Seventh Generation Supper
Tuesday, April 29, 5:45 pm Anacortes Senior Center
Sylvia Cooper emceed the evening and lively music was provided by the four-piece Island Pipers. Attendance was 57.
- Laurie Racicot noted that the first Hootenanny, a monthly event for the young and the young at heart, will be Saturday, May 3, 2-4pm at the Whitney School playground (finger-painting is the featured activity - be prepared to get messy!). Each month will feature a different family-focused activity, but visiting, music and laughter will be a constant. Everyone is welcome.
- Gael Varsi invited everyone to the TimeBank's Spring Social on Sunday, May 4th, 5 pm at the Senior Activity Center. The TimeBank currently has 64 members (with three more applications being processed), and its first two organizational members: Volunteer Services and the Anacortes Farmers Mkt.www.fidalgoandfriends.timebanks.org
- Brock Ward mentioned that on April 27, CERT (Citizens Emergency Response Team) conducted a simulated emergency exercise to help plan for a local emergency and how to properly respond.
- Nathan Lowman discussed how he is developing TF&F's social network system through FaceBook, Twitter and Tumblr.
- Sylvia reported that $400 was earned last weekend at the "Art of Gardening" to put toward the Mt. Erie school garden.
- Heather Burke requested volunteers to help her with the food at TF&F Suppers. The time commitment would be from 5:15 - 8 pm or so on the last Tuesday of the month.
- Lynn Jordan reported that Leadership Skagit will host a Farm Tour on Saturday, May 17th from 2-5pm, at VIVA Farms (Higgins Airport Way & Ovenell Road at the Port of Skagit). The tour will highlight a new program to engage local veterans in meaningful volunteer and internship experiences on the farm. Refer to growingveterans.org or vivafarms.org.
- Notice via email from Maggie and Larry Collinge: "We missed the Transition dinner! We plan on having a booth at Shipwreck Days where we will sell items and donate the proceeds to the Oso folks. We are hoping for some contributions and volunteers to help man the booth." home phone, 360 466-3431, cell 360 202-5618; email@example.com
- All interested folks to become members of TF&F.
organization and has done a good many things with very little so far (community gardens, Eat Your Yard classes,
Time Bank, skill share workshops, and Vision 2030 are just a few examples). But as we evolve and take on more projects to help prepare our community for a challenging future, we need funds to help move us toward our goals. Our 2014 goal is to have 100 paid members. (We are now at about 60 paid memberships) See below for how to donate.
- TF&F has a $2,500 matching grant program that will run through October 1st. We are asking for any size financial gift that will be matched 1:1 by our special grant. Your contribution can be given to Ron in person at the supper meetings or mailed in to TF&F, PO Box 62 in Anacortes. You can also visit our website at transitionfidalgo.org and use PayPal.
Featured Presentation: Vision 2030
Sommer Carter gave a rousing presentation of our Vision 2030 document history and summary. We started this project one year ago. Sommer noted that most of us in Anacortes love the forests, nature, waterfront, and historical downtown and we hope to insure that the community thrives in the future. She went through a number of points in the document, e.g. housing affordability (such as demonstrated by the Lopez Community Land Trust and Santa Cruz ADU program that produces 40/50 new housing units per year); diverse, walkable neighborhoods; local food hubs; a community powered by reliable and renewable energy (example - Fort Collins "Net-0-Energy"); and a thriving, diverse, local economy that serves the three-P's: People, Planet, and Profit.
Sommer asked for questions and comments. These included:
· ADU, what is it? (Accessory Dwelling Unit)
· Guemes Islanders, are they included in our Vision doc and programs? (Yes!)
· Changing CCR restrictions on legalizing home businesses
· Second Comprehensive Plan input session is tomorrow (April 30), please participate!
· Comprehensive Plan - Eric presented the Vision 2030 document to the City Council and it was well received. Councilwoman Erica Pickett suggested to him that a good opportunity for specific input would be after a first draft of the comp plan update is released.
Ron Larson then led the discussion and reviewed the rules at the "break out tables" where folks were asked to comment on what was important to them. After 20 minutes of individual table discussions, each group reported to the whole. Sign-up sheets were available at each table for those who want to help bring into reality the ideas contained in Vision 2030.
Adjourned at 8:10
Bud Anderson, Secretary
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