Important Links for Barn Dance

Posted by Heifer Sonoma/Napa On Saturday, March 19, 2011 0 comments
Important links:
This & That List - items we still need and stuff to "bring with" to the event.
Task List - overview of event tasks.
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Posted by Heifer Sonoma/Napa On Tuesday, March 15, 2011 0 comments

Evie Trevethan - facilitator
Caroline Bonnet - note taker

Ann, Evie, Janeen, Amelia, Mary, Nancy, Linda L, Marlene, Linda M, Carole, Keni, Marolyn, Jessee, and Susie

Up and coming events:
Earth Day - in Napa  4-23  -  Tabling schedule -Jeneen & Amelia 11-1, Marlene & Nancy 1-3 and Ann & Marolyn 3-5
Himalayan Fair in Berkeley  5-14 and 15   - Jacquie would like to go.  Caroline is checking with Pedro to see if he's setting up for it.

Tickets for Barn Dance:
We discussed how the tickets are being sold and tracked.  Caroline  said we need to keep track of names and addresses for futures events.  Ann said she will make copies of checks of people who pay that way, and we talked about needing addresses of those who purchase online.  Also tracking how many tickets are sold, so we know when to stop selling.  Linda said she has asked Eliza about this and hasn't heard back. There will be 3 lists - Paypal, Check/Cash list, and non paying.   We need an accurate head count of volunteer, helpers and staff.  It was decided that volunteers who have contributed to the event but are not working at it should pay for tickets.  Volunteers working at the event do not need to pay, but are invited to do so if possible.

Flyers for Barn Dance:
We will send online flyers to our friends and post the printed flyers around about.  Caroline has covered Cloverdale, Geyserville, Healdsburg and Windsor.  Linda and Mary will cover Sebastopol, Santa Rosa, Cotati, Rhonert Park and Petaluma.  Jessee will cover Sonoma town and Carole will cover Napa.  If anyone needs more flyers, contact Caroline.

It was asked for some volunteers to make checks for the event out to our volunteer group to help defray costs of putting on the event. Caroline also asked for volunteers to bring spare change to the meetings for our petty cash or as a donation to Heifer, your choice.  We now have $103 in our account.  As of now we have $150 costs we need to cover farm staff and musicians.

We still need for the event:
serving gloves - Evie
50 corn bread muffins - Gina
8lbs cheese and sour cream - 1 gal  - Mary will get with a $25 gift cert at Costco
butter - undecided how much, if any
salad dressing -  Marlene
glassware  -  Linda M
table cloths - amount?
ice  - we need two versions, one for cooling bottles of wine and apple juice in a tub - we need a volunteer for this ice chest with ice for putting into pitchers of water   - Carole and Keni will provide this. Linda is bring a tub to hold the beer keg.

Food Serving
There will be two serving lines with 4 servers at each table. Chili, condiments, corn muffins, salad. There will be two runner-stirrers at the big pots to keep the chili hot and from sticking to the bottom. They will replenish the serving table.
Cookies will be served at the light refreshment table or tea/ coffee table.
Susie and Ruthann will serve the corn muffins.
Ann and Marlene will make the salad and Janeen and Amelia will serve it.
There was a discussion about how to dispose of our waste products after the event.  Linda McBee is checking with the waste disposal companies in Sonoma county to find out if we should use disposal paper products or not.  We will leave our compost (food and drink waste only) at the farm and take away everything else.  Carole and Keni will take corn made plates if that's what we use, to Napa to be ground for compost, if Napa Re-cycling will do that.  Evie will check.

For the next meeting
Critique the Barn Dance event
Streamlining the event planning process
What do we want to do next?  Presentations in schools, service clubs, churches, etc.?

Some of us will arrive at the barn on April 9 at 3pm to set up.  If you feel your projects might take longer, you are welcome to arrive earlier.
Still waiting to hear if we will have the interns with us to help and if so how many. We also want to find out what time the tables and chairs will be delivered to the barn. I'll keep you informed as I hear.

We need signs for the following:
Donor list - large sign by welcome table listing all donors
Suggested donation $4 (for beer and alcohol after the first free drink)
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Great news! Matching Gift Grant from Danone Corporation

Posted by Heifer Sonoma/Napa On Wednesday, March 09, 2011 0 comments
Your next gift to Heifer International can go twice as far if you act right now to take advantage of a special matching gift opportunity.
Every dollar you donate will be matched with another dollar from the Danone Corporation – parent company of Dannon yogurt. The combined gift will be used to fund a very important project to empower thousands of families in Ukraine.

With your help, we hope to fully fund the remaining initiatives of this project, including:

The Milk Communities Initiative, Phase 2 will provide heifers and training to help over a thousand smallholders and family farms in 20 Ukraine communities increase the quality and quantity of their milk production;

The Cooperative Farm and Services for Smallholders and Farmers Initiative will help participants achieve financial independence by cooperating on collecting, cooling and selling milk directly to dairy factories; and,

The EcoFruit Initiative will provide strawberry plants to project participants to help diversify income and improve strawberry production.

Your gift will support this exciting project and make a lifelong impact on behalf of families in Ukraine. Plus, because of Pass on the Gift, your support will continue to multiply as one family passes on the gift of livestock and training for another family to lift themselves out of poverty.
click here to donate
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Congress To Vote on Humanitarian Aid

Posted by Heifer Sonoma/Napa On Wednesday, March 09, 2011 0 comments
Heifer International works in partnership with and stands for the too-often voiceless poor around the world and is committed to doing all we can to help bring about the end to hunger and poverty and to ensure protection for the earth's resources.

The U.S. Congress is poised to vote on a budget that puts at risk critical humanitarian and development programs, which save millions of lives every year. And recent rises in world food prices have caused food riots and violence in places like Tunisia and Algeria, and threaten to push hundreds of millions of families back into poverty.

America's international affairs budget is a critical component of feeding millions of families who daily suffer hunger and poverty and ongoing efforts that target disease, hunger, poverty, climate change and programs that help build sustainable futures for all. It's also a critical component of global security, which becomes very unsettled with a potential rise in famine and disease.

At risk in these cuts is the forward-thinking anti-hunger and poverty program Feed the Future, which aims to bolster poor countries' food production capabilities. This isn't a question of charity; it's an issue of life or death for millions of people—especially women and girls who produce most of the world's food but suffer the greatest hunger and poverty and derive the fewest benefits.

Failing to fund these programs thoughtfully and responsibly threatens not only the health and welfare of hundreds of millions of families; it threatens the security of individuals and the world.

America faces an unparalleled budget deficit and it's clear that Congress must scrutinize spending in every department at every level. But it's critical that human health and progress not be sacrificed by shortsighted cuts to an international affairs budget that provides life-saving results with low-investment interventions.

Heifer International implores Congress in its deliberations to consider the costs of its actions on the world's most vulnerable populations—the poor, the hungry—left hopeless without the kind of help provided by these essential funds. We must all work together to end hunger and poverty, to keep our global commitment to the poor and hungry.

For more information or to learn more about what you can do, please visit

Pierre Ferrari
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Agenda for March 12, 2011 Heifer Volunteer meeting.

Posted by Heifer Sonoma/Napa On Tuesday, March 08, 2011 0 comments
Saturday, March 12, 2011
10am - 12pm 
Sebastopol Methodist Church

Evie -  facilitating
Caroline - note taker

Up and coming events.   Earth Day -  Downtown Napa, Saturday,  April 23 Please sign up for staffing this event.
 Himalayan Fair - May 14-15, Live Oak Park, Berkeley.  Schedule pending.

Volunteer Report Forms and should go to Linda monthly to post on the
computerized VRF.  Any donated money should go to Ann. She will report amounts to Linda monthly, list  on her records and mail in to headquarters.

Update on our April 9th Barn Dance.
Where we are.
What's still left to do.

Ann - give Linda names and addresses  of people who are buying tickets with checks.  Please  also keep a record of our Barn Dance expenses. 
$75 to musicians
$75 to farm security
$25 for ABC  license

Check task list for updates - access thru the blog
Check This and That for what's left to do/ gather/bring - access thru the blog.  Contact Linda McBee for instructions.

All Point People, please send the Eflyer to any of your people who should receive one.

Things to bring to the meeting:
 - Marlene, please bring the box of ceramics to the meeting or give to Ann, you've kindly stored at your house. We'll use them for donation items.
 - Linda, please bring the box of the latest World Arks to share with Evie for her materials table and the Earth Day tabling.  Also bring the knitted items of Julie's, and any other items for donations.
 - Mary requests that we bring our coffee cups to the meeting for our coffee or tea.  Also please wear your name tags if you have one.   
 - Everyone bring any forks and spoons you're donating  - (loaners not included)
 - Playing cards for Marlene
 - Jars for Linda beverages if you are not attending the event.

Future agenda items:
Streamlining our process for planning events.
What do we want to do in the future in addition to events.

Discussion of Chapter 3 of Voluntary Simplicity course - Mary facilitating

Thanks everyone, see you then.
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