Meeting for Business July, 2017


Meeting for Business Minutes

July 2, 2017


The meeting opened with gathered silence.  The minutes from last month’s business meeting was read and approved.

Treasurer’s Report

The treasurer’s report was read and approved.


Building and Grounds

The new roof is now on the meeting house.  It took two days to install it.  Smoke detectors have been purchased and need to be installed.  Three are smoke detectors only; and one is both a smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector.  It has yet to be decided where to place the double alarm.

Old Business

Liseli gave the Peacemaker award during Clinton’s High School award ceremony.


Sanctuary Committee

Two meetings have taken place so far.  AFSC and National Sanctuary Movement do work together and have resources that we can use.  Debbie and Buffy were part of a phone conference.  Debbie has signed up for bi-weekly conferences through the National Sanctuary Movement.  Liseli contacted Lucy Duncan at AFSC for more information.  David  has spoken to the Latino group and they do need help; and also to the BOCES migrant workers program also said that they, too, need help.  ICE presence is now up here.  DMV has even called in ICE.  Michelle said that she was talking to an undocumented worker on the bus about their situation.  Liseli talked about a report that was done about the migrant farmers in New York (  It was brought up that sixteen undocumented migrant workers were arrested at a horse racing track in Saratoga.  Do we know if there were any workers arrested at Vernon Downs?  Mary Ellen then read, for approval, a minute that the committee wrote up for them to move forward.  If approved, the committee will look to partner with other groups to see what can be done.  Seeing that there were not many people present, Mark suggested to sending out the minute via email for overall comments/suggestions.  However, the committee can still move forward with what’s being done.  The minute will be brought back next meeting for approval.

Advocacy Team

Twenty people showed up for the three hour introductory meeting.  The woman from FCNL was a terrific speaker.  She talked about that FCNL has over 600 teams up and running in only two years.  The mission for this year is to approach senators about Pentagon spending.  People were asked to sign up to continue this training.  On June 29th, was the first of four part phone training.  Ten people have signed up for this.  FCNL is pleased at our response of people who want this training.  The dates for the training are: July 16th, 31st, and August 9th, all starting at 6 pm.  At the end of this training, people will know how to develop a face-to-face relationship with senators and congressmen.  After the training is completed, there will be a monthly one hour phone conferences.  Anyone can still join.  Contact Liseli if interested.

New Business

  • All donations go into the checking account, and at the end of the year it then goes from checking into the savings account. We will be looking for suggestions to supplement donations.
  • Butternuts quarterly meeting will be held here on January 21, 2018. We are looking for ideas/suggestions for what to present.  One option is the FCNL advocacy team gives a presentation.


The meeting ended with gathered silence.

Next meeting for business will be on August 6th.

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Meeting for Business June, 2017

Meeting for Business

June 4, 2017

The meeting opened with Buffy reading from Living Thoughts of Great People; and then with gathered silence.

Last month’s meeting for business minutes were read and approved.

Treasurer’s Report was read and approved.

Building and Grounds

The new smoke detectors need to be purchased and installed to replace the existing outdated ones.

Liseli spoke to Josse about the metal roof. There was no set start date as Josse needed to do haying first.  50% of the cost will be due on the first day of work. There is enough in the savings account to fully pay for the new roof; but that would leave a balance of about $1,500 in the account.  A suggestion was made to pay half from savings and half from Friends Fiduciary.  A discussion ensued about how much should always be in the savings account and how does it get replenished.  Donations to the meeting house goes into the checking account while gifts from estates go into the savings account.  It was agreed upon to use the savings account to pay for the new roof, and then find a way to replenish the savings account.

Peacemaker Award

Liseli stated that Clinton High School senior Abigal  will receive the award for this year.  Liseli read a letter from the school regarding Abigal’s involvement in both school and environmental issues.  The award will be presented on Wednesday night June 7th.

Sanctuary Committee 

Mary Ellen gave a report explaining the possibility of becoming a sanctuary site.  The committee talked about the National Sanctuary Movement and the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) and how Quakers are involved.  Liseli is part of the interfaith group in Utica, and said that no local church is yet involved so we may be the first.  David  is looking at the statistics of the area and see what is needed locally.  AFSC is working with the National Sanctuary Movement; and it was suggested that we use AFSC for information as they’re Quaker based.  There was also discussion about signing the Sanctuary Movement pledge that is on their website.  Buffy read the pledge aloud.  A discussion regarding what it I about and what it means if we signed it followed.  Debbie will be signing up for biweekly phone conference calls through the National Sanctuary Movement for more information.  The committee’s next meeting date is June 14th.

The Monthly meeting information sheet was filled out.

Liseli read a letter from a Hamilton College student about her experience attending the meeting during her college stay.

New Items

From 5:30 – 9:00 p.m. on June 23rd, there will be a FCNL advocacy team meeting.  So far only four people have signed up and we need fifteen for this to take place.  It’s about how to lobby and building relationships with political leaders.  This year’s focus is not increasing the military budget.

The York fund helps pays for religious and educational purposes related to Friend’s work.  As of now only two people have applied and there’s still money available.  You have until the end of June to apply.  If it’s not used, it goes to equalization funds.  The contact person for this is Buffy.  Please specify tuition and room/board.

Interfaith Matters is creating a list of resources that are available in the area.  Can we add family emergency to this list and to also tell them that if there are people interested in having meetings here to contact Mark?

The next business meeting will be on July 2nd.

The meeting ended with gathered silence.



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