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Minutes 7 March 2017

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

Present: Fenna Mandolang, Josh Albertson, Jane Drexler, Gay Howard, Hayley Hathaway, Youngsil Kang, Petrus, Deb Wood
Apologies/Regrets: Valerie Joy, John Michaelis, Nadine Hoover, Chuck Esser, Tom Martin

Agenda Preview:
Check In Sentence
Questions and Feedback on News and Updates
Reports:
Initiative Coordinators
Communications
Treasurer
FPT Council
Resources Needed
Decisions/Actions/Consideration:
Australian YM Donation
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 – too warm and the flowers are confused
Jane Drexler – busy packing to go to South Africa to visit my mother and attend a family wedding
Chuck Esser – out of town and unable to join.
Hayley Hathaway – introduced herself. She is the communications specialist for FPT. She has recently been in Indonesia as part of FPT. Was joining us from Southern California but will be going to New Hampshire.
Nadine Hoover – in transit.
Gay Howard – her area has had a lot of rain. The local bridge needs repairing and this will take a year.
Valerie Joy – in workshop.
Youngsil Kang- can communicate only by the Chatbox. Good to be on the call. She returned to Korea 2 weeks ago. It was good to see her family again.
Fenna Mandolang – has an idea about a co-operative agreement: take care of yourself, the group, the community and the earth. She knows these are not in competition with each other but found it difficult to articulate why. There are common ideas of juggling responsibilities or balancing them, but she felt this was not quite right, either. Recently, she has come to a fuller understanding that it is possible to take care of all four because all four are not separate but all of one, which means when you take care of one, you are simultaneously taking care of the other three.
Tom Martin – My short check-in, just in case, is that all is well with me as I abide in and with the grace granted by the Great Spirit. Being invited on the team for the Liberation Workshop in Boston following the Face-to-Face annual meeting of the Council is a special honor and an a welcome opportunity for me to grow beyond my comfort zone. Thank you Friends.
Another treat is to organize a presentation to Flagstaff Monthly Meeting (Arizona) my new meeting. Some are familiar with AGLI, because David Zarembka visited on a fundraising trip some years ago. They also remember a presentation from Friends about Quaker work in Asia. Might that be our AWP. It is for for me to speak my truth and bring some our peace building experiences to more Friends. GO AWP. GO FPT.
John Michaelis – internet was out of service today.
Petrus – is healthy. He has been very busy with workshops all month including people from the USA and Nepal. Plus many Indonesians.
Deb Wood – a busy day with lots done. Like Josh the weather in her area is too warm and confusing the plants.

Questions and Feedback on News and Updates:

Indonesia – February 9 till February 22 Peace Place received visiting friends from the US and Nepal. From Feb. 12-19, we held an AVP workshop attended by 36 participants: seven people from the US, two Nepalis, two people from Barak Induk – victims of the conflict in Aceh, three people from Papua and 21 people from Pati and one from Yogyakarta. From February 23 – March 2 we held an AVP workshop in Mentawai – West Sumatra, where we had 36 participants, too.
Korea – AVP korea just had a basic workshop from Feb. 24 to 26, but we have had an AVP workshop with participants from all over Korea. We have 50 facilitators and we rent a place for each workshop, so it is hard to say how many places. This sunday we will have AVP Korea steering committee meeting. I will share about this meeting.
Nepal – Jamuna’s visa was approved the second time she applied and her US tour will proceed.

Philippines – Interim Draft Report, AVP Philippines
To Friends Peace Teams Asia West Pacific
Manila Luzon 4,5,6 March 2017
4 March Lecture by Nadine Hoover at De La Salle University for students of psychology, counselling, theology and formators “Foundations of Peace and Resiliency”. The team for the weekend, our main host Cyril Lituañas, Nadine Hoover plus Kins Aparece, Frence Boiser, Jonel Reyes and Valerie Joy were in attendance. Introductions, opening prayers and Silence set the tone for this event which was well received by the 24 attendees. De La Salle University was the major sponsor, with strong support from SCAP (Student Catholic Action Philippines).
After defining trauma and resiliency, Nadine went on to shape her approach using Power of Goodness stories and the AVP Roadmap. Honesty in society will provide gains where inbuilt corruption leads to failures in development. An exercise for all in recognition of the Core Self- or our true selves, which can help in deciding upon directions.
We looked at stresses, with the most important contributor being “grief”. The is followed by fear, anger and lastly boredom or apathy. The vehicle of story telling using active listening is the approach which can clear the mind and lead to positive actions. Self care includes healthy sleep patterns, water, food. In pairs, we practiced the guidelines for Companion Groups. Transforming Power, the power of goodness was explained. In the closing, people said they were refreshed, centred, more formed, grateful, affirmed, loving, relieved, responsible and agreed that they had learned much from the lecture. As a background, a recent student suicide has focused DLSU on the need for this kind of experiential learning and support.

Mon 6 March “Recovering Faith A mixture of studentsSunday 5 March- Refresher for all former AVP participants. The numbers were 12 plus we had 3 friends of the participants, who took part enthusiastically. Comments were how refreshing it was to have this deep sharing after a gap of 2-3 years. “We can build peace through fun”. The L&L’s were greatly enjoyed. In the future planning session, it was agreed that a workshop would be held on 27-28 May for Luzon participants. Nadine has introduced a new perspective on facilitation. It is the intensive training before workshops of people who have shown commitment to AVP that is more important than having done a T4F. This will open many more opportunities by inviting apprentice facilitators to join teams.

Through Inner Healing” 3 Facilitators, 3 Apprentice Facilitators, and 30 Participants. Cyril’s boss who agreed on the whole program, joined us until morning tea and has since said she wants the program to continue at DLSU.
, administrators, counsellors and teachers took part. There was a good gender and age mix. Timing was 9-4pm with a 1 hour lunch break.
Evaluations: to be added

Even though the group was large, by skilful actions, we got through much of the content of an AVP Basic. The spiritual aspects were always present and the depth of the sharing I found remarkable. The agenda included “Approach and Road Map”, “Affirmation in Pairs”, “Cooperative Agreements”, “Core self”, “Good companions”, “Stories of Violence”, “Stories of non violence”, Transforming Power, Personal Commitment, Concentric Circles, Reflection, Evaluation and Closing. Many L&Ls were included and we commenced with Silence.

Conclusion: The achievements of the past 3 days have been that AVP in Luzon has had a kick start and an enthusiasm to continue. The directions need to be carefully discerned. I hope it can include some work with schools. Some people expressed interest in prisons. One participant came with an expectation this training could be useful In her work with the Military. There are some very able and committed people involved and with this new approach to involving plenty of apprentice facilitators, more people can become involved. Quarterly refresher training will assist here. Collecting stories of non violence is another target.

I will add more to this report as information comes to hand.
We are leaving for Bohol now where we have a very full program.

Valerie Joy

Power of Goodness – no update this month

Reports:
Initiative Coordinators: none
Communications:
In February I spent much of my time on the Spring mailing and updating other promotional materials. Working on the Spring mailing gave me the opportunity to go back and organize photos from 2016 into our Flickr account. I also managed publicity and registrations for the upcoming Liberation workshop.
The timing for finalizing the Spring Mailing content is rough because it is scheduled to fall while Nadine is typically traveling abroad and does not have regular access to internet. We are off our schedule for this year so I may not be able to get the mailing out by April 1st. The April 1st date was decided on to get the annual report out to YMs before Easter (in most years). This year South Central (SCYM), Southeastern (SEYM), and possibly Northern YM would be affected if the mailing is late.

Requests for the Working Group
On Feb 28, Jon Watts  from Friends Journal sent me another inquiry about our possible partnership with QuakerSpeak. He says, “Just wanted to follow up on this thread. We are extending our search for 2017 partners, so there is still time to have a conversation.” I am wondering if John Michaelis does not have the time to reach out to Jon if there is someone else on the Working Group to do it. It sounds like we are running out of time.

Gay Howard has volunteered to talk to Jon Watts. Hayley Hathaway has also agreed to get involved. They will co-ordinate and get in touch with Jon Watts.

Gay also wrote for Peaceways.

I still need the FPT-AWP remittance envelopes order forwarded to John Kintree by an initiative coordinator soon so I have them for the Spring Mailing.

People who have expressed an interest:
Name email Date (of first – last contact) Interest
none

Sustainers due:
None due in March.
William How and Nancy Shippen are due in April, Gay Howard is their Working Group buddy.
(Note: Philip Perkins was due in February but I haven’t seen a donation from him.)

0 new sustainers
13 current sustainers
9 late sustainers
2 lapsed sustainers
3 inactive

RiseUp email list
RiseUp Members ADDED this month:
Rori Marwani

RiseUp Members asked to be REMOVED this month:
none

RiseUp Members deleted due to bouncing email:
Meghan Peterson (Mailbox disabled, not accepting messages)
pbaily@xxx (Bad destination mailbox address)
Barb Timbrook (Bouncing address)
Nancy Fuller (Delivery not authorized, message refused)
Irma Guthrie (Delivery not authorized, message refused)

 

Treasurer:

FPT-AWP FUNDS Fiscal Year 2016-2017

USA Balances

Aus Balances

Nepal Balances

Total

Aus Balances

Nepal Balances

AUS updated 3 Mar; US updated 6 Mar

USD

USD

USD

USD

AUD

NPR

Exchange rates

1 AUD = 0.759 USD

1 NPR = 0.00937 USD

1 USD = 1.317 AUD

1 USD = 106.680 NPR

Sustainer Funds Received Y-T-D

$13,178.36

$835.30

$14,013.66

$1,100.00

Sustainer Expenses Y-T-D

$21,825.53

$0.00

$21,825.53

$0.00

Sustainer BALANCE

-$8,647.17

$835.30

-$7,811.87

$1,100.00

Undesignated Indiv. Income Y-T-D

$21,917.44

$194.18

$22,111.62

$255.72

Meeting Donors

$868.00

$1,788.30

$2,656.30

$2,355.00

Other Expenses (approved) Y-T-D

$145.00

-$740.38

-$595.38

-$975.00

Net Other Income Y-T-D

$22,640.44

$1,242.11

$23,882.55

$1,635.72

Total Earmarked/Designated Funds

$7,843.24

$10,488.52

$1,386.00

$19,717.76

$13,812.23

463,781

USA Commerce Account

Australia Account

Nepal account

Balance AWP Bank Account

$21,836.51

$12,565.93

$1,386.00

$35,788.44

$16,547.95

463,781

BREAKOUT: Designated/Earmarked Funds

USA Undesignated Funds Used

Indonesia

$1,336.37

$344.75

$1,681.12

$454.00

Indonesia Peace Team

AVP-I Indonesia Attendance

$1,620.00

Peace Place Land

-$218.15

$0.00

-$218.15

$0.00

Nepal

$5,080.02

$10,143.24

$1,386.00

$16,609.26

$13,357.53

463,781

Nepal Peace Team

Philippines

$0.00

$0.00

$0.00

Philippines Peace Team

Scholarships

$0.00

$0.00

$0.00

Power of Goodness

$25.00

Total Earmarked/ DesignatedFunds

$7,843.24

$10,488.52

$1,386.00

$19,717.76

$13,812.23

SUMMARY:

Balance AWP Bank Account

$21,836.51

$12,565.93

$1,386.00

$35,788.44

$16,547.95

Designated Funds Total

$7,843.24

$10,488.52

$1,386.00

$19,717.76

$13,812.23

AVAILABLE FUNDS

$13,993.27

$2,077.41

$0.00

$16,070.68

$2,735.72

AVAILABLE FUNDS

Previous month’s call

$8,662.63

$3,236.79

$11,899.42

$4,247.20

FPT Council:
REPORT TO AWP ABOUT
THE FPT COUNCIL MEETING ON 2-21-2017

1) There was no decision whether people would get financial assistance to get to the F2F in May.
2) The FPT Council needs to work on defining and recording its structure.
3) Jenna could not reach Feliz who was supposed to write the AWP article for PeaceWays. So Gay wrote an article and sent it to Caroline. There has been no reply.

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:
Australia YM has donated $1,000 (AUD) to FPT with intention to help Australian participation in the FPT Council. Council approved use of this donation for attendance by a Friend from Australia to the Face-to-Face Meeting, and suggested it would be good to ask the AWP Working Group to approve it as well. Jane Drexler cannot attend this year, and John Michaelis is willing to represent Australia YM. Do Friends on the AWP Working Group approve this use of the donation? This was approved.

Closing word:
Josh Albertson – good and happy
Jane Drexler – packing
Hayley Hathaway – content
Gay Howard – glad
Youngsil Kang – great
Fenna Mandolang – absorbing
Petrus – brave
Deb Wood – humble

NEXT CALL April 4/5, 2017

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