2019 Meeting Minutes

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.