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OFFICIAL NOTICE TO ALL MEMBERS

Annual Membership Meeting-DATE CHANGE

Saturday, November 7, 2020 - Zoom Meeting Opens at 9:30 AM 

Meeting will be held virtually, and called to order at 10:00AM

Dear Member,

 

Due to an unforeseen mailing delay, the 21 day notice requirement for an Annual Meeting was not met in our prior letter. To allow for the proper notice, the Annual Meeting has been rescheduled for Saturday, November 7, 2020. This letter shall serve as the proper required notice. We invite you to the Annual Meeting of the Membership of Center for Spiritual Living, Greater Las Vegas, and we welcome your active participation as a member. The agenda for the meeting includes the election of candidates to the Leadership Council, ratification of Bylaw changes, a Financial Report, a “State of the Center” message, and a look ahead.

 

Included with this notice are the written minutes of last year’s Annual Meeting, and you have already received a copy of the proposed Bylaw amendments in our prior letter. Voting to approve all items will occur in person via ballot. The bylaw amendments relate to conducting our affairs virtually and will allow for the option of virtual meetings and/or voting as the Leadership Council deems it necessary. If you have any corrections to the 2019 minutes or bylaw amendments, please submit them in writing to council@cslglv.org no later than Friday, October 30, 2020. The slate of Leadership Council candidates will be announced via email, on our website, and during Sunday service announcements in the weeks prior to the Annual Meeting.

 

We do allow for absentee voting for Leadership Council candidate elections only. As that rule dictates, there are “valid reasons” for missing the Annual Meeting. If any of these reasons apply to you, email council@cslglv.org to request an absentee ballot and instructions for completing and returning the ballot:

 

1) Scheduled to work

2) Planned vacation or other travel out of town

3) Medical procedure and/or recuperation

 

The ballot must be received by the office no later than Thursday, November 5, 2020 at 3:00 PM Pacific Time in order to be valid for the election. 

Meeting Place:​ ​The Annual Meeting will be held virtually via Zoom from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM. Drive-up voting will occur the same day at 1420 E. Harmon Ave. Las Vegas, NV 89119. Volunteers will be available to receive your ballot between the hours of 12:00 PM and 1:30 PM. Voting will close at 1:30 PM. No late ballots will be accepted​. ​Ballots and pens will be provided. Please bring your photo ID in case identification is needed. All votes will be submitted confidentially and reported to the final voting numbers. It is important to understand that you must attend the Annual Meeting in order to be eligible to approve bylaw amendments. Candidate elections are allowed via absentee ballot as stated above. Roll call will be taken at the beginning of the Zoom Annual Meeting.

How to Join The Meeting:​ ​Visit Zoom.us or your Zoom application and type in the following details: Meeting ID: 845 1947 2014, Password: 307744. A direct link will also be emailed to you and posted on the home page of our website at cslglv.org.

If you do not have a device with a camera, you may email council@cslglv.org for join-by-phone instructions.

The virtual Annual Meeting will be broadcast in the sanctuary. We will have 25 spaces available to in-person attendees on a first-come, first-served basis. These spaces will be set up in the sanctuary in accordance with social distancing requirements. As per State policy, please wear a mask while on the premises. Masks will also be made available for those who do not have one. Attendance in the sanctuary is by reservation only. You must reserve your seat in advance by emailing council@cslglv.org prior to October 23, with your name, address, phone number and the names of everyone in your party. The meeting is for members only. Those attending the meeting in person will be signed in on site and will vote at the conclusion of the meeting.

Procedures:​ In accordance with the Center for Spiritual Living Greater Las Vegas Bylaws, requiring that voting be done only in person, the voting for this Annual Meeting will be held via a drive-up ballot drop at the center. In order to maintain social distancing requirements, you are not to leave your car. Simply follow the designated signs and guidance of on-site volunteers. As per state policy, please wear a mask during the time you complete your ballot. Masks will also be made available for those who do not have one.

Please let us know if your phone number, address or e-mail has changed recently, or if you no longer wish to be a Member of CSLGLV. Please submit those changes or requests in writing to council@cslglv.org. We want to keep current with this information. 

 

We appreciate your participation in the Center for Spiritual Living Greater Las Vegas, and we invite you to exercise your membership rights and privileges. As always, we affirm Divine Right Action and richest blessings for you in all areas of your life.


 

In loving service,

Your 2019/2020 Leadership Council

 

PROPOSED BYLAW AMENDMENTS

to Center for Spiritual Living Greater Las Vegas

for action at the 2020 Annual Meeting

Amendment #1 proposed is relating to Article V, Section 1 which currently reads:

 

Section 1. Place of Meetings

All meeting of Members shall be held either at the principal office or place of worship of this Religious Organization or at any other place within the State of Incorporation which may be designated by the Leadership Council.

 

Proposed Amendment #1:

All meeting of Members shall be held either at the principal office or place of worship of this Religious Organization or at any other place within the State of Incorporation which may be designated by the Leadership Council. Regular and Special Meetings of Members may be held virtually, under certain circumstances, including, without limitation, situations that could or would jeopardize the health, safety, and well-being of Members. The Leadership Council is authorized to make this determination prior to each meeting.

 

Amendment #2 proposed is relating to Article V, Section 4 which currently reads:

 

Section 4. Quorum

A number equal to ten percent (10%) of those Members-of-record on the date of any meeting shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business at such meeting.

 

Proposed Amendment #2:

Section 4. Quorum

A number equal to ten percent (10%) of those Members-of-record on the date of any meeting shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business at such meeting. Under certain circumstances, as authorized by the Leadership Council (See Section 1), a quorum may comprise Members who are attending in person and/or virtually. The total number of these attendees must meet the minimum 10 percent quorum requirement.

 

Amendment #3 proposed is relating to Article V, Section 7 which currently reads:

 

Section 7. Proxies and Absentee Votes

At meetings of the Members each Member has one vote. Every Member entitled to vote or execute consents must do so in person and not by agent or proxy, and no proxy shall be valid.

 

In the case of election of Leadership Council Members, those Members who cannot attend an annual or special meeting, for reasons approved by the Leadership Council, may apply for and receive an absentee ballot, to be completed (as provided in Section 6 above) and signed by the Member and returned no later than seven (7) days before the Annual or special meeting is held.

 

The Leadership Council shall determine valid reasons for missing a meeting, and will print and distribute the list of approved reasons at least 21 days before the annual or special meeting is held.

 

Proposed Amendment # 3:

 

Section 7. Proxies, Absentee Ballots, Virtual Voting

At meetings of the Members each Member has one vote. Every Member entitled to vote or execute consents must do so in person and not by agent or proxy, and no proxy shall be valid. Under certain circumstances (See Section 1), the Leadership Council may authorize virtual voting. The Leadership Council shall make this determination prior to each Regular or Special Meeting and provide due notice to Members about all available participation and voting options.

 

In the case of election of Leadership Council Members, those Members who cannot attend an annual or special meeting, for reasons approved by the Leadership Council, may apply for and receive an absentee ballot, to be completed (as provided in Section 6 above) and signed by the Member and returned no later than seven (7) days before the Annual or special meeting is held.

 

The Leadership Council shall determine valid reasons for missing a meeting, and will print and distribute the list of approved reasons at least 21 days before the annual or special meeting is held.

 

Amendment #4 proposed is relating to Article VI, Section 10 which currently reads:

 

Section 10. Place of Meetings

 

Regular meetings of the Leadership Council shall be held at any place within or without the State of incorporation of this Religious Organization which has been designated from time to time by resolution of the Council or by consent of all members of the Council. In the absence of such designation regular meetings shall be held at the principal office of this Religious Organization. Special meetings of the Leadership Council may be held either at a place so designated or at the principal office.

 

Proposed Amendment #4:

 

Section 10. Location of Leadership Council Meetings

 

Regular meetings of the Leadership Council shall be held at any place within or without the State of incorporation of this Religious Organization which has been designated from time to time by resolution of the Council or by consent of all members of the Council. In the absence of such designation regular meetings shall be held at the principal office of this Religious Organization. Special meetings of the Leadership Council may be held either at a place so designated or at the principal office. Under certain circumstances, the Leadership Council may conduct its meetings virtually, and such determination shall be made by a majority vote of the Council members.

 

CENTER FOR SPIRITUAL LIVING, GREATER LAS VEGAS

64th Annual Membership Meeting

Sunday, September 15, 2019

1420 E Harmon Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89119

Call to Order: The Annual Membership Meeting of the Center for Spiritual Living, Greater Las Vegas was called to order by Madge Cassel, RScP, President, at 11:48 a.m.


Pledge of Allegiance


Invocation: Elmiree Farr Walter, RScP, Emeritus


Quorum and Credentials Report: Lynn Frankenberger, RScP, reported a quorum of 68 members present of the total 189 eligible members, which qualifies as a quorum to conduct the business of this assembly.


Proof of Call of Meeting: Mary O’Reilly, Administrative Assistant, provided Proof of Call of Meeting.


Motion by Rev. Cyndi DeLong, second by Jill Petersen, to approve the minutes of the 2018 Annual Membership Meeting. Motion passed.
Motion by Rev. Cyndi DeLong, second by Jill Petersen, to approve the minutes of the August 18, 2019 Special Membership Meeting. Motion passed.


President’s Report: Madge Cassel, RScP, Leadership Council President, spoke of the Consciousness Café, Renee Martinez’ leadership in kitchen with great staff, Marianne Williamson’s twice renting space for special events and as a guest Sunday speaker, the month of special giving exceeding the goal, teens fall festival and raising money for camps, donations are still welcome! Eight teens went to summer camp. Vandalism and break-ins initiated meeting with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Dept. for recommendations, obtaining estimates for security updates; Barbara Lyle, RScP, keeping the Leadership Council current in real estate market. June clean-up had a great turn-out! The “Surround CSLGLV with Light” event was impactful, Rev. Claire has shown great development in the Youth & Family ministry, enthusiastic participation of children, and Tina Faye working with teens. A Town Hall meeting in July created more answers, and more questions which led to the Leadership Council Q&A sessions extended before and after services, new committees chaired by Sabrina Fricks, RScP, Kelli Marshall, RScP, and Bob Jette need volunteers so sign up! Change is coming! Be involved! To grow, to expand needs change. Support the changes that are happening! Special meeting Aug 18 elicited a vote to stay at this location following presentations from the 3 committees and they are still looking for members. The Leadership Council email: council@cslglv.org is available for any to ask questions, make comments, or provide answers to questions other have asked in the public meetings. It appears that the level of giving is not in line with attendance. Praise to those who give generously. Others who feel lack are asked to consider support for your spiritual home. Attending a Leadership Council meeting is available and guests may observe (without participation), but all are welcome. For the change that will be coming, honor each one who is involved. Be supportive of every area here.


Report of Nominating Committee: Sharon Nelson, RScP
Review of nominating process according to bylaws.
Introduction of Nominees: Doug Allen, Kelli Marshall, RScP, and Susannah Paulsen.


Motion by Barbara Williams, second by Jill Petersen, to accept slate as submitted. Motion passed.
Motion by Rev. Cyndi DeLong, second by Gail Hendricks, to elect the slate by acclamation. Motion passed.


Spiritual Leader’s Report: Rev. Doug Foglesong


Welcome. The fiscal year that ended in June was a year of clarification and challenges. Commitment is moving to catch up with a desire to change. The vote to stay prompted additional ideas and ways to participate. We have tools and spiritual technology to meet the challenges to make change. EmpowerU this year showed 54 students completed certificated classes. Adult education is one area of focus for growth. Fellowship – potlucks are well attended, shout out to Renee Martinez and the Dudes and Dudettes who support connection. YFM under direction of Rev. Claire Summerhill and Tina Faye who have provided outstanding leadership with these groups. The past year welcomed 23 new members, including 4 teens.


Financial Report: Sharon Nelson, RScP
Review Statement of Operating Activities and FY2019-2020 Budget (Operating Dollars).
Budget reduction in Celebration Services, Personnel Expenses Detail available in full reports available upon request.
Question from Barbara Williams: Where are we on the pledge program?
Response from Sharon: Leap of Faith pledge to retire mortgage program is a proposal, has not been rolled out at this time. Funds already submitted are being held in General Fund until a formal program is initiated.
Question from Barbara Williams: $300,000 for mortgage, $200,000 deferred maintenance – has that been paid already and is due?
Response from Rev. Doug: No, deferred maintenance is what is needed to bring facility and grounds current.
Endowment – long-term investment small loss due to fees. New procedures and processes to streamline our financial statements’ look is in place. Barbara Schweppe has been instrumental in Finance Committee. Endowment Committee will offer endowment participation by congregation.
Special recognition to musicians.
Challenge to dealing with homeless and vandalism on property. Policies are in place to deal with incidents and help reduce the effects.
CSL virtual convention (ZOOM) was attended by our local delegates.
A new procedure for count reports and deposits was developed by Barbara Schweppe.
Group hosted by Rev. Doug brainstormed and visioned for the endowment participation.
Safety and Security Task Force was formed and made recommendations which are being considered or have been implemented, such as the Town Hall meeting.
Finance committee: Sustainable operation into the far distant future led to Town Hall meeting.
Rev. Doug’s Letter of Call for 2019 – 2021 is in process over 6 weeks.
Town Hall mtg and Leadership Council Q&A led to a group of individuals to research and submit ideas and committees for sustainability and growth.
Survey Monkey has over 100 responses and the results will be available soon.
Recognition of Barbara Lyle, RScP, for real estate research.
Decision to stay can only be realized if everyone remains involved. Invite everyone to embrace this decision, find your place to actively contribute. All proposals are welcome to the Leadership Council including reasons and ways to leave this space.


Acknowledgements: Rev. Doug
Staff Ministers – Rev. Cyndi DeLong, Rev. Claire Summerhill
Staff – Mary O’Reilly and Lynn Frankenberger, RScP; Justin Vogel, RScP, Music Director; Joe Blaum, Audio/Visual; Odyssey, the band; JR maintenance; Gail Hendricks’ work in the bookstore; Leadership Council last year and the new members of Leadership Council; all volunteers, and those working for this Annual Meeting.


Acknowledgement of Departing Council Members:
Diane – saying yes – a stretch and wonderfully done!
Madge – appointed as she started Professional Studies 2nd year, then accepting position as Vice President, and President, also a stretch and challenge. Both served in quiet strength.


Benediction: Rev. Richard Walter


Adjourn: 1:02 p.m.


Respectfully submitted,
Rev. Cyndi DeLong
Recording Secretary

 

CENTER FOR SPIRITUAL LIVING, GREATER LAS VEGAS

2020/2021 Leadership Council Candidates

The Leadership Council is pleased to announce the slate of nominees for the 2020/2021 Leadership Council. 

Shelia Callum, RScP

A native of Pasadena, CA. Shelia studied English Literature as an undergraduate at UCLA and graduate studies in Human Development at Pacific Oaks College. She spent 25 years working in the Federal Government as an Administrator. After a brief retirement, she became the Executive Director for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation in Honolulu, HI.

In 2012, Shelia moved to Las Vegas, NV and began attending the Center for Spiritual Living Greater Las Vegas where she began Practitioner Studies and became a Licensed Practitioner in 2018. She recently co-facilitated The Equity and Inclusion Group at the Center over the past year and is currently working on “Healing Conversations for Our Time” with fellow Practitioner, Claytee White and Contract Minister, Rev. Colleen Tanaka to reveal hidden beliefs about racism and bias and begin the discussion process for healing the community.

Claytee White, RScP

Claytee works and plays at UNLV where she is the Director of the Oral History Research Center. She is a child of the most high God and believes that God is truly All There Is. She joined the City of Angels Church of Religious Science in Los Angeles in the mid 1980s and took her first class at Founders Church of Religious Science. She found home again when she moved to Las Vegas in 1992 and located the First Church of Religious Science in the yellow pages.

 

Now that COVID-19 has redesigned our center, Claytee is following the model of Ernest Holmes' teaching order and is growing spiritually by studying and taking classes. Once again, she has said "Yes" to the call of the Leadership Council and plans to help guide the membership to the highest idea for a Center and of a world that works for everyone.

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