IN THE BUUF, The Newsletter of the
All meetings begin at 7 p.m. at the Buffalo Community Center, 206 Central Ave. (Hwy. 25) in Buffalo.  Use the rear door.
The Community Center is wheelchair accessible.
Wednesday, Sept. 9	“A Presentation and Discussion of What It Means to be a Unitarian Universalist” led by Luke Markve
Wednesday, Sept. 23	“Living on Purpose.  A Camp UniStar Program” led by Pattie Dorf and Bill Weir
Wednesday, Oct. 14	“Addiction: The Nobel Conference” led by David Boyer and Luke Markve
Wednesday, Oct. 28	“Coincidences and Random Acts of Kindness” led by Luke Markve.  Share your experiences!
Wednesday, Nov. 11	“Thanksgiving:  A Secular Holiday” led by Marie Smith
The next REGULAR BUUF BOARD meeting will be September 23 at 8:30 p.m. after the regular meeting.
The women of the BUUF meet the third Thursday of each month for lunch and conversation.
We’ll meet at 11:30 a.m. on Thurs., September 17.
You have probably been receiving emails from Dunc Fowler about scheduling a time to do our litter pickup along Highway 55.  We’re most efficient when we have 16 people to help.  As of last Friday, it appears that next Saturday (9/12) and Sunday (9/13) have the most people available, but we’re still short of the magic number!  Contact Dunc at or (763) 684-4838 to let him know of your availability.  We’ll meet at the Fowler’s home for the required training video and then assemble in the Ferrellgas parking lot.  Wear good shoes, long pants, and gloves.  Hats are a good idea, too, as well as insect repellent.

Richard Dean saw an obituary for Ken Moses in the Star Tribune on August 23.  Many of you will remember his fascinating presentation to our fellowship, “How to Train a Cat.”
Both Louise Markve and Sally Fowler have surgeries upcoming, and Marie Smith finally got her cataracts removed!
Pattie Dorf was a big winner again this year at the Wright County Fair.  She is working on a new banner for our fellowship that includes the UU Flaming Chalice, the outline of the State of Minnesota, a buffalo, and the world.  Your suggestions and comments would be appreciated – and we all appreciate Pattie’s work on this project!
We learned that Carolyn Grieve and Dick Puckett will be moving from Buffalo to Mesa, Arizona in October.  They will certainly be missed!
Since Carolyn is our Treasurer, we need to find a replacement.  The job involves attending Board meetings, paying bills, making bank deposits, preparing brief reports for the BUUF Board meetings and the Annual Meeting, and working with the rest of the BUUF Executive Committee on an annual budget in the spring.  No formal accounting experience is necessary – just good arithmetic skills!  Contact any Board member if you’re interested.
Our region has a new Our Whole Lives (OWL) and Youth Events Coordinator – Shannon Harper.  You can contact her at
A webinar – “Before Disaster Strikes” – is being offered on Thurs. 10/15 and Tues. 10/20 from 6:45 to 8:00 p.m.  The presentation will be led by Rev. Julie Taylor, a member of the UU Trauma Response Ministry, and Lisa Presley, MidAmerica staff person and responder, on what a congregation can, and should, do to prepare for disasters, whether natural or human caused.
At the UU General Assembly this year, several groups were welcomed as “Covenanting Communities,” a new status offered by the UUA Board of Trustees to acknowledge a group’s relationship with the wider UU movement.  Up until this year, the only way for a dedicated group of UUs to become an official part of the UUA was through the traditional process of congregational affiliation.  This new designation makes room for a variety of communities to be part of our association.  Of the 11 communities welcomed by the UUA Board of Trustees at the GA in Portland, three are part of the MidAmerica Region:  Buffalo Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Buffalo, MN; Sacred Path, a UU Church in Indianapolis, IN; and Prairie UU Fellowship in Hutchinson, KS.  (Special thanks to Dunc Fowler for getting our application prepared and submitted.)
MidAmerica Regional Assembly 2016 will be April 29 through May 1 at the InterContinental Crowne Plaza St. Paul Riverfront.
The BUUF has joined the Buffalo Chamber of Commerce.  Membership offers several benefits, such as including a flyer about our fellowship in their newsletter.  Membership also indicates our desire to be a part of the Buffalo community.
The next Chamber-sponsored event is “Tasteful Night in Buffalo,” a time to enjoy good food, local craft beer, wine and spirits, and music by the Delano 6, playing music from the past six decades.  It will be held Thursday, September 24, from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the Buffalo Civic Center.  Tickets are $20 in advance, or $25 at the door.  The first 300 attendees will receive a complimentary wine glass from Buffalo Rock Winery.  Tickets are available at Cub Foods, Coborn’s, Buffalo Wine and Spirits, and the Buffalo Chamber.
OUR MAILING ADDRESS – If you’re sending us anything through the mail, use PO Box 154, Buffalo, MN 55313.
Thank you to all who hosted our three Summer Socials –
   June		Marie Smith at West Bridge Park in Monticello
   July		Betty and Jack Waldhauer at their Lake Sylvia home
August		Rosalie Darden and David Boyer at their home overlooking Buffalo Lake
We all enjoyed the beautiful Minnesota summer weather, some unbelievably super-duper food, and the opportunity to converse and get to know each other better.
Our fellowship is governed by a Board of Directors which consists of the four elected officers – Marie Smith, President; Duncan Fowler, Vice President; Carolyn Grieve, Treasurer; Louise Markve, Secretary – the immediate past president (Richard Dean) and nine committee chairs.  The committees are listed in each issue of “In the BUUF,” but it’s probably the newsletter section you skip over!
Budget and Finance, Carolyn Grieve,
Denominational Affairs, Bill Weir,
Fellowship, Maria Maki,
Facilities, Pattie Dorf,
Historian, Betty Waldhauer,
Newsletter, Marie Smith,
Outreach, Duncan Fowler,
Program, Luke Markve (chair) and Corinne Miller,
Social Action, Louise Markve,
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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