Brief Bits from the Board – December 5, 2015

The Board of the Central Rocky Mountain Region met Saturday, December 5, 2015, via GoToMeeting.

Minutes of the Board’s previous meetings, August 29 and November 10, were approved.
The Board had met in a special called meeting on November 10 to approve the temporary restriction of $25,000 of Evangelism Funds to anticipate, cover and track legal expenses incurred from work with Aurora First Christian Church. At the time the building is sold, these legal expenses will be reimbursed as an expense of selling the building.

The Board reviewed three 2016 budget scenarios as presented by Dean Phelps in consultation with the Finance Committee. The Executive Committee recommended Scenario 3 to the Board, after their review following meetings on November 19 and 24. After much discussion, 12 of 13 voting members in attendance voted to approve the acceptance of Scenario 3. The 2016 Budget, as accepted, reflects a $2600 surplus.

Highlights of the 2016 Budget:

Beginning January 1, 2016, CRMR will begin the transition to a virtual office, to be implemented by the end of the first quarter of 2016. The office space at Tennyson Center rent has increased by $100/month ($1050/month) and will continue to be rented through March 31, 2016. As the virtual office concept is implemented, CRMR office staff will have access to home office space and CRMR will rent secure, climate controlled space for files, at the end of the first quarter of 2016. Use of Tennyson Center conference room space for CRMR meetings will remain available, as needed and as available. The regional virtual office concept highlights the reality that CRMR is not just Denver, but a wide reaching network of 46 local congregations across 311,000 square miles of geography: mountains and plains of Southeast Idaho, Utah, New Mexico, Wyoming and Colorado. The opportunity continues to be available for strengthening the webs of relationships currently interwoven as Central Rocky Mountain Region.

CRMR will contract with the General Church for the use of Treasury Services for Regional accounting services, beginning January 1, 2016. The cost to the Region is $9000 per year, including audit services. Twelve other Regions across the country use Treasury Services with positive experiences reported. As a result, the CRMR accountant position will be eliminated. Current accountant, Rebecca Robertson, will be provided a severance package with gratitude for the good work she’s done.

After presentation by Search Committee chair, Vinnetta Golphin Wilkerson, the Board accepted the recommended Search Committee budget. Creative discussion was held about funding the work of the Search Committee during 2016. Watch and listen for more information from Vinnetta Golphin-Wilkerson, chair of the ERM Search Committee, about the Committee’s work and their timelines.

With gratitude for the work we are called to do,

Diane Ashton
Moderator, CRMR Regional Board

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