NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING—Pursuant To Bylaws Section 3.05(b)(2)
To: All Active Members of Unity Church of Sarasota, Inc.
From: Unity Church of Sarasota, Inc. Board of Trustees
Date: June 29, 2020
At the monthly meeting of the Board of Trustees on June 25, 2020, the Board unanimously voted to call a special meeting of the church membership. The purpose of the meeting is to provide members the opportunity to vote, pursuant to bylaws section 3.04(d), on an expenditure of between Seventy Five Thousand Dollars ($75,000.00) and Eighty Five Thousand Dollars ($85,000.00) to perform immediate health and safety related repairs and renovations to the sanctuary on the premises located at 3023 Proctor Road in Sarasota, as more fully detailed and set forth below.
Pursuant to 3.05(c), notice is hereby given that the meeting will take place on July 16, 2020 at 7:00 PM. This will be an interactive meeting online via Zoom; there will be no in-person attendance.
Only active members are entitled to vote. A vote of two-thirds of the members in attendance is required for the proposal to be approved. Unity of Sarasota’s Trustees and its Spiritual Leaders are unanimous in support of this proposal.
To register for the Zoom Meeting please send an email with your name and all current contact information to: [email protected] no later than July 15, 2020. You will be emailed a secure link and password to access the meeting.
THE EMERGENCY: An emergency situation needs to be addressed immediately. Specifically, there are unacceptable levels of hazardous and dangerous bacteria and possibly mold in the 35-year-old sanctuary carpet. After tests by experts, we have been advised that the age and condition of the carpet make it impossible to eradicate the hazard by cleaning. Your safety and the safety of others is our paramount concern. As the business and spiritual leaders of the church, we would be delinquent in our duties if we did not take immediate action to address this health hazard before reopening our doors to you, our valued members, and to all other guests.
THE PANDEMIC: If the hazardous and dangerous health problem from bacteria alone wasn’t enough, the COVID-19 pandemic requires us to operate differently in the future. From physical distancing to ongoing protective measures to avoid contact with the virus and/or spreading it; we will need to think, act, and operate differently. This period while our doors are closed to the public has provided us the unique opportunity to once and for all undertake and finish the renovation of the sanctuary that is so long overdue. It only makes sense that we act now for our future.
OUR FUTURE: We look forward to welcoming you to a new and clean sanctuary, with a new look and feel, still situated in our uniquely beautiful surroundings. Reverend Suzi has put together plans that will allow us to address these issues in a timely and cost-effective manner and she will present the details at the upcoming meeting. The trustees have unanimously endorsed this plan and we are looking forward to support from all of you. Finally, it is our sincere hope that the presence of Spirit in and all around finds you safe and in good health at this time. And, dear friends, that is our commitment to you for our future together as well.
Bill Takacs, Board of Trustees President