UMA March 2021 Newsletter
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 In This Issue
Proposed Slates for 2021
Annual Business Meeting
Season of Lent
Welcome New Members
Shared Learning
Thank You, Unidine
Member News
   ‣  Older Adult Ministries
   ‣  Community-Based and Developmental Disabilities Ministries
   ‣  Children, Youth and Families Ministries
   ‣  Annual Conferences
   ‣  On the Move
Sponsor News
UMA Remembers John Lawson
UMA Resources
UMC News
Calendar of Events

Board Slates: Report of the Executive/Nominating Committee

Approved by the UMA Board of Directors, March 5, 2021
Proposed Slates for 2021

In accordance with its Bylaws, the United Methodist Association of Health and Welfare Ministries is pleased to announce the proposed slate for the 2021 UMA Board of Directors. The slate will be voted on for approval at the UMA Annual Business Meeting scheduled for 3:30 P.M. EDT on Wednesday, April 28. Each member organization in good standing receives one vote.
The following members of the UMA Board of Directors, whose terms are slated to end in April 2021, are being recommended for a new three-year term, ending May 2024:
  • Tim Johnson, President & CEO, Frasier, CO
  • Suzanne Pugh, President & CEO, Aldersgate, NC
The following individuals are being nominated for new membership on the Board of Directors with a three-year term, ending April 2024: The following members of the Board of Directors are continuing in positions as officers for their second year of two-year terms, ending April 2022:

Chair: Steve Fetyko, President & CEO, United Methodist Retirement Communities and Porter Hills

Vice Chair: Kitwana McTyer, President & CEO, Florida United Methodist Children's Home

Treasurer: Brian Picchini, President & CEO, United Methodist Homes of NY & PA

The following member of the Board of Directors is beginning her position as officer for her first year, of a two-year term, ending April 2023:
Secretary: Karen Kilgo, President & CEO, Flat Rock Homes, OH

All other members of the Board of Directors not noted above are continuing to serve their respective terms.

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Annual Business Meeting of Members

Wednesday, April 28 at 3:30 P.M. EDT, REGISTER HERE

with Curtis Zimmerman, Interactive Keynote Speaker, best-selling author of "Life at Performance Level"
Join together virtually as we gather our family of ministries from across the country to celebrate, reflect on our accomplishments, recognize UMA leaders, and look to the future plans of our association.

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   Dear God,
May our love resemble your love. May our love exist for all people. May our love encourage life and hope, sacrifice much and seek a pathway of humility. May our love heal wounds, physical and spiritual. May our love resist fear, challenge ignorance, and embody mercy, grace and resurrection. May our love empower forgiveness, tolerance, dialogue, patience and peace. May our love mend what is broken, rebuild what is torn down, bridge what is divided and refill what is empty.


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Welcome New Members

UMA is delighted to welcome:
Reginald F. Smith II, MPA
Reginald F. Smith II, MPA
Executive Director
The Bethlehem Center
Chattanooga, TN
    Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koiko
Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koiko
Western PA Conference of the UMC
Cranberry Township, PA
    Bishop John L. Hopkins
Bishop John L. Hopkins
Northern Illinois Conference of the UMC
Chicago, IL

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Resilience365     Resilience 365 Shared Learning Opportunities
Resilience 365 is UMA's year-round conference featuring quality education, inspiring keynotes, recognition of excellence in mission, and numerous peer networking experiences. We encourage you to attend and invite your entire team! Until we meet again in person - hopefully soon - we will meet virtually to keep you connected with thought leaders, trendsetters, innovators, and, most importantly, each other. For more information on Resilience 365, including the events calendar, please click here.

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UMA extends appreciation to the team at Unidine - our generous Aldersgate annual sponsor - and to Regional Executive Chef Michelle Matthews and multi-disciplinary food expert and sommelier Eamon Manley for a truly delightful experience in hosting February's "The Art of Chocolate."
Over 50 UMA members registered for this gourmet chocolate tasting event, learning about pairings as well as the nutritious properties of Cacao. Prior to the event, Unidine graciously shipped the handmade truffles to each participant, allowing us to share a fun, informative - and delicious - virtual gathering! We are grateful to Unidine for all their efforts in hosting this event.

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    Start the Path to EAGLE
UMA's EAGLE Accreditation Program is the only nationally recognized, faith-based accrediting body working exclusively with organizations serving children, youth families; older adults and those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. These organizations perform at the highest level of quality while living out their faith values - in service to their clients, in partnership with their boards and staff and in support of their local communities.
Learn more about EAGLE and take the first step on the path to EAGLE Accreditation by attending the next EAGLE Overview educational session on April 1... read more.
Register Now for the EAGLE Celebration of Excellence
Wednesday, May 12 at 3:30 P.M. EDT, REGISTER HERE

Join us virtually to celebrate organizations that have achieved the gold standard of EAGLE Accreditation, and recognize the contributions of our peer reviewers and Commissioners.

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Older Adult Ministries
Spotlight on Innovation - Wesbury's Vernon Square
When Wesbury United Methodist Retirement Community purchased the former Days Inn of Meadville, PA, the vision was to create a moderate-income living option with amenities that will appeal to the region's active adult population... read more.

Community-Based and Developmental Disabilities Ministries
Children, Youth and Families Ministries

Mike Price, former CEO of BUMFS, recognized by Mineral County, West Virginia

Annual Conferences
On the Move

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John Lawson John Lawson, a longtime church representative in UMA and former Commissioner on the EAGLE Accreditation Commission, passed away on February 10. UMA extends its deepest condolences to his family during this difficult time.

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Plans for UMC General Conference are still uncertain

General Conference organizers announced that the denomination's top lawmaking assembly - long postponed by pandemic - must wait to meet another year. The global gathering is now scheduled August 29 through September 6, 2022, in Minneapolis... read more.

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Social Work Month 2021: Social Workers Are Essential

Social workers are essential to community well-being. As practitioners, social workers are trained to help people address personal and systemic barriers to optimal living. They are employed to effect positive change with individuals, families, groups and entire communities.

During Social Work Month take time to learn more about the many positive contributions of the profession, and use the items in our toolkit to celebrate all the social workers you know... read more.

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Calendar of Events
All times Eastern unless otherwise noted.
March 10 March HR Network: The Cost of Caring, 11:00 A.M.
Presented by Josh Carlson, The Knowledge Center, Chaddock
March 10 Joint CEO and Operations Network (Older Adult Ministries): "After the Initial Vaccines... Now What?", 11:00 A.M.
April 1 April Development Network: Anatomy of a 7-Figure Gift, 10:00 A.M.
Presented by J.D. Shuman, Asbury Foundation
EAGLE Education Series: Introduction to EAGLE, 10:00 A.M. or 3:00 P.M.
April 7 Advancing Strategic Technology Adoption & Innovation, 11:00 A.M.
Presented by Ziegler
April 14 April HR Network: Addressing the Squeeze of Salary Compression, 11:00 A.M.
Presented by Trisha Shearer, LR Webber
April 15 EAGLE Education Series: Preparing for a Self-Study/Site Visit, 10:00 A.M. or 3:00 P.M.
April 21 The Great Reset After Disruption: Innovation Follows Disruption in Health Care, 1:00 P.M.
Presented by HealthPRO Heritage
April 28 UMA Annual Meeting with Keynote Speaker Curtis Zimmerman, 3:30 P.M.
May 5 Reach for Exceptional Governance, 11:00 A.M.
Presented by LeaderStat and Chicago Methodist Senior Services
May 6 May Development Network: A Journey Towards Rebranding, 10:00 A.M.
Presented by UMCH
May 12 May HR Network: Employee Benefits: The Glue That Keeps Them There, 11:00 A.M.
Presented by Johnson, Kendall & Johnson
EAGLE Celebration of Excellence, 3:30 P.M.
May 13 Discover Ways to Offset Losses, 11:00 A.M.
Presented by Expense Consulting

We invite you to keep abreast of this year's Shared Learning educational opportunities at:

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