AFM Meeting for Business, May 15, 2016
Neighborhood House, Northeast Harbor, Maine
Present: Linda and Eric Uberseder, Dean and Mary Booher, Ed Snyder, Carole Beal, Carol Woolman and Rich Bullock, clerk.
Rich opened with the following queries.
For the coming year what will be the important work of the Meeting?
Are the existing committees and positions sufficient to do the Work?
What variety of new skills will enhance the work of the committees?
One response was to handle some business as a 'committee of the whole' and 'season' by committee other business.
Current checkbook balance is $1988.96 with bills paid to date. In savings there is $3649.41 which includes the $1000 gift from Peter Rees' estate. The treasurer requested Friends consider how best to use these funds to honor Peter. Another Friend requested we give this process deep consideration remembering Peter's peace work and his work with young people. Approved.
The treasurer presented the budget 2016-2017. Contribution to Vassalboro Quarter for Ramallah was reduced from $400 to $300 and that $100 is to be contributed to UNHCR, United Nations ?????
Discussion followed about in-kind contributions. For an accurate accounting of the expenditures of AFM a statement of such should be submitted to the treasurer. Report was accepted, to be approved in June.
Neighborhood House is able to buy small paper hot cups in bulk and gave us four sleeves. Those in Meeting have found only large ones with plastic lids. Neighborhood House was reimbursed. With one drawer for our beverage supplies there is no space for a coffee pot or a pot in which to heat water (we are in need of one) Eric offered to build a custom portable one.
Statistics report was approved and will be sent to New England Yearly Meeting (NEYM). As of December 2015 there are 27 resident members, 12 non resident members with an average attendance of 17 at Meeting for Worship. 25 members are 65 years or older.
Peace and Social Justice:
Ed reported on the May 7 Vassalboro Quarterly Meeting and the work of Portagers*. The Meeting approved attaching the part of Peace and Social Justice minutes on Native people to these minutes.
The report was accepted.
The Peace award committee, of Carole, Carol, Linda, Mary, and Judith Bradshaw Brown, considered and selected the recipient. Following the awards ceremony in May, (nb, confirmed to be June 1, 12:15
) there will be a reception at Carole's for the recipient, family and committee.
Accepted with appreciation
Gradually things are being posted on the website. Separating the 'for all' area from 'Acadia Friends only' area is in process. A section entitled 'Faith into Action' would include the report on the Syrian meeting, the Peace Award and others. Photos attract interest. It was recommended that a simple permission form to have one's photo on the website be used. Linda will provide the form for our approval. Asking Earl Brechlin of the MDIslander for input on this issue would be helpful.
Report was accepted.
The Memorial service for Tom Snell (a former member of this Meeting, and married under the care of the Meeting) and his wife Mary Farquahar went well. Reflections were invited during the service and continued following the service. Thanks to Rich for putting this together along with Tom's brother in Vermont.
An English visitor from Watford, England sent a DVD as an introduction to their meeting. Rich will send a thank you note.
It was agreed to have greeters for the summer starting June 19.
Committees of the Meeting.
Rich will communicate committee needs and invite people to note their interests. We will proceed from there to evaluate what needs are and are not being met.
Meeting for Worship for Business closed with thoughtful silence at noon.
Mary Booher, Recording Clerk
*A portager is someone on a journey who carries a canoe across land between bodies of water. For five years the group has been together on a journey of learning.
A portager must decide what to carry and what to discard. When we began this journey, we were deeply influenced by the history we learned in school and the prejudices that were common in our communities. On this journey we are unloading misinformation and stereotypes about Native Peoples in Maine. We are working to replace wrongful beliefs with accurate history and new understandings.
Our purpose is to share history we have learned and describe events Native communities have experienced. Native people and White people in Maine have had a long and troubled history. We encourage people to have an open mind and undertake their own quest to understand what has happened and how the wrongs of the past can be made right today.