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Telephone Messenger / March 8 meeting
« Last post by Suzanne Meeks on February 28, 2019, 04:25:53 PM »
Hello,
     This is Suzanne from Ozarks Neighborly Exchange, reminding you that once again, our meeting has been postponed because of a dinner put on by -- wait for it -- our Treasurer George.  It's the Methodist men's annual chili supper, from 4 to 7 p.m., and of course you're welcome to attend.  The March ONE meeting will be on the 8th -- it will be our quarterly potluck.   And don't forget Ini's work party on March 6 -- he's promised to post directions to his place on the Forum.  Hope to see you there. 
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Meeting Minutes / Re: Post -only- O.N.E. Meeting Minutes INSIDE this topic
« Last post by Thom on February 08, 2019, 08:43:12 PM »
Find the audio minutes for the O.N.E. meeting on February 8th below in attachments.
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Meeting Minutes / Minutes, Jan. 4, 2019
« Last post by Suzanne Meeks on February 08, 2019, 02:44:11 PM »
Dear ONEs,
     Sorry this is so late, even for me.  I've been in electronics hell the past few weeks, with malfunctions of just about everything, not only including, but led by, my computer.  Anyway, here are the January Minutes.       Suzanne


                                   OZARKS NEIGHBORLY EXCHANGE
                              Minutes of the January 4, 2019, Meeting
    After nods to in-progress coffee and low-water crossings keeping members from their seats, George called the meeting to order at 6:17 p.m. and read the Mission Statement.  We introduced ourselves; there were 14 present.
     Minutes:  Suzanne read the Minutes of the Dec. 7 meeting.  Magda moved to approve; Tracy seconded; approved without opposition.
     Treasurer's Report:  The December January balance was $984.42.  There was no income and one expense, $70 for the quarterly hall rent, for a balance of $914.42.  Of this, $548.48 is designated for the Congress, $366.04 is available.  The sorghum account is $2,135.19.
     Year-end report as of Jan. 18:  Beginning balance $1,135; income $553 ($430 in general donations, $63 from 50-50, $60 donations for chipper use).  Expenses:  $704.45 (Hall rental $260; One Call $129.99; post office box $72).  Balance $914.42.  Jon asked for an itemized version of the sorghum account; George handed it to him (since he's the only principle investor) rather than reading it aloud.
      It was noted that a reference to "llc" is irrelevant because ONE is not a limited-liability corporation.  George said it refers to state incorporation -- he thinks it's the correct reference but will research it and correct if needed. 
     Thom moved to approve as amended; Tracy seconded; approved without opposition.
     George called for a motion to fund the ONE Call annual payment of $129.99.  Magda moves to continue with it; Lisa seconded; approved without opposition.
     Work party:  No requests.
     Next meeting: 6 p.m. Feb. 8.  March meeting: potluck, 5 p.m. March 8.  We need a Board meeting.

                                                  Roundtable by Topic
     Our low attendance:  Everyone here could contact an absent member and try to talk him into coming next month. 
 
    Food self-sufficiency:  We need to have it, especially since many of us believe that the trucks are bound to stop rolling within our lifetimes (they did, back in 1981).  One way is to figure what you need daily and grow that.
     Gardening can be physically hard; we could look for easier ways, like raised beds, no-till, micro-gardening, permaculture, community-supported agriculture.  We could help in each others gardens.  But people have been trading across distances for millennia -- we should familiarize ourselves with regional assets rather than everyone trying to be self-sufficient.
     Besides gardening, we could use seeds for sprouting -- it's highly nutritious and very versatile.
     Galen said  ONE is not making connections in the community.  He suggested working "backward from victory," which he described as no Ozark County resident being left behind when the trucks stop.
         
     It can be done:  Glen went to Guatemala last month and saw what he considered a functioning culture:  Small cities, few cars; all food grown locally and distributed through farmers markets serving up to 60,000 customers.  He said a lot of us are geriatric, and our physical strength won't improve.  But we could support a young couple who wanted to establish a farm.  The first green business ought to be food production.  We need to get serious about real economy.

      Networking:  We need to go to other organizations with our brochure in hand and see how we can coordinate.  For one, Amalia is working on food self-sufficiency and shared labor.  Maybe we a separate group could address this.
   
     Skills:  We have a lot but we're losing them because nobody's writing them down.  Still, we could get more, by simply vowing to learn one new one each month.  We should get back to monthly member talks.  Patrick offered a tai chi class, but only one ONE member took it.  We could use our skills to give small workshops, such as in making birdhouses.

     Cooperation:  Farm, Fork, and Fiddle was a good cooperative idea, but instead of cooperating, locals disdained the outsiders' skills, and the outsiders forced out the locals (gleefully, per Pearl).
      But the solution is economic, not cultural, said Galen.  He writes about this in a weekly column in the Douglas County Herald; a subscription will let you download all of the articles.  He's packing workshops with college kids who talk past midnight about farming; a 5-campus tour is in the offing.
      He will give us a talk on "Transfer of Wealth."
                                                                     Respectfully submitted,
                                                                               Suzanne Meeks, Secretary




 

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Telephone Messenger / Feb. 8 meeting
« Last post by Suzanne Meeks on February 07, 2019, 10:35:23 AM »
Hello,
     This is Suzanne from Ozarks Neighborly Exchange, reminding your that our February meeting is at  6 p.m. tomorrow, Feb. 8.  Hope to see you there.  Dangerous weather isn't supposed to get this far south, but if it should sneak into your neighborhood, please put your safety first, and we'll see you next time.
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Telephone Messenger / Feb. meeting is the 8th due to church activity on the 1st
« Last post by Suzanne Meeks on January 31, 2019, 10:35:33 AM »
Hello,
This is Suzanne from Ozarks Neighborly Exchange, reminding you that our February meeting has been postponed until the 8th due to a spaghetti dinner at the church tomorrow.  As usual, you can lay this at the feet of our Treasurer George, who is also chairman of the church men's group, the prime movers behind the dinner -- which is from 4 to 7, and of course you are welcome; any donations go to fund local charities.  The ONE meeting will be at 6 p.m. Feb. 8.  Hope to see you there.
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Meeting Minutes / Re: Post -only- O.N.E. Meeting Minutes INSIDE this topic
« Last post by Thom on January 07, 2019, 07:32:18 PM »
Here are the audio minutes for the O.N.E. meeting on January 4th.
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Event Calendar / O.N.E. Monthly Meeting - 6pm - POTLUCK 5pm
« Last post by Tracy Meal on January 05, 2019, 07:54:05 PM »
Our monthly meeting will be held at The Theodosia United Methodist Church on Rt 160 across from Lutie School at 6pm on March 8, 2019  POTLUCK at 5PM. Please bring a dish to pass.


Facilitator - George

Presenter - Lisa Rollens - Availability of product from her farm this coming year
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Event Calendar / O.N.E. Monthly Meeting - 6pm
« Last post by Tracy Meal on January 05, 2019, 07:52:15 PM »
Our monthly meeting will be held at The Theodosia United Methodist Church on Rt 160 across from Lutie School at 6pm on February 8, 2019 


Facilitator - George Craig

Presenter - TBD
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Event Calendar / O.N.E. Monthly Meeting - 6pm
« Last post by Tracy Meal on January 05, 2019, 07:51:18 PM »
Our monthly meeting will be held at The Theodosia United Methodist Church on Rt 160 across from Lutie School at 6pm on january 4, 2019 


Facilitator - George Craig

Presenter - TBD
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Meeting Minutes / Minutes of the 12-7-18 Meeting
« Last post by Suzanne Meeks on January 04, 2019, 09:30:42 AM »
Dear ONES,
   Here are the December Minutes.  We elected board members with just 7 in attendance; due to our structure, it's impossible to specify a  membership quorum.  The Jan meeting will be Friday, Jan. 4.

ONE Minutes 12-7-18

    After dinner and waiting until after 6 because the telephone notification failed to specify the start time of 5 p.m., George called the meeting to order at 6:22 p.m. There were 7 present.
     Minutes:  Suzanne read the Minutes of the November meeting.  Magda move to approve; Lisa seconded; approved without opposition.
     Treasurer's Report:  November balance $979.42.  Income = $5 donation; no expenses, for a balance of $984.42.  $618.38 committed, $366.04 available -- sorghum balance $2.135.19.  Jon asked that the sorghum fund be itemized; George said that's the sorghum group's business, but he'll do it for the year-end report.  Lisa moved to approve; Jon seconded; approved without opposition.
OLD BUSINESS
     Sorghum (Jon):  This year we were out of sync all year.  It sounded so promising, with the transplanted cane the Lutie kids started.  We should have thinned it, but there was no aphid problem.  We got 14 gal out of it, our best-tasting ever.  We sold it all.
     We made a total of 26 gallons this year -- some the best we've ever made, some inedible (we sold it, and some of the pressed cane, to some cattlemen who reported that the cattle loved it).  We still haven't figured how to regulate the furnace so it gets cooked enough but not too much.
     We pressed some cane brought by some people who grew it for seed for Baker Creek.  We charged them $17. 
     April Wilson, the NRCS lady, put in for a grant for beneficial insects, but NRCS's focus is pollinators, not the insects we want for aphid control.
     We need to reorganize the sorghum consortium -- to see who's in, who's out.  We're committed to finishing the building.  The roofing is still in question.  We have some we could use, but need Elaine's agreement, and she waffles.
      Magda noted that the contract with Elaine to finish the building is with ONE, not just the sorghum group.  She suggested planting other crops (dill, coriander) at Ledbetter's besides the sorghum.   
     Chipper:  Lisa cut and chipped 2 huge maple trees by herself -- she recalled being extra careful doing this alone.  It takes up to 10-inch logs, but that size is firewood anyway so she didn't do ones that big.  She had 1.5 truckloads unloaded in 2 days. 
     She and Chuck and Magda will have more to do.  Thom got a new hour meter for it -- Jon's going to Ava and will take it to her.
     Work Party:  No new requests, though Suzanne would like help removing a large generator from her car -- it's too heavy for her to handle. 
     A lot has been cut for Hoppeses.  Several people went to Thom's and got his dead trees cut, split, and stacked.
     Election:  George opened nominations, but there were none in addition to Magda and Pearl.  Nominations were closed.  With the same number of candidates as (one-year board) positions, the nominees were elected unanimously by show of hands; Suzanne certified the election orally.
     Phone messaging:  Nine subgroups are still available without an extra charge; let Suzanne know if you want to start one.  The Board should be a subgroup.  The annual fee, $129, is due in February.
     Website:  It was $100/mo when we started -- then cheaper but the email is a pain to maintain.  It's only $16/year for the new site and it's working much better.  It will be $30 next year, but someone needs to maintain it.  Sophek told Thom he was interested but hasn't responded to Thom's email.
     Lisa has forgotten her password.  Thom said instructions for resetting your password are "all about the Forum" or something like it.
     Next meeting will be Jan 4.  Swap met?  No -- it will be cold and nobody showed up last time.  George will facilitate again.  But Jon will lead a discussion about planning -- how will we carry out our mission statement?  (Feb. meeting:  There will be a church spaghetti dinner on the first Friday, the 1st -- so we'll meet Feb. 8.)
   
Roundtable
     Jon said we need to try harder to produce healthy. ecological. enlightened, democratic food systems.  We need to network with others -- how can we work together besides work parties?  What else can we do about the greater picture?
We don't have land for wheat but we do for corn. 
     Thom said we should adopt Galen's focus on food.  Do we have the resources to take on things we have goals for?  Should we start with resources or goals?  Sometimes resources come to meet goals.  We would be busy taking care of crops -- not sure it's viable. 
     Magda suggested those who come each time could contact the others and ask if they plan to come.  Sharing crops is a good idea but none of our crops turned out this year.  We could have a planning meeting -- find out how many people are  interested in growing their own food.
     Lisa said she's stayed away because of the format, which she hates -- it's her only option in light of the majority decision -- but she suspects others may feel the same (though a number who spoke for it are absent tonight).  She grows meat animals -- grass-fed beef, non-GMO-fed pork.  She would grow even more if there were a market. 
     As for garden failures, there was no rain last fall, so there was no subsoil moisture for gardens this year -- why you plan for 2 years.  She didn't can any tomatoes this year, but she did about 40 quarts last year.
     George noted that you don't have to be a farmer to preserve food -- get stuff at farm markets.  Good meat is hard to find -- people have forgotten how to age beef.  But enough people in this group could provide a lot more that we're thinking about now.
     Jon said we should not only meet with other groups -- we should coordinate  food production with them.  He'll talk to Amalia, who has more at her meetings than we do.
     Lisa said the Ava Organic Gardening Club has talked about this, but they thought producers would be glad to sell meat for less.  She's not.  She's fed a beef for 3 years, and it has to be inspected if it's to be sold -- though you can bypass that by buying a share of a live steer.  And her processor ages for three weeks.  She would sell milk if she had regular customers.  (Magda, Jon, and Thom said they'd like some.)  In Missouri, it's legal to sell raw milk if customers come to the farm.
     Lisa moved to adjourn; Thom seconded; adjourned 7:55.
                                                                                                                           Respectfully submitted,
                                                                                                                                  Suzanne Meeks, Secretary


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