Sandy Anderson, Elliot Eisenberg, Peggy Hanson, Ken and Winnie Hill,
Mike Jewell, Lin Lougheed, Lynn Maichle, Linda Scheffer, and Dave
We have added 31 new
members, and 16 people contributed to projects.
Our current membership is
348, in contrast to 427 last year.
We anticipate ordering 400
copies of the upcoming directory. Sending them via media mail is $2.50, and
overseas is $11. Lynn Maichle is joining Linda and Sandy on the team to
prepare the directory; she will coordinate the photographs.
Lin Lougheed brought up the
idea of having a members-only section on the website. We discussed the
challenge to Ellie to set up passwords, and Sandy is uneasy about putting
information on the web.
Ashoka has a track
record, as does
Bridges of Hope. Their track record can be seen on their website. They
want to name a library for Rick Ash or the Pearsons.
Beekeeping – our contact died as did the beekeeping project.
HasNa used their funds to send Sandy Pfunder and Carl Nelson to Diyarbakır
to teach a short a time.
Mike requested that we ask
HasNa for an update on activity. Linda said she would do it.
Lin explained how last May
he and Linda went to the Turkish Embassy and met John
with National Geographic’s Young Explorers. Kuzeydoğu
(northeast) and Kuzey Doğa (north
nature) is the name of a project near Kars to establish and maintain a
wildlife corridor from Georgia to Iraq. Currently animals face dams,
farmers and others. This is a volunteer effort, and locals are being asked
to set aside parklands. Şekercioğlu
has a small group of 4-5, and some volunteers. He also works at the Univ.
of Utah in Eco-Science, a 501(c)3. Lin will match anything we contribute.
The project has a website showing an earlier picture of a lake outside Kars
with a road bisecting it, and now the old road has become an island. Around
Kars the land is government and city owned.
Balyolu, a honey-producing
ecological tour project may also be asking for funding.
A motion was made to set
$500 aside for the Kuzey Doğa
project, to be decide at the end of 2012, when we will review our financial
situation. That would be added to contributions Peggy and Lin are planning
to make in the name of Arkadaşlar.
The motion passed unanimously.
50th Celebration in Turkey
Peggy noted that Linda
is now helping them. There are complications with who arrives when,
where they are staying, where they are meeting, and who is rooming with
whom. Most people are arriving September 5. On September 6, Day 1,
they have the basic program, including a visit to Anıtkabir.
They will visit Gazi Eğitim
and in the evening enjoy a reception hosted by the Deputy Chief of
Mission (DCM). On the 7th, they will present the check for
the C. Erik Olson Memorial Fund to Haceteppe Hospital, and have lunch
with the doctors. The night of the 7th, there will be a
panel discussion involving four T-1s.Then the group will scatter, with
some going on a bus trip.
Buralarda is due out on
Oct. 1. Peggy will write a story about the trip to Turkey, and Ellie
will write about Balyolu. Mike will discuss projects, and we’ll include
an obituary of Nesim Abuaf.
Cumhuriyet Bayram Dinner
It will be on October
28, at Kazan Restaurant, at 5:30. We plan to organize baskets to
raffle. These are contributed by the Board Members. Yıldız
is planning to come. We need to mail invitations and appoint someone to
run the auction. Ken and Lin can run the raffle. Mike will find an
embassy speaker. Rauf Dentaş
was good; now he’s DCM.
At our last meeting Sandy said that she
could not keep up with monitoring the emails that are posted on the
listserv. There is a problem with people posting links but not
including any personal message to assure members that the link is not
spam or malware. The Board felt that is should be a requirement that
people write a personal note. Ken said he will keep an eye on the
postings to make sure the personal messages are provided.
Next Meeting: January 22.
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