Minutes-August 13th-Sebastopol

Posted by Heifer Sonoma/Napa On Monday, August 22, 2011
Present:
Evie, Anne, Jessi, Linda L., Linda M., Janeen, Emilia, Marolyn, Mary, Carol, Kenni and Linda D.Y.
*via phone during check in: Caroline reported that she has written a letter to our new CEO Pierre Ferrari saying she has seen several full page ads about Heifer fighting for Peace and asking if there isn't a better way to express that? We all agreed that is a strange way to describe the work Heifer does for peace.
Follow Ups:
  • Pool Party - September 17th - 1 to 4 for family and friends. Eat lunch before and come prepared with toppings and ice cream. Please, RSVP to Carol and Keni.
  • Garage Sale - We had talked about having a garage sale after finishing the study of "Voluntary Simplicity" from NWEI
    • Talk of a garage sale transformed into a discussion about a "Living Gift Market" event that could include young people giving their "old" toys to someone else less fortunate. We like the idea of combining Education about Heifer, Sustainablity and Giving combined in an event.
      Ideas were flowing. We formed a group to meet and consider the possibilities and venues.
      Committee: Jessi, Janeen, Marolyn, Linda D.Y. (chair), Carol and Keni.
  • There has been no response as yet from Chris Marino about having an event at Cline Wineries for the Holidays. Linda M. will continue to try and contact her.
  • Napa/Sonoma division.....coming soon.....maybe.....the ice cream social is planned on the same day as the newly scheduled regular monthly meeting time for Sonoma...the third Saturday of each month. Hmmm. We (Mary, Caroline and myself) will figure it out.
AVC Report:
  • There will be a Heifer University 3-day workshop on local and global food systems, sustainable partnerships. The cost is $225.  Click here for the pdf flyer.
  • There will be a one day workshop for all Northern California volunteers at Hidden Villa on October 22nd. No charge for this event!
  • Several items from AVC conference call:
    • Jill Kilty-Newburn has joined Eliza to work with the Bay Area volunteers. Jill will continue to work from the Heifer office at Hidden Villa in the Los Altos hills. She is also working with schools with a curriculum which will be available soon.
    • New t-shirts will be available soon that will be just for volunteers (at a special price).
    • Coming soon... an AVC (yearly) Workplan form to help us to start thinking strategically about the year ahead.
    • There is now an internal calendar on which Eliza and Jill can place all events, meetings, etc. that will feed to a national calendar & social media outlets to help get our local events to a larger audience.
    • the 2010 Annual Report is now available.
    • Municiapl Library Systems are a good place to get the Heifer word out. In Anchorage the library system and the Heifer group have formed a great working alliance.
    • Linda sent around a paper to collect the info about what everyone did this month for Heifer. She'll send this info on to Eliza.
Future ideas of what to do as a study:
  • talks from those who have been on Heifer Study tours to partner countries. At this time, Linda L. has been to Lithuania, Mary to Hondurus, and Nancy & Jackie traveled to Nepal.
  • There is enthusiasm to continue some sort of book study.
  • Report from people attending the Napa sustainability workshops.
  • There is a possibility of a National Spring Event hosted by numerous groups across the nation all on the same day!
  • Marolyn told us about this most interesting interview with Maurice Lim Miller (click that link).
Next meeting: September 10th in Napa (see calendar and map over to the right side).
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