Table of Contents
- Minutes 4 July 2017
- Sustainers’ call 16 June 2017
- Minutes 6 June 2017
- Minutes 2 May 2017
- Minutes 4 April 2017
- Minutes 7 March 2017
- Minutes 7 February 2017
- Sustainers’ call 20 January 2017
- Minutes 3 January 2017
- Minutes 6 December 2016
- Minutes 1 November 2016
- Minutes 4 October 2016
- Minutes 6 September 2016
- Minutes 2 August 2016
- Minutes 5 July 2016
- Minutes 3 May 2016
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- Minutes 1 March 2016
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- Minutes 5 January 2016
- Minutes 1 December 2015
- 2015 FPT-AWP Annual report
- Minutes 3 November 2015
- Minutes 6 October 2015
- Minutes 1 September 2015
- Minutes 4 August 2015
- Minutes 7 July 2015
- Minutes 2 June 2015
- Minutes 5 May 2015
- Minutes 7 Apr 2015
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- Minutes 6 Jan 2015
- Minutes 2 Dec 2014
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- Minutes 1 Jul 2014
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- Minutes 1 Apr 2014
- Minutes 4 Mar 2014
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- Minutes 7 Jan 2014
- Minutes 3 Dec 2013
- Minutes 5 Nov 2013
- Minutes 1 Oct 2013
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- Minutes 6 Aug 2013
- Minutes 7 May 2013
- Minutes 3 Apr 2013
- Minutes 6 Mar 2013
- Minutes 29 Jan 2013
- Minutes 2 Jan 2013
- Minutes 5 Dec 2012
- Minutes 6 Nov 2012
- Minutes 4 Sep 2012
- Minutes 7 Aug 2012
- Minutes 1 May 2012
- Minutes 3 Apr 2012
- Agenda for March 2012 Working Group call
- Minutes 7 Mar 2012
- Minutes 8 Feb 2012
- Minutes 3 Jan 2012
- Minutes 6 Dec 2011
- Minutes 9 Nov 2011
- Minutes 19 Apr 2011
- Minutes 15 Feb 2011
- Minutes 18 Jan 2011
- Minutes 21 Dec 2010
- Minutes 19 Oct 2010
- Update 15 Oct 2008
- Apology 21 July 2008
- Update 17 July 2008
- Update 12 June 2008
- Update 20 May 2008
- Update 17 Feb 2008
- Update 11 Feb 2008
Minutes 3 Dec 2013
Minutes and Agenda
Skype Meeting Tuesday/Wednesday December 3/4
Present: Joe DiGarbo, Nadine Hoover, Gay Howard , Valerie Joy, Fenna Mandolang, Tom Martin, Jasmine Payget (briefly), Petrus, Nick Rozard, Deb Wood
Apologies/Regrets: Dwight Burton, Anne Eggleton, John Michaelis, Jasmine Payget, Ludwig bon Quirog, Heri Wibowo,
Announcements and Accomplishments:
Report from FPT Council
Report from Jenna
Presentation to Austin Quakers
Joe to Palestine
How is approaching sustainers going?
Additional FPT-AWP news/stories/concerns
The meeting opened with a moment of silence.
Welcome. Check in:
Dwight Burton – sends his regrets as he is renewing his long-term (KITAS) visa in Jakarta, which is proving to require a lot of trips to district and regional immigration offices.
Joe DiGarbo- Doing well, in last days of preparation for trip to palestine and Israel next sunday, I’m a bit anxious, but things are coming together well.
Nadine Hoover – Have taken steps forward with The Power Of Goodness, Started to update the POG webpage, Helped Nick apply for money for the water filters.
Gay Howard – Life is going on as usual here!
Valerie Joy – Yesterday I sent a newsletter, we’re coming up to our Yearly Meeting, which is in the city where I live. We will be reading the request sent by Gay Howard, requesting a representative to the FPT council. I sent a newsletter update to about 50 people. Looking forward to Nadine’s visit to Silver Wattle in March, which will be a place to plan, pray worship, and figure out where we’re going together.
Fenna Mandolang – Snow is melting here in Buffalo, because it has been sunny. I have been working with Jenna, compiling a list of all the yearly meetings. It was interesting to reach out to other yearly meetings and it’s reaching out for me.
Tom Martin – In New Jersey on business, back to Texas tomorrow, Just had John Michaelis at our meeting, we had him for dinner, and he played piano. Gave a presentation, after a simple meal but there were no donations. However Austin Friends Meeting is sending a check to FPT.
John Michaelis – sends his regrets as he is en-route to Nepal.
Jasmine Payget- Generally gets out of work to attend our skype call, but today I cannot join, because I have a meeting at work that I can’t get out of.d so cannot join us.
Petrus – Healthy happy, last month I discussed with Nanik about the children and blocks. Nanik is hoping to study more in depth as she faces the children each day and reads the books that Nadine has brought, she is increasingly clear about the meaning, and is more able to help parents understand. We talked about pluralism a number of times.
Ludwig Quirog, is on a ship for the past 38 hours rescuing refugees from the island worst hit with some other AVPers, who are doing AVP activities on the ship.
Nick Rozard – I have very good news. I got a sustainer. It’s my parents, but it’s still money and they are very involved, so I’m happy. I found a grant that fit well and invested time in it. In the course of that, we found people who want to work on the project full time if funding was available. The grant writing reenergized our efforts. Our partners in Indonesia, SHEEP, will not accept funds from the US Government, so we’re regrouping. SHEEP would not accept it because the money came from USAID. USAID has violated so much trust over the years that we have to be very careful of how we deal with them, especially when our partners are concerned with them.
Deb Wood – Spent Thanksgiving in Maine with her son and his family. Particularly nice because she completed her to-do list. Wrote end of year checks including one to FPT-AWP.
Heri Wibowo – Good morning, I hope you are always healthy. I was pleased to receive the email from Fenna that notified us about this Skype call and the agenda. I must apologize, because from 3-8 December 2013 those of us in Langsa, Aceh are having an external audit for our programs with SHEEP, so sadly I will not be able to join you. I would like to report that in this November and December the Acehnese AVPers have done a number of activities, including:
1. Freshers on 23 November 2013 at the SHEEP office in Langsa with four people (Tina, Fauziah, Lidziah and Ridha).
2. Teambuilding in preparation for AVP workshop for parents (of the Chrysalis Preschool) at the SHEEP-Langsa office with five facilitators (Tina, Fauziah, Lidziah, Bowo and Ridha) on 30 November 2013.
3. AVP basic workshop at the Chrysalis Preschool with twelve participants, four facilitators (Ladziah, Fauziah, Tina dan Bowo). This workshop was done in two gatherings on 1 December 2013 (session 1-3 and then again on 8 December 2013. That is our news from us in Aceh. Warm greetings for all the friends on the Skype call. In prayer, Bowo
Report from FPT Council – Gay, John and Tom were on the call, planning for the Anniversary Gathering. The planning for the 20th Anniversary Celebration in Baltimore MD June 20-22, 2014 is well underway. The theme is Peacemaking by individuals, by communities and by international groups. The keynote speaker for the Friday night opening session is Carl Wilkins, a noted missionary from the Seventh Day Adventist Church who was working in Rwanda at the time the genocide began and stayed at his post faithfully throughout. We are inviting well-known Quaker singers to attend for a concert.
The council is working on a long-term fund-raising campaign and budget that has a buy-in from all three Initiatives.
The fiscal year ended 10/31, with the general fund out of the red thanks to additional contributions and from transfers from each of the Initiatives according to the office support work provided on a pro rata basis.
Thanks to the model of the AWP conference calls the Council has transitioned to:
Skype conference calls
3-5 word check-ins at the start of the calls
1-word check-outs at the end of the call
Communications Specialist Jenna’s report for November work::This month’s work was dominated by preparing the Fall 2013 newsletter for mailing. I worked on getting new AWP remittance envelopes ordered, creating the newsletter, mailing options and compiling a mailing list comprised mostly of affiliated Yearly and Monthly Meetings. The biggest hurdle in creating the database was finding MAILING addresses. We discovered the almost comprehensive listing of meetings on the FGC website as well as many of the individual Yearly Meeting websites only list the meetinghouse location – not mailing addresses. Tracking down the mailing addresses proved very time-consuming. While the creation of the monthly meeting database was time-consuming it should be very useful into the future with just occasional updating. The mailing list project did take me away from some of the routine tasks of posting eNews and updating the website. I will be able to get back to that in December.
People are having trouble printing from the four-page format of the newsletter. Gay and Fenna will ask Jenna if she can send a PDF with a single page per page so it’s easy to print full size.
Nadine will add a financial report to the announcements section with the balances of our accounts as a minimum. She will contact Annie Eggleton about this.
Presentation to Austin Quakers. John and Tom talked about their personal experiences and how they were each drawn into the work. The talked about how thy noticed that AVP work atrophied when the int’l teams left. But when AWP does it’s work, we work on long-term relationships, which are sustained over time. We go where we are invited and listen carefully to the needs of the local community and provide tools in the direction they want to go. This may or may not be AVP workshops. Tom told a story about how he was incredulous when Nadine asked him to join her support group, not knowing what he would bring to the group. But she said, with a twinkle in her eye, that he shouldn’t worry about that, she’d take care of it. Now very involved, he knows that this work is a leading that gives him energy to do the work. He is grateful to be a part of this work. John told a story about visiting the refugees in Aceh and the stories of violence that he heard there, which he and FPT-AWP came to play a role in facing with the power of peace. The work with women’s groups that FPT-AWP has done was an eye opener for the audience. — 15 friends attending. Good questions.
Joe to Palestine. Update on AVP trip in December with Joe Moore, clerk of my meeting in Lancaster, PA. Workshops in the GAZA strip with groups trained previously. It’s a struggle to support them without being there. AVP workshops are planned in Jerusalem with an organization called Kids for Peace, the workshop will involve Christians Muslims and Jews. Long term relationships are important because we do stay connected, beyond the workshops themselves, I’m not really sure how to stay connected. I’m looking for help with that part of the work. This is my seventh trip since 2007.
Valerie – What Joe said about sustainability over trips speaks to me. Looking to make links between the Philippines and other north Asian AVP groups. Also link the new AVPers in the Philippines with any relevant local groups. Right now it’s just me emailing them when I can.
Nadine – If Joe can share the information about the trip, we will send it out over our channels. An announcement will go to many people, but few people will respond, so hosting the trip should not be a challenge. Brief images and captions will go a long way for communicating about the work, and the trip.
Ludwig from the Philippines is interested in attending AVP international, Valerie is working on funding through Australian sources. Joe is not sure who will be on the trip to Ireland for AVP International from Palestine/Isreal, whether they will be Jews, Christians, or otherwise. I did contact the embassy in Israel, and the consulate in Ramallah to notify them of our work and that I will be hoping to meet with representatives, Joe says. Petrus from Indonesia has gotten leave from work to join the AVP International gathering.
Moment of silence to hold our friends in the Philippines in prayer.
Friends were reminded that there is still a need for 25 more sustainers. If anyone is planning on making a donation, it would be good to make it now.
How is approaching sustainers going? speaking about FPT-AWP?
Now is a good time to approach people about donating. This is the end of the year when people plan their donations.
Someone have a story to share? No responses.
Other FPT-AWP work you’d like to talk about now?
Petrus – I went to Aceh and went to Barak Induk. 9 November I met with Mislan. He is completing the reading room we donated $2,500 for. He is really happy and very busy with the preschool activities. He told lots of stories about the people around the preschool.They are learning a lot — children, adults, teachers, parents. Talking to him, we were able to remember the history and how amazing it is. He never imagined such a thing could happen, learn AVP, start a school, go to college…. They are preparing for certification for the school, he teachers’ pre-test scores were very low, but the post-test scores were very high. Nadine Hoover: because they had not understood the questions, but after learning about the questions, the Barak Induk teachers were more able to explain than anyone because it connected with their experience. Edo, Mislan’s teenage son, listened a lot and smiled (which is good) he was a toddler when driven to the mountains, so I am hopeful that he will do well now that he’s listening. There are so many children at the school now so busy and engaged, when other children are silence and scared. Why are these children brave, interested and wanting to learn? Even the kids with special needs learn to be calm, to communicate and to function. This is true of the Children at Peace Place as well as at Barak Induk
Nadine – Request that anyone giving a talk would video record it, and send it to her.
Call Timing – How does this time work for everyone? Yes for everyone on the call. Fenna will check in with those not on the call.
Joe DiGarbo- anticipation
Nadine Hoover – much love
Gay Howard -grateful for everyone’s contribution
Valerie Joy – walking cheerfully
Fenna Mandolang- Unexpected
Tom Martin – everyday is Thanksgiving
Nick Rozard – thanks for support
Deb Wood – happy to be connected
NEXT CALL January 7 / 8 2014 (Note this is the 2nd Wed in Jan; the 1st Tues/Wed in Jan.)