Arkadaslar Board Meeting
September 13, 2006
Atilla's Restaurant, Arlington
Sandy Anderson, Allen Gall, Ken Hill, Ellie LeBaron, Mary
Helen Madden, Valeria Olson, Linda Scheffer, Dave Weinman, and John Wintrol.
A representative from Ashoka, Seyda Taluk, also joined us.
NPCA wants to
develop a system where NPCA and the individual Group(s) will be paid
directly through an on-line system so that neither will need to “rebate”
dues payments to the other and is asking for some financial help from Groups
to construct and implement such a system. Both the NPCA and individual
groups should benefit.
NPCA bought a new database system, which is web based.
Eventually, NPCA will use Pay Pal or a similar system and provide the
technology to individual groups who want it so that a joint payment can be
paid directly. However, just to adjust their current database is $25,000.
They currently have 90,000 in their database, with 187,000 currently in the
Peace Corps community.
However, Arkadaşlar already has a good database, and we don’t really need to
rely on NPCA. We could offer our database to NPCA; however, they are no
longer sharing with us.
NPCA is to be credited with saving Peace Corps from being connected to the
military. And they are our mother group and should have support from us.
People need an interest group to align with an organization. We are the
outreach for NPCA. Perhaps we should give to the cause, not necessarily
just this technology effort.
One opinion is that we should instead put our money where it benefits us.
We could make a contribution conditional on their sharing their database.
The motion was made and approved that we give NPCA $500 as a general
contribution with no conditions attached. It passed with 4 – yes; 1 – no;
and 1 – abstention.
Cumhuriyet Bayram Dinner
The dinner will be at Kazan’s on October 29.
accept checks, which John will head up. He will mail out the letters which
Linda and Sandy will prepare. The letters should go out by October 1.
Sandy will send John the set of labels and a set of return
labels. We should have name tags, which Mary Helen will do. We need to put
it on the web and on the listserv.
Ken will work on the program. Ambassador Sensoy will meet with Dave and
Ken. Burak Akcapar will come. Someone from the Peace
Corps will attend. We are also asking Bulent Atalay to attend. Anatolian
Artisans will be there.
Esra Kalci, the niece to Zeynel has had twins and will not be able to show
rugs. Should we consider another vendor, such as the Bizim Brothers?
Mary Helen will handle the Raffle Tickets.
Mary Helen investigated and found that we can
send the directories for $2.79 first class. Media mail would be $1.75, and
may take 10 days delivery. Priority Mail, which protects the directories
better, costs $4.05. We can also add a form letter.
We will organize to send the directories out
from Ken’s house.
In Turkey Ashoka has 19 fellows, in
Diyarbakir, Fetiye, Istanbul and Ankara. They sponsor 15 camps for the
handicapped across the country. Some women are working in the area of
micro-economics. There are also pre-school programs.
In Van there’s a program for
preservation of the mullet – this is mostly a Kurdish project. Diyarbakir has an economic development program.
Erzurum has a rural development program with
organic horticulture. A mountaineering project does international recovery and
includes 3 women.
Kurds have immigrated to Istanbul. In 1998 a woman came from
Kahraman Maras. She began cleaning houses. Now she has a conflict
resolution and community center for women.
Ashoka is slowly becoming known in Turkey. They plan to
expand the program to show the things Ashoka is doing. Turks like to donate
funds to feed people. Ashoka is more into social entrepreneurship. Seyda
wants to address the roots of problems. She shared a metaphor that Turkey
is like a boat: It won’t sink, but you’ll go with half your backside in
Turkey – 15 ReunionThe Turkey 15s are holding a
reunion next year in San Francisco. It’s only for T-15s. Karen Hagewood
and Carolyn Bragg are the coordinators.
Thank you letters
We have thank you letters for our contributions from
Anatolia Artisans, Ashoka and Beekeeping Project, and Post-secondary
There will be a Turkish Festival on the Mall on Oct. 8.
--Notes taken by Sandy Anderson