2016 ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
Date: Thursday, February 25, 2016
Time: 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Place: Unity on the Bay - Sanctuary (see Campus Map)
Are you a member of Unity on the Bay? If so, exercise your privilege as a member, engage in our community and come vote. During this meeting, the Board of Trustees will review the accomplishments of our Spiritual Center in 2015, our Spiritual Center’s financial status, and present the plans for 2016. Members will have the opportunity to vote for three openings for the Board of Trustees. Please note that there will be NO VOTING on plans for the building at this meeting. Anyone may attend, but you must be a member to vote. To become a voting member, you must first attend a New Member Orientation.
The Annual Membership Meeting will begin at 6:00pm with a potluck under the tent followed by the meeting in the Sanctuary at 7:00pm. Bring your favorite dish to the potluck.
MEET THE BOARD CANDIDATES
(in alphabetical order by last name)
Carlos Diaz, 57, is a divorced father of 3, and proud grandfather of 1. He was born in Venezuela, but has been living in Miami for the past 34 years. In his adult life he has had several defining moments that have led him to be who he is today. The first, was having his father diagnosed with Lung cancer in 1997. This taught him true unselfish love and unconditional service. Then in 2002, he was diagnosed with lung cancer and in 2012 he was diagnosed with aggressive prostate cancer. Through these experiences he has learned the true meaning of surrender. At that point, Carlos had reached a stage in his life, which led him to make some drastic changes. In seeking to satisfy spirit, he came to Unity on the Bay, became more spiritual and came to the realization that we are meant to live happy and accomplished lives and live out our dreams and proclaim our highest intentions for ourselves. Professionally, Carlos has an Engineering degree and a Masters in International Business Administration, and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Nova Southeastern University. He has held positions as Director and President and General Manager, has owned his own businesses and volunteered as part of the Unity on the Bay spiritual community.From all of his life experiences he has taken one thing to heart. LIFE is what you make of it. As long as you have the dreams, they will guide you.
Eddie Dominguez has been a member of Unity on the Bay for more than nine years and has served as president of the Board of Trustees for three years. He has also served on the Finance Committee, the Strategic Planning Committee, Bylaws Committee, in the Prayer Ministry, the Marketing Council and the Board Nominating Committee. During his tenure as Board President, Eddie has focused on the development and implementation of a far-reaching strategic plan, redefining the organizational culture, improving the business operations, and exploring options for the future of Unity’s physical home. In his professional life, Eddie serves as Managing Senior Vice President and Director of Marketing, Corporate Communication and Community Relations for a Miami-based community bank. Previously, he was a longtime media executive and journalist, including serving for ten years as Executive Editor of the Daily Business Review. A graduate of Miami Dade College and the University of Miami, Eddie has received several honors, including induction into the Miami Dade College Hall of Fame, the Cuban American Bar Association's Public Service Award, and History Miami’s Chairman’s Award. In addition to his very involved sacred service at Unity on the Bay, he also serves on the boards of the Cuban American Bar Association Pro Bono Project, which provides free legal services to those of lesser financial means, and the Miami Book Fair.
For the past 10 years, Hector has made Unity on the Bay his spiritual home which has enriched and deepened his Spiritual experience. Through Unity classes and application of Unity teachings, his Spiritual Life has exponentially deepened and his relationship with God, Self and with the World. Hector is currently the Unity on the Bay coordinator of the Big Brother Big Sisters program, and honored to be a member of the Prayer Chaplain team. He has previously been a member of the Sacred Service Council, Feeding People in Transition, and Habitat for Humanity teams. In his career, Hector has been highly instrumental in the design and implementation of innovative processes and procedures to optimize cash flow and overall financial performance of institutions with which he has been associated. Hector currently resides in Miami Beach, enjoys spending time with his family and friends and serving Unity on the Bay and the Unity movement.
Though Peppe was aware of the Unity movement since the nineties; it was not until late 2012 when he discovered Unity on the Bay visiting the Spanish afternoon service. Right from that first service, he realized that Unity on the Bay was Home. During his first years as a Unity Member, he experienced what has been the epiphany of his spiritual life as a student of the 4T course. This class helped him to develop the awareness of his relationship with God, the source of his abundance, and the power of forgiveness. Currently, he is the coordinator of the Unity on the Bay Beautification Team. He has also served supporting UOTB’s cultural events and Sunday school for the Spanish Ministry and served as a helper on the Angels Everywhere back pack drive. When it comes to service his role model is Mother Theresa of Calcutta. Peppe earned a Bachelor Degree in Journalism in Spanish, conferred in 1990. Besides his experience in Communications, he has also worked in professional photography (studio and as professor), post-secondary education, airlines and health managed care. He currently works as a Project Manager for a national health insurance institution. On his time off, he enjoys cooking, baking and listening to good music. He also enjoys making people around him laugh. His biggest life accomplishment has been becoming a father of his 10 year old boy, Jorge Arnaldo, and to share that blessing with his partner, Thomas McHugh.