Dear Grounds Group,
We left our
last meeting requesting more meetings, and the truth is there has been less and
less communication. I am responsible for this less and less. The grounds have
been functioning and moving forward thanks to all of you hidden workers. Jotai
working the numerous sprinkler timers and work in the Pundarika courtyard.
Mugen and his “hidden” work; weeding and planting and care of plants with a quiet and caring
heart for our grounds. Yudo has trimmed and contributed but is not part of our
group officially. Roberta has been diligently weeding for hours here and there as
her time permits. Lynda and her group
have been working and planting in the Nilotpala, and there are problems there.
Roshi continues to weed and garden in her free moments. Mary, our business
Manager is sometimes viewed walking around with trimmers taking care for the
center. Rich Cloud Forest comes most weeks and does heavy and very important
trimming that not all of us are qualified to do; he has a great sense for
trimming and opening. We also have
Luis and day workers that I order
around and they do contribute, though paid some, they really care for our
center, or they would not work for us. Our gardener Jorge is special and he
takes great pride in his work and will do anything I ask of him; he does a
wonderful job and we should discuss his pay this year, I will need some guidance
as to raises etc.
Last year I put the Budget together myself, but this year I
would like for us to do this as a group and have discussion. This will be in
I would like to see if we could schedule a meeting this
month. There are a few areas to address and much needed help, in particular the
Irolo side. We also need to discuss some of the input for the Pundarika
My personal focus right now is to put some concentrated
effort into the Nilotpala area. It is time to step in and give some
concentrated effort. Lynda and her group have been working very hard to try and
develop something in that area and we all need to begin to help out. I will be
working in that area Fri 13th if anyone cares to join.
We also have not formalized our statement and core values.
Again, I have allowed this to pass.
We also need to look at what kinds of sitting areas we can
create around the center. I am against wood because of the watering on the
grounds and the care taking of this. Could all of you do some research and come
up with some ideas around sitting around the inner yards; what do you
think? Please do some research on
My dates for meeting this month… 21st, after 1:30pm
Lets see what can be done on any of these days. We need a
1hr meeting at least. Please email
any ideas around furniture for the inner yards and other ideas.Take care, Faith-Mind