Monday, December 14, 2020

Strengthening our Community by Preserving our History

Strengthening out Community by Preserving our History

Due to the efforts of Union's citzien to-date, the 501(c)(3) public charity, The Historic Union Community Hall, are now one step closer to the goal of purchasing the former Union United Methodist Church located at 667 N Main Street. Together with your support, we can preserve this beautiful century old brick building with breathtaking stained glass windows, and continue to strenthen our community.

We request your support as we mover closer to preserving Union's Hsitoric landmark. You can paritipcate in our missins by purchasinf our colorful Union Cookbook, enggaging on our upcoming events, volunteering or provide a donation to The Freinds of Teh Hsitoric Union Commnuity Hall.

Your donation can be clasimed on your taxes. Additoinally, THE CARES ACT passed in late march instituted a provision allowing people to dedcut $300.00 for charitable contributions. Deductions under THE CARES ACT must be in cash ( including checks and credit card paymenrs) and given to a 501 (c)(3) publich charity such as The Freinds of The Historuc Union Community Hall.

You can also double your impance by gogin to the Hsitoric Union Community Hall page on

the Oregon Culture Trust website at:

Thank you for your efforst!

for more information


or call 541-905-0102


Union Community Cookbook!

The Union Community Cookbook are Ready to Order
$25 per book, with blank recipe pages to add your own recipes.

Email: or call 541-905-0102 to place your order!


Note Cards are Now Available!


Blank note card sets with envelopes included.

$10 per set

Fundraiser for The Hsitoric Union Community Hall

Charitable Donations and The Cares Act


There have been several questions realted to The Federal CARES ACT. Mrs Hall, HUCH Board member, did some research and found that The Federal CARES ACT will allow contributions to any Non-Profit 501 such as Friends of the Historic Union Community Hall even if you are not itemizing deductions.

Therefore, with a receipt from the organization, up to $300 can be used as a deduction on your taxable income.
If you would like to contribute to The Freinds of The Hsitoric Union Community Hall or if you did not recieve a receipt from a previous donation, please contact us at HistoricUnionCommnutyHall@ This must be completed by 12/31/2020.

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Sunday, December 13, 2020

Addtional Cookbook Recipies

 The Cookbook sales are going weel and we are excite to have published to ate 48 cookbooks.  But we have an extra special treeat.  A few yummy recipies did not make it into the 2020 Cookbook edition.  Look for these recipies to be added in upcomig editions!!


From the recipies of Ruth Mitchell

Combine 2 and 1/2 cups drained sour cherries, 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 cup cherry juice and 1 Tablespoon butter. 

Bring to a boil; remove from heat. 

Sift one cup flour, one teaspoon baking powder, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup water. 

Poor batter into a greased pan; top with hot fruit. 

Bake at 400 degrees about 40 minutes

This is a good recipie for any fruit that isn't pre-sweetened


From the recipe of Ruth Mitchell (in her own words) 

Put 2/3 cup sugar in a pan and heat to liquid.  Add 1/2 cup boiling water and bring back to a boil, stirring  (be careful that stuff sure splatters and am mighty hot).

Cream 1/1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 cup shortening, 3 Tsp. burnt sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla.
Add 2 cups flour, 1 teaspoon soda, sifted well

Beat 3 egg whites and fold in. 

Bake in layers or loaf at 350 degrees. 

Lots of peoepl have tried to duplicate this cake, and very few of them succeeded.  Mom said usin an iron skillet for the burnt suger made all the difference.... Lenora Clark

NOTE TO EDITOR:  I copies this from her hand writing.  I think the captial T on the burnt sugar quantity means Tablespoon, but Im' not positive.  LC


Submitted by Lenora Mitchell Clark

Preheat oven to BROIL. Place chicken parts in baking pan. 

Sprinkle with 1 envelop Lipton Onion soup Mix ( or substitue beef bouliion, poultry seasoning & minced onions).

Place under broiler just until soup mix blackens.

Remove, turn oven to BAKE 350 degrees. 

Drizzle chicken with one-half to two-thirds cup sherry ( the alcohol will cook off). 

Cover pan with foil.  Put in oven for about 55 minutes.

Save the makes wonderful gravey; just trim the fat before reiferating. 
NOTE: The Chicken will be very light near the bone, but it IS done.  I prefer serving it with noodles or fried rice. 


Ruth Mitchell

Blend one-fourth cup butter, one- half cup sugar, and one egg till light and fluffy. 

Stir in 1 cup Carnation instant wheat, one and one-half cup mashed ripe banana and one teaspoon vanilla.  Mix well. 

Add one and one-half cup sifted flour, 2 teaspoons baking powder, Stir. 

Add one-half cup chopped nuts.

Bake in greased pan for 350 degrees for one hour.  

Makes one loaf.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Union Community Harvest Party

Union Community Harvest Party Press Release The Main Street Union and Economic Development Committee in collaboration with the City of Union Chamber of Commerce is hosting the Union Community Harvest Party on September 19, 2020. The festival beginning at noon, will be located at The Union City Park and will include music, artisans and vendors. 

 The event's purpose is to gain community support for the Friends of The Historic Union Community Hall. This nonprofit is working to purchase and renovate the old Union United Methodist Church and develop the historic building into a community and arts center. This beautiful brick building with stained glass windows on Main Street and Delta in Union, Oregon has been a landmark in the community for close to one hundred years. 

 The Union Community Harvest Party Music lineup will be managed by local favorite Elwood. The line up includes: Brent Smith, Jezebel’s Mother, Steve Hines and Elwood. The Friends of The Historic Union Community Hall will have a table available to sign your name in support of their work to create a Union community and arts center. You can also donate canned food or garden produce to help combat food insecurity in the community. 

 This event is designed to meet at Oregon State Covid-19 safety requirements. Please stay six feet apart from others, masks are required. Chairs are not provided so bring a chair or blanket to relax with your family and enjoy the music. 

 You can also come to Union earlier to attend the Union County Museum Rummage Sale at the Little White Church. The sale will be operated from 9:00 to 2:00. 

You can pledge support for the Friends of the Historic Union Community Hall online at:

Saturday, August 22, 2020

Methodist Church History

The Methodist Epistical Church was established in Union during the 1860’s.  In 1864 some of the families started holding religious services in homes, among whom where Simon and Conrad Miller,  Miles Baird and A.P. Eaton.  W.T. Wright established the Sunday school in May of that year, the first in Union and the Grande Ronde Valley.

In 1873 the Methodist Episcopal members, from their personal savings, constructed the church building on Main Street (now referred to as “The Little White Church”), adjoining the Union City Hall property.  Members on the board at this time were Simon Miller, Miles Baird, A.E. Eaton, Samuel Hannah, W.T Wright and William Hutchingson, Sr.  For thirty-one years services were held in this building.

After selling the building to the Catholic Church in 1904, the Methodist were temporarily housed in the courtroom of the Union County Court House and in the Chrsitstian Church, both in Union.  J.C. Walker was the pastor at this time.  Conference was known as “Union Grande Ronde” and “Boise Columbia River”. 

On Sunday, December 3, 1905, the present church building on Main and Delta was dedicated, with Pastor Abraham Eads officiating,  Bell Wright planned the program.  The building committee for the present day sanctuary included A.E. Eaton, W.H. Hutchingson, G.F. Hall and Dr. W.H(confirm these initials) Ewin. 

The Methodist Episcopal Church held its fiftieth anniversary on July 15th, 1923 having organized in 1873.  (150 years in 2023).

In January 1927, the Presbyterian Church closed its doors, and rented out its parsonage.  These properties were located in a section bounded by Main and Presbyterian Street and Jim Webb’s alley.  When the church closed, members transferred to a church of their choice and some transferred to the Union Methodist Church.

After the property was sold in 1920 to Morton and Eleanor Davis, ther deed was signed by the local trustees of the Presbytertian Church, namely W.O. Haggerly, Charles G. Craver, Charles Jones and Nele Morrison.  Before Davis had the church ron down, he and Mrs. Davis gave the Presbytertian bell to the Methodist Church. 

Mrs. S.E. Miller and the Sunday School classes raised the funds (pennies included) to move the bell to its present location in the Methodist Church belfry.  Ori Cline contracted to do this difficult job.  The bell still rings out each week calling people to Sunday worship.

In 1954 twelve new folding tables were purchased by the Young Adult Fellowship Group.

On Palm Sunday, in April 3, 1955, the Golden anniversary of the present building was celebrated (1905) and the Fellowship center was dedicated.  The Methodist Church had served the community of Union for almost 90 years.  Dr. V.A. Bolen served the pulpit as a lay speaker at this time,

The building committee for the center were Merton Davis (chairperson), Charles Taylor, Rodney Miller, L.J. Knight, Fred Penbrook, Tom Horning, Gilbert Courtwight and a representative from the W.S.C.S (Women’s Society of Christian Service) and a young adult, name unknown. Wallace A. Johnson was director of music and Mrs. Johnson, the organist. 

In 1956 the Young Adult Group purchased fifty-two chairs.  The group also purchased the storm windows on the south side of the Fellowship Hall.

In February 1972 Morton Davis began an organ (cannot read this word)  memorial fund of Dr. V.A. Bolen 

A Centennial celebration was held in 1973, commemorating the 100 year anniversary of the Methodist Church in Union (1873).  A program was held in the Catholic Church building (the original Methodist Church) after which Methodist and Catholic members adjourned to the Methodist Fellowship Center to view displays and enjoy social time,  Robert T. Dowry was pastor. 

During 1974 the gold rug for the sanctuary was purchased by the W.S.C.S. Also in  1974, the Grande Rcon Larger Parish was organized with the head office in the La Grande Methodist Church.  Reverend Robert T. Dowry still served a minister at this time.

On January 25th, 1976, the Senior Meals Program began in the Fellowship Center, serving every Tuesday.  Volunteers from Union churches and organizations take turns working in the kitchen and serving tables.

In June, 1978 the name of the Grande Ronde Larger Parish changed to Eagle Cap Ministries, serving four small churches (Elgin, Cove, North Powder and Union).  These churches worked jointly with two ministeres, one serving Elgin and Cove and the other Union and North Powder.  These four churches were served by Pastors Jim and Ninja Frieble who made their home in the Elgin parsonage. 

Later in 1978, in September the first annual Lord’s Acre Auction was held.  

The Union Methodist Church became a Convent church for a New Life Mission in 1980.

Also in this year, the Eagle Cap Ministries disbanded.  The Union church borrowed fifteen thousand dollars ($15,000.00) from the Conference Board of Mission to renovate the church and its property.  This year the work was contracted to place a new roof on the entire building.  (On June 12, Opel Bolen purchased another organ to replace the one that was dedicated to her husband. A total of forty-five ministers, four certified lay speakers and one pulpit supplier swerve to this date. 

In 1981, the sanctuary was insulated and the UMW (United Methodist Women) purchased paint and contracted to have the Fellowship hall painted.  New drapes were purchased with church memorial funds. 

In March of 1982, the Panama fans, purchased with memorial funds, were installed on the sanctuary ceiling.  In July a new furnace was installed in the sanitary cellar and a new one thousand gallon oil tank was buried.  Extensive upstairs work began in July, moving a wall to the other side of the room to provide a larger storage area.  Using memorials funds, workmen were able to refurbish both upper rooms with new carpet and two new folding tables.

(These rooms have brick walls behind the eight foot-panels.  Then first built the room on the west has risers to accommodate overflow congregation.   These were torn down in the early 1940 for a kitsch project that never materialized.)

The  first annual “Chicken Barbeque” was held in August 1982.   The year 1982 dates the present sanctuary building as seventy-seven years old; the Fellowship center, twenty-seven years old. 

This information herein obtained from past minutes, membership record and elder members

Csw- Historian 


Union United Methodist Church History 

Fall Cookbook Recipes, Food Preservation, Gardening and Memories Requested


The Friends of The Historic Union Community Hall is seeking recipes, gardening ideas, food preservation direction and your memories of the old Union United Methodist Church for a fall Cookbook.

To request a recipe card and self addressed envelop via the mail, email the or just email us a recipe!

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

James and The Giant Peach Read Outloud

                                       James And The Giant Peach: Read Aloud

Chapters 1-3

Chapters 4-6

Chapters 7-8

Chapters 9-13

Chapters 14-17

Chapters 18-20

Chapters 21-23

Chapters 24-25

Chapters 26-27

Chapters 28-30

Chapters 31-34

Chapters 35-39

If there is a break in any link above, also see the Historic Union Community Hall YouTube Channel at:

To read James And The Giant Peach on your own, please contact your local library.  You can also learn more about Insects, Fruit and London by visiting your library.   The Union City Library Outside Summer Reading Program is taking place now!

This video series was produced by the The Friends of The Historic Union Community Hall.  The Friends of The Histrionic Union Community Hall is a nonprofit working to create a community center in a historic building in Union, Oregon.  

Penguin Random House Open License Online Story Time and Classroom Read-Aloud Videos and Live Events

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Oregon Cultural Trust

The Friends of the Historic Union Community Hall's application to join the Cultural Trust's list of eligible cultural nonprofits has been approved! 


We are now part of Oregon’s cultural family. Inclusion on the list provides us with additional opportunities, access to resources, and shared messaging around the importance and impact of the arts and culture sector in Oregon. Examples of these benefits include:

Organizational profile on the Cultural Trust website:

 Inclusion on the Trust’s searchable list of eligible cultural nonprofits

Eligibility to apply for Cultural Development program fund

Eligibility to apply for Organizational and Professional Development program funds

Eligibility for your donors to purchase a state tax credit (if they have made a charitable contribution to cultural nonprofit(s), valued up to $500 per individual, $1,000 for couples filing jointly, and $2,500 for class-C corporations.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Cleaning Checklist

 Cleaning Checklist 

Catherine Creek Community Center

Operated by the Friends of The Historic Union Community Hall 

  • Sweep and Mop Floors

Broom and Mop located in the hall closet

  • Empty Garbage

Garbage Can is located outside the back entrance near the kitchen

Garbage Can liners are located above the hall closet

  • Wash Tables & Chairs 

Please use a bleach water mix to sanitize tables- 2 tablespoons per gallon of water 

  • Vacuum

  • Wash Kitchen Surfaces

  • Wash Dishes- three sink method

Please use the three sink method.  Soapy water, rinse water and sanitize with bleach.  Finally allow dishes to air dry 

  • Dirty Linens are placed in a laundry bag

  • Clean Bathroom

The toilet brush is located near the toilets 

Cleaning supplies are located under the kitchen sink

  • Turn down the thermostat

  • Secure the building 

Lock Doors

Turn off lights

Please return keys to

Clean washing linen is located in the kitchen .Cleaning products are located in the hall closet and under the kitchen sink.             .

First Aid Kit is located in the kitchen 

You are welcome to arrange to have Catherine Creek Community Center hire staff at $25.00 per hour to clean after your event.  It is estimated to take 2 hours for staff cleaning.  To assure that the building is ready for the next occupant, please make cleaning arrangements in advance. 

Have a pleasant event

Youth Protection Policy

 Catherine Creek Community Center

Operated by Friends of The Historic Union Community Hall

Youth Protection Policy  


The Friends of The Historic Union Community Hall, operate the Catherine Creek Community Center, and understand the importance of protecting youth in the community and in our programs and therefore wish to provide a safe and secure  environment.  


Staff – all employees, full and part-time, and program volunteers that have any contact  with youth or access to facilities  

Youth – individuals 17 years of age or younger  



All Catherine Creek Community Center volunteers and staff will be screened in accordance with this policy.  Screening will include at least the following:  

Written Application

The application form will be maintained in a personnel file at the Catherine Creek Community Center administrative office.  

Personal Interview 

A personal interview will be conducted with the applicant by the Board of Directors to  discuss the position and the applicant’s talents, qualifications and abilities. Multiple  and/or group interviews may be conducted as appropriate.  

Reference Checks

All applicants must provide at least three (3) references. 


Criminal Background Check 

Criminal background checks will be conducted for volunteers and staff working directly with children.

Training and Education  

All staff will receive an orientation that includes:   

Review of policies related to safety, prevention and reporting of  child abuse and emergency procedures

Training in recognizing signs of suspected child abuse

Staff training and orientations will be updated and refreshed each year   


Supervision of youth, programs, facilities and staff will be designed to protect youth and  staff at all times. 

Practices to ensure a safe and caring environment will include:

Staff and Volunteer members will have an ID badge that will be worn at all times

Management staff will make unannounced visits 

A minimum of two staff should be assigned to each program.  

Staff members will never be alone with an individual youth where they are not  observable by others.  

 All storage, maintenance and utility area doors will be secured when not in use.  

All sites of operation will have access to a telephone on location during operating  hours.  

Facilities will be well lighted indoors and out.  

Guests, service and contractors will sign-in to all facilities.  

Staff will never release youth to anyone other than the authorized parent(s),  guardian(s), or an individual authorized by parents in writing or verified by phone.   Sign-in and sign-out will be in place for all youth programs.  

Staff will utilize constructive methods for maintaining group control and managing  youth behavior.  

Staff will not disrobe a child other than outer garments without the presence of  another staff member.  

Contact with Youth  

It is understood that caring quality staff will develop positive relationships with youth  while involved in programs at The Catherine Creek Community Center. 

Staff will appear and behave in a manner consistent with the mission and values of The Friends of The Historic Union Community Hall at all times while on or off duty; including electronic,  written and verbal communications.  


Volunteers and staff at the Catherine Creek Community Center will promote positive values and youth protection strategies in its programs, facilities, with parents and in the community.  

Parents will receive regular written information about the program's content and  schedules; feedback regarding their child's participation in the program including  behavior and general health; and an introduction to the program staff.  

Parents will be allowed to observe programs at any time as appropriate  

Parents and the community will be made aware of youth protection efforts through regular written and/or electronic communication.

Reporting Requirements  

For purposes of this policy, “child abuse” is any action (or lack of action) that endangers  or harms a child’s physical, psychological or emotional health and development. 

Staff at the Catherine Creek Commnuity Center is recognized as mandated reporters and will report known  or suspected child abuse immediately or as soon as practically possible. Volunteers and Staff will follow current regulations and guidelines for the reporting of  abuse.  

Staff will follow an internal chain of command for the reporting of abuse and may report  directly to local authorities if their supervisor does not handle any report immediately.  

If an incident of abuse or neglect is alleged to have occurred at or during events at Catherine Creek community Center programs or activities, the following procedure shall be followed:  

The parent or guardian of the child will be notified  

The appropriate authorities will be notified; consistent with local, state and/or  federal regulations  

The alleged perpetrator of the abuse or misconduct will immediately be placed on  leave from the Catherine Creek Community Center pending an investigation  

The insurance company will be notified, and an incident report will be completed  

Staff and volunteers at the Catherine Creek Community Center will cooperate with any investigation of the incident  by state or local authorities. In the event there is no investigation of the incident  by state or local authorities, a management team will be formed to investigate the  circumstances of the incident. The team should act only in consultation with our  insurance company and/or attorney.  

Any person who is not found innocent of the alleged abuse or misconduct will be  removed from their position at the Catherine Creek Community Center. 


This policy will be reviewed and updated as needed by theThe Friends of The Historic Union Community Hall Board of Directors or its designee on an annual basis.  


 Approved 1/27/2021


Purpose. The Friends of The Historic Union Community Hall are a nonprofit organization committed to protecting and using our assets for our nonprofit mission. Proper financial practices are very important in doing this, since proper practices help to prevent and detect errors and fraud. Good financial practices also assure our donors that we use their gifts for the purposes for which they were intended. 


Review of Risks. The Board will review these policies each year to consider whether the risks have changed. 

Executive Board. The Friends of The Historic Union Community Hall Executive Board is made of The President, The Secretary and The Treasurer. 

Segregation of Roles. There are several fiscal “roles” in our organization—custody, authorization,  execution, and monitoring. For example, the person who has authority to sign checks is acting in the  custodial role. The person who approves payment of a bill is authorizing. The Board as a whole acts  in an authorizing role when it approves the annual budget or makes a decision to purchase a major  item like a copier. The person who prepares the checks for signature by an authorized check signer  is acting in the execution role, executing an action that has been authorized by the Board through the  annual budget or by the individual responsible for approving payment of the bill. The person who  reconciles the bank statement acts in the monitoring role. The Board also acts in a monitoring role  when it reviews the monthly financial reports to be sure that its plan—the budget—is being  executed properly.  

When possible, the Board seeks to separate the responsibilities for fiscal roles so that at least two and preferably more individuals fulfill these roles. It is particularly important that the same  person does not authorize, execute and monitor any transaction. At each step of handling funds, the organization shall ensure that more than one person verifies that the step is done correctly. 



Our organization faces the risk that funds that we receive may be stolen or lost or that someone may be falsely accused of stealing funds. We also face the risk that we may fail to record a restriction that a donor has placed on our use of funds. 


All funds, whether cash or check, which the organization receives will be deposited intact into the bank account, with no monies removed to make payments or for other purposes. All cash receipts  should be deposited into the bank as soon as possible. This allows for a complete accounting and  

independent verification of what happens to our funds. 

Communications from donors that establish  restrictions on the use of their contributions will be saved. 


1. Receipt of Checks in the Office. The President  opens all mail addressed to the organization. 

The President will endorse all checks by an endorsement stamp or written statement that provides that the check is “For  Deposit Only” and will be paid to the order of the corporate bank and lists the organization’s name  and account number. This lessens the risk that a check may be stolen and cashed. 

The President then logs to checks to show that the checks have been received. 

The Treasurer logs and makes a photocopy of all checks received.  The Treasurer then deposits checks. 

A copy of the checks are supplied to the Secretary for tracking, receipts and “Thank you”  

2. Receipt of Cash in the office. Cash is easily stolen and must be handled carefully. If cash comes  into the office, the person accepting the cash must provide a written signed receipt when taking the cash: 

The receipt should state the person’s name, the date, the amount of the cash and the purpose  of the payment.  

No pages may be removed from the receipt book.

Cash donations are logged and provided to the Treasurer

The Treasurer will compare the receipt book and the bank’s list of cash deposits when making the  Bank Reconciliation described below. 

3. Bank Deposit. If no cash is present, the deposit may be mailed to the bank. If cash is present, a  second person (if available) shall verify deposited funds prior to the Treasurer sealing the envelope  and making the deposit in person. The person verifying the cash shall initial the cash on the copy of  the deposit slip retained by the organization.  

4. Receipt of Checks and Cash Outside the Office. If checks and/or cash come in outside the office  (such as at a fundraising event), we need to take special precautions to protect these receipts from  theft and to ensure that no one is falsely accused of stealing funds.  

Two people must count the cash and initial the cash count on the copy of the duplicate deposit slip  kept by the organization.  

If the individuals accepting the contributions at the event know the names of the individuals  making gifts in cash, they will provide a receipt using the pre-numbered receipt book. If the  funds are received through a “pass the hat” style collection in which it is not possible to  know who gave what amount, the individuals accepting the contributions will note that no  receipts were provided to donors on the duplicate deposit slip. 

It is not necessary to write out a receipt for contributions made by check unless the donor  requests a receipt. However, the individuals accepting the contributions should make a list  of all checks received at the event, including the name of the donor and the amount of the  contribution. They will compare this list to the deposit to be sure all checks have been  included in the deposit.  

If no cash is received at the event, the individuals accepting the contributions by check will  give the Secretary the list and the checks within 24 hours of the event.  

If there is cash in the deposit, one of the two individuals accepting contributions must deposit the funds immediately. If checks will be deposited with the cash, the individuals  accepting the checks should be sure that the list of checks they prepare includes the donor’s  address as well as name.  

The duplicate receipt book and the list of checks received shall be given to the Secretary  who will send acknowledgement letters.  

5. Credit Card Contributions. We accept contributions by credit card via paypal online.  This account is linked directly to a saving account separate from the checking account to negate issues with Paypal

6. Acknowledging Donations. While IRS rules require that we acknowledge all donations that are  more than $75, our policy is to provide written acknowledgement for every gift we receive( if requested).  The  Secretary shall respond to each donation with a letter thanking the donor for their generosity: 

If the gift was cash (which includes a check), the letter should include the amount of the gift  and state that the gift was cash.  

If the gift was donated property of some kind, the Secretary’s letter does not need to and  should not value the property. If the donor did receive something of value in return, the  Secretary’s letter must contain a description of the donation and a good faith estimate of the  value of what we gave back to the donor.  

The letter should include the statement: “Thank you for your contribution of $______,  received on ________, 20__. [PICK ONE: “No goods or services were provided in  exchange for your contribution” or “In exchange for your contribution, we gave you  ___________ whose fair market value was $__.”)  

In addition to thanking our donors and providing documentation the donor needs to deduct the  contribution, the acknowledgment letter may alert donors whose amount is misstated to contact us  to correct the error. Additionally, our records of the letters we send will help us keep an up-to-date  record of how to contact all our donors.



We face the risks that that our funds will be spent on unauthorized items, that someone will steal our  funds by taking blank checks or by writing checks to payees who are not our vendors, that someone  will use corporate property for personal purposes or that payments we make will be improperly  recorded. 


Make all disbursements from the organization’s funds by check, with the exception of petty cash.  This allows us to track how our funds are spent, who is spending them and who is authorizing  expenditures. 


1. Opening Bank Accounts. Bank accounts may be opened only upon authorization by the Board of  Directors.  

All bank accounts must be opened with the organization’s employer identification number  (EIN).  

The Board shall approve the authorized signers on the organization’s bank accounts. 

2. Custody of Checks. The Treasurer is the only person authorized to have access to unused check stock. The checks should be stored in a locked location and information about how to access them  should be kept confidential from everyone but the President.  

3. Check Authorization. All invoices will be forwarded immediately to the President for review and authorization to pay.  

The President will review all invoices for mathematical accuracy, agreement with a written  invoice, conformity to budget or Board authorization and compliance with grant fund  requirements. 

The Treasurer will code the invoice with the appropriate expense or chart of accounts line  time number and other information as needed for accounting purposes. 

By approving an invoice, the President indicates that he/she has reviewed the invoice and  authorizes a check. 

The Treasurer is responsible for timely follow-up on discrepancy and payment. The President will send approved invoices to the Treasurer for payment. 

4. Expenses Not Invoiced. In some cases, expenses may not be invoiced, such as rent. When such  expenses are due, the President needs to ensure that the expense is in the budget and write a note  authorizing payment of the expense and the amount of the expense and supply it to the Treasurer. 

4. Payment by Checks. Upon approval of the invoice and note by the President, the Treasurer  is  authorized to prepare all checks and should do so.  

If a check is voided, the check will have “VOID” written in large letters in ink on the face  and have the signature portion of the check torn out. Voided checks will be kept on file. In the event that it is necessary to issue a duplicate check for checks in an amount over $50,  the Treasurer will order a stop payment at the bank on the original check. 

5. Duties of Check Signers. All checks will be signed by the signers designated by the Board of  Directors. Prior to signing a check, a check signer will do the following: 

Compare the check to the original invoice or the Treasurer’s note to pay the expense. o Compare the amount on the check to the amount on the invoice or note. o Be sure that the Treasurer has initialed the invoice. This is to protect against the risk  that you are paying based on a copy of the bill that has already been paid. 

o Check the date on the invoice or the Treasurer’s note against the date of signing the  check. If the difference is more than 60 days, get written approval from the  Treasurer before signing the check. This is to mitigate the risk that the organization  is paying the same expense twice. 

Check to be sure that the amount of the check is not clearly unreasonable. For example, a  $30,000 monthly payment for bookkeeping services would be unreasonable for most small  nonprofits. 

6. Prohibited Practices. In no event will: 

invoices be paid unless approved by the Board; 

blank checks be signed in advance; 

checks be made out to “cash,” “bearer,” etc. 

Each check signer will be made aware that signing blank checks exposes our organization to theft  since the bank is entitled to charge our account for any check that has a valid signature. A signed  blank check is an invitation to theft. 

7. On-line Payments. If we make online payments, we will make arrangements with the bank that  allow the Treasurer to have online, read-only access to the account. We will also arrange with the  bank to be sure that only the individuals the board has authorized as check signers will be permitted  to authorize the payment of bills electronically. In addition to the monthly reconciliation, the  Treasurer will periodically spot-check the account to compare the bank automatic payments with  the vendor statements. 



Payments by cash are not as completely documented and are not as easily monitored as payments  by check and thus subject the organization to greater likelihood of errors and fraud. 


The Petty Cash Fund should only be used when payment by check is impracticable. 


Administration of Petty Cash Fund. The Secretary is responsible for the administration of the Petty  Cash Fund. The Fund shall be funded with checks made out to “Petty Cash—name of Secretary”  and initially recorded in the Petty Cash Fund account. The Secretary will require receipts for all  purchases and may ask those reimbursed to sign for money the Secretary provides as  reimbursement. 

The Secretary will record all cash purchases in a journal and save the receipts. When the fund gets  low, the Secretary will apply to the Treasurer for authorization to reimburse the fund for the total  amount expended. The check written to reimburse the Petty Cash Fund will be recorded in the  appropriate expense accounts for the items that were purchased with Petty Cash, so that these  expenditures made through the Petty Cash fund are properly classified by type – for example,  postage, parking fees, etc.  



The organization does not have the same level of control over expenses incurred on behalf of the  organization by those who pay with personal funds and seek reimbursement as it does for expenses  paid directly by the corporation. The corporation is not in as good a position to determine whether  the goods purchased might have been obtained at a lower price elsewhere, whether there is  a personal benefit to the person seeking reimbursement and how the expenditure fits in with the rest  of the organization’s budget.


In proper circumstances, Board members, employees and volunteers are entitled to be reimbursed  for expenses related to the organization that they incurred on behalf of the organization. To receive  reimbursement, you must meet the following requirements: 

Your expense must have been authorized in advance by the Board or by the Secretary or  later approved by the Board or the Secretary. 

Your expense must have been incurred for goods or services purchased for the organization. 

If your expense is for travel, the travel must be for work related to the organization. We will  reimburse no more than the standard mileage rate for business use of a car as established by  the IRS. The organization will reimburse meal expenses incurred in direct connection with  the organization’s business, or at the per diem rate established by the IRS. 


To be reimbursed for expenses: 

1. Documentation. You must provide reasonable documentation showing the date, amount and what  the expense was for. Credit card receipts and store receipts that do not describe the purchase are not  reasonable documentation. Your receipt must describe the purchase. 

2. Other Reimbursement. Your voucher must reflect reimbursement from sources other than ours.  

3. Timely Submission. You must submit your documentation with a request for payment within 60  days from the date the expense was incurred. 

4. Overpayment. If we overpay you, you must return any excess reimbursement within a reasonable  period of time. 



The corporation wants to ensure that all purchases on behalf of the corporation are authorized by the  Board or by Board policies. Unauthorized purchases deplete the organization’s resources and  interfere with the Board’s ability to govern properly. 


All purchases made on behalf of the organization must be made pursuant to the Board-approved budget or Board rules.


The Board must approve purchases over $50.00.



The corporation faces a risk that individuals will use corporate property without authorization for  personal purposes. Usage reduces the life of property and eventually is an expense that the  corporation assumes. It also betrays the trust of our donors who expect that the corporation will use  its resources only for purposes that help us achieve our mission.  


Property and equipment owned by the corporation may only be used for corporate activities or  activities approved by the corporation. They may not be used for personal purposes. 


If a Board member, officer, employee or volunteer wants to use corporate property or equipment for  any purpose other than a corporate purpose, that individual must obtain permission from the Board  of Directors. 



The corporation needs to ensure that any obligation undertaken in the corporate name is authorized  by the corporation and is for a corporate and not a personal purpose. 



The Friends of the Historic Union Community Hall is not providing credit cards at this time.  One debit card does exist and is in the possession of the Treasurer. 



The organization needs to ensure that borrowing in the corporate name is authorized. 


The Board must approve application for and acceptance of any Lines of Credit. Once the Line of  Credit is authorized by the Board, the Treasurer can authorize borrowing within the limit of the line of credit up to $300.00. The Board must approve all borrowing against the line of credit greater than that amount. 

The full Board must approve any other borrowing of funds in the name of the corporation, including  the use of any promissory notes. The Board must give very serious attention to be sure that the  corporation will have sufficient funds available to repay any loans or lines of credit on time.

The full Board approval will be documented in the meeting minutes.  Any two members of the executive board ( President, Treasurer or Secretary)  can sign promissory notes on behalf of the Board.



Even the most honest and attentive individual makes mistakes. Monitoring allows us to uncover  errors. If our records and the bank records do not agree, it is likely that our records are wrong.  Monitoring also assists us in identifying discrepancies between our accounting records and our  banking records that suggest theft or fraud, checks signed by unauthorized signers, and identity  theft. 


The Treasurer will monitor the corporation’s accounts regularly and will prepare a written  reconciliation of all bank or investment accounts which proves that the balances presented on our  financial reports agree with the records of the financial institution.



1. Records. The Treasurer shall provide the Boardwith a copy of all records of  deposits, disbursements (checks written), and other bank transactions and of our accounting records  for review.  

2. Bank Statement. The corporation will direct the bank to send the bank statements to the Treasurer.  

3. Reconciliation. The Treasurer will reconcile the bank statement monthly. The reconciliation  should be done within 7 days of receiving the statement, as follows: 

Check all checks for correct signatures and number of signatures and protest to the bank any  incorrect signatures. 

Review the checks in the bank records to ensure that: 

o the name of the payee, the amount of the check and the date of the check agree with  the corporation’s accounting records;  

o whoever the check was made out to was the depositor of the check; and 

o each check has a valid signature. 

Compare the bank deposit records with our accounting records to determine whether each  deposit recorded in the accounting records agrees with the bank record. 

Check the cash entries in the receipt book against the bank record of deposits to ensure that  all cash was deposited. 

Check whether the ending balance in the general ledger cash account agrees with the bank  statement, after making the adjustments on the bank reconciliation form. 

List all outstanding checks. On all checks outstanding over 90 days, take appropriate action. List all deposits in accounting records not yet recorded by the bank.  

4. On-Line Banking. The Secretary, President and Treasurer should have on-line, read-only access to the  bank account. The Secretary should use the on-line access to check his/her work. The Secretary  should review the account on-line on a weekly basis to check for identity theft that is diverting  corporate funds. The Treasurer can reconcile the bank statements and spot-check the on-line  payments as described above.

5. Return of Cancelled Checks by the Bank. The Board will determine whether it is necessary to  direct the bank to return the cancelled checks with the bank statement. If the Board determines that  it will not require return of the cancelled checks, it will establish procedures to ensure retention of  the electronic images of the checks for at least 3 years. 

Mission Statement

The mission of the Friends of The Historic Union Community Hall, Inc. shall be to: Foster community relationships, Provide and encourage par...