Dear Members of Congregation Shir Libeynu,

Our ninth Annual General Meeting (AGM) is being held on  Sunday, November 29th . We will begin promptly at 3 p.m. and will end by 4 p.m., thus leaving the rest of the afternoon (4:15 to 6 p.m) for our very special  discussion on Creating our Future , to which all are welcome. The AGM is taking place in Room 318  at the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre (750 Spadina Avenue at Bloor and Spadina). 

MEMBERSHIP  

All members o f Shir Libeynu are entitled to vote at the AGM. If you cannot attend the AGM, you may send in your proxy, by Thursday, November 26th by clicking  here. Your proxy authorizes someone else to vote on your behalf and can be signed over to a member or non-member of your choice or it can be signed over to the chair of the AGM. We encourage you to send in your proxy if you can't attend in order to ensure that we make quorum (5% of our membership).
 
Because children are considered fully responsible Jews at the time of their bar or bat mitzvahs, if membership was purchased for children 13 years of age or older and/or who have had a bar or bat mitzvah, they are entitled to attend and vote at our AGM. If the membership status of a young person in your family is not clear, please e-mail us at  shirlibeynu@yahoo.ca  or leave a message at 416-465-5488.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

We are delighted that Barry Benigson has decided to stand for election to our board of directors.  Barry's bio.

We are looking for at least one other member of the board so we can meet the minimum of seven members as required under our by-laws.

Shir Libeynu's by-laws permit the board to operate with anywhere from seven to eleven members. If you are a current member of Shir Libeynu and 18 years of age or older, you are eligible to run for a position on the board. If you would like to do so, please send an email to  shirlibeynu@yahoo.ca   or leave a message at 416-465-5488. The deadline is Tuesday, November 24th, 2015.   Please read about the  responsibilities of board members.

In addition, the following members will continue to serve on the board:

James Flagal (President)
 
Laurie Goodman
 
Eden Nameri (Past President)
 
Brian Smith
 
j wallace skelton
 
If you would like to read a brief bio for each of those listed above - please click 
here

Board Members Stepping Down this Year:

After five years on our board as treasurer, Zev Frishman has decided to step down, which will allow him to spend more time with his grandchildren.  Zev has been instrumental in helping our shul grow steadily while maintaining a fiscally sound course.  He has had an excellent grasp of our finances and has always kept a clear eye on our programming and other costs, balancing the diverse needs of the community with skill and compassion. Zev has taken his responsibilities as our financial guardian very seriously, and he could also be counted on for wit and insight during our board discussions.  He helped at many kiddishes and at High Holy Day services over the years, and he and his wife, Yona, have hosted plenty of board meetings in their home.  He has also been a member of our choir, something we hope he will dip into again now that he is free from board duties.  We thank Zev for his years of dedication to our shul.

Jessica Miller is also leaving the board this year, having served for the past three years, two of them as vice president/secretary  Jessica was a warm and efficient presence at many Shabbat services, where she helped with kiddish preparation and greeting members, and she has been a long-time member of our Pride committee as well. She was part of a small committee that advised the communications coordinator on the new website build. Jessica is a favourite volunteer at the children's program both at Shabbat services and at our simchas, and has represented the shul at many Downtown Jewish Community Council meetings.  She has worked consistently to ensure that our community has maintained its equity and affordability principles, and we have often turned to her for wise-beyond-her-years advice on younger members of our congregation.  We thank Jessica for her service to the board, and wish her well in her new venture as the creator and owner of Space Logix, a residential and home office organizing business.
 
Even before she was a board member, Amy Herskowitz participated as a dedicated volunteer at our Pride events. While on the board she helped organize the Heart to Heart events, and tried to steer us into the 21st century with some novel online planning schemes.

Michelle Gewurtz has been our High Holy Days art show coordinator for two years now, using her expertise in art curating to beautify the space at First Unitarian.  She has also helped us at some of our past HEW events. Michelle relocated temporarily to Ottawa last spring. We look forward to having her back in Toronto. 

We thank Amy and Michelle for their year of service each on the board.
 
PROPOSED AGENDA FOR AGM
 
1.        Welcome by Aviva Goldberg
 
2.         Minutes of Last Year's AGM  

3.        President's Report
 
4.        Treasurer's Report
 
5.        Introduction of Candidate(s)/Affirmation or Election
 
6.        Other business
 
7.        Adjournment of AGM
  
Thank you for your support of Congregation Shir Libeynu. We hope to see you on November 29th, at 3 p.m.
 
Board of Directors
Congregation Shir Libeynu

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