage.
Rogers, (left) who
joined the district in 2002 as Program Specialist, has dual roles again this
year. Tandi serves as half-time Growth Strategy Specialist for the UUA's new
Office of Strategic Growth and continues half-time as PNWD Program Specialist.
Tandi works directly with congregations and also supports and arranges
additional services through district consultants.
As our District Executive, Janine Larsen (right) oversees
everything! She works directly with congregational leaders and clergy; and
Janine, too, has a team of district consultants with whom she works to arrange
services for our congregations. Janine just celebrated her seventh anniversary
as our District Executive.
I am delighted to be starting my 18th year as your District
Administrator. If you have questions about district services and aren’t sure
where to turn, send me an email or call the office (425-957-9116) and I’ll try to
steer you in the right direction!
I hope your new church year gets off to
a great start!