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Bulletin 02.16.2018

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Bulletin 02.16.2018


The Bylaws Subcommittee received 62 comments and 3 emails in response to the first public draft of the bylaws for Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends. The subcommittee met this last weekend and completed three documents for you to look over in preparation for our time together tomorrow.
  1. NARRATIVE – The Bylaws Subcommittee produced a report explaining some of the context for the proposed bylaws including general background for why what they produced is as lengthy and as detailed as it is. This report also addresses concerns about the introduction. Click here for a pdf of that report.
  2. ACTIONS – This document summarizes the written feedback received by the Bylaws Subcommittee, delineating the main points made for each section and the action the subcommittee took in response to those points. Click here for a pdf of the document.
  3. PROPOSED BYLAWS – This is the newest version of the proposed bylaws for Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends, following the work of the Bylaws Subcommittee on Saturday, February 10. Click here for a pdf of the document.
If you are planning to attend tomorrow, please pre-register. Especially if you have children! We need to know their names and ages. We want to make sure we have more-than-adequate coverage. Pre-register by sending an email to Rachel Hampton – – with the number of people coming with you, and the age of any children under 12 that you plan to bring with you.
We may need more people to help provide childcare. We have two signed up and need one or two more. Please email Rachel Hampton – – if you can help out, even for an hour. If you’ve already been through the NWYM video training, then you might be exactly the kind of person we’re looking for.

Recording Process
The subcommittee on the recording of ministers has completed a draft proposal for consideration at the quarterly gathering in Camas, tomorrow, Saturday, February 17.
FCNL Workshop
For 75 years Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) has brought the concerns of Friends in U.S. Quaker meetings and churches directly to our senators and representatives in Washington, D.C.  FCNL lobbyists are guided by the results of a priorities discernment process where Friends nationwide express their concerns about federal policy.  FCNL is inviting Friends throughout the U.S. to participate in this priorities process, determining the issues FCNL will work to impact in the 116th Congress (2019-2020). 

In this workshop – held at Camas Friends at 1:30 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday, February 17 – participants will learn how to facilitate a spirit-led discernment process in their home communities, while learning how their community’s concerns will be interwoven with those of hundreds of other Quaker communities to focus FCNL’s efforts.

The next quarterly gathering will be at Camas Friends from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., tomorrow, February 17, 2018. Email Rachel Hampton – – with contact information, the number of people coming with you, and the age of any children under 12 that you plan to bring with you. This information will help us to plan for food and childcare.
10:00 – 11:00 am || Gathering and opening worship
11:00 am – 12:30 pm || Business session
12:30 – 1:30 pm || Lunch – Crock-pot potluck with ingredients listed to accommodate for allergies
1:30 – 2:30 pm || Committees meet || FCNL priority training for non-committee members
2:30 – 4:30 or 5:00 pm || Business session
5:00 pm || Adjourn officially, but sandwich-makings will be on hand for people to make to go or to eat and hang around longer

In an attempt to keep things simple yet have adequate food for all, including those who have food restrictions/allergies, we are planning to host a crock-pot potluck at tomorrow’s Camas gathering. Here’s what you need to know:
  • If you are coming from far and it is inconvenient to bring food, don’t bring any. There will be enough.
  • If you bring a crock-pot dish, please bring a list of the ingredients. This will help people with food allergies/sensitivities to choose foods they can handle. We’ll have cards and pens in case you forget. 
  • Please keep your food simple. We only have an hour to eat, so people need to be able to simply get in line and serve themselves without a lot of last minute putting things together. 
  • Bring enough food to serve 6-8 people to compensate for those who can’t bring food. 
  • There will be friends greeting you to tell you where to take the food or who can take it to the designated place for you. We’ll have power strips to plug crock-pots into to hold the food at safe temperatures. 
  • If you would prefer to bring a salad, that would be nice too. Again, please list ingredients. Finger food veggies &/or fruit is always welcome. 
  • We will try to group gluten-containing foods into one area to help those who can’t tolerate it avoid it and be safe, but we do not have a gluten-free kitchen. 
We will provide:
  • Silverware and plates and bowls. We have some serving utensils.
  • Drinks
  • Sandwich makings for the end of the day. We will have bread (gluten-free for those who need it), lunch meat, cheese, condiments, lettuce, etc. We will not have peanut butter since that is a common allergen for children. 
If you have questions, you can contact Norma Silliman, 360-607-7546 or Kendra Purcell, We look forward to spending the day with you and getting better acquainted over our meal. 
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