Community Circle Notes
Nov 13 ,
2005 – Snake's abode, Minneapolis
15 January 2006 chez Braeburn Blue
Kiva, White Ash, Rocky*, Snake, Vi, Scooter*, Miracle, Ehsea*, Braeburn Blue*, Two Bears*, E!ureka*
(6/12 Stews = quorum)
* indicates Steward
committee met in April to discuss proposed bylaw changes. Some
of those changes include using a genderless pronoun (hir instead
of him/her), Steward commitments and annual meeting. Regarding
stewardship changes, some Stewards may not have the financial means
to commit but are willing to work the land. The commitment form
was not consistent with the bylaws concerning how many meetings
a year a steward is required to attend. We are going to ask Friends
to fill out a commitment form annually also. The question was asked
what the difference between Friends and Stewards are. In the past,
the major differences included a financial commitment by the Stewards
and the fact that they can block consensus. We need to make sure
there is a statement under both Stewards/Friends reminding them
that the need for money is always present to pay the bills for
the upkeep of the land (insurance, taxes, etc). The plan is to
bring the financial commitment topic up at the annual meeting.
of the other changes were to the names of the officers. The title “Keeper
of the Big Nothing” is to become the “Keeper of the Fabric”. Some of the duties
would include: making sure there is an agenda for the circle meetings, that the
next circle has an address and location, makes sure the notes are posted in a
decent amount of time. The name incorporates weaving, pattern and the fabric
of our community. The Keeper of the Fabric would make a presentation at the annual
meeting of what has happened over the past year.
are the minimum necessary ~ we can do more than what is in the
bi-laws. Perhaps there could be an RSVP from folks for various
Circles ~ tracked by the Keeper of the Fabric ~ to ensure both
types of communications are being effective [note for the Communications
decisions, we consensed to change from min 2 Stews to 3 Stews.
were consensed with many varied methods, including legs raised
in the air.
didn’t come fully prepared to the Circle so there wasn’t
much of a report to offer.
was a discussion about book fees for Klick for the books we never
thought we were invoiced for. It turns out the money was
taken out of royalties from Klick. We discussed making
a payment to her for that amount, but she won’t take
any money. She did suggest possibly being given
books instead of money. Miracle is to figure out some kind
of payment program.
$1500 was raised for the hurricane-displaced faeries at Short Mountain.
the question: who was the Gathering Committee? We had Call Grrls
and pantry people, but no real gathering committee
this year. We discussed whether or not to have
a gathering committee for this upcoming year. Rocky said he liked
the energy of the new Faes, that the energy was really
great and we should connect with all of those people who
may not realize we kind of go on hiatus during the winter.
It seems that a lot of the people who have had a hand in organizing
Lammas Gathering in the past have moved onto
helping to plan the Spirit Gathering in the Spring. It would help
to have more people step up to help plan the Gathering as there
was a lack of community effort this year. Not as much intention
going into the gathering so there wasn’t much community intention
issues that were brought up:
of community circles. There were a couple of heart circles,
but no business circles.
generators during heart circles without the express approval
of the heart circle itself.
a community value around communication.
redesigned without letting the community know about it before
the work was done.
resolution in the community would have helped with some of the
issues that came up during this year’s gathering.
times – the times fluctuated so much that
sometimes brunch/lunch was held
at 3pm in the afternoon.
intention about the dinner times being earlier in the evenings.
a gathering circle in April. This would give time for the call
to get put
together, word the gathering planning/visioning circle to go beyond food/call,
make sure there is a link between both gatherings’ energy
so that it doesn’t
like there are two different gatherings.
meetings to plan the opening and closing ritual so it doesn’t
seem like it’s “on
planning circle could come up with a statement of intention
for that year’s
circles to take place of the pre-dinner circles for announcements.
that perhaps at Lammas gathering, someone could talk about “what
I did at Spirit Gathering” as
a way to tie both gatherings together.
volunteered to make an annual calendar of dates for
deadlines (call mailing, gatherings, etc.).
The plan is to have the first meeting
in April to discuss the Lammas Gathering.
The first meeting to plan the
Spirit Gathering is
to be held in January.
Revamp / Phonetree
be inclusive and sensible to implement a concerted effort to
pair up a Steward or Friend who declares
themself as “non-online” with
another reliable “online” Steward
or Friend to keep
Scooter will be the point
person for this buddy’ing
of “non-online” with “online” folks,
to move on an ad-hoc phonetree, as well as the entire Communications
Revamp (especially with new bi-laws in place).
like to be on the committee with Miracle, White Ash, Two Bears
(and in the past Augury).
will be back to us with date for hosting heart circle to discuss
community, communication, consensus, construction (and at times
Annual Circle with potluck and … ~
18 Feb 2006
/ Friends sign up
from Stews / Friends / Gaths
~ what are our financial needs?
Circle Prep Circle ~ Miracle, Scooter, Rocky, (possibly E!ureka)
- Calendar review
annual meeting in February
Tree & Communications Revamp
(or other?) designation for August Gatherings
|Work with Klick to figure out appropriate compensation (money or books) for royalties which bought our copies
|Design annual calendar of Community dates and deadlines
|Create ad-hoc phonetree
|Quilt thank-you’s ~ get list of winners from Two Bears and contact Teddy re: thank-you cards
|Date for CCCCC Heart Circle
Respectfully and cordially and politely and lovingly submitted by
Missy White Ash & Master Ehsea