At the UU General Assembly in Kansas City in June, Tony Salsich and Tina Main were honored as being Stewards of Partnership. The award recognizes their dedicated efforts to sustain and grow our International Partnerships with Deva and Banaybanay. They are both richly deserving of this honor!
Tony has been a dedicated and faithful member of our Partner Churches Committee for 15 years. He has made pilgrimages to Transylvania and plans to visit again this year. He and his wife are educational sponsors of two children in the Philippines. Tony is especially gifted in the areas of hospitality and good will. His positivity and generosity are an essential part of our practice of partnership. In his desire to be of use in our partnership activities, he has stepped out of his comfort zone to take on responsibilities that are important to the committee and he has worked long hours in service of our partners, Tony is beloved by us all and richly deserving of recognition for all he has contributed to Partnership.
Tina is now entering her 9th year as a valuable member of our Partner Churches Committee. Enthusiastic, always reliable, and ever ready to dive into our next project, Tina never shies away from any of the challenges our committee takes on. We deeply value her common sense, analytical approach to evaluating our programs and her willingness to help out however she can. She is a Mango PIE student support sponsor and does a lot of work making that program successful. Many of our committee members have been to either Deva or Banaybanay and draw energy and passion from the connections they made that way, but Tina is particularly impressive in that she has not yet visited one of our partners, but her work is still full of passion and commitment! This fall she will finally be able to make her first pilgrimage to Deva. We are happy for her and hopefully this will be the year she can be more fully acknowledged for all the work she does on behalf of our partnerships!
The photo on the left is of Tony, Tina and other recipients of the Steward of Partnership Award along with the President of the UUPCC Board, Morgan MacLean and the UPCC Executive Director, Roger Bertschausen. Holding the framed certificate is Jay Roller, this year’s Cornish “Living the Mission” Award winner. Starting with Laci Kiss ( our first Deva partner church minister), Jay has taken all Balasz scholars under his wing, helping them settle into their Bay area homes for the year of their time at Starr King seminary and making arrangements for all their church visits. He has come to be known as “Jay Baci” (Uncle Jay ) in Transylvania for his loving concern for all the Balasz scholars he has helped over the years.
The photo on the right is the UU Partner Church folks preparing to walk in the Banner parade on the first night of General Assembly!