We are proud that our doors are open to all, and we are equally proud of our transparency in our management of this beautiful mountaintop. The Mountain Retreat and Learning Center is a not-for-profit membership organization 501(c)(3). Our bylaws grant to members the right and responsibility of ensuring the ongoing welfare of The Mountain through the election of trustees and by approving any changes as needed to the bylaws of the Corporation.
Governance of The Mountain
The Mountain Vision
An exemplary retreat, camp and learning center that celebrates Unitarian Universalist principles, inspires people of all ages, transforms lives, and builds a more compassionate world.
The Mountain Mission
The Mountain enriches lives, fosters an appreciation of the natural world, honors the interconnectedness of all things, and inspires people to build inclusive, meaningful, sustainable communities throughout their lives.
Our core values, central to all philosophies and practices of The Mountain Retreat and Learning Center, Inc., are based on the Purposes and Principles of the Unitarian Universalist Association:
The inherent worth and dignity of every individual
Justice, equity and compassion in human relations
A free and responsible search for truth and meaning
The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process
The goal of world community with peace, liberty and justice for all
Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth
Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part
An annual membership meeting is held each year during Memorial Day weekend. Members elect a Board of Trustees, which is accountable to the membership of The Mountain and all who love and sustain it. The Trustees select and supervise the Executive Director. The full board meets at least four (4) times annually to conduct the business of the organization.
The Mountain is sustained by the generous financial support and volunteer efforts of its members and friends. Staff is selected and supervised by the Executive Director. They accomplish the day-to-day activities that support our mission by leveraging this member support. The Mountain is an active member of the Unitarian Universalist Alliance of Camp and Conference Centers (UUACCC.org).
The Mountain Endowment Fund is a separate 501(c)(3) organization created to provide for the long-term needs of The Mountain. A separate Board governs the Fund.
"People's participation is the essence of good governance." -Narendra Modi
The Mountain Needs You!
Your Mountain's Nominating Committee
This evolution is set out in recent Bylaw changes on 5/30/18: By Policy, the Nominating Committee is structured as an independent committee, separate from Board influence and elected by Members of The Mountain, as stated in Section 6.2.
We on Nominating Committee seek to identify a pool of talented individuals (over 21 years old) who are connected to The Mountain and want to contribute to its positive evolution, then vet them to select those best for the upcoming needs of the Board and of the Nominating Committee. We ask the Board for what skill clusters would best serve their upcoming needs and focus on identifying and vetting nominees accordingly.
Our process and tasks are detailed in a year-long “circular” calendar, available upon request. Basically, our work culminates in Spring elections with the results announced at the Annual Meeting in May. Our “heavy lifting is done between September and February as we identify candidates and needs. We encourage self-nominations in November with a December 1 deadline. By yearend, we usually have nominees identified and begin biographical writeups
prepared by February for inclusion in March ballots.
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