Latin American Concerns Committee report

LATIN AMERICAN CONCERNS COMMITTEE

REPORT TO REPRESENTATIVE COMMITTEE 2015

In 1997, PYM annual session established a standing Latin America Concerns Committee to gather and disseminate information to Pacific and other Yearly Meetings regarding Friends groups and service projects in Latin America. The intention is to support rather than replace spirit-led projects already supported by Monthly Meetings, Worship Groups and individual Friends.

LACC has met once since last annual session. LACC, along with Peace and Social Order Committee, encouraged the invitation of Paula Palmer of Boulder Meeting to present a workshop at Annual Session 2015 titled Toward Right Relationship with America’s Native Peoples. The director of the Guatemala Friends Scholarship Program, Miguel Costop, is planning to attend this coming Annual Session. The committee has requested Interest Group time for his presentation on Quakerism and Mayan Spirituality.

The Child Refugee and Migration subcommittee led by convener Lynnette Arnold has met 20 times since Annual Session and continues to meet regularly. We have a very dedicated group of 4 members who are on every call with another 4-5 who are generally on the calls. We also have an email list of about 25 who are kept in the loop of our work. A Western Friend article, Leading of the Spirit in Support of Child Refugees, was written by participants of the subcommittee. A letter and resource packet has been developed and was distributed to all meetings in PYM along with Minutes from four PYM monthly meetings (attached). Leading and Mission statements were posted to the PYM web site under LACC along with the Resource List and monthly meeting Minutes. An Annual Session Interest Group on Child Refugees and Migration is being requested along with Peace and Social Order Committee, as co-sponsor.

CASA DE LOS AMIGOS

Casa de los Amigos has had a full and productive year of diverse peace work in Mexico City, and has been held by our local and international community. The Casa’s Hospitality Program, which includes our social justice oriented guesthouse, has been active as ever, all year long. Our flourishing Migration and Economic Justice Programs are built on this fertile ground. We have strengthened our rich partnerships with many Mexican and international organizations, and continue to provide temporary emergency housing and daily Spanish classes to migrants and refugees from around the world. We installed a rainwater catchment system as part of an ongoing process of lightening the Casa’s environmental impact. This year the Casa has also expanded opportunities to share our work and witness with our community, by coordinating educational and awareness-building activities for many of our visiting groups. We offered a Quaker Social Action in Mexico Learning Tour and are planning more! Above all, the Casa’s daily life of faith, fun and good will is the Casa’s offering to the city and open to all.

EL SALVADOR PROJECTS OF PALO ALTO MEETING

The El Salvador Projects of Palo Alto Meeting currently support 13 university students from poor rural communities with student loans that can be repaid in cash, through community service, or through financial support for another student. The students’ fields of study are varied and wide-ranging, from law and medicine to art and teaching. Many students live in a house in San Salvador that we rent in partnership with other programs that also support university students.

Annually, our Field Director, Robert Broz, is the principal organizer of a university fair in Suchitoto, El Salvador, that brings prospective students together with representatives of institutions of higher learning and programs that offer financial aid.

The Projects also help to fund a few positions in rural schools that do not receive adequate support from the government. We also help to support periodic skills workshops in rural villages on such topics as how to build efficient and inexpensive stoves and alternatives to violence training. We collect unneeded reading glasses in the United States and send them to El Salvador, where they enable older people to resume work and activities that had been beyond them due to vision loss.

 

The Projects are overseen by a committee of Palo Alto Meeting that supports the Field Director in discernment and planning and raises funds, largely through newsletters that are sent to supporters 2-3 times per year.

 

GUATEMALA FRIENDS SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

In 2014, 20 students graduated from the Guatemala Friends Scholarship Program (known as Progresa in Guatemala) 15 at the secondary level and5 from university. We accepted 28 new students including 4 who are in medical school. Our total number of students for 2015 is 77 with the possibility of 1 to 3 more being added.

Last summer, a group of 20 Junior Friends from North Pacific Yearly Meeting toured around Guatemala with our director Miguel Costop. During their travels, they met several Progresa students and graduates. They learned first hand about the hardships Guatemalans face and came to realize how important Progresa has been in overcoming obstacles. The sixth Teaching English Experience was held in January with 14 North Americans teaching 14 Progresa students. It is such a rewarding experience that half of the teachers were returnees. We are looking forward to our Annual Student Conference in May when our students and former students come together to learn and network.

For all the work involved, we continue to feel encouraged and blessed when we see how lives and communities are enriched by the opportunities for social justice that education provides.

Submitted by

Donna Smith, Clerk

2014 RepCom Reports

 PYM RepCom 2014

Was held on Saturday, March 1, 2014

Orange Grove Meeting

520 East Orange Grove Blvd.

Pasadena, CA 91104

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RepCom 2013 Roll Call

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PYM Representative Committee – Roll Call – March 2, 2013                   

 

Monthly Meetings

       X  indicates present at roll call
Appleseed

X

  Redwood Forest

X

Berkeley

X

  Reno

X

Big Island

  Sacramento

X

Central Coast

X

  San Diego

X

Chico

X

  San Francisco

X

Claremont

X

  San Jose

X

Davis

X

  Santa Barbara

X

Delta

X

  Santa Cruz

X

Fresno

  Santa Monica

Grass Valley

X

  Strawberry Creek

X

Guatemala

  Visalia

Honolulu

X

   

Humboldt

X

   

Inland Valley

X

   

La Jolla

X

 

Worship Groups

Live Oak

X

  Conejo Valley

X

Marin

  Friends House

Marloma-Long Beach

  Kauai

Mendocino

  Lake County

Mexico City

X

  Las Vegas

Monterey Peninsula

X

  Maui

Napa-Sonoma

  Modesto

Orange County

X

  Molokai

Orange Grove

X

  Oakland

X

Palo Alto

X

  Ojai

X

Redding

  Southern Humboldt

 

  Ukiah

 

  Whitleaf

 

  (Friends of Soledad)

 

2013 RepCom Report – Rep Support SubCommittee

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Representative Support Subcommittee

of PYM Ministry & Oversight Committee
Report to RepCom 2013

 

Rep Support subcommittee:  Tom Yamaguchi, Don Bean, Sandy Kewman, Carol Mosher as M&O liaison

This support subcommittee was brought into existence 2010 to increase communication from Monthly meetings and all the functions of PYM and back again.

These are your reps:  Tom  Redding, Palo Alto, Reno, SF, Appleseed, Berkeley, Napa-Sonoma

Sandy:  Central Coast, Davis, Guatemala, Honolulu, Humbolt, Sacramento, San Jose,  Santa Cruz, Visalia

Don: Claremont, Inland Valley, La Jolla,  Marloma Long Beach, Orange County, Orange Grove, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Santa Monica

Carol:  Mexico City, Mendocino, Marin, Delta, Redwood Forest, Chico, Fresno, Live Oak

1.  Reps are urged to read the PYM website

2. Ask observers

3.  Changes each year in reps, Meetings PLEASE inform Patricia Smith, assistant clerk or Sandy Kewman

4. Please share with your meetings the proceedings of REp Com, particular, the whole report from the PYM Youth Coordinator Supervisory Committee (on line at Pac Y M.org)

5.Please familiarize yourself with tuition application so you can advise Friends in your meetings and encourage attendance at Annual Session

6.Please know the dates of Annual Session  July 29 to Aug 3, 2013 at Mt. Madonna in Watsonville

7. Please do not hesitate to call your Rep Support Subcommittee person with any PYM questions or feedback.

Tom Yamaguchi  tomyamaguchi@mac.com

Don Bean ddbean@mac.com

Carol Mosher cabmosher@gmail.com

Sandy Kewman srosekewman@gmail.com

Respectfully submitted,

Sandy Kewman

 

2013 RepCom Earthlight Bookstore Project Report

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Report of the EarthLight Bookstore Project for Year 1 — 2012-2013

EarthLight was created by the Pacific Yearly Meeting Unity with Nature Committee to support spirit-led environmental witness and education. EarthLight is a non-profit corporation managed by a board of directors according to Quaker principles and practice. Its activities include publication and sale of print and recorded materials.

In March of 2012 the EarthLight board decided to expand its sales of books and recordings to serve Friends and storytellers as well as environmentalists. Tom Farley and Sandy Farley rejoined the board and agreed to manage this project. EarthLight secured a new California resale permit, credit card processing system, and simple inventory software. Taxable sales for the first eleven months of operation have been $8,427. For 2012, EarthLight paid $628.00 in sales tax to the state of California. A report on EarthLight’s new enterprise was published recently in Western Friend.

We’ve identified the communities EarthLight wishes to serve with this project as “Greens, Quakes, and Tellers” with a commitment to stock materials for all ages.

Earthlight Publications sales has stocked materials in the following subject areas:

  •  Environment, earthcare, eco-justice
  •  Progressive peace & justice and Quaker testimonies
  •  Quaker in-reach & out-reach, adult religious education
  •  Religious education for children
  •  Resources for teens, young adults, parents, caregivers
  •  Resources for storytellers and listeners

Our inventory comes from the following sources:

  •  Books and recordings on hand at EarthLight
  •  Books and recordings inventory developed by Tom & Sandy Farley as an outreach for the PYM Religious Education for Children Committee
  •  Yearly and Quarterly meeting stocks of Faith and Practice and directories
  •  Items ordered from publishers and distributors
  •  Items on consignment from, authors, performers, organizations, etc.

This year we offered materials for sale at eight events:

  •  College Park Quarterly Meetings [3]
  •  Pacific Yearly Meeting annual sessions [1]
  •  Quaker Quest workshop at Palo Alto Meeting [1]
  •  Bay Area Storytelling Festival [1]
  •  Southbay Storytellers & Listeners: Tellabration [1] & Winter Workshop [1]

EarthLight plans to be at most of these events again this year and is open to adding more small tailored sales for meetings and workshops. EarthLight asks Pacific Yearly Meeting to agree to our continued service as bookstore providers at annual sessions on the same terms as agreed to with the Farleys in 2012.

EarthLight wishes to co-sponsor with the Religious Education for Children Committee an interest group on Meeting Libraries. We’re looking for a few experienced Friends to help lead this interest group.

EarthLight hopes to renew its collaboration with the Unity with Nature Committee, and is also looking for Friends to join us in serving on EarthLight’s board of directors.

Tom Farley, Sandy Farley, Eric Sabelman – 3/1/2013

 

 

 

 

2013 RepCom Unity With Nature Committee Report

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Unity With Nature Committee Report for Pacific Yearly Meeting

Representative Committee Winter 2013

At the 2012 annual gathering UWN sponsored three interest groups. One focused on Quaker mysticism, one on food and food systems, and a third on sustainable responses to climate change and fossil-fuel addiction. All were well received and sparked discussion around what choices Quakers can make in their personal lives to evolve toward a sustainable and healthy Earth.

Scheduling conflicts pushed our annual committee retreat forward to a January weekend, when we met at Susan Swanstrom’s delightful retreat house on the Russian River.

UWN is again offering mini-grants for monthly meeting projects, and we have sent applications and information to our list of monthly meeting contacts. This year, UWN is co-sponsoring a service learning camp for youth at Quaker Oaks farm in Visalia. (Soon we will know for sure if enrollment suffices for organizers to hold it as planned.) These and other items of interest have also been shared with monthly meetings. UWN hopes to continue to strengthen its relationships with all Friends, and with Earthcare Quaker organizations such as Earthlight magazine, as well as all those mentioned below.

UWN proposes an interest group for the 2013 annual gathering, about the various Friends organizations that work on earth healing: Quaker Earthcare Witness, Quaker Institute for the Future, Right Sharing of World Resources, Friends Committee on National Legislation, etc. UWN is again proposing a simple meal at the 2013 gathering, and will provide a supporting essay in the Daily Miracle. We plan to hold an affinity group (Live What You Believe:  An Affinity Group for Quakers Seeking to Live in Integrity With Their Environmental Values), and we would be very happy to offer nature-oriented worship or worship-sharing queries for annual gathering. Lastly, we urge the Yearly Meeting to consider a keynote speaker on Earthcare.

UWN welcomes comments and questions from Friends pursuant to its charge in Faith and Practice to be “empowered to act on behalf of the Yearly Meeting on spiritual concerns as related to the environment and to develop its charge as way opens.” We invite the Yearly Meeting to consider how Friends can respond meaningfully to the wasting away of our Earth home.

Respectfully submitted by Muriel Strand and Maia Wolff, co-clerks

 

 

 

2013 RepCom Nominating Committee Report

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Pacific Yearly Meeting

Report of Nominating Committee for meeting of
Representative Committee

March 2, 2013

The  Nominating Committee is the committee charged with finding friends to serve as officers, members of committees, and as representatives and delegates for the yearly meeting.

At this time I bring forward the names of three individuals to serve in vacant positions.  I am concerned that nominating committee is having difficulty finding friends willing to serve some positions.  We have vacancies for positions that were not filled last year and have still not been filled.  Some positions must be filled if the yearly meeting is to function properly.  In particular, I am  concerned that we have not found individuals willing to serve as Arrangements Clerk and as members of the Finance Committee.

At this time, we bring forward the following names:

Walt Jones, Delta Meeting, to serve on Ministry and Oversight Committee for a term ending 2014.

Byrlie Oxley, Grass Valley, to serve on Junior Yearly Meeting Committee for term ending 2015.

Donna Smith, Redwood Forest, to serve as clerk of Latin American Concerns Committee for term ending this year.

David Barrows
clerk
Nominating Committee

 

 

2013 RepCom Pacific Friends Outreach Society Report

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Pacific Friends Outreach Society

Report to RepCom 2013

We have spent the last 19+ years at Pacific Friends Outreach Society working to develop and offer a permanent site for the holding of the annual session of Pacific Yearly Meeting.  Many times during this effort we have had worship on the occasion of business to discern what our relationship to PYM needs to be or would like it to be.  We are led to make our efforts to the work of a permanent site to be for the use of PYM and only as a corollary others as may be interested or needed to make the project work.

We have been supported by many at PYM and have had had many sessions at the annual gathering to discern whether or not to proceed.  In the end we were not able to get approval from Tulare County for the use of the Lovett property and thus have ended that relationship.  We were also not able to get approval from the annual gathering to move forward.  So in the intervening years we waited and conserved our funds in the event there was a change.

Our Board is now unable to continue and we do not perceive any other interest on the part of any members in the yearly meeting to help us with this task.  So we going to dissolve the 501c3 that now exists and following the dictates of state law in this matter, gift any remaining funds to the organization the Board of PFOS decides.

We appreciate the help and support of many over the years.  It is with thanks for this support that we notify you that this non-profit will be dissolved.

In Peace,
Liz Baker, clerk of the board of Pacific Friends Outreach Society.

 

 

2013 RepCom Site Committee Report

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Site Committee Report to RepCom 2013

PYM’s 2013 Annual session, Gathering or Meeting will be held at Mt. Madonna Center from 7/29/2013 – 8/3/2013.

PYM’s 2014 Annual session, Gathering or Meeting will be held at Walker Creek Ranch from 7/14/2014 – 7/19/2014.

Faithfully,

Lanny Jay
Site Committee Clerk