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Meeting notes 11/24/01
We met at Associated Ministries and Janie facilitated the meeting, Jude took notes - thank you both. The next meeting will be at the Associated Ministries, Saturday December 1st, 10 am until noon - 1224 S. "I" street - PLEASE COME (and pick up flyers and posters for the December 15th event, "Seeking Alternatives to War," to distribute wherever you can)
MAILING PARTY! This Friday, November 30th, 9AM at Associated Ministries (address above) - please come if you have some time to fold flyers for our December 15th event.
ONGOING VIGIL - WEDNESDAYS 12:30 to 1:30 - in front of the Fed. Blgd, bring a friend! If you can only come for part of the time, that's fine.
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We will need a new note taker for meetings after Christmas: if you are willing, let us know.
We began the meeting with our usual check-in on the theme of what we are grateful for - those comments follow these notes on the day's agenda items.
Sallie gave her report on here communications with the good admiral. His visit is confirmed. He is arriving Thursday evening December 13th and will be leaving Sunday morning December 16th. He's fine with the title "Seeking Alternatives to War" and would like the subtitle "Confrontation or Cooperation?" He will speak for 35 minutes and then we can open the meeting to questions; and he's happy to use the 3x5 card process to gather questions. The content of his talk supports non-violence: a military response to terrorism is absurd because you don't get anywhere with it. He is not asking for an honorarium.
The basic costs of the air tickets has been donated as frequent flyer miles, though we will need an additional $60 for business class, as well as the expense for taxi fare, overnight accommodations (2 nights) and the expense of meals. Ursula volunteered to drive the admiral to accommodations near the airport Saturday night for his Sunday departure.
The location of the event is the Washington State History Museum on Saturday December 15th from 2pm to 4pm
Carl reported on some program and logistic progress:
Pam reported that there is space in the foyer for tables. The group discussed the kinds of handouts that would be appropriate, and suggested handouts with a resource list containing things like websites and booklists. Invited tables such as ACLU and the Law Collective(of Seattle) were suggested. It was also mentioned that an atmosphere which is inviting to people who are in different stages of questioning would be desirable. It was agreed that a respectful, dignified atmosphere that provides some alternative viewpoints is appropriate. Some group members evinced a desire for articles to be available, particularly those by the Admiral - presented selectively, without clutter and without accosting people. A selective sale of books was suggested, as well as sign up sheets for other activities and interests. Pam will check about the legality of sales on the museum premises. The logistics committee will make these decisions and arrangements, taking into account the group's opinions and concerns.
Marion reported on the PR committee's progress. Since she could not contact the rest of the committee last week, she drafted several versions of a flyer for the group. After a group discussion, one draft version of the flyer was selected, and suggestions about contents and changes were made. It was agreed that Marion will redesign the final version of the flyer considering the suggestions from the group. Thank you Marion! Three reams of 100% recycled paper were donated. Sallie told us that reproduction of the flyer can happen at Associated Ministries for $.02 per page, and $.14 per 11X17 poster. Sallie and Marion will work together on those arrangements, and then volunteers will meet Friday morning the 30th at 9AM to fold and label the flyers - please come if you can, and bring a friend! If you can't arrve by 9, feel free to arrive a bit later!
Marion will also make a text-only version of the flyer information to be distributed via email.
At next Saturday's meeting you can pick up 11x17 posters and flyers to distribute to libraries, colleges, churches - wherever. Please come.
It was also mentioned that a fundraising letter still needs to be posted on the list serve.
Chris will facilitate next week's meeting, and "media preparation" will be a big item on the agenda.
Group check-in: What are you thankful for? (each member responded, and what follows is rough summary of what was said):
We ended this meeting with hands held sharing the blessing: "At this moment for the peoples and the nations of the earth, May not even the names disease, famine, war and suffering be heard, But rather may their goodness, merit, wealth and prosperity increase, And may supreme good fortune and well-being always arise for them"
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