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Minutes, Jan. 4, 2019
« Reply #1 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