LETTER FROM PRESIDENT MARILYN WELLAN - February 2014
DAYS OF TRANSITION
Dear Temple Family and Friends,
Every three years, the month of February gains stature in the year’s calendar. It is the month of transition for the Congregation at we take a look at where we have been and where we are going. It is a month of transition for the Officers of the Temple, as all terms expire and new officers are elected. And this year it is the month when a new Temple President is elected and begins to serve.
Three years might seem a long time, yet in a way the time has sped by for me, from Shabbat to Shabbat, monthly Board Meeting to Meeting, and Annual Meeting to Meeting. And now, here we are inviting you to this year’s Annual Meeting of Members, where I will have the honor of presiding over my last event as Temple President.
At the meeting, we look forward to sharing information about the challenges and successes confronted by the Board of Directors and Committees as we carried out our duties on behalf of the Congregation. Also, you will be asked to elect three new Board Members (see page 1) to replace these members whose terms expire and who have served so well for the past three years:
Norrine Caplan, who has served first as Secretary, then Treasurer and Chairman of the Finance Committee, Membership Chairman, and in so many other ways including the planning and facilitating of most of our meals and social events;
George Fine, who has lent his attorney skills to help us through many issues including the British Petroleum issue, the sale of tax credits for building preservation, the acceptance of property donation, the bequest of an out of state deceased member, and the review of our new Temple Bylaws and Articles of Incorporation;
Dr. Stephen Katz, Temple first Vice President, and President of the newly formed Temple Cemetery Board, which is the reason the cemetery will be well cared for, that records will be efficiently kept, and that funds will be perpetually available for maintenance and upkeep -by the initiation of his Annual Cemetery Fund Drive.
This, being my last column as Temple President, is where I would like to say ‘thank you again’ to so many whose contributions through the year—and the past three years, need to be celebrated. Yet, that would require more space than I am allowed.
However, I must heap loads of praise and admiration for the mammoth accomplishment that was the 2014 Jewish Food Festival. Pam Rubin and Mimi Kirzner made it seem so easy, with their organizational skills and ability to gain the help and support of almost every Temple member. We all owe them a debt of gratitude; and we must extend those praises to the entire Congregation for a job well done.
Much of the past year was swallowed up by the search for and hiring of a new Rabbi for our Congregation. We are still in an important “getting to know you” period. I encourage you all to continue to welcome Barbara and Rabbi Harley to Alexandria. I encourage you to spend time and effort getting to know him and allowing him to get to know you. I encourage you to take full advantage of the spiritual leadership he is charged with bringing to our Temple family.
I would like to express my great appreciation to Rabbi Arny Task and Judy Task for their strong yet gentle support through the transition to a new Rabbi this year. There are a multitude of other reasons to thank them—he for his phenomenal work with the Holocaust Memorial and Commemoration; and she for her great success chairing the Tree of Life (with 25 new leaves this year!) and for helping so much with Yahrzeit and other archival matters; and to both for their many, ongoing acts of “lovingkindness.”
Thanks to Sisterhood and its Co-Presidents Vicky Bergman, Nat Marks, and Pam Rubin for their leadership, and for the many gifts made by Sisterhood to the Temple—gifts which have greatly enhanced our Temple lives in so many ways.
And finally, I would like to thank all the members who served with me on the Temple Board of Directors for the past three years. They have been smart, active, participating, and totally committed to the Temple and the work that was on our agenda. It has been a great honor and a great pleasure to serve with you.
Thanks to all of you for allowing me to serve as your President. I look forward to sharing a delicious dinner and an enjoyable evening with you on Sunday, February 16th at the Annual Meeting.
My best to you and yours.