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Arkadaslar Board Meeting
Atilla’s Restaurant
January 17, 2012

In attendance:  Sandy Anderson, Elliot Eisenberg, Ellie LeBaron, John Gallivan, Peggy Hanson, Mike Jewell, Tom & Kathy Kral, Valerie Olson, Linda Scheffer, Dave Weinman, and John Wintrol  

Treasurer’s Report

Membership in Arkadaslar  2012 Total – 159     2011 Total – 427  
Membership in NPCA         2012 Total --  30     2011 Total –   83

Election of Board Members
Returning Board Members are:
     2012 Ken Hill (T-9)
     2012 Mike Jewell (T-1)

     2013 Sandy Anderson (T-13)
     2013 Valerie Olson (FOT)
     2013 Peggy Hanson (T-1)
     2013 Elliott Eisenberg (T-12)

     2014 Linda Scheffer (T-8)
     2014 John Wintrol (T-2 )
     2014 Steve Poppick (T-10)

With John, Linda and Steve willing to continue for a new term, there are three additional vacancies.  Mike and Dave phoned around and held some exploratory conversations.  New members recommended for 2012-2014 are Tom Kral and John Gallivan.
     2014 Tom Kral (T-4)
     2014 John Gallivan (T-2)

They were approved by acclamation.

Mike said that he felt the presidency should be passed around; however he’s willing to serve one more year since it’s the year that the T-1s will have their 50th  reunion in Turkey.  Mike was elected president for the coming year. 

We plan to publish at the end of January.  Topics will include: 
     2012 Reunion in Turkey, organized by the T-1s
     Trip sponsored by Anatolian Artisans
     Trip sponsored by the American Friends of Turkey (AFOT)
     T-15s reunion in DC this spring
The editors are looking for background articles

50th Reunion in Turkey
The T-1s have planned the trip.  It will occur in early September with a visit to the American Ambassador’s residence on September 6th, exactly 50 years to the day that the T-1s arrived.  They will visit Hacettepe and give our annual Arkadaşlar contribution to the C. Erik Olson Memorial Fund.  Erik was a T-1 volunteer.   

George Park (T-1) is also working on the trip.  T-1s are being given first preference for seats on the trip until February 1st.  Seats must be reserved with a $200 deposit.  

For an 8-day trip plus 2 days in Ankara, they will visit Ankara, Hittite sites, Black Sea Coast, i.e., Amasya, Sivas, Divrigi, Unye, Sinop, Amasra, and Safranbolu,   The maximum number of people is 20, and they are to ride in two vans.  Vans are necessary rather than buses because of narrow roads.  For $150/day, participants will receive all their food, transportation, hotels and driver.  There is a good direct flight to Istanbul from Dulles in Washington, DC, on Turk Hava Yollari (THY). 

Cumhuriyet Bayram Dinners 
Our Bayram dinners this fall can celebrate all the more because it is our 50th anniversary in Turkey.

This is an opportunity to visit various honey-making operations in Eastern Turkey to compare their flavor difference, and contribute to the local tourism.   Participants will be hiking and staying an a yurt.  They may be at an elevation as high as 9,000 feet and walk 6-10 miles a day.  It could be made into a trip of tribute to Rick Ash.  Perhaps we could write a story about Rick.  We could put it in Buralarda. 

Upcoming Meetings
April/May we want to meet to decide on our contributions for the year, then
     June/July to plan the trip and Cumhuriyet Bayram Dinner, and
     September to finalize Bayram dinner plans 

Next Meeting:  The next meeting is May 1st, a Tuesday

Notes taken by

Sandy Anderson

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