ALLIED PARTNERS - February 15, 2007
Present: Alice Appen, Mary Jean Bartholomew, Jeni Bingen, Mike Bodden, Mary Charnitz, Jan Christian (Orchard Ridge UCC), Linda Ketcham, Barbara Parks, Shirley Robbins, Sue Sawyer, Alex Thornburg, Jack Tiffany.
To open the meeting, Jack gave us words of Peace. Introductions were made, with each person naming a favorite movie. Some good recommendations were given.
Minutes of the December meeting were approved as presented. (January retreat notes next time.)
Allied Partners Proposal (report of committee formed at the January retreat):
Food Pantry: Mike gave out the January report, the 2006 year-end report (with a narrative report also) and some suggestions and comments on this and other projects.
Stabilization Fund: Printed report distributed.
Katrina Fund: Linda gave out the proceedings of the sub-committee on use of this fund, and will bring a proposal to the next meeting.
Boys and Girls Club: Jeni announced a Black History Month celebration coming up, which could be a good time to have conversations with residents and build relationships. She gave us copies of The Youth Journal, for which neighborhood kids write. She had brochures describing spaces at the B&GClub which congregations can use. No fee if the building is open; a fee for other times.
Possible New Project: Jack presented the possibility of reading to pre-school children in the neighborhood. This could be either with a small group or one-to-one, at various times of day, at the Wellness Center or in a vacant apartment in a location where there are many small children. This would need a coordinator, who could work by phone and consult Susan Corrado. A volunteer should call Jack.
Alex closed the meeting with prayer. The next meeting will be held on either the second or third Wednesday of March, 10-12 a.m. We will be notified of the date. Shirley Robbins, Recorder