Minutes of General Membership Meeting of 6/9/02
o OFFICE SPACE. Mike Kaplan spoke about issues surrounding our
current office space, issues such as lack of running water, potential
for water damage to office equipment and furnishings, and the
organization's inability to date to keep up with rent (we're
currently $575 in arrears). The observation was made that it is
perhaps not viable to continue operating in the current location.
Advantages to retaining the office were also discussed, those being
the potential for outreach to the surrounding Gert Town neighborhood
as well as to the nearby Xavier University student population.
No action was taken on the issue. The Office Committee will continue
to look at all available options.
o ART GOODTIMES. A recently-elected county commissioner in
Colorado, performance poet, and chair for the accreditation committee
to the GPUS, Art will be in New Orleans from July 12-16. The
possiblity of involving Art in a fundraiser at Café Brasil or at
Neutral Ground Coffee House was discussed.
[Art Goodtimes bio: http://www.greenpages.ws/v5i1/goodtimes.html
o STATE GP FOUNDING CONVENTION. The GNOGP will host the convention,
which will most likely be held over Labor Day weekend. Discussion
centered around choice of venues for the convention, The ARK and the
Zeitgeist Theater being the two main facilities under consideration.
The cost of booking either facility will be ~$100. Using The ARK for
the convention was seen as being problematic because of its lack of
air conditioning. Members voted to make obtaining the Zeitgeist the
highest priority. The next meeting of the state organizing committee
is to be this coming Saturday, June 15, in Alexandria.
o GREEN KITCHEN. The next Green Kitchen is to be held at 7 PM this
Sunday, June 16, at 3229 Banks St. Suggested donation is $4. For
more information, contact Josh Scalf at 821-9827.
*Josh, our Fundraising Coordinator, points out the need for more
fundraising events. Ideas, suggestions and individual initiative on
this matter are welcome.
o GNOGP BYLAWS. These are posted at
and proposed revisions are being solicited and will be heard at the
next GNOGP meeting.
o ELECTION OF OFFICERS. Cheryl Easton elected as Outreach
Coordinator, with Ben [__] to act as assistant. Joe Wagner elected
as Interim Secretary, to serve during Heather Morgan's absence
summer. Most positions are still open; further election of officers
will be held next meeting. Description of officers and committees
can be found in the GNOGP Bylaws [see link above].
o YUCCA MOUNTAIN. Hal Dean spoke about the government's plan to
transport large amounts of high-level nuclear waste cross-country and
dump it at Nevada's Yucca Mountain facility. All are encouraged
write their senators in opposition to this
scientifically/rationally/morally indefensible plan. [for more
information, see Public Citizen's report on the matter at
o COMMITTEE FOR COMMUNITY-BASED ECONOMICS. Voted into existence
with Mike Kaplan as chair. Goals: Produce literature on community-
based economics; produce a "Green Business Guide." Committee
to be held this Saturday, June 15, at 11AM.
o TREASURER'S REPORT. $38 was collected at this meeting,
the current balance to $86.20. Art Carpenter brings a couple of
salient points to our attention, namely: 1) we are currently $575 in
arrears with office rent. 2) The $217 raised in pledges and
donations over the last month came from a total of only seven
people. Emphasized is the need for more pledge income. Even if you
can only afford to send in $5 or $10, do it it adds up.
~membership in attendance this meeting: 15~