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Annual Board & Community Meeting – Sunday, Oct 5

10:00am – 12:30pm   Annual Board Meeting

12:30pm –  1:30pm   Community Potluck

  1:30pm –  4:00pm   Community Meeting

Annual Board Meeting Upstairs – 10:00am till 12:30pm: It’s that time of year again, time for our annual board meeting where new Board members are elected, annual reports are made and discussion about the general ups, downs, benefits and challenges of running a community are entertained. If during these discussion the Board deems action is necessary we’ll also make decisions on next best steps. Input from the community is vital and sought.

Potluck Downstairs – 12:30pm till 1:30pm: You don’t have to of come for the board meeting to know you are welcome to attend (and benefit) from attending the potluck. This is a time to share in discussion what took place during the board meeting or what might be coming up next all the while eating very good food in very good company.

Community Meeting – 1:30pm till 4:00 pm: The discussions during the community meeting will focus on what it means to be responsible stewards to a variety of resources that taken in whole, support our ability to maintain a building (and a rather large one at that). For the sake of time and efficiency we will be discussing our resources as our Volunteers, Spiritual Director, Building and Finances.

Stewarding Our Resources:

With inspiration: When I first met the Kyogen, the co-abbot of Dharma Rain, it was to talk about our community purchasing their building.  He encouraged us and said his experience was that buying a building matures an organization and had no doubt we would experience the same.  A building, he mused, is so tangible and requires so much care that it makes an organization take new steps.

With Reality Checks: I imagined he meant new systems, like a cleaning team — That feeling of caring for a building, however, has inclined me to face the reality that there are further community resources that also need our care and attention; like the dana that comes through the bowl or the mail, the enthusiasm of volunteers and the energy of our Spiritual Director — these are all community resources that require care, planning, and wisdom to use and maintain well.

With Decisive Action: So what are we doing about all of these resources?  To attend to our resource of volunteers, we created an Operations Team that will oversee cleaning, event stewarding and communications.  To attend to our resource of a Spiritual Director we created a Compensation Committee to review ways financial compensation and time off (to name a few) might support our asking from (in this case) her, a high level of time and energy.  To attend to the recourse of a building we’ve created a Building Committee to address ongoing care and repair.  And, of course respecting our finical resource requires we mature the skill of talking  honestly, openly and clearly about dana and how to remain responsible to our debt. Topics of discussion will include such things as launching a fundraising team (aimed to be formed by early 2015), increasing our tenant numbers and remolding our basement. 

As you can see — we have a variety of recourses available to us and to all who walk through our doors. Let’s discuss ways we take care of our good fortune and ways we can improve. 

I Sincerely hope to see you at one or more of these gatherings,

Greg Satir, Acting Board Chair