2017 Meeting Minutes

Central Oregon Coast NOW & NOW Foundation Board Meeting Minutes

Newport Library Conference Room

May 18, 2017

The meeting was called to order by President Sheila Swinford at 5:30 pm. In attendance: Sheila Swinford, Nancy Campbell Mead, Shay Keith, Trina Kosydar, Marta West, Brittany Kosydar, Franki Trujillo-Dalbey, and Sheryl Eldridge. Absent: Linda Aguirre, Nyla Jebousek.


Board meetings will be held on the 2nd Monday, every other month, starting with July 10th. The meetings will be held at the Newport Library at 5:30 pm. We can bring sack lunches to the meetings.

Committee chairs should forward their updates to Shay and she’ll post on the website. Shay mentioned that there is a page for each committee and the reports and updates will be posted there.

Permanent meeting place for COC NOW meetings: It was decided that starting with the June meeting, all NOW meetings will be held at the Newport High School Library. We can reinstitute the raffle each meeting to help pay for the cost of renting the space. At only $25.00 each meeting, it was felt that we should be able to cover the cost easily. And we can schedule the meetings in advance. Sheila will contact the High School and get the room reserved. If anyone has anything to donate to be raffled off, bring it to the meetings.

The board decided that in lieu of having an August meeting [which would have occurred during the solar eclipse], it would be fun to have a picnic for NOW members and their families (and potential NOW members!). Franki will ask the Port of Toledo what dates are available and any costs to rent the waterfront park in Toledo. A potential date is Sat. Aug. 26th if it’s available.

Sheila and Franki volunteered to review our by-laws and National NOW’s by-laws to draft a conflict management policy. If there’s one we already have, great; if not, we’ll draft one to bring to the board for discussion and approval.

Treasurer Report:

The treasurer, Sheryl Eldridge, reported one new member last month. We have $3,000 in the COC NOW Membership fund, and $6,500 in the Foundation fund. It was decided that we would make a donation to My Sister’s Place.


The next NOW meeting is May 23rd at 6 pm at the Central Coast Community College meeting room. Topic:  All Voices at the Table: A How-To for Serving on Boards and Commissions.  Panelists: Mary Moller, Director of Appointments for Governor Kate Brown; Spencer Nebel, City Manager of Newport; and Casey Miller, Public Information Officer for Lincoln County. Moderating the forum will be Sunny Petit, former Executive Director of the Center for Women’s Leadership at the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government, Portland State University; former Chair of the Oregon Council for Civil Rights; and former Chair of the Oregon Commission for Women.

Our NOW Celebration of Women is Oct. 1st (not Oct. 8th) at the PAC. There is a committee planning this event and they will be asking for folks to sign up for various committees as the planning goes forward. Nancy has contacted the wine guy, and Trina will bring sign-up sheets to the next NOW meeting. This is the COC NOW Foundation’s only fund-raising event for the year, so it’s important we have a successful event.

June 6th is a march in Salem, called Oregon Can’t Wait. From their website, “Oregon Can’t Wait for investments in education, health care and other essential services. Caregivers, nurses, teachers, parents, students, advocates, workers and more know that it’s time for corporations to finally pay their fair share so we can all have the Oregon we deserve.”

Marta (Chair of Legislature committee) shared that NOW tracks legislative issues through LegiScan, and she’ll put a link on the COC NOW website.

The Diversity Committee Chair, Franki, said they will conduct an assessment of the membership, programs, and activities of COC NOW to see where we can improve, as well as what we’re doing well as an intersectional organization.

The meeting was adjourned at 7 pm.

Next Meeting: The next COC Board meeting is scheduled for Monday, July 10, at 5:30 pm in the Newport Library meeting room.

Respectfully submitted by:

Franki Trujillo-Dalbey, Secretary


Central Oregon Coast NOW Meeting Minutes

Atonement Lutheran Church, Newport

April 25, 2017

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

Program: Brittany Kosydar conducted a panel of local law enforcement officers and nurses who discussed Lincoln County’s response to Melissa’s Law, or Senate Bill 1571, which was signed into law after receiving unanimous, bipartisan support in 2016. The law aims to end a backlog of untested sexual assault forensic evidence (SAFE) kits, also called rape kits. The speakers were: Deidre Pearce, Jenna Cawgill, Stacey Mellow-Galloway (nurses from N. Lincoln Hospital), Michael Pace and Aaron Pitcher from the Toledo Police Department, Mike Leake from the Newport Police Department, and Abigail Dorsey from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. The panelists shared the process of conducting an examination, and then walked the audience through what happens to the rape kit after the SANE (sexual assault nurse examiner) nurse has turned it over to law enforcement.

Listen to the audio of the panel discussion here:
NOWMtg20170425 Melissa’s law.mp3


SPEAR (Spontaneous Protection Enabling Accelerated Response) System is holding classes in self-defense starting Saturday, May 6th at 12pm. Call or text Derek Wallace at 541-961-7604.

Oregon NOW is holding a free webinar on Thursday, May 4th from 7:30 to 8:30pm and it will be a repeat of the workshop given at the NOW Annual meeting titled “Intersectionality in our work, activism, and daily interactions” by Franki Trujillo-Dalbey. Go to the Oregon NOW website for log-in instructions.

Franki announced that if folks attend a meeting or a speech that they think should be on the air at KYAQ, that equipment is available for check-out.

PLACE (Preparing Local Activists for Community Engagement) Conference, May 20th from 8:30 to 4:30pm at the Oregon Coast Community College, Newport. This is a conference of primarily local community members presenting or leading a panel on a number of topics designed to enhance skills in community activism. The cost for the day including lunch is $25.00, and interested folks can go to PLACEConference.com for more information and to register.

Rhonda Harmon handed out more postcards to send to your state and federal representatives before this administration’s 100 days are completed. Rhonda mentioned that there are plans to print more cards, but this time with NOW’s logo on the front.

Rhonda also announced that Peace Village (Aug. 7-11) is looking for volunteers this summer. It’s open to children grades 1 through 6. More information will be forthcoming regarding registration for interested youth.

The Science March is scheduled for Saturday, April 22nd.

There’s bumper stickers at the back table for anyone who wants one.

Trina Kosydar, one of the organizers for the Stronger Together March asked folks who were involved in the planning to write down what worked, and what didn’t work and she’ll compile them all so the group can evaluate their efforts and learn from their challenges.


Sheila Swinford facilitated a discussion regarding where to hold the COC NOW meetings. The community room at PUD is no longer available and the group offered some ideas. We may have to use a room that charges a small fee and ask for donations at each meeting to pay for it. There’s meeting rooms around town, but the ones that do not charge won’t allow groups to schedule it every month in advance.

Next Meeting: The next COC NOW meeting is scheduled for May 23rd from 6 – 8pm. The location will be announced on social media and through email.

Respectfully submitted by

Franki Trujillo-Dalbey, Secretary


Central Oregon Coast NOW Meeting Minutes

Newport High School Library, Newport

March 28, 2017

The meeting was called to order by 6:15 pm by President Sheila Swinford.


Sheila announced effective June or July we no longer have access to the PUD for our monthly meetings. Nyla and other members agreed that we take action to keep the PUD available for community meetings (it is a community owned company).  It was suggested we send letters in protest to the General Manager, Debra Smith, and try to attend the PUD board meetings (the schedule of meetings is listed on their website) to request the PUD office remain available for community meetings,

Sheila reminded us of the Oregon NOW annual meeting/conference on April 9th in Newport (social gathering is on April 8th) and if not yet registered to please go online to register before April 4th.

Sheila made an appeal for a group of volunteers to take charge of “The Celebration of Women”; Nell and Sue will no longer be the lead organizers and will provide the celebration archives to the new team. It is our major fundraiser, netting over $6,000 last year. Michelle described what being on the committee would entail (silent auction, wine vendors, securing venue, advertising, etc.)

Rio Davidson, representing Citizens for a Healthy County, presented information on Measure 21-177. The measure would ban aerial spraying in Lincoln County. It will be voted on in May; ballots go out in less than a month. There is a need for volunteers (to get info and the vote out) and cash; he encouraged us to pick up the literature provided, donate, and sign up to volunteer.

On behalf of Carolyn Crandall, chair of the Lincoln County Democrats, Sheila announced NOW is co-sponsoring the “Post Card Potluck” on April 6th, at the OSU Extension in Newport from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.  Postcards will be provided and we will be writing to our elected officials, and discussing the Indivisible Guide on resisting the Trump agenda.

Rhonda Harman gave us information about the ongoing “Hear My Voice” postcard movement.  There are postcard parties in Newport once a week — see Rhonda for more details and if one is interested in hosting a postcard party.

Marta shared information about the Tax Day protest in Salem on April 15th. Anyone interested in carpooling should contact Marta. There are some Tax Day protests planned at local post offices, and if anyone is interested in organizing an action at their city’s post office, Sheila will (hopefully) have a person to contact.

We are participating in the March for Science on April 22nd, Earth Day.  It will begin at 10:30 am from the boat launch in Newport’s Bayfront to the Rogue. For details about the march, including sign-making parties, go to their Facebook page.

Cynthia gave us a “save the date” for May 20th. The Lincoln Co. Democrats will be hosting a fundraiser at Eden Hall in Gleneden Beach. It will include dinner and a Political Trivia Contest. Tickets are $25.00, and details will be posted.

There has been one response from law enforcement agencies (Newport, L.C. Toledo) that were emailed about attending our April meeting focusing on how the new laws concerning Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault are going to be enforced. It was suggested that we follow up with phone calls and visits to the agencies to encourage and secure their participation. We also need to contact My Sister’s Place and the D.A.’s office to request their participation. For those agencies that won’t be represented at the April meeting, it was suggested that we send information of what was concluded in our meeting.

Diane informed us of the “Moving Train” book club meetings on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at the Newport Library.  The books featured are nonfiction with a progressive slant.

The May meeting will feature community advocate, Sunny Petit. The theme of the meeting is how to get more women and people of color into office. Sunny is giving us a basic plan for how the meeting should flow, and we are in process on securing speakers from local, county, and state offices. If possible, it would be good to find women speakers (like ex-Governor Barbara Roberts).  The venue for the May meeting has not yet been determined.

Committee Updates:

STEM – They are meeting monthly. They discussed having the Arts integrated to the STEM program, organizing a workshop that would feature career planning in the STEM field, and hosting a local science fair. There’s interest in hosting a “Photograph 51” event (it’s a moving and funny portrait of a woman scientist, Rosalind Franklin).

CEASEFIRE – Monica presented and discussed the Central Coast Ceasefire Oregon report (for copy of the report contact Monica).  It outlined current gun legislation, focusing more on the Child Access Prevention (CAP) bill (HB2130/SB1026), which the ASK campaign in June will help educate the importance of this bill.  The next CEASEFIRE meeting will be on April 17th, 2:15,  at Cynthia Jacobi’s house.

DV/SA – They are focusing on securing speakers and panelists for April meeting. They will send out information asap.

Next Meeting: The next meeting is scheduled for April 25, 2017. The location will be announced.

Respectfully submitted by:

Franki Trujillo-Dalbey, Secretary


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