In attendance: Sandy Anderson, Elliot
Eisenberg, Peggy Hanson, Mike Jewell, Tom and Kathy Kral, Lin Lougheed,
Lynn Maichle, Valerie Olson, Linda Scheffer, Dave Weinman, and John
We had 401 members in
2012. For 2013 we have 263 members, 96 of whom have donated for our
projects, and 42 of them have also joined NPCA.
Our major expense for 2013
is the directory which is estimated to cost $5,565 for which $6,000 has been
(north nature) Project
Lin reported on the
project. Three of our Board Members contributed $750 to the project,
and Arkadaşlar may consider donating in the future.
Election of Officers
Board Members nominated
for 2013 through 2015 terms were Mike Jewell, Ken Hill, Lynn Maichle and
Lin Lougheed. Mike and Ken completed previous three-year terms; Lynn
filled in a one-year term and is returning. Lin is joining the Board
after being away for a while. All were elected unanimously.
Mike entertained the
prospect of someone volunteering to become president. He described the work
and said we were a good board to work with. Mike was nominated to continue
as president in an interim capacity, hoping a new president will step
Lin Lougheed volunteered to
share responsibilities. In the ensuing discussion, Sandy expressed concern
that she needed someone in an official capacity in case Mike cannot be
reached. She made the motion that we establish a position of Vice President
and John Wintrol seconded. Eight (8) current members voted for, and one (1)
Lin Lougheed was approved
to be Vice President. NPCA should be notified.
The team working on the
directory consists of Lynn who is coordinating the stories and photos to
be used, Linda who receives new information and carefully edits, and
Sandy who manages the data base and preparation of information. We have
received 22 stories, and can use about half of them. We hope to have
the directory out in the next few months.
Editors Peggy and Steve
are preparing the next issue. We brainstormed topics possibly to be
Appeal for funds
Lin’s article on Kuzey Doğa
Linda and others on the Washington, DC Bayram Dinner
Lynn’s Bayram Dinner in Massachusetts
Other Bayram Dinners nationwide
Kevin’s trip for the Turkey – 2s
Visit and Work in Turkey, New Idea
Sandy introduced an idea
borrowed from NPCA that we become involved with projects where we go to
Turkey and work as volunteers for a week. She said she thought that NPCA
had only tried it in Central America thus far, and that a travel agency
handled it. Participants gave good reports.
Peggy considered that we
could go as individuals to some of our projects. Mike was wondering about
who would do the interface between the Turkey site(s) and us. Peggy
wondered about Hacettepe and visiting the homes of students we sponsor.
We suggested that this be
put into Buralarda for members to think about. John would like to
tie it into what NPCA is doing, and Mike worried about costs. Sandy said
that people pay their own way. She also said that she was trying to follow
up to learn more from NCPA.
John made the motion
that we share this idea with members in Buralarda, and Lynn
seconded. The vote was unanimous to contact the editors.
The question came up about
whether we wanted to take an advocacy position opposed to dams being
proposed for the Kuzey Doğa
corridor and near Kars. Lin would like letters sent to four influential
persons including Turkey’s president and several ministers. We agreed that
Lin can post it as an individual on the listserv.
Sandy would like to give up
responsibility for the listserv. She said that she does not have time to
monitor all the postings, nor check on the links in the postings. She
mentioned that Ken Hill had volunteered to monitor last spring. After she
described the responsibilities which are not onerous, the Board felt that
she should check with Ken to see if he is continuing to monitor.
Dave pointed out that
Arkadaşlar is 25 years old, and no one is getting younger. He would like us
to discuss winding down -- perhaps a conscious scaling back. We need to
think about what we want to do. He suggested that we can talk about it at
our next meeting
Peggy thought that we were
doing pretty well, and that there is no need to scale back until no one is
left except Linda and Sandy. Mike felt that the reunions and projects are
increasingly interesting, but we can put it on the agenda. We’re not there
yet; we’re doing more and aspiring to do more. We try to be involved and
Next Meeting: Tuesday, May 14.
Notes taken by Sandy Anderson