JULY 2012 BOARD MEETING HIGHLIGHTS
Here is a summary of the Aitz Chaim board meeting, held the evening of July 12, 2012.
- UGF CLASS – Marty reported that the UGF Outreach class scheduled for the fall needs eight people to enroll in order for GFHA to receive any remuneration. Wendy Weissman is the official class instructor, but Laurie Franklin, who is in Israel, will actually lead the class. The cost of the class is $450.00 per student.
- ELECTIONS — The Election of officers for the year 2012-2013 will take place between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Laura will distribute, collect, and tabulate the ballots. Up for re-election are Aaron, Nadyne, Bruce, and Stuart.
- CEMETERY DISCUSSION — A cemetery committee was formed, consisting of Jerry Weissman, Marty Foxman and Stuart Lewin, who will be available for legal advice if necessary. We will need a Policy for each cemetery. Requests have been received to purchase plots in the old cemetery. A Cemetery clean-up Day was scheduled for Saturday, September 15th at 1:00 P.M. Jerry, Stuart, and Marty will go out to the cemetery beforehand and determine where the graves are and what needs to be done. Anyone with a weed eater, a lawn mower, or a willingness to help is welcome to join us.
- A motion passed to create a restricted Cemetery Maintenance Fund and draft rules for the use of such funds.
- Old “Eaton Road” Cemetery — Marty has been doing some research about the location and history of the cemetery. He dug up some information from the County Treasurer’s office, including the original deed for the property. A copy of the deed is in the Aitz Chaim Treasurer’s files. Following a lengthy discussion, it was decided that the first step should be to hire a land surveyor and an appraiser to determine the boundaries of the cemetery. Stuart knows someone and will ask if this person is willing to do the job. Someone was going to check with the historical society to see if they have any information on who is buried in the cemetery, as well as any previous surveyor work done there. Aaron will attempt to locate any rules/regulations/laws promulgated by the State of Montana having to do with the operation of a cemetery.
- Treasurer’s report — Thanks to Steve Boyd and Aaron Weissman, the car donated by Evelyn Kelman has been sold. The new owner is very pleased with his purchase.
The congregation will end the fiscal year modestly in the black. This is due to our limited schedule for the year, as well as some very prudent airfare purchases by Don Cherry. The board approved a proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2013 (5773.)
Aaron will send a letter on behalf of the board to all congregants around the time of Rosh Hashanah inviting them to renew their membership and dues in the congregation.
There was a discussion on Authorization of investment of the Building Fund, and it was decided that for the present time, because of uncertainty in the financial world, the Building Fund should stay where it is. The Board should revisit the account and the issue during the next year.
- 2012/2013 planning/schedule
New student rabbi-Meriam Farber – In addition to the High Holidays, Miriam will be coming to GFHA three times during the 2012-13 year. The dates are still tentative, however, the Board was thinking about November 17th, 2012, March 2013 and May 10 or 17, 2013. Laura will check the dates with the Rabbi, and will also ask her if GFHA needs to hire musicians for Kol Nidre.
To welcome Miriam, the congregation will have a pot luck and adult discussion on Saturday, September 15th. Miriam’s schedule will be as follows:
- Sunday Brunch – Nadyne & Jerry Weissman
- Sunday dinner (prior to services) – Helen & Don Cherry
- High Holy days (beginning September 16, 2012) – same schedule as in the past.
- Sukkot will be from the evening of Sunday, September 30, through Sunday, October 7.
- The MAJCO Shabbaton will be the week end of October 19-21 in Billings. Aitz Chaim congregants wishing to take part in the Shabbaton should register no later than October 15.
- Passover – March 26, 2013. Aaron will book the O’Haire for the second night Seder.
Miriam will leave Great Falls following Rosh Hashannah services, and will return for Yom Kippur on Tuesday and Wednesday, September 25-26. Stuart and Max Weissman will be responsible for blowing the Shofar.
- HOLIDAY PLANNING