Friday, January 6, 2017

And So It Begins...

A screenshot of one of our numerous video conferences
This week, I've been trying to get a grip on the reins which have been passed to me by our retired Executive Administrator, Donna Fisher. I've learned that there are a whole lot of little pieces and parts to this wonderful organization. Donna and I have been videoconferencing and working through pages and pages of a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) which she generously created. She's been incredibly patient in passing along her vast institutional knowledge and I've probably captured only a small fraction of it. But regardless, this week we took a big step:

Donna stopped receiving emails at the address. 

This means all of your questions will now be coming to me. In some cases, I'll have quick answers. In others, I will spend some time with furrowed brow, poring over the SOP and/or contacting the HelpDesk. I'm looking forward to the challenge. 

I'm also looking forward to sharing this journey with you through occasional posts about what's happening during this transitional period. I've decided short, spontaneous notes will be more manageable than requiring myself to write long, eloquent articles on a regular basis. With these posts, I'll be letting you know about upcoming changes or sharing small thoughts that have occurred to me as I do this work. There will be no great prose here, just observations and information. 

Steve, Julie, Alex and Meredith Enersen

And...In case you feel like an introductory post should also include some biographical info, here's a quick rundown. For the past eleven years, I've served the Unitarian Church of Lincoln, Nebraska as their Worship Arts Director. During that time, I was involved with UUMN in various ways: District Liaison, Director of Member Services, Director of Communications, variety show emcee and member of the Conference Planning Committee. I have a degree in Music Education and a lifelong love of musical theater. I share my life with husband Steve and two young adult children, Alex and Meredith. 

I think that's probably enough for now and so I'll sign off until the next stop on this journey...