Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Home for Good: Modules Homework

Training for Home for Good in Oregon begins with self-directed modules found here.

For those who are interested, we're having an informal gathering on Tuesday, December 11, 7 pm, at Sckavone's Restaurant, 4100 SE Division. Sckavone's has free wifi available, so if you have a laptop, bring it, or bring a printout of the modules. We will have one printout available, hoping to save paper. Let's work on these modules together, feel free to come if you've started but haven't finished, or haven't started, or want to talk with others who are planning to get involved with a Buddhist component of Home For Good. (Sckavone's has decent diner food and Italian sodas.)

After that, we'll see if we can get enough people interested in the volunteer training. They say they will arrange one for us if we have at least 5 people.

For more information on just what's going on here, check this out.

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Discussion Gathering: Yearly Reflection

Annual Reflection
Sunday, December 9, 2007
2 pm

We have 6 gatherings a year, this will be our one gathering that deals with the business of the chapter. All who are interested in participating are welcome to attend.

We will reflect on these questions:
Is our leadership structure working?

  1. Is our decision-making process working? What has been useful, what has not been useful?
  2. What was our most meaningful activity of previous year?
  3. What challenged do we face as a chapter?
  4. Any other feedback? For the chapter? For BPF as a whole?

Responses to related questions last year can be found here.

Background on the questions:

1. Our leadership structure has been looser than we aimed for in the past. We've had a core group of 6 people, recently adding a 7th. These people were invited to be part of the core group as they'd already demonstrated a persistent interest in the routine activities and questions of the chapter.

All input is welcome, but this core group shares the commitment of somewhat regular communication regarding the doings of the chapter. This has helped to make decisions possible without bogging down the entire yahoo group, or pestering those members who don't wish to do decisions.

2. The core group emails each other privately about the decisions of the chapter. They let the yahoo group know about decisions, and feedback is welcome. Most decisions are straightforward. Decisions not so straightforward are opened up for wider discussion.

3. See the website archives for a review.

4. This could be an interesting and useful discussion.