For Friends the most important consideration is not the right action in itself but a right inward state out of which right action will arise. Given the right inward state, right action is inevitable. Inward state and outward action are component parts of a single whole.
Approval of November Minutes
Approved as written.
Cash Flow Report
All of our bank accounts are now with ENT Credit Union; we are cleared out of Wells Fargo Bank. There is a full report attached.
Since the proposed budget was presented, we have gotten more pledges, and we now can fully fund the proposed budget. Thank you, Friends, for supporting the Meeting. We are urged to remember that the travel budget line is not fixed. We can always rearrange the budget and find more, if needed. The 2012 budget was approved. Local donations: Suggestions were made for Mesa House, Justice and Peace Commission, Mountain Friends Camp. It was decided to give \$100 to each.
- [Ginger Morgan](/Friends/GingerMorgan/) Clerk - [Molly Wingate](/Friends/MollyWingate/) and [Jonathan McPhee](/Friends/JonathanMcPhee/) Nominating - [Carlton Gamer](/friends/CarltonGamer/) Meeting Home Committee Discussion ensued about the former Religious Education and Action Committee that has de facto withered. [Ginger](/Friends/GingerMorgan/) mentioned that [Ministry and Oversight](/committees/MinistryAndOversight/) has talked about the spiritual health of the meeting and suggested that we discuss the ideas for religious education and action in a potluck. [Joyce](/Friends/JoyceDoyle/) added that she would welcome a focused action from Friends that would be part of our community. We discussed reinstituting the name of the [Religious Education and Action](/committees/REA/) Committee and adding the members and a charge later. We gratefully accepted the nominations as presented and we ask each committee to reflect on their configuration and what is needed to complete their charge. The [nomination committee](/committees/Nominating/) will work each committee to ensure that committee have what the personnel they need. [Ministry and Oversight](/committees/MinistryAndOversight/) will season the idea of Religious Education and Action Committee and bring that deliberation back to the meeting for consideration. We also approved [John Gallagher](/Friends/John%20Gallagher) to serve as our representative to the Colorado Regional Meeting's Continuing Committee.
[M&O](/committees/MinistryAndOversight/) contacts all members in inquire as to their affiliation with the meeting. There are some who are, for better or worse, missing in action. [Ginger](/Friends/GingerMorgan/) asked for feedback about some people. We may not have good contact information for Hal and Deb Gimpelson in New Zealand. IN the case of Deneen Crandall, we have lost track of where she is and haven't had any contact with her, but we have gotten assessment money from her. Charles Stoy was grateful for contact the meeting some years ago, but [Ginger](/Friends/GingerMorgan/) has not gotten any response from contacts him recently. [Ginger](/Friends/GingerMorgan/) expressed that she is unclear about keeping Charles on the list of members. We are concerned to proceed carefully and thoughtfully. We urged [M&O](/committees/MinistryAndOversight/) to continue to try make contact, get updates from Deneen and Charlie, and to get good contact information for Hal and Deb. [Connie Williams](/Friends/ConnieWilliams/) wishes to stay affiliated with our meeting, even though Buena Vista Worship Group has been laid down. We approved the following minute. After communication with Connie Williams, we have learned that the Buena Vista Worship Groups is no longer meeting. [Colorado Springs Meeting](/) therefore lays down our care for that workshop group and retains [Connie](/Friends/ConnieWilliams/) as a member.
We are thankful that [Jeremy Nelson](/Friends/JeremyNelson/) has offered to help with [First Day School](/committees/Education/), and we welcome anyone who wishes to join the ranks of teachers, occasionally or on a regular basis.
We will be holding a special session to discuss lessons learned from the process regarding 15 S. Wahsatch and to give the [Meeting Home Committee](/committees/MeetingHome) direction on Wednesday, December 14th from 5-7 PM at the Women's Club building, 20 Mesa Road. We hope for a very good attendance.
f. Library -
Circulation has improved as [Joyce](/Friends/JoyceDoyle/) has put out books in combination with hospitality time. [Bill Durland](/Friends/BillDurland/)'s recently updated book about the Israeli/Palestine conflict is available in the library.
a. Yearly Meeting Queries/Discussion topics. We were asked to forward any comments to Continuing Committee concerning recommendations from the IMYM Structure Task Force and from the FCNL group; we need not come to unity on any of them. Below are the recommendations followed by our response to them.
1. Recommendations concerning the structure of IMYM from the Structure Task Force. **Recommendation 1.** IMYM 2011.06 Intermountain Yearly Meeting should continue to provide funds for travel when the representatives need assistance. The criteria for appointment should not include ability to pay for travel. Representatives should be able to request reimbursement for their actual travel expenses (rather than according to a schedule). We think this is a great idea. Absolutely essential. **Recommendation 2.** The Yearly Meeting should continue to appoint the current number of representatives to Western Friend (3) and Friends Peace Teams (1). FWCC, FCNL, AFSC, and FGC should be limited to no more than 3 representatives, and the representatives should be at large rather than representing the regions. Rather than simply attempting to fill all positions, the Yearly Meeting should instead appoint only representatives who feel a real leading to serve, leaving representative positions vacant if no one with such a leading can be found. We think the recommendation to have only at-large members may be too diffuse. We suggest that the committee ask for specific feedback from the current representatives to each organization and try again to reduce the costs. We also hope that we seek clarity about the financial responsibility of who supports this external travel, IMYM or the group to which we are sending representatives. **Recommendation 3.** To fund the growing need for financial aid to attend Annual Gathering, the Yearly Meeting should provide financial aid from the general fund by increasing Monthly Meeting assessments rather than increasing the cost of attending the Annual Gathering. We think that this is a good idea. The cost of IMYM should be kept within reach. **Recommendation 4.** The Yearly Meeting's operating budget is entirely funded by assessments from Monthly Meetings, and the Yearly Meeting is not organized to manage or oversee projects. In almost all cases, financial support for specific causes and donations to other organizations should continue to be a Monthly Meeting responsibility. However, the Yearly Meeting should also provide an orderly way, "preferably with full involvement by Monthly Meetings" for discerning whether the Yearly Meeting should support a specific concern or make a donation to another organization. We support that the Yearly Meeting seek a way forward to create an orderly method to consider financial support of causes and donations. We are also concerned, however, that the yearly meeting has an obligation to provide service and support to causes. We wish that IMYM structure itself in such a way that it will be able to extend itself. We would welcome the opportunity to consider these recommendations in light of recommendations from the Stewardship and Service Committees. They are most certainly going to impact each other. 2. Number of representative from IMYM to FCNL. The Structure Task Force suggested that the number be reduced from 6 to 3. We are to weigh the attached comments and pass our comments on to IMYM. Please see our comments on recommendation 2.
Bill reported that AFSC that is still in flux and sorting out its structure.
Closed with silence at 1:10 PM