Sustain Jefferson Jefferson County, Wisconsin

Meeting Minutes

Sustain Jefferson Board Meeting
Wednesday, April 3, 2019 
at the home of CJ O’Neill, Johnson Creek WI

 

Board Members Present:  Kathy Adams, Kasy Culbertson, Greg David, John Harrington, Janet McConaughey, John Nichols, Linda Nichols, Buck Smith  (Quorum established)
Others Present: CJ O’Neill, Richard Seibt (life-time member), Barbara Schmidt
Call to order at 5:49
Welcome and Introductions
March minutes were updated with the correct amount of $35/day for the Garden Workshop.  The motion was made to approve by John Harrington, seconded by Buck Smith.  Minutes were then approved by all.
Financial Report:  sent via email by Paul Moderacki, Treasurer
Balance of $4584.07 in account
Expenditures of $56.00 for one year rental of Johnson Creek P.O. Box
and 49.10 for Wepco printing of Garden Workshop Posters
Income of .39 – dividend on the account
Gardening Workshop discussion:
We have 16 Call Ahead registrations.
It has been widely published. Linda N reported:
40 Posters distributed,
Facebook: (including $14 boost) over 900 people viewed the most recent post
Instagram: 2 posts
Waukesha Master Gardeners received a poster and advertised
Madison Area Permaculture Guild via Josh Feyen
Edgerton press release
Watertown Daily Times twice
Jefferson Daily Union twice
Linda was on the Fort Atkinson Radio Station
3 email blasts
We are gathering at 3 PM Friday for setup at the Concord Community Center
And at 8AM Saturday to finish set up.  Public may enter at 8:30 on Saturday to make purchases if they wish.  Speakers start at 9.   The last workshop ends at 2:15.   Must be cleaned up by 4
Johnson Creek Rummage Sale (April 26-27 from 8-3)   at CJ’s garage
Buck Smith will donate a houseful of priced items.  Others may donate items also.  Proceeds to SJ.  Linda will promote SJ during the sale.  Kathy will email board members to see who can help and when.  Buck needs help loading large furniture items. We can move things into CJ’s garage during the week prior to the sale.  Final set up is on Thursday at 1PM
Discussed working a food booth at Farm Technology Days at the Walter Grain Farm (corner of French Road & Hwy A) July 23-27.   LaVern Georgson (UW Extension Agriculture agent) is the contact person (920 674-7295)
Two Shifts:  9-2 and 12-5.
$100 earnest money required – If we participate, how is Sustain Jefferson paid for our time?  
No decision made.  The topic is tabled to discuss again at a later meeting
Action Team for Plastics Committee
A brainstorming meeting is to talk about plastic reduction for Jefferson County to meet on 5/13 or 5/14    Location TBD.
  • Do we work with grocery stores on plastic bags?
  • Or corporations (Nestle, Pepsico, etc)– writing letters?
  • Teach people about alternatives to plastic?
  • Learn about recycling in each of our municipalities – different rules depending on where you live?
  • Go to Madison and develop a statewide approach to recycling?
Announcements
Janet & Linda worked with Ixonia Grade School’s Recycling Club (10 3rd & 4th graders) during their lunch time.  “Citizen Scientists” collected data, using PDCA cycle (Plan, Do, Check, Act) 
Buck Smith recommended Retzer Nature Center in Waukesha as a re-cycling field trip.  Per Janet Retzer is a resource for one of their summer school sessions.
Tom Steinbach from Tall Pines Conservancy works with the Wisconsin Environmental Health Network.  At one of their recent meetings, a Fresh Water Institute PhD was studying nanoparticles off of Oak Creek Sewage Treatment plant and found the biggest pollutant nanoparticle pollutant is metformin (drug for diabetics)
Amazon smile ( smile.amazon.com ) will donate a percentage of sales to charitable organizations if orders are placed through their website.  Sustain Jefferson Inc is one of their charities and we get periodic checks from them.  Make sure you buy through the smile link and set up Sustain Jefferson as your nonprofit of choice.
Kasy announced that there’s an open Wisconsin budget meeting in Janesville on Friday, April 5 at 10AM which she is attending
This Saturday, April 7th, 6:30-9pm, at the Lakefront Brewery in Milwaukee, there is a 40th Anniversary celebration of Citizens Utility Board (CUB) Tickets are $12.50 with discounts for MREA members
On Saturday, 4/20 at Greenfield Public Library, Drive Smart has a potluck meeting from 9:30 – 1:30 – a networking opportunity on electric cars.  Ben Nelson is a member of Drive Smart 
Greg reported that Saudi Arabia’s largest oil field has peaked – has gone from 500 million barrels of oil down to 350 million barrels – a wake up call!
Janet reported that the “Protecting our Ixonia Countryside” group (working against a CAFO on Gopher Hill Road) will meet on Sunday, July 14th at the O’Halloran Farm on Green Valley Road.
At this meeting, they will show a new documentary on CAFO’s (which will also contain footage of their celebration last year).
The 7/14 meeting will include speakers:
Mary Dougherty (of Sustainable Agriculture, a nationwide organization)
Tessy Camp – fighting CAFO in central sands area
Greg’s Regenerative Agriculture talk
There will also be a panel discussion
Our next Sustain Jefferson board meeting (potluck) will be 5/1/2019 at 5:30 at  John & Linda Nichols home.
Kasy made a motion to adjourn the meeting.  Greg David seconded.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:28 pm.



Respectfully submitted,
Kathy Adams, Secretary

 

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Sustain Jefferson Board Meeting

March 6, 2019

 

Present:  Janet McConoughey, Greg David, John & Linda Nichols, C. J. O'Neil, Ellen & Mike Klaus, Buck Smith, John Harrington, Frankie Fuller

1.  Financial Report: Paul reported via skype that we have $4,688.78 in our account.  We'll be de-activating our sales tax permit number because we don't sell $50,000 worth of items within 120 consecutive days, so it's not necessary. Paul said our federal income tax has been filed, using the new “postcard form.”  Motion to accept report by Greg, with 2nd by Mike.  Motion approved.

Linda added that she is now the registered agent for our 501(c)3 and she will be registering SJ with Farm and Fleet so that we are a tax-free purchaser.

2.  Rummage Sale:  it will be held Friday and Saturday, April 26/27, at CJ's home, with set-up on the 25th.  Buck has a number of items, and we are all urged to contribute things for sale.  CJ will register the sale as part of the Johnson Creek village-wide rummage event.

3.  Gardening Workshops on April 6 at Concord Community Center:  Linda is getting posters printed and those present at the meeting volunteered to distribute them.  We will pay each presenter $35.  Registration is by email and fees will be collected at the registration table.  Credit cards will be accepted.  All day attendance is $35, with a $5 donation for lunch.  Individual workshops are $15, but the worms workshop and pain salve workshop will have a $5 materials fee.

A motion was made by Greg, with a second by John Harrington, to allow a maximum of $1,000 for expenses.  Motion approved.

4)  Action Team on Plastics:  a decision was made to meet after the gardening workshops event. Linda will suggest some possible dates.

Next meeting will be at CJ's on April 3, with a potuck at 5:30.

Submitted by Ellen Klaus

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Sustain Jefferson Board Meeting
Wednesday February 6, 2019
at home of John & Linda Nichols – Watertown Wisconsin
 
Board Members Present:  Buck Smith, Janet McConaughy, Kasy Culbertson, Linda Nichols, John Nichols, Greg David, Kathy Adams
Others Present: Paul Moderacki via Skype
 
Before the meeting was called to order, Lynn Stull, Lead Organizer of OconomowocForSafeTechnology.org
spoke with the group to warn us of dangers of 5G wireless. 
She emailed this information to us afterwards ( that she had referenced in the discussion):
Greg David recommended a book related to this topic: “Shrinking the Technosphere: Getting a grip on the technologies that limit our autonomy, self-sufficiency, and freedom” by Dimitri Orlov.  Dimitri makes the argument that the techno-sphere is becoming a sentient being.  It has goals and ambitions of its own and drives what many people do.
 
The meeting was called to order by Linda Nichols at 6:52 pm.  Quorum established.
 
January minutes:  
Motion made by Buck Smith to approve the minutes, Greg David seconded.  Minutes approved as presented.
 
Financial Report provided by Paul Moderacki via Skype:
End of Year Financial Summary for 2018:
The checking account started the year with $6488.07 ended with $5151.31.  Went down $1337.76
The biggest expenditure was the insurance.  Our insurance (with Alliance for Non-Profit) rates are likely as low as we can get for the coverage we need.  We get some bulk rates with other members of the Alliance.  We are not certain what insurance other comparable Sustain organizations use.
Income came from:
Small amounts from checking account dividend/interest: 6.31
Donations – 535.79
Potato Sales: 558.25 (sales) - $265 (cost) - (made 150% profit)
 
January 2019 Financial Summary:
We had Income mostly from Plastics Problem Forum
And expenses for seed potatoes, JC Community Center, and Plastics Problems products (which will also be sold at the Gardening Workshop).
 
Greg David moved to accept the financial report, John Nichols seconded and it was approved by all.
 
DISCUSSION ITEMS:
 
Square Inc. 
To prepare for the Gardening Workshop sales, Linda reported on this card-reader device used for taking credit payments (deposited right into our Landmark account). 
Request for info on a system to make a “hot” donation button (with PayPal or?). Paul M will be looking into this.
 
Report on Plastics Problem Event of Jan 11, 2019
48 attendees
2 new people signed up for the action team - Brainstorming meeting will be in March.
Kasy stated Badgerlands has a plan for a new recycling plant.
Janet stated that not having standardized requirements makes it difficult to be a good recycler.
Greg said the State has set responsible units for handling garbage/recycling - not the counties but the townships or incorporated municipalities.  Those township boards make the decisions on what is best.
Paul shared his community’s progress on limiting single-use plastics. 
Kasy discussed Kroger’s negative policy on customers bringing in containers for purchasing goods.  Perhaps the action team could tackle this.
 
Gardening Workshop Planning Committee:
One meeting so far
One speaker is confirmed. Another most likely.  And other conversations are taking place.
Greg volunteered to do a talk on Regenerative Gardening/Agriculture.
 
Johnson Creek’s Village Rummage Sale is on April 27th:
Buck proposes offering items (from his mother’s house) to be sold then with proceeds to benefit SJ.   Perhaps we could use C.J.’s garage.  Similar sales in the past had been profitable.  Buck will price things as he packs them.  Kasy and Linda will take a look at the items that are offered when they pick up potatoes for the spud sale.
 
Announcement from Linda: “Heart of the City”
in Fort Atkinson is showing “From Paris to Baltimore” climate change movie on Wednesday, Feb 27th at the Fort hospital.  It will be posted on our SJ website.
 
The next meeting (a potluck) will be 5:30 on March 6th at Janet McConaughy’s home.
 
Kasy made the motion to adjourn.  Greg seconded.  Approved by all.
 
Respectfully submitted,
Kathy Adams

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Sustain Jefferson Board Meeting

Wednesday January 2, 2019

Meeting Held at Mike & Ellen Klaus home – Watertown Wisconsin

 

Board Members Present:

 John Nichols, John Harrington, Buck Smith, Ellen Klaus, Mike Klaus, Kasy Culbertson, Janet McConaughy

Others Present:  CJ O’Neill, Ben Nelson, Ben Adams, Hank Wiedmeyer

Called to order by Linda Nichols.  Quorum established.

Welcome and Introductions

November minutes:

Motion made by Kasy Culbertson, John Nichols seconded.  Minutes approved as presented.

Financial Report:

From Paul Moderacki – reported by Linda N

Little activity in Nov & Dec - earned .90 interest.

$300 = 1 withdrawal for items being sold at Plastic Forum plus mic purchase from Plastic Pros

{which will be ready for the Plastics Forum (see below)}

Current Balance: $5,150.31

DISCUSSION ITEMS:

Plastics Problem Forum:

Will be held on Jan 11, 2019 at Johnson Creek Community Center.   Doors open at 6:30pm

Various things to sell (see below)   

Starting at 7pm will be 2-3 short video clips looking at problems of plastic in different ways.

This will be followed by Janet McConaughy discussing:

  1. Kits available at no cost for schools, etc that can recycle milk, etc other containers

(she will demo the strainer that fits into a large pail that can be handled with ease).

  1. How to form action teams that people can sign up for on Facebook .
  2. Provide sign-up sheets for individuals to write how they are moved to help.            (Janet)
  3. As is customary, have clipboards to get names/email addresses of attendees.         (Linda)

  To follow:  2 speakers  (20 +/- min each)  with Q/A to follow:

Randy Franks:  Street supervisor of City of Watertown

Sharon Eberhart:  Jefferson county recycling

At event will be selling various products to replace some of the plastics in our lives:  stainless steel straws, shampoo bars, re-usable washable mesh produce bags, chewable toothpaste pillows, bamboo toothbrushes, Beeswax  wrap, reusable silicone food covers. 

Meeting is to be advertised on Sustain Jefferson website and Facebook page; and through press.

Gardening Workshop

-Will be Saturday April 6th /13th at Concord Community Center  [note: before Easter]  Cost TBD?

-On the committee: Kathy Adams, Kasy Culbertson, Janet McConaughy, CJ O’Neill (registration), John Harrington, Linda Nichols. 

-First meeting will be Jan. 25 at Harvest Market, Watertown Regional Medical Center (Hospital) at about 2:30pm 

-{Discussion of old Posters? Can we get those from John Nichols?}

-In the past, there were 3 sessions of approx. 1 hour each (breaks in between), lunch, and then 2 more sessions.  Sometimes there was a movie.  

-Janet McConaughy will teach growing mushrooms in cat litter for this year’s workshop

-Other possible ideas: physical therapy for gardeners, Bee Topics by John Nichols, how/why to make garden hoops by Ben Adams, Speaker- Lynn?, movie; sponsor w/ Greener Oconomowoc. 

         Potato Spuds Selling/Fund Raiser at  Workshop:

Should spuds be picked up on same date as Garden Workshop  or on a separate date?  Yes, no other time available.  It should be done in such a way so as to not interfere with workshop this time.

Kasy will be the primary organizer for the potato sales.  Ellen Klaus will send information on past years’ order files and sales to her.  Buck will purchase our choices along with his personal order.

Credit Payments on Card Readers:

            Card readers to attach to phone to get credit payment:  Square One, Apple Square, Pay Pal, etc.

Consensus – we’d get more sales with credit cards.  Perhaps mark up the price to cover that fee.

We may put a PayPal button on the SJ website for donations.

Motion for Linda N to explore – motion made by Ben Nelson, second by Buck.  Approved. 

Sponsor Book Discussion:                                                                                                                             (Ellen)

 The Son by Phillip Meyer  (Comanche based) for a later April/May date, to be put on  SJ Website and Facebook  date.

Announcements:

  1.  Jan 17 at 7 pm Wehlan’s  Wisconsin Ave  Oconomowoc    “Beyond Climate Change”.
  2. Ben Nelson donating books , on table

Motion to disband by John Harrington, second by John Nichols.

Respectfully submitted.

Kathy Adams
SJ Secretary

Note by Kasy:  Thanks to CJ for a great buffet with cookies.

Next mtg not established yet.    Nor Green Thursday.

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Sustain Jefferson Board Meeting

Wednesday Nov 7, 2018

Meeting held in Ben Nelson’s Workshop - Oconomowoc, Wisconsin

 

Board Members Present:

Mike Klaus, Mike Opager, John Nichols, Linda Nichols, John Harrington, Greg David, Janet McConaughey, Buck Smith

Others Present:

Ben Nelson, Kathy Adams, Paul Moderacki via Skype

 

Called to order by Linda Nichols at 6:06 pm     Quorum established.

Welcome and Introductions

 

Motion made by Mike Klaus to approve minutes of October board meeting.  Seconded by John Nichols. Passed.

 

Election of Board Members

  • Paul Moderacki nominated Greg David for re-election to the board. Nomination accepted. Mike Klaus seconded.  Passed
  • Paul Moderacki nominated Janet McConaughey for re-election to the board. Nomination accepted.  Mike Klaus seconded.  Passed.
  • John Nichols nominated Kathy Adams to the board.  Nomination accepted. Mike Opager seconded.  Passed.
  • Mike Opager pre-approved Kasy Culbertson for election to the board. John Harrington seconded.  Passed.

Election of Officers

  • Mike Klaus nominated Linda Nichols as President.  Greg David seconded. Passed.
  • John Nichols nominated John Harrington as Vice President.  Mike Klaus seconded.  Passed.
  • Mike Opager nominated Paul Moderacki as Treasurer.  Greg David seconded. Passed.
  • Janet McConaughey nominated Kathy Adams as Secretary.  Greg David seconded.  Passed.

 

DISCUSSION ITEMS:

Green Thursday report:

12 People met on October 11, 2018 at Hiway Harry’s to hear Vic Karaliunas, manager of the Ixonia recycling center and transfer site speak about recycling.  

Suitability of the room for future meetings was discussed. Since at least one of the members had some difficulty hearing in the room, a portable PA system is being considered.   Ben Nelson will research.

 

January 11, 2019 at 7pm – A SJ-sponsored film showing is being planned by committee.  Committee members are Ellen Klaus, Linda Nichols, Janet McConaughey, John Harrington, and Buck Smith.  The event will be at the Johnson Creek Community Center.

 

Workshop Day in Spring Discussion:

We will begin planning in February.  The best money-makers are large events. 

When:  TBD   

Possible Topics: Garden Workshop in Waukesha – Janet M has a contact.

                Spudfest  (was done last year)

 

Financial Report - Paul Moderacki emailed (11/6/18):

Paul’s report summarized our 2018 activities through Oct.31, 2018:  We've had revenues of $1,574.45 and expenditures of $2,635.11, for a net decrease in the checking account of $1,060.66.

Checking summary:

Beginning balance, Jan. 1, 2018: $6,488.07

Balance as of October 31, 2018:  $5,427.41

Revenue over (under): ($1,060.66)


This continues a trend from 2017:

Beginning balance, Jan. 1, 2017: $7,989.09

Ending balance, Dec. 31, 2017:   $6,488.07

Revenue over (under): ($1,501.02)

 

The biggest drain on our resources is the annual insurance premium of $1,623.00 (the premium was the same in 2017 and 2018), and it accounts for our decreasing fund balance.

 

Our Spuds sale event in the spring continues to be the best revenue generator.  The Linda Conroy workshop in June netted $83 over our payments to Ms. Conroy. 

 

On Nov. 1st there was a $22.00 deposit into our checking account, raising the balance, as of Nov. 5, 2018, to $5,449.41.

 

The next board meeting will be at 6pm on January 2, 2019 at Greg David’s Prairie Dock Farm.

 

Motion to adjourn made by Mike Opager.  Seconded by John Nichols. 

Meeting adjourned.

Submitted by,
Kathy Adams
SJ Secretary

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Sustain Jefferson Meeting

Wednesday Oct. 4, 2017

Potluck-J. McConaughey’s house

 

Board members present: Amy Rinard, president, John Nichols, Mary Branson, Greg David, Paul Moderacki, treasures, Janet McConaughey, Buck Smith, Mike Opager

Others present: John Harrington, Karen Culbertson

Called to order at 6:42 pm

Welcome and introductions

Paul M. motioned to approve the minutes of Sept. 6, 2017 board meeting, Mary B seconded, motion passed

Financial Report:  $6095.58 currently in account, $100.00 sent to speaker Linda Conroy, check not cleared yet. Spent $1623.00 for insurance, earned interest of $0.62.

Update and discussion fall food preservation event- scheduled for Saturday Oct. 28th, 2017, workshop from 9:00 to 11:30, fee of $20.00, lunch to follow, registration on line to a mailbox that goes to Linda N. and CJ O’Neil, collect money at the door. Publicity will include: Facebook post push for $10.00.  E-mail blasts, press releases will go out, is on the SJ website (112 reads so far). Also have a Book and magazine exchange table, demo tables of dehydrates, food sealers, etc

Greg-soup, saurkraut

Linda-soup

Janet-bread

Will need more volunteers to make food

Discussion of Nov. elections of officers/board members-Three positions to the board expire: Paul Moderacki, Mary Branson and John Nichols.  Paul M. will not be running for re-election to board but will continue treasurer duty until replacement found, Mary B. will not be running, Amy Rinard will not be president but remains on the board, John N. will run again. John H. thinking about it. Linda N. will run for president

Janet M. suggested doing a children’s event in Dousman next year

Announcements:

Citizens Climate Lobby will have TV Weatherman Bob Lindmeier's presentation on Climate and the Weather in Watertown on Sunday, Nov. 5.

Next meeting: Potluck on Wednesday Nov 1st at 6:00 at the Jefferson extension office.

Mike O. motioned to adjourn, Greg D. seconded, motion passed, adjourned at 7:34 pm

Submitted by,

Linda Nichols

SJ Secretary

 

Sustain Jefferson Minutes

September 6, 2017

Attending:  Casey Culbertson, Janet McConaughey, Ben Nelson, Greg David, Kathy Heller, Buck Smith, Paul Moderacki, John Harrington, Sarah Seibt, Mary Branson, Ellen/Mike Klaus

 

1) Minutes of last meeting were approved:  Greg/Paul.

 

2)  Paul reported $7,717.96 in checking account, with $20.68 spent to UPS store and income of $9.88 from Amazon Smile.

 

3)  An organizing meeting will need to be held soon for the October 28 meeting.  We were not certain if a room has been secured at Johnson Creek H.S.?  Committee members: Janet, Sarah, Amy, and C.J.

 

4)  Several upcoming events were shared by Ben and Paul.

5) Adjourned: Mike/Greg

Sustain Jefferson

Tuesday July 25, 2017

Korth Park

 

Board members present:  John Nichols, Amy Rinard, president, Mike Klaus, Paul Moderacki, treasurer, Buck Smith, Greg David

Others:  John Harrington, Sarah Seibt, Richard Seibt, Kathy Heller, Karen Culbertson, Ellen Klaus

Called to order at 7:00 pm

Welcome and introductions

Amy R motioned to approve minutes of June 7, 2017 board meeting, Sarah S.  seconded, motion passed.

Financial ReportCurrent balance is $7,828.08. We sent $300.00 to Standing Rock. Received $1.00 donation from Buck, and one $20.00 membership. Earned 67 cents interest for June.  Paul consulted with Jeff Weinkauf, insurance agent. SJ can move policy from two million to one million and save a total of $220.00. Annual payment from $1875.00 to approximately $1555.00.

John N. motioned to reduce premium from two million to one million, Mike K seconded, motion passed.

Andy Didion came to talk about composting coffee grounds. He and his father have been collecting for about 20 years from Urbans, a Jefferson restaurant.  He talked about SJ recognizing businesses that are doing sustainable things. He would like someone to take this over and collect from the restaurant. Ellen said we can put something on Facebook to have people connect with Andy. Sarah suggested door stickers for businesses with sustainable practices, get our name out there.

Report on, discussion and possible action on purchase of FoodSaver- vote tabled, seek input at our Oct event. Buck reported the company from Canada’s stuff was not meeting our needs.

Update and discussion of fall food preservation event-Herbal topic in the morning for 2hr. 30 min. with Linda Conroy. Event is Saturday, Oct. 28 at the Johnson Creek high school FACE (home ec. Room), lunch in cafeteria. Afternoon could be general food preserving topics. Committee; Amy R., Sarah S., Ellen K, Janet M. and Linda N.

Announcements-

Brew with a View County Parks fundraiser is August 25th

Facebook Market place to sell/give away anything

Micropark-lots of plants coming up, laying out the path, work day coming

Webinar about health and nutrition-Greg D. will send link out

Amy R. motioned to adjourn, Greg D. seconded, motion passed. Adjourned at 7:48pm

Next meeting Wed. Sept 6 and 6:00 potluck place to be determined.

Submitted by,

Linda Nichols

SJ Secretary

 

 

Sustain Jefferson Meeting

 Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Johnson Creek Community Center

 

Board members present: Amy Rinard, president, Janet McConaughey, Mary Branson, Mike Klaus, John Nichols, Buck Smith, Greg David

Others present: CJ O’Neil, Ellen Klaus, Kathy Heller, Sarah Seibt, John Harrington, Jan Gerling, Pat Kopps

Meeting called to order at 5:37pm

Mary B motioned approval of minutes of Feb. 27, 2017 board meeting, Janet M seconded, motion passed

Financial Report: The checking balance as of March, 31st is $7,845.53, and there's been no activity thus far in April. In March, we expended $60, all related to SpudFest ($10 for FB boost and $50 for JC Community Center rent) and received $0.67 dividend from Landmark. To be added is we spent $94.16 for cookbooks, Sarah S. will turn in receipt for potatoes she purchased.

Discussion of insurance coverage- tabled

Discussion and possible action on going to MREA- Buck is going but it’s too late to set up a SJ booth.

Update on book discussion groups-Buck shared that it’s been very interesting, had 24 people for first meeting, have broken into 2 groups: 10-12 people at the larger group, 4-5 have come to the smaller group.  Have talked about having a potluck/dinner at the end. Some people from Whitewater have come so interest from around the area.  Spin off groups from the book groups to do events etc. has been discussed.

Discussed possibly buying a food sealer and other food preserving equipment for members to share. Could do a food saving event. Possibly in Sept.   Pool our resources and divided them up.

Micro-park update- Greg sent a copy of the grant out, went over well, should be hearing soon. All of it was written on-line, so was time consuming. This Friday, well meet to lay out the swale for the rain barrels at 2:30.  Thursday Apr. 27 and Friday May 18 are work days. Will probably have work days once a month during the summer.  Greg is looking for people to sift seeds and sort by species.

AnnouncementsApril 22nd is Earth Day. There will be a march in Madison about climate change. SJ group will go, we could march with SJ banner. It’s from 2-5 pm.  Ellen will sent out e-mail.

Agenda for next meetingFood saving event, possibly in September. Insurance issues.

Next meeting:  5:30 pm Wednesday, May 3, 2017 Potluck at Linda Nichols’s house.

Mike K. motioned to adjourn Janet M. seconded, adjourned at 6:02pm.

Submitted by

Linda Nichols

SJ Secretary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sustain Jefferson Meeting

Monday, Feb. 27, 2017

Fort Atkinson Hospital

 

Board members present: Mary Branson, Janet McConaughey, Paul Moderacki, treasurer,  Amy Rinard, president, Greg David, Buck Smith, John Nichols

Other present: Sarah Seibt, Kathy Heller, John Harrington

Meeting called to order at 5:33 pm

Greg David motioned to approve minutes of Feb. 1, 2017,  Paul M.  seconded, motion passed

Financial Report: $7,989.09 in account as of Jan. 31st, $7,904.25 as of today, Sales tax was paid $94.48.  $9.64 donation from Amazon Smile

Letter of recommendation for Micro- park grant application:  $1,000.00 was pledged by SJ in January 2016, $250.00 has been given.  Amy R. has prepared a letter to endorse their grant.  Greg D. motioned to approve the letter as read with the dollar amount of the pledged added. Mary B. seconded, motion passed.

Plans for April 5th potato-growing workshop: Janet M. will ordinate the 3 presenters.  Potato bars--Sarah S. will get 50 organic potatoes, Linda N. will bake and put in a Nesco, others will bring tops. Will be held at the Johnson Creek Community Center with board meeting at 5:30 pm and   workshop at 6:30 pm.  Sarah S. suggested to increase price of seed potatoes being sold due to it being a free workshop. Ellen Klaus will work out the prices. We will bring a donation jar and sell cookbooks at $3.00 each. The event will last until 9:00 pm. Sarah S. and Amy R. were on the Fort Atkinson radio to talk about the workshop.

Future book discussion- the book is Prosper by Chris Martenson and Adam Taggart. The first meeting is Tuesday March 7th. at the UWEX Bldg. in Jefferson. Posters were shared to display. Press release is ready. Greg D. will talk about the book club at the movie. Amy R. will put it on the web-site.  Greg D will send e-mail to Mike O for an e-mail blast.

Next meeting: April 5, 2017 at 5:30 at the JC Community Center, Agenda items: MREA,  Book discussion update, membership, saving on insurance,

Announcements: Joel Kleefisch town hall meeting in Lake Mill March 9th from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Fargo Library

Paul M motioned to adjourn, Mary B seconded.

Adjourned at 6:07 pm

Submitted by,

Linda Nichols

Sustain Jefferson Meeting

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Harvest Market, Watertown

 

Board members present:  Mary Branson, vice president, Buck Smith, Janet McConaughey, Paul Moderacki, treasurer, John Nichols

Others present:  John Harrington, Kathy Heller, Sarah Seibt

Meeting called to order at 5:51 pm by vice president

Welcome and introductions

Approval of minutes from Jan. 4th meeting: Paul M. motioned to approve minutes, Mary B. seconded, motion passed.

Financial Report: Paul M. passed out copies of the Annual Report.  We took in $4,495.39 and spent $4,072.17. Please send Paul an email when you deposit money so we can know what the source was.  On Jan. 30th the annual tax report was done, amount was $94.48. Currently in the checking account is $7,988.41 Janet M. motioned to accept the Annual Report with the revised information regarding the three unidentified donations. Buck S. seconded. Motion passed. Paul asked for addresses of board and officers for the Non-Stock Cooperation Annual Report.

Update on plans for Feb. 27th film screening: It will start at 6:30 at Fort Hospital.  Amy Rinard has begun publicity.  She has posted it on our website home page. Next week she will have Mike Opager send out email blasts to our groups. She will also send out press releases to the Jefferson County media outlets.  Sarah S. has sent out a flyer to Fire Souls email group and provided one at this meeting.  Some changes were recommended.  Board and others will begin circulating the flyers. Sarah requested for someone to go with her to check on the room we will be using.  John N. and Buck S. will meet her on Monday.  Paul M suggested snacks. Sarah will bring lemonade. Others will provide snacks. John N. will check if they have a popcorn machine. Mary B. asked about a snow date.  Sarah shared they were quite booked up but she will ask.  We will have a discussion after the movie.  Sarah will send a link so the board can watch it ahead of time. 

Discussion of future film screening or book discussions:  John H. suggested a book discussion on “Prosper” by Chris Martenson and Adam Taggart.  He will coordinate with John N. and Greg David to set something up. Possibly two sessions in March.

Discussion of Spring potato sale and potato-growing workshop: Ellen Klaus, Janet M. and Meg Kelly will present. This will be on April 5th right after our monthly board meeting.  Mike and Ellen will pick up the seed potatoes. Sarah suggested the Johnson Creek Community Center.  Mary B motioned to use the JC Center as our venue. Paul M. seconded. Motion passed.  Will we sell potato cookbooks again? Paul M suggested 50 copies rather than 100. John N. motioned to order cookbooks. Mary B. seconded. Motion passed. Sarah will contact CJ O’Neil to rent the center.  Kathy H. suggested a potato bar where we all bring various toppings.  We will need a source for potatoes to bake.  Sarah will ask if the new market in town can order us organic potatoes. Mary B. will ask at the Oconomowoc market.  Kathy will make a sign.

 Donation to Standing Rock: Janet M. requested that we make a donation to the anti-pipe line efforts.  Because of snow, they are moving their set up. It’s down to 500 people. They will need to fund court battles and are running out of lawyers in that State.  Buck S. recommended a donation of $300.00.  Kathy H. asked if we are a Wisconsin based organization and should keep our money here.  Discussion included if the cause meets with our mission statement. Buck S. motioned to send $300.00 to the Legal Defense Fund, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.  John N. seconded. Motion passed. Janet M. provided Paul with the address.  He will send a check.

Next meeting:  February 27th at 5:30 pm at Fort Atkinson Memorial Hospital.

Agenda items to include: book discussion details.  Potato workshop details.

Announcements and recommendation:  Janet M. shared about a public radio program.  It was about a community college program focusing on wind turbine technology in Iowa.  There will be many jobs in this area in the future.  Encourage people to take courses like this.

Paul M. motioned to adjourn.  Janet M. seconded. Motion passed. Meeting adjourned at 7:10 pm

Submitted by,

Linda Nichols

SJ secretary      

 

Sustain Jefferson Meeting

Wednesday Nov. 2, 2016

Johnson Creek Community Center

 

Board members present:  Mike Opager, Amy Rinard, Janet McConaughey, Greg David, John Nichols, Sarah Seibt, Mary Branson, Paul Moderacki via Facetime, Buck Smith

Others present: CJ O’Neil, Mike Klaus, John Harrington, Kathy Heller

Annual Meeting,

Called to order at 5:45 pm

Review and approval of YTD-none reported at this time. Monthly Financial Report - Paul M reported that the checking account balance is $7, 956.93. We received $0.68 in interest in October and reimbursed CJ O’Neil $74.00 for the annual cost of our mail box rental at the Johnson Creek Post office. Ellen made correct that CJ was given $24.00 for 6 months post box fee and $50.00 for rental of Johnson Creek Community Center.

Summary of year's activities-members recalled our gardening workshop, made raised beds at Heritage Home, had 2 book studies, one blog discussion, removed things in storage at Bethesda and had a successful rummage sale, fermentation workshop, and potato sale.

Elect 3 board members (expiring terms: Sarah Seibt, Amy Rinard, Buck Smith)- Sarah S. nominated Mike Klaus, Amy Rinard and Buck Smith for a 3 year term on the board. Nomination accepted by all three. Mary B. seconded, motion carried. 

Mary B. motioned to adjourn the annual meeting, Mike O seconded, motion passed, adjourned at 5:54 pm

November Board Meeting,

Called to order at 5:56pm

Greg D. motioned to approve October board minutes, Ellen seconded, minutes approved.

Financial report: see above

Election of officers: Amy R. nominated Linda N. for secretary, nomination accepted. Paul M. seconded, motion passed.  Buck S. nominated Paul M for treasurer, nomination accepted. Mary B. seconded, motion passed.  Amy R. nominated Mary B. for vice president, nomination accepted. Greg D. seconded, motion passed. Linda N. nominated Amy R. for president, nomination accepted. Mike O. seconded, motion passed.   

Report from Film Fest ad hoc committee-Sarah picked suggestions from a list that Kathy Heller gave.  Movie is “Unacceptable Levels” a new and free movie. Committee will proceed to find venue and equipment. Sarah S asked people to vote if we should do it at the Watertown Theater and make it a bigger thing. Mike O shared to make sure that we can stream it off the internet. Amy R would like to use a free place.  She shared that the actor Leonard D. has a new documentary which is on-line right now. Committee will watch that one and invite other board members and officers.

Micro Park Update-Greg D shared that they have had 3-4 seed gatherings   Work day is Friday Nov. 18 10:00 to 2:00. They will be taking the fence down, mixing and sowing the seed. There will be a presentation to the park department on Monday afternoon.

Newly appointed president, Amy R. suggested a change in meeting days and times. She suggested not having a Dec. meeting, all agreed. Change to 5:30 meeting times and always have a potluck for the board meetings. We will continue to meet on the first Wed. of the month.  Next meeting is Jan 4th, 2017.

Sarah S. motioned to adjourn, Greg D. seconded. Adjourn at 6:22 pm.

Submitted by Linda Nichols, SJ Secretary

A fermentation workshop followed. In addition to board members, 14 people attended. Four SJ members presented.  It was well received.