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Arkadaslar Board Meeting
Atilla’s Restaurant
January 14, 2009

In attendance:  Sandy Anderson, Elliot Eisenberg, Allen Gall, Peggy Hanson, Ken Hill, Mike Jewell, Mary Helen Madden, Valerie Olson, Linda Scheffer, Dave Weinman and John Wintrol.  Steve Poppick participated by cell phone.   

Election of Board Members: 
The terms of three Board Members ended in 2008:  Linda Scheffer, John Wintrol, and Mary Helen Madden. All were re-elected along with election of Steve Poppick.   

Current members and terms are: 
  2007, 2008, 2009     Allen Gall
     2007, 2008, 2009     Mike Jewell
     2007, 2008, 2009     Ken Hill

     2008, 2009, 2010     Peggy Hanson
     2008, 2009, 2010     Sandy Anderson
     2008, 2009, 2010     Valerie Olson
     2008, 2009, 2010     Elliot Eisenberg

2009, 2010, 2011     Linda Scheffer
2009, 2010, 2011     John Wintrol
2009, 2010, 2011     Mary Helen Madden
2009, 2010, 2011     Steve Poppick

 Mike Jewell was elected as president.  He had served earlier as Arkadaslar’s first president. 

Treasurer’s Report
The cash on hand as of January 14 is $10,357.17.  Approximately $6,000 will be used this year to print the directories. 

We had 358 members pay dues last year.  The report does not include dues being paid for 2009. 

The bayram dinner was attended by 88 people.  It included T-1s.  Next year will be the 40th anniversary year for the T-2s and T-4s.  The following year may overwhelm the event when the T-8s, T-9s, T-10s and T-12s will have their anniversary.

Database and Listserv Report
We have: 
     Individuals and Couples on the Database          1353
     Addresses for                                                  793
     Email addresses                                              570
     Members on the Listserv                                   256

Arkadaslar Process for Contributing to Projects in Turkey
[We had received a request last summer to contribute towards women’s groups in Turkey.  A lot of discussion ensued on the listserv, and Allen Gall volunteered to collect the comments and present his findings to the board.] Following his presentation, partially by email earlier and a very thorough discussion, the vote was unanimous to continue as we have in the past, but to increase the publicity.  This means that we will continue to consider other projects as they are proposed.

It was suggested that we have an application process.  This will be placed on the agenda for the next meeting.


The new editors, Steve and Peggy, have a number of ideas.
bullet Highlight a project.  How does our money help them?  Anatolian Artisans bought a sewing machine and a computer with donations we have made.
bulletBayram dinners will be featured in the next issue.  They are asking for submissions.
bulletWe are encouraging people to submit things.

Expect the next issue at the end of the month.

The directory will cost about $6000, that’s around $12 each.  We set aside $2000 each year to amortize the cost over three years. 

A lot of people change their addresses, and a new directory is warranted.  One member suggested that the directory be provided online.  It was noted, however, that having the information in electronic format destroys our ability to protect people’s information, and older people are less likely to use an electronic version.

Peace Corps Connected, like a FaceBook 
Sandy began investigating FaceBook for Arkadaslar as a way for us to begin to know each other now, not always through our training groups.  In the meantime, NPCA announced that it is launching “Peace Corps Connected” which is a social network (like FaceBook) using a Ning online platform.  She will set up a group for Arkadaslar with NPCA.

Dave’s 75th
Dave Weinman will be 75 soon, and we cheered him on.  He said, “Of all my jobs, I most appreciated the Peace Corps and working on poverty.  This table represents people coming together from different experiences and hopefully future generations will come behind.”

Linda Scheffer’s Retirement
Linda will retire at the end of the month.  “Emekli olduğunuzu tebrik ederiz.”

Next Meeting:  April 22 at Atillas.


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