Heifer Sonoma Minutes - Aug. 18th, 2012

Posted by Heifer Sonoma/Napa On Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Heifer Sonoma meeting was held Aug 18 - always the 3rd Saturday (unless otherwise noted) from 10 - 12 at the United Methodist Church in Sebastopol

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

Mary printed out our blog postings from our last meeting  and the writing about the AKA convention we attended for us to review.

Future presentations - We talked about our plans for a booth at the Apple Blossom Festival and Gravenstein Festeval in Sebastopol next year. Mary will contact the appropriate parties for information.  We also talked about contacting the Kathmandu Festival in Sonoma and the Himalayan Fair in Berkeley to get details to present at those events. Jacquie and Nancy in Napa will be notified to see if they'd like to go.

Caroline emailed and called the secretary of the Santa Rosa Kiwanis Club and offered to present Heifer at one of their gatherings/meetings, but has had no response so far.

Mary handed out flyers she gathered from our table at the AKA convention. They are good for giving to teachers/educators.  We'll ask Linda to order us a few more from Jill. Mary will speak to the Mission Team at her church about Heifer's work as the team decides which charity to give to. She presented the Quarter or Peace Tubes to the children in her congregation last Sunday and was happily surprised to see how interested the children were and excited to contribute their quarters. She had told them the story of Beatrice and her goat. Then some of the congregation came forward and offered their quarters for the children to add to the tube. We will look into buying Jan Schrock's book, Give a Goat for future Quarter tube presentations. Caroline got the information on how to construct a tube and will have one made for her presentations.

When we were at the AKA convention and giving out gift prizes, there were 4x6 pieces of paper between each gift bag. Julie Sparks retrieved all of the paper for making note pads, which were stapled together and distributed at the meeting.

Our Cornerstone Study this time was Sharing and Caring: We each shared  some of our life experiences, appreciating those both  joyful and painful.
We shared how grateful we are for the gift of retirement and older age when we can look back and reflect on and understand our life in a deeper way. The Heifer value of Sharing and Caring in Community had personal meaning for us as we grieved for our friend and AVC, Linda McBee’s loss of her son.

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Caroline Bonnet
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