The Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture is a not-for-profit membership organization that is democratically structured. The Society’s fiscal year runs from July 1 through June 30.
The Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture (BSEC) is a self-sustaining organization supported by the time, energy, creativity, and financial pledges and contributions of our members and friends and by income-generating activities held in our building. At the annual June meeting, members are asked to elect fellow members to the Board of Trustees, ratify the budget proposed by the Board, respond to Board reports on the past year’s activities, and propose directions and goals to the Board for the forthcoming year. BSEC’s Constitution and By-Laws, as well as a Membership Roster, can be obtained from the Membership Committee Chair.
Board of Trustees
A Board of Trustees, elected by the membership, governs the Society. It is responsible for short and long range planning, policy decisions, and coordination among committees and projects. After elections at the June membership meeting, the Board conducts a retreat to consider the Society’s goals and strategies for the coming year. At their first meeting in July, the Board elects its officers: President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. Members are invited to attend meetings and to bring issues before the Board, following the process outlined in the By-laws. Please contact the President at least one week prior to the meeting to request that an item be placed on the meeting agenda.
The Clergy Leader, Catherine Bordeau, guides the moral education of the Society’s members; deepens their understanding and practice of ethical values; develops and supports lay leadership; strives to grow and strengthen the Society; and provides a public face and voice for the Society within the Ethical Culture Movement and in the larger civic and religious communities. She leads Sunday Platforms, develops educational programs, and offers pastoral and clergy services, including visiting and counseling members and officiating at ceremonies.