Message from the President

December 5, 2018

Picture your favorite spot at the Assembly. The beach? Your cottage? The road back to Lake Michigan? Whatever that spot is, think of it, close your eyes and take a deep breath.

Consider your December day pleasantly paused with this email from the Assembly!

Last month, as usual, the Board of Trustees and others met in Chicago to discuss the business of the CSA. We planned, prayed, listened and discussed. We gathered ideas from committees, open forums and the survey, and we discussed how best to work together to maintain and revitalize this beautiful place. The meeting was successful and productive.

I’m grateful for the hard working board and committee heads, staff and all the people who volunteer their time and energy. I’m grateful for you, for being a part of the Assembly.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!

Barbara Perry
President, CSA Board of Trustees

From the Managing Director

We are now in our final week of the 2018 season.  The weather is very summery, even a bit muggy today.  Many families have headed home for their fall school preparations.  We'll have our final choir rehearsal tonight, getting ready for the last Sunday service this weekend.  I'm wondering if anyone knows how to slow the clock down just a little bit....  it's incredible how fast our summers go by here at Pilgrim. 





The Nomination Process for the Board of Trustees

In an effort to make the nominations process transparent, below is information on how the committee selects nominees. The Nominations Committee meets once each summer, and in the course of a couple hours of very lively debate, selects five nominees: three Lot Owners and two Associate Members. 

The ideal candidate has a record of sustained service to the Congregational Summer Assembly, works well in groups, accepts responsibility, and possesses expertise on issues such as finance, land use and personnel. At least one nominee is chosen because he/she appears to be capable of eventually assuming the CSA presidency. The committee tries to select a slate that represents a balance of ages, genders, interests, and professional backgrounds. The committee ensures that there is always a member of the clergy on the Board of Trustees. Anyone wishing to nominate someone for the Board is encouraged to contact a member of the committee.

Following the committee meeting, each nominee is contacted and asked if they are willing to serve as a trustee for three years, attend nearly all Board Meetings (particularly the fall meeting), accept the financial costs and the sacrifice of time that go with being a trustee. Most nominees readily consent to serve as trustees. However, if a nominee asks to be considered at a later date or declares themselves unable to accept the post, one of the well qualified nominees on the back up list is contacted. If there is a vacancy on the Board during the winter, the Executive Committee is provided with one or more nominees from the back up list to serve until the next annual meeting.

The following five candidates have agreed to be nominated at the 2019 Annual Meeting to serve as trustees from 2019-2022:

  1. Bill Barnes, 2. Molly Bazzani, 3. David Belknap, 4. Heidi Macaulay, 5. Jane Taylor


Committee Members:

Jonathan Buntain, Chair

Anne Burt

Joel Buzzell

Molly Bazzani

Debbie Cenname

Ellen Herscher

Lou Rollinson

Bob Schmidt

Helen Wangard

Nancy Weir





The Congregational Summer Assembly Annual Meeting shall be held on Saturday, July 27, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. in the Assembly Building, CSA, Frankfort, Michigan. The following business will be before the meeting:


The following five candidates have agreed to be nominated at the 2019 Annual Meeting to serve as trustees from 2019-2022:

  1. Bill Barnes, 2. Molly Bazzani, 3. David Belknap, 4. Heidi McCaulley, 5. Jane Taylor

Three Bylaw proposals will be voted on at the July 2019 Annual Meeting:

Proposals 1 and 2 clean up language to eliminate “family unit” concept. Membership now is individual, not family, so the concept of family unit is inapplicable. Proposal 3 was made at request of Nominations Committee, which has difficulty recruiting enough Members to serve as Trustees. Currently 10 of 15 Trustees must be Members. The proposal changes the required number of Trustee Members to 9 of 15. Proposals 1 and 2 are voted on by all (Members and Associate Members). Proposal 3 will be voted on by Members. Click this link to read the details of the Bylaw changes.


Members eligible to vote who are unable to attend the Annual Meeting should file proxy votes with the secretary at least 24 hours prior to the meeting. Proxy votes, which may be left at the office, must include the name of the voting member, name of the member authorized to vote in proxy, name and date of the meeting to which the proxy applies. No more than 7 proxy votes shall be held by one person. Associate Members are not permitted to designate proxies.

The following is a sample proxy which would apply to any business which properly may come before said meeting. You may limit such a proxy to certain issues or motions if you wish.


“Know all persons by these presents. That I _____________________________________________________________

of ____________________________________________________________________do hereby constitute and appoint _____________________________________

  _______________________________________ my proxy at the meeting of the Congregational Summer Assembly to be held at C.S.A. on the ______day of 20____.

Signature ______________________________________________

Date   _____________________________________



2018 Annual Meeting

Click here to read the CSA August 4 2018 Annual Meeting Minutes

2017 Annual Meeting

Click here to read the CSA July 29 2017 Annual Meeting Minutes.

2016 Annual Meeting

Click here to read the CSA August 6 2016 Annual Meeting Minutes.

2015 Annual Meeting

Click here to read the CSA July 25 2015 Annual Meeting Minutes.







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