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AVTT October 2020 MONTHLY MEETING – At Char’s and Online – 6PM – October 21

We will again be hosted in-person at Char’s Landing, properly socially distanced and masks are welcome. Char will also be showing the meeting live and interactive on Zoom! So it is the best of both worlds!

Click Here to go to the Zoom Meeting.
You can find more Zoom details and other events at Char’s Landing.com

Time: October 21 – 6:00pm Pacific Time.

Possible Movie at 7PM – TBA

AVTT October 17, 2020, 6PM – Agenda

  1. Approval of Agenda
  2. Approval of Minutes
  3. Unfinished Business and Current Topics
    • Charity Status Discussion
    • Food Rx Program
    • Director’s Insurance
    • Quay-to-Quay Path
  4. Upcoming Events
  5. Reports and Sub-Groups
    • Ad-hoc Strategic Planning
    • Education and Networking
    • Food Group / Food Hub
    • Cycle Alberni
    • Housing
    • Watershed Protection
    • Other Groups and Reports
  6. Finances
    • Current State of Accounts, Grants and Contracts
  7. New Business and Other Fun Stuff!
  8. Next Meeting – Suggersted: Nov 19, 2020 – 6PM Char’s and Zoom
  9. ADJOURN

Alberni Valley Transition Town Society
Meeting – September 16, 2020 – at Char’s Landing and by Zoom MINUTES

  1. Approval of Agenda – approved by Dan and Char
  2. Approval of Minutes – approved by Dan and Char
  3. Unfinished Business and Current Topics
    • Char, Chris and Dan had a long ranging discussion about many aspects of the society including the current state of attendance to meetings, the impact of COVID19 on attendance and activities by the society, the fall fair, family farm day, and climate action. 
    • Char emphasized the power of projects to get people interested has extensively discussed as ways to reinvigorate the Society once the time is now.
    • Dan mentioned for now perhaps it is best to “keep the bones” of the society and movement going until some of the restrictions that are making it difficult to carry out projects and get people engaged, are able to lift. And to encourage people to engage when we can. We made sure that Char’s Lansing was included on the AVTT list!
    • Dan mentioned reading Rob Hopkins (founder of Transition Town). Turning What If to What Is.
    • Char mentions: Perhaps a questionnaire could be worked on to engage the community.
    • Given the lack of board members and general members we did not continue the discussion on Charity status at this time though Rob did mention electronically in days running up to the meet that it might be useful to consider having The Gleaning Project seek charitable status and become the holder of charitable receipts for AVTTS.
  4. Upcoming Events
  5. None.
  6. Reports and Sub-Groups
    • Ad-hoc Strategic Planning
    • Education and Networking
    • John Douglas’ recent proposal to City Council to put in temporary beautification at the brownfiled lot on 10th and Redford was discussed. Contact Shirley White and Keith and Bernadette Wyton about using Shaun looney money for 10th Ave.
    • Dan will also send notes about the Webinars that he watched.
    • Food Group / Food Hub
    • Edna was away so no update from Food Hub
    • Cycle Alberni – GOBYBIkeWeek is Sept 28.
    • Housing
    • Transportation
    • Char suggested TT could send a letter to the City in support of east coast link. Dan mentioned Rob has been keen to engage the city to get bus shelters.
    • Watershed Protection
    • Other Groups and Reports
  7. Finances
    • Current State of Accounts, Grants and Contracts
    • Aggregate: $25,186.47
    • AVTTS: $3,104.56
    • Food Hub Committee: $9,471.86
    • Grow Local: $3,879.81
    • Food Hub Education: $496.59
    • Gleaning: $1,700.44
    • Cycle Alberni: $10,185.96
    • Shaun Loney: $2,668.88
  8. New Business and Other Fun Stuff. – None
  9. ADJOURN Dan and Char Moved
  10. NOTE – Next Meeting – October 21, 2020 – 6PM Char’s and Zoom

AVTT September 2020 MONTHLY MEETING – At Char’s and Online – 6PM – September 16

We will again be hosted in-person at Char’s Landing, properly socially distanced and masks are welcome. Char will also be showing the meeting live and interactive on Zoom! So it is the best of both worlds!

Click Here to go to the Zoom Meeting.
You can find more Zoom details and other events at Char’s Landing.com

Time: 6:00pm Pacific Time.

Movie at 7PM – TBA

AVTT September 16, 2020, 6PM – Agenda

  1. Approval of Agenda
  2. Approval of Minutes
  3. Unfinished Business and Current Topics
    • Charity Status Discussion
    • Virtual Fair
  4. Upcoming Events
  5. Reports and Sub-Groups
    • Ad-hoc Strategic Planning
    • Education and Networking
    • Food Group / Food Hub
    • Cycle Alberni
    • Housing
    • Watershed Protection
    • Other Groups and Reports
  6. Finances
    • Current State of Accounts, Grants and Contracts
  7. New Business and Other Fun Stuff!
  8. ADJOURN

    NOTE – Next Meeting – October 21, 2020 – 6PM Char’s and Zoom

Alberni Valley Transition Town Society
Meeting – August 19, 2020 – at Char’s Landing and by Zoom MINUTES

 

Present: Chris Alemany, Rob Powelson, Dan Schubart (at Char’s) Edna Cox, Ian Thomas (by zoom) 

1. Approval of the agenda: Dan moved; Rob seconded. Carried. 

2. Approval of the minutes of the previous meeting: Dan moved; Rob seconded. Carried. 

3. Unfinished Business and Current Topics
a) Charitable Status discussion
Rob: The four categories under which appilcations for federal charitable status may be submitted are relief of poverty; advancement of education; religious purpose; benefit to the community. The fourth fits with AVTTS’ focus. 

Dan: A successful application would depend upon how the terms of reference are framed.
Meg: We need to weigh the advantiages/gains versus the work involved.
Chris: Charitable status could widen our ability to seek donations, be a way to diversify our work, and increase our accountability.
Dan: Housing and energy initiatives, for example, could benefit by broadening the pool of available funds and possible projects.
Chris will contact other Transition Towns to see if any have applied for charitable status. Rob will look further into the application process. 

  1. Upcoming Events: None.
  2. Reports and Sub-groups
    a) Strategic Planning: An application for chartitable status is being considered.

    b) Education and Networking: There are films in the queue. Dan will post links on the AVTTS
    website.

    c) Food Hub/Food Group:
    A part-time summer worker will be hired for 12 weeks, 30 hours/week, to look after the food boxes for those leaving hospital and to assist with gleaning, the ACRD’ apple pressing event (Oct. 11), and other Food Hub tasks. Deadline for applications is August 28. Rates for using the new Food Hub and Innovation Centre have been posted by the Port Authority.

    Re-assessment and negotiation for non-profit groups is possible. Rates will be likely be tested in practice. The official launch of the Centre has not yet happened.

    Gleaning is busy with 15 of 26 requests have been completed so far. 26 volunteers had picked 2,976 lbs of fruit by August 18 , with donations made to The Bread of Life/Salvation Army,

    ACAWS, the Friendship Centre, NTC Children and Youth, and the Hupacasath House of Gathering. Rob will post photos on the AVTTS website. Rob was commended for his commitment and improvisation.
    Next meeting of Food Hub Committee: Sunday, August 23 at 1 p.m. in Rogers Creek Park.

    d) Cycle Alberni
    Chris reported on the province-wide Go By Bike conversation August 18.
    Smaller communities are hosting virtual events only. As the Ministry of Transportation oversees funding , GBB must always promote cycling as transportation/commuting first. The realities of the pandemic may bring more emphais on the recreational, health and de-stressing benefits of cycling. Ian will resarch progress on the bikes for E.J. Dunn School and report at the next meeting.

    e) Watersheds: Edna will send information about the September 12th meeting of Vancouver Island Water Watch Coalition and about the Save Our Watersheds initiative. 

6. Finances: General $ 12,580.96 AVTTS $ 3,122.31 Food Hub $ 9,471.86 Gleaning $ 1,415.16 Food Group Education $ 496.59 Cycle Alberni $ 5,335.96 Grow Local $ 3,883.01 

7. New Business: None.
Adjournment: Dan moved that the meeting be adjourned at 6:40 p.m. 

Next meeting: September 16, 2020 – 6 p.m.