Welcome to our new online newsletter. We have been planning this change for several years, so we hope this will be an improvement in circulation and content. We will reach out by mail to those who do not have email, and hope to get some of the content to them by hard copy.
With regard to the current situation at the United Nations, it is distressing that so much of its important work—on climate change, refugees, the environment, clean water, clean energy, and poverty—is being undermined by our own government. In fact, the decline in the approved budget of the UN by $285 million has been hailed as a great victory by the U.S. administration. UNA-Westchester and its members need to stand firm against this assault on the concrete achievements of the UN, such as the 2015 Paris Agreement on Climate Change.
Bannis-Roberts, Ambassador of Dominica to the United Nations. Prominent Westchester women leaders will be honored. Moreover, the Board is planning to hold our annual meeting on Sunday April 29 at the Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation in White Plains from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. The theme will relate to the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the role played by UNA in its original creation. Eleanor Roosevelt and our own long-term member Molly Bruce were the main drafters of the Declaration, and both had a hand in founding our Westchester Chapter of UNA-USA. Of course, we will be electing the Board of Directors at our annual meeting, so your participation is very important. All of the officers and several directors will step down from their current positions because of term limits, so we will be electing a new slate of officers. You will receive the names of nominees well before the meeting. I have served as your president for the past six years, so it is time for me to move on and make room for another committed UNA member. If you want to nominate yourself or another member for the Board of Directors, please contact our nominations chair, Marcia Wallace, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
President, UNA-USA Board of Directors