November Meeting Notes

Posted by Heifer Sacramento On Monday, November 19, 2012
We brainstormed what events would be best one to enlist the help of a couple of Sac State Event Planning students. The event would take place next spring, at the end of the students' spring semester. Frank Losco, former communications expert with the state, contributed good insights to the discussion. John Brewer sent a followup email to the Sac State instructor, Beth Erickson, indicating our interest, and asking for next steps. Ideas included:

·       Hiking event – This is much like a fun run, where participants get sponsorships for completing some or a whole hike.

·       Walk/Run event on the American River Parkway – Possibly join an existing walk/run event and create a group of the participants dedicated to donating to Heifer.

·       Beggars Banquet – This would be similar to our Food Table activity, which helps people experience the disparities that exist worldwide between the fed and the hungry.

·       Pig Roast – This can be an element combined with any one of the three event ideas above.

·       Yogathon – This event would offer different styles of yoga instruction every hour for a set duration. Participants would get sponsorships to complete a set number of hours of yoga.

·      Evening of Drumming – Musically talented friends of Heifer would offer an evening of drumming with proceeds going to Heifer. A local coffeehouse has offered free space in exchange for purchased of food and drink for Heifer events.  
We attended 22 charitable campaign events including the kickoffs for Sac County Employess and Calif State Employees Charitable Campaign and the federal workers’ Combined Federal Campaign. Some were tiny; some were huge. We will look forward hopefully to tracking results.  The gracious folks at Calif Department of Managed Health Care sent a contribution check through the mail to Jill Kilty-Newburn.

John Brewer and Linda Eisenmann presented at a Kiwanis meeting and remarked on the alignment in goals between Kiwanis and Heifer.
Judy Grimshaw, Suzanne Awalt, and Pat Sayer-Handley did the complete worship service and Sunday School at Fair Oaks United Methodist Church, an enthusiastic and warm group of folks.

JoAnn Peter and Sue Bennett assisted with the annual Alternative Gift Fair at Carmichael Presbyterian Church; reported $1200 in contributions plus $200 additional via sales of Nifty Knitter items.

Susan Rumberg presented a complete wrap-up of the results of tabling at the Davis Farmers Market seven times between February and October of this year. The stated goal of this trial was to generate speaker requests for our group. After expending a total of 95 hours of volunteer time for the seven months, the tabling generated one request that was carried to fruition. The Davis Farmer’s Market is one of few markets in the region that permit tabling and allow organizations to staff their own tables. Susan found that the majority of visitors who stopped at the table were already familiar with Heifer. Considering the investment of time and energy, Susan recommended, and the group agreed, that we do not continue tabling at the Davis Farmer’s Market in 2013.

Alternative Gift Fairs are on the horizon for November at Davis Community Church (Sue Bennett) and Spiritual Life Center (Judy and Pat).

Pat Sayer-Handley needs a couple of helpers for a booth and sale of materials at an Alternative Gift Fair on December 2 at Sac City College Cafe at 11 am to 1 PM. The theme: Learn about gifts that don't hurt the environment. We will be there with Heifer Information and Nifty Knitters.

With the holiday market season well underway, Teresa Fung shares information about some ceramic boxes donated by a local artist for use to generate donations to Heifer.
A local artist, Jeff Drullard, donated ceramic boxes he made for use to generate donations for Heifer. The 25 ceramic boxes are all about the same size, but all look different. They are simply made and earthy looking, artful, and clever. Sue Bennette and Jo Ann Peter took some to an alternative market and came up with some ideas of what they might be used for (fireplace matches, nick nacks). They sold one for $10, which is our suggested starting price. Please feel free to share other potential uses for the boxes. The inside dimensions are about the size of a recipe box.
I still have a total of 18 boxes available (Jo Ann/Sue have 4). If you are planning to attend a holiday craft fair or any other opportunity to generate some funds for Heifer and can use the boxes, please contact me. Thanks!!
Instead than sending just a thank you note to these sustained donor churches, the group decided to order and send the World booklet, a new Heifer publication as a thank you, along with a thank-you certificate. This will to be done in January. John Brewer will draft a letter.

Suzanne Awalt reported on the progress in bringing a Heifer Study Tour into reality for our volunteers in the West.  Jill Kilty-Newburn, Heifer's Area Engagement Manager based at Hidden Villa in Los Altos Hills, CA, has been advocating for us with Heifer's headquarters staff.  We have good news to report.  Here is the recent email from Jill.

We propose a trip to Ecuador in late August/early September of 2013. (I am pushing for August, as I assume this makes it easier for some folks to travel. Let me know if this is not so true with our interested folks. This is also the end of the dry season, so getting there before the heavy rainy season would be good.) This would be for a group of 9 people, and I would be the trip leader. Deposits to reserve a space will not be required until after the first of the year; information on itinerary, costs, travel arrangements etc. would all need to come first, of course. I wish I could make a statement about costs, but I just don't have that much information yet. As I took a quick look at flights, on Expedia, costs for flights from Sacramento through Miami were just over $1,000.
So, you see, we are moving forward.  Hopefully, there is some flexibility on the size of the group, but it will be small in number.  We do not know an exact maximum yet.

One of us wondered whether we can credit Christmas gift donations to our Team Heifer account. This looks promising, if the recently-promised upgrades work out.

Meanwhile, The Team Heifer section of reads as follows:
New Team Heifer is coming soon!
We have listened to your requests for better functionality, and are excited to announce that in mid-November, we will debut a new, improved Team Heifer experience.
In the meantime, the ability to start or join teams, or make donations has been paused. Your continued patience is appreciated as we complete the new Team Heifer. We think it will be worth the wait!
Suzanne Awalt met with longtime Heifer volunteer Emily Shiflett, who is now a student at UC Davis and is enthusiastically looking for ways to bring knowledge of and support for Heifer to her fellow students. Suzanne assured her of the group’s support as she decides what tack to take.
According to Susan Sundell, the 2011 Annual Report is not available yet.  She will call headquarters later this month to see if it is completed.
According to Jill, Holiday Issue of the World Ark is now available. There are great articles on Bangladesh and Malawi. And of course, the Holiday Gift catalogue is in the middle. This is a great issue to share with friends, family, your doctor’s office, local library and more.
World Food Day 2012 (October 16) – It’s theme: Ag cooperatives leading the way to feed the world.

Monday, January 7, 2013
No meeting in December
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