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Minutes 2 June 2015

Friends Peace Teams in Asia West Pacific
Working Group Minutes and Agenda
Skype Meeting Tuesday/Wednesday June 2/3, 2015

Present: Jane Drexler, Gay Howard, Margie Hunter, Valerie Joy, Fenna Mandolang, Tom Martin, Rowe Morrow, Nick Rozard
Apologies/Regrets: Frence Boiser, Nadine Hoover, John Michaelis, Petrus, Cecilia Yocum

Agenda Preview:
Check In Sentence
Questions and Feedback on News and Updates
Initiative Coordinators
FPT Council
Guest Report: Permaculture
Resources Needed
Friends Work in the Middle East
If time: Share any new Friendship Letters. What is alive for you in our work? What stories have you been sharing about FPT-AWP? Any issues, concerns, or questions?
Closing Word

The meeting opened with a moment of silence.

Check in sentence:
Frence Boiser – Sorry. I am unable to have a call today due to a workshop preparation. Thanks.
Jane Drexler- I am absolutely warmed by generosity of Friends for Nepal relief. Gratitude to Friends.
Nadine Hoover – traveling back from Israel/Palestine.
Gay Howard- Had a good face to face meeting in Richmond, Indiana of the Friends Peace Teams
Margie Hunter-Asking to hold me in the light, I’m supposed to hear about a job interview tomorrow.
Valerie Joy- Leaving tomorrow, Vietnam for holiday and then on to the Philippines for three weeks and seven workshops in new places. Hold us in the light as we expand, one workshop will be held in native language so I will be watching the body language. Sally Herzfeld will be in attendance.
Fenna Mandolang- Affirmed faith in following the process: our discernment, relationship tending, and wrestle with practical and legal matters manifested in an Australian bank account slowly but just in time to receive the relief funds in Nepal.
Tom Martin- Warmly greeted at Richmond Indiana, turned a corner in that all were warmly greeted. Awesome and thrilling to hear that Palestinians and Israelis were in the same workshop and talking.
John Michaelis – on holiday in Morocco, walking in the Atlas mountains
Rowe Morrow- Using all the aspects of AVP content and teaching it to permaculture teachers.
Petrus – I am sorry I cannot join the call, but I will traveling to Jogja and in addition, I have an issue with my computer right now. When I am in Jogja, I will ask a friend to help to fix it. I am healthy, but three weeks ago, when the weather was changing, Nanik, Wiwit, and I were hit by the flu.
Nick Rozard- Feeling very supported in life, meeting with a personal support group. Water filters are going really well. rebuilt a kiln that was donated by a professor and the parts to get it running. Feeling very supported.
Cecilia Yocum – Sorry I can’t be on the call. I had a long day and I am actually going to bed! Hope you have a good meeting. Cece

Questions and Feedback on News and Updates:
AVP minis in Pati, Java, Indonesia
Water Filters: Plenary Speaker! More Oversight! Research Continues! Baby Kiln!

Afghanistan – no update this month
Gaza/West Bank/Israel – no update this month
Philippines – no update this month
Power of Goodness – no update this month

Initiative Coordinators:

Dear Friends,

It has been an amazing trip with Joe DiGarbo, Joe Moore, Anne Wallace DiGarbo and myself. We have visited Palestinians and Israelis separately and together. We have encouraged the commitment to and practice of nonviolence, shared techniques for trauma resiliency and recovery and spent time exploring what support Joe and Joe want from Friends Peace Teams. Below is the conclusion we came to. Please share this as a minute with the Asia West Pacific Working Group to forward to the FPT Council.

Nadine Hoover

Nadine summarized the trip we are doing in Palestine and Israel well. It has been a great trip and the participants in the regular AVP workshops and the trauma workshop need and appreciate a way to help address the on-going trauma in Palestine.

I appreciate the opportunity to learn about Friends Peace Teams. For now, I want to shift my focus strictly on AVP and keep the work under the care of the Lancaster Friends Meeting and the other Meetings in the PYM Quarter of which Lancaster Friends Meeting is a part. My energy will have to be directed there. Please feel free to direct any inquiries about the AVP work to me.

A special thanks to Nadine for coming with us and helping the team understand and deliver the trauma workshops. The participants really found it helpful and they will carry on this particular work.

Best to you all,
The first half of May was consumed with dealing with two things: a major email service problem, and communication with and for Nepal. The second half of the month I primarily worked on getting a mailing out to donors from the past 3 years. That mailing will go into the mail June 1st. I also kept up with the routine communication tasks.

Still looking for contacts at the following Yearly Meetings:
Northern (May 22-25, 2015) Tom to check in with a Friend and coordinate back with Jenna
Great Plains (June 4-6, 2015)
North Carolina – Conservative (Jul 16-19, 2015 ?)
Northwest (Jul 18-24, 2015)
Central (Jul 24 – Aug 2, 2015)
Alaska Friends Conference (?)
Ohio (conservative) (Aug 4-8, 2015)
Canadian (August 14-22, 2015)
North Carolina FUM (Sep 4 – 7, 2015)

FPT-AWP FUNDS Fiscal Year 2014-15
USA Balances
Aus Balances
updated 5-31-2015

Sustainer Funds Received Y-T-D
Sustainer Expenses Y-T-D
Sustainer BALANCE

Other Income Y-T-D

Other Expenses (approved) Y-T-D
Net Other Income Y-T-D

Designated/Earmarked Income Y-T-D
Designated/Earmarked Expenses Y-T-D
Designated/Earmarked Balance

USA Commerce Account
Australia Account
5-31-2015 Balance AWP Funds Total
4-27-2015 Balance AWP Funds Total

5-31-2015 BREAKOUT:

Designated/Earmarked Funds (Net Balance Available)

Indonesia Peace Place
Peace Teams Indonesia
Schools and Libraries
Power of Goodness
Water Filters
Total Earmarked/Designated Funds

FPT Council: Tom: Missed having Nadine and John; aware that they were engaged in witness work. Gay and Tom their did best to represent the AWP initiative. Minutes from the Council meetings will go out soon. Invited to meet both with Friends United Meeting and Friends General Meeting on campus at Earlham. Peace Quest and the Council meeting were well represented, busy, and invigorating. Upcoming is the fall edition of Peace Ways. The theme will be: How does Friends Peace Teams deal with local crisis? More submission details will follow next month. We are aware that it takes the first 90 days to get a grip on the basics before they can approach dealing with the trauma of the events. In a crisis the community (Friends) are generous.
Gay: Don’t limit asking for support funds from Friends, others outside of Friends can also be interested. The Council is trying crowd sourcing and suggesting initiatives try crowd sourcing for fund raising. Val Liveoak wants to retire. FPT has not yet had to replace a coordinator, so the Council worked through this. The Council meeting in June will approve of a coordinator job outline. The Council also worked on a Essence of Friends Peace Teams, soon to be posted on the website to assist with describing FPT and what all the initiatives have in common.
Permaculture: Rowe Morrow shared about her work in permaculture and using the AVP process in teaching permaculture. She has long term relationships with permaculturists working in Nepal and is sharing those connections with Subhash. Immediate food, shelter, and clothing are a first priority in Nepal. However, there may be ways for the unique combination of AVP and permaculture to help support those in Nepal meet their basic needs and foster peace making simultaneously. Water cleaning could be of more immediate use and there may be more opportunities for training in January. These are the early stages of a conversation to see how the way may open to collaborate. Perhaps more will be heard in future calls.

Resources Needed:
Fund Jamuna Shrestha to visit Bhutanese refugees resettled in the US (US$2,400) hopefully after May 2015. Baltimore would probably be one of the three communities scheduled for the visit.
Support an Afghani women’s rights activist to join the International Workshop in Java (US$2,000) early in 2016!
Support two West Papuan trainers to share their training in Java (US$3,300) would be best in early in 2016!
Build Peace Place in Java as a Friends presence and training site (US$300/yr for up to 3 yrs). Thanks to AVP-Korea for contributing US$300 towards developmental toys at Peace Place.
Purchase land beside the Friends’ Guest House and Peace Place in Java (US$20,000)! Chris Hughes is working on strategy to find money for this.

Friends Work in the Middle East

Approved Minute:
Joe DiGarbo has travelled to Israel and Palestine to offer Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) workshops with Joe Moore every year for the last nine years. They support AVP in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Hebron, Ramallah and Gaza, with great gratitude expressed everywhere they go. Two years ago, Joe DiGarbo began exploring what it would take to bring their trips under the care of Friends Peace Teams.

Tensions are high in the region, how information is expressed is extremely sensitive and, as volunteers taking time off work for this demanding service and witness, time is limited and has to be allocated carefully. Therefore, Joe DiGarbo has decided to keep their work under the care of his monthly meeting supported by other meetings in his regional meeting. If at any time he feels he’s ready to engage with Friends Peace Teams, he will attend the FPT Council and explore a Middle East Initiative with the Council. At this time, Friends called to support this work are encourage to send donations earmarked to “Middle East AVP” to Joe Moore, 1071 Hunters Path, Lancaster, PA 17601, 717-898-2704

Do friends approve?
The clerk has heard approval of this minute.
Tom will communicate this minute back to the Council at June’s Council conference call

Closing word
Jane Drexler-Energized
Gay Howard-Glad
Margie Hunter-Hopeful
Valerie Joy- Strongly Linked
Fenna Mandolang- Dedicated
Tom Martin- Gratetful
Petrus – Practice
Nick Rozard- Peace Building

NEXT CALL July 7/8 2015
*note that this is the 2nd Wednesday of the month

People not on the call with whom to follow up:
Alma “Kins” Aparece, Maxine Claire Cooper, Shawna Doran, Chris Hughes, Subhash Kattel, Jim Palmer, Ludwig bon Quirog, Deb Wood