USSB Annual Meeting of the Membership
Sunday, June 5 at 11:30 AM in Person & Online

Click to review the Notified Annual Meeting Agenda

The Annual Meeting is a business meeting for members to vote on important ballot measures including our annual budget for the coming fiscal year and nominees for the Nominating Committee and Board of Trustees. It is also a time to celebrate our shared accomplishments over the past year, look ahead to next year, and be together (albeit virtually!) in community.

Please join us for this business meeting and celebration on Sunday, June 5th, at 11:30 on the same link as Sunday service or in person in Parish Hall.

To join, click:
Or call into the meeting by dialing: 1-669-900-6833
Meeting ID: 960 0363 8223

Town Hall Discussion Meetings:

Town Hall & Discussion Meeting on Proposed Endowment Bylaw Revision
Wednesday, April 27 at 5:30 PM on Zoom

Click here to view the recorded meeting. Passcode: ?BRmV5e!

Town Hall & Discussion Meeting on 2022-2023 Budget & Proposed Bylaw Revision
Sunday, May 22 at 11:30 AM on Zoom and In-Person

Please mark your calendars for this important Town Hall meeting. Join Rev. Julia, Director of Administration Erin Wilson, and our Budget Planning Task Force as we review the 2022-2023 proposed budget in advance of the Annual Meeting. Get all your budget questions answered and review the year ahead. A recording of this Town Hall meeting will be made available the day after the meeting closes.

To join, click:
Or call into the meeting by dialing: 1-669-900-6833
Meeting ID: 960 0363 8223

Voting Information:

Members who have signed the membership book on or before May 5, 2022 and committed to an annual financial contribution are eligible to vote. (Members may also receive ministerial exemption from financial commitment.)

We will be emailing all members an electronic ballot. The ballot will be anonymous and secure. Should you not be able to vote via electronic ballot, there will be an opportunity to vote at the meeting. If you prefer to vote by mail and/or did not receive the electronic ballot, please call the office at 965-4583 or email Eden Kennedy.

Members may vote by proxy. Each member attending the meeting may hold one proxy. Proxies should be dated, signed and state the name of the member to carry the proxy. Please contact the office for a proxy form.

The quorum for an annual meeting is one-tenth of the membership counted as present, voting by proxy or absentee ballot.

Official Voting Membership at Meeting Notice: 384
Quorum to conduct business: 10% of Total Membership: 38
The quorum to make additions or deletions from Agenda: 20% of Total Membership: 76

The quorum to amend bylaws is 25% of the total membership with 2/3 affirmative vote to pass: 96

Ballot Measures:

Endowment Bylaw Revision

The Board of Trustees and Endowment Board are proposing a revision to the Endowment Bylaws. To see the proposed language, background, and rationale for revision click here: Official Notice Endowment Bylaw Revision.

An affirmative vote of two-thirds of the Members present or accounted for by proxy or absentee ballot is required to amend, revise or repeal these Bylaws, but in no case shall the affirmative vote be less than twenty-five percent (25% or 96 members) of the total Society Membership.

Adopt the 2022-2023 Fiscal Plan

Click here to view the 2022-2023 proposed Fiscal Plan

Each year the congregation votes to adopt the following fiscal year’s plan. We hope you will join us in an overview the fiscal plan at our May 22 Town Hall meeting, where we will review our projected revenues and expenses for the coming fiscal year. A recording will be available here following the Town Hall Meeting. In addition, the Director of Administration is available to answer any budgetary questions you may have at any time. Please feel free to direct your questions to Erin Wilson.

2022-2023 Board of Trustees and Nominating Committee Slate of Candidates

The Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara Nominating Committee is pleased to announce the following slate of candidates for the Board of Trustees and for Nominating Committee for 2022-2023:

The Nominating Committee nominates the following candidates to the Board of Trustees: 

  • Nathanial Rich 2022-2025 three-year term
  • Terri Stelzer 2022-2025 three-year term
  • Lorraine Woodman 2022-2025 three-year term

The Nominating Committee has received 10 or more signatures in support of the following candidates for the Nominating Committee:

  • John Hartmann 2022-2025 three-year term
  • Onolee Zwicke 2022-2025 three-year term

This slate of candidates will stand for election in the June 2022 Congregational Annual Meeting. Their profiles are below for your review.  

Lastly, I would like to recognize Mike Gorodezky, Maude Williamson, and Onolee Zwicke of the Board of Trustees; and Bruce Daniels and Gary Welterlen of the Nominating Committee, for their service. Thank you for your tireless work in another truly challenging year. 

Gary Welterlen, Chair, Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara Nominating Committee

Nate Rich: Board of Trustees 

I was born in Pennsylvania but grew up in Texas, where I was raised Catholic and educated in Catholic schools. I attended Texas A&M University, majoring in philosophy and minoring in history. After I graduated in 2000, I spent two years living and working in Austin before I decided to go back to school. I then spent a summer at the University of Virginia in an intensive Tibetan language program, and that fall I lived in a monastery guest house in a small village outside of Kathmandu, Nepal (where I took the GRE during a general strike and applied to graduate school from internet cafes). I moved to Santa Barbara in the fall of 2003 to begin the MA/PhD program in religious studies at UCSB. Stop me if you’ve heard a story like this before, but it was there that I met the woman who became my wife – Reanna Mason, now Reanna Mason Rich – and after living here as a graduate student there was no way I was ever going to leave willingly (and neither was she). I have an MA and PhD in religious studies, and I am now a research editor for a global non-profit called 84000: Translating the Words of the Buddha. I am also a visiting scholar at UCSB, affiliated with the recently established Buddhist Texts Translation Initiative in the Department of Religious Studies. 

I am the husband of Reanna and the father of Luca (8) and Leo (3), both of whom were dedicated by Rev. Julia here at USSB. Reanna and I began attending when she was pregnant with Luca, and we signed the book in January 2014. In the years that we have been members, I have been involved in Connection Circles, both as a participant and as a facilitator. I have also been actively involved in RE: I have been a co-facilitator of the Coming-of-Age program, an adult advisor for YRUU, and a co-facilitator of an adult RE class on local religious diversity. I have also served one three-year term on the Nominating Committee. It is a great honor to be of service to this community. 


Terri Stelzer: Board of Trustees

I grew up in Seal Beach, CA, and earned a BA in Psychology from UC Irvine. I moved to Santa Barbara in 1980 to attend graduate school at UCSB, where I earned an MA in Speech and Hearing Sciences, and I have lived here ever since. I worked as a Speech and Language Pathologist in several settings in the area until retiring from the Santa Barbara Unified School District last summer.

I was raised a Unitarian, but didn’t start attending USSB until my husband Charlie and I became parents. Both of our daughters, Savannah and Lily, went to preschool at Starr King, and it seemed a natural fit for our family to start attending services. We became members in 2002. Over the years I have taught Religious Education, served on the Membership Committee and CRE Ministry Team, and have been a Stewardship Circle Leader, a Sunday Team Leader, a Freedom Warming Center Team Leader, and a Coffee Host. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, hiking, walking my dog, camping, skiing, reading, and making pottery.

Thank you for your consideration.


Lorraine Woodman: Board of Trustees

I received a BA in Anthropology from Pomona College and a PhD in Anthropology from UC Santa Barbara, where I studied what then was called third world development, as well as the relationship between media use and culture. I subsequently began a 30+ year career managing environmental impact studies, focusing in the latter half on issues involving the scarce water supplies of the West. I am happily retired now and enjoy traveling, serving as a docent at Arroyo Hondo Nature Preserve, sailing, cycling, playing pickleball, and photography, and I am also active in the local chapter of Citizen’s Climate Lobby and the EcoFAITH climate action group.

My husband Craig and I have two sons, and I joined the Unitarian Society shortly before the birth of our older son, about 36 years ago. I taught RE classes when my children were young, and since then have sung in the Chancel and Treble choirs for many years, participated in several trips to the Hopi and Navajo reservations with USSB with adult and high school groups, prepared food for the Warming Center, and am about to be a co-facilitator of an upcoming 10-week Climate Grief and Action Workshop at USSB. I thank you for your consideration.


John Hartman: Nominating Committee

I have lived in Santa Barbara and Goleta for over 20 years, getting a Ph.D. and later working as a lecturer in the Department of Economics at UCSB. During my early years as a member, I was active in the Membership Ministry. As a member of USSB for over a decade, I have watched my daughters Kasey and Quinn grow up with our RE program over the years, and my wife Kelly and I have helped facilitate the Our Whole Lives programs a few times. I also previously served on the Nominating Committee from 2016-2019, and would be honored to serve again on the committee again.


Onolee Zwicke: Nominating Committee

I have been honored to serve as Board President for the past 2 years and as a Board member the past six years. As a Unitarian for a decade-plus, my family and I have been members and active participants. When younger, my two daughters were active in CRE and YRU, and my husband serves on the Finance Committee. Previously, I served as Board Treasurer and Board Secretary, was a member of the CRE committee, budget committee, finance committee, and participated on a Lifespan Director search team. We are a family committed to all aspects of USSB! Now I hope to be elected to the Nominating Committee.

I have my Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut and have been the owner and CEO of Art Explorers & Terrific Scientific, which provides art, engineering, science, and technology programs to students in elementary and junior high schools for more than 20 years. Prior work history includes being the Director of Staff Training & Organizational Development at UCSB.




Should you have any questions regarding the Annual Meeting, Ballot Measures, virtual meeting information, membership status, or financial plan, please feel free to contact our Director of Administration, Erin Wilson.