Minutes of Dumaguete Node meeting
July 27, 2011 at Mel’s Cafe
7 to 9.45pm
Present: Gilbert, Melvin, Arlene, Esther, Frans, Jude
The turnout of most of the members including Jude who took the busride of 1 ½ hrs to be with us was greeted with high spirits.
We went through the salient points of the Mission Mode. Frans asked the group, if you say YES, what is the meaning of your YES. So one by one we shared why he/she joined MISSION.
MELVIN: A belief in values and promoting self sustaining communities inspired him to say YES. If one word would suffice, then HOPE is that word.
ARLENE: Her search for a better way to raise children inspired her to join a COLESCO conference 5 yrs ago which led to her taking a Waldorf teacher training course. It is recognizing something bigger and also a time to give back. In MISSION one finds a group with the same motivation. Feeling, working, hoping with like minds.
FRANS: For a long time he has been “looking for the handle” which is not easy to find in groups. This is not for a personal cause but for society in general. To go forward…to express in a group, the building of better communities. A deep respect for everyone in whatever calibre the person is. And so with bamboo, a sometimes neglected and considered lowly source of building material, very much ignored…Frans wants to change that and bring back to bamboo the respect that it deserves for itself and as a source o building material.
GILBERT: There are problems in our communities, in our nation. There is a sense of urgency in that if we do not move, these dark forces will overpower. MISSION is a group that “thinks like me”. We need to awaken and move together. He quotes “ In order to have economic prosperity, we need a political transformation, in order to have a political transformation we need a cultural revolution, in order to have a cultural revolution, we need spiritual transformation”
JUDE: He talks of waking up one morning to share a dream and find others to share with. Others that are going the same direction. The “cell” in him is jumping from excitement of the possibilities to work together. We are united in our hearts.
ESTHER: coming to live here from Europe and asking many questions (what happened to our forests? Why is there garbage in the rivers?), she wants to be with a movement for societal change. MISSION’s thrusts inspired her to join. Being and working together with like minded people.
Having shared our feelings on why we are saying YES, we felt a wonderful bond.
The Dumaguete Node has now 6 members. Esther to inform Tammy in Manila so that these members can all be linked to the national through email.
DUMAGUETE NODE WEBSITE
It is clear to all that the website need editing. The member descriptions, an inclusion of Gilbert’s rice farmer initiative, Esther’s vermiculture and herb plants, etc. Arlene volunteered to connect to Jagat for these edits. Everyone to email Arlene their suggestions. The possibility for Jude to help “manage” the Dumaguete website was mentioned.
CLIMATE CHANGE POWER POINT PRESENTATION
Having Sheila and Jagat over in early September. The center point being the League of Mayors monthly meeting. Next possible date is September 7, Wednesday. Silliman, Foundation U, St. Paul, NORSU, ACSAT. Frans mentioned the religious community.
Gilbert with Theresa expressed his wish to participate. Arlene too. Jude is going to a beekeeping workshop in Asturias, Cebu a week before and would not be able to. Melvin will check into his schedule.
adjourned at 9.45pm.
Report by Esther
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