Agenda for January 8th

Posted by Heifer Sonoma/Napa On Thursday, December 30, 2010 0 comments
Our next Heifer volunteer meeting will be held at Sebastopol Methodist Church on Saturday, Jan 8 at 10 am. (Look on the calendar to the right to get directions). After the business part of the meeting we will have our  Voluntary Simplicity Course, beginning with discussion of the first chapter.  Mary Blom will facilitate the course.

  • Report on Christmas tablings from volunteers - please bring in your Volunteer Report Forms
  • Business - Caroline
    > Volunteer report forms
    > Donations you generated
    > Send donation amounts from any source to Ann our treasurer
    > Ann - we'll need our bank account information for a PayPal account for Barn Dance
    > Report Heifer events to Linda M for posting on the blog - photos, description, place, time, etc.
    > Napa/Sonoma volunteers attending meetings in both counties
    > Importance of sharing opportunities for presentations with the group

  • Barn Dance Event  - Co Chairs - Caroline and Linda M
                                      Planning committee - Renee Austin, Marolyn Roberts, Linda Lucas

    > Contract with farm signed, insurance papers in, donations letter available
    > How many volunteers do we need and have? Ask friends to help
    > Look at Task List - a work in progress
    > Committed volunteers take heavier tasks
    > Flyer creation - Linda M, Betty?
    > PayPal Account - Jacquie?
    > Answer Gmail account for event - Evie?
    > Little Cows?    Marlene?
    > Hay bales?
    > Point People - coordinate with your team, point people only email Caroline with questions
    > Silent Auction?  Do we have enough volunteers for this?
    Wrap up.......So who's doing what, when?
  • Nancy and Jacquie's Nepal presentation
  • Volunteer Simplicity Course
Thanks everyone.  I look forward to seeing you all there!

Directions to church......look at Google map w/in the calendar on the right of this page.

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Minutes: 11-13-2010

Posted by Heifer Sonoma/Napa On Sunday, December 05, 2010 0 comments
Members Present: Janeen, Emelia, Linda Lucas, Marilyn, Linda Mc Bee, Caroline, Marlene, Carol, Evie, Renee, and Ann

Treasurer’s Report (There was a request that money reports be sent out via email. This will be done.)
  • Wombat Farm’s dinner expenses and money raised.
  • Our direct contributions are over $7500
  • Our help at the Shearer School event helped them raise $1000.
What’s Next?
  • Heifer Peace Event in May - Workshop at Hidden Villa
    Members are encouraged to attend.
  • Sonoma Area Event - Will occur in early April - ??4/9

    Barn Dance at GreenString Farm - Barn usually costs $1500 per event to
    rent but they will give it to our group for free. Plans are to have a dinner
    (Chili beans and salad), a presentation and English line dancing.

    Discussion re: alcoholic beverage service.

    The Co-chairs are Caroline Bonnet and Linda McBee. Committee members are Marolyn, Renee, Linda Lucas.
Members given handout about Brainstorming for events. • Question of having 1 major fund raiser and 1 major educational event was discussed. Decision was made to focus on the Sonoma Event until it is firmed up.
Little Rock AVC Conference
Caroline and Linda McBee went. Small gifts were passed out as we discussed Heifer’s Goals. Some items of interest are: more money is coming in to Heifer from individuals than congregations. All are asked to give monthly instead of one big donation annually. Linda reported that the facilities in Arkansas is amazing and so are the people.
Caroline read the story re: Matthew (a Heifer partner) and Heifer. 
* Something to consider: being for peace instead of against war.
Next Meeting: Jan. 8, 2011 in Sebastopol at the Methodist church
We will start the Voluntary simplicity study course from NWEI.

P.S. The next Napa Meeting will probably be at the Methodist Church
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New CEO sees Heifer's brand as a ‘love mark'—doing what's right for others

Posted by Heifer Sonoma/Napa On Thursday, October 28, 2010 0 comments
Pierre Ferrari, Heifer International's chief executive officer, was born in Africa in what was then the Belgian Congo (Zaire from 1971-1997 and today the Democratic Republic of Congo) in a French-speaking family that had been in Africa for three generations on his father's side. His mother was also born in the Congo, the daughter of Belgian colonial administrators.
Click Here to Read More
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Agenda for November 13, 2010

Posted by Heifer Sonoma/Napa On Sunday, October 24, 2010 0 comments
10 am at Whole Foods Conference room in Napa

Evie Trevethan - facilitator
Caroline Bonnet - Note taker
Ann Schwartz - Treasurer

This will be our last meeting for the year. We'll take a break in December and enjoy the holiday season.

Winding down the year 2010 - What we've accomplished. Report from Treasurer. Report from Napa committee to suggest future Napa events.

How to order your Voluntary Simplicity for our 5 course study beginning at the January 8th meeting.

Report from the First National Area Volunteer Coordinator Conference in Little Rock - Caroline and Linda

Progress report on the hoped for Barn Dance Fund Raiser in late winter/early spring in Sonoma County

Power Point presentation by Caroline

Check out what one young man in Portland is doing for Heifer

And don't forget to check out our own blog:

Hope to see you all there!
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First National AVC Convention

Posted by Heifer Sonoma/Napa On Monday, October 18, 2010 0 comments
92 Area Volunteer Coordinators (AVC's) from across the nation had the joyful opportunity to  gather in  Little Rock, Arkansas October 14th thru 17th  to be part of the first-ever national AVC gathering!  Four days of jam-packed activity and  inspiration focused on the incredible work done by the Heifer community; the staff, volunteers and amazing people who gather around Heifer International. What an amazing and impressive community!
The overarching message: "Heifer is what it is because of the volunteers". Our work is vital to the mission of Heifer and without grassroots groups like ours the life changing work that Heifer is able to perform would not be possible. It was a time to renew our understanding of Heifer's work, to make connections with others doing this work and to explore ways to reach even more people to expand our ability "To work with communities to end hunger and poverty and to care for the earth".
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The World Food Prize

Posted by Heifer Sonoma/Napa On Friday, October 15, 2010 0 comments
On Thursday, Jo Luck was the third woman ever to receive the prestigious World Food Prize. Jo Luck, who has helped lead Heifer for more than twenty years, shares the prize with Bread for the World president David Beckmann. The World Food prize, an award likened to the Nobel prize, was awarded at a banquet honoring Jo Luck and David Beckmann at the Iowa State Capitol.
Video of 2010 World Food Prize
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Minutes: October 9, 2010 - Sebastopol United Methodist Church

Posted by Heifer Sonoma/Napa On Tuesday, October 12, 2010 0 comments
Evie Trevethan - facilitator
Linda McBee - note taker

Check in and Introductions

Caroline Bonnet - AVC - 9 years with Heifer She is our resource person. Send questions to her. Today we have a rule that no one leave empty handed. Please, take some literature and place at doctors’and dentists' offices, libraries, friends, senior center, teacher lounges, church halls, etc. They do no good sitting in our closets/garages. Let's get them out there.

Nancy Evans - From Napa...volunteered for about one year. Asked that we really focus on distributing literature thru the Holidays.

Linda McBee - Does the Blog...came on board in 2007 with the& African Children’s Choir.

Janeen Breyman & Emelia Garcia - From Napa...met Evie at the Food Forum in Napa 2010. Brought coupon for Organic Milk ( go to this url to sign up for drawing and  they donate $1 for Heifer.

Jessie McDermott - volunteered at Wombat Farm fundraiser in 2010. First meeting, to find out more with  intention to join.

Mary Blom - two years here in Sebastopol. Took a Heifer trip to Honduras and became connected with Heifer’s work.

Evie Trevethan - Involved with Heifer since 2006. After retiring she got more and more involved with encouragement from Caroline.

Marolyn Roberts - from Yountville joined us late because of a BIG traffic jam.

Evaluation of Harvest Dinner Event (aka Local  to Global at Wombats' Farm)

Evie presented a very detailed list of categories evaluating the event. This will be helpful for future events.

Caroline: asks the question “Would we do an event like this again?”....i.e. was the amount of work worth the result? ($6000 and outreach).

Mary read a wonderful thank you gift from someone who will have Heifer in their life from this point forward.

Master Gardeners that attended were all mostly new to Heifer.

Does this formal event represent Heifer?

Evie would like a committee to meet with the hand out details and come with a recommendation to the larger group before our next large event.

Linda suggests using professional servers if we do another formal event.

Thanks to Evie for the heroic job she did in co-chairing the event. - is still.

Study Group on “Voluntary Simplicity

Mary presented - The Northwest Institute has several study books for groups. She suggests we study their book “Voluntary Simplicity”.
She read a few excerpts from the book. The “Voluntary Simplicity” course has five chapters. The book costs $20. Each month we would devote one hour to the discussion of the chapter. The chapter would be led by a different person each time. Opportunity in each session to form personal intentions and share them. When we did the “Menu for the Future” we had a potluck at the end of the study made from food that was grown or gathered within 10 miles of where we each live. The meal brought it all together and strengthened us as a group. We will start this study in January with the first chapter. Mary will lead the discussion. To order go to the Northwest Institute website:

Holiday Presentations and Tables

Ideas for the holiday season.  Tabling and  presentations at: schools, churches, clubs, businesses, libraries, senior  centers.  Also these are good places to place Heifer materials - gift  catalogs.

October 28th: Shearer School will be doing a fund  raiser for Heifer in Napa, their second annual benefit for Heifer.

Nancy: Will give a presentation at AAUW (American Assoc.  of University Women) and will show the 12 Stones movie in Napa

Jacquie: Gave a presentation to the Kiwanis club last week in Napa

Mary:  Will be doing three tables at her   church Gift Fair in Sebastopol

Linda: Will have a table at Silk Moon and Summerfield Waldorf School in Sebastopol

Marolyn Roberts mentioned 4-H and asked how to connect with 4-H in terms of her grand children. Previously in 4-H, Evie informed us, there formally was the option to  donate their animal to Heifer. Now, someone could donate the money  from their animal to Heifer.

Nancy took "Our Time is Now" booklet to give to her  granddaughter who is interested in making a difference in the  world.

Ideas for Sonoma Co. Event
When?  In early spring/late winter.
Farm or barn  with animals, a simple meal in the barn?
We might want to do a  dinner this winter that would generate more volunteers and have the  event in the spring.
Brain storming: to do a charity event...
State County  Park?
Place where we housed the African Children’s Choir? - Ranch in  Santa Rosa
Tera Firma might work....Linda will check it out. She will see if they have non-profit rate. In Petaluma area.

Next Meeting: November 13th at Whole Foods in Napa at 10am
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Agenda - October 9, 2010

Posted by Heifer Sonoma/Napa On Tuesday, September 28, 2010 0 comments
10 am, at Sebastopol United Methodist Church
500 North Main St 95472.

There will be a gift fair going on at the church that day, Heifer Volunteers will have a table there after the meeting. If you can help staff the table, contact Mary Blom who will be coordinating that effort. ( or 823-6616.) Parking is very limited at the church, so the church is requesting we park in the Safeway parking lot across the street for our meeting.

Agenda Items
  1. Evaluation of Sept 12 Harvest Dinner event. What worked, what needs improvement for the future.
  2. The Great Quilt Story -- Our quilt is going to Nepal !!
  3. Study Group - Mary Blom presents info on a possible study group on Holiday presentations in schools, churches, clubs.
  4. Ideas for an event in Sonoma County - late winter
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After Local to Global Event

Posted by Heifer Sonoma/Napa On Monday, September 27, 2010 0 comments
Hi Heifer People ~ We did it !!! We had a very successful event. Great volunteers, panoramic views, educational farm tours and exceptional food. We should all feel proud of our contributions to Heifer. At this point we know we've made at least $5800 and we'll do better than that by a little, once we've paid the bills, I think. That's more than enough to have donated an Ark of animals and consequently to be able to donate our quilt to an outstanding Heifer women's group. Yea for us !

I am so happy to be involved with such an enthusiastic and hard working group of people, willing to give of our selves to make a difference. Such fun and such caring.

I'd like to ask one last favor in connection with this event. Would you please email me your comments of what worked well and what we can improve upon for future Heifer events. I'd like to receive your comments soon, so I can review them and use them for discussion at our October meeting, details of which will come along after a brief respite.

I hope you're enjoying the satisfaction of a job very well done. Love, Evie
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Minutes - Final Touches for Local to Global Event

Posted by Heifer Sonoma/Napa On Tuesday, August 31, 2010 0 comments
Please everyone read this and let your Point Person know of any changes/corrections/additions. Point People please contact Evie, Nancy or Caroline if there are significant changes/corrections/additions.

We will have updates on food and wine needed as time gets closer.

Facilitator - Evie Trevethan
Note Taker - Caroline Bonnet

Present - Mary and Gerrit Blom, Evie Trevethan, Caroline Bonnet Carol and Keni Kent, Marlene Zimmerman, Betty Malgren, Linda McBee, Ann Schwartz, Renee Austin, Jacquie Eigen, Linda Lucas, Marolyn Roberts, Linda Dietiker-Yolo, Dottie Lee, Mike Robak, Karoline Hall, Mimi Formosa, Carol Lilleberg, Tada Darsie

We are sold out and there is a small waiting list, for the Harvest Dinner

Donations we have so far:
Target - $50
3 Twins Ice Cream - 2 gal
Wal-Mart - $75
Safeway - $25
Whole Foods - amount pending
United Methodist Church - 90 chairs - (Evie will check on the condition of these)
Covenant Presbyterian Church - 17 tables
Golden Carrot - amount unknown as of now
Mc Carthy Chiropractic - table linens/napkins/chafing dishes
Paul Grill - $100
Harrington Investments - $200
Ray and Jenny Sercu - $170
Hagafen Cellars - 150 wine glasses EVENT DRESS: White blouses/shirts and Dark pants.

Food: Carole and Keni will provide produce from their garden, if more is needed Tada will get more vegies and also Evie will contact Veritable Vegetables in Oakland. Between all, produce should be covered. Keni will keep a record of what items we will still need to get as time gets closer. We have funds in our volunteer account if we need to purchase anything.

Set Up Point Person: Renee Austin cell: 260-4229, home: 252-4769
Volunteers have table services, flat wear, salt and peppers, cream and sugars complete.

DISHES: 2 PLATES: Dinner + Dessert
FLATWARE: 2 FORKS: Dinner + Salad/Dessert
2 SPOONS: Soup + Teaspoon


Renee wants all settings there before noon on Sunday.

We will have ice tea in a punch bowl which Carole will provide, for those not wanting wine. Ann will bring water in a large container for water in water pitchers on tables, one for each table.

There will be a staging area to the right of the deck for compost, trash, and our boxes to take home our dirty dishes, and other items we loan for the evening.

There will be carafes for each table - white - rented at $3 each for soup and coffee. The servers will pour soup from these, Linda McBee will wash them out in order to serve coffee in them later. There will be 3 open bottles of wine at each table. Total amount of wine we have donated so far is unknown. Nancy Evans will let us know if we have enough or need more. Wine servers will bring their own cork screws. Marlene and Jacquie will open the wine to be placed on each table 3 bottles for each table.

Wine servers are: Linda Lucas and her husband Walt, Renee Austin, Nancy Evans. There will be a beverage table for iced tea in a punch bowl, and wine. Appetizers will be passed around by servers. Appetizer servers are: Dottie, Julie, Linda Dietker-Yolo and Tada.

Appetizers will be served on cocktail napkins. Betty will provide the trays to be passed by servers. We will start setting tables at noon on Sunday. Tables and chairs will be collected and delivered on Saturday by Evie's team. Carole will provide the helpers to set up the tables and chairs. Folks donating place settings will also bring a sheet to cover the set tables before the dinner to prevent leaves falling onto tables. Carole & crew will provide flowers for each table.

Jacquie will bring "bar towels" for wine table and dinner servers. She and Marolyn will bring solar lights for along the walk way into the dining area. The other lighting is covered by the Kent's crew.

10 table servers are needed, one for each table. They will serve the soup into the bowls on the table from the carafes, when diners are finished, remove soup bowls, get carafes to Linda to wash for coffee, while diners are helping themselves to the main course. Servers will help serve those with disabilities. They will also be aware if more wine and water is needed at each table, and provide those. When diners are finished with the main course, (allowing time for seconds) servers will remove plates, and serve dessert and coffee, removing wine from the tables at this time.

Mary and Gerrit Blom will have their own table of guests and will serve their table themselves. It will be marked Reserved.

Table Servers are: Julie Sparks, Tada Darsie, Karoline Hall, Linda Lucas, Jennifer Miller, Mary Blom, Nancy Evans, Dottie Lee, Mike Robak, Betty Malgren. Back Up Servers: Caroline Bonnet, Linda McBee. Servers and Runners will bring their own aprons. All servers will arrive early - Nancy will let them know what time they should be there - on Sunday to run thru their tasks. Folks donating place settings must know their own sets and be responsible for getting them home. Food Runners : Linda Dietiker-Yolo and Gina Kulik. They will run food from the kitchen to the serving tables as necessary.

Beverage table: There will be a beverage table for creamers, sugars, coffee, hot tea and water. The servers will serve the tables from there after the main course dishes are cleared and dessert is served. There will be electrical outlets available here to plug in the coffee pots and hot water container. Runners are to get cream from fridge to the beverage table and leave it there to refill creamers. Mary Blom is providing coffee, teas, sugars, creamers and pots.

Greeting/Hospitality: Marolyn Roberts, Tada Darsie, Jacquie Eigen and friend. They will have name tags available for the guests if they want them. There will be a sign at their table indicating Heifer Harvest Dinner. They will greet people, take tickets and direct guest to the front lawn. There will be two or three guests lists at the table so people coming in can have their names checked off the list quickly, to prevent a pile up. Ann Schwartz has the list of guests and will provide it to the greeters.

Program: Caroline Bonnet 894-0920

Dinner will be served at 7. Eliza and Isaak will lead a farm tour, partnering with Carole and Keni. This allows E & I to make the farm connection with Heifer's work. There will be two tours, 20 min each. One beginning at 5:20 and the other at 5:40. There will be 4 stops, but we need 5 signs.
Stop 1 - Compost/ worms, Kitchen garden (these are close but not identical locations - so need 2 separate signs for this stop.)
Stop 2 - Bees
Stop 3 - Chickens
Stop 4 - Habitat garden

I'm imagining the signs to have pictures and words on a stiff card, maybe 12 x 14 which can be stapled to a stake in the ground. We'd like to have these at the Kent's by Saturday 9-11. The tours would not necessarily be in the order listed. Good to get there early and go over the tour with Carole and Keni before show time. There will be appetizers, wine and beverages served during this time period.

At 6:30 we will gather the crowd together (80), they will sit in chairs, stand and or sit at dinner tables. Isaak will give a talk standing on one edge of the deck in front of and a bit above the diners. He will have a sound system - already in place there. He will talk for 15-20 minutes and then give them time to go over to the donation table if they, choose to, before dinner is served. (It will be dark after dinner) We have lighting, but perhaps more convenient to make donations before dinner. After dinner, during dessert and coffee Isaak and Eliza or Evie will thank folks for coming and bid them adieu.

Timing is everything, tour guides will need to be mindful to move the tour along to end in plenty of time. There will be lots of questions and comments that could seriously slow it down. Isaak and Eliza will each sit at a table to engage diners with Heifer info. (not Mary and Gerrit Bolm's who have "bought a whole table", they will do the Heifer talk).

OtherSigns: Keni will make the Parking signs. Walt Custer and Mike Robak will help with parking. Jacquie will make signs for the check-in table and the signs to identify where the tours start and the times the tours start. Heifer will provide the Farm Tour Stops signs. There will be signs to honor and thank all the donors/sponsors. They will be placed at the Greeting and Donation tables. Betty and Evie will see to that. Parking will be in the back for volunteers - look for the sign on the fence.

Each volunteer will bring some warm wraps for guests in case it's really chilly.

Mimi Formosa will decorate the Donation table and help Evie set it up. Ann and Helen Pelayo will staff the table.

Clean up: Dirty wine glasses should be placed upside down in the boxes to return to the winery. Folks be sure and take away all the items you've loaned for the event. Provide your own box or plastic bag with your name on it to take your dirty dishes, etc home. Due to water shortage.

The final clean up will be Monday morning, as it will be dark when it's over Sunday night. Hopefully some volunteers will come back Monday morning to help. Housing: Julie Sparks may stay with the Kents. Caroline will stay with Evie.

Addendum: Volunteers please bring your own soup mug or bowl for the volunteer supper.
Caroline Bonnet and Linda McBee will sit at the Heifer materials table.
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Agenda - August 28th

Posted by Heifer Sonoma/Napa On Thursday, August 19, 2010 0 comments
Facilitator - Evie Trevethan
Note Taker - Caroline Bonnet

We will meet again at Wombat's Farm to finalize our plans and get clear on what is left to be done for our event there on Sept 12. This is an important meeting, our last before the Harvest Dinner, so please be there and on time if you're involved with the event. If for some reason you are not able to attend, please let Evie or Nancy know. We will go through the Task List and make sure all tasks are covered and determine what there is left to do, so please print out the updated Task List and bring it with you. This is a link to the current Task List. We'd like to hear from each Point Person on the progress of your task and be sure there are enough volunteers on your team to cover each task and that it's clear to each volunteer what they are going to do. If you have obtained donations of non-perishable food or beverage items, please bring them along to the meeting.

Thank you for all you're doing, we appreciate your enthusiasm and helpful support. All seems to be progressing well and we are looking forward to a beautiful, educational and fun evening on Sept 12.

Directions to Wombat's Farm: From north or south on Hwy 29 in Napa, take Imola Avenue exit. Go east on Imola Avenue approximately 4 to 5 miles. Imola Avenue ends at 4th Avenue. Turn left onto 4th Avenue and proceed for just short of .75 mile to Curry Lane. Turn right onto Curry Lane and proceed to 2059, which is on the right side of the street. (Be sure not to hit any Wombats in the area.) Call if you get lost.
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Wombats Make the Napa News

Posted by Heifer Sonoma/Napa On Monday, August 16, 2010 0 comments
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minutes_July 31, 2010

Posted by Heifer Sonoma/Napa On Monday, August 09, 2010 0 comments
Hi Heifer People  ~ the minutes from 7/31/10 are shown below.  But much has changed since then, so please review this memo for current information.

Heifer International released their 25 tickets back to us to sell, since our sales were going so quickly.  We now just have 10 tickets total left to sell. so tell your friends and contacts not to hesitate.  First come, first served.  The 2 ways still to buy are by phone, 265-7867, or gmail .

We decided not to go to the extra expense of printing invitations, since we were so close to selling out.  So as you continue to publicize the event, just use the flyer you were emailed or contact me for additional hard copy flyers.  Even though we have few tickets left, this is still a good chance to talk with your friends and contacts about our local Heifer activities and encourage participation.  Any ticket requests we can't fill, we'll still add to our event contact list for next time, so please continue to talk up the event.

We are still coming up short with donations for the food needed for our menu, so if you can help with acquiring needed food items, please call Keni Kent for guidance on what is still needed, 255-8404.  His computer is down for a couple of days.

Also if anyone has access to tablecloths and napkins we wouldn't need to rent, that would really keep our costs down and help Heifer.  Any ideas???

Thanks for all of your energy and support.  This is going to be a great event.  Evie 

Minutes for  Meeting held at Wombat’s Farm, Napa July 31, 2010 at 10 am.  
Evie Trevethan  -  Facilitator
Ann Schwartz  -  Note Taker

Present: Caroline Bonnet, Mary Blom, Betty Malmgren, Linda Lucas, Carol Lilleberg, Linda McBee, Linda Dietiker-Yolo, Nancy Evans, Carole Kent,, Julie Sparks, Jaccuie Eigen, Rene Austin,  Marolyn Roberts, Keni Kent, Evie Trevethan, Ann Schwartz
Treasurer's Report:  Ann  -  $114.43 in Volunteer Checking Account 
Ticket Sales:  Carol has sold 20,  Nancy - 3, Evie  -  25
          Nancy has tickets & ticket forms.
          Tickets should be reserved and not given out until money comes in.
          Keep track of tickets  sold and # of each ticket.
          Phone number on fliers is Nancy’s. She will take reservations 

Invitations:  Invitations coming.  Nancy has a list of how many have been  requested by members.  When they are available she will notify members. 
Flyers: There is Heifer input that is still being negotiated. Nancy sent around sign up sheet for Locations posting flyers.
FOOD DONATIONS:  sign up sheet sent around. Those going out to stores
should take a copy of the letter stating our non profit status  with them.  Copy will go out from Evie.Money donated to our group needs checks made out to

Sonoma Napa Volunteers.
We need donations from stores as soon as possible  Let Keni know.

Greeters:   Marolyn is the point person. She will work with Carole re: tours Jacquie, Tada
Tours:  Six stations: Garden, Bee garden, Chickens, Habitat Garden, Olive Grove, Lasagna Bed
             Tour Guides - Carole, Keni, Marlene Signs will be made by Heifer. 

Set Up:  Point person is Renee Austin.  Valerie Zurich, Dottie Lee
Food Servers (appetizers,  soup, dessert, coffee, table clearing)
Marlene, Julie, Jennifer, Jessica, Mary, Betty, Karolyn, Linda Lucas

Wine Servers:  Linda Lucas, Marlene Zimmerman
Table Hosts:  Each table should have a host to see to that table’s needs. It
would be nice if the host could be for those to whom you have sold tickets.

Food Runners:  Linda and Gina
Minimize Rental Costs: Members will bring place settings for eight i.e. dinner plate, soup bowl, desert plate, cup and saucer. Sugar bowls and creamers also need to be brought. 
Members Bringing Service: Carole for 3 tables  24 total,  For 1 table - Mary, Nancy, Linda Lucas, Linda McBee, Betty,Marolyn, and Julie. Evie will bring back up service. 
Glassware:  Possibly, Carole, Nancy and Mary? 
                    Glasses from the wineries donating wine?
To Rent:   Table clothes and napkins,  Insulated Carafes for coffee. Coffee Urn
Coffee Service:  Urn to be rented.  Creamers and sugar bowls and cups and
saucers will come with place settings loaned by members. 

Information Table:  Caroline and Linda McBee 
Donation Table:   Ann -  Animals will be displayed there, also if there is expensive wine for silent auction 
Car Parking:  Keni is point person with Robak, Walt Custer
Acknowledgement of donors:  Caroline will put names on program and
possibly on poster by the check in table.

Feeding the help:  Malcom will provide soup. 
                              There will also be bread and butter.

Next Meeting will be 8/28/2010 -
10 a.m. - Wombat’s Farm 2059 Curry Lane.

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Local to Global Harvest Dinner

Posted by Heifer Sonoma/Napa On Friday, August 06, 2010 0 comments
We are very busy planning the Local to Global Harvest Dinner at Wombats' Farm on September 12th. Click here to download a pdf flyer >
Our next planning meeting will be on August 28th at 10 am.
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A Brief History of Our Events

Posted by Heifer Sonoma/Napa On Tuesday, August 03, 2010 0 comments
We have been active since 2005 when we did our first big (to us) event; the Beggars' Banquet. Concurrent with these events we have done regular "tabling" at local events like Farmers' Markets, Bodega Bay Fishermans' Festival, Earth Days, etc.
Please, click here to see a brief overview of some of our activities:
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Agenda - July 31st

Posted by Heifer Sonoma/Napa On Monday, July 26, 2010 0 comments
Saturday 10am at Wombat's Farm
2059 Curry Lane, Napa.
Phone number 255-8404 - please see directions below

Facilitator - Evie Trevethan
Note Taker - Ann Schwartz

We will meet at Wombat's Farm to go over plans and details for the Sept 12 " Local to Global Harvest Dinner". It will help us to see the layout, where and how events will take place so we can better plan for the event. The agenda will include going through the Task List and filling in the blanks. Progress Report and where we are, what needs to be done. Please print out the Task List Evie sent and bring it to the meeting. We have much to discuss. If at all possible, please try to come to the meeting and be on time.

Directions to Wombat's Farm: From north or south on Hwy 29 in Napa, take Imola Avenue exit. Go east on Imola Avenue approximately 4 to 5 miles. Imola Avenue ends at 4th Avenue. Turn left onto 4th Avenue and proceed for just short of .75 mile to Curry Lane. Once you reach Curry Lane, turn right. Then proceed to Wombats' Farm which will also be on your right(# 2059). (Be sure not to hit any Wombats in the area.) Call if you get lost.
Once you reach Curry Lane, turn right. Then proceed to Wombats' Farm which will also be on your right.

Thank you, looking forward to being together and planning for this fun event.

Caroline Bonnet
Heifer Sonoma-Napa Volunteer Coordinator
707 894-0920
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My First Tabling Experience

Posted by Heifer Sonoma/Napa On Monday, July 19, 2010 0 comments
At the Himalayan Fair in Berkeley, CA, a man came up to the table and asked about Heifer, the work they did, etc.. Pablo, a long-time volunteer explained much and gave him the World Ark magazine with the picture of the Nepalese woman and the lamb.

Twenty minutes later, the man returned with the magazine and was pointing to the photo of the Nepalese women from the film, “The 12 Stones” and said he knew some of the women.

He then explained that he was from the same village as the women in the photo. His brother was in Parliament and he pointed to one particular woman and said her husband was also in Parliament. He explained that these women were from the lowest caste and this woman’s husband was the first of his caste to be in Parliament. He, himself was Brahmin.

This man, halfway around the world from Nepal, had tears in his eyes and spoke with much emotion. He was thrilled to tell me about his life, his village, why he was here in the U.S. (medical reasons). This photo brought a little piece of home to him and he was able to share that with me.

My first volunteering opportunity turned into something much bigger than sitting at a table and chatting with people. This was the reason I was there, to connect with this man, at that moment in time and for both of us to feel that connection.

That is what I have always loved about Heifer: the one-on-one connection that transforms the world: one person, one lamb, one village at a time.

It represents on a very personal level how connected we are - local to global back to local....we are connected...and I am glad to have found a local Heifer group to support that connection.

Jacquie Eigen
July 2010
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Minutes: July 10, 2010

Posted by Heifer Sonoma/Napa On Friday, July 16, 2010 0 comments
Meeting held at Whole Foods conference room in Napa, July 10, 2010, at 10 am.

Evie Trevethan - Facilitator
Caroline Bonnet - Note taker

Present: Kathy Mawer, Nancy Evans, Marolyn Roberts, Jacquie Eigen, Janeen Bryman, Emilia Garcia, Linda Lucas, Julie Sparks, Valerie Zurich, Tada Darcie, Keni and Carole Kent, Betty Malmgren, Carol Lilleberg, Evie Trevethan, Caroline Bonnet.

Introductions: Welcome to the new volunteers! Marilyn Roberts, Jacquie Eigen, Janeen and Amelia Garcia, Linda Lucas, and Valerie Zurich! These volunteers connected with our volunteer group at the May 14 event in Napa.

Jacquie Eigen shared that she volunteered at the Berkeley Himalayan Fair, first time out as a Heifer volunteer. She sat at a table at our booth there with Pedro Barrera and they showed the 12 Stones movie on laptop. Her story about talking with a man from Nepal about people in the movie will follow soon.

Linda Lucas shared that her family is from Lithuania and she is planning on going there on a Heifer Study Tour in June 2011. Julie Sparks joined us from San Jose.

We decided to not address other items on the agenda, but to stick to planning for the "Local to Global Harvest Dinner" at Wombat's Farm on Sunday Sept 12. We decided the ticket price will be $65, and we plan on inviting 65 people, however we said if more wanted to come we could probably accommodate up to 75 people - this to be cleared with the chef.

The time will be from 5 to 9, with outside lighting when it gets dark. Appetizers and wine will be served by volunteers while guests mingle. A farm and garden tour will start at approximately 5:30, led by two volunteers with signs at each stop equating Wombat's Farm agricultural practices with Heifer's work worldwide. The tour might last a half hour. Dinner will be served buffet style at two separate tables - identical food at each table (this to prevent crowding and waiting inline). We will need servers at each table and a runner or two from the kitchen to replenish the buffet. After guests are seated volunteers will serve their beverages and desserts. Before dinner begins there will be a short introduction to Heifer's work by the MC, hopefully Isaak Egge, and after dinner a longer talk by our guest speaker. Caroline will contact Eliza and Isaak about this.

We talked about various guest speakers possibilities but didn't decide.

We discussed how guests can pay for their tickets. Tickets will be numbered. RSVP by a certain date is essential. Caroline will contact Eliza about this. We're hoping they can either send a check or pay online thru PayPal or the Heifer website. We discussed how we would provide dinner for the volunteers - have something simple catered, brought in - sandwiches? Undecided. Jacquie offered to set up whatever online payment we decide on. We discussed various formats for the invitations and what copy we would want. Betty will mock up a sample for us. Carol read the menu to us and we decided to put it on the invitations along with a blurb on Wombat's Farm, and some Heifer info/logo.

As it appears we will need more volunteers than we have to staff this event, we asked that each volunteer bring two friends to help. Tada will check with the Napa Women's Club for volunteers to help. We will need 8 or 9 tables. Evie will ask the Presbyterian church if could borrow them and chairs. Also Carole suggested we use round tables and Janeen said she will ask her Methodist church if we could borrow theirs. Tada offered use of her sound equipment. We will need 2 parking attendants. They will have flash lights to escort guests to their cars after dark.

We need letters for soliciting food for the event, showing our tax exempt number, telling a bit about the event and thanking the donors. Caroline will work on that. We will get a list of the foods we need to have donated. Keni will get that list from the chef and let us know. There will be a display/sign/something at the farm, thanking donors who contributed to the event. Caroline, Betty and Carole will work on images/design for the tickets, invitations, flyers, and signs for the farm tour. We would like to have a few well placed flyers to advertise the event, including an online version.

Kathy Mawer will be sitting at the Farmers Market Heifer/Quaker/Unitarian Peace table on Sat. Aug 7th and again on Tues. Aug 17th, along with Joe Wilcox.
She will advertise the Local to Global Harvest Dinner at those times.
The task list that are assigned at this time include:
  • Tickets - Point Person - Nancy Evans
  • Parking Point Person - Keni Kent
  • Clean Up Point Person - Betty Malgram Helpers - Carol Lilleberg
  • Set Up - Point Person ? Helpers Julie Sparks, Valerie Zurich
  • Greeters/Hospitality - Point Person? Helpers - Jacquie, Tada, Carole
  • Farm Tour - Betty Farm Tour signs
  • Food Service - Point Person? Helpers - Julie, Valerie, Mimi, Karoline
  • Food /Wine Donations - Point Person - Keni Kent Helpers - Carole & Keni, Marolyn, Tada
  • Heifer Donation table - Point Person - Evie Helpers - Mimi, Julie
  • Wine Servers - Point Person? Helpers - Linda, Jacquie, Caroline
  • Public Relations - Point Person - Betty Malgram Helper - Evie
Tasks we still need volunteers for:
  • 4 Point People
  • 3 appetizer servers
  • 3 wine servers
  • 2 food runners
  • 3 dessert and beverage servers
  • 2 parking lot attendants
  • 2 greeters
  • 4 set up
  • 4 clean up
  • 2 more food solicitors
  • 1 or 2 to set up lighting for the farm when it gets dark

We changed our next meeting dates to:

Saturday July 31 at 10am at Wombat's Farm
Saturday August 28 at 10 am, location to be decided.
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Regular Monthly Meeting

Posted by Heifer Sonoma/Napa On Tuesday, July 06, 2010 0 comments
Our Heifer SonomaNapa Volunteer meeting will be at Whole Foods in Napa
Saturday July 10 at 10 am.
Evie - Facilitator
Caroline - Note Taker
The primary focus of this meeting will be planning for the "Dinner in the Vineyards" event on September 12, 2010. We will start constructing our task list, get invitation numbers and ideas, and explore various aspects of the evening's activities. Please all come and help us with this fun and lovely event, we need your ideas, suggestions and talents.
We will also discuss the possibility of studying the Northwest Earth Institute's course on Voluntary Simplicity as a group. Please read the course outline before the meeting.
I look forward to seeing you there.
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Event Planning...a work in progress

Posted by Heifer Sonoma/Napa On Saturday, July 03, 2010 0 comments

Evie has done some great preliminary work on this.

Questions for Initial Event Planning:

  • What is the focus of the event?
  • What is the theme of the event?
  • Who is the target audience?
  • What kind/size venue do we need?
  • What time of year will work best? (re: other events)
  • Do we want co-sponsors/underwriting?
  • Do we want donations?
  • Do we want presentations/entertainment?
  • What kind of refreshments/food?
  • Do we need any permits/licenses/liability bond/security?
  • What kind of staffing do we need?
  • Will there be parking issues/needs?
  • What are our resources?

Some major Task Areas:

  • Tickets (printing/sales)
  • Publicity
    • material development
    • advertising/media contacts
    • distribution of flyers/posters
  • Event Recording
    • photographer/vidograper
    • record of planning areas
  • Beverage Donations
  • Food Donations
  • Any equiptment needed? (sound system...whatever)
  • Site set-up
  • Site staffing
  • Site clean up
  • Thank you's
  • Program timing....dry run.
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Honey Bees Give Hope

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Minutes - June 12, 2010

Posted by Heifer Sonoma/Napa On Tuesday, June 22, 2010 0 comments
Facilitator: Evie
Note taker: Linda
Present: Janeen and Emilia Breyman, Joan  Birch, Ann Schwartz, Nancy Evans, Mary Blom, Marlene Zimmerman, Linda  McBee, and Evie Trevethan

*note fall fund raiser date changed to 9/12/2010

Blog address is
email address is *

Critique of May Event in Napa
• Quilt to stimulate donations for an ark....the quilt will be sent to a partner women’s group as an acknowlegement of their work.
• There were about 100 people
• Perfect venue
• good P.R.
• Greeting: need far more greeters because of the tendency to get into conversations that are valuable.
• Don Emmel was great and informative
• food preparation and handling by Cathy and her crew was very good
• Isaak sent cudos to the volunteers
• the sound system worked seamlessly!! But, we need to have someone closer to the site to make sure it will work ahead of time. Asking a volunteer from far away is asking too much.
• We need clarity of areas of responsibility
• And clear time lines.
• we need to make sure all of the info is available and displayed
The fish weights work well as do the stuffed animals.
  Farmers’ Market
  Whole Foods - Earth Day
  Down town Napa - Earth Day
  Bodega Bay Fish Fest

Treasurer’s Report (it’s so great to have a treasurer!)
 May 8 - June 11,2010
Ann Schwartz

Section 1: Volunteer Checking Account
Beginning $128.30
No debit amount
Interest earned .03
Deposited 5/26 $ 15.00
Current Balance TOTAL $143.03

Beginning $233.00
Deposits 5/26 food forum $ 22.00
earth day $ 88.00
Volunteer’s can $ 19.00
5/14 Quilt Event $ 271.00
total--$ 400.00

6/1 Heifer International $633.00

Wine Training for Napa city

  One must be trained to serve wine in the city of Napa. There is a training on July 21st at 5 to 7 and one August 20th in City Hall. Marleen volunteered to go.

Volunteer Advocacy
   When we consider emailing our local  Heifer contacts about items we care about, we need to be aware that we are  also representing Heifer International. Don’t send out a Heifer email, to  distribute information about related issues or programs w/o  checking with Evie or Caroline first to be certain we are congruent with  Heifer International perspective.

Fall Fund Raiser
  Co-chairs are Nancy and Evie
  *Originally planned for 9/11 but changed to 9/12. To be held at the Wombats’ Farm (Cathy and Keni’s place)
  Dinner in the Vineyards for about 50 to 75 people on the lawn. Maybe with Terrerai Trent if she is available. We will need to pay her travel expenses. Eliza will be there. Chef maybe someone who Cathy and Keni know.
Betty will do the publicity.
tickets? How much?
Music? What kind? We want to pay an honorarium for the music.
It was decided to not do a silent auction with the event this year.

Activities for next year
• schools: Nancy, Marleen and Janeen
• worship groups: Marleen, Janeen and Mary
• community groups: Ann and Marleen
• gift giving: Evie and Linda (idea with animal cards Linda made last year)
• retail business (Bakshesh, Silk Moon, Spirits in Stone, Wineries)
• literature in offices: Nancy

Skills needed
• Membership chair who knows Xcel to maintain the membership list and keep track of the interest cards people fill out at events, contacts and resources.

Next Meeting: July 10th in Napa at Whole Foods
August Meeting: hopefully at Wombats’ Farm
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Best of Little Rock!

Posted by Heifer Sonoma/Napa On Tuesday, June 15, 2010 0 comments
Heifer Project International receives
2010 Best of Little Rock Award
U.S. Commerce Association’s award plaque honors the achievement

NEW YORK, N.Y., June 3, 2010 – For the second consecutive year, Heifer Project International has been selected for the 2010 Best of Little Rock Award in the Associations category by the U.S. Commerce Association (USCA).

The USCA "Best of Local Business" Award Program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country. Each year, the USCA identifies companies it believes have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community.

Nationwide, only 1 in 70 (1.4 percent) 2010 Award recipients qualified as two-time Award Winners. Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2010 USCA Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the USCA and data provided by third parties.

About U.S. Commerce Association (USCA)
U.S. Commerce Association (USCA) is a New York City based organization funded by local businesses operating in towns, large and small, across America. The purpose of USCA is to promote local business through public relations, marketing and advertising.

The USCA was established to recognize the best of local businesses in their community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations, chambers of commerce and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to be an advocate for small and medium size businesses and business entrepreneurs across America.
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Napa May 16th Event

Posted by Heifer Sonoma/Napa On Monday, June 07, 2010 0 comments
We had a great time at the Napa May 16th Event. Friends brought these two really cute mini-cows. Yes! They really are tiny little cows that make milk and do all the things cows do. Very fun.
As well as a presentation of the 12 Stones movie, we had
a special treat of hearing about the adventures
of Don Emmel, one of the original "Sea-going Cowboys".
It was great to hear history straight from the source!
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Agenda June 12, 2010

Posted by Heifer Sonoma/Napa On Monday, June 07, 2010 0 comments
10am at Sebastopol Methodist Church meeting room.
See directions below.

Evie Trevethan - Facilitator
Nancy Evans - Note Taker
Ann Schwartz - Treasurer

- Critique May 14th event pros and cons. (Isaak was way impressed by the quality of the volunteers) Photos on the way soon

- Report on tabling events - Himalayan Fair, Peace table, April tables

- Treasurer's Report - Ann

- Wine Pouring training dates - Evie

- Plans for "Dinner in the Vineyards" event in Sept
- Program? What do Keni and Carol want to do? How can we help? Do we want music? Silent Auction items?

- Volunteer advocacy - Emails to the group on issues related to Heifer's mission Email send outs need to be approved by
Caroline or Evie

- Tasks - On going "office" help for Evie Who will help?

Directions to the meeting
Sebastopol United Methodist Church at 500 North Main St., Sebastopol
Approaching Sebastopol on Highway 116 West, westbound traffic will be routed onto Petaluma Ave., a one-way street.
When you reach the light at Sebastopol Ave. (Hwy. 12), continue straight, across Sebastopol Avenue.
Go one block and turn left on McKinley, keeping in the right lane for a right turn onto Main Street one block later.
Go 2 blocks on Main St. (the large, Spanish style church directly ahead is your destination).
Bear left at the light onto Healdsburg Ave. and turn right into the church parking lot.
You will see a wing of classrooms behind the main church sanctuary. We will meet in classroom #5. I will place a Heifer sign on the door.

Approaching Sebastopol on highway 12, turn right at second light onto Petaluma Ave.
Go one block and turn left on McKinley, keeping in the right lane for a right turn onto Main Street one block later.
Go 2 blocks on Main St. (the large, Spanish style church directly ahead is your destination).
Bear left at the light onto Healdsburg Ave. and turn right into the church parking lot.
You will see a wing of classrooms behind the main church sanctuary. We will meet in classroom #5. I will place a Heifer sign on the do.

Hope to see you all there!
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Himalayan Fair in Berkeley

Posted by Heifer Sonoma/Napa On Monday, May 17, 2010 0 comments
Ahoy Team Heifer!

We hope be "tabling" at the Himalayan Fair in Berkeley on May 29th and 30th.  This is a two day event that needs more volunteers. The booth is now confirmed. It is a very fun fair!

Ciao, Pedro Barrera
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May 8, 2010: Minutes

Posted by Heifer Sonoma/Napa On Friday, May 14, 2010 0 comments
Held in the Napa Whole Foods conference room

Details for the May 14th event:
  1. Publicity.  Betty Malmgren was commended and thanked for the many venues in which she has managed to publicize the event.   Betty will be helping with the written program for the event.  Committee members who have received donations are to have a list of donors to Betty by Monday to be included in the program.  Betty will also do photography for the event.
  2. Members were reminded that we would begin setting up the event at 3: 00 PM on Friday the 14th.
  3. Greeters will be Marlene Zimmerman, and Mary and Garrett Blom.  We will have name tags for attendees.
  4. Program:  Caroline Bonnet reported that all arrangements had been made.  Isaak Egge will be the main speaker along with Don Emmel.    Evie  Trevethan will welcome guests on behalf of Napa/Sonoma volunteers  and will  introduce Isaak.  All arrangements for the sound system and renting a screen have been made.
  5. Liaison:  Marlene Zimmerman has done yeoman’s duty handling all the details in using Covenant Presbyterian Church.  Marlene showed us the wonderful large ark that was painted by Carole Toy.   Darlene Evans is going to  take care of all arrangements for having two calves at the event before the program begins. Parking matters have been arranged and volunteers are reminded to park behind the church.
  6. Food:  Kathy has by dint of much effort managed to receive donations for food from Whole Foods, Trader Joes, Vallergas and both Safeways. The menu will include crackers and cheese, carrots and hummus, strawberries, cookies, coffee, tea and water and Mary Blom is making heifer shaped sandwiches.
  7. Wine:  Kenny Kent has arranged for three cases of white wine and Nancy Evans for two cases of red wine. Caroline and Nancy attended the training for pouring wine in the city of Napa and all permits have been secured and will be displayed.
  8. Set-up:  Benny Wicks reported that she will not be able to be there but Jay Allar will be there to help in any way that he can.
  9. Clean-up:  All committee members will be a committee of the whole to clean up.
  10. Thank you:  People who have received donations will be responsible for sending thank you notes.  Please let Evie know when your thank you notes have been sent.
Treasurer’s Report:  Our dual checking account, which included money for volunteer expenses and donations to Heifer  totals $361.34.   There is $110 from tabling to be added to this amount.

Tabling Report:  Successful tabling was done in Sonoma at the Bodega Bay Fish Fest on April 17 and 18; and in Napa at Whole Foods on Earth Day, On the City of Napa’s celebration on the weekend and at the Local Food Forum at the fair grounds.
Future tabling:  Kathy Mawer will coordinate staffing for the Peace Table with the Unitarian and Quaker groups and Heifer at the Napa farmers market this summer. Tabling will only be possible once a month.  Sign-ups were taken.

Future Fund Raiser:  It was agreed to plan a dinner in the vineyards at Wombats Farm on September 11.   It will be announced at the May 14th event and it will be possible for guests to sign up for more information.  Betty and Evie will work on the sign up cards. Further details will be worked out, especially when Carole Kent is available.

USDA/Food and Drug Administration food safety regulations were discussed.  It is feared that small farmers, organic farmers and farmers who sell at farmers markets will be adversely affected, perhaps even put out of business. Everyone was asked to be alert to any information they come across regarding this to be discussed at later meetings.

Next meeting:  June 12 at the Sebastopol Methodist Church

Five people visited the Covenant Church.
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Agenda: May 8th

Posted by Heifer Sonoma/Napa On Sunday, May 02, 2010 0 comments
Heifer Sonoma Napa Volunteer meeting
Saturday May 8 - 10am at Whole Foods
Napa 94558  (3682 Bel Aire Plaza)
 Phone 707  224-6300

Evie - Facilitator | Nancy - Note taker
  • Report on past tablings 
  • Hidden Villa  meeting 4/20
  • Blog and Gmail sites 
  • Financial Report - Ann
  • FDA Regulations for Food Safety -  Evie
  • Plans for May 14 event
    • Hand- out program with  list of donors
    • MC to introduce  Isaak, end with thanks
    • Progress report  from Point People on task lists
    • What's left to be  done?
    • This is our last meeting before the May 14th  event.  Everyone please try to be there to finalize our plans.   Thanks!
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Bodega Bay Fish Fest Heifer Table

Posted by Heifer Sonoma/Napa On Monday, April 26, 2010 0 comments
Nine loyal volunteers spent time the  week end of April 17th and 18th in beautiful Bodega Bay at the annual Fish Fest and blessing of the fleet.
Some of our favorite creature-friends were close by. You gotta "Love a LLama"!
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Caroline making eNews!

Posted by Heifer Sonoma/Napa On Sunday, April 18, 2010 0 comments
 Our very own Caroline is making eNew! Read about her here.
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Heifer International's New CEO

Posted by Heifer Sonoma/Napa On Sunday, April 18, 2010 0 comments
Heifer Interim CEO Charles StewartHidden Villa
Tuesday, the 20th to meet
Charles Stewart, our interim CEO.
To read more about Charles Stewart, click here. 
These are some pictures of the meeting at Hidden Villa. What a wonderful place! And, what a great inspiration to each of us to meet and spend time with each other!
It is always a pleasure to meet the folks from "headquarters". They unfailingly prove to be exceptional people.

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New ! Heifer International Blog

Posted by Heifer Sonoma/Napa On Thursday, April 15, 2010 0 comments
I’m pleased to announce the launch of the new Heifer blog. You can see it here:
Through this blog we hope to lead a conversation about working together to help end hunger and poverty. In the days to come, the social media team will share compelling content from World Ark, commentary about the many issues surrounding hunger, and dispatches from our projects in the field. This week staff member Annie Bergman is posting updates from her trip to India. We hope you’ll check in often.
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April is Pass on the Gift Month

Posted by Heifer Sonoma/Napa On Thursday, April 15, 2010 0 comments
This April, people from Nepal to Kenya will pass on the gift of livestock and training to families in need, and people from California to Vermont will host events to help make more of those gifts possible.

Join the celebration to Pass on the Gift month. Organize a bake sale, host a 12 Stones screening or have a Heifer-themed birthday party. Then put your event on our interactive map below and spread the word to friends and family. Make this April the one you help Pass on the Gift to families struggling to improve their lives.
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Everyone on earth should see this!

Posted by Heifer Sonoma/Napa On Wednesday, April 14, 2010 0 comments
This has convinced me to remember to bring my own bags to the market!
Once in the slide show, use the scroll bar on the right side of the
screen to scroll through.

Everyone on earth should see this. It's that important.
And please pass it on: Plastic! Plastic! Plastic!

A picture is worth a thousand words:
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April 10 - Minutes

Posted by Heifer Sonoma/Napa On Monday, April 12, 2010 0 comments
We met in our new ongoing Sonoma county meeting place, Sebastopol Methodist Church. Thank you Mary for arranging it and thank you to the church.
Evie facilitating, Linda note taker
Introductions: Evie Trevethan, Marlene Zimmerman, Kathy Mauer, Mary Blom, Benny Wicks, Anne Schwartz, Keni Kent, Caroline Bonnet, Linda McBee
Treasurers Report from Ann:
Ann passed out her report to each of us showing details of our
checking account for local operating cost - $148.02
Heifer International to send to Heifer - $110.00
Total: $258.00
After discussion, it was decided we will add the $110 in our Heifer account to the donations we receive at our tabling events and at our May 14 Napa event. We will then send the total to Eliza all at once to insure that the Sonoma/Napa group be credited. We decided by consensus to keep the money until after the May 14th event.
Further, Anne suggests that we hold any moneys for two months before sending it to Eliza, to avoid sending too small amounts too often.
Ann had a stamp made so we can now stamp the bottom of checks given to us - "Heifer Sonoma Napa Volunteers"
Gmail account, our group name, and our Blog:
  • Our official name is Heifer Sonoma Napa Volunteers
  • ** is the email account that HQ set up for us with Google.
  • Linda will contact HQ to see if we can change the blog and email address to "sonomanapa" not just "sonoma".
  • The blog url is:
  • Evie set up an email for our group with Google. It's address is:
  • Until this is worked through, we have two email accounts! Just one blog, however.
Eliza asks: Do we volunteers want to hear directly from her via AVC? This was not decided.
Nepal trip postponed: October is the best month (maybe April or March) .... the year is unsure.
We had a discussion of how Heifer works to empower people. How going to a place and working “hands on” is not how we do it. We work by inspiring people to empower themselves. The people learn to believe in their own abilities. We make human connections with our project partner staff, Heifer educators, other volunteers, etc.
Evie created an updated volunteer list and gave us each a copy.
Plans for our events were discussed:
  • April 17 Tabling at Fish Festival Bodega Bay
  • April 22 Local food forum - Napa
  • April 24 Napa tabling at Earth Day event - Napa
  • April 28 Napa tabling at Local Foods Festival - Napa
  • May 14 Napa Welcomes Heifer International event
Evie passed out a sign up sheet for the tabling events to make sure all available slots are covered
Caroline passed out name tags for our events. She also passed out invitations with stamps and fliers to everyone for the May 14 event, and materials from HQ for our events were given to Linda and Evie.
May 14 Napa event:
  • Kathy is Point Person for Refreshments. Whole Foods in Napa is willing to help donate food for May 14th event. We’re not sure how much. Kathy will email the contact at Whole Foods this week to try and find out how much Whole Foods can donate. Trader Joes may donate as well. Raley’s can possibly donate in the future. She is also going to visit other stores in Napa seeking donations. Kathy will be away for about three weeks starting next week. Asks for Napa help.
  • Nancy agreed to get wine donations. Keni also has a possibility and will look into it.
  • Betty is the Point Person for PR:

    • she has set up radio interview on April 29th 8:15 to 8:30 on KVON/KVYN
    • Submitted to community builders an image of Heifer table.
    • New tip to Register’s feature editor
    • sent an image of quilt to Market Place Magagazine
    • Short release to small local groups
    • she will try and get a reporter to cover the event
    • Needs someone to write letter to editors of local papers (copy from fliers) PD and Sonoma Index Tribune - Caroline will ask her writer friend.
  • An RSVP will be added to the post cards announcing the May 14th event.
  • Benny is Point Person for Set Up and Animal handler if we have animals.
      Set up:
    • chairs, tables, decorations, food stuff, animals
  • Marlene knows someone who may loan us a couple of calves. They would be outside by the entrance as people are entering.
  • Jennifer Miller will play the piano in the hall while people are coming in and having refreshments and after the program.
  • The task list has available openings for the May 14th event. Please help!

Next meeting is on May 8th in Napa in the meeting room at Whole Foods on Trancas Avenue
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Agenda for April 10th

Posted by Linda On Sunday, April 04, 2010 0 comments
Saturday, April 10 - 10 am - Sebastopol United Methodist Church
500 N Main St.
(directions below)


Treasurers Report: Ann

Gmail account, our group name, and our Blog

Eliza asks: Do we volunteers want to hear directly from her via AVC?

Nepal trip postponed

Updated volunteer list

Plans for our events:

  • April 17 Tabling at Fish Festival Bodega Bay
  • April 24 Napa tabling at Earth Day event
  • April 28 Napa talbling at Local Foods Festival
  • May 14 Napa Welcomes Heifer International event
Sebastopol United Methodist Church
Approaching Sebastopol on Highway 116 West, westbound traffic will be routed onto Petaluma Ave., a one-way street.
When you reach the light at Sebastopol Ave. (Hwy. 12), continue straight, across Sebastopol Avenue.
Go one block and turn left on McKinley, keeping in the right lane for a right turn onto Main Street one block later.
Go 2 blocks on Main St. (the large, Spanish style church directly ahead is your destination).
Bear left at the light onto Healdsburg Ave. and turn right into the church parking lot.
You will see a wing of classrooms behind the main church sanctuary. We will meet in classroom #5. I will place a Heifer sign on the door.
Approaching Sebastopol on highway 12, turn right at second light onto Petaluma Ave.
Go one block and turn left on McKinley, keeping in the right lane for a right turn onto Main Street one block later.
Go 2 blocks on Main St. (the large, Spanish style church directly ahead is your destination).
Bear left at the light onto Healdsburg Ave. and turn right into the church parking lot.
You will see a wing of classrooms behind the main church sanctuary. We will meet in classroom #5. I will place a Heifer sign on the door.
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Posted by Linda On Monday, March 22, 2010 0 comments
 A healthy diet is good for you and your mother (earth). Eating locally contributes enormously to solving global warming. Green your meals by eating local and organic and sustainably grown foods. If you eat fish, the Monterey Bay Aquarium's website will help you find sustainable seafood that is relatively low in harmful contaminants such as mercury.
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The Story of Bottled Water

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March 13, 2010

Posted by Linda On Saturday, March 20, 2010 0 comments

Our Heifer volunteer meeting was held at Kathy Mawer's home in Napa. Present were; Evie Trevethan, Caroline Bonnet, Carole and Keni Kent, Kathy Mawer, Mary Blom, Nancy Evans, Ann Schwartz, Carol Lilliberg, Betty Malmgren and a warm welcome to our new volunteers, Karoline Hall and Marlene Zimmerman!!

Nancy recorded the minutes on her laptop, where I think they are now traveling with her in China. So I'm going to try and remember some of the meeting to pass on to you. Consider these "interim minutes" , until we receive the official version from Nancy.

We introduced ourselves and told what had attracted us to Heifer. We're currently working on a list of the skills each of us bring to the group.Kathy charted Who/What/ByWhen.

Mary Blom said we could use her church hall for our meetings in Sonoma county every other month, alternating with meeting in Napa at the Whole Foods meeting room which Evie has arranged. It was previously decided that we need a regular meeting place in both counties, and that we will meet in alternate counties each month.

It was decided to wait until next month's meeting to give our report on the Heifer 201 weekend at Hidden Villa. Evie, Nancy and Caroline attended and look forward to sharing with the group.

Up Coming Events

  • Earth Day Table - April 24 - Napa
     Who:  Nancy, Marlene, Ann, Caroline, Carol L.
  • Local Foods Table - April 28 in Napa
     Who: Evie, Nancy, Keni, Kathy, Carol L.
  • Napa Valley Welcomes Heifer International May 14 - 7 to 8:30
    Covenant Presbyterian Church hall
    1226 Salvador Ave
    Napa, CA 94558
    Church liaison - Marlene Zimmerman

    • We will show the 12 Stones movie
    • Isaak will be our MC/Speaker
    • Don Emmel will talk with us about his experience as a Heifer volunteer
    • We will display the quilt and hope to raise enough donations to buy an Ark, to donate to Heifer and send the quilt as a gift to a Heifer Project women's group. Plans are under way, a more detailed report on the event and tasks list at our April meeting, including who signed up for what on charts that Nancy now has.

  • Dinner In the Vineyards - Napa
    Proposed event at Carole and Keni Kents in early September
    To be planned at future meetings.

Our next meeting will be on Saturday April 10, from 10 - 12 in Sonoma County at:
   Sebastopol United Methodist Church hall
   downtown Sebastopol at 500 N Main St, Sebastopol 95472

Hope to see you all there!

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International Women's Day

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Saturday, March 13, 2010

Posted by Linda On Tuesday, March 09, 2010 0 comments
10 am at Kathy Mawer's*


* Check- in and Introductions
* Who will chart our decisions for this meeting - Who Will Do What, By When ?
* Meeting Places Report - Suggested regular meeting places for Napa & Sonoma
* Up coming events: Tabling at Earth Day April 24th
* Tabling at Napa Local Foods Event - April 28th
* Possible Fall Dinner in the Vineyards
* Planning for 12 Stones event May 14 - Details and Task List
* Report on Heifer 201 Retreat by Evie, Caroline and Nancy
* What skills do we have as a group for events?
* Tabling ideas
* Ideas for the Quilt What do you think?
* Group expansion ideas, etcetera

* Directions

1. From Hwy 29 (the main highway from Sonoma to Napa) exit on the first exit, the Imola Exit. Turn right off the exit ramp onto Imola.
2. Take the next right which is South Minahen.
3. Take a quick right on Bohen St.
4. The Mawer home is the 6th house on the left.
It has a courtyard fence and garden in front of the house.
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Minutes: February 13, 2010

Posted by Linda On Tuesday, March 09, 2010 0 comments
Sebastopol at Coffee CatsAgenda:


* further discussion of our group fund guidelines
* update on Heifer postcards


* do we want to have set meeting places ~ one in Sonoma County/one in Napa County?
* should we use committees more often, to get tasks done more efficiently?

* educate about Heifer in our communities
* raise funds and friends to support Heifer projects and participants
* educate ourselves on Heifer-related issues (books, articles, trainings, trips,etc.)

* community education meeting in Napa ~ Covenant Presby. Church, April or May, 12 Stones film need to set date, assign tasks
* quilt event ~ target date and place, assign tasks
* passing on the gift month (April) ~ anybody want to sponsor an event ?

* please bring your book to loan if you can
* possible discussion questions what was most compelling to you about the book?
* how is the work in "Stones" work similar to/different from Heifer's?
* do they "pass on the gift ? how?


* Treasurer’s report presented. Copy will be included with this report. We talked about what a terrific contribution and success Mary Blom’s two fundraisers were.
* Guidelines for reimbursement from “Napa/Sonoma Group Fund” were discussed and agreed upon. We now have $120 in our bank account. Expenses under $20 incurred by volunteers will by and large looked on as a contribution by that volunteer and will not be reimbursed. Expenditures over $30 will need to be pre-approved by Caroline or Evie.
* Heifer postcards will become available from Eliza and will be used in lieu of business cards to provide local contact information. Also, name badges with holders will be available for volunteers. Caroline will obtain both of these items from Eliza.

* The structure of meeting times and places was discussed. We are considering having set places in both Napa and Sonoma. Evie will continue to explore the Whole Foods meeting room in Sonoma and Caroline also is looking into a possible place in Sonoma.
* Discussion was held about whether or not we need to use a committee structure. At the current time we will use committees for specific tasks.
* Yearly Goals were agreed upon:
o Educating ourselves and others about Heifer and related issues.
o Raising funds and enlisting more friends for Heifer.
o Strengthening support within our group. Having Fun.
* Current volunteers will be surveyed to see what kind of activities they prefer to work on in furthering goals of the group. Caroline will follow up on this preference e-mail by February 19th. We will also let volunteers know about what resources are available to them from Heifer while making contact in the community. Evie wil complete an updated member information roster by the end of February.
* Discussion of Future Events:
o There will be a Community Education Presentation in Napa some time between 4/15 and the end of May. Setting the date will depend on availability of the meeting room at the Covenant Presbyterian Church on Salvador Ave. Evie will follow up on setting the date. Weeknights were discussed as a good possibility. Kenny Kent will host a meeting at his house to plan this event.
o “12 Stones” will be featured at the church presentation and it was hoped that Don Emmel might be available to speak at the event as he accompanied some of the first livestock from the United States to Europe. It was also decided that the Heifer Quilt will be displayed at the church presentation and/or all public events for Heifer and would go to the first individual or group who managed to purchase an ARK for Heifer.
o Kathy will contact Betty Malmgren from Napa College to see what activities are planned for Earth Day. Nancy Evans will staff a table if there will be an event at the college. We will also look at other places we might be able to have a table on Earth Day (40th year anniversary) in both Napa and Sonoma counties.
o Carole Kent would like to explore having a Dinner in the Vinyards event at her home for a future Heifer event. She would like some percentage of the proceeds of the event to help the Napa Food Bank.


After the business meeting we discussed the book our group read Stones into Schools by Greg Mortenson. Each of us spoke to what was compelling about the book to us and how it tied in with Heifer’s work – building community, educating women, having the project be created, built and constructed by the villagers themselves, thereby empowering them and making the school theirs. We all thoroughly enjoyed reading the book.
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Minutes: Jan 9, 2010

Posted by Linda On Tuesday, March 09, 2010 0 comments

1. Study group proposals
2. Process for authorizing local expenditures
3. How to order materials
4. Contact information postcards
5. Reports on holiday events and fundraising we have done
6. Future events

Evie Trevethan, Ann Schwartz (treasurer), Kathy Mawer, Nancy Evans (Napa contact person, 265-7867), Mary Blom, Linda Mc Bee.


Discussion included the following options:
Half the Sky - authors Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn
CornerStones - Heifer International
Stones into Schools - Greg Mortenson

We decided to Read Stones into Schools first and discuss how what we are reading in that book feeds our work with Heifer. Evie will bring some thoughts about how the Cornerstones can be applied to discussing the books we read. We want to finish reading Stones into Schools so we can discuss it at our February meeting.

Click this link for good news!


Ann: We have a Volunteer account now. Give receipt to Treasurer and be reimbursed. Up to a certain amount it needs to be approved. We decided that amounts $30 or less could be submitted for reimbursement without prior approval. Amounts larger than that would need approval before committing our local funds.


1. Check locally first (Caroline/Evie/Linda)
2. Cwith Eliza (888)548-6437 x-8865
Use either of these when ordering to maximize use of materials and minimize freight/fuel costs. If unavailable from above two sources, then:
3. Order from Florida (800)422-0474


Eliza is developing post cards that will have local contact information on them to be used at tables (farmers’ markets etc.) Both Sonoma and Napa contact info will be on the cards. These cards will be used instead of business cards.


* Sonoma-Napa Volunteers bank account. Ann passed out a report with the funds raised over the Holidays. Total of about $3000. This amount reflects monies raised for Heifer through donations and activities we have developed and that we are aware of.
* Mary reported that she and her husband gave a Christmas party for the local bloggers from the Daily Kos. They invited 60 people and made it a benefit for Heifer. They announced thru the invitations that the party would be a fund raiser for Heifer. They had materials out about Heifer, provided a buffet and had a basket out with envelopes for donations. They rented a tent, provided the food, prepared the food, sent out the invitations, set up, cleaned up, and gathered the Heifer materials $1,190 was the total donated.
* Margie Egge staffed a table at One World in Healdsburg that raised $200 from proceeds donated by the store.
* Kathy Mawer printed a thank you to the Shearer Charter School community in a letter to the editor in the Napa Register that “plugged” alternative gift giving to Heifer. Various other members distributed Heifer info and encouraged donations in various ways.


Spring (April or May):
Informational Event in Napa to make Heifer more visible which would include the 12 Stones film and Don Emmel(sea going cowboy).
Nancy will contact some wineries.
Evie will contact Deana Reed at Covenant Presb. Church about a place.

Summer (Quilt Auction):
All of us need to continue to look for an appropriate venue for the quilt auction and make an initial contact.
The quilt will not be the only item to, oriental things from John, perhaps paintings, photographs from Africa, baskets of goodies, whatever.
(Hawley vineyards? Linda will ask).

Napa farmers’ market tabling will continue.
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December Meeting Cancelled

Posted by Linda On Tuesday, March 09, 2010 0 comments
As a reward for the past years of hard work and as a special holiday gift from Heifer to you, The DECEMBER MEETING IS CANCELLED. (A number of people were going to be unavailable on the scheduled date.)

The NEXT MEETING will be JANUARY 9 at Jacquie Rabinowitz's home, phone 545-5472 for directions.

Seasonal Heifer Work: Now is the time to get Heifer gift catalogues and brochures into churches, schools, medical offices, hair salons, senior centers, etc -- wherever people gather and maybe wait. Can you commit to taking material into at least 3 venues soon ? If you can help, but don't have material, contact Caroline or Evie and they will provide. Encourage your friends to use this easy and rewarding way to shop for gifts this year too.

Inspirational Event: If you want an inspirational boost, Greg Mortenson, author of Three Cups of Tea, will be speaking the evening of December 12, at Santa Rosa High School. His appearance is being sponsored by Copperfield's Books and tickets are available from any of their bookstores.

OUR Next Group Event: We intend to have a late winter or early spring fundraising event in Napa or Sonoma county. The event will include a viewing of 12 Stones (the video about women involved in Heifer projects in Nepal) and an auctioning of the quilt. We will focus on planning for this event at the January meeting; so PLEASE put that date on your calendar and plan to attend.

Gratitude: We all have much to be thankful for, and a part of that gratitude is the friendship and fun we share working with each other to support Heifer participants and their projects. THANKS to us ALL for caring and continuing to do this important work.
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Minutes: Nov. 14, 2009

Posted by Linda On Tuesday, March 09, 2010 0 comments
Hosted by: Evie and Hope

Introductions: Evie, Kathy, Betty, Tada Darcy, Hope, Nancy Evans, Ann Schwartz, Carol, Caroline, Linda

Ann shared she thought for our volunteer group funds, we need officers, charter, etc. etc. Caroline has different info, and suggests we can have our group funds in a regular bank account that only requires two signatures.

We have two categories of funds:

1. Sonoma/Napa volunteer group money” to be kept in a bank account, for petty cash to be used for operating expenses. For funds to put on events we go to Eliza.
2. Donations for Heifer - When we raise more than $50 in donations, send it in when it reaches that amount rather than letting it accumulate. send it in to Heifer thru the regional office (Eliza)with Sonoma/Napa Volunteer group acknowledged at the bottom of the check whenever possible. When large donations are collected and we send them immediately to Eliza, again with our group name at the bottom so we are credited with having raised the donations. Any donations we raise should be sent to Eliza, our regional office, rather than directly to Heifer headquarters.
Eliza Penick
Community Volunteer Coordinator
Western Zone
Heifer International
5019 Keystone Place N.
Seattle, WA 98103
T: 206-547-5696
F: 206-547:5345
888 548-6437 x 8865

Receipts for tax purposes - Headquarters will send a thank you letter and receipt showing the tax deductable number.

Revised Volunteer Reporting Form:
There is yet another revised form for reporting what we do. These are very important as it’s a record for reference of where we’ve been, what we’ve done, and amount raised. Please make copies and send one to Caroline and one to Eliza.
We will get a new form from Eliza to put on the website so we can all download it.

Report from Kathy:
The Heifer table at the Napa Farmers’ Market was in conjunction with the Quakers, and Unitarians Peace Table. By combining the three groups a lot of cross fertilization happened.... sharing of resources.... larger contact arena....Heifer materials were the most “eye grabbing”. The buttons were also very enticing. The table was to promote peace and some people left money which was split 3 ways. There was a card/banner saying War is not the answer, one man asked, so what is the answer? Kathy said Heifer, and explained how our work supports peace.

The best thing that came from Kathy’s table was the Shearer Fund Raiser that was generated by a teacher from Shearer Elementary School in down town Napa who visited the table. One of the class rooms presented a play about Heifer to about 600 hundred children. Also there was a family dance held (about 250 people) on Oct 30, as a fund raiser for Heifer. Letters to the editor appeared about this event that mentioned Heifer. Altogether over $1,200 was raised. All from Kathy talking to a teacher at the Heifer table at the Farmers’ Market. She had created a poster of photos from both events for us to see. Great work Kathy!!

She will write a thank you letter to the children at the school and also a letter to the editor of the local paper in thanks.

*A stamp with local phone number of volunteer was suggested to add to any material we pass out at tables and events. We need to ask Eliza if this is OK. Several attendees requested that Sonoma/Napa be stamped or otherwise added to the donation form in the brochure because people send in donations later from home. Caroline suggests giving out our Heifer business cards instead.

More lead volunteers need business cards. Can we order these thru Eliza?

Holiday Gift Giving: Caroline
Caroline: holiday gift giving, remember to add Napa Sonoma Volunteers on the bottom of checks and send them thru our regional office.

Strategies for Spring Fund Raiser:
Evie showed the quilt which we want to live auction. We need a venue! Napa or Sonoma county, big enough for about 100 or more people. Also have a few items for a silent auction and need wine, cheese, finger foods. Please everyone contact your contacts and let’s get something going!

Ordering materials: 800-422-0474 We need to confirm with Eliza about who can order. The online order sheet specifies only AVCs or lead volunteers can order. Plus whoever orders needs to know what the items are called and what they are ordering. Check with Caroline 707 894-0920, or Eliza.

Garden tour field trip in the spring:
Food for Thought has a fantastic garden in Forestville. We want to have a trip there in the spring. One of our volunteers is checking to see if/when we can do this.

Nepal field trip: October 2010
Any volunteers interested in going please contact Caroline

Book - Half the Sky
Evie read a quote from the book about having first hand experience with people in poverty....about how people are moved to donate money to worthy causes.

“Generosity is a right brain activity.” i.e. numbers dull the impulse to give. Feelings need to be touched. People are more willing to give to individual people rather than thousands.

Caroline gave a brief review of the book and suggested that we read it together as a book group study.

12 Stones: We will watch and discuss the movie last hour of the meeting.
Due to technical difficulties we could not view the DVD.

Possible Future Agenda Items:

* Practice Talking about Heifer
* Sea-going Cowboy - Don Emmel Evie will call to see if he can come to a small fundraiser or to our Jan meeting.
* Feedback on event-preparation timeline
* Report of Corner Stones Study Guide.

Agenda - Nov. 14th

* Money
* Revised Volunteer Reporting Form
* Report from Kathy
* Strategies for Spring Fund Raiser
* Holiday Gift Giving - Caroline
* Ordering materials - 800 422-0474
* Garden tour field trip in the spring
* Nepal trip
* Book - Half the Sky
* We will watch and discuss 12 Stones the last hour of the meeting.

For the December meeting:

* Sea going cowboy
* Practice talk about Heifer
* Cornerstones discussion - Evie

We're looking forward to this special Napa meeting. If you need a ride or want to carpool please contact me. I hope to see you all there.

Caroline Bonnet
Sonoma and Napa Counties Volunteer
Coordinator for Heifer International
* *707 894-0920

*for directions contact Caroline or call Evie (707-255-3388).
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