January 2013 Meeting Notes

Posted by Heifer Sacramento On Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Event Planning

Musical Fundraiser – Wednesday, March 20, 2013, from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, tentative location Shine Coffeehouse (14th and E Street). John Brewer has invited several musical artists to participate in this event. Each musician has committed to bring their group along with 3 to 5 guests interested in enjoying an evening of entertainment and information about Heifer’s work, as well as supporting Heifer with monetary donations. Cheryl McKinney and Judy Grimshaw will make donation envelopes for contributions. We’ll show an updated version of Everyday Heroes in segments between performances. We’ll have the use of the stage and sound equipment at Shine in exchange for purchases made that evening and there will be no cover charge. John will meet with the manager of Shine to work out more of the details. 

Event Planning with CSUS students – John will continue to reach Beth Erickson, professor at CSUS. We are waiting for her response regarding our wish to be included on the list of organizations her students may want to partner with during the spring semester. They will be helping to plan events as part of their senior project. 

Vintage Faire – Pat will continue discussions with Alan Kline of Vintage Faire, a light rock and blues band, about a fund raising event at Shine in the near future. The group can be seen at The Lido Bar and Grill on Fair Oaks Blvd. near Manzanita on the first Saturday of each month at 7:00 pm.           

Nifty Knitters Year End Report
 
JoAnn reported that in 2012 a total of $1,300 has been donated to Heifer from the sale of Nifty Knitter items. Over the last 4 years, donations from sales have totaled more than $4,000. Heifer Headquarters in Little Rock, Arkansas sent our knitting group a certificate of appreciation that JoAnn Peter will send on to Marilyn Jorgensen in Eugene, Oregon. Marilyn originated the idea for Nifty Knitters and JoAnn, with the help of Heifer volunteers, has kept it going. Our thanks go out to Sue Bennett, who took donations at her church’s alternative gift fair in December for many of the knitted items.

Outreach to Local Churches
 
Volunteers will be sending out letters based on a template letter drafted by John Brewer to local churches that are currently supporting Heifer’s work. The letter thanks the churches for their support and request the name of a contact person that is interested in being their connection to Heifer Sacramento. Our own contact information will be included in the letter. The church is invited to call on us for speaker requests, literature or anything else we can do to assist their continued support. JoAnn Peter recently made personal contact with 2 local churches, Fremont Presbyterian and Trinity Methodist, and offered to be part of their alternative gift fairs this fall. 

Team Heifer Website
 
The Team Heifer site is being revamped at headquarters. Cheryl McKinney and Teresa Fung have been in communication with HQ to make the site user friendly and reliable. Donations can be made with a credit card or a check can be mailed in with a form printed from the site at teamheifer.heifer,org/HeiferSacramentoVolunteers. More information will be available at the February meeting. 

Charitable Giving Campaign
 
Information is coming from Jill Kilty-Newburn regarding the results of our work last fall with Global Impact and CSECC (California State Employee Charitable Campaign) events in our area. A spreadsheet for the purpose of comparison should be available at the end of 2013. Results from 2012 were made available to Heifer volunteers in an attachment from Jill. When the 2013 results are in we should be able to determine our effectiveness at tabling and speaking for charitable campaign events.  

Organizational Items

Annual Report – The 2012 annual report is still in printing. Susan Sundell ordered 15 copies for our group, when it is ready. The report is currently available online at the Heifer web site. Per Jill, one thing to note in this report that is different from the report from the last two years is that Heifer’s theory of change is outlined in this version.

The canvas cover for the tri-fold is in need of repair. Pat Sayer-Handley will ask for help or advice from a sail making acquaintance, who might be able to advise us or willing to repair it for us. 

Please document your volunteer hours each month on Google docs. Remember to include hours spent at the Heifer book club or for Nifty Knitters. 

This year’s University of California Global Health Institute Conference is scheduled for next month at UC Riverside. We participated last year and found it a useful context for Heifer outreach. Hopefully the conference will return to northern California at UC Berkeley next year.       

Dates for future meetings
February 4
March 4
April 1
May 6
June 3

Next Meeting
Monday, February 4, 2013, Campus Commons Board Room 6:00 pm.
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