Attending:  Mary Blom - facilitator, Caroline Bonnet - note taker, Dotty Joos

We talked about the AKA convention we will attend and have a table at on Tuesday.  Mary brought print outs of their work with Heifer in Ecuador and Kenya. There will be 8,500 women attending and parking is expected to be scarce.  We discussed travel plans. We are honored and excited to be going to this, and look forward to hearing from Beatrice.  Mary also brought print outs from our last meeting to review.  Caroline talked a little about her meeting with Connie, Jill and Lendri on Friday.  Lendri will be volunteering with our Sonoma group.  She lives in Petaluma.  Mary's son made some quarter tubes that Mary will use at her church's children's time.

We talked about calenders for the year.  Mary brought one and downloaded information from the Sonoma County calendar of events.  We are not in favor of the online calendar Linda suggested.  We will use our calendars to place our events when they are favorable and avoid dates that are unfavorable.  Mary said she is not interested in doing large events and would rather work locally with smaller presentations and tablings. We referred to the email from Jill that Mary brought for us, regarding future presentations at schools, churches and clubs, and we appreciated the clarification on expectations. We talked about plans we are considering for the future.

Caroline will contact the Santa Rosa chapter of the Kiwanis Club to offer a Heifer presentation in gratitude of our winning their 2012 World Service Medal awarded to us at their national convention in New Orleans.

We talked of other events where we might have a presence:
Apple blossom Festival, April 20-21 - Sebastopol
Gravenstein Apple Festival, Aug 11th - 12th - Sebastopol
Earth Day,  April 22 or following weekend  - wherever
Butter and Eggs Day  April 27th - Petaluma
River Revival, July 21st - approx - check out  -  Petaluma
Laguna Farm  Festival, July 14th
Alternative Gift Fairs, Cornerstone? - Sonoma.   Mary will be at her church Alternative Gift Fair on Nov 25, Dec 2, and 9th.  We will contact Marguerite to see if we might have one at the winery where she works.
Cotati Kids Festival,  date uncertain
Himalayan Festival, Memorial Day weekend - Berkeley
Kathmandu Festival, Sept 15th at Vets Hall - Sonoma

Dates to avoid  -  Easter, Mothers Day, Fathers Day, Graduation, St Patrick's Day, Sonoma County Fair, 3 day weekends. We spoke of the need to plan ahead, way ahead.

We discussed our thoughts  on our valuable connection with the Nepal projects and how we can keep those active and perhaps expand to other areas.

Lastly we discussed the second Cornerstone: Accountability.  How it works in our Heifer projects in the field and in the ways we ourselves are accountable in our lives and efforts toward making a better world.
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