Minutes 12/16/2018

12/16/2018 minutes

Takoma Park Friends Meeting-Preparative gathered on 12/16/2018 at the Dance Exchange in Takoma Park, Maryland.

We heard queries and advices from Baltimore Yearly Meeting Faith and Practice on the environment.  We heard of concerns on global warming, hope that many are taking action, and wondering what each of us should do in our own lives and to encourage others.  We heard of the spiritual dimension of the environment.

Tricia Crocker, treasurer, handed out copies of the year-end treasurer’s report and year-to-date report (attached).  Contributions sufficed for us to make budgeted contributions to organizations for FY 2018.  We accepted the reports.

The following nominations for 2019 were approved on second reading:

Presiding clerk: Arthur David Olson

Recording clerk: Victor Thuronyi

Treasurer*: Tricia Crocker

Festival coordination: Tricia Crocker, Susan Rogers

Farmers Market project coordinator: Mary Jane Muchui

Second hour coordinator: John Knight

Children’s program: Arthur David Olson, Mary Jane Muchui

Adelphi liaison: Victor Thuronyi

Dance Exchange liaison: Tricia Crocker

Postal mail pickup: Ellen Sarrett

Electronic mailing list maintainer: Tricia Crocker

Backup greeter: Arthur David Olson

 

*Treasurer’s term coincides with the budget year which ends Nov. 30; treasurer approved separately.

 

We reviewed a communication from the Ministry and Pastoral Care Committee of Baltimore Yearly Meeting on preparation of a spiritual state of the meeting report, and held some initial discussion.  We will review our last two reports to see how to follow up on them.

We continued discussing the wording of a flyer about the Meeting to be posted on bulletin boards and in businesses.

We reviewed material from FGC on welcoming diverse newcomers, and will follow up.

The place for the holiday gathering Jan. 6 remains to be determined.

We heard and approved these minutes.  We adjourned, to gather next on 1/27/2018 at the rise of meeting, or at the call of the presiding clerk.

Arthur David Olson, presiding

Victor Thuronyi, recording

 

 

11/25/2018 Minutes

Takoma Park Friends Meeting-Preparative gathered on 11/25/2018 at the Dance Exchange in Takoma Park, Maryland.

We heard queries and advices from Baltimore Yearly Meeting Faith and Practice on education.  We heard of the benefits of inclusiveness in studying religious texts; of support for public education, especially quality education at no charge; and of the harm caused by bullying.

Tricia Crocker, treasurer, handed out copies of the treasurer’s report (attached).  We accepted the report.  Tricia also reported approval of our FY 2019 budget by Adelphi Friends Meeting and approval of her position as Takoma Park Treasurer (and assistant Treasurer of AFM).

A flyer about the Meeting to be posted on bulletin boards and in businesses was presented for a first reading.

We will approach the owners of the Montessori school on Carrol Avenue to indicate a monthly rental that we could consider, and are also in touch with the Bridge Hut.

A first reading of nominations for 2019 was presented, with the festival coordinator position still needing to be filled.

We agreed on 1/6/2019 as the date for a holiday gathering, at the rise of meeting.

We agreed to take the following steps to grow our Meeting:

  1. Revise the website, with a focus on making it more inviting to newcomers.
  2. Develop a plan for welcoming newcomers, to be brought back to a subsequent business meeting.
  3. Arrange a talk at Historic Takoma.

We heard and approved these minutes.  We adjourned, to gather next on 12/16/2018 at the rise of meeting, or at the call of the presiding clerk.

Arthur David Olson, presiding

Victor Thuronyi, recording