Arkadaslar Board meeting
February 20, 2002
Present at the meeting were Marcia Gnuse (T-13), Sandy Anderson (T-13), Ken
Hill (T-9), Linda Scheffer (T-8), Dave Weinman (Amca), John Wintrol (T-2),
Peggy (Gall) Hanson (T-1).
We did not quite have quorum for business, so Board Members who couldn't
make it were phoned after the meeting and endorsed the decisions below.
These additional votes provided the quorum.
Buralarda The fine work of Marcia Gnuse in preparing the
recent edition of Buralarda was recognized.
Treasurer's Report Linda Scheffer, treasurer, reported that
we have a balance of about $8,000. This is higher than usual because last
year we only contributed $400, as the first of a five-year commitment to a
young woman student in Turkey. We had also contributed $5,000 to four young
men to be spent over the four years of their educations. This money came
from funds donated by members toward earthquake victims.
The Board voted to maintain earlier contributions, given below, and to add
$600 to support additional Turkish students for their university studies.
Contributions approved were:
$1,500 to the Sevinc Abla School in Adana for Special Education students.
They have dedicated one room to Arkadaslar and provide work-sustaining
skills to young men and women.
$750 to purchase beehives for small farmers in Eastern Turkey to supplement
their family incomes. These funds are guided by the Development Foundation
$500 for the C. Erik Olson memorial wing at Haceteppe Hospital. The check
will be presented by our group that is traveling to Turkey this summer.
$400 as part of the continuing commitment to the young woman student.
Anticipated costs for the coming year are $1400 for two editions of
Buralarda, and about $400 in operating costs (dues letter, office supplies,
etc.) We don't know the possible costs connected with the 40+ reunion or
reception for the Turkish ambassador.
That will leave some cushion, and allow us to also take suggestions from
members for a contribution of greater concentrated impact.
New Web Site Ellie LeBaron (T-15) has designed an Arkadaslar web
page that looks great! We had several options in setting up our site, such
as piggy-backing on her web site but we won't have our own domain name;
paying about $35 to a place that will give us our own domain name, but will
flash advertisements in the corner; or paying about $96 a year for our own
domain name and ad-free space. The board approved having our own site
without the advertising.
Turkish Ambassador Logoglu He trained the Turkey-8's at Princeton,
and perhaps some other groups. We would like to sponsor a reception for him
in April. Dave Weinman will meet with him in March for an introductory
interview, and see if the reception can be arranged. It was suggested that
we might be able to get a room in a House of Representatives reception room,
with catering. All local Arkadaslar and anyone else who can make it will be
encouraged to come.
Peace Corps 40+ Reunion The rescheduled reunion is on for June 20 -
23. The basic schedule is:
Thursday, June 20: Advocacy Day - meet your congressmen.
Friday, June 21: Bazaar, Opening ceremonies, workshops.
We would like to have afternoon check-in at the office of the Assembly of
Turkish-American-Associations, as arranged for last fall.
Friday Evening - Each of our Turkey Groups will meet at a restaurant
arranged by the group coordinator. Everyone, whether they are coming or
not, should send a recent picture and half-page bio to their coordinator who
will arrange for updated mug books to be made for members in their group.
Saturday, June 22: Morning Bazaar, multi-cultural event, volunteer day in
Saturday afternoon: Arkadaslar meeting for everyone. Peggy Hanson will
coordinate the speakers with the possible help of Judie Jerald (T-8).
Saturday evening: We plan to have a nice dinner/reception for all of us
Sunday, June 23: Ceremony crossing the Memorial Bridge on the Potomac
bearing the Turkish flag to Arlington National Cemetery.
Nomination of Ken Hill to NPCA The Board voted to support the
nomination of Ken Hill as the representative to the National Peace Corps
Association (NPCA) for the region of Central Asia and Eastern Europe. This
is the region Turkey is in. Ken has been Peace Corps director in Bulgaria
and Vladivostok, besides being a T-9, so he's really well qualified.
New President Sue Bayley was elected the new Arkadaslar President.
The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, April 18, 6:00 at the
Anatolia Restaurant in D.C. All members of Arkadaslar are encouraged to