2001, Minutes of the Board
Rosemary's Thyme Bistro, Washington, DC
Members and Friends: Mike and Judie Jerald (T-08), Oya Bain (ATA
Vice President), Jean Stern Lavid Fromberg (T-08/09), Ken Hill (T-09),
Dave Weinman (Staff, T-01), John Wintrol (T-02), David Hopkins (T-01)
Ed Block (T-08), Linda Scheffer (T-08), Sandy Comstock Anderson
(T-13), Marcia DemkowiczGnuse (T-13), Peggy Gall Hanson (T-01), Mike
Metrinko (T-16), Lin Lougheed (T-16), Mike Jewell (T-01)
A. Treasurer's Report
Linda Scheffer reported that as of January 17, we have $1,893.80 on hand
and no outstanding expenses. This figure includes $475 dollars earmarked
by our members for Arkadaslar projects. It does not include an
additional $4,485 for our earthquake relief fund. This money will be
allocated when we reach $5,000.
We anticipate an additional $6,000 in membership dues and additional
contributions to our projects (see below).
B. Search for Listserv/Database/Webmaster managers Lin
Lougheed called the meeting to order with a plea for volunteers to
relieve those Arkadaslar members who have been performing valiant
functions for the organization. Sandy Anderson has been managing our
membership database without a break since the beginning of Arkadaslar.
In addition, she organized, promoted, and now monitors our listserv. She
is ready to share the fun.
Since none present could take on the tasks, Lougheed charged the
Board with finding volunteers to take over the listserv, database, and
Website. He pointed out that these jobs could be done anywhere in the
world. Anderson will write up a job description so we can tell people
what is involved. The person who takes over the database will receive a
free computer with the appropriate software donated by Anderson.
C. Potential contribution recipients
Lougheed passed around a letter of gratitude received from Dr. Yavuz
Renda for our contribution of $500 to the C. Erik Olson Memorial Fund at
Hacettepe Medical Faculty. Our other grants were to the Beekeeping
Project that received $750 and Sevinc Abla which received $1,500.
In past meetings, we had determined our gifts would go to
organizations with social development or educational goals and that we
should give seed grants and not long term grants. Therefore, when we
sent the contributions to our three charities this year, we advised them
that we were reviewing our policies and that our contribution level may
To find potential recipients, Lougheed has been in contact with
various Turkish organizations to solicit their advice. So far, he
learned about these possibilities.
1. " Universite Ogrencilerine Yardim Dernegi"
Mustafa Soykan and his family established an Association called "
Universite Ogrencilerine Yardim Dernegi" (UOYD) in Biga (a small
town near the Dardanelles "Canakkale"). The "Association
for Assistance to University Students" currently finances 11
students providing each with a $50/month stipend which is more than 65%
of their student resources. (Excerpts from a letter from Dr. Soykan is
appended to these minutes.) When Lougheed made his report to the board,
he did not have the letter from Dr. Soykan. Lougheed was under the
impression that the scholarships were for K-12 students. John Wintrol
thought that supporting university students would be a better use of our
funds than supporting K-12 students. The other board members agreed.
Fortunately, UOYD is a university grant program.
A leukemia organization had been suggested, but our board felt that this
did not fall under our guidelines. Sandy Anderson felt that any monies
given for medical reasons should stay with Hacettepe.
3. Izmir University Student
A representative of the ATA in Seattle wrote suggesting we consider
helping a young university student who lived in Adapazari until the
earthquake and then moved to Izmir. He has been disabled since he was
born and has developed chronic kidney disease. He goes to the university
but must receive continuous dialysis treatment. He and his family had
financial difficulties after the earthquake compounded by these medical
expenses. The student has requested assistance to buy a new wheelchair
and to support his university training.
Lougheed questioned whether we should support an organization or
support an individual. Jean Fromberg pointed out that by helping one
person, you indirectly helped others. The Board felt that we should
consider this option. Lougheed proposed having one of our friends in
Izmir drop by the family to discuss the level of need (i.e. how much is
The Turkish Embassy reports that "The Turkish Red Crescent's
operations with direct regard to the 1999 earthquakes are virtually
over. Nevertheless, you may make a donation to the Turkish Red Crescent
specifying that it should be used for any remaining activity they may be
carrying out with regard to the earthquakes."
5. University scholarship for earthquake victims We were given
an address for a program that aids these students, but we have no other
information at this time. Lougheed will check on it.
6. Universities Cultural and Educational Foundation This group
requested $5,000 to be used for homeless students who have been the
victims of the Aug 17 and Nov 12 earthquakes. They currently give
$45/month to 13 students. This NGO organization was founded in 1971 to
promote and "develop cultural, social, and intellectual relations
between Turkish people and the peoples of the world." (see appended
When we see how much money we have to donate, we will determine how
to allocate our resources. Mike Jewell likes the idea of working through
Turkish organizations here in the States because they can more easily
watch over the funds and it builds ties between them and us.
Lougheed mentioned that he had received a request from NPCA for
donations to support their activities. We decided that we would rather
have our small funds focused on Turkey-specific projects.
D. Public Relations for Peace Corps/Turkey
A discussion was held on to what extent Arkadaslar should be involved in
working on public relations for Turkey. For example, our listserv is one
PR source. The Peace Corps Week educational packet is another. We could
also get more involved by writing letters to Congress.
It was felt that we should not get involved in the political arena,
but should promote an understanding of the history of Turkey and its
To that end, we should consider developing the curriculum for school
presentations that focus on our service in Peace Corps and our personal
relations with the Turks. Lougheed has been in touch with the DC
American Turkish Association to see how the curriculum they use for
their school visits can be adapted for our use.
E. Plans for Sept Reunion in DC
John Wintrol, Mike Metrinko, Judie Jerald, Peggy Hanson and Lougheed
will serve on a committee to organize the activities for the Sept 20-23
reunion in DC. Some of the activities we will be concerned with are:
safe haven for groups to meet with break out rooms, flags for parade,
dinner at embassy, doner kebab picnic at the DominionHills Area
Reacreation Association (DHARA) arranged by Katheryn Markley Scruggs
(T-02), photo album by group, speakers on Turkey today.
F. Plans for 2002 Reunion in Turkey
David Hopkins and Mike Jewell talked about their plans to organize a
reunion for 2002. Hopkins came to DC to meet with Arkadaslar Board
members to learn how the reunion was planned in 1999. Oya Bain made
contacts for Hopkins at the Turkish Embassy. So far 35 people have
expressed interest. Anyone with any suggestions should contact Hopkins
or Jewell. Linda Scheffer sent Hopkins copies of correspondence
pertaining to the 1999 reunion in Turkey.
G. Suggestions for Buralarda content
If anyone has any articles to submit or ideas for articles, they can
e-mail them to Marcia Gnuse or Lin Lougheed. We need articles on our
past bayram dinners, stories about the recipients of our contributions,
and our plans for next September.
Dave Weinman pointed out that at this particular board meeting, every
president of Arkadaslar was present. He proposed a toast to these
presidents, Mike Jewell, Ken Hill, Sandy Anderson, Jean Stern Lavid
Fromberg, Ed Block, and Lin Lougheed, and to the spirit of Arkadaslar.
John Wintrol, in turn, proposed a toast to Dave Weinman thanking him
for all he's done for that spirit.