Membership Council

Led By Carolyn Musser, the Membership Council publicizes the activities of the USR to attract visitors, welcomes them, informs them of our mission, and  encourages them to join and become active members. This Council also supports activities that strengthen the congregation’s sense of community.

If you would like to get involved or have questions about one of the committees, please submit them to Ann Pareti,  Membership Administrator at and the respective committee chair will get back to you.

Annual BBQ
Chair: Ed Wardell
This celebration occurs after one of the last services of the regular year in June.  Members and friends bring salads and desserts. Volunteers cook hamburgers and hotdogs. Live music and activities for children add to the fun.

Coffee Hosts and Refreshments
Chair: Mary Mogerley
Members and friends volunteer to ensure that tables are set up in the Fellowship Room before the service (and later cleaned up) so that drinks and snacks, provided by a local store, are available after the Sunday Service. Please say yes (or better yet offer) when asked to help.

Congregational Dinners
Co-Chairs: Holly Nolan & Judy Scanlan
Each autumn finds USR members and friends enjoying a happy Saturday dinner at each other’s houses, known as the Congregational Dinners. The goal of this popular event is to help older and newer members and friends get to know each other better in a small, homey setting. The date this year is Saturday, October 22. Each guest brings a part of the meal. Watch the eblasts and newsletters to learn when and how to let the co-chairs know you’d like to attend. Afterwards you’ll have new friends to say Hello to.

History and Archives
Sorts, preserves, and makes accessible the records of our Society’s history. New members are always welcome. Contact the office if you need something from the archives or if you’d like to help preserve our history.

Membership Committee
Co-chairs: Judy Scanlan & Anita Knechel
The goal of the Membership committee is to grow the USR membership through activities that attract visitors and encourage membership. Specific activities include: welcoming members and visitors on Sundays, quarterly social brunches for visitors, and quarterly “Introduction to Unitarian Universalism” brunches featuring the Minister and Director of Religious Education. New members are introduced to the congregation at a Sunday service. The committee works closely with the Membership Administrator.

Co-Chairs: Mitch Halvorsen & Mike Piemontesi
Our co-ed team plays in the Ridgewood Church League. The season starts in the Spring and continues into August. We came in second in 2017. Watch for notices in the newsletter Spring 2018. Come join us or just cheer us on!

Wednesday Luncheons
Chair: Brietta Savoie
These are informal brown-bag lunches held in homes of members and friends on the First Wednesday of each month (except during inclement winter weather). Notices in the newsletter announce the location. Dessert and drinks are provided by the host. Open to everyone. Plan to come and get to know more of us strengthening bonds of connection and friendship.

One Book USR
Co-Chairs: Debbie Goodell & Jackie Nadler
One Book USR is a congregation-wide book group that meets in Reeb House on Wednesday evenings every 4 to 6 weeks depending on the length of the book. All are welcome to help choose, read and discuss selected books throughout the year. The name of the selected book and the date for the discussion will always be in the USR newsletter and calendar.

Monday Afternoon Lecture Series
Co-Chairs: Ira Mendelsberg & Anita Young
A free open-to-all lecture series based on DVDs purchased from Great Courses which meets every Monday in the Fellowship Room from 12:30-1:30pm. Attendance has ranged from 15 to 35 including UUs and others who have read about the series or who have been invited by a UU. The group selects the next lecture series. Topics have included history, science, philosophy and the arts. Please click here for details.

Child Care
Dylan Debelis
The child care coordinator arranges paid childcare for meetings and events that take place at USR. The childcare coordinator maintains a list of USR youth who are experienced and interested in providing childcare, schedules an appropriate number of sitters based on event attendance, and makes sure youth are paid appropriately for their work.

Chair: Jackie Nadler
Ushers welcome everyone to Sunday services and make sure the service is comfortable and safe for all.  Greeters also take the collection and work with the membership committee to make sure visitors are warmly welcomed and receive the information they want about USR. Greeters serve approximately one service per month as part of a team of two.