Will you Help Subud PNW Grow?

Dear Subud PNW Members,

This coming Friday we will be selecting our new committee and regional helper teams.  I thought it would be good to reflect on where we are right now and where we might be able to go.

 We are financially sound

We have put aside money in our housing fund and in our reserve account so that we currently have the ability to take care of our financial needs.

 We have held a regular annual kedjiwan event for over 25 years

For over 25 years the Pacific Northwest Region has hosted a kedjiwan gathering at the Menucha Conference Center east of Portland. Organized by the regional helpers, this event has served thousands of Subud members in and outside of our region.

We have three centers we own

Our Portland, Bellingham/Skagit Valley and Seattle centers have buildings we use as places for the latihan, enterprise and hosting events throughout the year.  These centers, assets created through the hard work and dedication of the members of these areas, are important in showing new members that we are able to work together to achieve something.

We have four other groups who meet for regular latihans

In Boise, ID, Spokane, WA, Flathead Valley, MT and Eugene, OR we have members who meet on a regular basis to continue their practice of the latihan.

We have regular monthly latihans two times a month

Due to the efforts of your regional helpers and a member who has regularly emailed the announcements and taken care of our phone-in system, we are able to offer regularly scheduled regional latihans for isolated members who are not near a group.

We have a regional website where we tell our stories and make announcements

During this term your committee, with the help of Paul Nelson, we created our new regional website.  We have used the site to publish regional board minutes, tell each other stories and announce upcoming events.  The power of this website is that, with MailChimp technology a regional newsletter is created and sent to every member of Subud PNW with the news of the week.

We have men and women interested in joining Subud

Recently, in Seattle and Portland, we have begun to have a new group of mostly young men and women coming to find out about Subud and getting opened.

How much time does it take?

I did a brief survey of your regional committee and helpers on the time they spent doing this work for you.  Those details are below.  Please review and consider: Are you willing to add your time and efforts to help Subud grow?

Are you willing to help Subud grow?

Both at our annual Kedjiwan event at the Menucha Retreat Center and in local meetings, I’ve heard the phrase: “We’re shrinking.  What can we do about it?”  If you will be willing to be a part of the many hands it takes to keep Subud growing by volunteering regionally or locally, we’ll find out together.

With Love and anticipation of a great Regional Congress,
Oswald Norton
Regional Helper

Time spent in Committee Work

Role Event Time Spent Working w/others
Chair Monthly Board Meeting Planning 30 min
Chair Monthly Board Meetings 60 min
Chair Helping in Menucha Planning 1-2 hours/year
Chair Helping Plan Arts Camp 2 weeks
Chair Coordinating with others on regional business 2-3 hours/month
Vice Chair Monthly Board Meeting Planning 30 min
Vice Chair Monthly Board Meetings 60 min
Treasurer Monthly Board Meeting Planning 30 min
Treasurer Monthly Board Meetings 60 min
Treasurer Quarterly Financial Reports 1-2 hours
Treasurer Paying Regional Expenses 2-3 hours/month
Secretary Monthly Board Meeting Planning 30 min
Secretary Monthly Board Meetings 60 min
Secretary Monthly Board Minutes 1-2 hours/month
Website Edits Adds content to SPNW website as needed 1-2 hours/month

Time Spent In Regional Helper Work

Role Event Time Spent Working w/others
Woman RH Monthly RH Meeting 30-45 min
Man RH Monthly RH Meeting 30-45 min
Woman RH Bi-Monthly Regional Latihan 30-45 min
Man RH Bi-Monthly Regional Latihan 30-45 min
Woman RH Monthly Regional Board Meeting 30-45 min
Man RH Monthly Regional Board Meeting 30-45 min
Men & Women RH Annual Planning Retreat 1-2 days
Men & Women RH Menucha Planning Retreat 1-2 days
Men & Women RH Menucha Event Leadership 4 days
Men & Women RH Visiting Centers and Isolated Members 1-2 days every other month. Shared amongst the team.
Woman RH Latihan Support Art’s Camp 2-3 days
Man RH Latihan Support Art’s Camp 2-3 days
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Reflections and a request from your regional helpers

Dear Sisters and Brothers of the Pacific Northwest Region,

We are now 2 weeks away from our regional congress and we have a request of those of you who pray.  Would you please pray that strong candidates step forward to test for positions on our regional committee and for the positions of men and women regional helpers in for the next term?

Committee Candidates

To those of you who are considering answering that inner voice in you that is asking, “Can I do the work of the committee in our region?” I can assure you that should you become our new chair, or vice chair, you will be provided training and assistance in understanding the role and responsibilities.  You will assist in the further development of a strong region, with a solid set of bylaws, regular meetings and financial health.  You will have the opportunity to help our region to grow further through your efforts.

If possible, please grab a local helper and pretest regarding putting your name forward.  If this is not possible, testing can occur at the congress.

Regional Helper Candidates

To those of you who are considering answering that inner voice in you that is asking, “Can I do the work of a regional helper in our region?” I can assure you that should you become a regional helper, both Elizabeth Flanders and I are committed to assisting you in understanding the role and responsibilities of this job.

The role being primarily to serve the regional members in a way that you will discover during your term.

The responsibility is to just be sincere in doing the work and willing to grow as the work helps you to grow.

Also, know that if you travel out to visit our members, there is a budget for regional helper travel so that this work can be facilitated.

If possible, please grab a local helper and pretest regarding putting your name forward.  If this is not possible, testing can occur at the congress,

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Memorial for Rainer Burrows

There will be a gathering on Saturday May 12 at 1:30PM at Subud Greater Seattle House, in memory of Rainer Burrows, who left this life on March 12.  Please come and join us in honoring our dear brother and his years of active service to Subud.

After the memorial, there will be a reception.   Food and refreshments will be provided, and you are welcome to bring an additional dish to share.

From Legacy.com and the Seattle Times:

Keith “Rainer” Burrows

Keith Lyon Burrows, born January 10, 1937 in Prescot, UK, honed his artistic talents at the Liverpool College of Art before joining the American Greetings Hi-Brow Studio in Cleveland, 1968, where he met his future wife Helaine. In 1975 they moved to Bellevue with their two children to begin a graphics and printing business buoyed by their background and skills.

Rainer was an exceptionally loving and devoted father and avid kids’ soccer coach. He served his God faithfully, lending help in many roles in the Subud organization.

March 12, 2018 he gently passed on, supported by his wife of 49 years; his son Lewis (Carol), daughter Alyssa; brother Philip (Sandra); grandson Brad and a beloved extended family.

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The Fab 4 at the Conway Muse

 

What a night!    A call for “More, more” came from the packed house. And at the end of the evening a standing ovation!   The audience loved it. I was thrilled to be witness to the magic.

Luther Schutz with his unique style of sophistication and soulful singing, the swinging piano improvisations of Elisha Gullixson, with Drew Baddeley playing a fascinating virtuoso double bass, and a very smooth John Anderson on tenor saxophone, mesmerized a packed house. All at the Conway Muse, the noted entertainment spot in Skagit County, Washington.  https://conwaymuse.com

We all listened intently to a wide range of tunes with major emphasis on the much beloved jazz standards. Gee, they were good. A special treat was the trio’s treatment of “Secret Love”, Doris Day’s old sock. The  audience went wild.  Luther said, “And we didn’t even practice [this one].”

Such a delight to witness four people enjoying themselves to the hilt and at the same time giving their all to the music.  Nice. The cohesion was like listening to a freshly oiled gate. Smooth. Very smooth.

By Danella Mauguin

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Earth Day! Garden Day!

Join us after Latihan on Sunday, April 22, 2018, for a day of gardening. Marston Gregory, Jim O’Halloran and Leandra Hildreth will lead the troops in a celebration of Earth Day to clean up around the Subud House, perhaps plant a new hydrangea (thank you Lucinda O’Halloran) and replace the dogwood tree that did not make it.

Garden tools will be provided. Please come help make our house outside look new for Spring!

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Free Child Care Program at SUSA National and SPNW Congresses

Were you hoping to be able to participate in some national latihans at the SUSA National Congress May 24-28, at the Hilton Hotel in Vancouver, Washington, but don’t have child care?

Put your worries aside and come. Free child care and programs now available.

The congress team is providing a paid staff person for Friday Saturday & Sunday (5/25-5/27) with additional activity support from other members.  So parents will be able to get to at least 1 latihan a day while attending the congress.

This will also provide support for those attending the Subud PNW and Subud California congresses.

Kids under age 12 years eat at a reduced rate. Kids sleep FREE under age 18 years.

For more information on the child care, and how to signup, click this link.

For more information on the latihans scheduled, click this link.

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The Melinda Wallis World Congress Assistance Fund

WORLD CONGRESS 
July 28-August 8

Freiburg, Germany
NEW! Congress at a Glance
Register Here
Details on travel, lodging 
Info for Families and Children
Discount Airfares 
Travel tips
Volunteer at the Congress
Financial Assistance Information
Latest Newsletter 

For many years, Melinda Wallis was the voice and multi-tasking wonder of the Subud USA National office, during which time she planned over half of the National Congress events.  
 
Melinda possessed an unwavering enthusiasm for Subud. Her welcoming, can-do attitude will not soon be forgotten, and we are excited to establish the Melinda Wallis World Congress Assistance Fund in her honor.
 
The fund will be especially useful in supporting elder members who may not have the financial means to attend the World Congress but wish to connect with lifelong Subud friends. It will also be awarded to youth with limited resources who will benefit from exposure to the greater Subud world. Moreover, it will help us defray the cost of travel by our Zone 7 World Congress delegates.  

Contributions to the fund are tax-deductible.
 
Thanks to several generous donors, we have already received $9,000 to put toward a challenge match for this fund.  That means everything raised by April 30 will be matched dollar for dollar, up  to $9,000.  Should you wish to increase the matching fund, please contact Lucas Boladian at boladie@aol.com.
 
Individual/joint donations to the fund can be made here.

Apply for assistance here.

Read more of the Subud USA Newsletter HERE.

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General Meeting Minutes March 9, 2018

The most recent general meeting for Subud Greater Seattle was held in Bellevue. Leandra Hildreth took the minutes:

General Member Meeting Minutes 3/9/2018

Attendees: Elisha, Danella, Aakarsh, Rachman, Ida, Ramon, Halstien, Marston, Lucinda, and Hadijah.

SGS Elected Committee: Honora Hildreth, Jim O’Halloran, Sherwin O’Bar, and Leandra Hildreth

Previous General Meeting minutes read and approved.

Financial Report:

Total outflows are currently $-3,982.

It is not uncommon to be behind in the beginning of the year.

Recent improvements to the house have been made

Does Airbnb revenue affect SPNW’s non profit church status?

We are consulting a lawyer.

Does Airbnb revenue generate a federal income tax liability?

Portland’s House found that they did not owe any federal income tax with Airbnb.

Do we need to pay County property tax?

The committee is consulting a lawyer.

If we are found liable we will go to the SPNW Regional board for further action.

Airbnb:

February and March are record breaking numbers for Airbnb revenue. This is due to two long term rentals during January and February of this year.

House:

This year the committee approved a budget of 7,500 for house repairs.

Blinds have been installed

New carpet on the stairs has been installed

New brochures are being made for both SGS and The Spring Street Center

SGS Event ideas:

Kejiwaan or events that can involve kids and friends of members.

Donations at door to raise money for house and member travel.

Open mic nights Honora

Movie Night -Marston

Game Night -Ramon

Raised garden bed in front of house -Leandra

Action Items:

Committee consults a lawyer for tax questions.

Questions stated above.

Helpers to look over SGS brochure and update content and layout.

Men and women helpers to schedule more meetings.

 

 

 

 

 

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Finding Subud

Have you seen this movie about Subud?

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Why you might consider becoming a regional helper

Dear Brothers and sisters,

We have two openings for men and two for women regional helpers for the coming term.

In order to provide some insight into what this experience has been like for two of the regional helper team, here’s a short description from Elizabeth Flanders and Oswald Norton

Two Regional Helpers Speak About Their Experiences

Elizabeth Flanders

I highly recommend serving as a regional helper. This work has been one of my life’s peak experiences. The harmony within our Dewan gave me a glimpse of Bapak’s vision for Subud and I’ve come to love members I did not know previously. When I reflect upon who I was four years ago and who I am now, I am deeply grateful. If you don’t mind traveling 6 – 8 times per year, don’t miss this opportunity!

Oswald Norton

Becoming a regional helper helped me to grow in the latihan and in my love for the members of our Pacific Northwest Subud Community. I was welcomed into this team in the spring of 2016. I was impressed by everyone’s dedication to meeting regularly to share the load and how we enjoyed each other’s company.

After having served as vice chair of the region, I found a whole new type of engagement and trust needed to do this new work.  As I visited regional centers in Boise, Skagit Valley, Portland and Seattle, I noticed a new way of being and thinking becoming a part of who I was becoming. Working with this team and doing this work has provided a deepening of the latihan that I am so grateful for.

Want To Know More?

For more information on the role and it’s responsibilities please contact any of the regional helpers for conversation or testing on doing the roll.

The term starts after the national congress on May 24-28, 2018 Hilton Inn Vancouver Washington.

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