Ithaca Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends
February 16, 2020
(The @ signifies that the minute has been read and approved during Meeting. Please note that copies of all annual reports provided during this Meeting are on file with and available from the Clerk or Recording Clerk.)
2020.2.1 Opening Worship
Ithaca Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends met in Monthly Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business on February 16, 2020. At 12:25 pm, seventeen Friends gathered and settled into worship.
Clerk reviewed the agenda and recognized Michelle Brimage who was holding the Meeting in the Light.
2020.2.2 Communications Committee Report
Melissa Travis Dunham read a prepared report from the Communications Committee. The committee proposes migrating the meeting’s thirteen-year-old website to a contemporary instance of Wordpress. The current framework is dated and difficult for non-specialists to maintain. In addition, the new instance would better enable the committee to make use of Wordpress “plug-ins” that could offer additional functionality to the website. The website is an evolving project, and Friends are encouraged to contact the committee if they have questions or suggestions for the site. Friends approved migrating the meeting’s website to a new Wordpress instance. @
Melissa described that the committee is also looking into groups.io as a way to facilitate email communications. Friends received the report. @
2020.2.3 Naming Committee Report
Nancy Riffer from the Naming Committee brought forth the names of Ellie Rosenberg and Barbara Barry as new members to the Nominating Committee. Both terms would run through 2022. The committee also brings forth Nancy Gabriel’s name to serve one additional year—through 2021. Friends approved the nominations.
2020.2.4 Nominating Committee
Pat Sewell from the Nominating Committee brought forth the following nominations: Laurence Clarkberg to the Third Street Meetinghouse Committee, Pat Sewell as Treasurer, Dreia Spies to the Hector Meetinghouse Committee, and Jim Grant as the Area Congregations Together (ACT) liaison. All nominations are for three-year terms, expiring at the end of 2022. Friends approved the nominations. Corrections to the distributed list can go to Marin Clarkberg. @
2020.2.5 Clerk’s Report: Memorial Minutes
Clerk shared that there is a need for memorial minutes for four recently deceased Friends: Minutes for Carol Kimball and Ann Rhodin are being drafted, and Clerk expects these will be read at March’s Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business. Authors are still needed to draft memorial minutes for Will White and Marion DaGrossa. Friends who have contributions for any of these minutes or who have ideas as to who might draft the minutes for Will and Marion please contact the Clerk. Friends received the report. @
2020.2.6 M&W Report: Transfer of Membership for Wallace Watson
Nancy Riffer reported that Wallace Watson requested that his membership be transferred to Sandy Spring Monthly Meeting in Sandy Spring, Maryland where Wallace now resides. Friends approved the transfer. @
2020.2.7 Annual Reports
Annual reports from 2019 were read from the following committees: Nominating (read by Pat Sewell), Young Friends (read by Lenora Schneller), Earthcare (read by Elizabeth Keokosky), Ad Hoc Working Group for Immigrant Support (read by Garry Thomas), and Peace and Social Justice (read by Elizabeth Schneider). Following each report, there was a period of waiting worship. Friends gratefully and lovingly received the reports. Friends expressed a desire for reports to be digitally preserved and available. @
2020.2.8 Other Concerns
A Friend asked about the total 2019 donation to Kitchen Cupboard and whether it had declined compared to previous years. This question was referred to the new treasurer. A Friend reported that documentation that was submitted in the Treasurer’s mailbox was lost. The past and current treasurer are working on the issue. @
Twelve Friends settled into silent worship at 2pm before adjourning. Our next regular Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business will be held at the rise of Meeting on March 8, 2020.