Transition Whatcom Assembly Meeting Minutes 3/27/11
Agenda (Not in Order of Execution)
Minutes from last meeting
350 H&G Challenge
Fall Event Plan
Emergency Response Preparedness
Work Group Update
1) Whatcom Folk School Report
Informal Learning Environment; Low cost resilient skill building; Offer classes in summer; Looking for teachers; Can request topics on the web site;
2) Personal Finance Work Group
Started at the great unleashing; Collected resources and posted to Ning site; 88 people have $685,000 available for local investment. April 16th Move Your Money action day. 4 million people have moved their money to local institutions nationally. The event will have speakers and a panel discussion.
i. The event organizers or Twog could appear on the Joe Show to do publicity for this event 930AM at Noon.
ii. Involve the Port Townsend LIONs, a local loan/investment group.
iii. Involve professional investment folks.
Did a successful CERT (Community Emergency Response Training) session to create first responders in the neighborhood; Rented a chipper for 3 houses to use to reduce cost; Seed swaps; Mason Bees on order; Roving gardening help;
Do lots of networking; about 10 in core group; Public movie once a month; Garden planning speaker meeting; Compost training, map reading training; the group is very spread out with a 15 mile diameter so it’s hard for people to talk to neighbors- they want to do it but it is difficult to do; Solar electric meeting spawned 3 installations; successful tool sharpening training;
5) Web Group Update
Ning Site Update- There is now a Featured/Sponsored Event proposal form for those who want TW to sponsor their event. The web group is using a mock up ning site to propose changes to the site.
TransitionWhatcom.org Update- the new web page was displayed and discussed
Suggestions/Ideas - Other groups (like Workgroups) would like use the site to share google docs. In particular this is useful when docs are being edited and revised. It was suggested that the Twog start a web discussion forum on the Ning site to discuss this possibility.
6) Visioning Work and small group breakout
Cindy led a visioning exercise to help us learn to take a risk and ask questions; every persons life is a novel;
7) TWOG Update
An organization overview was provided. The TWIG to TWOG was explained. We have had one TWOG leave and have added one; a newsletter will go out next week explaining this.
Feedback- Is there a process to recall a TWOG? Irene volunteered to apply for the TWOG to work in the role of developing policies and procedures.
8) Transition Café
The Transition Café was an outgrowth of last assembly meeting. Feb meeting had 15-18 people; Do we want to keep them going? Is there an interest from the membership? Can we organize and schedule it? Can it be a vehicle for collecting visioning funneled towards the EDAP, or other actions? Can we record discussions too? How do you continue the discussion flow? Can we capture topics as an idea pool back to the assembly?
Suggestions/Ideas- The first Café was more about making connections, learning about transition issues for people new to TW, and open discussion. David Marshak has volunteered to lead future cafes, and he will look for someone to co-lead. Location may need improvement.
9) Emergency Preparedness
There is a program neighborhood groups already use (Fairhaven for example) Laura Rittenhaur (Sp?) has volunteered to talk to neighborhood groups. We can leverage this[jat1] . 9 page pamphlet for neighborhood mapping is available- this is a great way to get people into Transition work by a side door; Check out the Red Cross or Homeland security web sites;
Suggestions/Ideas - Propose that the Hub group include emergency preparedness.
10) Local Politics
Tom is going to run for County Executive against four time incumbent Pete Kremen, and would like help with his campaign. (Sp?)
11) Fall Event- How about Ye Old Reskilling Faire? Good support, not 2nd weekend in Oct however.
12) Home and Garden Challenge
13) Assembly Meeting Evaluation - liked the small group work, liked singing, it should be an opportunity for the working groups to provide feedback and ask for help.
Transition Whatcom Assembly Meeting 12/11/10
Introduction and Work Group Reports
2) Toms state of the world report
3) Work group survey report
4) TWOG Intro
6) Action Plans
7) Visioning Exercise- Chris Wolf
8) EDAPT Action Proposal
9) Actions Voted on-
10) Agenda for Council Meeting
What summer & fall dates should we tenatively save open for the 3rd & 4th Quarter Assembly?
Awsome assembly notes Juliet! Thanks for posting, especially for those of us not able to be present!