Monday, March 28, 2011

Annual Meeting Thanks

What a lovely day we had on Saturday.

The location was incredible and perfect for our meeting. Our hosts John and Kathy have created a beautiful space out of a restored schoolhouse. The sun was shining brightly and with a south facing bank of windows, the room heated up to the point where the front door stood open for much of the day. We all basked in the sun like cats and admired all the hard work and love that went into the restoration.  Check it out:

We had an inspiring presentation from Jeanne Duffy from Working Capital for Community Needs. She described the difference that micro loans from WCCN has made in the lives of people in Nicaragua and other Central American countries. We appreciated the history of WCCN, an organization with a history as a solidarity organization, much like Farmer to Farmer. She answered some questions that we had about recent reports of unfavorable reviews of microfinance. I left ready to send some of my own money to WCCN as an investment.Check it out.

We also elected a new board. We welcome Reb Kilde as president, Mimi French as Secretary/Vice-President, Paul Helgeson as Treasurer, Jody Slocum as Communications, Andy Gaertner for International Outreach, Zac Barnes as Local Outreach/Fundraising. Thanks to Donna Goodlaxson and Nick/Steve Hearth, who are both leaving the board.

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