2022-23 Nomination Profiles

Dear Congregation,

Since we have been separated by the covid pandemic for over 2 years, the Nominating Committee thought you might like a few short biographies about our new candidates for leadership for the 2022/2023 year.

 

We have not included biographies for congregational leaders that are continuing in leadership. The congregation will be voting on our nominees at the Annual Meeting on June 5.

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Jim Milch is our nominee for one of two seats on the Board of Trustees:
"I am a retired physicist.  I came to Rochester about 40 years ago to work for Kodak.  My wife, Kathi, and I have been UU's for about 35 years, mostly at the Winton Road Church.  Six years ago, we joined the First Universalist Church, finding the smaller congregation much more welcoming.  I have been an usher and member of the Zoom Team, and co-led the Stewardship Committee several times.  I would like to contribute my organizational skills to the Church by serving on the Board of Trustees.  Some skills I would bring to the position are patient listening, careful analysis, and finishing the tasks I work on."

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Clinton Swingle is our nominee for the second of two seats on the Board of Trustees:
"I recently semi-retired and I’m ready to help with the work of the church. I moved here from Texas about 4 years ago and am a nurse practitioner. I live in northwest Irondequoit with my husband of 25 years Brian Mumey. I am interested in being on the board because I love our church and one way, I feel that I can help it is by serving on the board.  “I want to be with people who submerge in the task, who go into the fields to harvest and work in a row and pass the bags along, who are not parlor generals and field deserters but move in a common rhythm when the food must come in or the fire be put out.” - To Be of Use by Marge Piercy

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Janus Mary Jones is our nominee for a seat on the Nominating Committee:
"I am Janus Mary Jones, a retired postal mail carrier who has been a member of First Universalist since 1988.  I also have a membership at the Hindu Temple of Rochester and find that, for me, Universalism melds well with Hinduism.   From May till October, I serve as a costumed interpreter of 19th century life at the Genesee Country Village and Museum.  I serve on 2 political committees that help elect progressive candidates in Genesee County.  Reading, walking/hiking, my beloved cats and choral singing round out my life."

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Chris DeGolyer is our nominee for a seat on the Committee on Ministry:
"I have belonged to First Universalist since 1992 and have served on the board and various committees, as most long-time members have. I am a retired RIT science librarian and Univ. of Rochester School of Medicine librarian.  I enjoy bicycling, hiking, and cross-country skiing.  I am currently our congregation's Family Promise co-coordinator.  I enjoyed serving on two ministerial search committees and look forward to serving on the Committee on Ministry."