Central Oregon Coast NOW General Meeting Minutes
Newport Library Meeting Room
February 27, 2018
This was a joint meeting with the League of Women Voters and COC NOW. Approximately 35 people were in attendance.
The meeting was called to order by President Sheila Swinford at 6:00pm.
Presentation: Omar Hernandez, Executive Director of Centro de Ayuda, and Virginia Gibbs, President of the Board of Directors for Centro de Ayuda, were the featured speakers. Omar offered background on the Centro and talked about how Latinos are doing in Lincoln Co., challenges they face, and so on. Folks asked many questions and discussed ways to help the Centro locally, and Latinos in Oregon more generally. At the end of their presentation, Nancy Campbell Mead (Exec. Dir. COC NOW Foundation) presented Omar and Virginia a check for $1,000 from the Foundation to help in their mission.
Meeting adjourned at 8pm
Respectfully submitted by:
Franki Trujillo-Dalbey, Secretary
Central Oregon Coast General Meeting Minutes
Newport High School Library
January 23, 2018
President Sheila Swinford called the meeting to order at 6pm. Approximately 26 folks attended.
Trina Kosydar presented a panel of 4 speakers on the topic of Campaign Crash Course. The panelists included: Dana Jenkins (Lincoln Co. Clerk), Brenda Brown (private citizen), JoAnn Barton (Port of Newport), and Billie Jo Smith (Mayor of Toledo). Each panelist offered information and tips for running for public office and answered audience questions.
Business Meeting was called to order at 7:40pm. Topics included:
- Resist and Persist March feedback:
- Route not on main drag so limited exposure to the public
- Some were glad it was a short walk and places to sit down at the end
- Folks felt supported and liked the music
- Police wouldn’t allow marchers to cross at the Shell Station, so had to walk up Hwy 20 instead of up Hwy 101.
- Some wish the march could have started at the bridge and end up at City Hall or the Rec. Center
- Some care more about marching – not so much about the rally.
- Sheila asked “What would you like to see this year”?
- Some want to focus on the 2018 midterm elections, voter suppression, voter registration efforts.
- The demoralized situation we’re in
- Overcoming divisiveness
- Program on intersectional feminism
- Who we are as a community
- The political scene
- What committees do we need?
A vote was held with the Foundation board members in attendance regarding whether we should go ahead with a scholarship process. Michele Walters, Franki Trujillo-Dalbey, and Cynthia Jacobi presented their findings after visiting with Lucinda Taylor at the community college. If we wanted to participate in this year’s grant cycle and get our scholarship included, we needed the approval of the Foundation board to do so. It was presented that the community college will do the initial screening of applicants, and that we will submit to the college our essay question. Students who answer the question will be included in the running for our scholarship of $500.00 each quarter for 3 quarters. A committee of NOW members will review the applications and essay answers and determine who should get the scholarship. Since we have to get the question submitted in the next few days, the board voted to go ahead with the process as presented.
- Next Foundation meeting February 12th.
Respectfully submitted by