April Meeting Notes

Posted by Heifer Sacramento On Friday, April 05, 2013
l.  Recent Events
1. Americorps volunteers on 3/28 – This event was attended by Sue Bennett, Pat Sayer-Handley, and Kirk Fujikawa. Sue Bennett reported that this event was successful and well-attended held at the Coloma Community Center. Sue, Pat and Kirk were kept busy talking to interested Americorps volunteers about Heifer’s work, volunteer opportunities, and paths to careers in Heifer.

2. FUN Raiser on 3/29 – John Brewer was the lead volunteer for this smoothly executed, fun, musical event held in the Community Room of Arcade library. The evening, from 7 –9 pm, included lots of entertainment, informational Heifer videos, a Heifer animal quiz, and refreshments. Donations generated to Heifer amounted to over $1,600.
ll. Partnership with CSUS students

Susan Rumberg reported on the work of the event committee. We are awaiting a response to an email sent to the students outlining our concerns about the proposed casino night. The committee felt that there were too many challenges in going forward with the casino night, including a tight time frame for processing all the necessary forms, adequate attendance at the venue and financial support of the event.  As a result, the committee decided to discontinue planning for the casino night. Our intention is to support the students in a different choice for an event to help them satisfy their course requirements.

lll. Spring Events
We can use additional volunteers at any of these shifts, especially the May events.

Sunday, April 21, 11 am – 4 pm
Southside Park, between T & W, 6th & 8th Streets, midtown Sac
Early shift:  John Brewer, Suzanne Awalt, JoAnn Peter
Late shift:  John Brewer, Susan Rumberg, Deanna Torres

Walk on the Wild Side (Environmental event sponsored by US Fish & Wildlife)
Saturday, May 18, 10 am – 4:30 pm
Beach Lake Preserve, Freeport
Early shift:  Pat Sayer-Handley, Susan Sundell
Late shift:  John Brewer, Judy Grimshaw

Day on the Farm (Soil Born Farms)
Sunday, May 19, 10 am – 4 pm
American River Soil Born Farm, Chase Drive, Rancho Cordova
Early shift:  Cheryl McKinney, Susan Rumberg
Late shift:  John Brewer, Melody Murray, Cheryl McKinney

IV. Other Items

Ecuador Study Tour.  The Missouri teachers that had initially planned on joining the tour contingent upon funding support will not be going on the study tour. Seven from our volunteer group have signed up and meets with the minimum number of participants for the trip to move forward. Since the trip can accommodate up to about 10 participants, the word that we have some openings on the trip is going out to Sonoma, Napa and the Bay area volunteers.

Tapped, a film that will be shown at the Spiritual Life Center, 2201 Park Towne Circle, Friday, April 19th at 6:30 pm. The film shows a behind the scenes look into the unregulated and unseen world of an industry that aims to privatize and sell back the one resource that ought never to become a commodity: our water.

Material resources. Susan Sundell updated us on the status of the various Heifer material resources available and stored in her garage as we gear up for the upcoming events.

Spinner. Pat Sayer-Handley will contact Jill about the possibility of purchasing a new, lighter, and customizable spinner. While our existing one has served us well, it is very heavy and difficult to move.

V. Next meeting Monday, May 6, 2013, Campus Commons Board Room 6:00 pm
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