2019 Chapter Meeting Minutes

Central Oregon Coast NOW Chapter Meeting Minutes

Newport Public Library

April 23, 2019

Sheila Swinford, President, called the meeting to order at 6:05 pm. In attendance were Marta West, Amy Greer, and Judy Bowman-Kreitmeyer. Members were joined by Ronnie and Eva, from My Sister’s Place, and Ronnie’s mom, Shannon. Members worked on Red Dress cutouts for our Redress display at Newport City Hall, 10:00 am, Sunday, May 5, while talking about My Sister’s Place and discussing future joint projects. We learned that MSP can serve 26 persons, adults and children, at a very well appointed home, with common areas and separate bedrooms for guests.

There will be an additional special Chapter Meeting on Thursday, May 30 at the Siletz Tribal Community Center in Siletz. NOW members and members of the Tribe will share a potluck dinner while learning more about tribal culture and history. 

Our regular May Chapter meeting on May 28 will feature a speaker or speakers from Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIWUSA), and hopefully the Siletz CARES program. 

The Meeting was adjourned at 7:10.
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Respectfully submitted,
Marta West, Vice-President

Central Oregon Coast NOW Chapter Meeting Minutes

Newport Public Library

March 26, 2019

Sheila Swinford, President, called the meeting to order at 6:10 pm.  In attendance were Nancy Mead, Marta West, Linda Aguirre, Margarita Lopez, Shay Keith, Amy Greer, and Cynthia Jacobi.  The anticipated multi-media presentation for Women’s Herstory Month did not materialize.

Instead members discussed the successful showing of the film documentary “Dolores” at Bijou Theatre in Lincoln City, which was attended by about 35 people and resulted in a donation of $210 to Centro de Ayuda.  Next time we select a third-party beneficiary, we should first determine whether the donation or publicity is welcomed by Donee. It was decided that NOW Foundation will reimburse Amy for her purchase of the video, and that we may try to have a showing in Newport.

Sheila reported on a recent environmental caucus and legislative progress, and on Ginger Gouveia’s Immigration program at OCCC March 15, sponsored in part by COC NOW Foundation. The group plans to pursue another immigration presentation in the Yachats area, and both events were well-attended.

The April 23 Meeting will be at the Siletz Tribal Community Center in Siletz; exact location to be confirmed.  As we cannot do a potluck with the public invited, Sheila and/or Nancy will discuss food options with Gilbert Schramm, and a specific program with Bud Lane.

Our May Chapter meeting will feature a speaker or speakers from Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIWUSA), and hopefully the Siletz CARES program.  There was enthusiasm for joining the “Red Dress” (redress) demonstration for Sunday, May 5, and locating a public space to display red dresses. It would need to be widely publicized, in print, flyers, media, KYAQ interviews, etc. through April.

Sheila advised Toledo Park is reserved for our annual picnic on Sunday, August 11.  Members agreed last year’s attendance was abysmal and uncoordinated and we need to be more organized this year.

There was a brief discussion on the status of the plastic bag ban and Ms. Jacobi was urged to support the ban.  Which she does.

Amy made a pitch for members to suggest local businesses who might be interested in underwriting KYAQ or specific programs and thanked the Foundation for the recent donation of $1000 to the station.  There was interest in doing a recurring program/interviews on KYAQ.

Nancy noted that the Board needs to be diligent about getting meeting notices into local media.  This meeting was not well-publicized and might account for the paucity of attendees.

The Meeting was adjourned at 7:20 and CM arrived at 7:30!

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Next Meeting is 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, 2019

at the Siletz Tribal Community Center, Siletz

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The NOW Foundation and Chapter Boards meet on May 13, 2019,

in the Conference Room of the Newport Public Library, at 5:30 p.m.

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Respectfully submitted,  

Marta West, for CM Hall, Secretary

 

Central Oregon Coast NOW Chapter Meeting Minutes

Newport Public Library

February 26, 2019

Sheila Swinford, President, called the meeting to order at 6:00 pm. Attendees introduced themselves. There was no Chapter business; rather the 10-12 attendees discussed action items, future programming and other fundraisers: 

The Chapter is in favor of expanding the OCCC Scholarship to award $1500/year, to TWO local college students for Fall, 2019. Amy Greer noted that the Scholarship applications would be provided to us shortly and that volunteers would be needed to review and make recommendations. 

There was consensus that COC NOW should become a member of or contribute to our local conservation groups.

For Women’s History Month (March) there was a suggestion that we select 31 notable females for recognition but this is a late start for such an ambitious project. Instead, we decided to pursue a program/project including interviews on KYAQ, to discuss a few local notables, as well as statewide and national figures. Our March 26, 2019 meeting will feature a multi-media presentation spearheaded by Amy, Val, Kim, Rebecca and Nell, to honor the women selected. Val, Rebecca, and Amy have prior involvement with Women’s History projects in other parts of the country.

Although it may not happen in March, Val will contact Betsy at Bijou Theatre to inquire about a private showing of “Dolores” (Huerta) the 2017 documentary. We discussed combining the showing with a Tea/Coffee at My Petite Sweet, for cupcakes, as a possible fundraiser, and to continue to recognize our foremothers throughout the year. 

In that vein, there was continued discussion of the asylum seekers emergency at the southern border and the desire of several to fundraiser or otherwise contribute to that cause. We will reach out to other local advocates to coordinate efforts, including Rev. Bob Barrett. 

Nell Austen agreed to be a/the Publicity Person for the Chapter going forward, so long as she is apprised of events and activities to publicize.

For the May Chapter meeting, the group also decided to enthusiastically welcome a presentation by MMIWUSA, Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, jointly with the Siletz CARES program. Marta will confirm with Nancy to invite speakers. 

Members were invited to travel to Salem for International Women’s Day where NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon will sponsor a Day of Action at the Capital. Let Nancy Mead know if you’d like to participate. 

Members are invited to attend Ginger Gouveia’s Immigration program at OCCC March 15, sponsored in part by our Foundation. There may be follow-up at the March 26 meeting if time allows.
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Next Meeting is 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, 2019, Newport Public Library.
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The NOW Foundation and Chapter Boards meet on March 11, 2019, in the Conference Room of the Newport Public Library, at 5:30 p.m. 
All Members are welcome.
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Respectfully submitted,
Marta West, for CM Hall, Secretary.