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Minutes 4 April 2017

Friends Peace Teams in Asia West Pacific
Working Group Minutes and Agenda
Zoom Meeting Tuesday/Wednesday April 4/5, 2017

Present: Valerie Joy, Fenna Mandolang, Nadine Hoover, Jane Drexler, John Michaelis, Gay Howard, Deb Wood, Youngsil Kang,
Apologies/Regrets: Josh Albertson, Hayley Hathaway, Tom Martin, Petrus, Jenna
Not heard from: Chuck Esser, Sisca Friend, Ludwig bon Quirog, Vidya Sutton, Subhash Kattel

Agenda Preview:
Check In Sentence
Questions and Feedback on News and Updates
Reports:
Initiative Coordinators
Communications
Treasurer
FPT Council
Resources Needed
Decisions/Actions/Consideration:
Young Friends scholarships for the International Peace Training
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:
Jane Drexler: I have recently returned from a visit to South Africa for a family wedding. It was lovely to catch up with so many family members and friends. It was also good that Harro and his carer managed very well while I was away. Valerie Joy and I are finalising the FPT AWP report for Australian Yearly Meeting which is in July. Documents have to be ready well in advance.
Hayley Hathaway – It was really great being on the last AWP call. I will be traveling on the 5th so I won’t be on this call but I hope to join in the future.
Nadine Hoover – has returned from a great trip to Asia at Peace Place, the Mentawai Islands and the Philippines going well. She did a basic workshop in Ann Arbor MI last weekend and in Buffalo NY next weekend, and Jamuna and Nadine have been invited to Pendle Hill to join the young adults Continuing Revolution retreat June 5-6, 2017.
Gay Howard – Governance committee work looking at people having conflicting interests
Chris Hughes
Valerie Joy – She came home to a meeting where her meeting was looking at a serious meeting conflict, and she’s been facilitating AVP at home and employed an AVP workshop coordinator in Queensland which is good.
Youngsil Kang – Back to her village after a couple of months away. Running Peace classes in school, including Special Ed students. Looking at having a local support group for detailed planning
Fenna Mandolang – Thinking about – if something is worth doing, its worth doing poorly. So just do it- the best you can.
Tom Martin – I am seldom better as Spirit continues to shower me and my family with blessings. I am looking forward to the Face to Face in Wellesley followed by the Liberation Workshop that follows. I just made a connection with a Friend who is active in educational work in Indonesia as an academic and will be there in May. I hope we can make good connections for and with her and our peace work. Spirit can and does move in mysterious ways. Hooray, Tom
John Michaelis: Is reading music fluently – already a pianist, chorister, guitarist- enjoying this greatly. Bhutan is not doing well with human rights.
Petrus – hari ini saya sehat/ I am healthy today, but my computer is not working, so I can’t join the call.
Deb Wood: NY YM Quakers connection. Planning to go to Bhutan and AVP International Gathering in Nepal. She will send the name of the organiser of the visit to Bhutan. Jamuma is coming to visit the Bhutanese in the US.
Tanya Lawrence: A Quaker from California and long time friend of Fenna. She is interested in our work and hopes to join in future meetings.

Questions and Feedback on News and Updates:
Indonesia – From Petrus:
1. Developing materials. Better Manuals and support to people who want to apprentice.
2. Friday 31 March we conducted an AVP refresher with 18 people from around Pati, Central Java, Indonesia.
3. We have made a schedule with Mrs. Rini from the Small Stars Preschool, one of the participants of the Peace Training 2017, to conduct AVP training for Small Stars Preschool teachers and parents, in addition to AVP and child development. The schedule begins in April on the 3rd week.
4. Ms. Rini is a new, additional member of our facilitation team at Peace Place, who began her apprenticeship 2017.
5. We hope to do AVP training in Mentawai with new participants in this new territory. They have two people interested in apprenticing on our team.
6. We plan to continue to reach out to Papua. We’re still waiting for information from Rory, who is very capable, but she hopes develop workshops there.
7. We started to set up the Guesthouse room to use it as an office when there are no guests. Ann Dusseau has offered to pay for new beds, so we will purchase trundle beds to be pushed under when not in use.
8. We recognize a need for routine monthly refresher training for AVP alumni in Pati to reinforce what has been received and at the same time to increase the number of facilitators to keep the work alive.
9. We have started discussing with Mr.Lino in Jogja & Wiwit in Salatiga about developing AVP in these new environment, especially with students.
Korea -: Our annual AVP Facilitators Gathering 28-9 April. Jong Joo is staying in Jeju Island.
Nepal – no update this month: Bev Polzin and John are working with Subhash to arrange future trips – possibly just before the International AVP meeting.
Philippines – no update this month
Power of Goodness – no update this month

Reports:
Initiative Coordinators:
Communications:
The bulk of March was devoted to the Spring Mailing and the upcoming Liberation workshop. In early March an unprecedented wind storm was followed by a major snow storm in my area and I was left without electricity for 3 days and without internet access for 12 days. The Spring mailing was OK’d for printing on March 14th and sent to the printer on March 20th. The bulk of the mailing will be sent out by April 7th – a little late but not bad considering. I am behind on routine tasks like sharing news on FB and over the enews list.

Requests for the Working Group
• The WG needs to plan for the next Sustainer call scheduled for Friday evening (US)/Saturday morning (Australia), June 16/17, 2017 John suggests that the Agenda includes plans and visions for Sustainers, present and possible future Sustainers.

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

Sustainers due (contact month listed as April):
Karen Reixach (quarterly, $125 expected in April 2017); WG companion – Nadine
13 current
0 new sustainers
9 late sustainers (past renewal date but less than 12 month since last donation)
2 lapsed sustainers (over 24 months since last donation)
2 inactive donors (over 36 months since last donation)

RiseUp Members ADDED this month:
Irma Guthrie (New email address provided by Deb Wood)
ninou@– [no name given]
RiseUp Members asked to be REMOVED this month:
Andrea Salazar
RiseUp Members deleted due to bouncing email:
Sally DavisAVP Singapore (invalid Yahoo account)
Katherine Youngmeister  (User account is unavailable)

 

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 1 Apr

USD

USD

USD

USD

AUD

NPR

Exchange rates

1 AUD = 0.757 USD

1 NPR = 0.00961 USD

1 USD = 1.321 AUD

1 USD = 104.064 NPR

Sustainer Funds Received Y-T-D

$13,178.36

$832.73

$14,011.09

$1,100.00

Sustainer Expenses Y-T-D

$23,142.38

$0.00

$23,142.38

$0.00

Sustainer BALANCE

-$9,964.02

$832.73

-$9,131.29

$1,100.00

Undesignated Indiv. Income Y-T-D

$21,937.44

$193.59

$22,131.03

$255.72

Meeting Donors

$868.00

$1,782.81

$2,650.81

$2,355.00

Other Expenses (approved) Y-T-D

$145.00

-$738.10

-$593.10

-$975.00

Net Other Income Y-T-D

$22,660.44

$1,238.29

$23,898.73

$1,635.72

Total Earmarked/Designated Funds

$7,843.24

$10,456.27

$1,386.00

$19,685.51

$13,812.23

463,781

USA Commerce Account

Australia Account

Nepal account

Balance AWP Bank Account

$20,539.66

$12,527.29

$1,386.00

$34,452.95

$16,547.95

463,781

BREAKOUT: Designated/Earmarked Funds

USA Undesignated Funds Used

Indonesia

$1,336.37

$343.69

$1,680.06

$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

$10,112.05

$1,386.00

$16,578.07

$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

$10,456.27

$1,386.00

$19,685.51

$13,812.23

SUMMARY:

Balance AWP Bank Account

$20,539.66

$12,527.29

$1,386.00

$34,452.95

$16,547.95

Designated Funds Total

$7,843.24

$10,456.27

$1,386.00

$19,685.51

$13,812.23

AVAILABLE FUNDS

$12,696.42

$2,071.02

$0.00

$14,767.44

$2,735.72

AVAILABLE FUNDS

6 March 2017

$13,993.27

$2,077.41

$0.00

$16,070.68

$2,735.72

FPT Council: Disclosures on conflict of interest- if we have these, we should disclose these. Make clear who we report to, including the Working Group. We will send these to the agenda for future discussion. We need to understand the sorts of issues that might be included.

Resources Needed:
Recording Clerk- backup to Valerie.
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. Felice sent an excellent report to Peaceways.

Decisions/Actions:
Young Friends scholarships for the International Peace Training
Do we, FPT-AWP WG, want to invite two Australian Young Friends to participate in the International Peace (AVP) training at Peace Place from 7-21 January 2018? And do we support fundraising for two scholarships to make this possible?
Gay offered to assist with this, but it is essential that AYM financially supports this venture and our work in general. The AYM Treasurer has agreed to put into his budget $1,000 for travel. Jane and Valerie are working on ways to raise further funds. Nadine’s vision is for the International training to expand and move to other parts of Asia.

Proposed to Australia YM
Issues/Analysis
The outreach being achieved, and the communities in crisis assisted in Asia, is worthy of deeper understanding by Friends in AYM. Friends may choose from a number of possible actions to expand this work, by sustaining or one off gifts, visitation, administrative help or management skills.
It is fervently hoped that Young Friends may be enabled to take up the challenge of volunteering to work with FPT-AWP, either in their Gap year, or at another time in their career development. A special invitation has been made for two Young Friends to attend the International training in Pati next January. In addition to fares, the cost for each person would be $650 for 11 days training, tours, food and accommodation. Some airlines are offering very cheap fares to Indonesia. Discernment by YFs and their Regional Meetings plus fund raising can bring about a positive response to this invitation. It will provide those Friends with exposure to international issues- environmental, political and sociological and create lasting friendships, plus advanced AVP training.

The Working Group approved:
Inviting and encouraging international young Friends to attend the International Training at Peace Place.
We will invite Hayley to design a flyer to publicise the experience of attending the International training. Fund raising can be done on a case by case basis in local Meetings, by the young Friend, and by asking for individual donations.
We agree to publicise this widely in Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Philippines, Nepal, US and other parts of Asia.

Closing word:
Jane Drexler: Progress
Nadine Hoover: Daily MIracles
Gay Howard: Joyful
Valerie Joy: Inspiration
Youngsil Kang: supportive
Fenna Mandolang: nourishing
John Michaelis: imaginative vision
Deb Wood: peace

NEXT CALL May 2/3, 2017

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