Meeting notes, September 23, 2014

We met at Trinity Church at 5:30, Becky R presiding.
Everyone introduced herself with a comment about the People’s Climate March–either NYC’s or Iowa City or both.
Old Business
The general consensus was that this was an amazing moment in the history of climate activism for both Iowa City and our world.
Barbara reported that the Iowa Interfaith Power and Light meeting in Des Moines on Sept. 18 was well worth attending and tabling at. She and Dianne DR represented the Grannies there.  Sally Bingham, founder of Interfaith Power and Light told her story and those in attendance worked on public narrative.  Story telling as a change agent was demonstrated and coached.
Becky H reported that the September movie series has been well received by those attending, although numbers are not as high as they were a year ago.  The tone in the movies has been quite somber.  However, the movie that is left in the series, Green Fire, the story of Aldo Leopold, is uplifting and inspiring.  We’ll end on a more cheerful note.
Becky R said that in November there will be a Bag Action week under the auspices of Jen Jordan and the Iowa City recycling program.  The Grannies will be involved in various ways, details to be determined.
Pat B. reported that we have made $75 so far on the Bakeless Bake Sale.  We talked about the possibility of having gift cards for donors to give at holiday times.
The Snit in will be September 26 from 1-3.  Since it looks like good weather it will be outside Dave Loebsack’s office on the Ped Mall.
Pat Bowen led a brief discussion about the importance of the elections in Iowa in November and urged us all to get out the vote.  She passed out cards from the Nuns on the Bus asking us to sign and promise to vote.
Bernie Sanders will be in Davenport on Oct. 4 and at the Johnson Co. Democrats annual barbeque at the fairgrounds on Oct. 5.  Pat said she would send out the info on the event on the 4th.
We discussed whether we were ready to pursue 501c3 or 4 status and decided it is not yet time.
New Business:
Becky H reported that the lecture series for February has been arranged with speakers and the Sr. Center.
Jerry Schnorr will speak on Feb. 2, Connie Mutel on Feb. 9, Miriam Kashia on Feb. 23, and Fermin Milster on Mar. 2.  Topics and bios will be available for publicity at the next meeting.
Meeting the Renewable Energy Symposium in Iowa City on Oct. 15 nd 16 will feature James Hansen, author of Storms of My Grandchildren.  If you have registered, please let Barbara know so she can see who might be available to help with our table display. So far Becky R., Becky H., Barbara and Jan. S. have registered.  To register  and view the schedule go to  Cost is $25 for the symposium, which will be held at the Memorial Union.
A kick-off event will be held Oct. 8 with the screening of the documentary, “Dirty Business: ‘Clean Coal’ and the Battle for our Energy Future.”  It will be held at Shambaugh Auditorium of the UI Main Library.
We decided that because of the holidays we would combine the Nov. and Dec. meetings and meet on Dec. 2.
There was no financial report except to say that major bills have been paid and a small deposit has been made.  Becky R. reported later that we have $394.80 in the account.
Speaking Engagements
Since we last met six Grannies met with 5 government officials from Uzbekistan and 4 students from the University to talk about climate change awareness and action.  It was a great experience, with the officials from Uzbekistan amazed that older women were politically active and vocal.
Becky R reported that after a speaking engagement at the Presbyterian Church in Mt. Pleasant they may be interested in starting a Grannies group.
Barbara S. and Jan S. will speak at a PEO on Oct. 7.
Becky R. and Ann C. will speak at Altrusa on Oct. 14.
Liaison Reports
Citizens Climate Lobby–next national call on Sat. Oct. 4 at noon at Trinity Church.  Speaker is Adam Browning of “Vote Solar” who will discuss policy that enhances solar energy at local, state, and national levels.  All are invited to attend.
Environmental Protection Agency–deadline for comments on the Clean Power Plan has been extended to Dec. 1.  Go to
We would like to show Lynn G’s copy of Cowspiracy and have asked her to set it up at the Coralville Library.
Mary M encouraged us to have a program on solar energy and its increasing availability.  She and Deb. S. will work on this for a future meeting.
Next meeting is Oct 28

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