Meeting Notes, May 27, 2014

from Barbara Schlachter:

Hello everyone,
Mark your calendars for the next meeting which will be June 24 at Trinity 320 E. College St. from 5:30 to 7:00.
We had a great meeting on Tues. night, May 27, welcoming four new Grannies, including a visiting Granny from Australia.
I usually try to get these notes out right away because I tend to forget details.  But our grandchildren ages 2 1/2 and 4 1/2 were with us for three days and two nights (without their parents) and there wasn’t a moment in which to do it.  So, here goes the best effort.
The Litany of Dedication and the Song for the Climate started our meeting, followed by introductions.
Mary Mascher, State Rep to the Iowa Legislature, was our invited guest.  She gave us an update on the efforts of the legislature for the environment.  Basically funding is inadequate to accomplish what needs to happen, esp. in the area of water quality. She urged us all to come to the Rally and Lobby Day on the Opening Day of the legislature in January.  But the best news is that she has joined 100Grannies!  Mary is a great  resource for us in terms of what is happening and how to move ahead on issues on the state level.  We are honored by her membership!
Ann C reported on the County Fair Booth that the Grannies are sharing with Peace Iowa, Veterans for Peace, and Physicians for Social Responsibility. She passed around a sign up sheet for 2 hr. segments.  If you can come on one of the days between July 21 and July 24, please contact Ann.  You are needed!  She will be preparing a “how to”sheet so everyone feels well prepared.  On June 16 the four groups will set up a mock booth at the Coralville Library at 9:30 am to make sure it all works.
We talked about the need for more handouts about climate change and for something like bumper stickers on the environment, with perhaps a 100Grannies sticker that could be added.  Marta C. and Carole S. are working on this.
Molly S reported on the film festival for Sept.  Films are being chosen right now by her and Becky and if you have an idea for one of them please send it to Becky H or Molly S
Becky R reported for the Bag Committee.  Surveys by members of the committee of local merchants have revealed an amazing interest in using reusable or paper bags.  In addition, Jen Jordan is  working with the committee to have a plastic-free week in Iowa City, probably in October.  Jan S., Maureen A. and Becky R. are going to Davenport at the invitation of a progressive action group there to talk with them about our work on plastic bags.  (They did and were well received.)  We will also be doing some work with New Pi.
In July we are Stuff’s Charity.  We will receive monetary donations during the month.  On July 5 from 10 to 1. members of 100Grannies are invited to be on hand for the “opening.”  This will be at the Coralville location.
Summer Snit Ins will be at the Arts Festival and at the Jazz Festival.  The dates are Sat. June 7 and July 5.  We will gather with our chairs and signs on the closest streets where we can still hear the music and not be a road block.  That will be Iowa Ave. between Linn  and Dubuque on June 7. Come bring your chairs and join in, whether you knit or not. 
Jan S is our representative to the community committee preparing for the Great March for Climate when it comes through IC on August 20.  She passed a sheet asking for names of those willing to provide overnight accommodations or food.  More info will be forthcoming.
There will be a planning day on July 15 to figure out how we should be organized as we go into our 3rd year and we haven’t yet had the miracle we are working for–assurance that climate change is being seriously addressed.  If you are interested in joining the Steering Committee in this effort, please be in touch with Barbara S.
We celebrated two days of successful River Call with 3rd and 4th graders from Hills and Mark Twain.  Thanks to Grannies Ann C., Marta C., Maureen A, Nancy R., Jan B., Becky R., Molly S, and Barbara S. for their participation and Mary S and Chris V. for their leadership in this the 5th year of the program.
We also were pleased to report a well attended and successful forum for the Democratic candidates for County Supervisor on May 20.  We co-sponsored this with five other environmental groups.
Barbara S. noted that  Bill McKibben and  are calling for the largest rally for climate yet to be held in New York City Sept. 20 and 21.  More details will be forthcoming.  Save dates if you can possibly attend.
Pat B. spoke about Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement which she and several other Grannies are active in.  She has extended an invitation to her home to learn more about it.
Its biggest concern right now is related to the impact of CAFO’s.
Hope I haven’t left anything out!

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