2017 Meeting Minutes

Central Oregon Coast NOW Meeting Minutes

Newport High School Library, Newport

October 24, 2017

The meeting was called to order at 6:00 pm by President Sheila Swinford. The attendees — approximately 15 people — introduced themselves. Our focus was on how to unite as activists and get this chapter going again. We had a huge turnout at our annual dinner after the November 2016 presidential election, but we’ve gotten fragmented. This year’s dinner will be on Tuesday, November 28 (location TBD).

CM Hall said that there will be a Conversation on Death and Dying at the Samaritan Center for Health Education (740 SW 9th St., Newport) on Wed. Jan. 24, funded by the Oregon Humanities Conversation Project. Will NOW co-sponsor it? Death and Dying will also be the topic, in March, at the Central Coast Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.

We briefly discussed our recent Celebration of Women event. If the theme of our next event is Women’s Health, we could have it at the Health Education Center.

Sheryl gave a treasurer’s report on how some of our money was spent: PFLAG – $500, NOW Conference – $689, Toledo Girls Wind Energy – $500, etc. — a total of $2,500 that our foundation donated this year.

What will be our activism focus for this year? Contacting and re-inviting our “lost” members. We might want to have an “event” rather than just a speaker at our meetings. What’s important to us? Improving access to health care for women. The poorer people are, the more they are losing right now. We could, for example, drive them to doctor appointments or pay for their medications. We could put more “info cards” (telling where to get access to birth control or abortion) in public places. One member said that Fred Meyer sells the morning-after (Plan B) pill for about $30. We could make more connections in the community, such as working with churches. Contact school nurses and ask what are the needs of teenagers. Networking!

Our assignment for the next meeting: Each of us is to ask a specific person (e.g., your health care professional) what are the health care needs of women (and children), so that we can focus on them. Also ask if the person would be willing to speak to our group.

Another area of concern is immigration and ICE. Could we schedule Omar (Centro de Ayuda) and Virginia Gibbs to speak? We could give them an honorarium for their time to donate to Centro de Ayuda. CM volunteered to contact them to speak at our February meeting.

Deanne will find out who’s running for office in 2018.

Our discussion was captured on a whiteboard:

 

Respectfully submitted by:

Shay Keith, Membership Chair, on behalf of Franki Trujillo-Dalbey, Secretary

 

 

Central Oregon Coast NOW General Meeting

Newport High School Library

September 26, 2017

The meeting was called to order by President Sheila Swinford at 6:06pm.

Announcements and New Business:

Celebration of Women needs volunteers.  The event takes place at the PAC on Sunday at 2pm. A number of non-profits will table and there are 8 authors scheduled to bring their books and table also. NOW will have a table and the Windateers will attend.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Sheila will ask Franki/KYAQ about doing a program on this important topic.

Sheila asked the group what we should do about getting the committees active again. She asked the group for feedback. Some thought we had too many committees and we’re all spread too thin. Ceasefire is still active. Some big concerns: DACA, Domestic Violence, Ageism (old versus young members?). Sheila offered that we need to identify issues that we can all agree on because this is such a politically divisive time.

Gary Lahman suggested members call KYTE and ask that they stop running an advertisement supporting the repeal of the Extreme Risk Act. He also told members about a tax to support health care and not to sign the referendum. He announced two meetings: October 13 meeting at the Center for Health Education from 2 to 4 pm to discuss reproductive rights in rural Oregon. And a community discussion at the Newport City Hall on October 3 or the 17th.

The Homeless Connect is now in January.

Next month is the NOW Annual Meeting and Dinner.

Domestic Violence: The Newport Police Department doesn’t have any women officers and it was suggested that someone from NOW could talk to the City Council and to the new Police Chief.

Sheila thought that we need more dialogue with other groups such as the Altrusa, League of Women Voters, etc.

Some thought it would be terrific if we had new t-shirts printed. High School students could do the design – perhaps an ocean theme. A sign-up sheet went around for folks interested in buying a t-shirt.

Sheila discussed the need for elections of officers at the Annual Meeting/Dinner.

Program:

Amber Rose Dullea is the featured speaker for this meeting.

Meeting was adjourned at approximately 8pm.

 

Respectfully submitted by:

Franki Trujillo-Dalbey, Secretary

 

 

Central Oregon Coast NOW Meeting Minutes

Newport High School Library, Newport

July 25, 2017

The meeting was called to order at 6:09 pm by President Sheila Swinford.

Sheila announced that our presenters were from the Health Care for All Oregon group from Corvallis. Group members included Karen Stephenson, pharmacist; Dr. Chin Lee, retired professor of infectious disease; and Dagmar Johnson.

Sheila introduced our speaker, Dr. Bruce Thomson. Dr. Thomson started Newport’s first master swim team in 1984. He practiced family medicine in Corvallis for 21 years. In 2001, the Oregon Academy of family physicians honored him as Family Doctor of the Year for his activism in tobacco education. Corvallis was the second city in the nation to make the workplace smoke-free. Dr. Thomson serves as Public Health Officer for Benton County. Oregon, along with more than 15 other states, is pursuing the goal of a publicly funded system of universal access to health care for all Oregonians. In the past 5 years, many legislative milestones have been reached.

The microphone was passed to members of the audience to answer the question: “Why are you here today?”

  • Gretchen Nelson and Karen Murphy started a hospital-based hospice, and Karen now works at Healing Hearts.
  • Sally Carr is concerned about the current health care situation in our country.
  • Dorothy Black Crow remembers the time when doctors would make house calls when you were ill. She also called today “Black Tuesday” because Congress would be voting to try to repeal Obamacare.
  • George Gould is a disabled veteran who currently has to travel several miles to different cities to see a doctor.
  • Maria Sause is interested in single-payer health care, and she worked on getting pesticide spraying banned in Lincoln County.
  • Brittany Kosydar works with the aged and people with disabilities, especially those on Medicare who can’t get the services they need.
  • Trina Kosydar contrasted the inequities of self-pay versus health insurance: her baby’s vaccinations would have cost $980 out-of-pocket, but she had to pay only $70 because she has health insurance through her employer.

Presentation by Dr. Bruce Thomson

  • Said he would discuss the progress that has been made over the years, rather than focusing on the negative political news.
  • Quotation from Declaration of Independence – 1776 – “We hold these truths to be self-evident … certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. … That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.” Therefore, said Dr. Thomson, universal health care is “patriotism in practice.”
  • 1965 – Medicare
  • 1995 – Oregon first proposed the single-payer bill. It was defeated.
  • 2010 – Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. But this didn’t control costs.
  • Ron Wyden’s waiver provided process for states to receive funds available for ACA.
  • 2011 – HB 3650 – Health Care Transformation
  • 2013 – HB 3260, Chap. 712 – Study four options for financing health care delivery. Of the four, only the single-payer option was progressive; the other three were regressive.
  • 2017 – SB 1046 – Health Care for All Oregon Act. Introduced by Sen. Dembrow. Now has 35 Oregon legislative sponsors. “The purpose of the Act is to ensure access to comprehensive, quality, patient centered, affordable, and publicly funded health care for all Oregonians, to improve population health, and to control the cost of health care for the benefit of individuals, families, business, and society.” Trina commented that this bill neglects to address reproductive rights.
  • Social movement is in the direction of universal health care.
  • SB 558 – Relating to improving the health of Oregon children; and declaring an emergency.
  • HB 2391 – Relating to services to vulnerable individuals; appropriating money; declaring an emergency. (Watch for referendum in November.)
  • SB 419 – Relating to hospital charges; and prescribing an effective date.
  • HB 3276 – Requires health benefit plan coverage of health services necessary to combat disease outbreak or epidemic. Example: meningitis outbreak in Oregon. But massive vaccinations, which were needed, were denied because the students were in various different health plans. Fortunately, a pharmacy rep “made a phone call” and was able to get the vaccinations approved.

Question: Who is the health care industry?

Answer: The financial machine (e.g., mergers and acquisitions) concerned with how we (medical providers) make money.

Karen Stephenson: Medicaid expansion meant people now had health insurance. Before that, people went to the emergency room and the cost was written off. With this new tax, the cost doesn’t have to be written off.

  • Different hospitals bill different amounts for the same procedure.
  • SB 419 – Establishes Task Force on Health Care Cost Review to study feasibility of creating rate-setting process modeled on process used by Health Services Cost Review Commission in Maryland. Hospital rate structure; uniform billing. There was concern about the effect, but Maryland’s bond rating actually went way up.
  • CCO = coordinated care organization. $5 billion to Oregon to fund Medicaid expansion. 16 CCOs around the state. The $5 billion is managed by these CCOs. The downside? Lack of transparency. For example, Trillium sold its CCO for a profit and $20 million disappeared.
  • HB 2122 – Modifies requirements for coordinated care organizations. Designed to correct the “proprietary rights” (lack of transparency) claim by CCOs.

Resources

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.

—Margaret Mead

You can subscribe to Oregon State Legislative System (OLIS) for alerts:

https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/citizen_engagement/Pages/e-Subscribe.aspx

Karen Murphy: We need the insurance companies’ expertise; having a single-payer system doesn’t mean they will go away—it means uniformity; one set price.

Then how will insurance companies compete? On service!

Care would be controlled regionally under the CCO. The single-payer bill is just like ACA in that 10 essential health benefits must be covered:

  1. Ambulatory patient services (outpatient care you get without being admitted to a hospital)
  2. Emergency services
  3. Hospitalization (like surgery and overnight stays)
  4. Pregnancy, maternity, and newborn care (both before and after birth)
  5. Mental health and substance use disorder services, including behavioral health treatment (this includes counseling and psychotherapy)
  6. Prescription drugs
  7. Rehabilitative and habilitative services and devices (services and devices to help people with injuries, disabilities, or chronic conditions gain or recover mental and physical skills)
  8. Laboratory services
  9. Preventive and wellness services and chronic disease management
  10. Pediatric services, including oral and vision care (but adult dental and vision coverage aren’t essential health benefits)

4 million people in Oregon; $5 billion to the CCOs.

Dagmar: 1/4 of Oregon’s population is on Medicaid.

$5 billion – 1 billion Medicaid patients, so Medicaid is being paid less for a sicker population.

1,200 organizations make up Health Care for All Oregon. Health Care for All Oregon is a volunteer organization. It is an ally of Mid-Valley Health Care Advocates.

Question: How can we get involved?

Answer: Visit your representatives during their downtime. Also, talk to friends and family to help them understand what you’ve learned.

SP (single payer) describes a financing structure. 30 countries have this system because it is one main channel where the funds come from.

Committee Updates:

Celebration of Women committee needs a lot more volunteer help for the October 1, 2017, fundraiser to be successful. If you can help, even in a small way, please attend their next meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 1 at 6 p.m. at the Newport library.

Next Meeting: Our next meeting will be a picnic! Summer PicnicSun. Aug. 13, 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at Toledo Pavilion Park, Port of Toledo – 496 NE Hwy 20, Toledo. Potluck – bring your own drinks; alcohol is OK.

 

Respectfully submitted by:

Shay Keith, Membership Chair, on behalf of Franki Trujillo-Dalbey, Secretary

 

Central Oregon Coast NOW Meeting Minutes

PUD Meeting Room, Newport

June 27, 2017

The meeting was called to order at 6:10 pm by President Sheila Swinford. Approximately 23 people were in attendance.

Program: Jason Gonzales, representing Oregon Wild, is the Forest and Watershed Campaign head. He discussed the NW Forest Plan. It allows for Oregon Wild to enforce environmental laws in our forests. Siuslaw National Forest is a well-managed forest in our area. Jason said that the group is focusing on Lincoln County this year and that Oregon has the least restrictive protections among our neighboring states. Jason talked about environmental racism and said that Arnie Roblan voted against the ban on neonicotinoids because he believes that bees are making a comeback. Jason suggested watching “This is our watershed” and Oregon Forest Voices videos available on YouTube for more information about our watersheds and forest health.

Announcements: There were no announcements at this meeting.

Business: There was no business meeting at the end of this meeting.

Next Meeting: The next meeting is scheduled for July 25th at the Newport High School Library.

 

Respectfully submitted by:

Franki Trujillo-Dalbey, Secretary

 

Central Oregon Coast NOW Meeting Minutes  

Central Coast Community College Meeting Room

May 23, 2017

The meeting was called to order at 6pm by President Sheila Swinford. Approximately 20 people were in attendance.

Program: Nancy Campbell Mead facilitated a presentation by Mary Moller, Executive Appointments Director from the State of Oregon; Casey Miller, Public Information Officer for  the Lincoln County Commissioners’ Office; and Spencer Nebel, City Manager from the City of Newport. Sunny Petit was scheduled to represent Oregon, but she was unable to attend. The topic of the presentations was ways folks can get involved with civic activities and committees.

Mary Moller presented information on the 300 board and commissions available through the governor’s office. For more information, interested folks can contact Mary directly at Marymoller@Oregon.gov or call her at 503-400-5376.

Casey Miller discussed the many board and committees that are always interested in new volunteers. He directed the group to the website for more information and on how to apply. His email is clmiller@co.lincoln or folks can call the Lincoln Co. commissioners office to find out the meeting schedules of these board and committee meetings.

Spencer Nebel suggested that interested volunteers can contact him directly at 541 574-0601 and that all of the volunteer boards and committees can be found online at the city’s website. He encouraged folks to go online and see what opportunities are available.

Business Meeting: At 7:50pm, a brief business meeting was held after the formal program ended. Sheila stated the NOW board meeting minutes are posted online. The NOW meetings are the 4th Tuesday.

Announcements:

NOW Annual Celebration of Women committee needs volunteers.

June 6 March in Salem.

Health for All – Democrats meeting at 6:30pm at Lutheran Atonement Church.

Next Meeting: The next COC NOW meeting is scheduled for June 27 from 6 to 8pm. The location will be announced on social media and through email.

Respectfully submitted by

Franki Trujillo-Dalbey, Secretary

 

Central Oregon Coast NOW Meeting Minutes

Atonement Lutheran Church, Newport

April 25, 2017

The meeting was called to order at 6:00pm by President Sheila Swinford. Approximately 30 people were in attendance.

Program: Brittany Kosydar conducted a panel of local law enforcement officers and nurses who discussed Lincoln County’s response to Melissa’s Law, or Senate Bill 1571, which was signed into law after receiving unanimous, bipartisan support in 2016. The law aims to end a backlog of untested sexual assault forensic evidence (SAFE) kits, also called rape kits. The speakers were: Deidre Pearce, Jenna Cawgill, Stacey Mellow-Galloway (nurses from N. Lincoln Hospital), Michael Pace and Aaron Pitcher from the Toledo Police Department, Mike Leake from the Newport Police Department, and Abigail Dorsey from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. The panelists shared the process of conducting an examination, and then walked the audience through what happens to the rape kit after the SANE (sexual assault nurse examiner) nurse has turned it over to law enforcement.

Listen to the audio of the panel discussion here:
NOWMtg20170425 Melissa’s law.mp3

Announcements:

SPEAR (Spontaneous Protection Enabling Accelerated Response) System is holding classes in self-defense starting Saturday, May 6th at 12pm. Call or text Derek Wallace at 541-961-7604.

Oregon NOW is holding a free webinar on Thursday, May 4th from 7:30 to 8:30pm and it will be a repeat of the workshop given at the NOW Annual meeting titled “Intersectionality in our work, activism, and daily interactions” by Franki Trujillo-Dalbey. Go to the Oregon NOW website for log-in instructions.

Franki announced that if folks attend a meeting or a speech that they think should be on the air at KYAQ, that equipment is available for check-out.

PLACE (Preparing Local Activists for Community Engagement) Conference, May 20th from 8:30 to 4:30pm at the Oregon Coast Community College, Newport. This is a conference of primarily local community members presenting or leading a panel on a number of topics designed to enhance skills in community activism. The cost for the day including lunch is $25.00, and interested folks can go to PLACEConference.com for more information and to register.

Rhonda Harmon handed out more postcards to send to your state and federal representatives before this administration’s 100 days are completed. Rhonda mentioned that there are plans to print more cards, but this time with NOW’s logo on the front.

Rhonda also announced that Peace Village (Aug. 7-11) is looking for volunteers this summer. It’s open to children grades 1 through 6. More information will be forthcoming regarding registration for interested youth.

The Science March is scheduled for Saturday, April 22nd.

There’s bumper stickers at the back table for anyone who wants one.

Trina Kosydar, one of the organizers for the Stronger Together March asked folks who were involved in the planning to write down what worked, and what didn’t work and she’ll compile them all so the group can evaluate their efforts and learn from their challenges.

Discussion:

Sheila Swinford facilitated a discussion regarding where to hold the COC NOW meetings. The community room at PUD is no longer available and the group offered some ideas. We may have to use a room that charges a small fee and ask for donations at each meeting to pay for it. There’s meeting rooms around town, but the ones that do not charge won’t allow groups to schedule it every month in advance.

Next Meeting: The next COC NOW meeting is scheduled for May 23rd from 6 – 8pm. The location will be announced on social media and through email.

Respectfully submitted by

Franki Trujillo-Dalbey, Secretary

 

Central Oregon Coast NOW Meeting Minutes

Newport High School Library, Newport

March 28, 2017

The meeting was called to order by 6:15 pm by President Sheila Swinford.

Announcements:

Sheila announced effective June or July we no longer have access to the PUD for our monthly meetings. Nyla and other members agreed that we take action to keep the PUD available for community meetings (it is a community owned company).  It was suggested we send letters in protest to the General Manager, Debra Smith, and try to attend the PUD board meetings (the schedule of meetings is listed on their website) to request the PUD office remain available for community meetings,

Sheila reminded us of the Oregon NOW annual meeting/conference on April 9th in Newport (social gathering is on April 8th) and if not yet registered to please go online to register before April 4th.

Sheila made an appeal for a group of volunteers to take charge of “The Celebration of Women”; Nell and Sue will no longer be the lead organizers and will provide the celebration archives to the new team. It is our major fundraiser, netting over $6,000 last year. Michelle described what being on the committee would entail (silent auction, wine vendors, securing venue, advertising, etc.)

Rio Davidson, representing Citizens for a Healthy County, presented information on Measure 21-177. The measure would ban aerial spraying in Lincoln County. It will be voted on in May; ballots go out in less than a month. There is a need for volunteers (to get info and the vote out) and cash; he encouraged us to pick up the literature provided, donate, and sign up to volunteer.

On behalf of Carolyn Crandall, chair of the Lincoln County Democrats, Sheila announced NOW is co-sponsoring the “Post Card Potluck” on April 6th, at the OSU Extension in Newport from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.  Postcards will be provided and we will be writing to our elected officials, and discussing the Indivisible Guide on resisting the Trump agenda.

Rhonda Harman gave us information about the ongoing “Hear My Voice” postcard movement.  There are postcard parties in Newport once a week — see Rhonda for more details and if one is interested in hosting a postcard party.

Marta shared information about the Tax Day protest in Salem on April 15th. Anyone interested in carpooling should contact Marta. There are some Tax Day protests planned at local post offices, and if anyone is interested in organizing an action at their city’s post office, Sheila will (hopefully) have a person to contact.

We are participating in the March for Science on April 22nd, Earth Day.  It will begin at 10:30 am from the boat launch in Newport’s Bayfront to the Rogue. For details about the march, including sign-making parties, go to their Facebook page.

Cynthia gave us a “save the date” for May 20th. The Lincoln Co. Democrats will be hosting a fundraiser at Eden Hall in Gleneden Beach. It will include dinner and a Political Trivia Contest. Tickets are $25.00, and details will be posted.

There has been one response from law enforcement agencies (Newport, L.C. Toledo) that were emailed about attending our April meeting focusing on how the new laws concerning Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault are going to be enforced. It was suggested that we follow up with phone calls and visits to the agencies to encourage and secure their participation. We also need to contact My Sister’s Place and the D.A.’s office to request their participation. For those agencies that won’t be represented at the April meeting, it was suggested that we send information of what was concluded in our meeting.

Diane informed us of the “Moving Train” book club meetings on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at the Newport Library.  The books featured are nonfiction with a progressive slant.

The May meeting will feature community advocate, Sunny Petit. The theme of the meeting is how to get more women and people of color into office. Sunny is giving us a basic plan for how the meeting should flow, and we are in process on securing speakers from local, county, and state offices. If possible, it would be good to find women speakers (like ex-Governor Barbara Roberts).  The venue for the May meeting has not yet been determined.

Committee Updates:

STEM – They are meeting monthly. They discussed having the Arts integrated to the STEM program, organizing a workshop that would feature career planning in the STEM field, and hosting a local science fair. There’s interest in hosting a “Photograph 51” event (it’s a moving and funny portrait of a woman scientist, Rosalind Franklin).

CEASEFIRE – Monica presented and discussed the Central Coast Ceasefire Oregon report (for copy of the report contact Monica).  It outlined current gun legislation, focusing more on the Child Access Prevention (CAP) bill (HB2130/SB1026), which the ASK campaign in June will help educate the importance of this bill.  The next CEASEFIRE meeting will be on April 17th, 2:15,  at Cynthia Jacobi’s house.

DV/SA – They are focusing on securing speakers and panelists for April meeting. They will send out information asap.

Next Meeting: The next meeting is scheduled for April 25, 2017. The location will be announced.

Respectfully submitted by:

Franki Trujillo-Dalbey, Secretary

 

Central Oregon Coast NOW Meeting Minutes

Newport High School Library, Newport

February 28, 2017

The meeting was called to order at 6:00 by President Sheila Swinford. Approximately 30 people were in attendance.

Program: The Story of Letitia Carson. Jan Meranda and Dr. Bob Zybach gave a presentation on Letitia Carson. This program was cosponsored by The Newport Public Library Foundation and the Central Oregon Coast NOW Foundation, and honored Black History Month.

Announcements:

Rhonda Harmon discussed sending postcards to President Trump on the Ides of March (March 15th). The idea is to flood the White House with postcards. Also, Greg Walden is chairing the AHCA and we should send him postcards also.

Trina Kosydar announced the Postcard and Potluck Party on Thursday, April 6 at 5:30pm at the OSU Extension Office. NOW will provide the postcards.

Michele Walters and Trina Kosydar are co-chairing the committee to encourage local women to run for offices such as the School Board and the Hospital Health District Board. There will be a video on March 13th She Runs and the deadline to get on the ballot is March 16th.

The Domestic Violence committee, chaired by Brittany Kosydar, said that they’ve invited law enforcement officials to their April meeting.

Cynthia Jacobi reported for Ceasefire and discussed HB2130 – Child Access Prevention. This bill would make it a felony if a child gets access to a gun. Cynthia also talked about HB2237 which denies gun ownership for stalkers.

Sheila Swinford talked about HB2232 Reproductive Health Equity Act rally in Salem that day. Many of NOW’s members attended, and David Gomberg is a co-signer of the bill.

Sheila Swinford gave a report on the Stronger Together Run last Sunday. There was a good turnout, good music by The Dalbey Gang, and COC NOW Foundation was the recipient of the proceeds.

Sheila Swinford asked the group to think about what events we’d like to do together to support each other.

Trina Kosydar announced the Science March in Newport on April 22nd which is sponsored by COC NOW.

Nancy Campbell Mead announced the Annual NOW Meeting at the Best Western Agate Beach Inn, April 8th  from 5 to 7 pm – social time, and workshops and annual meeting on April 9th  from 9am to 4pm. $30.00 for the meeting, workshops and lunch.

Dianne Eckstein talked about the Moving Train Book Club that meets the 2nd Tuesday at 6pm at the Newport Library. The next meeting is March 14th, and they’re discussing The Panama Papers.

There are still yard signs for sale for $10.00.

Business:

Sheila Swinford said that the Executive Board met to figure out changes needed to the by-laws and operating rules. One decision made was to increase the size of the board. The members voted and passed the following committees and chairs. All votes were unanimous.

Membership – Shay Keith

Public Relations – Trina Kosydar

Legislative – Marta West

Programming – Nyla Jebousek

Diversity – Franki Trujillo-Dalbey

Nancy Campbell Mead proposed changes to the bylaws and operating rules. The changes passed unanimously.

Next meeting:  March 28th at 6pm to 9pm at the PUD Meeting Room, 2129 North Coast Highway, Newport, Oregon.

Respectfully submitted by

Franki Trujillo-Dalbey, Secretary

 

Central Oregon Coast NOW Meeting Minutes

Newport High School Library, Newport

January 24, 2017

The meeting was called to order at 6:15pm by President Sheila Swinford. Approximately 80 people were in attendance.

Announcements:

Carolyn Crandall invited everyone to the Lincoln Co. Democrats Central Committee meeting tomorrow night (Jan. 25) at the Oregon Coast Community College.

The Oregon Central Coast PFLAG announced the Love is Love Valentine’s Day event on February 11th at the Oregon Coast Community College.

The Stronger Together March committee asked folks if they still have orange safety vests that were borrowed for the march to return them right away or pay for them. Please contact the march organizers if you have any to return. COC NOW publicly recognized the women involved in organizing the very successful march.

There’s a Women’s Spiritual Circle meeting taking place on Saturday, January 28th at Center for God’s Loving Hearts. All are welcome to attend.

The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts will hold a fundraiser for the Women’s Relief Fund on February 3rd at the Performing Arts Center.

Nancy Campbell Mead discussed the need for the COC NOW members to review proposed amendments to the by-laws and to look for them in your email. It is required that the members have 30 days advance notice of the vote to review the proposals before voting on them at the February 28 regular NOW meeting.

Sheila Swinford announced that the Coast Hill Running Club is willing to co-host a fun run on February 26 during the Seafood and Wine Festival. This run would replace the Mother’s Day Run that was held last year. The proceeds of the run would go to the COC NOW. The group supported taking this on in lieu of the Mother’s Day run.

Arnie Roblan is speaking at a Town Hall in Newport this Friday February 27th.

There is an Indivisible group forming in Yachats.

There is a march on Washington DC on April 15th “Show Us Your Taxes”. Some discussion followed about whether local folks should have their own march. No decision was made.

Committee Reports:

Women’s Health Committee – Chair Nancy Campbell Mead reported that there are 20 to 25 members and that they will be deciding on their focus and ways to organize for action.

STEM –No report.

Environmental Protection – it was thought that this committee should focus on local concerns.

Domestic Violence – Brittany Kosydar is the chair and a few of the issues they’re considering are, rape kits that are still untested, sexual assaults in schools, and dress codes.

Recruiting Female Candidates – Michelle Walters is the chair.

Diversity Committee – Franki Trujillo-Dalbey is the chair and the group has yet to meet. Franki offered that one project they may take up is training in intersectionality, white privilege, and other concepts and terms in use today.

Program Committee – Nyla Jebousek is the chair, and she announced the Black History Month presentation on February 28th at the Newport High School Library.

The Poverty and the Housing Committee has not yet met.

Central Coast CeaseFire Oregon steering committee member, Cynthia Jacobi talked about HB2237 and HB2130.

Program:

The committees mentioned above met for the remainder of the meeting in their small groups.

Next Meeting: The next meeting of the COC NOW will be on February 28th at 6pm in the Newport High School Library. Bob Zybach & Janet Meranda will present “The Story of Letitia Carson in Oregon, 1845-1888” in recognition of Black History Month and Women’s History Month. The NOW business meeting will follow the presentation.

Respectfully submitted by

Franki Trujillo-Dalbey, Secretary