Community Circle Notes
November 20, 2004 – H’s place, Duluth
23, 2005 - 1pm
26, 2005 – 1pm
Bear’s place, Duluth
~Teddy Bear, ~Braeburn Blue, Miracle, White Ash, Ehsea, ~Two Bears,
~E!ureka, Kiva, ~P*lln
~ indicates Steward
(6/11 – hey!
That’s a sure dang quorum!)
- Penny and the Quest
on Gravel, total cost
(Thanksgiving, Solstice, Spirit) planning
Ad-Hoc Committee Call
committee met and looking at different options. Came up with two
or three possibilities to handle changes, went over different pros
and cons, and it is unknown the actual cost as of yet. Will be
meeting next Tuesday. A mailing will be going out in January to
find out who wants to stay on the list and what data they want
to share. Accessibility: the hope is to have the list be accessible
to people but secure enough that the list doesn’t go out
to those not involved in the community. If someone wanted
the list to invite people to a party, for example, two different
people would have to request the list (the original person
and someone to back up the reason). E! asked if the committee
was discussing the ways we communicate. How do we communicate?
What is the purpose of this list and what is it used for?
How do we build a system? We want to clean up the process
to find out what people really want communicated to
them and in what form. We’ll be surveying people to see which form they
prefer. If we change the bylaws to allow electronic communication
totally, we’ll make sure that people know that also.
was a discussion about how one person in the community decided
to do a major activity without first discussing it with the
community and how it greatly affected the whole. Celebrating the
individual is a shared value, but when it impinges on the wider
community, it becomes an issue. What level of accountability do
we have for each other in the community? The Quest tested our emergency
conflict resolution process, which is in place, but which did not
get activated effectively. Although not everyone was affected by
what happened, people didn’t feel empowered to take care of the
rest of the community because everyone was worried about Penny.
There were control issues – mystery
about how it was happening, and withholding of adequate information
about Penny's situation, Plan B, etc. People with knowledge
of hypothermia were concerned for Penny based on the unusually
cold and wet weather. It would have been nice to have informed
consent from the other people at the gathering. If something
had happened, and government officials and press come on
the land and/or pursued the larger community, it is possible
that they could have held us accountable, which could greatly strain
our community. There was a suggestion to put wording in the
gathering Call guidelines on how to talk about the duty of care
at the gathering. Duty of care requires everything ‘reasonably
practicable’ to be
done to protect the health and safety of others. Individual
plans affecting the whole community language are to be put
in the next gathering Call along with how personal liability/responsibility
for what you do and a reminder that the whole community is
affected by your actions. Conflict resolution could have
been used. The Call includes wording that abuse, including
emotional abuse, is not allowed at the gatherings. E! suggested
that more people read the conflict resolution papers before
gatherings (ie: Stewards, Call preparers, etc. ).
Property at Gatherings
had a ritual piece in the Cabin that disappeared. White Ash's magazine
got thrown away amidst friendly circulation before he could finish
reading it himself. Eureka's towels have been used by others. People
are leaving stuff in the dining hall and not reclaiming it. Ideas
for bettering these situations are:
a moretoreum throughout Gathering on throwing away, burning,
removing, or displacing objects that might belong to someone
(except when they are in the way, it starts to rain, etc.).
people to please make sure they use their own towel.
a lost box in the cabin and the screenhouse or designate an area
to put found stuff in.
people to mark their stuff (ie: clothespins and sharpies).
- If something is left on the Land after a gathering, then it’s considered public property and can be dealt with as such.
the majority of the work. Four big loads of gravel were delivered
in October. They dragged it out and spread it. Also there’s a pile
is on the end of the circle drive (blocking). This pile can be
used in the future for the drive or for filling potholes. We got
67 cubic yards of the gravel (at $15 a yard), with no charge for
delivery. We may need to get more. Oni said this morning there
was a possibility of getting more gravel at like $3 a yard if someone
with a truck that can be used to get it can help. The gravel that
was laid needs to be compacted numerous times, as it’s starting
to hump up in the middle again. Plln thought what we got did a
good job of transforming the drive from what it was. Maybe at the
end of next summer we need to revisit the issue and see if we need
any more gravel. $1462 was spent on the pantry. In July, $479 for
the cedar for a total of about $2,000. Two and a half sides are
shingled and the interior still needs some insulation. In the future,
we want to put in vapor barrier, and whatever interior finish for
walls (ie: thin plywood). Also, a second window on the dormer might
be planned. This will be a multiuse bldg in the future.
and Stella are planning to leave Thursday morning after Stella
gets off from work. Dinner on Friday. Kiva & Stella
may be there until Sunday. There was mention wondering if anyone
is planning on going up to the land for the Winter Solstice in
December. After the Thanksgiving gathering, can someone report
on the woodpile, propane supplies and stove workings?
started planning the Spirit Gathering? White Ash and E! have had
a few discussions. Miracle is a co-planner. Do we want to have
it at Kawashaway again? On Memorial Day or at a different time?
We received $500 in seed money to start the gathering this past
year and made a surplus. There is $579.60 still in the acct so
we don’t need seed money for this coming year’s gathering.
look really good. White Ash suggested savings by opting for a 2-year
payment for web hosting and domain registration. H was
thanked for the layout on the Summary of Financial Activity form
as it’s very easy to read. Sounds like historically
over the last 2 or 3 years, we’ve been in the black with registration
moneys. Teddy wanted to compliment Kiva on his pantry diva duties.
Good food choices, not many leftovers. For specific figures, please
proposes to buy another heavy-duty wagon by May 15th. The one we
have has been used extensively and it would be helpful to have
another one. Braeburn will research prices and functionality by
- Gathering Call Language to include Duty of Care
|Community discussion on Duty of Care
|Web hosting and registration 2 years