Representative Meeting November 2011 – A Different Experience

RoseMarie Cipryk sent along these photos and the caption from Representative Meeting held November 11-13 in Ottawa, Ontario.

Representative Meeting discerns way forward on some challenging matters. Overheard to a Friend, new to Representative Meeting, “This was an unusual Rep Mtg. We usually play games all day long. Today we mostly attended to business.” Thanks to Katrina for lightening our day with the Intergenerational Toolkit “Build It” which she helped produce through Friends General Council Youth Ministries. (Watch for it coming soon to a clerk near you.)


Home Mission and Advancement Committee (HMAC) + Publications and Communications Meeting November 4 – 6 2011

HMAC and the Publications and Communications Committee (P & C) met on the same days and in the same location – Friends House, Toronto Monthly Meeting – the first weekend in November.  I was grateful to be able to attend and work with the dedicated Friends who were there. It was great to welcome Marilyn Manzer as clerk of HMAC.  I have been grateful, too, for Ellen Helmuth’s significant, caring and careful work as interim clerk (though there was some discussion as to whether the best term was ‘acting’ or ‘interim’).  It was also good to welcome new members, Marc Forget, Jeannette Amdur and Wendy Macpherson.

Anne-Marie Zilliacus attended for a couple of hours and provided valuable support for our budgeting process – Thanks, Anne-Marie.

Friday evening, HMAC, P&C Committee, Anne-Marie and Bruce Dienes spent some time exploring together thoughts about Canadian Yearly Meeting’s web presence and possibilities for using the internet as a means for developing and sustaining our small, wide-spread community.

One of my favourite activities at Friends House is visiting the library.  There were a few familiar folk hanging out there after Meeting for Worship on Sunday

Dorothy Janes (Toronto MM) and Ellen Helmuth (New Brunswick MM)

Mark Stanley (Saskatchewan MM) and Chris (Toronto's ministry of hospitality presence)

 For any interested in CYM history in Canada, there are bound issues of the Canadian Friend (almost to the beginning, I think)  in one of the glass cases in the library.  I find it fascinating to read about happenings from the 1960s and 1970s as they were being reported then, and to see some of the photographs from that time period too.

If you prefer action, or learning sessions, Toronto Friends can usually let you know what’s current in Toronto, and as always the resident Friends, Judy and Ben, are helpful and cheerful.


Camp NeeKauNis Strategic Planning

Canadian Yearly Meeting: Camp NeeKauNis Committee.
Camp NeeKauNis at 80!
“Born in a time of political and philosophical stress and turmoil, a legitimate child of spiritual self-searching and public protest, our Society has always had a genius for turning stress and turmoil into creative tension. Strongly held opposing views tied together by trust and love are truly creative. As the process of loving outreach dissolves the areas of brittle antagonism, legitimate differences are recognized as stimulus and broadening influence.”
 Hugh Campbell Brown, 1970. From Faith and Practice, Canadian Yearly Meeting 3.41
The Adhoc Subcommittee for Strategic Planning invites you to a Meeting for a Concern for Planning. We extend this invitation to all committee members and associate members, present and past directors and interested alumni. This Meeting is the first of two meetings. 
When: Saturday November 26 2011, 10 am to 5:00pm as led. Lunch will be provided.
Why: To plan for the future of Camp NeeKauNis.
Those planning to come and those that cannot, please send us (Kris and George) your ideas about improving camp. It could be just one really important idea, or 10 things that would really make a difference. It could focus on waterfront, programs, how committee functions, or anything else. Do  you want to see a Pendle Hill North and/or a youth leadership development program? Should we sell camp and move elsewhere? All ideas will be recorded and brought forward for the first workshop.
An agenda will be forthcoming. 
Documents in Advance are posted on the website and include Minutes from a Meeting for a Concern held at Community Camp 2011, a report from an outside consultant, the second interim report from the subcommittee for holding Canadian Yearly Meeting at NeeKauNis (CYM@NKN) and a strategic vision document prepared by Ethan Chiddicks which includes a discussion of governance and financial direction. The website will also have some interesting archive material. 
We will work on immediate short term goals, midrange goals and long term goals and their implementation. An interim report from the November planning meeting will be prepared in advance of the January Committee Meeting. A second final report will be prepared after a second planning meeting on Feb 25 in Hamilton, for presentation in May. 
We encourage you to read this material as able, and to come with your comments and fresh ideas.
What speaks to your condition? What speaks to Camp’s condition?
RSVP to Kris or George.