2015 Meeting Minutes

Central Oregon Coast NOW Meeting Minutes

PUD Meeting Room, 2129 North Coast Highway, Newport

October 27, 2015

The meeting was called to order at 6:06 pm by Nancy Mead.

Introductions: Approximately 27 people attended.

Speakers – Reatha Ryan (Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner), “Depression & Anxiety and Giving Our Power Away: Even Strong Women Can Be Victims”: The three points of a domestic violence triangle—victim, rescuer, and perpetrator—were profiled with emphasis on therapy instead of medication for depression.

Lisa Norton (Executive Director of My Sisters Place): Her discussion of domestic violence shows how everyone in a community is impacted by this tragedy. She recommended that everyone read Invincible: The 10 Lies You Learn Growing Up with Domestic Violence, and the Truths to Set You Free by Brian F. Martin.

Break/Raffle: Contributions were $55.

Minutes: Minutes from August 26, 2015 were approved.

Treasurer’s Report: Michele Walters reported that the treasury contains $1,889. Central Oregon Coast NOW Foundation has $5,032 with another $1,000 to be deposited from PayPal.

Committee Reports:

Celebration of Women: Revenue from the Celebration was approximately $5,000. Walters will prepare a breakdown of revenue from the Celebration of silent auction items, food/drink, and other donations. Mead has reserved the PAC lobby for October 9, 2016 for next year’s fundraiser.

STEM: COC NOW has renewed its membership in STEM HUB. The group has received a grant of $1,661 from the Siletz Charitable Foundation.

Reproductive Rights: Mead announced that the Comprehensive Women’s Health Initiative will try again for a law requiring insurance to cover contraception, abortions, prenatal, childbirth, and post-partum care. (NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon’s petition can be signed here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/?sm=rjx1LStxf70WgKE55S0QEg%3d%3d) She recommended meeting with Sen. Arnie Roblan to discuss the issue; Rep. David Gomberg is already on board with the request. In addressing the concern about transportation and other costs for travel to the Valley from the coastal area for abortions, Mead said that Planned Parenthood has a fund if the organization performs the surgery and Spring Adams Fund can cover these expenses for non-Planned Parenthood abortions. The Lincoln County Health Department indicated that information dispensed to pregnant women has been revised to eliminate inappropriate options. Nel Ward volunteered to obtain that information. Oregon Foundation for Reproductive Health (OFRH) is promoting the One Key Question Initiative recommending that doctors annually address birth control and pregnancy with all women of reproductive age. Mead discussed the COC NOW’s concerns with Executive Director Michele Stranger Hunter for OFRH and NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon who will speak at the April 2016 COC NOW meeting.

Election of Officers for 2016: Mead asked for additions from the floor to run for COC NOW office. With none offered, the members elected the following slate of officers: President, Sheila Swinford; Vice-president, Linda Aguierre; Secretary, Nel Ward; and Treasurer, Michele Walters. Mead will be Past-president.

Announcements:

Mead: Latina Equal Pay Day was October 15. Hispanic Heritage Month was September 15 to October 15. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, November is Native American Month.

Catherine Rickbone: October is National Arts and Humanities Month.

Ward: October is LGBT History Month, and November is Transgender Awareness Month.

Mead: Fred Meyer stores will donate money to the Central Oregon NOW Foundation from purchases by people who sign up for the Community Rewards program and use their FM Rewards Card. She encouraged everyone to participate. She also read the letter of thanks from Bright Horizons concerning the donation made in the name of Gen Rosin, who died on December 31, 2014.

Sheryl Eldridge: The Newport Public Library is hosting a discussion, “Talking about Dying,” on November 1, 2015 at 2:00.

George Polisner: The Democratic Party is presenting a program at the Lincoln City Cultural Center (540 NW Hwy. 101) at 7:00 on October 28, 2015. The topics are living wage and alternatives to the death penalty.

Rickbone: The Newport PAC has a fundraiser called the Women’s Relief Fund to add three stalls to the women’s restroom at a cost of $65,000. After a spirited discussion regarding the project, NOW members voted to donate $250 to the fund which will add COC NOW’s name to the list of donors.

Donations of “personal care items” such as toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant, etc. were collected for My Sisters Place.

Next Meeting: 6:00-8:00 pm, November 17, 2015 (Stone Crest Cellars Italian Restaurant, 715 SW Hurburt, Newport). Menu: Caesar Classico Salad w/Chicken ($11); Lasagna alla Romo ($13); Mushroom Ravioli w/Cream Sauce ($14); Herb-rubbed Tri Tip in Marsala Sauce ($14). Last three items served with a green salad. COC NOW will not meet in December 2015.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:10 pm.

Respectfully submitted by

Nel Ward, Secretary

Central Oregon Coast NOW Meeting Minutes

AWPPW Union Hall, 138 NW First Street, Toledo

August 26, 2015

George Polisner called the joint meeting with the Lincoln County Democratic Party at 7:03 pm.

Speaker, Kelly Edinger, Field Organizer of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon: She discussed the organization of the group, including over 445,000 contacts last year, and the work on negative ballot measures and legislation. Achievements for the past year were (1) 12-month contraception prescription; (2) increase of patient privacy; and (3) training of pharmacists to prescribe oral contraception. Detail of the last are still being worked out. A question is whether fees might be charged although these prescriptions will be covered by insurance. A comprehensive women’s health bill failed to pass. Edinger distributed signature postcards to be filled out for legislators; Nancy Mead will obtain more signatures. Also discussed was the release of eight videos with false information about Planned Parenthood that resulted in congressional hearings and calls for defunding Planned Parenthood.

Discussion of Iran agreement with vote for a resolution supporting the P4+1 Iran Agreement. Only Democratic board members could vote.

8:15 pm – Separate Meeting of COC NOW: The 15 people discussed the upcoming Celebration of Women fund-raiser on September 20, 2015. Sue Hardesty distributed information about volunteers, program, participating organizations, etc. Kay Wyatt will talk about science camps for youth. Mead will investigate insurance for the event. Ceci Pratt will interview Hardesty and Mead on September 15, 8:30 for a radio program. It was agreed that greeting cards will sell at the Celebration for $4 each of $7 for two.

Members agreed to donate $50 in support of My Sisters’ Place Third Annual Teed Off About Domestic Violence golf tournament at Chinook Winds Casino.

Nancy Mead will contact Karen Caul, SCREED Program Coordinator, regarding women’s reproductive services. (541)768-5470; kcaul@samhealth.org

Announcements: In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month (October), members will be asked to donate items to My Sisters’ Place.

My Sisters’ Place is hiring two advocates. It also will have a fund raiser co-sponsored by the Baha’I on September 27 at OCCC.

The Diversity Committee plans to air Luis Argueto’s film Abrazos in Spanish on October 16 at the Visual Arts Center from 6:00-9:00 pm with music and a potluck. It will be shown in English later in October at the OCCC. Virginia Gibbs has the rights to show the film.

Next Meeting (6:00-8:00 pm, October 27, 2015, PUD Meeting Room, 2129 North Coast Highway): Women’s Mental Health; annual meeting with election of officers. [There will be no COC NOW meeting in September.]

The meeting was adjourned at 9:02 pm.

Respectfully submitted by

Nel Ward, Secretary

Central Oregon Coast NOW Meeting Minutes

PUD Meeting Room, Newport

July 28, 2015

The meeting was called to order at 6:07 pm by Nancy Mead.

Introductions: Approximately 16 people attended.

Book DiscussionFull Frontal Feminism by Jessica Valenti (mediator, Nel Ward): Notes at https://nelsnewday.wordpress.com/2015/07/29/feminism-needs-a-new-book-for-youth/

Break/Raffle: Contributions were $36.

Minutes: May 26, 2015 minutes were approved.

Treasurer’s Report: Michele Walters reported that the treasury contains $1,919.55. Central Oregon Coast NOW Foundation has almost $2,100.

Committee Reports: Written reports were distributed and are posted at

https://centraloregoncoastnow.com/committees  Additions to written reports:

STEM (Janice Eislie): The committee has become a major partner with Oregon’s STEM Hub. Last year it supported two middle-school/high school all girls team. One of these could not go to regional because it didn’t pass an intramural, but the team from Eddyville participated. Kayleen Williams was a volunteer working with the robotic teams. Future plans are to partner with OCCC.

Celebration of Women (Nel Ward for Sue Hardesty) – Because of a scheduling mistake at PAC, the date for this year’s Celebration has been changed to September 20, 2015. Several people volunteered to ask for donations for the Celebration with proceeds going to the Foundation. Volunteers should contact Sue Hardesty, Chair. This year, Rep. David Gomberg will speak about the advances of this year’s legislative session, the robotics teams will talk about their work, and Kay Wyatt will talk about the overnight Star Camp, a 4 to five day earthquake camp for youth where participants can build a seismograph that they can take home.

Reproductive Rights (Nancy Mead): At this time, there is a concern about lack of access to abortions on the coast although the state deems abortions legal.

Legislative Committee (Nel Ward): The committee will cover local, state, and some national legislation/elections. Laws benefitting NOW’s goals passed in this year’s state legislature was distributed and will be posted. Mead and Ward met with Rep. Gomberg to talk about legislation and will prepare a “wish list” for future legislation. One is a concern with rape kits not being processed, contrary to what a speaker told NOW members at an earlier meeting, minimum wage, and doctors recommending pregnant women go to crisis pregnancy centers.

Eye on Personal Violence (Michele Walters): This is the new name for the Courtwatch committee to reflect its expanded focus.

Nominating Committee: Mead and Eislie volunteered to be on the committee to select the 2016 slate of officers.

Request: COC NOW needs liability insurance for events, and Mead asked for suggestions. Catherine Rickbone mentioned that Payne West insures OCCA.

National NOW Report: Mead reported that she, Linda Aguierre, and Nyla Jebousek went to the national conference in New Orleans. One activity was a change in NOW’s bylaws. Mead’s concerns:

  1. The shift to non-delegated voting will put more of NOW’s control in the area of the conference;
  2. The number of officers has been reduced from three to two;
  3. All bylaw changes will be done through email although NOW has email addresses for only 40 percent of its members.

Mead also participated on a panel about mass incarceration which may be another NOW focus. The video is available here: https://centraloregoncoastnow.com/2015/06/23/cradle-to-prison-pipeline-presentation-at-national-organization-for-women-conference/

Announcements: Mead pointed out that July 28, 2015 was Equal Pay Day for African American Women, showing how far past December 31 that black women must work to earn as much as men did the previous calendar year. Equal Pay Day for Native American Women is in October because they must work almost two years for the same salary that men make in one year.

Next Meeting (6:00-8:00 pm, August 25, 2015, PUD Meeting Room, 2129 North Coast Highway): Discussion of Celebration of Women

The meeting was adjourned at 8:02 pm.

Respectfully submitted by

Nel Ward, Secretary

Central Oregon Coast NOW Meeting Minutes

PUD Meeting Room, Newport

May 26, 2015

The meeting was called to order at 6:06 pm by Nancy Mead.

Introductions: Approximately 18 people attended.

Panel Discussion, “Women and Children’s Health in Lincoln County”: Julia Young-Lorion and Shelley Paeth, co-chairs for the Early Childhood Coordinating Council for Linn, Benton, and Lincoln counties; Moderator, Cyndi Jacobi [Discussion highlights attached.]

Break/Raffle: Contributions were $28.

Minutes: April 28, 2015 minutes were approved.

Treasurer’s Report: Michele Walters reported that the treasury contains $3,645.73. COC NOW Foundation has $75.

Old Business:

Mother’s Day 5k Run, May 9: Mead will check on contribution for this event to COC NOW. T-shirts from the event are available for purchase.

Mugs and Shirts: These have been ordered and will be delivered to Nel Ward

Committee Reports: Written reports were distributed and are posted at

https://centraloregoncoastnow.com/committees

Celebration of Women: Volunteers should contact Sue Hardesty, Chair

Ceasefire: Monica Kirk announced celebration potluck on June 13 at Dianne Eckstein’s; she also discussed the presence of the Oathkeepers in Oregon to protest the new Oregon law requiring background checks for gun purchases.

Mead praised Kirk’s work with Ceasefire.

Diversity: Virginia Gibbs would like donations for literacy materials.

STEM: The robotic group from Toledo may be interested in forming a sub-group for COC NOW.

New Business: 

New Committee: Ward will chair the newly formed Legislative Committee; volunteers are welcome.

Central Oregon Coast NOW Foundation: Mead talked about national NOW’s interest in the bank accounts for local chapters and said that suitable funds in that account would be transferred to the Foundation.

Family Preservation Project: Mead discussed lobby efforts to retain the program that teaches parenting skills to female inmates at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility and regularly brings children to the facility after the Oregon Department of Corrections dropped the project. State Sens. Chip Shields (D-Portland) and  Jeff Kruse (R-Roseburg) had co-sponsored Oregon Senate Bill 939 that directs the Department of Corrections to enter into partnerships with nonprofit groups to create programs to help children whose parents are in prison. [Update: The YWCA of Greater Portland wants to help restart and expand the Family Preservation Project at Coffee Creek. Their effort depends in part on the 2015 Legislature.

Pesticide Spraying: COC NOW agreed to support Sheila Swinford in her efforts to stop spraying. A serious problem from indiscriminate aerial spraying is how it damages health of people and animals, both domestic and wild.

Abortion: Nyla Jebousek suggested that COC NOW consider providing transportation funds for Lincoln County women who want abortions. Volunteers will check into the availability of abortions in the area, and Mead will contact Planned Parenthood regarding abortion availability statewide.  

Next Meeting: June 24, 2015; Newport Performing Arts Center: COC NOW will join the Democratic Party fundraiser with Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum as the featured speaker. The following meeting will return to the regular time and place with a book discussion of Full Frontal Feminism by Jessica Valienti. :  (July 28, 2015, 6:00-8:00 pm; PUD Meeting Room, 2129 North Coast Highway.)

The meeting was adjourned at 8:18 pm.

Respectfully submitted by

Nel Ward, Secretary

COC NOW

Panel Discussion: Speakers discussed statistics of health for mothers and children in Lincoln County, Oregon, and the United States, giving comparisons among these three areas. Their focus is on how early childhood health makes a difference for the rest of a person’s life. The United States is the only developed country that lacks paid maternity leave; the nation is 16th in affordable child care, 27th in child care quality, and 31st in child care availability. In 1970, the U.S. was #1 in high school and college completion; now it is 15th in college completion and 21st in high school completion.

Part of the program was a clip from the documentary series: The Raising of America: Early Childhood and the Future of Our Nation. http://www.raisingofamerica.org/?q=documentary

Speakers also discussed the 40-year tradition of nurses doing home visits to pregnant women, an outgrowth of the Lamaze births. The 45-60 minute visits take place wherever the woman wishes, and an assessment is done for depression and other health concerns; domestic violence; and home and work. After the birth of the child, mothers are given gifts including books for the infant. The Healthy Families Oregon program visits mothers with children under three years old in high-risk families once weekly to look for child abuse and neglect and strengthen the parent-child relationship to assure healthy child growth and development. These visits are all voluntary.

Handouts by the speakers include information from the Lincoln County Health Profile http://www.nmhealthcouncils.org/Resources/Pictures/LincolnProfile060514.pdf  and 2014 WIC Facts https://public.health.oregon.gov/HealthyPeopleFamilies/wic/Documents/annual/annual_lincoln.pdf

Central Oregon Coast NOW Meeting Minutes

PUD Meeting Room, Newport

April 28, 2015

The meeting was called to order at 6:07 pm by Nancy Mead.

Introductions: Approximately 23 people attended.

Panel Discussion, “Sexual Assaults and Child Abuse in Lincoln County”:  Lincoln County Deputy District Attorney JW Hupp; Executive Director, My Sister’s Place, Lisa Norton; Outreach Coordinator, My Sister’s Place, Ceci Pratt; Siletz CARES, Kira Woosley; and Executive Director, The Children’s Advocacy Center, Ron Davidson; Moderator, Nyla Jebousek [Discussion highlights attached.]

Break/Raffle: Contributions were $34.

Minutes: March 24, 2015 minutes were approved.

Treasurer’s Report: Michele Walters reported that the treasury contains $3,769.

Old Business:

New Business:  

  • Bridget Wolfe talked about the importance of the radio station KYAQ and suggested that COC NOW run a spot on the station. At this time, she is looking for sustaining members in the membership drive.
  • Lincoln County School Board: Mead announced that the NOW board had endorsed Greg Holland for the Zone 5 position based on the candidate forum on April 22. Nel Ward will post a summary of candidate responses on the Central Oregon Coast NOW website by April 30, the date that ballots are mailed.
  • COC NOW members Linda Aguirre and Nyla Jebousek were elected as delegates to represent COC NOW at the national NOW conference. Mead will also attend; she is a delegate as a board member of national NOW.
  • Mead said that COC NOW has created the Central Oregon Coast NOW Foundation as a 501(c)3 and applied for Foundation’s tax-exempt status with the IRS.

Announcements: 

  • Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum is the featured speaker at the Democratic Party fundraiser on June 24 at the Newport Performing Arts Center.

Next COC NOW Meeting: May 26, 2015, 6:00-8:00 pm, PUD Meeting Room, 2129 North Coast Highway, Newport: Women and Children’s Health in Lincoln County

The meeting was adjourned at 8:10 pm.

Respectfully submitted by

Nel Ward, Secretary

COC NOW

Central Oregon Coast NOW Meeting Minutes

PUD Meeting Room, Newport

March 24, 2015

The meeting was called to order at 6:05 pm by Janice Eisele.

Introductions: Approximately 20 people attended.

Book discussion (Nel Ward): An American Queer: The Amazon Trail by Lee Lynch (See notes below)

Break/Raffle: Contributions were $19.

Minutes: February 24, 2015 minutes were approved.

Treasurer’s Report: Michele Walters reported that the treasury contains $4,160.

Old Business:

New Business:  

  • Discussion of key legislative focuses: Handouts of legislative bills affecting NOW’s priorities included those from Oregon NOW, Women and Working Families, Oregon Women’s Health and Wellness Alliance, Carla C. Piluso’s information on TANF HB 2029, and Family Forward. Most of the recommended positions on these bills were tentatively approved except for SB445A which requires medical marijuana facilities and retailers to post harmful effects of marijuana on pregnant women, fetuses, and breastfeeding infants. Nyla Jebousek brought up a question about the source of research that would be used for this purpose. Ward expressed concern about the bill that moves educational monies from dual enrollment for high school students in community colleges to reducing class sizes in elementary school. It was generally agreed that COC NOW support the bills providing free school lunches for low-income children (HB 2545) and outlawing a therapy that purports to change the sexual orientation or gender identity of young people (HB 2307). Both bills have passed the state House and moved to the state Senate.
  • Candidates on the Lincoln County May 19 ballot: One position for OCCC board and two positions for LCSD board are contested. George Polisner, chair of the Lincoln County Democratic Party agreed to work with COC NOW in interviewing people running for these positions. The Democratic Party will host a candidate forum for these candidates at its regular monthly meeting on April 22, 7:00-9:00 pm in the PUD meeting room.

Announcements: 

  • May 13, 12:00-6:00 pm: Siletz Community Health Fair sponsored by the Tribes
  • April 1, 4:00-5:30 pm: Newport and Taft GSA (Gay/Straight Alliance) presentation of LGBT 101 Clubs, OCCC Community Room
  • April 1: Moms Demand Action Lobby Day, Salem (https://www.facebook.com/MomsDemandActionOR)
  • April 2: League of Women Voters Oregon Lobby Day, Salem (http://www.lwvor.org/day-at-the-legislature/)
  • April 8, 6:00-7:30 pm: LGBT History with Nel Ward and Lee Lynch at PFLAG, St. Stephen’s Church, Newport
  • April 8, 7:00-9:00 pm: Democratic Party program – “Lincoln County Education: Pre-K-14, Challenges, Vision and Roadmap,” Steve Boynton, Superintendent of Lincoln County School District; Brigitte Ryslinge, President of Oregon Coast Community College; and Suzanne Miller, Director of Lincoln County Headstart, PUD Meeting Room, Newport
  • April 9: Oregon Public Health Association Lobby Day, Salem (http://www.oregonpublichealth.org/capitol-visit-day)
  • March 26: AAUW release of “Solving the Equation: The Variables for Women’s Success in Engineering and Computing,” a research report in engineering and computing live-streamed from Samsung’s Mountain View campus in Silicon Valley (http://www.aauw.org/event/2015/03/stream-the-solving-the-equation-launch-live/)

Next COC NOW Meeting: April 28, 2015, 6:00-8:00 pm, PUD Meeting Room, 2129 North Coast Highway, Newport: A panel of JW Hupp, DA’s office; Tracey Cummings and Ceci Pratt, My Sister’s Place; and Kira Woosley, Siletz Cares, will address sexual assault issues.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:05 pm.

Respectfully submitted by

Nel Ward, Secretary

COC NOW

Audience comments from book discussion of Lee Lynch’s An American Queer: The Amazon Trail. Lynch was present to answer questions.

The book is a collection of 80 columns written and published in LGBT news sources over a 25-year period. Reading it at one time results in an intense experience of the personal history of a lesbian who experienced fear and prejudice while developing herself as an individual. Yet the columns showed how doors opened to her and her growing connection to others, especially in her own chosen communities. A major message is the importance of acceptance. One person called the book “beautifully written” and “exquisite.” She enjoyed the personal approach, for example referring to one partner as “lover.”

The Oregon “ballot measure wars” of the 1980s and 1990s when a conservative group attempted to pass anti-LGBT laws moved this wedge issue against LGBT to one against women. One participant suggested that the rapid movement toward acceptance of marriage equality and LGBT people in other venues may have come from the involvement of males in the fight whereas the women’s movements is primarily by females. Women are also short-changed financially by having children.

The book shows how the author found her way past obstacles and other struggles until she could feel good about herself. She is always working to move ahead. Although the book sometimes indicates a feeling of isolation, the author also found camaraderie and community.

Surprises for some people in the book included the use of terms such as “dyke” and “queer.” Others in the group talked about using language to take back terms that were once considered pejorative to empower oppressed groups. The use of these terms, however, still makes some participants feel uncomfortable.

As one person concluded, the book “shares a world that I didn’t know.”

Central Oregon Coast NOW Meeting Minutes

PUD Meeting Room, Newport

February 24, 2015

The meeting was called to order at 6:08 pm by Nancy Mead. Approximately 21 people attended.

Introductions: 

Speaker: Dr. Birgitte Ryslinge, Oregon Coast Community College President, talked about the critical role of the community college in raising educational attainment in Lincoln County and how STEM education and employment can advance the community’s economic and civic development. Notes to her talk are appended to these minutes.

At the conclusion of her talk, Mead asked how COC NOW could be involved in OCCC. Although Ryslinge said that a major liaison might need to wait until after the initial administrative details of accreditation were done, she suggested mentoring and interfacing with clubs.

Break/Raffle: Contributions were $37.

Minutes: November 17, 2014 minutes were approved.

Treasurer’s Report: Michele Walters reported that the treasury contains $4,199.83.

Committee Reports:

Celebration of Women (Nel Ward): Chair Sue Hardesty has prepared a calendar leading up to the Celebration on September 13, 2015 and is working on gathering volunteers and donations. Nancy Mead has arranged for Joe Swafford to sell wine again this year.

Diversity (Kayleen Williams): Mead is posting blogs about black women during the month. Williams said that she had sent one in earlier that day. Virginia Gibbs is seeking direction and board volunteers for Centro de Ayuda. The committee would like to give awards to students in an essay-writing contest.

Court Watch (Michele Walters): In a radio interview, Walters discussed the program’s goals and asked for volunteers. She also attended court for one case resulting in “not guilty” for assault and reckless endangerment. The defendant was guilty of violating parole.

Ceasefire (Monica Kirk): Debriefing revealed that law enforcement officials had criticized Chief Miranda for his participation in the gun trade-in. It is possible that none of the firearms were checked to see if they were working. Other areas of the state, including Florence, have asked for information about the process. Recommendations are earlier publicity and use of escorts for people coming in to turn in their guns. Ceasefire will repeat its ASK program during the summer, encouraging people to ask about unlocked guns in homes where children are visiting, using outreach to businesses and schools. Two bills have been introduced in the legislation to close the gun background loophole by making all sellers check on the buyer unless they are relatives and to protect children by making gun owners liable for the children’s access to guns. Kirk asked people to frequently contact legislators in support of these two bills. Nationally a reciprocity bill has been introduced that would allow people to carry guns across state lines without permits in the states that they enter.

STEM (Jan Eisele): Because of regional rulings, each school can enter only one robotics team. At Toledo, the two all-girls teams did not win this intramural competition. The girls team at Eddyville is still in the running, and they have their T-shirt design that incorporates the NOW logo. The Isaac Newton team needs a mentor. A coalition of corporations and engineering groups celebrates the week in February that incorporates George Washington’s birthday, February 22, and is willing to provide free materials for hands-on activities in schools. Part of the week is devoted to Introducing a Girl to Engineering Day.

Announcements: 

National NOW wants ideas for restructuring, including re-writing its mission statement. Members are encouraged to participate in the publicized webinars and comment on their ideas on the conference website: https://nowconference2015.wordpress.com/. The annual conference is June 19-21 in New Orleans. Mead encouraged people to attend.

The Coffee Creek Correctional Facility for Women Family Preservation Project that helps children connect with their mothers has been defunded. Mead encouraged people to find ways to support this highly successful program in which not one participant during the program’s five-year run has been returned to prison.

Oregon NOW Annual Meeting is February 28, 2:00-3:30 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Corvallis: 2945 NW Circle Blvd, Corvallis, OR 97330. State Senator Sara Gelser will present an overview of key issues in the 2015 legislative session. Any proposed bylaws amendments will be posted to http://www.noworegon.org no later than January 28.

Gary Lehman asked for COC NOW to march with the Democratic Party in the Newport Loyalty Day Parade on May 2.

The next COC NOW meeting will be on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 6:00 pm in the PUD Meeting Room, 2129 North Coast Highway, Newport. The meeting is a book discussion of Lee Lynch’s An American Queer: The Amazon Trail. Hardcopy books are available from Nel Ward at 541-265-4516.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:55 pm.

Respectfully submitted by

Nel Ward

NOTES: Speaker Dr. Birgitte Ryslinge came to the OCCC last summer from Portland Community College and brought with her a wealth of information regarding STEM education and its importance in employment. A difficulty in STEM education is the shortage of girls, but Ryslinge said that elementary education doesn’t show the gender gap that is found in higher education. The separation at lower levels seems to come from economic and ethnic levels. She talked about ways that a Hermanas Conference in Washington County with female minority role models helped high school Latinas get excited about science-related fields.

As president of the Oregon Coast STEM Hub (http://oregoncoaststem.oregonstate.edu/), one of six STEM Hubs funded by the Oregon Department of Education, she explained its structure. The grant-funded organization will be applying for more funding to continued an additional two years because the first two years are almost over. Although the coast lacks the resources for extensive computer education, it benefits from marine areas of employment which has grown to 6.7 percent of STEM employment from almost none.

Central Oregon Coast NOW Meeting Minutes

PUD Meeting Room, Newport

January 27, 2015

The meeting was called to order at 6:03 pm by Janice Eisele. Approximately 30 people attended.

Introductions: 

Speaker: Penny Okamoto, Ceasefire Oregon Executive Director, gave a presentation on the current state of gun laws and gun-related deaths in Oregon with ways to reduce gun violence. Okamoto joined the Ceasefire Oregon Board of Directors in 2000 and has been the Executive Director since 2010. Notes to her talk are appended to these minutes.

Break/Raffle: Contributions were $33.

Minutes: November 17, 2014 minutes were approved.

Treasurer’s Report: Michele Walters reported that the treasury contains $4148.

Committee Reports:

  • STEM (Janice Eisele): STEM Hub had hoped to promote one all-girls robotic team but now has four: two in Toledo, one in Eddyville, and one at Isaac Newton Magnet School. The group is searching for people who can mentor the teams. COC NOW has donated $640 to the project.
  • Diversity (Linda Aguerre): A meeting discussed Martin Luther King events and Centro de Ayuda. The focus of the discussion was engaging Latinos and planning events and actions. February is Black History Month.
  • Court Watch (Walters): The past few months have been slow because cases have either been pleaded out or involve children, but a case is scheduled for the following day. Walters will check with the courts to see what else is on the docket.
  • Ceasefire Oregon (Cindy Jacobi): The gun turn-in was a success, netting 138 guns, twice as many as the group had hoped. Plans are to replicate the event in the coming year. Monica Kirk will contact The Rachel Maddow Show about a segment about this event.

Announcements: 

  • Oregon NOW Annual Meeting is February 28, 2:00-3:30 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Corvallis: 2945 NW Circle Blvd, Corvallis, OR 97330. State Senator Sara Gelser will present an overview of key issues in the 2015 legislative session. Any proposed bylaws amendments will be posted to http://www.noworegon.org no later than January 28.
  • The book discussion for the COC NOW meeting on March 24 is Lee Lynch’s An American Queer: The Amazon Trail. Nel Ward sold copies of the book for $12.
  • Feminine hygiene items were donated for My Sisters Place.

The next COC NOW meeting will be on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at 6:00 pm in the PUD Meeting Room, 2129 North Coast Highway, Newport. Dr. Birgitte Ryslinge, Oregon Coast Community College President, will talk about the critical role of the community college in raising educational attainment in Lincoln County.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:55 pm.

Respectfully submitted by

Nel Ward