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Minutes 7 February 2017

Friends Peace Teams in Asia West Pacific
Working Group Minutes and Agenda
Zoom Meeting Tuesday/Wednesday February 7/8, 2017

Present: Fenna Mandolang, Gay Howard, Deb Wood, Valerie Joy
Apologies/Regrets: Nadine Hoover, Tom Martin, Petrus

Agenda Preview:
Check In Sentence
Questions and Feedback on News and Updates
Reports:
Initiative Coordinators
Communications
Treasurer
FPT Council
Resources Needed
Decisions/Actions/Consideration:
(See below)
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:
Josh Albertson: Happy to be here
Jane Drexler: LIfe is good, her husband has a daily carer-won’t be able to attend the annual Council Meeting this year
Chuck Esser
Sisca Friend
Hayley Hathaway
Nadine Hoover – Flying to Indonesia and the 2017 International Peace Place Training.
Gay Howard: Thinking of Nadine flying to Peace Place. Things are really changing in FPT- exciting
Chris Hughes
Valerie Joy: Preparing to meet the Peace Team at Padang on 23 February.
Youngsil Kang: Welcome to the call
Subhash Kattel
Fenna Mandolang: She and Nadine introduced Companion Groups at a training in Buffalo- creating a year long calendar of training for peace. This was the 4th training for this group.
Tom Martin – I am stuck in the Phoenix airport on the way to Toronto. Unknown at this point when I will arrive there.
John Michaelis: In Sydney- with family being in Indonesia. San Diego conference soon for 2 days. Need to be careful with frequent air travel.
Jenna Morales: A big lot of work achieved before Nadine left.
Petrus
Ludwig bon Quirog
Vidya Sutton
Deb Wood: has been achieving a lot.

Questions and Feedback on News and Updates:
• AVP International Gathering in Nepal in November. Sign up now! Don’t wait. Do you know of anyone who needs a scholarship? We have to do scholarships in advance; we can’t do them last minute. Date ends Feb 20th. Early bird rate is still available, but you need to be very quick. November 5-11

• email from Nancy Shippen on 1/6/17 subject: (NEW LIST- FPT Council) Grants?
Greetings All,
In my attempt to find funding for scholarships for the AVPI conference I have been unsuccessful so far but I have turned up a couple of possibilities for our initiatives. Please take a look.
1. Anne Frank foundation: http://www.annefrank.ch/foundation.html Their reply to my application was: “Our main focus is on small, local projects, at this time mainly in providing basic education for instance for refugee children in camps, and for reasons of sustainability we tend to support such projects continuously for several years. Moreover, our contributions usually range at a low to medium four figure amount (i.e., 1,000 to 5,000)”
Seems like all three initiatives might have projects suitable. The several years involvement is also appealing.
2. The International Foundation: http://intlfoundation.org/ gives grants of $5000 to $25,000. Friendly Water for the World just received one to fund biosand water filters in DRC. Their application feels pretty technical to me but I think those on the ground could do it.
Happy New Year to all,
Nancy

• Korea – Youngsil lives in a small village and runs organic farming and teaches students in this. Runs peace classes- hopes to expand these. Companion groups are also planned. Working with AVP Korea to send people to International Gathering. The number of AVP workshops in the last 10 years has been …In 2017 about 10 workshops are planned.

• Nepal – Jamuna, visitor to Bhutanese refugees in the US cannot come, but this group is facing many difficulties. We need volunteers to take an organising role in this. Jamuna’s visa was declined. Nadine is in touch regarding this. Nepal is running AVP Basics at present. No FPT-AWp trip is being arranged for Nepal apart from the International Gathering.

• Philippines – Full program in two Universities: Manila and Bohol. Booked and have waiting lists.

• Indonesia – no update this month
• Power of Goodness – no update this month

Reports:
Initiative Coordinators: John reported that more possibilities are emerging with changes to the website and communications between us.

Communications:
In January I began to prepare the Spring mailing to go out April 1st. I have noticed that my routine tasks are getting pushed aside more and more as I take on more complex projects like wrangling photos, editing websites, the bi-yearly mailings and managing the sustainers program. I need to take time to reevaluate my routine to make sure tasks like posting to the eNews, FB and answering email do not wait too long. My hours may increase to accommodate all of this. I would like to have working group members to share more news with me as it takes a lot of time for me to search out bits to share if people don’t voluntarily send me news. I could also use help with contacting Sustainers. The program is difficult to manage. We try to pair sustainers with regular participants.

People who have expressed an interest:
Name   Interest
Beverly Polzin   Would like to know the status of the translation of the T4F training manual into Nepali. Response: John says the translation is being done by Subhash and Bev Polzin, John M and Subhash have had a Skype call.

Sustainers due (contact month listed as Next Month):
none

14 Current Sustainers

0 new sustainers in January 2017

7 late sustainers- most are newly late and are mostly paired with Nadine
Laura Melly (due December 2016)
Karilyn and Nathaniel Foster (due December 2016)
Susan and Joseph Selph (due December 2016)
Joe & Nancy Evangelista Dosch (due December 2016)
Judith Simpson (May 2015)
Maxine Cooper (May 2015)
Gay Howard (due January 2017)

2 lapsed sustainers
Vidya Sutton
Kim Tsocanos

NOTES concerning inactive Sustainers:
Donna Poulos – Still on list, contacted Gay to ask her about Donna, have not heard back.
Jasmine Payget – Still on list, contacted Jane to ask her about Jasmine, have not heard back.
Dale Hess – Removed from Sustainer list, he donated $100 in May 2016.
Beverly Polzin – Removed from Sustainer list, she never intended to be a Sustainer: Her April 2015 donation was incorrectly labeled as a sustainer but was actually intended to be her contribution to AVP work in connection to her trip to Nepal in that year.

RiseUp Members ADDED this month:
none
RiseUp Members asked to be REMOVED this month:
none
RiseUp Members deleted due to bouncing email:
none

 

Treasurer:

 

FPT-AWP FUNDS Fiscal Year 2016-2017

USA Balances

Aus Balances

Nepal Balances

Total

Aus Balances

Nepal Balances

As posted on 2/7/17

US as of 2/7; AU as of x

USD

USD

USD

USD

AUD

NPR

Exchange rates

1 AUD = 0.762 USD

1 NPR = 0.00928 USD

1 USD = 1.312 AUD

1 USD = 107.800 NPR

Sustainer Funds Received Y-T-D

$12,128.36

$838.31

$12,966.67

$1,100.00

Sustainer Expenses Y-T-D

$21,806.17

$0.00

$21,806.17

$0.00

Sustainer BALANCE

-$9,677.81

$838.31

-$8,839.50

$1,100.00

Undesignated Indiv. Income Y-T-D

$17,617.44

$931.44

$18,548.88

$1,222.20

Meeting Donors

$868.00

$2,194.85

$3,062.85

$2,880.00

Other Expenses (approved) Y-T-D

$145.00

-$727.81

-$582.81

-$955.00

Net Other Income Y-T-D

$18,340.44

$2,398.48

$20,738.92

$3,147.20

Total Earmarked/Designated Funds

$7,016.94

$9,785.36

$4,302.23

$21,104.54

$12,840.00

463780.8

USA Commerce Account

Australia Account

Balance AWP Bank Account

$15,679.57

$13,022.16

$4,302.23

$33,003.96

$17,087.20

463780.8

BREAKOUT: Designated/Earmarked Funds

USA Undesignated Funds Used

Indonesia

$710.07

$0.00

$710.07

$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

$9,785.36

$4,300.00

$18,965.38

$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

$7,016.94

$9,785.36

$16,802.30

$12,840.00

SUMMARY:

Balance AWP Bank Account

$15,679.57

$13,022.16

$28,701.73

$17,087.20

Designated Funds Total

$7,016.94

$9,785.36

$16,802.30

$12,840.00

AVAILABLE FUNDS

$8,662.63

$3,236.79

$11,899.42

$4,247.20

 

AVAILABLE FUNDS

As reported on the Jan WG call

$6,872.40

$3,068.60

$9,941.00

$4,247.20

 

FPT Council: 

REPORT ON FPT COUNCIL MEETING 1-16-17
• Nadine will be the keynote speaker at Peace Quest 2017. The FPT F2F will be on May 18 & 19 at Wellesley Meeting. Peace Quest will be on May 20 at Cambridge Meeting. Both Meetings are in the Boston area.
• The FPT Council Meetings can be attended by anyone actively working for peace. If AWP working group members wish to attend, you can. Talk to John Kintree to be included.
• Nadine will be giving a workshop on Liberation in the week after the F2F. Liberation means overcoming prejudice, privilege, and having liberty of conscience.
• What does it mean to be part of Quaker Peace Work?
• Gay Johnson gave $10,000 to FPT. One fourth will be given to each FPT initiative and one fourth to the Bududa Learning Center. That means that AWP will receive $2,500 from Gay Johnson. Thank you.
• The FPT Finance Committee is preparing instructions for how Initiatives are to transfer money to local organizations. John Michaelis will be the representative to the Finance Committee for this purpose.
• It is suggested that Feliz Zschoche write an article for PeaceWays, as an example of what a volunteer for FPT can do. She is German, and will be at the training in Pati this February.
-Reported by Gay Howard

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:

• email from Gabriel Ehri ed@friendsjournal.org subject: Friends Peace Teams & QuakerSpeak
[...our] video project, QuakerSpeak, just wrapped its third successful season and notched its one millionth view. I wonder whether you might consider how it might be even better in 2017 with the participation of your organization.
Each season, we’ve worked with Quaker organizations to co-develop and co-produce certain videos. They have been terrific vehicles for storytelling and engagement, and video is a medium that many of them had never used in this way before. Over the next few weeks, we are trying to line up partnerships for 2017. We’ve created a webpage talking about how we help Quaker organizations, and I’d like to share it with you:

http://quakerspeak.com/partners

Would you please take a look and see if this opportunity is one you’d like to explore?
Best wishes from the QuakerSpeak and Friends Journal team for success in your good work this year.

Response: Gay affirms that FPT should be a part of this endeavour- let us find details of how to get onto this program. Go ahead!! Tom Martin needs to be included. Nadine has given in principal agreement to participate. We should all view this site. John Michaelis volunteers to participate.

 

• From the FPT finance committee December report
Regarding the upcoming task of designing a proposed structure for the financial processes in Friends Peace Teams: we would like a representative from each Initiative, who has a knowledge and concern for financial processes, to participate in drafting proposals for our financial structure. We would like these individuals to step forward by letting John Kintree know,by March 1, to confirm contact information–has someone from AWP volunteered? — John Michaelis is to do this task- he requests more information on this.

• We had a Sustainer’s call last month. The question about how we make more visible the inner work (framework we bring to the visiting) we do before taking actions. We will hold these twice a year: June 16/17, 2017.

Closing word:
Josh Albertson: Happy
Jane Drexler; Contented
Gay Howard: thoughtful
Valerie Joy: preparation
Youngsil Kang:learning experience
Fenna Mandolang: Greetings
John Michaelis: sustainable
Jenna Morales: relaxed
Deb Wood: contented

NEXT CALL March 7/8, 2017

People not on the call with whom to follow up: Chuck Esser, Sisca Friend, Ludwig bon Quirog, Vidya Sutton