Monday, September 21, 2009

Fwd: Meeting with State Director of Organizing for America

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From: Joel Spiro
Date: Mon, Sep 21, 2009 at 12:20 PM
Subject: Meeting with State Director of Organizing for America

Just wanted you to call your attention to a meeting this coming Saturday with John Spears, the Massachusetts Director of Organizing for America, the follow up to Obama's grassroots campaign. A lot of us are asking what we can do to push for a good solution for health care and a lot of other things that have to be changed. Now we have a chance to hear John Spears and let him know what we think. Hope that you can make it and please send the invitation to friends. Regards, Joel

Massachusetts Organizing for America Listening/Organizing Tour

With State Director John Spears

2:00 to 4:00 PM on Saturday, Sept. 26th

MEF, Francis Crowe Community Room,
60 Masonic Street, Northampton, MA

In 2008, millions of Americans joined the political process – many for the first time – to fight for a new kind of politics.
Through one grassroots movement, built from the bottom up, millions of voices called for change and elected President Barack Obama. They proved that ordinary people, together, can achieve extraordinary things.
Those voices enabled a new beginning. But now it's time to make that promise of change a reality.
Through Organizing for America, Americans across the country will continue to organize in their communities and stand with President Obama to bring about a new era of security and prosperity.
The challenges we face can't be solved by one person alone. We need you to get involved.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Take and Eat in South Hadley is getting organized!

From: Charlotte Buijnarowski
Date: Tue, Sep 1, 2009 at 8:23 PM

Hello All,
Just a reminder that we will meet tomorrow night 7:00 pm at the Center Church for our next round of organizing. It's time to put the final plans in place for our first meal on October 17th!!
We are still looking for volunteers for all jobs; also, please see the updated chart below for our open coordinator positions.
Looking forward to seeing all interested tomorrow!!
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Sent: Tuesday, August 18, 2009 6:14 AM
Subject: Take and Eat in South Hadley is getting organized!
Hello All,
You are receiving this email because you have expressed an interest in being part of the ecumenical Take and Eat program in South Hadley and Granby. Several churches, including the Center Congregational Church, the United Methodist Church, the South Hadley Falls Congregational Church, Our Savoir Lutheran Church and the Granby Congregational Church, will be coming together to prepare and deliver meals to homebound members of our community on one weekend day a month.
There have been several meetings recently, which some of you may have participated in, that have brought us several steps forward in getting this effort up and running. I wanted to let you know what we have accomplished, and what is still needed.
Please read the below information, actively solicit coordinators and volunteers from your church, and join us for our
Next Meeting: Wednesday, September 2nd, 7:00pm Center Congregational Church on the common in South Hadley

Take and Eat Logistics
We will be preparing the meals on the third Saturday of each month, in the morning, starting (hopefully) on October 17th. This will be an on-going monthly commitment that we are making to the residents who receive these meals.
The kitchen of the Center Congregational Church will be the primary preparation site. On occasions when this kitchen is unavailable, the Granby Congregational Church kitchen will be used. Any specialized equipment can be transferred from the primary to secondary site.
Each church will contribute $50.00 per month to cover the cost of food and supplies. This amount will be adjusted going forward based on our actual experience. Center Church is applying for membership to Western Mass Food Bank, and will cover the $125.00 fee. The application process takes 6 to 12 months, but once received will provide low- to no-cost food to us.
I have attached a listing of the volunteers identified to date. Please take a look at your information, and send me any updates. Also, please circulate information about the program to others you feel may be interested.
We would love to add more names to this list! Please contact me with name, contact information and task.

We are still looking for additional people to be coordinators for this program. We cannot start without these key people in place.
Coordinator positions are:
Coordinator Role
Overall Coordinator
Program Oversight
Contact for Take and Eat
Coordinate the Coordinators
Training of volunteers

***Charlotte Buijnarowski***
Kitchen Certification
Head Cook
Board of Health regulations
Plan the menus

Work with Shopping Coordinator, Kitchen Staff Coordinator

Direct the food preparation
Cathy Irish
Center Congregational Church


Food Bank application
Collect and mange money
Allan Patriquin
Center Congregational Church
Shopping Coordinator
Work with Head Cook
Maintain shopping list monthly
Coordinate shoppers monthly

Kitchen Staff Coordinator
Confirm kitchen staff monthly
Work with Head Cook
Coordinate food prep and cleanup

Baking Coordinator
Confirm bakers monthly
Provide info on what to bake
Provide packaging materials
Coordinate pick-up / delivery

Bev Pead
United Methodist Church
Packaging Coordinator
Manage inventory of materials
Coordinate packers monthly
Bobbie Ayers
Center Congregational Church
Driving Coordinator
Manage CORI applications
Train drivers on procedures
Maintain route list
Confirm drivers monthly
Bob Judge
Center Congregational Church
Cards Coordinator
Develop Card Template
Update monthly with menu
Coordinate greetings monthly (from children, etc.)
Sarah Smith
Center Congregational Church