On Sunday, Nov 15, 2009 we met for the first time at Transition Whatcom event, "Let's Walk the Walk". We are in the process of getting to know each other and finding out what we want Transition Ferndale to be. Here are notes I took during our group discussion and at other times.
Peggy is setting up the first monthly potluck and film night; probably “Power of Community” at WECU.
We will gather about twice a month. Post ideas for things you want to do in between the film nights.
Think about what we want to accomplish with Transition Ferndale.
Identify skills, tools, equipment to share.
Identify skills we don’t have.
Informal re-skilling; if you are doing something others might want to learn, notify others.
Justen stressed the importance of people learning to do simple bike maintenace.
Identify abandoned fruit/nut trees and see if the owners will let them be gleaned.
Move our center of activity from Bellingham to Ferndale; carpool to Bellingham.
Ham radio person in our area
Reader boards in the community where we can post events; other ways to publicize to community?
Make a phone list
Emergency management class called CERT
“Mapping your Neighborhood” also through Emergency Management (city of Bellingham only?)
In the future:
Decide if we want to form an initating group and go through the process to become an official Transition Ferndale initiative.
Identify existing groups in Ferndale that have common purposes with us; don’t duplicate what already exists.
Talk to the city; perhaps make presentation to the city council.
I notice that many of us do not live in Ferndale city limits. We may be splitting off into Transition Custer, Lummi, North Star (that's us), etc. in the future.
Lastly, remember “nurturing relationships with people around you matters”