Mountain Matters May 2017: 
Membership & Annual Giving 

The spring is here at The Mountain and we are eagerly preparing to welcome our annual Homecoming Weekend and Annual Meeting guests on May 26-29. This is the time when active and life members support The Mountain Retreat & Learning Center by voting on matters of business and the election of Board Trustees. For the first time, we will have video conferencing capability during the Annual Meeting via Zoom, for people to watch the proceedings. See below for more details and to register.

As we move into our peak summer season, we invite you to begin or renew your membership and make a contribution to The Mountain's Annual Fund. Thank you for your support of this special place that has touched the hearts and lives of kids and adults for nearly 40 years!


The Mountain Trustees are pleased to share that we have reached another milestone as a mature, healthy membership organization.  At the February meeting of the Board, the Nominating Committee (composed of board and non-board members) announced that we have an abundance of qualified individuals who wish to become Trustees.  For several years we have heard from some members that voting for an uncontested slate offered members no real choice. This year, our members were asked to make a selection of up to seven (7) trustees from a slate of ten (10) great candidates--click here for more info. 

The qualifications of each of the candidates ensures we will have an outstanding Board next year regardless of which individuals are chosen to serve.  Our candidates are all willing to stand for election or re-election knowing that they may not be selected. Even more rewarding, they have all indicated such strong commitment that they will remain involved as volunteers, committee members and financial supporters--no matter what the outcome.

If you have not yet voted, you need to hurry because you only have until May 23rd to return your ballot.  Please email or call us at The Mountain if you have not received a ballot, (828) 526-5838.

$10,000 Mountain Campership Fund Matching Challenge

Double your generosity and send a kid to MountainCamp this summer by making a gift to our Mountain Campership Fund by May 31st. We are over halfway to our $10,000 goal, and you can make the difference in time for campers to be notified about their campership requests. 
Can't Make it to The Mountain for the Annual Meeting, 
but would like to watch it from where you are?
For the first time, we are planning to use Zoom video conferencing technology to enable our Mountain Community to watch the meeting from offsite. Because we will have limited capacity, you must register in advance: 

The Mountain's Annual Meeting: May 27, 2017 4:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. When you enter the meeting using your registration email, you will be muted and not seen. You may observe the meeting and use the chat function to ask questions or make comments, but will not be able to vote during the business meeting. 

REMEMBER: voting must be done in advance by absentee ballot, unless you are onsite and present during the meeting. See the Don't Forget to Vote section above for more information.

The M ount ain and Mountain Endowment Fund donors have an opportunity to participate in the Wake Now Our Vision Legacy Challenge. If you wish to include The Mountain or Endowme nt Fund in your estate planning, this is a way to leave a legacy AND enable us receive this mat ching gift funding sooner.

Your planned gifts will support UU congregations and institutions like The Mountain, when intentions are made through this campaign. New legacy gift intentions designating one or more of the WNOV partner institutions, or a UU congregation,The Mountain and/or Mountain Endowment Fund are eligible for a 10% matching cash gift, up to $10,000. If you would like more information about the Wake Now Our Vision Legacy Challenge, click here or contact our Development Director, Laurel Amabile