Steve Sidley recorded these notes.
Present: Nicolle, Nick, Kevin, Susan, Annie, Lisa, Bill, Soye, Mary (and Lucy), Valerie, Devon, Joseph, Joann, Jeanine and Steve
Board of Trustees Report, trustees(at)mindfulnessdc.org:
Bill reported that the WMC has over $6,000 in our main checking account and more than $6,000 in an interest bearing CD which has primarily been used to fund scholarships to sangha members. Our dana has increased this year as a result of bell inviters being more proactive in pointing out the dana boxes on Sunday evenings and as we have more funds available we can start thinking about more ways to use this money to benefit the sangha and the larger community. Several ideas for charitable giving, including Darfur and sponsoring microfinance projects around the world, were offered by sangha members as well as the idea of sponsoring a continuing sangha NVC workshop/group with Inessa love and the WMC matching contributions from individual members to compensate her. The Board will consider these new ideas and Steve will contact Inessa and see if she would like to lead the NVC workshops. It was decided that we should make sure that our dana continues on an upward trend before increasing our giving to the Vihara in order to make sure that we could continue to give a larger sum consistently.
Day of Mindfulness on May 3rd:
Friends and Family Night on June 14th, practicecouncil(at)mindfulnessdc.org:
On Sunday, June 14th, we will have our first Friends and Family Night program at the Vihara so that we can welcome friends, family and practitioners of all ages into our practice. Based on sangha feedback from the last gathering we have decided to structure the evening as follows: 6:30-7:00 PM silent meditation and walking as usual, 7-8 PM an interactive program of mindfulness practice designed for all ages participation that may include a short guided meditation, mindful movements, singing and dharma based story time, 8-8:30 PM social time downstairs with snacks. We need volunteers to help offer activities and design the evening program so that it is of benefit to everyone from child to experienced practitioner. Sangha members are encouraged to bring their friends and families, who are welcome to come for the 7 PM interactive program and can decide whether the 6:30 quiet meditation period is suitable for them. We are planning to have this program quarterly on a second Sunday of the month (the evening each month when our schedule is already flexible to include special events) at first and see how it works out from there. The next scheduled Friends and Family night will be on Sept 13th.
Sangha Reflections Newsletter, communications(at)mindfulnessdc.org:
Mary has just published the latest issue of our Sangha Reflections Newsletter. In order to meet our goal of publishing it quarterly, we have decided to start a newsletter committee so that the task can be evenly delegated between several sangha members with Mary providing support and guidance to this new committee. Nicolle and Valerie volunteered to be on the committee and Soye offered to write a regular food column. Regular features are just one of the ideas mentioned as part of the process of reinventing our sangha newsletter.
Library Committee, Susan Hadler:
Susan is starting a new Library Committee to help with organizing the library as well as digitizing audio tapes in order to make them more accessible to the sangha. Kevin offered to help take care of the library and Valerie offered to convert the cassettes to digital format.
Buddha's Birthday Celebration on May 3rd:
Dharma Discussion Reminders, practicecouncil(at)mindfulnessdc.org
WMC 20th Year Anniversary Joann Malone
Our next community gathering will be scheduled for November
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