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Minutes of the 11-9-18 Meeting
« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2018, 07:53:05 PM »
ONE Minutes 11-9-18

     George (in place of Jay, who unable to attend) called the meeting to order at 6:07 p.m.
     Minutes:  Suzanne read the minutes of the Oct. 5 meeting.  With no additions or corrections, they stand approved as read.
     Treasurer's Report:  October balance was $995; we got donations of $54 and $70, for a balance of $979.42.  Of that, $588.38 is committed the Congress and church rental; $391.04 is available.  The sorghum balance is $2,135.19.  With no additions or corrections, it stands approved as read.
       Work party:  Thom's has a dead tree that needs to be felled, but he's already had a work party, so will only take one if no one else needs it.       Magda said Chuck, though not in attendance, is available for work parties and can fell a tree (as can the also absent Tom K).  Thom will coordinate with chuck/tom K and post on the Forum.
     We could install Jon's deep-well (124-foot) hand pump.  We need a warmish day.  A discussion ensued about how critical is to install such a pump correctly, but no date was suggested.
     Galen said Hoppeses still need more wood cut.  We'll do it tentatively Dec. 1 at 8 a.m.; Hannah will confirm with Kim.  Thom tried to go to one of Hoppeses work parties, but couldn't find it using the directions on the Forum (not enough landmarks); a sign is needed.
     Next meeting:  The December 7 meeting will be a potluck at 5 p.m.  We will hold elections for 2 one-year board members. 
     Nominations:  George nominates Pearl to re-up; she accepts.  Magda volunteers.  Nominations will remain open until the election next month.
      Jule has agreed to remain as board president through her term, or until her health dictates otherwise, if no one else is willing to do it.  No nominees were put forth.  George read from the bylaws the proviso that the board may fill vacancies by appointment, with approval by a simple majority of associates during a general meeting.
      We need a board meeting; this can be done over the phone, per precedent.

     We introduced ourselves; there were 11 present.
     Jon said we got about 25 gallons of sorghum from perhaps an acre planted altogether -- a poor yield.  We still haven't worked out all the pan problems.  The first batch was good; the last was dark, but pretty good.  We may leave the shack until next year.
     Stephen wondered if we sold all the sorghum,  Jon said we sold all the first batch and distributed some to the consortium members.  A couple gallons of the last batch have been sold; we have at least 10 gallons left.  It's $14 per quart.  George noted that the Treasure Gallery had it last year $17.95.  Bill has official custody; it's in the basement of a friend of his.
     George said there's a garden club meeting Tuesday, 11-13, 11 a.m., at Salem Baptist.  The topic is a roundtable on what you're thankful for.  We could ask bill to bring some sorghum.
     Magda asked if anyone has biochar.   Patrick has some and is willing to split his stash.  Magda said she would take as much as was available.
     Jon called Doug about a pellet stove workshop, but Doug didn't call back. He could try again.  Bill said we could hold one at his place when gets his building set up. 
     Jon grew some loofa sponges and asked how to dry them so they don't rot.  Pearl said she has done loofas; you dry them on the vines.  Jon said the stems were dry, but he took them in, fearing the deep freeze would ruin them.  Magda said to ask Chuck -- he's done them for several years.
     George asked for a motion to adjourn. Magda moved to adjourn; Patrick seconded.  Adjourned 7:03.
                                                                                                                                       Respectfully submitted,
                                                                                                                                             Suzanne Meeks, Secretary