The 2020 Harmony Election is nearly upon us! We wanted to provide you with a list of the board positions (and descriptions) in advance that will be up for election due to term limits or vacancy.
Vice President - 2 Year Position
In the event of the death, absence, incapacity, inability or refusal to act of the President, the Vice-President shall be invested with all the powers and perform all the duties of the office of President. The Vice-President’s duties include:
a. Working in cooperation with the President.
b. Being invited to share in other duties as may be prescribed by the Board of Directors or the President.
Treasurer - 2 Year Position
The Treasurer shall have supervision and custody of all monies, funds, and credits of the Corporation. The Treasure's duties include:
a. Chair the Finance Committee.
b. Causing to be kept full and accurate accounts of the receipts and disbursements of the Corporation in books belonging to it.
c. Causing all monies and credits to be deposited in the name of and to the credit of the Corporation in such accounts and depositories as may be designated by the Board of Directors.
d. Disburse and supervise the disbursement of funds for the Corporation in accordance with the authority granted by the Board of Directors, taking proper vouchers therefore.
e. Prepare and file any required Local, State or Federal, including Internal Revenue Service (IRS), reports according to applicable law (usually annually).
f. Prepare an annual budget and submit it to the membership for approval at the annual membership meeting.
g. Present a complete and accurate report of the finances of the Corporation at each meeting of the members, or at any other time upon request to the Board of Directors.
h. Assist in direct audits of the funds of the Corporation according to funding source guidelines and generally accepted accounting principles.
i. Being invited to share in other duties as may be prescribed by the Board of Directors or the President.
Member Support Coordinator - 1 Year Position
The Member Support Coordinator shall serve in a support role to the membership to the Corporation. The Member Support Coordinator duties include:
a. Being responsible for membership activities of the Corporation.
b. Maintaining contacts with membership and seeks input from members for the board.
c. Inviting new members to participate.
d. Collecting and maintaining appropriate resources for membership.
e. Being a contact for events.
f. Being invited to share in other duties as may be prescribed by the Board of Directors or the President.
At Large Member - 2 Year Position
At Large Member - 3 Year Position
The At Large Member(s) shall serve as the voice of the membership to the Corporation. The At Large Member(s) duties include:
a. Representing the membership views and voice to the Board.
b. Serving as chairs of various committees.
c. Assisting officers with administrative tasks, as needed.
d. Being invited to share in other duties as may be prescribed by the Board of Directors or the President.
Our election will take place in October this year via emailed secret ballots, and a separate announcement will be sent out in the coming days when the details have been finalized. In this announcement, we will include general expectations, approximate time commitments, technological requirements to conduct the business of the organization, as well other relevant details.
As always, membership with Harmony is a requirement for all Board Members. Additionally, only 2020 Harmony Members are eligible to vote in the 2020 Harmony Election.
Questions? Contact Saundra Merth, Harmony Vice President.
Thank you for your consideration! We hope you will consider journeying with us.
Your Harmony Board of Directors
With the support of generous donors, Harmony is excited to invest in critically important professional adult sexual education courses for our membership and the public.
You are warmly invited to attend this special four-part webinar series. Dr. Jill McDevitt (Ph.D. Human Sexuality, M.Ed. Human Sexuality Education, B.A. Sexuality, Marriage, and Family), a San Diego-based sexologist, will provide our members and the public with meaningful and science-based information concerning human sexuality and gender identity as well as common areas of struggle for the Queer/LGBTQIA2S+ Community such as shame, intimacy, power and agency, pleasure, and more.
This event is free for Harmony members and also available to non-members for a fee to recoup some costs associated with hosting the event.
The series will begin on October 3, 2020, at Noon Central with the initial "Circles of Sexuality" workshop. Topics of the three subsequent workshops will be announced following the initial workshop where feedback will be received and interpreted. In other words, participants will drive the discussion!
To our Harmony Family:
On Monday, July 27, 2020, Member Support Coordinator Stephanie R. Gustave submitted her letter of resignation to the Harmony Board of Directors. Stephanie indicated she will continue to support the mission and vision of Harmony but that she was not able to commit the time that her position required. This position will be filled at our upcoming election this fall.
The Board of Directors has accepted Stephanie's resignation and wishes her success in her other endeavors. On behalf of the Harmony Board of Directors, I want to personally thank Stephanie for her contributions to the organization and its mission. We know she will continue to use her voice to build a more inclusive future wherever she may wish to serve.
As a volunteer organization, we continue to be grateful to individuals who feel a call to support the mission and vision of Harmony and respond generously with their time, expertise, and love. Sometimes, life can get in the way of that.
Despite the vacancy of the Member Support Coordinator position, I want to reaffirm Harmony’s commitment to serving members and congregations alike. In the last six months, exciting programs have already emerged such as Sacred Pause, Harmony 101, Family Support, and of course our updated Congregational Welcoming & Affirming program. In addition, advocacy work continues in partnership with Community of Christ leaders through essential work such as advising on inclusive and intentional language at all levels (e.g. congregations, campgrounds, and at the international level) as well as exciting possibilities with Graceland University. If you are interested in helping us to further these areas of support, please complete our Volunteer Form. Your voice is unique and will help to ensure we can better serve all in our community. Additionally, if you are a member in need of support, you may reach us at any time via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone/text at +1 (816) 368-5773.
Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.
Hello Harmony friends and supporters -
On June 1, 2020, the officers received a letter of resignation from John Billings, Harmony Treasurer. In summary, John has requested to resign as soon as we find a replacement or by July 1, 2020, whichever occurs first. John has agreed to assist with the transition once his successor has been identified.
While we are profoundly sad to see John go, we are indebted to - and celebrate - his commitment to GALA, WCN, and Harmony over the years, and we wish him the very best. Any messages of support, well-wishes, etc. can be directed to email@example.com.
LOOKING TO THE FUTURE
At John's request, he will be shifting his focus to transitioning out. John was instrumental in setting up the Finance Committee prior to his resignation, and the organization is blessed to have such a high caliber of volunteers committed to responsibly managing the finances of a growing non-profit.
Going forward, Kellie Brady, Mike Roberts, and Val Sundell will make up the Harmony Finance Committee.
OUR NEXT TREASURER
On behalf of the Harmony Board of Directors, I'd like to welcome Mike Roberts as our newly appointed Harmony Treasurer. Mike brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in finance as well as a strong desire to support the mission of Harmony. The Board of Directors unanimously approved Mike's appointment as Treasurer, fulfilling the remainder of John Billings's term. Per the bylaws, we will be re-electing the position of Treasurer at our next election this fall. At that time, Mike will be eligible to run for the Office of Treasurer if he wishes. Any messages of support, welcome, well-wishes, etc. can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I've included Mike's biography below for your review:
"My name is Mike and I’m a 26 year old transgender man living in Salt Lake City, Utah with my spouse Meggan. Last year I received my BS in Business Management from Western Governors University and am now pursuing a BS in Accounting from the same school; I’m scheduled to graduate in June 2020. I have 4 years of accounting experience including accounts payable/receivable, tax preparations and filings, auditing, monthly financial statement preparation, etc. I currently work as a Staff Accountant for an international trampoline park company. I have an intense passion for accurate, prompt, and detailed financial reports and strive to improve each month. I am super excited for the future of Harmony and its ability to change many lives, especially those of the LGBTQIA+ community."
Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. While the timing of John's departure is unfortunate, I want to assure you that the organization is well-positioned and in healthy financial shape. The future is bright!
Harmony welcomes Kellie Brady and Mike Roberts to the Harmony Finance Committee.
Kellie and Mike are both members of Harmony and join together with John Billings (Harmony Treasurer) and Val Sundell (At-Large Board Member) to form the first Finance Committee in Harmony history. Following the organization's bylaws, the Harmony Board of Directors unanimously approved Kellie and Mike at the May 2020 Board Meeting.
The Committee met for the first time this afternoon via Zoom to get organized and strategize. Harmony is grateful for the contributions of volunteers and board members committed to furthering the mission of the organization. Thank you for all you are doing!
Harmony stands with the marginalized, oppressed, and misunderstood.
On this International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, how are you promoting the worth of all persons in your communities?
We had a great time advising the North Idaho Pride Alliance this afternoon on what pride might look like in the midst of COVID-19. Their event is sure to be a major success!
The North Idaho Pride Alliance is a well-organized and passionate group. We were so impressed with their hard work and commitment to providing meaningful content, activities, & resources to their community.
Grateful for the opportunity.
Does your local Pride organization need some help re-imagining their event(s)? Let us know - we'd be happy to help!
Special thanks to Harmony member Kimberly Crabtree Gazzo for inviting us to join the call today.
Check out their website & stay tuned for future events: https://www.nipridealliance.com.
As part of the merger between GALA (Gay and Lesbian Acceptance) and WCN (Welcoming Community Network) we have officially merged the two respective Facebook Pages into a single official Harmony Facebook Page. Please ensure you have "Liked" this Page to stay up-to-date on all things Harmony.
If you had "Liked" or "Followed" the WCN Facebook Page, you will automatically be moved over to the official Harmony Facebook Page.
Yesterday, April 30, 2020, several Harmony volunteers in the Kansas City area gathered at the Community of Christ Temple to fill the planters surrounding the building with beautiful fresh flowers. This act of service has been a longstanding Harmony tradition for over a decade and will continue far into the future as a gesture of good will, ministry of presence, and as a symbol of the diversity of human variety. Since 2009, Harmony has committed over $10,000 USD to this incredible ministry. It is an honor to support such an important tradition.
Special thanks to the Harmony volunteers who worked hard to make this happen - even in the midst of COVID-19. We are grateful for your service! We would also like to especially thank our members and supporters who fully fundraised for this project in under 48 hours. Without you - this important work could not proceed!
Lastly, Harmony would like to express its gratitude to Bryce Veazey for his work to ensure this moment was properly recorded.
If you would like to make a donation to ensure the Harmony Temple Planting Project can continue for years to come, please visit www.harmony.lgbt/donate.
For over a decade, Harmony has helped to beautify the Community of Christ Temple grounds as a symbol of the diversity of human variety and as a quiet but meaningful ministry of presence seen by thousands of visitors to this facility each year. Please consider making a donation to help us offset these costs to ensure this important project can continue. Our goal is to raise at least $1000 USD by May 31, 2020.
Your contribution will make an impact, whether you donate a lot or a little. Anything helps. Thank you for your support.
Pam Robison provided this wonderful historical overview of Harmony's Temple planting story. Watch below and consider making a contribution to ensure this important ministry can continue - even in the midst of COVID-19.
Thank you for your consideration!
Past Temple Planting Work Days
Browse past photos of volunteers working hard to keep the Community of Christ Temple planters filled with beautiful flowers over the years.