Sonoma Minutes - January 19, 2013

Posted by Heifer Sonoma/Napa On Friday, January 25, 2013
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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