Sonoma Minutes - January 19, 2013

Posted by Heifer Sonoma/Napa On Friday, January 25, 2013 0 comments
Present: Linda McBee, Mariann Weed, Dottie Joos, Mary Blom

  • Linda shared with us that she will be relinquishing her AVC title and role. She anticipates continuing in a volunteer role.
  • Read to Feed: Reviewed the materials in the “Read to Feed” kit, noting that it is primarily a reading motivation and fund-raising program in contrast to the global education kits, which offer a more in depth global awareness. Linda wondered if Heifer has recommended reading lists for various grade levels that could be offered with the program. She will inquire. 
  • Next month we will open and look at one of the Global Education kits. Linda will look into making them available to the teachers at the two local Waldorf schools, where she has maintained relationships. 
  •  Mariann told us that the newly opened Sunflower CafĂ© on N. McDowell is designed to be a gathering place and includes a children’s corner. She suggested that it has potential for making Heifer materials and children’s books available. She will speak with the owner. 
  •  Mariann will also contact The Living Room, the daytime shelter for homeless women and children at Incarnation Episcopal Church in Santa Rosa. We brainstormed the possibilities of having a story time using Heifer and other related books.
  •  Joyful Noise choir concert: The choir director and St. Stephen’s Church (the venue) will be looking at spring dates. We will recommend 4/7, 4/14, 4/28, or possibly early March. Dates to be avoided are 3/24, Palm Sunday, 3/31, Easter, 4/21, Apple Blossom Festival, and if we were to go into May, 5/12, Mothers’ Day, and graduations
  •  Ongoing calendar: Mary will contact the Apple Blossom Festival and the Gravenstein Apple Fair regarding non-profit table opportunities. Mariann will bring the Community Gazette to the next meeting. Linda will contact The Bohemian regarding their calendar of events. 
  •  Tabling ideas: Mariann showed us her collection of animal puppets, recently purchased for Heifer tabling. Dottie also has been collecting animal figures. 
  • It was suggested we could also use peace pipes (quarter tubes) when tabling. Mary will send the specs for making them to Linda; Ben may be willing. 
  •  Funds raised: Linda sent $500 from our bank account to Jill. Alternative giving table at Sebastopol UMC raised $650, sent directly to Jill by the church. This is the second year Lincoln School has done a school wide fundraiser for Heifer as a result of our contact three years ago; proceeds were sent directly to Heifer. 

 Submitted by Mary Blom
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Napa Heifer Minutes - December 8, 2012

Posted by Heifer Sonoma/Napa On Thursday, January 03, 2013 0 comments
Check in: Ann, Nancy, Janeen, Amelia, Jessie, Betty, Keni, Carole, Marlene, Linda L, Linda DYL, Jacquie, Evie and Guest Dave Whitmer, Ag Commissioner for Napa County, Chmn of Church Council First United Methodist Church.

Treasurer’s Report:

  • Donations today: $388 from Jessie and the Widows and Widower’s Group
  • $500 from Jacquie, from Provenance Vineyards, with a photo op at Provenance scheduled for this week.
  • The First Christian Church's 5th grade class donated $500 to Heifer.
  • Ann submitted a written report of fiscal activity for the last several months.

School Activities:
  • Linda DY: 26 kits picked up by teachers (report will be emailed separately), teachers emailed, spoke with teacher in Calistoga for feedback, another teacher responded and plans to use in January
  • Middle School Kits still available, Read to Feed kits still available, Betty suggested the Power Point presentation can be tweaked for any schools and grade levels. Caroline suggested that volunteers can utilize activities from the kits to make presentations for interested teachers.
  • Napa High: A senior Project is being done by a student Silvia Pizano. The Heifer Club remains active.
  • Dave Briggs: Dept of Environmental Services for Napa County expressed interest in using Heifer activities for New Tech High Projects for Community Service Hours.
Congregations
  • UUFNB - Evie spoke, 6 people attended. Showed "12 Stones", enthusiasm was high.
  • First Presbyterian Gift Fair – Nancy, still waiting to hear about the funds raised. The funds went through the church and will be reported to us.
Events
  • Carole and Keni: Barbara Kingsolver Event. Sold out. Mary Blom, Linda McB, Caroline attended and tabled for Heifer. Many in audience knew of Heifer. People responded well to Heifer information.
  • Evie: Fair Share Meal concept for event. Possible Senior Project? Betty will bring to Napa Valley College. General consensus is favorable.
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