March Meeting Notes

Posted by Heifer Sacramento On Monday, March 11, 2013

I  Spring Fundraiser Planning
The fundraiser sub-committee and CSUS students Kelly Cassidy and Anne-Marie Jara, reported on the status of event research/planning, which is planned tentatively for a weeknight in April.  The students report success in previous years with putting on a Casino Night to reach young people. The event would include food and alcohol sales and offer donated prizes.

The sub-committee is finding difficulty with settling on a suitable location with the least cost while remaining proximal to the CSUS campus. They have several ongoing discussions waiting for additional information. We will know more soon.

II Musical Fun-Raiser
The musical FUN-raiser is set for Friday, March 29 from 7 pm to 9 pm at Arcade Public Library, 2443 Marconi Ave, Sacramento. John Brewer is organizing musical friends who will invite supporters for both their performances and for Heifer. A special page on Team Heifer has been set up to accept online donations. 

III 2013 Earth Day Events 
Based on previous experience with spring Earth Day events, we have identified those that most worthwhile and beneficial for our group to attend. The list of Earth Day events we plan on attending follows.
  • Sacramento Earth Day – April 21, 2013 from 11 am to 4 pm at Southside Park (volunteer spots covered)
  • Sacramento City College Earth Day – TBD
  • Walk on the Wild Side – May 18, 2013 from 10 am to 4 pm at Beach Lake Preserve, Freeport (2 afternoon volunteer spots still open)
  • Soil Born Farm Day on the Farm – May 19, 2013 from 10 am to 4 pm at American River Ranch, Rancho Cordova (volunteer spots covered)
  • United Methodist Conference – June 20/21, 2013 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm at Sacramento Convention Center (Jill will attend)
III Progress on Team Heifer
Teresa & Cheryl report that previously identified bugs have been worked out and donations are crediting correctly to the Sacramento Heifer Volunteers -- $1,416.77 has been generated towards our goal of $10,000.  See the Heifer Sacramento Volunteers team page.
IV Outreach Opportunities
The Nevada County Beekeepers has requested a “bee-specific” program from our group. JoAnn Peter and Cheryl McKinney will make a presentation to them when the date is set. Cheryl is in the process of researching on the topic of bees in Heifer’s work and with Jill’s help has heard from some area directors with information. Jo Ann will speak about her visit to a Heifer Honduras project that included bees.
A Girl Scout leader invited us to speak at this year’s World Thinking Day (February 22, 2013). Unfortunately, wires got crossed and we didn’t make the connection to allow us to participate this year. We’ll make a note to start contact earlier next year. She is still interest in have us speak about Heifer and offered to have us make a presentation at a monthly leaders’ meeting on what Heifer can offer troops. Pat Sayer-Handley will carry forward with this lead.

V Hunger at home
Many donors and those we speak with about Heifer’s work are interested in what Heifer is doing about hunger here at home in the community. Heifer’s only current domestic project is Seeds of Change located in Appalachia and in the Arkansas Delta regions. Jill described that the initiative is only in the first year of a five-year process, even though we have been aware of the initiative for some time.
We discussed the new film “A Place at the Table”. More information and a trailer is available throught the link.

On Friday, March 1, Magnolia Pictures released the movie documentary on American hunger titled "A Place at the Table" by Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush. The movie drives home several important points. 
1) There is enough healthy food for every American.
2) With the increasing poverty in our country as a result of the ongoing recession and other reasons, over 50 million Americans (one in four children) receive some form of government or charitable food assistance. 
3) This generation will live sicker and die younger than their parent's generation. 
4) Cheap, processed food is the only option for many Americans and the result is poor diet, chronic disease (diabetes, obesity, etc.) and rising health care costs. 
5) Faith-based groups are working hard to provide adequate food for all adults and children, but they cannot meet all of the needs. If churches could solve the problem, they would have done it by now. 
6) This is a question of patriotism. If another country was doing this to our kids, we would be at war.  
The movie is available on i-Tunes, cable and satellite on-demand and in selected theaters.


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