IN THE BUUF, The Newsletter of the
BUFFALO UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP
APRIL 2015, No. 2
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APRIL 22 MEETING
BUUF members and friends gather at 5:30 p.m. for supper together in one of the meeting rooms at Huikko’s Bison Creek Bar and Grill, 1207 Highway 25 N. in Buffalo.
If you can’t join us for supper, come for the meeting beginning at 7 p.m. at Huikko’s.
Parking and entrance are in the rear of the building and are wheelchair accessible.
CONTACT MARIE IF YOU PLAN TO COME FOR SUPPER SO SHE CAN INFORM THE RESTAURANT!
JUST REPLY TO THIS EMAIL OR PHONE (763) 295-3732 BY TUESDAY AFTERNOON.
Richard Dean and Bill Weir will report on the MidAmerica UUA Regional Assembly that was held in Naperville, Illinois last weekend.  Bill will also talk about his attendance at a gathering of UUs that was held to discuss social justice issues before the recent commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Freedom March in Selma, Alabama.
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BUUF BOARD MEETING
The next BUUF BOARD meeting will be April 22 at 8:30 p.m. after the regular meeting.
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BUUFalo GALS
The women of the BUUF meet the third Thursday of each month for lunch and conversation.
Our next luncheon will be at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 21.
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COMING IN APRIL AND MAY –
Earth Day is Wednesday, April 22.
Openly Secular Day is Thursday, April 23.
BUUF meeting on May 13 led by Louise Markve, “Immigration”
BUUFalo Gals meet for lunch on May 21
BUUF Annual Meeting on May 27
Highway 55 Spring Pickup some time in May
Summer Socials in June, July and August
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WHAT DO YOU WANT OUR MEETING PLACE TO BE?
The BUUF Board has been having a spirited email discussion about our meeting place.  This discussion was precipitated by the need to update our listing in the Buffalo Chamber of Commerce directory.  For now, our listing will direct interested people to our website, BUUF.org.
The BUUF met at the Buffalo Community Center for many years.  Then late last year, we voted to change our meeting place to Huikko’s Event Center where we can gather for supper before the meeting.  There are both advantages and disadvantages to both places.
What do you think?  What do you like or dislike about either meeting place?  Do you have a suggestion for another place to meet?  What do you think our meetings should include that we’re not including now?  What do you think we should eliminate from our meetings?  Please reply to this email or contact one of your Board members.
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BUUF SEEKING NEWSLETTER EDITOR
By Marie Smith
As most of you know, I have been putting together a (mostly) monthly issue of “In the BUUF” for many years.  It’s time now to find someone else to be the editor – someone with greater computer skills who knows how to make the newsletter more eye-catching and less like a 1960s-era church bulletin.
I have enjoyed doing this, taking over after Susan Rego became too busy with her DFL duties.  Putting together “In the BUUF” has kept me in the know.  Now, however, it’s getting to be too much for me to do along with being BUUF Board President.
If you are interested in the position, or if you can suggest a BUUF person who would do a good job, please contact me or any of our Board members – contact information is under “BUUF Officers and Committees.”
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BUUF OFFICERS AND COMMITTEES
President, Marie Smith, buuf_uubuffalo@yahoo.com, (763) 295-3732
Vice President, Duncan Fowler, duncfowler@gmail.com
Secretary, Louise Markve, loumar937@gmail.com
Treasurer, Carolyn Grieve, grievecarolyn@gmail.com
Budget and Finance, Carolyn Grieve, grievecarolyn@gmail.com
Denominational Affairs, Bill Weir, wweir1@gmail.com
Fellowship, Maria Maki, makimaria@gmail.com and Polly O’Brien, pollyeobrien@gmail.com
Facilities, Pattie Dorf, pattie@jerryd.net
Historian, Betty Waldhauer, jackwald@lakedalelink.net
Newsletter, Marie Smith, Doods1945@aol.com
Outreach, Duncan Fowler, duncfowler@gmail.com
Program, Luke Markve (chair) and Corinne Miller, luvik@me.com
Social Action, Louise Markve, loumar937@gmail.com
You can make your involvement in the BUUF more interesting and informative by serving on one of these committees.  Contact information for each chairperson is listed above.  We’re really very nice people, and we won’t demand too much of your time!  Give us a call.
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OUR NEW MAILING ADDRESS – The BUUF now has a post office box.  If you’re sending us anything through the mail, use PO Box 154, Buffalo, MN 55313.




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YOUNG ADULTS OF THE MIDAMERICA REGION
We received the following email from Daisy Quan of the MidAmerica Young Adults Steering Committee --
Apr 20 at 11:04 PM 
Dear fellow UUs,
I found your information in the directory of MidAmerica congregations and I am very excited to extend an invitation from the Young Adults Steering Committee for our upcoming Con, "CONatus: Living Your Values." 
Please forward our invitation along to your congregation's Young Adult groups and individuals, and if possible, post it in your newsletters, worship guides, bulletin boards, etc. 
I understand that for some, the registration and travel costs can be prohibitively expensive, so we offer need-based scholarships!
One of my goals this year is to diversify our attendance geographically and diversify our Steering Committee! Having different parts of the MidAmerica region represented allows us to host cons in more places and strengthens our community as a whole. Please encourage your Young Adults to attend con and join YASC!

Do not hesitate to reach out to me with any questions. Thank you for your time. 
Sincerely,
Daisy Quan 	quan.daisy@gmail.com   415.699.0036



Oh! To Be in April
(In England, that is)
– by Thomas Vaughan “Melancholy” Jones

You can always tell it’s April
By the sound of falling rain
That mystic, mournful music
As it trickles down the drain.

We’re told we should be thankful
For the kiss of April showers
As it washes all the grass clean
And prepares the soil for flowers.

There’s another side to April
Which doesn’t bode us good,
When that mini, manic maelstrom
Turns the lawn to liquid mud.

When mice hide under hedges
And hedgehogs take to ground,
The birds are wet and hungry,
The worms have all been drowned.

Within a week, or maybe two,
A million latent seeds
Will germinate and procreate,
To fill the world with weeds.

Then while I’m fighting anarchy,
Armed with my trusty hoe,
Behind me, surreptitiously,
The grass begins to grow.

I ease my taut and breaking back
And nurse my aching bones.
I think I’ll call the builders in
To lay some paving stones.

I’ll build a concrete jungle
Where I can sit for hours,
Snug in a concrete garden shed
Secure from April Showers.

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