2017 Meeting Minutes

Central Oregon Coast NOW Meeting Minutes

Newport High School Library, Newport

February 28, 2017

The meeting was called to order at 6:00 by President Sheila Swinford. Approximately 30 people were in attendance.

Program: The Story of Letitia Carson. Jan Meranda and Dr. Bob Zybach gave a presentation on Letitia Carson. This program was cosponsored by The Newport Public Library Foundation and the Central Oregon Coast NOW Foundation, and honored Black History Month.


Rhonda Harmon discussed sending postcards to President Trump on the Ides of March (March 15th). The idea is to flood the White House with postcards. Also, Greg Walden is chairing the AHCA and we should send him postcards also.

Trina Kosydar announced the Postcard and Potluck Party on Thursday, April 6 at 5:30pm at the OSU Extension Office. NOW will provide the postcards.

Michele Walters and Trina Kosydar are co-chairing the committee to encourage local women to run for offices such as the School Board and the Hospital Health District Board. There will be a video on March 13th She Runs and the deadline to get on the ballot is March 16th.

The Domestic Violence committee, chaired by Brittany Kosydar, said that they’ve invited law enforcement officials to their April meeting.

Cynthia Jacobi reported for Ceasefire and discussed HB2130 – Child Access Prevention. This bill would make it a felony if a child gets access to a gun. Cynthia also talked about HB2237 which denies gun ownership for stalkers.

Sheila Swinford talked about HB2232 Reproductive Health Equity Act rally in Salem that day. Many of NOW’s members attended, and David Gomberg is a co-signer of the bill.

Sheila Swinford gave a report on the Stronger Together Run last Sunday. There was a good turnout, good music by The Dalbey Gang, and COC NOW Foundation was the recipient of the proceeds.

Sheila Swinford asked the group to think about what events we’d like to do together to support each other.

Trina Kosydar announced the Science March in Newport on April 22nd which is sponsored by COC NOW.

Nancy Campbell Mead announced the Annual NOW Meeting at the Best Western Agate Beach Inn, April 8th  from 5 to 7 pm – social time, and workshops and annual meeting on April 9th  from 9am to 4pm. $30.00 for the meeting, workshops and lunch.

Dianne Eckstein talked about the Moving Train Book Club that meets the 2nd Tuesday at 6pm at the Newport Library. The next meeting is March 14th, and they’re discussing The Panama Papers.

There are still yard signs for sale for $10.00.


Sheila Swinford said that the Executive Board met to figure out changes needed to the by-laws and operating rules. One decision made was to increase the size of the board. The members voted and passed the following committees and chairs. All votes were unanimous.

Membership – Shay Keith

Public Relations – Trina Kosydar

Legislative – Marta West

Programming – Nyla Jebousek

Diversity – Franki Trujillo-Dalbey

Nancy Campbell Mead proposed changes to the bylaws and operating rules. The changes passed unanimously.

Next meeting:  March 28th at 6pm to 9pm at the PUD Meeting Room, 2129 North Coast Highway, Newport, Oregon.


Respectfully submitted by

Franki Trujillo-Dalbey, Secretary





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.


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.


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