Meeting for Business Reports

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Current Minutes and Reports: October 2018 



Of the Religious Society of Friends

College Park Quarterly Meeting, Pacific Yearly Meeting



Meeting for Worship on the Occasion of Business

14th Day, Tenth Month, 2018


Present: Don McCormick, co-clerk; Amy Cooke, recording clerk; Jennifer Dickey, Stuart Smith, Reed Hamilton, Judy Hamilton, Kathy McCreery, fosten wilson, Luke Buckley, Chamba Cooke.


The Meeting opened with silent worship.


Spiritual Query: What makes Meeting for Business meaningful spiritually?




Treasurer’s Report: fosten wilson gave the report, appended. A Friend suggested that we propose $1/day per person per day as a guideline for giving to Meeting.


Sierra Friends Center: Reed Hamilton, SFC Liaison, gave the report, appended. Amy Cooke, Director, and Jennifer Dickey, College Park Friends Educational Association (CPFEA) Board member, answered questions about the strategic goals recently approved by the CPFEA Board of Directors.


Placer County Worship Group: Stuart Smith gave the report. They are considering a Wednesday night worship/study group.





From Ninth Month Minutes: We usually have 40 households making contributions, but this year we have 30 households, due to deaths and households devoting resources to care. Finance Committee came to unity that we need to live within our means, so the money in most budget categories has been reduced, and recommends that we replace the Quaker Center Pass with a $600 scholarship fund. Next year the budget is planned to be $14,000 plus outside donations. Automatic withdrawal of funds as a way of making donations to the meeting was discussed. It was concerned that our present bank may not meet our current. The budget will be seasoned for one month.


Minute 2018.10.01: Grass Valley Friends Meeting approves establishing a Quaker Center Scholarship Fund of $600 for 2019, in lieu of maintaining the Quaker Center Pass.


Minute 2018.10.02: Grass Valley Friends Meeting approves the 2019 Budget as attached to these minutes.



From Ninth Month Minutes: Dianne requested help with the newsletter—especially with regards to its length. There was a discussion of the practice of posting some items to the web. It was suggested that a survey about this be sent to people who receive it by mail. Dianne Marshall will contact Charity Bryson about that. One copy of the newsletter that includes all of the reports and other items that are online is placed in the library.

At the end of meeting confusion about this was expressed. It will be an agenda item next month.


Held over until 11th month.




MINISTRY & OVERSIGHT – Kathy McCreery gave the report.

The obituary for Del Reynolds was read aloud in Meeting.


The report was read, and is appended in full.


The Faith and Practice proposed revision links are appended.


INTERGENERATIONAL ED – Judy Hamilton gave the report.

There are currently only two teachers doing First Day School. We need 5-6 people who would take one Sunday every two months.



  1. College Park Quarterly Meeting will take place here, at Sierra Friends Center,October 19-21, 2018.

Pending.   Coming to M&O in November for scheduling.

Purpose: Plan and integrate the work of the Meeting for the year.

Spring Clerks’ Meeting: celebrate the year’s accomplishments, convening Naming Committee.


Committees Clerks (or conveners):


  • Buildings and Grounds: Gordon Starr
  • Finance: Don Kewman
  • Hospitality: Judy Hamilton
  • Library: Dianne Marshall
  • M&O: Kathy McCreery
  • Outreach: Gordon Starr
  • Spiritual Life: Gordon Starr
  • Peace & Social Justice: Dean Olson
  • Intergenerational Ed: No Clerk








  • Annie Schwartzmann Esposito, JWS alumna ’78, recently passed away. Her memorial was held yesterday.
  • Holding Martha Steuer in the Light. She is caring for her mom and working as well.



  1. The Clerks’ Meeting will be scheduled.
  2. The Faith and Practice revision meeting will be scheduled.




From Ninth Month Minutes: Dianne requested help with the newsletter—especially with regards to its length. There was a discussion of the practice of posting some items to the web. It was suggested that a survey about this be sent to people who receive it by mail. Dianne Marshall will contact Charity Bryson about that. One copy of the newsletter that includes all of the reports and other items that are online is placed in the library.

At the end of meeting confusion about this was expressed. It will be an agenda item next month.


Held over until 11th month.




The Clerk asked for feedback on the Meeting for Business.


  • It was suggested that the Clerk checks things off the agenda as we go, with the check placed at the start of the agenda item.


  • It was suggested that the reports being given be listed on the agenda.


  • It was suggested that the agenda be sent out to Meeting before the Meeting for Business takes place.


  • The clarity of the writing on the board was appreciated.


  • It was appreciated that the Clerk held to the timing of items, but also was not attached rigidly to same.


  • Appreciation was given for the tolerance of younger members in the Meeting for Business.


  • Appreciation was given for the quality of the sharing of the query.




Note:  The record and the minutes were read, corrected and approved.


If you are giving a report to GVFM, please send the actual report to the recording clerk at THE FRIDAY BEFORE MEETING FOR BUSINESS.


GVFM Newsletter Reminder: Please have items in to Diane Marshall by Tuesday at 10 am.


The Meeting closed with silent worship.


Respectfully recorded by Amy Cooke, recording clerk.



APPENDICES: (posted on the website,

  1. Treasurer’s Report
  2. Woolman at Sierra Friends Center Report
  3. Proposed 2019 Budget
  4. Faith and Practice Revision links
  5. Ministry & Oversight Report
  6. Del Reynolds’s Memorial Minute


Grass Valley Friends Meeting

Treasurer’s Annual Report, for our f.y. 2017-2018

10 – 12 – 2018

summary = a strong close.

THANK YOU for your contributionsTwo reports have been distributed. The first (over) is our Fund Balances Report for September 30, 2018. The Fund Balances Report shows the money in our bank account ( $17,514. ) at the end of our fiscal year. It also shows the parts that make up that total. The contributions we received in the previous two months were unusually strong & allowed us to pay our budgeted donations in full. I am relieved.

Our General Fund spending is explained in detail in the other report, the Actual vs Budget Report. Do note that contributions recieved were insufficient to pay for another Quaker Center Pass. Otherwise, contributions exceeded expenses by about $20.

Our proposed budget is smaller, $15,521. for the next fiscal year. We have had 35 family-units contributing to Meeting in the last twelve months. With those changes, we will need to average $37 per family-unit each month or about $450 annually to fund our budget. All gifts, both in service to the Meeting & financial are deeply appreciated.

As part of proposed budget for the next fiscal year, the Finance Committee suggested, at our September Business Mtg, adding a new scholarship fund to support attendance at Quaker Center programs. In the past this was done via a Quaker Center annual pass. This fund is being seasoned until this month’s Business Meeting.

Fosten Wilson


Grass Valley Friends Meeting


Woolman at Sierra Friends Center Report


We are in troubled times socially and environmentally.  The world needs inspired and resilient people equipped with the values and skills necessary to create a world where peace and justice can thrive.


The land at Woolman has seen generations of students impacted by inquiry-based, relevant education. Here youth from diverse backgrounds continue to experience programs based on Quaker ideals for peace, justice and sustainability.  They learn to take action to heal the planet while living in a nurturing community.


This Fall we mark the 55th year of operations here on this land, the 13th year of Camp Woolman, and the 2nd year following the closing of the Woolman Semester.  Two years ago we came to the 2016 gathering of the College Park Quarterly Meeting at the start of a deep discernment process.


The questions we asked then have been alive for us throughout our discernment. Who are we? Are we being faithful? What work are we being asked to do with this precious resource?  We further noted, We have been blessed with 240 acres of beautiful and beloved land. We have 12 years of experience running a semester school that profoundly changed young lives. Camp Woolman is a successful summer program, which brings young people onto campus and gives them an experience of community and of wilderness that is also life changing. We have a community of people who love and serve Sierra Friends Center. We believe that these assets carry Quaker values and testimonies to the world and should be supported and nurtured.


We now come to you with the discernment process having come to fruition.

Woolman Rising is a five-year blueprint to deliver the promise of Woolman’s mission. Our goals – deep and lasting financial sustainability, educational programs embedded in our deepest values, and care for our site – are reflected in this plan.


Woolman Rising calls upon the alumni, Quaker community and supporters-at-large to rally and ensure that the next generation will be ready to see the possibilities for peace and sustainability in the challenges before us.






GENERAL FUND current Budget Actual Proposed Budget  
10/1/17-9/30/18 to 9-8-18 FY 2019
General Fund Contributions $17,170 11,711 $15,521  
Expenses changes  
Advertising   105   105   105  
Newsletter Expenses   500   339   400 -100  
Rent     6,300   6,300   6,300
Meetinghouse Maintenance   700   331   700  
Reps. Travel Expense   200   50   100 -100  
Officers’ Expense   150   0   50 -100  
Ben Lomond Annual Pass   1,200   0   0 -1200 **  
Religious Ed – childrens’ program   250   128   200 -50  
Teen Helper – childcare   750   0   375 -375  
Hospitality House Food   400   287   350 -50  
Website     25   0   25
Misc. Unbudgeted Expense   250   16   125 -125  
Meetings memberships              
     PYM dues   4,400   4,068   4,148 -252  
     CPQM dues   80   72   68 -4  
     FGC dues   100   0   100  
Ministry & Oversight Com.   50   0   25 -25  
Nominating Com,   25   0   20 -5  
Peace & Social Justice Com.   75   0   25 -50  
Library Com. (subscriptions = $123) 225   217   220 -5  
Hospitality Com.   100   64   75 -25  
Outreach Com.   75   55 60 -15  
Total Expenses 15,960 12,032 13,471  
Outbound donations, contingent on money available from current income —  
Amer. Friends Service Com.   150   0   150  
Friends Com. Legislation – Calif.   150   0   150  
Friends Com. Nat’l Legislation   150   0   150  
Friends House (FASE)   50   0   50  
Hospitality House   200   0   200  
Laura Wilcox Memorial at FCNL   150   0   150  
Nonviolent Peaceforce   50   0   50  
Sierra Friends Center 450 450 450  
Total Outbound Donations 1,350 450 1,350  
Total General Fund Expenses   $17,310   $12,482   $14,821  
Transfers to Other Funds  
Scholarship Fund (PYM/CPQM/etc.) $100 100 100  
Quaker Center Scholarship Fund ** $- 600 600 **  
Total Expenses and Transfers $17,410 $12,582 $15,521  
** Finance Committee suggests a new fund for Quaker Center  



Meetings are asked to send their seasoned response to the Faith and Practice Revision Committee by Dec 1, 2018 (deadline extended). Please email tracked changes (in Word.docx file) or written edits to:



PYM.FPRevision.Reaching-Out.2018-06-30.docx (Word)

PYM.FPRevision.Reaching-Out.2018-06-30.pdf (PDF)

PYM.FPRevision.Reaching-Out.2018-06-30.with-line-numbers.pdf (PDF)


PYM.FPRevision.Leadings.2018-06-21.docx (Word)

PYM.FPRevision.Leadings.2018-06-21.pdf (PDF)

PYM.FPRevision.Leadings.2018-06-21.with-line-numbers.pdf (PDF)



PYM.FPRevision.YouthPrograms.2018-06-21.docx (Word)

PYM.FPRevision.YouthPrograms.2018-06-21.pdf (PDF)

PYM.FPRevision.YouthPrograms.2018-06-21.with-line-numbers.pdf (PDF)






Committee Nominee
  Reed Hamilton
  Pat Phillips
  Doug Hamm
FINANCE Mary Starr
  Reed Hamilton
  Don Kewman
  Fosten Wilson-Treasurer
  Beth Kemplin
  Joanna Mlodzinska
  Karen Olson
LIBRARY Christie Munson
  Diane Marshall, librarian (ex officio)
  Shera Banbury
  Elissa Preston
  Genevieve Buckley
  Gordon Bishop
  Peggy Baldwin

Mary Starr

OUTREACH Gordon Starr
  Gordon Bishop
  Sharon Davisson
  Hilary Ellis-Lavigne
  Ted Smith
  Peggy Baldwin
  Sandy Kewman
  Don McCormick
  Dave Kemplin
INTERGERATIONAL ED. Karen Olson-Resource
  Judy Hamilton
  Ben Preston
Peace and Social Justice Dean Olson
  Karen Olson
  Beth Kemplin
  Reed Hamilton
  Pat Phillips
  Dave Barnett





Children’s Program

M&O feels deeply about the needs of the First Day school teachers. Our committee will either fill Sundays or find teachers for the month of November and have asked Nominating to consider who should serve long term on the Religious Education/Children’s Program committee. Hiring a teacher is also a consideration.



A member of our committee will be partnering with Peace and Social Justice to get out ballot recommendations from Friends Committee on Legislation – California (FCL-CA). She will be discussing with Peace and Social Justice the idea of meeting have a stance or role in serving in some capacity to individuals affected by sexual assault.


Pacific Yearly Meeting (PYM) Request for revisions to Faith and Practice

GVFM has been asked to submit a minute to PYM outlining recommendations for revisions being made to Faith and Practice on three topics:

  1. Reaching out
  2. Leadings
  3. Youth Coordinator

The minute is requested by December and a small committee is being convened for all those interested in contributing to revisions.


Del Reynolds’s Memorial Minute


On August 31st, 2018, Delbert Reynolds closed his eyes one last time and left this world, at the age of 97.


Del was born in 1920 in Wilmington, Ohio, to Craig and Blanche Reynolds. The high points of his childhood were the summers spent on his relative’s farm, and the violin lessons his mother insisted upon, determined that her boy would be more than just a farmer. He was by his own account a mischievous child, until a protracted bout of tuberculosis rendered him bedridden for two years, instilling in him a love of reading and a thoughtfulness that lasted his entire life. Upon his recovery he began attending the Wilmington Quaker Meeting.


Del graduated from college with a master’s degree in philosophy, and was hired at the Friendsville Academy in Knoxville, Tennessee, where he immediately fell in love with a lovely first year teacher named Julia White. By December they were engaged and on June 2, 1950 they were married at the Bethel Meeting House in Franklin, Virginia. They would remain married for the remaining 68 years of Del’s life.


Following an interest in the Holy Land lit by one of his professors, the young couple left in June of 1951 to teach at the Friends Schools in Ramallah, Jordan (now part of the occupied territories of Palestine), but within a year the Director of the School abruptly left and Del found himself conscripted as Director of the Boy’s School. It was a position he performed with dedication, shaping the lives of countless young Palestinians.


Their first two children were born in Jerusalem. When their five year service mission was complete Del and Julia loaded their young family into a newly purchased VW van and began a camping journey across Europe. These family trips in one VW van or another would fill their summer vacations for decades to come.


On their return to the states, the family landed in Momence, Illinois, where Del worked as a school administrator and the young couple saw their small family grow to five children. In 1963 Del accepted a job of principal at a fledgling Quaker boarding school outside of Nevada City, California, John Woolman, and the family moved west. They eventually settled onto a small farm in south Nevada County, just down the street from Pleasant Ridge Elementary School, where Del and Julia would spend the remainder of their teaching careers.


Del’s years in Ramallah forged in him a lifelong sympathy for the plight of the Palestinian people, and for the rest of his life he wrote passionately on their behalf, penning hundreds of journal letters and mailing them far and wide, advocating a vision for justice and peace in the Middle East in which he never stopped believing.


Del had a lifelong love for the violin, playing for years with the local symphony. And Del loved his garden, and his tomatoes and corn were legendary. Until his very last years Del would find a way to make it down to the garden, on his pair of canes or on his electric cart, to plant more seeds and pull some weeds, and give instructions to his army of kids and grandkids. This spring marked the first year Del didn’t pick up his precious seed catalogs, and his family knew this season would likely be his last.


Del leaves behind his wife, Julia, children Paul Reynolds, Ellen (and Brian) Bisnett, Sara (and Jack) Kimmich, Martha (and Jon) Steuer and Anna (and Bill) Trabucco, grandchildren Emily and Elsie Bisnett, Jeff and Laurel Reynolds, Anna, Tom and Katherine Kimmich, and Nola and Anya Steuer, and great granddaughter Pearl Meena, with more on the way.   Del also leaves behind a vast community of family and friends, extending from the Friends Meeting in Grass Valley to the occupied territories of Palestine.


Del was a man of peace and compassion. Del was a kind, gentle and thoughtful man who taught by example and touched the lives of everyone whose path he crossed. He will be deeply missed and long remembered. This World needs more like him.




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