Safety Ministry Report Annual Meeting January 2005
Prepared by Jim Lewandowski
TIM 1 (6:20) "I thank Him who has given me strength for this, Christ Jesus Our Lord, because He judged me faithful by appointing me to His service" - TIM (2) (l:12)"..I am sure He is able to guard until that day what has been Entrusted to me. "
As the year started construction seemed to be a way of life for St. Luke. The Alarm system was bypassed and confusing to all. St. Mary's was responsible for closing the church on Sunday for most of the Year. We are now back on a regular security rotation for church closings.
Security for Holy Pascha Season was conducted by volunteers who maintained parking lot, traffic direction, and safety for the Procession's.
There were (5) summer guest speakers invited to speak on important issues concerning our members with special attention given to potential problems that could concern our youth. Domestic Violence, Teen Domestic Violence (Date Rape), Sexual abuse Towards children, Drug Abuse among Adolescence, Gangs - How, to spot a problem For Parents. Unfortunately these Summer Seminars were not attended by our parishioners. It was dismal in attendance.
The Youth of our Parish had a gathering with Adult Supervision. This party seemed to go very well. I provided security for this event.
A constant problem still exists with security of keys. Fixing this problem will be a priority in 2005. Maintaining security of the collection money was solved this year by getting the money to the Recording Secretary who counts and stamps checks before leaving the church. This is done in Father's office while the door is locked.
Moving the cleaning supplies to the mop room solved any potential problems for any of the young children to get hurt. The problem of St. Mary's children running around our hall unsupervised was solved by assigning Sunday School Teachers to watch them. Now Two elevator keys and 2 conference room keys were replaced (originals lost). Elevator keys now on large key chain and maintained in both the front office and kitchen. An audit for this years keys shows, 4 missing keys. New locks and the Keyless System will solve this problem.
In addition, the alarm code is known by too many people outside the Parish. As soon as possible I will change it and conduct a class on how to use it. Only Parish Members who are authorized by Father will have 24-7 access to the church.
During snow season the Sheriff will again monitor sledders as best as they can. The Sheriff's Dept. is very short handed. We are working on the possibility of a temporary snow fence.
In reference to the Criminal background checks on all members who deal with our children, this was not done as of yet. Two years ago this writer brought up this issue. It is to our advantage to do this as soon as possible. This also effects our insurance rates.
Fire extinguishers will be checked on a yearly basis.
The work area in the old basement where the sump pump is located is a hazzard. I will personally get this room up to code after the Holidays.
During the Sermon on Sundays, parking lot security is always checked by me. The undersigned writer was called out 5 times this year by the Alarm Company. Ref: Breech of Alarm System. All were mistakes made by Parishioners forgetting the format when leaving the building.
PROPOSALS FOR 2005 - #1 Keyless Entry System - Proposed budget for Safety/Security $2,500.00. In Christ, Jim Lewandowski