Table of Contents
- 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
- Minutes 5 April 2016
- Minutes 1 March 2016
- Minutes 2 February 2016
- 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
- Minutes 3 Mar 2015
- Minutes 3 Feb 2015
- Minutes 6 Jan 2015
- Minutes 2 Dec 2014
- Minutes 4 Nov 2014
- Minutes 7 Oct 2014
- Minutes 2 Sep 2014
- Minutes 5 Aug 2014
- Minutes 1 Jul 2014
- Minutes 3 Jun 2014
- Minutes 6 May 2014
- Minutes 1 Apr 2014
- Minutes 4 Mar 2014
- Minutes 4 Feb 2014
- Minutes 7 Jan 2014
- Minutes 3 Dec 2013
- Minutes 5 Nov 2013
- Minutes 1 Oct 2013
- Minutes 3 Sep 2013
- 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 May 2016
Friends Peace Teams in Asia West Pacific
Working Group Minutes and Agenda
Skype Meeting Tuesday/Wednesday May 3/4, 2016
Present: Nadine Hoover, Fenna Mandolang, John Michaelis, Gay Howard, Valerie Joy, Nick Rozard, Josh Albertson, Jane Drexler, Margie Hunter, Deb Wood, Sisca Friend
Apologies/Regrets: Jane Drexler, Petrus, Jasmine Payget
• Check In Sentence
• Questions and Feedback on News and Updates
o Initiative Coordinators
o FPT Council
• Resources Needed
o Laying down the position of Bhutanese-US Coordinator
o Feedback on mailings
• If time: What keeps us connected? What keeps the work alive for each of us?
• Closing Word
The meeting opened with a moment of silence.
Check in sentence:
Josh Albertson – Now living in Minneapolis, having moved from Buffalo for a new job.
Jane Drexler – sends her regrets as she is in Japan, but she has accepted the Australian Yearly Meeting nomination as representative to the Friends Peace Teams Council.
Nadine Hoover – supported Jenna in getting the Spring mailing out and attended the White Privilege Conference, which was very helpful. About 500 of the 2,300 attendees were Quakers! She also attended the Small Press Book Fair in Buffalo and made contacts interested in the stories from the Power of Goodness.
Gay Howard – Driveway finally finished and her sewer is reconnected, so life is going much better.
Chris Hughes – Has wanted to join us, but Nadine will check in again.
Valerie Joy – been back from Silver Wattle for several days, living AVP for about 14 days, which was very spiritual as well.
Subhash Kattel – Not online, and very early in the morning for him.
Fenna Mandolang- Went to a fundraiser performance sharing funds to Western NY Peace center, The Fun School, Mission Improvassional, and Feedback was given to them that they’ve got a great combination of groups.
Tom Martin -
John Michaelis – Been busy but surprisingly getting things done. Things are progressing with the concert to raise funds for June 26th. Two choirs to perform.
Note that future discussion around fundraiser rotating to a different benefit.
Petrus – Sorry I can’t join the call because I’m traveling home from Sabu, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) [a province of Indonesia including Flores, Sumba, Timor and about 500 other islands]. I am healthy. On the current trip from NTT to Semarang, I will transit for one day in Kupang because there’s no direct transportation. Thanks and regards to all.
Ludwig bon Quirog
Nick Rozard – Water filters are exciting right now. It’s hard to do this kind of research. Results wasn’t consistent. Found contamination in the testing. Working on fundraising in order to bring up the quality of the product.
Deb Wood – Way too cold for beginning of May, hoping for warmer weather. This weekend I’ll be going to a prison ministry to find out what other groups are doing in way of prison ministry. 100 of the 500 Quakers at the White Privilege Conference were from NYYM and of those 11 NYYM youth attended, which I thought was great.
Sisca Friend – Survived tornado and earthquake. Everyone is okay. Planning on skyping with
Questions and Feedback on News and Updates:
• Potential Upcoming Visits:
o February 2017 visit to Indonesia (Nadine)
o March 2017 visit to Philippines (Nadine)
o October-December 2016 visit to Nepal (John and Bev Polzin)
• News from Petrus for Indonesia:
I just finished Peace Training in Sabu, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), for which I used the AVP basic material. We trained:
1. Six new facilitators for a team in NTT.
2. Twenty people in the village of Mehona, district of Sabu Liae, including two who apprenticed as facilitators.
3. Twenty people in the village of Ledetalo, district of Sabu Liae.
4. Thirty children in the village of Mehona and twenty-six children in the village of Ledetalo (mini-workshops).
These activities were supported by the SHEEP Foundation where I work, which is supported by BFTW (Bread For the World) Germany.
Sabu is an Indonesian province which borders Australia. It’s a dry area where water is difficult from June through November. This year the rain only happened from the beginning of January through the beginning of March with very low rainfall. They are increasingly feeling the impact of climate change! 70% of the people who are in villages are animists and 30% are Christian. Infant deaths and deaths from childbirth still occur here. In the village of Mehona in 2015 one infant died at birth and one mother died in childbirth. In the village Ledetalo, March 2016, there was one mother who died in childbirth. There are still many young women who marry as minors.
Felicitas Zschoche, a young adult German Quaker, will be working at Peace Place for the next few months and Heidi Ahrens Quaker family from CO will be coming in June to Peace Place.
• Nepal – no update this month
• Philippines – no update this month
• Power of Goodness – Sidwell Friends School has just declined hosting Power of Goodness in September 2016, but we are still discussing the option with Sandy Spring Friends School and a Community Friends School in the area. If we do not get three DC schools soon, we’ll reach out to Brooklyn Friends School for September. Joanna Vaughn and Tom Martin are discussing bringing Power of Goodness to Austin TX, and we have reached out to Niagara University in Buffalo about hosting Power of Goodness mid-2017, where Friends General Conference (FGC) will be held. We have offered to do children’s programs, workshops, interest groups and an evening program, if they would like. Liz Yeats will attend QUIP (Quakers Uniting in Publications) this month, but she’s busy with her duties of laying down her administrative position with QUIP and will not be able to represent Power of Goodness very well yet. Power of Goodness did become members of QUIP.
• Initiative Coordinators:
• Australia YM representative to the FPT Council will nominate Jane Drexler, to replace Maxine Cooper. It would be good to have a debriefing with Maxine. We want to thank her and ask her for any feedback she has. Jane will follow up with a call.
• Land Purchase at Peace Place – Jane will send AUD to Indonesia, 7,762.50 AUD. 3,892.50 AUD of designated funds and 3,870.00 AUD of undesignated funds. John Kintree has sent US$9,900. We hope this will cover what’s needed now. Helen Bayes and other Friends are helping write a grant to the AYM P&SC Committee for this and we will continue to try to raise the remaining US$9,000 needed.
Completing the Spring mailing took up the vast majority of my time this month. The bulk of the mailing (to about 800 addresses on the MM and Donors lists combined) went out on April 12th. This time I marked the remittance envelopes with a yellow mark so we could track donations as a result of the mailing. We are already getting a response from it. After getting the bulk of the mailing out, I went over all the mailing lists to reconcile duplicates and then mailed to any Working Group members, FPT council members and AWP Sustainers who are not also on the Donor list.
Requests for the Working Group
1. Sustainer buddies – need to pair working group members up with sustainers. Any suggestions about how to best accomplish this?
Buddy up on call
Send out sustainer list
Direct one on one phone calls, asking if WG member followed up
2. My status as an employee?
3. Should I continue to promote donations for Jamuna’s travel?
People who have expressed an interest:
Name email Date Interest
Raelyn Joyce I’d like to sign up for news and also for information about upcoming trips. I’m interested in all trips and specifically about trips to the Philippines (I was born and I grew up in the Philippines but have been living in Kalamazoo, Michigan, for the past 40 years and an active member of the Kalamazoo Friends Meeting).
Sustainers due (contact month listed as NextMonth):
RiseUp Members ADDED this month:
RiseUp Members asked to be REMOVED this month:
RiseUp Members deleted due to bouncing email:
April Jervis “undeliverable”
Suggestion to have comparative totals from same month in previous year.
- FPT Council:
FPT finances are better than last year.
The Communications Committee will soon be sending out the job description for the new communications specialist and how to apply for the job. Jenna Morales is the interim communications specialist. Her email in this capacity is <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The new coordinator of PAL is Monica Maher. I think she is not a Quaker. The council will discuss at the May F2F in Olympia WA whether coordinators should be Quakers. The working group does not need to discuss this.
The FPT F2F will be in Boston in May 2017.
Here is the link to elevator speeches ( a few words to elicit interest in FPT) for FPT [link removed]
That’s all the news!
- Balance remaining on the Peace Place Land:
AU$5,000 / US$3,900 in May 2016 (repay loan)
AU$4,000 / US$3,000 in May 2017
AU$3,870 / US$3,000 to repay undesignated funds, if possible
- International training in February 2017? — Dates need to be set ahead of time to coordinate any travel and sponsorships. Support has been offered if dates were set.
- AWP Working Group writers for the joint FPT PeaceWays articles.
- AWP Working Group communication support to give Jenna guidance and feedback
- Elizabeth Walmsley met with her clearness committee and did not see a way forward with FPT. She is laying down the position of Bhutanese-US Coordinator for Friends Peace Teams-AWP. She felt FPT AWP communication was inadequate and expectations were unclear.
Moving forward, we want to be clearer with incoming members as to our way of communication and work. We are a dispersed group of people with limited face to face contact. Most work is done independently. Our work is also heavily based on visitation and AVP. We will ask future prospective volunteers to visit with FPT members, attend AVP workshops and/or FPT trainings, and join the Working Group call, before deciding if we are a good match. John would like to send a follow up appreciation letter to Elizabeth, but she has asked for no future communication, so we will honor that.
- Sydney Concert Fundraising: can’t make significant change for this year but perhaps change for next year. Not raising money for religious organization makes it sensitive.
- Feedback on mailings? Several have gotten mailing. Anyone able to help with mailing prep and council article?
If time: What keeps us connected? What keeps the work alive for each of us?
Gay – Loves hearing about what everyone’s doing.
John – The call and the bond with people
Valerie - Likes the sense that all the world is my sister and brother, but also hearing about Raelyn Joyce, who
I’ve worked with before, means the relationships are real.
Nick – The stories and the way that people are building peace in the world.
Nadine - I love the way this work allows me to witness miracles all the time and the work in Friends Peace Teams says that Peace Is Possible.
Margie – Everytime I see the news about war and strife, this helps me know that I’m helping the world become a more peaceful place.
Deb- Second what John had said.
Sisca - I’d like to echo John and want to see if it’s possible to check in with others before the meeting.
Josh – Expands my horizons outside of my world.
Fenna - Sense of comfort and ease on this call and a connection to all through our goal of peace and can’t say that’s true for all others she knows. Despite differences we are all working together on the same path. Nourishing.
Josh Albertson – It’s sunny and warm
Sisca Friend – Delighted
Nadine Hoover – Love
Gay Howard – Heave Hoe, on with the work
Margie Hunter – Excitement
Valerie Joy – Hopeful
Fenna Mandolang – Grounded
John Michaelis - Expectant
Nick Rozard – Zing
Deb Wood – Awe for work being done
NEXT CALL June 6/7 2016
People not on the call with whom to follow up: Subhash Kattel, Tom Martin, Ludwig bon Quirog
Nadine wrote to Chris Hughes to see if he plans to join us on this call.
Friends Peace Teams in Asia West Pacific
Working Group Minutes and Agenda
Skype Meeting Tuesday/Wednesday June 7/8, 2016
NEXT CALL July 5/6 2016