VFN Monthly Meeting Minutes of 01/08/10
Attendees: Susan Klein, Rob Williams, Jared Cadwell, Stan Ward, Joshua Schwartz, Dan Holtz, Amy Todisco, David Hartshorn, Gregor Barnum, Peter Forbes, Ginny McGinn, Jen Higgins, David Dion, Tom Barefoot, Susan Johnson, Suzie Snow, Jill Arace, Geri Pocachinni???, Mike Dupee, Carmen Dupee, and John Donaldson
1) Time Bank – Jen, Suzie and Geri from Rootswork described this project which the Rootswork board has approved as a pilot project. They anticipate that 2010 will be a slow but steady building year to get to a critical mass of participants. The Time Bank is an organized system to exchange services, using “Community Weaver” software provided by timebanks.org. It will be similar to the Onion River Exchange in Montpelier (see http://www.orexchange.org/). The Onion River Exchange has grown from 35 members to over 300 in 28 towns.
Jen is pulling a working group together and would like VFN participation to make it a collaborative effort. Anyone interested in working on this should contact Jen.
2) Music Bank - Mike Dupee presented this idea for bringing the Valley music community together. It is still a work in progress. The effort may kick off with an Open Mike night in February, perhaps to also help kick off the Time Bank.
3) Community Pot Luck - The first potluck, organized by Jill Arace and Susan Klein will be held at the Waitsfield Church at 6 pm on January 24th. Posters made by Dan Holtz were distributed. There may be music, but this will be done at the end so it doesn’t interfere with the social mixing. People are encouraged to bring their own “plateware” in addition to a food item to share. Help is needed to set up at 5:45.
4) Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants Update – Josh reported that 6 or the 7 local grant applicants made the first cut. About $ 11 million was requested statewide for the $ 6 million that is available. More comprehensive applications are due February 2 and results will be announced in May.
5) Update on Local Community Initiatives Class taught at UVM – Chip Sawyer reported that based on the resounding success of the recent class, another class will be given next fall and we should be thinking of projects for the students. All information and output from the recent class is hosted on the Mad River Valley Planning District website (http://www.mrvpd.org/DocumentsLibrary.php).
6) Announcements –
- Ad hoc agriculture group – Gregor announced the second meeting of this group will be February 15. Hardwick representatives will be reporting on what they have done at this meeting.
- Gross National Happiness International Conference – Tom Barefoot said the conference will take place in Burlington on June 1 – 4. GNH is based on the premise that the calculation of “wealth” should consider other aspects besides economic development: the preservation of the environment and the quality of life of the people. (See http://gnhusa.org/). Some background sessions will be held in February and the group is looking for volunteers to help test community measures to indicate progress.
- Workshop – Susan Klein said Rob Williams is working with the MRV Chamber to lead a workshop on demystifying Facebook, Twitter, Blogger and other social media outlets. He will show how to use these Web 2.0 tools to further business and to work together through social media for general benefit of the MRV business community. The workshop will be Tuesday, January 12 from 9am-noon at the Big Picture Theater. It is free to chamber members and $10 for all others.
- New section on Mad River Valley.com website – see http://www.madrivervalley.com/vermont/directory/by_type.asp?catid=108 for a new section on Local Food Producers.
- Another Karaoke Night - organized by Dan Holtz will be held January 22 at the Big Picture. Will Susan Klein give an encore performance of Harper Valley PTA?
Next meeting is Friday 2/12 at the Green Cup.
Submitted by John Donaldson