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Saturday 31 May 2008: Member's Meeting

  • Meeting brought to order: 14:02
  • Present: members: James Cowan, Shannon Cowan, Jan Steinman, Carol Wagner, guests: Kristin Allen, Harry Burton, Dorothy Heath, Norma McAllister (Noj), Bob McGregor, Christy Neufeld, Justin Roller, Osha Roller, Jane Squier. Penny Pobiecke and Mark Stiffler arrived at 14:14 due to ferry delays.
  • Facilitator: James
  • Recorder: Jan
  • Check in and quick introductions
  • Old business
    • Agenda approved.
    • April 26 minutes approved.
    • Time sheets
      • All members turned in time for April.
      • Jan noted new data being collected (project, activity, accomplishment), and Carol will distribute new logging forms.
    • Stewards' Council
      • Ecology steward: (Shannon)
        • Report on ongoing carrying capacity and agricultural labour needs
          • Carrying capacity: for 90% of food needs, 12 acres per human is typical
          • Labour needs: we can justify 19 labourers for the 37 acre site, more like 50 for the entire 100 acres including the community farmland
      • Group process steward: (Shannon)
        • hoping to book Tree Bressen (Eugene, OR) to do a weekend of consensus and facilitation training
      • Program steward: (James)
        • Mike Nickerson talk on Sunday, 29 June
        • Scything workshop August or September
      • Finance steward: (Carol)
        • Recent statements are available, will circulate after meeting
      • Communication steward: (Jan)
        • Some organizational history covered
        • Introduced Harry Burton
          • seeking site for fruit processing facility
          • $25,000 available from proceeds from ten years of apple festivals
          • apple press available for donation, needs location
          • envisions membership + fees structure, with goal of under $0.50/litre for juicing
          • other processing: UV pasteurizing, flash pasteurizing, dehydration
          • discussion about size of facility, organic vs. non-organic, multiple-uses for facility, use for pomace and other by-products.
  • Break 14:59
  • Resume 15:09
  • New business
    • Brief EcoReality history, introductions, and questions (James)
      • Kristin: We aren't meant to be in the city. This "feels right," like it was "meant to be." Major concern: communal living in close quarters before builing: "What happens before we can build?"
      • Carol: Feels like "right path" — grateful to all who have helped.
      • Noj: Lived at Findhorn, "looking for my tribe," "finding my way home." Looking to bring more social elements into her life. Policy analyst for BC on First Nations welfare: "empowering them to take their life back."
      • Justin: parents and family "don't get it." "We have a lot of work to do; let's do it!"
      • James: Grew up in Parksville. Being part of a group means you "don't have to go it alone with cheap property in Prince George or some other inaccessible place."
      • Bob: Excited to meet like-minded people.
        • Q: What about long-term labour on new site?
        • A (Jan): We want to enable on-site occupation as much as possible. Due to the way increased density is managed by the Agricultural Land Commission, every habitant will probably be required to do some agricultural work.
      • Christy: From Vancouver; wants open spaces and country feeling and small community support, environmental activism, and "living the change." Wants to be doing Permaculture.
        • Q: What about living space availability in the short term?
        • A (Jan): When we have filed for a Preliminary Layout Approval (PLA), which is the first step in re-zoning, we can legally reside in temporary structures while bureaucracy grinds through our re-zoning. This can probably happen before next spring. Then we can legally live in yurts, busses, travel trailers, etc. while planning and building.
      • Dorothy: Has community experience, and wants to be around people. Have felt unsettled lately, wants to feel at home and settle down.
      • Mark: Looking to settle in, make roots; sees a "bright spotlight shining on something here."
      • Jane: Living in commune in Lillooet opened her mind, likes working with people, left "fortress mentality" behind, consensus worked for her. Planning and big picture is important. Wants our success, but is not specifically interested in living in EcoReality, "My community is the whole island."
      • Penny: Saw negatives of peak oil and world situation, but wants to work toward positives.
      • Osha: Grew up in intentional community of 70 families, and feels enriched by that experience. "I'm not really sure what I'm doing, but I'm not going to stop doing it!"
  • Confirm facilitator for next meeting
    • James will facilitate, Jan will record.
    • This will be the last meeting of the quarter; Carol is slated to begin facilitation in July through September, with James recording.
  • Closing
  • Meeting adjourned at 16:10

No agreements were recorded in this meeting.

-- respectfully submitted, Jan Steinman 12:22, 21 June 2008 (PDT)

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