Present: Evie, Marlene, Kathy, Jessie, Jeanine, Amelia, Jacquie, Linda DY, Linda L.
Treasurer Report - Ann was absent because of surgery.
Sign-Ups - Kathy Earth Day April 20
- Kathy will contact everyone who signed up once she knows the location
- Needs 12:30-2:30 slot to be filled
- Waiting for dates we will be tabling
- Everything is set for Fair, we have a table, will check on need for chairs
- Janeen and Emilia will do activity
- Marlene, Kathy, Carole will participate
- Marlene may read from a book
- What are “Ideas for Action” – parents and school want this
- When Cows Fly – Facebook game on Heifer website, “Give” Tab
- Make cookies?
- Drive over with Evie?
- Volunteers for cookies: Evie, Jessie, Janeen
- Went well
- Asked to do presentation at another Kiwanis Meeting at Downtown Joes
- Can use the presentation as a template for other organizations we speak to
- Marlene – AAUW – maybe next year
- Linda DY – would like to do research for other groups we will speak to
- Bottle Rock – May meeting
- Our May meeting is same weekend as Bottle Rock
- Do we want to have meeting? No.
- Sonoma group is considering having a table at Fair
- Need Napa group to help table
- Jessie, Marlene, Linda DY are interested
Next meeting is June 8th
- Much info on site, everyone is asked to check it out
- When Cows Fly
- Cody Belew, Say Love song
- Evie will talk to Jill about him possibly coming to Napa/Bay Area
- Book from Jill
- We will proceed with this study
- Scan pages and email to members
- We will start with the first, Passing on the Gift
- Cc info is on outside of tear-out envelope, visible to the world - Evie will speak with Jill
- If person wants to make a donation, write check, credit Napa, Heifer will send them a receipt
- Or give donation to Ann
- Check in
- Treasurer's report - Ann
- Hunger/Poverty event - Betty
We talked about doing a Fair Share meal and we've received a big booklet from Heifer.
Betty is talking to the college, but it is a very busy spring and the only date available is April 9, 12:30 -1:30, if we do anything it must be a simplified Fair Share or we can do something else. A discussion of possibilities followed-what to do vs. our ability to do it. maybe show 12 Stones, Keni said a college communications instructor, Ann Gross, would be a real supporter.
Jessie, Betty, Nancy, Janeen, Linda L. all offered to help with the event at the College. Evie suggested our high school volunteer Sylvia's involvement. Betty will talk with NVC to see if the event is feasible in this format.
- Earth DayTabling Sat. April 20-Kathy Mawer organizer, 10:30 to 5:30, we will need shifts, the sign up was sent around.
- Bel Aire School tabling event, May 17 4-7p.m. This is a big Faire and they chose us, Roots & Shoots, and ------?, to be part of it.They liked the idea of having animals there,[K&C-chickens, and bees]. They the idea of doing something. Janeen, Emilia, Marlene, Carole and Nancy will be involved. We have lots of Heifer books.
- Study Sessions
All of us seemed interested in learning more about Heifer and its 12 Cornerstones. Keni suggested that we find out from Jill if there are good study materials for learning more about Heifer and the 12 Cornerstones.
- Kiwanis Presentation
3/21 - Evie, Nancy, Betty
We all got to hear the excellent presentation from Evie and Nancy, with Betty showing slides. We we're asked to think of good questions to ask of presenters. Members did a fine job of asking questions. Thanks to all.
- Accounting procedure: Reviewed Jill’s e-mail re: separation of funds donated for volunteer operations from funds designated for Heifer, International programs, which need to be routed to HQ for a formal thank you and tax receipt. Donations made to Heifer by check can be forwarded directly to Jill without going through our bank account, keeping the donor contact information on the check linked to the donation. Linda will develop a dual copy receipt form to link donor contact info to cash donations and donations to Heifer Volunteer operations.
- Thank you letter procedure: When Sonoma volunteers have had contact with a local group or congregation who have benefited Heifer, we will send the needed thank you letter as a means of furthering our relationship with the local group. Mary offered to take on this task and will contact Jill re: the one exception we discussed.
- The Joyful Noise Choir concert to benefit Heifer will be at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Sebastopol on Saturday, May 4, from 4:00-6:00 pm with a 30 minute intermission. Volunteers will arrive at 3:00 pm. Admission will be by free will offering with a suggested donation of $10. Publicity will be by e-mail flyer to choir, church, and Heifer e-mailing lists. Attendance of approx. 90 anticipated. Heifer volunteers will provide refreshments and an information table at intermission. Emphasis will be on projects in the Americas (Cinco de mayo weekend) and volunteer opportunities in Sonoma County. Volunteers will also be available for the admission table and ushering. Please see separate document for Concert Task List.
- Gravenstein Apple Fair, August 10 and 11. At this time the fair management does not know if they will be offering non-profit information tables. At their suggestion Mary will re-contact them the first week of April. Vendor application deadline is May 1, so, if this applies to non-profits, it doesn’t leave much time for decision making. We need to assess if we have adequate volunteer support to take this on. If we worked in pairs that means 10 people for 4 hour shifts, 20 people for 2 hour shifts, or some variation of that. Mary will call Evie so that she can assess support in the Napa group at their next meeting. This would need to be a joint project.
- Oak Grove Elementary School has requested Read to Feed materials. Linda will make contact with them to offer volunteer support.
- Discussed potential of joining an Arbor Day, 3/7, observance next year. We could educate re: Heifer reforestation, prevention of deforestation, agroforestry projects.
- Our next meeting, 4/13 instead of the 20th because of the Apple Blossom Parade on the 20th which makes it difficult to get to the church. It will be hands-on prep of our display materials.
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- Linda shared with us that she will be relinquishing her AVC title and role. She anticipates continuing in a volunteer role.
- Read to Feed: Reviewed the materials in the “Read to Feed” kit, noting that it is primarily a reading motivation and fund-raising program in contrast to the global education kits, which offer a more in depth global awareness. Linda wondered if Heifer has recommended reading lists for various grade levels that could be offered with the program. She will inquire.
- Next month we will open and look at one of the Global Education kits. Linda will look into making them available to the teachers at the two local Waldorf schools, where she has maintained relationships.
- Mariann told us that the newly opened Sunflower Café on N. McDowell is designed to be a gathering place and includes a children’s corner. She suggested that it has potential for making Heifer materials and children’s books available. She will speak with the owner.
- Mariann will also contact The Living Room, the daytime shelter for homeless women and children at Incarnation Episcopal Church in Santa Rosa. We brainstormed the possibilities of having a story time using Heifer and other related books.
- Joyful Noise choir concert: The choir director and St. Stephen’s Church (the venue) will be looking at spring dates. We will recommend 4/7, 4/14, 4/28, or possibly early March. Dates to be avoided are 3/24, Palm Sunday, 3/31, Easter, 4/21, Apple Blossom Festival, and if we were to go into May, 5/12, Mothers’ Day, and graduations.
- Ongoing calendar: Mary will contact the Apple Blossom Festival and the Gravenstein Apple Fair regarding non-profit table opportunities. Mariann will bring the Community Gazette to the next meeting. Linda will contact The Bohemian regarding their calendar of events.
- Tabling ideas: Mariann showed us her collection of animal puppets, recently purchased for Heifer tabling. Dottie also has been collecting animal figures.
- It was suggested we could also use peace pipes (quarter tubes) when tabling. Mary will send the specs for making them to Linda; Ben may be willing.
- Funds raised: Linda sent $500 from our bank account to Jill. Alternative giving table at Sebastopol UMC raised $650, sent directly to Jill by the church. This is the second year Lincoln School has done a school wide fundraiser for Heifer as a result of our contact three years ago; proceeds were sent directly to Heifer.
Submitted by Mary Blom
- Donations today: $388 from Jessie and the Widows and Widower’s Group
- $500 from Jacquie, from Provenance Vineyards, with a photo op at Provenance scheduled for this week.
- The First Christian Church's 5th grade class donated $500 to Heifer.
- Ann submitted a written report of fiscal activity for the last several months.
- Linda DY: 26 kits picked up by teachers (report will be emailed separately), teachers emailed, spoke with teacher in Calistoga for feedback, another teacher responded and plans to use in January
- Middle School Kits still available, Read to Feed kits still available, Betty suggested the Power Point presentation can be tweaked for any schools and grade levels. Caroline suggested that volunteers can utilize activities from the kits to make presentations for interested teachers.
- Napa High: A senior Project is being done by a student Silvia Pizano. The Heifer Club remains active.
- Dave Briggs: Dept of Environmental Services for Napa County expressed interest in using Heifer activities for New Tech High Projects for Community Service Hours.
- UUFNB - Evie spoke, 6 people attended. Showed "12 Stones", enthusiasm was high.
- First Presbyterian Gift Fair – Nancy, still waiting to hear about the funds raised. The funds went through the church and will be reported to us.
- Carole and Keni: Barbara Kingsolver Event. Sold out. Mary Blom, Linda McB, Caroline attended and tabled for Heifer. Many in audience knew of Heifer. People responded well to Heifer information.
- Evie: Fair Share Meal concept for event. Possible Senior Project? Betty will bring to Napa Valley College. General consensus is favorable.
Calendar development: Mary will scan the hard copy of our current calendar of events into the computer so that Linda can develop an online tool.
Report on Barbara Kingsolver event at Luther Burbank Center on Nov. 15:
- Approximately 1000 people gathered to hear Barbara Kingsolver speak about her new book at an event sponsored by Copperfield’s Books. We had a Heifer information table in the lobby. Because the theme of Kingsolver’s new novel is human response to climate change, our display emphasized Heifer’s work to reduce deforestation and the release of greenhouse gases. In addition to gift catalogs, we distributed information on reforestation, biogas and alternative cookstoves, agroecology, livestock and reducing the carbon hoof print, as well as close to 200 copies of Barbara Kingsolver’s article on her trip to Peru with Heifer. The crowd was very receptive, and we had a good opportunity to expand people’s understanding of Heifer’s work beyond “they give animals.” In addition we received $90 in donations. Participating volunteers were Linda McBee, Caroline Bonnet, Dotty Lee, Carole and Keni Kent, Mary Blom.
- Separation of Heifer International funds and Sonoma Volunteer funds: Linda will consult Jill regarding accounting procedure.
- We addressed the important questions –“Who are we? Where have we been? Where are we going?” We concluded that, given our current group composition, we will not be doing large fund-raising events. Those present felt comfortable being an information and support resource for other groups in the community who wish to do something for Heifer. To further our abilities in this area we will use meeting time to become better acquainted with Heifer materials and where and how to use them.
This led to the following action plans:
- Linda and Mary will phone several volunteers who have not recently attended meetings to see what level of participation they wish to have.
- Alternative giving table at Sebastopol UMC 12/2, 12/9, 12/16.
- Gospel choir concert to benefit Heifer sometime in the Spring: Linda will ask the choir director to select a Spring date that is convenient for him and the church. We will accommodate.
- At our January meeting, 1/19, we will study the “Read to Feed” program—what is included in the kit? How is it implemented in the classroom? How does it work in the library?
- We will not have a December meeting.