Public Bank Lecture

Hello all,
Upcoming on the 29th is a free public lecture about the proposed public bank for Washington State. It will be given by David Spring, of the Washington Public Bank Coalition — www.WApublicbankproject.org
This project is beyond the scope of Transition Port Angeles, but it touches upon PA regardless. For example, a public bank could lend First Federal capital, so that it wouldn’t need to go public. The City of Port Angeles could lodge its funds in the public bank, instead of at US Bank. And so on…
The details–
When: 29 September, 7:00pm
Where: 2nd Floor conference room
            The Landing Mall
            115 E Railroad Avenue, Port Angeles
Cheers!
Kaitlan, Hank, Nelson, Lori, Andrew, Diana, and Neil (in no particular order)
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Transportation meta-top update, 12 September 2012

Additions to the ongoing Transportation meta-topic.

Bill, Sharah, Josh, Randall, Lisa, et al.

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Map of hill grades, routes, lanes, and facilities.

Clallam Transit, public transit

Bus routes/times redesign
– bike racks
– schedule master
– coordination/cooperation
– paratransit
– casino busses
– National Park system?
– stage coach
– Hurricane Ridge
– Senior Center bus drivers needed
– Google app BusRte

Walking, sidewalks
– geo-caching
– scavenger hunts
– teams/children to school
– parents hand-off
– incentives

Farmers’ Market table & other events

Hello all,
This week’s table at the Farmers’ Market was great, and eight people signed up for the mailing list — welcome! Kaitlan would still appreciate help manning the table, so if you’d like to volunteer just reply to this post. Don’t worry about how much time you have available. All help is gratefully appreciated, and in the process you can learn about Transition by doing Transition. 🙂
We noticed two community events at the Market which seemed appropriate to share. We copied down all the info, so check them out below.
Cheers!
Kaitlan, Neil, Nelson, Hank, Diana, Lori, and Andrew (in no particular order)
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Fourth Annual Olympic Peninsula Fiber Farm Tour
 
Five farms will be on the tour this year, gladly opening their gates for your visit. There will be sheep and llamas and all the wool products you can imagine. Bring the whole family and spend the weekend on the beautiful Olympic Peninsula.
 
When: September 15 & 16, 10:00am to 4:00 pm
For more information: www.olypenfiberfarmtour.com
 
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Chicken Processing Workshop
Join Stuart Boyle and Michele Gilles from the Kitsap Poultry Growers Co-op to learn about processing chickens from pasture to plate. Stuart will be demonstrating poultry processing equipment and discussing the Kitsap Poultry Growers Co-op’s exciting plans to develop a mobile processing unit to serve poultry growers in this area. If you are currently raising chickens for meat or even just thinking about it, this informative workshop is for you!
 
When: Thursday, September 13th, 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Where: Clark Farms — 863 E Anderson Road, Sequim
Cost: Workshop fee is $20 per household. Pay at the door.
RSVP to clea.rome (at) wsu.edu or 360 417 2280

Event Update for 12 September

Hello all,

The event this coming Wednesday will be different from the last few at the Library.

There are lots of people and organizations in Port Angeles with projects which naturally compliment the Transition process. Obviously Transition Port Angeles shouldn’t run around reinventing the wheel!

So, this Wednesday we’d like to have a round-robin discussion, and start building a list of people and organizations to contact. We expect this will take about forty minutes or so, and by the end of it everyone will have a much deeper understanding of the many connections we share in the broader community. It’s our hope to walk away with the beginning of an inventory for Transition PA’s future.

After the round-robin will be breakout groups for topic focus time. There’s lots to talk about!

In brief–

When: Wednesday, 12 September, 7:00 pm
Where: Port Angeles Library’s Carver Room
What: Group round-robin for community inventorying, followed by small group focus time

Cheers, and see you there!

Lori, Kaitlan, Hank, Neil, Andrew, Nelson, and Diana (in no particular order)

Initiating Group meeting, 29 August 2012

Agenda

3:00 PM Klallam Kup
4:30 PM Oven Spoonful
6:30 PM Barhop

Facilitator: Hank
Notetaker: Neil
Time Keeper:
Feelings Watcher:
Scribe: [no scribing]

Part 1 — Business
Klallam Kup

1. Check-in
2. Announcements, TPA related
3. Announcements, Transition Network related
4. Appreciations
5. Approval of 22 August 2012 meeting notes
6. Agenda Review
7. Action Items Review

Part 2 — Deepening & Public Conversations
Oven Spoonful

1. Focus time: Crisis Scenario & Seeding Appropriate Responses

Part 3 — Ongoing Conversations & Business
Barhop

1. Ongoing Conversations
a. Farmers’ Market Table & Outreach
b. Sept 29 public event at The Landing
c. Transition HQ — Location Development DTF progress/discussion
d. TPA outreach trip to Port Townsend
e. TPA outreach to Permaculture gathering
f. Adding new members to the IG……DTF formation??
g. Select new Director for Friends of TPA + Decide where to setup our bank account (…. if not FirstFed?)
h. Transition Training event in PA

2. New Business
a. Encouraging formation of working groups — Discuss IG “seeding” & temporary facilitation
b. Individual IG Members — Burnout Check-In

3. Next Meeting
4. Take-aways & next steps
5. Evaluation
6. Social

Notes

Attending:
Hank, facilitator
Neil, notes
Lori, time keeper
Kaitlan, feelings watcher
Nelson
Andrew

Meeting started at 3:17

After the introductory business, continuing conversations began with a review of the August 27 event at the Library. The event was seen as a good step forward, with much positive energy. Appreciation was noted for those who spontaneously helped facilitate. Concerns were expressed about loose group process, set up, and in-meeting communication issues. Some fine-tuning is needed and the IG resolved “That public events are to have well-planned agenda, roles, and facilitation. The goal is to maintain a tradition of excellence. Each event will have a planning DTF for quality assurance.”

The PA Farmers Market table begins Saturday 9/1. Material for presentation was reviewed, and some additions suggested.

The David Spring/State Bank proposal event will take place 9/29 7 PM at the Landing.

A local real estate specialist is willing to help with the review of potential sites for Transition HQ. Some expressed concern against putting to much ‘sweat equity’ into a location on account of lack of occupancy rights. Visioning is needed for long-term facility needs.

The planning for the Port Townsend and Permaculture outreach road trips is being combined because of the likely closeness of the dates.

The discussion on growing the IG had three threads: expanding outreach materials, need for new media to reach PDN-alienated local people,  targeted recruitment opportunities through the outreach matrix of organizations and activities. It was decided to do recurring inventorying at public meetings.

There was an incomplete review of the retreat topic of Dealing with Fast Collapse due to Economic Crisis.

Selecting a new Director for Friends of TPA was deferred.

The Victoria trainer was interviewed on August 28. She was deemed to be highly competent. There needs to be a waiting list of attendees. Trainees will be best prepared by being familiar with The Transition Companion. A email will go out the TPA community.

The meeting with Transition Victoria members was very fruitful, introducing ideas such as decolonizing and empowerment. The economic leg of Transition has the greatest appeal in Victoria.

The meeting decided to have “Together, we are the solution” to be the tagline of Transition Port Angeles.

New business began with the determination to have the formation of working groups be an item of ongoing conversation.

It was also determined that a feelings-based check in around TPA involvement and possible burnout be included in future IG meetings. A conversation about IG meeting formats will be in the next meeting as well.

It was decided that the next community event in September would be a working session addressing what is going on that touches on TPA and how are we connected to that. This will be the beginning of inventorying at public meetings.

Bringing up a potluck was deferred.

The next IG meeting will be 4 PM, Wednesday, September 5 at Lori’s house. Food will be potluck. Andrew will facilitate (Neil will help prepare agenda). Lori will be note-taker.

Meeting adjourned at 8:45

Group Focus Time on World Cafe Responses, 6 August 2012

Food

Brad, Mark, John, Bill, Lou et al

Educational group
-to teach growing one’s own food
-in schools (some already underway)
-consider summer market for kids to operate and earn $

Publicize community gardens

Pairing land (lot) owners with land workers to grow a garden
-INVENTORY of interested owners and interested workers

Assess barriers (legal?) to selling small plot produce

Resource: TERRA INFORMA

Society & Community

Jill, Kaitlan, Bobbie, et al

Most important
-Involve youth on all levels. This is a piece of all of the other aspects
-Combat apathy, hopelessness, insecurity

How do we engage the greater community… beyond showing support, but getting invested/taking action?

1. Keep the conversation alive
-Coop with other community organizations
-Talk it up with individuals and groups you’re involved in!

2. Build a consistent visable presence
-regular meetings
-community events (farmers market, schools, city council meetings)

3. Logo & slogan

4. Show, don’t tell

5. Inventory of resources available in community
-people with skills, land, capital
-so we can share efforts

6. Get neighbors to meet one another… engage.

7. Public transit needs to be more “convenient” and useful (schedule)… bringing people together physically

Transportation

Milt, Lois, Don, Lori

Added to the World Cafe categorized list:

more walkable, bikeable city
electic & pedal cabs
electical cars
3 wheeled bikes, becok
people can get to work
solar, wind, wave energy
maglev
outside employers pkg. tots

Real survey of what it would take to get you to ride the bus… to work, for errands, to take classes, for recreation…

Worksheet:

Public transportation important but substandard in our community. More walkable and bikeable city.

More public trasportation
-accessable locations & times for getting to work
-smaller vehilces in neighborhoods
-non oil powered vehicles
-would create jobs

Pedal cabs — three wheel bikes (becok)
-3 wheels
-rider in back, two seats in front

Generate and store non-fossil fuels – more r&d needed

Action: Grassroots survey of what people need to get them to ride the bus to work, stores, recreation… And ask bus drivers too!

Waste

Janet, Marilyn, Neil

Develop a comprehensive plan for maximum reuse and recycling throughout the local area.

Not under our control:
-Landfill spillage into strait
-Waste Management contracts

What we can control:
-Independant, individual, and collective
-Setting up our own “Waste Management Center”
-Reduce our waste stream

Create a lot of jobs doing this ultimately.

Make it our own problem. Don’t send it to someone else’s backyard.

Eliminate the fuel epxenditure to truck waste to Oregon.

Local plastic compression into picnic tables, useful other things, etc.

Put the City out of the solid waste business, because its the most expensive utility we have.

Education & Culture
—New meta-topic—

Emma, Annie, Vee, Diana et al

–COMMUNITY CENTER–

Classes in:
-canning
-crocheting
-etc
-bicycle repair

Apathy –> Not alone!

Ride sharing, biking, bus

-work ethic

Hopelessness, helplessness <— How to counteract this?

POSITIVE CHANGE

High school students
-link with classrooms
-cont. issues
-seed glaciers

Reality

Landfill

Aluminum waste —> 4x commercial airline fleet yearly

BIG PARTY
-potluck
-fun
-boomfest

Seeding educational alternatives!
Free universities/schools
Old schools —> turned into community centers
-dance classes
-art classes
-music classes

Churches – engage

Library

Bill McKibbin —> Rolling Stone —> FUELS

CONNECTION
-Community events
-Transition parties
-Community space (hub)
-Using knowledge & people who want to learn

Free universities
-teach what you know/like

Water

Heidi, David, Nelson, et al

#1 Insuring adequate water for farming as well as home gardens and residential needs

#2 Reform water rights — water commons

#3 Water pollution
-runoff
-recycle

#4 Law prohibits collection of rainwater – raingardens – retain conservation
-involves individuals