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Minutes 3 January 2017

Friends Peace Teams in Asia West Pacific
Working Group Minutes and Agenda
Skype Meeting Tuesday/Wednesday January 3/4, 2016

Present: Petrus, Fenna Mandolang, Nadine Hoover, Deb Wood, Jane Drexler, Chuck Esser, John Michaelis
Apologies/Regrets: Valerie Joy

Agenda Preview:
Check In Sentence
Questions and Feedback on News and Updates
Reports:
Initiative Coordinators
Communications
Treasurer
FPT Council
Resources Needed
Decisions/Actions/Consideration:
Approval for Australian Finances
Korea
Hawley Hathaway
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.

Welcome Chuck and Youngsil!
Chuck is from Philadelphia and involved in Korea, Poland, and Uganda

Check in sentence:
Jane Drexler – husband seriously ill in hospital and so life is chaotic.
Chuck Esser – he is excited by his time with his wife at Pendle Hill writing.
Nadine Hoover- writing her book and a professional ghost writer says it is good, but it needs better navigation. She is happy with the progress. Nadine is interested in the progress of a man talking about making war illegal.
Fenna Mandolang – busy at work with a new CEO.
John Michaelis – was in England helping an aged aunt move into care. This was a positive visit.
Petrus – for Christmas he got together with family and friends. They are working hard on the peace training and getting more West Papuans involved. The bamboo play house at Peace Place needs fixing as it has termites. They are beginning training continuing through to next week.
Deb Wood – spent time with family near Washington DC. Now getting out of vacation mode

Questions and Feedback on News and Updates:
Jamuna Shrestha has two contact address from Bhutanese refugee AVP facilitators: 1. Mr. Rakesh Neopanay, [deleted] Pitttsburgh PA [deleted]. Ms. Poonam Pokwal, [deleted] Minnesota (MN) [deleted]. She has talked with them over Viber and both are very much interested in facilitating AVP workshops in the USA. She has tried to contact the other two facilitators Mr. Ram Gurung and Mr. Krishna Mahat, but did not contact them yet. She would like to come to the US to join the FPT Council Meeting, Peace Quest, possible workshop in Cambridge, AVP-USA Gathering, visit communities, do a speaking tour with Nadine and see what work is possible. It’s hard to organize the work from a distance, but it’s also not great to not organize it much in advance. Should she come and see what happens to come together while she’s here?
While it is not normal to have questions in News, Nadine agreed to open this for discussion. There are Quakers and AVP people who wish to help and connect, but organisation is an issue. There is money in the Nepal account for a visit from Jamuna. The concern is how busy she will be. Jamuna has permission from work to be away from the middle of May to August. The reason for the visit will be to help the refugee community better able to settle in the USA. There was agreement that a speaking tour would be of value in itself. This is to help people in the USA feel connected with peace activities. Agreement was that the visit should go ahead. John Michaelis will investigate the issue of Jamuna’s salary while she is away.
Fourth International Peace Training at Peace Place has registrations from Annie Dusseau, FPT Council; Rene Bove, Transformative Mediation Trainer; Yehudah Winters and Joanie Levine, Compassionate Listening; Joyce Howland, Practicum Placement Specialist for School for International Training Graduate Institute, a program of World Learning, DC Center; Subhash Kattel and Nari Ram, land rights activists from Nepal; two teachers from Barak Induk, N Sumatra; Irene Waromi of the Papua Peace Network, and Elfira Rumkabu from a Papuan public university; possibly two additional rural teachers from West Papua, and three to five land rights activists from Central Java; along with Petrus, Nanik, Laras, Ernie and Ninok from Peace Place in Pati, Central Java. John Leighton of QUNO Hong Kong is considering joining as well as Youngsil Kang from AVP Korea. Also Hayley Hathaway, FPT Communication Specialist, would like to join us. It will be a full training with:
2, Nadine Hoover, Joyce Howland
5, Nanik, Petrus, Laras, Ernie, Ninok
2, Annie Dusseau, Rene Bove
2, Yehudah Winters, Joanie Levine
2, Subhash Kattel, Nariram Lohar
2 teachers from Barak Induk, N Sumatra
2, Irene Waromi, Elfira Rumkabu
2, possibly two Papua rural teachers
3-5 Pati land rights activists
1, Hayley Hathaway
2 possible: John Leighton, QUNO Hong Kong and Youngsil Kang, AVP Korea
23-25 total as it looks right now, but the local registrations have not been finalized, so there may be more. That’s notably full.

AVP International Gathering preparations are consuming all the Nepalese attention. Please plan your travel soon for November 5 – 11, 2017 in Kathmandu. Registration opened yesterday.
Peace Place Sojourners Yehuda writes, “As you probably already know we’ve arrived (at Peace Place). Nanik and Petrus are the most amazing hosts and we are enjoying and learning every minute. Joanie is going to do some yoga with the kids and I’m to buy some real coffee today. At 11:30 we’ll do a short introduction to Compassionate Listening for around 30 people and continue it on Friday. It’s been quite a first week in Java and were looking forward to what’s next.
Philippines – no update this month
Power of Goodness – no update this month

 

Reports:
Initiative Coordinators:
 
Communications:
Requests for the Working Group
• Sustainer call – Friday, January 20, 2017 at 7:30 PM EST (US), Saturday, January 21, 2017 at 11:30 AM AEDT (AUS) was selected as the date for the sustainer call on the November WG call. I will send out an invitation to all the current and recently past sustainers to attend the call. Any working group members who signed up to be Sustainer buddies could encourage their Sustainer buddie to join the call.
*Please let me know if you will be on the call.
• From the FPT Finance Committee: “[We are] focused on the upcoming task of designing a proposed structure for financial processes in Friends Peace Teams. Before we can begin this work, it seems essential to us that each Initiative have a voice in these discussions. We would like to ask that each Initiative determine a representative with a knowledge and concern for financial processes to participate in drafting proposals for a financial structure shared by all entities comprising FPT. Upon the endorsement by the Council of the direction in which the Finance Committee is heading, we would like these spokespersons to step forward by March 1. Meetings will sometimes be separate from the regular Finance Committee monthly meetings. Days and times will be determined.” Found in an email sent 12/22/16 from John K subject line: Fwd: Fwd: Fwd: Re: FPT Fin Min 12/2016
Jane Drexler volunteered and will talk to Nadine Hoover first.
• I have started working on the Spring annual report. We will send out an organizational update with financial information and a special report on Korea.
Report
In December I finished up the final bits of the Fall appeal mailing and began to prepare the Spring Mailing. (There is a shorter window of time between the Fall appeal and Spring annual report mailings than Spring to Fall due to the timing of Fall giving seasons and Spring Yearly Meeting gatherings.)

Nadine raised the issue of Chuck and Youngsil introducing themselves in the spring mailing. They work in Korea and there is a possibility they may form part of the Working Group. Initially we would see if this would suit all. Chuck outlined the work they are involved in and the plans for this coming year. Chuck agreed to talk to Nadine in January and prepare something for the mailing.

 

Treasurer:

 

FPT-AWP FUNDS Fiscal Year 2016-2017

USA Balances

Aus Balances

Nepal Balances

Total

Aus Balances

Nepal Balances

USD

USD

USD

USD

AUD

NPR

Exchange rates

1 AUD = 0.723 USD

1 NPR = 0.00915 USD

1 USD = 1.384 AUD

1 USD = 109.328 NPR

Sustainer Funds Received Y-T-D

$11,578.36

$794.75

$12,373.11

$1,100.00

Sustainer Expenses Y-T-D

$19,829.65

$0.00

$19,829.65

$0.00

Sustainer BALANCE

-$8,251.29

$794.75

-$7,456.54

$1,100.00

Undesignated Indiv. Income Y-T-D

$14,400.69

$883.04

$15,283.73

$1,222.20

Meeting Donors

$868.00

$2,080.80

$2,948.80

$2,880.00

Other Expenses (approved) Y-T-D

$145.00

-$689.99

-$544.99

-$955.00

Net Other Income Y-T-D

$15,123.69

$2,273.85

$17,397.54

$3,147.20

Total Earmarked/Designated Funds

$7,441.45

$9,276.90

$4,242.11

$20,960.46

$12,840.00

463780.8

USA Commerce Account

Australia Account

Balance AWP Bank Account

$14,313.85

$12,345.50

$4,242.11

$30,901.46

$17,087.20

463780.8

BREAKOUT: Designated/Earmarked Funds

USA Undesignated Funds Used

Indonesia

$1,134.58

$0.00

$1,134.58

$0.00

Indonesia Peace Team

AVP-I Indonesia Attendance

$1,620.00

Peace Place Land

-$218.15

$0.00

-$218.15

$0.00

Nepal

$4,880.02

$9,276.90

$4,300.00

$18,456.92

$12,840.00

463780.8

Nepal Peace Team

Philippines

$0.00

$0.00

$0.00

$0.00

Philippines Peace Team

Scholarships

$0.00

$0.00

$0.00

$0.00

Power of Goodness

$25.00

Total Earmarked/Designated Funds

$7,441.45

$9,276.90

$16,718.35

$12,840.00

SUMMARY:

Balance AWP Bank Account

$14,313.85

$12,345.50

$26,659.35

$17,087.20

Designated Funds Total

$7,441.45

$9,276.90

$16,718.35

$12,840.00

AVAILABLE FUNDS

$6,872.40

$3,068.60

$9,941.00

$4,247.20

AVAILABLE FUNDS

US Dec 1; AUS Nov 9

$5,736.44

$3,170.58

$8,907.02

$4,247.20

FPT Council:

Resources Needed:
• AWP Working Group communication support: Please give Jenna more content, about Quaker peace work in the world and our approach to the Peace Testimony in our active service and how it makes a difference in our lives.
Jenna would like us to send her more content for publicity of FPT-AWP. We suggest we interview folk and then report on work being done.
It is important for all of us to share our stories and understanding of our Quaker practice and peace work. This helps others understand what FPT does.

Decisions/Actions:
Approval for Australian Finances – the Australian report for the Financial Year 1 Nov 2015 to 31 October 2016 was approved.

 

Expenses

AUS$

Income

AUS$

Annual Registration Fee

$87.00

Nepal General

$3,119.99

Bank Fees

$37.00

Nepal Concert

$1,913.70

Peace Place

$12,762.50

Sustainer Funds

$1,000.00

Nepal Concert Expense

$848.00

Peace Place

$7,392.50

Undesignated Funds

$3,480.00

Interest

$141.81

Total Expenses

$13,734.50

Total Income

$17,048.00

Opening Bank Balance

$16,603.71

Income

$17,048.00

Expenses

$13,734.50

Closing Bank Balance

$19,917.21

 

Korea: Chuck agreed to provide information for the Spring Mailing Flyer.
Hayley Hathaway, the new FPT Communication Specialist, asked if it were a good idea for her to come and join the training with us at Peace Place. It’s not clear how that would be paid for. How do Friends feel? John Michaelis spoke of his learning on such a visit and the positive outcomes. The main issue is funding such a visit. We discussed helping fund the visit up to US$350. This was approved. Nadine will talk to Hayley.

Closing word:
Jane Drexler – pleased it is a new year
Chuck Esser – informative
Nadine Hoover – excited to connect with Chuck and Korea
Fenna Mandolang – rest
John Michaelis – discovery
Petrus – listening
Deb Wood – content

Sisca Friend – fundraising, but can’t get on the call
Chris Hughes – pleased to be included and hopes that next year he may be able to be on the call.
Valerie Joy – traveling in Ireland
Youngsil Kang – traveling from Korea to US
Subhash Kattel – working on AVP International
Ludwig bon Quirog – busy
 
NEXT CALL February 7/8, 2017
**note this is the 1st Tuesday but the 2nd Wednesday of the month, not the customary 1st Wednesday**

People not on the call with whom to follow up: Josh Albertson, Tom Martin, Vidya Sutton, Gay Howard.