Veterans for PeacePRESENT: Bob Lezer (President), Kristina Wolff (Vice-President), Tim Blanchette (Treasurer), Dud Hendrick, Peggy Akers, Jack Bussell, George Goodwin, Alan Wicken, Art Whitman, Marianne Whitman, Tom Sturdevant, Richard Clement, Rita Clement, Robin Spencer, Brownee Cleeson (correct ?) [sorry if I spelled your name incorrectly or forgot you - kbw!].
William Ladd Chapter 001
November 29, 2007
Business Meeting Minutes
Westminster Street, Lewiston, Maine
The movie "Vietnam Long Journey Home" featuring Dud and Al was shown from 5:30 to 6:30 with a discussion following the movie led by Dud.
The meeting began at 7:00 pm
We thanked Tom S. for setting up this space.
Secretary's Report: minutes from the October meeting were accepted as written (Bussell motion; Hendrick second).
Archivist Report: Smitty was unable to attend the meeting.
Calendar Project: Kristina is currently putting the report together for RESIST (to account for the $3,000 grant we received for the project). The report is due Dec. 15th, 2007. Currently 620 calendars have been sold, 26 have been given as gifts or samples to people helping us with distribution and 364 have been donated to schools. The rest are either out on consignment or at Kristina's house (about 555). We are asking members to purchase calendars and help with donations. It was decided to decrease the calendar price to $10 each and to ship two calendars to all high schools that have not received any yet. Jack, Peggy and George took calendars to distribute around Portland, Booth Bay and Casco Bay.
2008 Symposium: Michael is still out of the country. Bob reported that Smitty talked to Maxine Hong Kingston and she expressed interest in speaking at the Symposium.
2010 National Convention: Jack provided information on two hotels in Portland (the Eastland and the Holiday Inn). Doug suggested we fly in Jerry Genesio and Judy Genesio for the event.
11/12/2007 Veteran's Day Parade, Portland: Jack reported that approximately 50 people were in attendance. Currently turning in paperwork for next year and requesting VFP be allowed to have a speaker at the event. Discussed having a press conference if we are denied having a speaker, and that we do not attend the event or possibly we hold an alternative parade/demonstration at the same time.
Gift in Dave Cline's name: at a previous meeting we discussed making a donation to IVAW in Dave Cline's name. The Maine chapter is still not organized so we are waiting to make the donation (until after the chapter is formed).
Retreat at Chewonki: Bob agreed to make the reservation and send a deposit to Chewonki for the retreat on January 25th and 26th. The yurts will be available but not the 'bunk house'. People will be allowed to sleep in the great hall, by the fireplace if they do not want to stay in the yurts. We discussed what would happen at the retreat. A few still wanted to have a business meeting, some suggested a discussion / workshop on PTSD, on women's issues, to watch a film, to have a workshop on activism (how to be a better activist) or alternatives to violent confrontation / non-violent communication and/or to do something fun. The night before will most likely be a dinner and social event (ideally with Dan playing guitar). Contact Bob at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information (or suggestions for what to do at the retreat).
IVAW Cost of War tour: The tour is on hold for now.
Resumption of "Children of War" project: Doug has been in touch with Jerry Genesio about the project. Jerry is still working on getting materials together and will be sending information to us as soon as things are more solidified.
REMEMBER the RETREAT! Jan. 25 & 26th.