2017 Meeting Minutes

Central Oregon Coast NOW Meeting Minutes

Newport High School Library, Newport

January 24, 2017

The meeting was called to order at 6:15pm by President Sheila Swinford. Approximately 80 people were in attendance.

Announcements:

Carolyn Crandall invited everyone to the Lincoln Co. Democrats Central Committee meeting tomorrow night (Jan. 25) at the Oregon Coast Community College.

The Oregon Central Coast PFLAG announced the Love is Love Valentine’s Day event on February 11th at the Oregon Coast Community College.

The Stronger Together March committee asked folks if they still have orange safety vests that were borrowed for the march to return them right away or pay for them. Please contact the march organizers if you have any to return. COC NOW publicly recognized the women involved in organizing the very successful march.

There’s a Women’s Spiritual Circle meeting taking place on Saturday, January 28th at Center for God’s Loving Hearts. All are welcome to attend.

The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts will hold a fundraiser for the Women’s Relief Fund on February 3rd at the Performing Arts Center.

Nancy Campbell Mead discussed the need for the COC NOW members to review proposed amendments to the by-laws and to look for them in your email. It is required that the members have 30 days advance notice of the vote to review the proposals before voting on them at the February 28 regular NOW meeting.

Sheila Swinford announced that the Coast Hill Running Club is willing to co-host a fun run on February 26 during the Seafood and Wine Festival. This run would replace the Mother’s Day Run that was held last year. The proceeds of the run would go to the COC NOW. The group supported taking this on in lieu of the Mother’s Day run.

Arnie Roblan is speaking at a Town Hall in Newport this Friday February 27th.

There is an Indivisible group forming in Yachats.

There is a march on Washington DC on April 15th “Show Us Your Taxes”. Some discussion followed about whether local folks should have their own march. No decision was made.

Committee Reports:

Women’s Health Committee – Chair Nancy Campbell Mead reported that there are 20 to 25 members and that they will be deciding on their focus and ways to organize for action.

STEM –No report.

Environmental Protection – it was thought that this committee should focus on local concerns.

Domestic Violence – Brittany Kosydar is the chair and a few of the issues they’re considering are, rape kits that are still untested, sexual assaults in schools, and dress codes.

Recruiting Female Candidates – Michelle Walters is the chair.

Diversity Committee – Franki Trujillo-Dalbey is the chair and the group has yet to meet. Franki offered that one project they may take up is training in intersectionality, white privilege, and other concepts and terms in use today.

Program Committee – Nyla Jebousek is the chair, and she announced the Black History Month presentation on February 28th at the Newport High School Library.

The Poverty and the Housing Committee has not yet met.

Central Coast CeaseFire Oregon steering committee member, Cynthia Jacobi talked about HB2237 and HB2130.

Program:

The committees mentioned above met for the remainder of the meeting in their small groups.

Next Meeting: The next meeting of the COC NOW will be on February 28th at 6pm in the Newport High School Library. Bob Zybach & Janet Meranda will present “The Story of Letitia Carson in Oregon, 1845-1888” in recognition of Black History Month and Women’s History Month. The NOW business meeting will follow the presentation.

Respectfully submitted by

Franki Trujillo-Dalbey, Secretary