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UUA Board's Message Regarding the Resignation of Financial Advisor Ed Merck

A Message from the UUA Board of Trustees

July 9, 2013

Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Moderator Jim Key has accepted the resignation of UUA Financial Advisor Ed Merck, with deep regret. Mr. Merck's resignation was for personal reasons and is effective immediately. Mr. Merck, of Martha's Vineyard, MA, had been elected to the role of Financial Advisor at the June 2013 General Assembly in Louisville, KY, replacing the outgoing Dan Brody, who had begun his service in 2005. Mr. Merck noted that he was grateful for the opportunity to have met the members of the Board of Trustees, and to have contributed his voice to the conversation albeit his term of service was short. Mr. Key in turn expressed his best wishes to Mr. Merck.

The Board of Trustees will appoint a person to serve as Financial Advisor until an election can be held to fill the remaining two years of the three year term during General Assembly 2014. Only this past June the General Assembly clarified the process for such special elections with the addition of a new bylaw (Section 9.15). That bylaw requires that if a vacancy occurs more than 630 days before the expiration of the term of an elected officer or a trustee, a special election to fill that position be held at the General Assembly that begins at least 270 days after the date of the vacancy. Previously, the bylaws called for an election to fill the vacancy at the “next General Assembly at which an election can be held,” which was vague. The provision for 270 days was added to allow room for the normal election processes, which includes the presentation of (a) qualified candidate(s) by the Nominating Committee, as well as the opportunity for individuals to run by petition.

The UUA Financial Advisor is charged with advising the Board of Trustees and the President on financial policy and on ways of enhancing the association’s financial health. The role, which was created in 1961, is a volunteer and uncompensated position, although all seven of the persons to hold the position since its inception have been finance professionals. The Financial Advisor serves on the Board of Trustees, on the Executive Committee, the UUA Investment Committee, the Audit Committee, the Committee on Social Responsible Investing, as well as on the body that oversees the UUA Health Plan.

Letter of Resignation

July 7, 2013

James Key, Moderator of the UUA Board of Trustees,

Please accept my resignation as Financial Advisor and Board member of the Unitarian Universalist Association, effective immediately. It is a deep honor for me to have been nominated and elected to this position. Regretfully, and for personal reasons, it will not be possible for me to devote the requisite energy to fully address the requirements and expectations of this important role within the UUA.

Sincerely, Ed Merck

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Last updated on Tuesday, July 9, 2013.

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