February 2013 Meeting Notes

Posted by Heifer Sacramento On Monday, February 18, 2013
Heifer Event Project with CSU Sacramento students Kelly Cassidy and Anne-Marie Jara
A sub-committee for fundraising events will meet with CSUS students Kelly and Anne-Marie on Monday, February 11 at Shine on 14th and E streets. The group will discuss ideas for fundraising and refine specifics for a spring event. Suggested ideas for fundraising events are bike-a-thon, hiking event, walk/run event, pig roast, yoga-thon, evening of drumming, beggars banquet, musical events, crab feed, etc. Kelly and Anne-Marie will bring along some previous fundraising ideas for consideration. The spring event should be completed by May 15th to accommodate the student’s school schedule. Volunteers on the sub-committee are Linda Eisenman, Pat Sayer-Handley, Susan Rumberg, Frank Losco, Judy Grimshaw; Laurie Heller will also assist.

Team Heifer Demo
Teresa Fung answered questions and demonstrated using the Heifer Sacramento Volunteers site on Team Heifer for recording our fundraising progress as a team. Donations can be made with a credit card, or a check can be mailed in with an off-line donation form printed from the site. Donations can be made to specific Heifer Sacramento Volunteers' events.

2013 Study Tour to Ecuador
Suzanne Awalt, lead volunteer, reported that Jill Kilty-Newburn, leader of our local-group Study Tour, will be at the March volunteers meeting. Volunteers interested in going on the trip to Ecuador will meet with her at 5pm that evening for information about the itinerary, types of projects and other trip details. An application form and request for a deposit will probably happen in late February and reservations are on a first come, first served basis. A minimum of 7 and maximum of 10 volunteers will be necessary.

Student Heifer Club in the works at University of California Davis
Emily Shifflett, a student at UC Davis, with a long history of supporting Heifer’s mission, is working to establish a Heifer presence on the campus. She is working on obtaining official club acknowledgement on campus. The current group has about 10 members. Susan Rumberg offered to help deliver Heifer materials to Emily, when needed.  Our group offered to Emily to call on our group to assist with presentations or support for any events for her group. Welcome, Emily!

Upcoming Events
Heifer Foundation Planned Giving Seminar (February 21)
A light dinner and a Planned Giving seminar will be presented by Ardyth Neill, President of Heifer Foundation, at Campus Commons Clubhouse. Invitations will go out to Heifer supporters in the area, and any of the volunteer group is also welcome. Susan Sundell and JoAnn Peter have volunteered to find a caterer for the dinner; Cheryl McKinney will assist in setup.  

FUN Raiser (Musical fundraiser for Heifer Int’l)
Friday March 29, 7 – 9 pm, Arcade Public Library at 2443 Marconi Avenue, Sacramento
John Brewer – lead volunteer.   John has organized 10 musicians and ensembles that have committed to perform at a fundraiser for Heifer International. Each musician/ensemble have also committed to invite 3 to 5 guests interested in enjoying an evening of entertainment and information about the work of Heifer, as well as supporting Heifer with monetary donations. RSVPs will be necessary.

Volunteers to help:
       Donation envelopes – Judy Grimshaw and Cheryl McKinney
       Invitational Flyer – Cheryl McKinney
       Animal interactive game – Pat Sayer-Handley
       Folding chairs – Library may have with no need for us to supply
       POG dvd – Linda Eisenman
       Magazines and catalogs – Susan Sundell
       Set up – JoAnn Peter, Cheryl McKinney
       Clean-up – Susan Rumberg
       Advertise on the Blog – Teresa Fung

UMC Annual Conference, Sacramento Convention Center, June 19 – 22
Suellen Rowlison is a delegate and will set up and partly staff a Heifer table. Others are welcome to participate: best days for volunteers would be June 20 & 21 (Thursday and Friday). 

Chico Farmers Market, third Saturday of each month
Heifer has a presence at this market in Chico. 

Earth Day Events in April and May
Cheryl will email a spreadsheet of our usual events with dates and times. We ask that lead volunteers sign up and begin the application process. 

Organizational Items
Volunteer Hours reporting
Please remember to record your volunteer hours each month on Google docs for the sake of time saving efficiency. Regular reporting of time spent on Heifer activities during the month insures you won’t forget to report all that you have done.  

Annual Reports
Hard copies of the 2012 Annual Report are now available. Send your request to Susan Sundell, if you would like an annual report and didn’t receive one at the meeting. The report is also online at the Heifer web site.

Online news
When Cows Fly is a new Heifer site for sharing info and stories about Heifer International. Check it out.

Wonder Tree Home School
Suzanne Awalt reported that on February 2nd the K-7 children put on a fundraiser for Heifer after being inspired by a talk by volunteer, Don Rake. They sold baked goods and used books, toys and crafts at a Heifer table at 28th and F Street to meet their fundraising goal.

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

Next meeting Monday, March 4, 2013, Campus Commons Board Room 6:00 pm
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