Irma Morter Lecture Fund

Irma Peuser Morter-Rohlfing was a long-time, active member of First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee. She was raised in Milwaukee and lived a life of curiosity, questioning and community.  She believed in the necessity of people taking responsibility for their communities and working together. Upon her death in 2000, she left First Church a bequest for the purpose of “formulating a series of lectures on Individual Responsibility.”

The Irma Morter Lecture Fund Committee was formed to ensure good stewardship of the funds aligned with her intent. It is guided by this definition of Individual Responsibility:

Individual responsibility is found in the decisions we make and our behavior towards others, by acknowledging that we are all accountable for the things we do and the attitudes we adopt.  Responsible acts aim for intentional promotion of the good in every sphere of our lives, ranging from personal development, care of family, friends and the broader community, fostering our spiritual potential, and promoting the well-being of the natural world.

Guidelines and a process for soliciting and approving proposals:

  •  Only First Church members or staff can apply for IML funds.
  • Applications will be due mid-April for proposed programming in the up-coming church year, i.e.; mid-April 2016 for 2016-17 church year.
  • The IML Fund Committee will encourage First Church members, groups and staff to incorporate an Irma Morter Lecture into their programming plans as appropriate.  The committee will be available to meet with and seek avenues within the church to present the basic goals, definitions, responsibilities and procedures for successful Irma Morter Lectures.
  • Selection will be made by the IML Fund Committee based upon review of the proposal and discussion with the author(s).  Selection criteria will include the following considerations:
    • Intent:  Best match for meeting the definition of “Individual Responsibility” as described above.
      Impact:  Extent of publicity, outreach and audience to ensure positive recognition of the Irma Morter Lecture series as well as the image of the First Unitarian Society.
    • Feasibility:  Proposals will be assessed for reasonableness/feasibility of accomplishing goals as stated in the proposal.
    • Cost:  Proposals must include a budget and timeline.
  • The proposer(s) will be responsible for organizing all aspects of the Morter Lecture in partnership with FUSM staff and the IML Fund Committee. Proposer(s) will also be required to provide a final report to the committee.
  • Staff will be responsible for contract negotiations, contract management and expense payment. Staff will assist with planning and conducting the event; for example, marketing, communication, facilities, and other services normally provided for FUSM events.

 

Please fill out this application form and return to Lorraine Jacobs (jacobslm[at]sbcglobal[dot]net). Or you can fill it out below and it will be submitted directly to Lorraine.

Irma Morter Lecture Fund Application

The Irma Morter Lecture Fund was established with a bequest from Irma Morter, a long-time, active member of FUSM until her death in 2000. The fund is intended to fund a series of lectures on Individual Responsibility. For the purposes of managing the fund, the following definition of Individual Responsibility shall be used:nIndividual responsibility is found in the decisions we make and our behavior towards others, by acknowledging that we are all accountable for the things we do and the attitudes we adopt. Responsible acts aim for intentional promotion of the good in every sphere of our lives, ranging from personal development, care of family, friends and the broader community, fostering our spiritual potential, and promoting the well-being of the natural world.