Meeting notes, August 27, 2013

Hello everyone,
The Grannies met last evening at Trinity and then ate at Bandito’s.  Women do not live by work alone….
NEXT MEETING IS TUES. SEPT. 24 at 5:30 at Trinity
These will be brief notes–
Ann Christensen showed a video from Bold Nebraska with a reminder that work on the barn with solar panels that is being constructed on the proposed XL pipeline route is happening Sept. 13 and 14 and Sept. 20 and 21 in York, Nebraska.  Several carloads of Grannies are going–Becky Ross is driving the first weekend and Paula Sanchini the second.  Please get in touch with them if you would like to be part of this effort. 
She also reported that Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement is taking on Big Ag in Iowa, specifically the issues of GMO’s and the need for local foods.
The Ecofest this past weekend went well and thanks to Becky Hall and others who were present for that.
The Soulfest is Sept. 13 and 14 and Maureen Arensdorf and Barbara Schlachter are working on the booth from 2 to 5.  We would like help and presence from other Grannies.  Wear your hats and come by for awhile.  Wear green, too, if you can.
Jan Stephan reported that the decision to have a winter Farmers Market at Grant Wood has not yet been made.
The Film Fest set for September Mondays at the Sr. Center has its faciliators:
Bag-It on Sept. 9 will be facilitated by Becky Ross
White Water, Black Gold on Sept. 16 will be faciliated by Paula Sanchini
Bidder 70 on Sept. 23 will be faciliated by Barbara Schlachter
Gaslands will be faciliated by Martha Schut
Kris Johnson reported that there is an effort being made to help apartment dwellers recycle on their premises.  Liz Moss, her prof at Kirkwood is working on this.
The lecture series for February and March was discussed.  If you have an idea for a speaker please get back to Becky Hall.  Also, we agreed with Paula Sanchini that we need to make sure we have some action items for people to do when they leave the lecture.
We will be having a “Meet the Candidates Night” in early October for the candidates for City Council.  The League of Women Voters is having theirs on Oct. 2 and we will follow it up with an evening devoted specifically to environmental and sustainability issues.
Paula Sanchini reported that Citizens Climate Lobby is focusing on agriculture and how to converse with farmers about fee and dividend legislation.  The next CCL phone call will be Sept. 7 at Trinity at noon, followed by the meeting of Iowa City Climate Advocates on Sept. 10 at 7:00 at Trintiy.  As ususal, all Grannies are invited to both of these.
Barbara Schlachter has extra copies of Rob Hogg’s America’s Climate Century.  If you would like one or several, please be in touch.  They are $4 each.
The books Carbon Dharma and Madlands were both recommended reading for Grannies.
If I have missed something or misconstrued something, please correct and hit “Reply All.”
Thanks, and Peace and Joy for this day,

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