Ryan Bell and Heifer

Posted by Heifer Sonoma/Napa On Monday, November 25, 2013 0 comments
Ryan Bell is out to transform the world with Heifer International! Featured as "Manners Hero of the Week" in Parade Magazine.(http://www.parade.com/234303/stevenpetrow/manners-hero-of-the-week-teen-with-a-rare-illness-starts-a-new-thanksgiving-tradition-to-help-others/).
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11/16/2013 Sonoma Volunteers for Heifer Minutes

Posted by Heifer Sonoma/Napa On Monday, November 25, 2013 0 comments

Present: Lynne March, Linda McBee, Dotty Joos, Mary Blom

  • Old business and reports

    • Unity Napa Valley: Our presentation at the church forum on 10/27 was well received by a group of approximately 17 responsive and enthusiastic participants, one of whom is eager to volunteer for Heifer. Her connection to the Napa group has been facilitated. The congregation has donated a “flock of hope”, and a goat, and are now giving toward a gift of honeybees.
    • Food Justice blogathon: We were invited to participate in a 10/23 blogathon for food justice on the Daily Kos blog. Our essay about Heifer’s work placed on the recommended reading list with 136 recommendations, 48 facebook postings, and 7 tweets.
    • Tabling at the California Reading Ass’n. Conference 11/2: Thank you to Evie Trevethan for helping us cover this event. Information about “Read to Feed” and other classroom curricula was distributed.Mid‐day hours saw heavy traffic at the table. Morning and late afternoon time slots saw only light activity.
    • Heifer’s 70th  birthday celebration: Jill met with a committee from the Napa group. A planning schedule has been established. A family event is scheduled at Wombat Farm for 5/3/14, 1:00‐4:00 p.m. with garden tours and educational stations. It was suggested that planning should include the possibility of rain.
  • New Business
    • First Presbyterian Church of Ft. Bragg has made a very generous donation to a project in Nduma, East Africa. Caroline and Linda will go to Ft. Bragg on 11/17 to present an Ark certificate to honor their accomplishment and to thank them for their generosity.
    • Sebastopol United Methodist Church: We will staff an alternative giving table at the church on 12/1, 12/8, and 12/15/13.
    • Dottie will look into the possibility of tabling at Zen Fest in December.
    • Holiday catalogs were supplied to all present for distribution in the community.
  • 2014 Ideas
    • California Kindergarten Ass’n. Conference, January, in Santa Clara. Lynne will inquire re: nonprofit tables. She has friends who could take our Pre‐K and K materials to the conference.
    • Linda will explore the possibility of a repeat Joyful Noise concert in 2014.
    • Lynne suggested keeping in touch with activities of the Sebastool Grange and Transition Sebastopol, since there may be events at which a Heifer table would be fitting. She will explore the Grange; Linda will explore Transition.

Submitted by Mary Blom

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Fort Bragg First Presbyterian Church

Posted by Heifer Sonoma/Napa On Wednesday, November 20, 2013 0 comments
On Sunday November 17th Linda McBee and I had the pleasure of going over Fort Bragg to present the pastor, Dan Fowler and his congregation with an Ark Plaque for their generous donation of $8,000+ for a goat project in Nduma near Nairobi Africa. We were warmly welcomed by the church members and were each given a gift of a jar of ingredients to make a winter bean soup. Pastor Fowler led a beautiful service which we enjoyed very much. During the service Linda and I presented the plaque to the pastor and the congregation, and we included a gift of Betty LaDuke's lovely paintings and stories of her travels to Heifer projects around the world. After the service we met with folks in the social hall for refreshments and a chance to get acquainted and talk a bit more about Heifer's work. We spoke with leaders of the church's 'mission project' who were instrumental in getting the project funded and who were pleased and enthusiastic to know their work has come to fruition. We are grateful for this opportunity to honor their kindness.
Caroline Bonnet
(In picture - left to right: mission committee members Cathy Hollenback, chair Linda Runner, committee member Dale Botsford, Heifer International Representative Caroline Bonett gives an Ark Plaque to Rev. Dan Fowler and International Representative Linda McBee.)
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