Sustainable NE Seattle

Connecting for a sustainable community

Attending: Keith (facilitator), Joann, Tom, Patrick, Leo (notes)

Welcome Patrick Linder

The Steering Committee welcomed our new Steering Committee member, Patrick Linder.

Tool Library

The Tool Library Steering Committee is meeting tomorrow night to finalize plans for the Grand Opening this coming Saturday. Several ideas were discussed, which will be passed on to Susan.


Joann is presenting an intro to SusNE to the PTA of John Rogers school on Tuesday evening, with tech support from Leo. Patrick asked about our outreach efforts in general, which we recounted. When you list it all out, it's quite a bit.

Hands On

Only just now are significant numbers of volunteer instructors offering to teach workshops. Joann needs more help with the admin web site end. Susan Helf will be made a web site admin.

Leo will put a request for fixers and other instructors on the Tool Library Facebook page.

Email blasts

Joann raised the issue that when she sends email notifications to our entire list, there are actually two separate processes: a) using the Ning's broadcast feature and b) using a mail merge program and an email list that she keeps on her own computer. The latter list includes people who have not registered on the Ning but have at some time added their name and email to our mailing list. The problem with the latter method is that none of the rest of us have access to her list. Leo will look into an email list through his own server.


Keith led a discussion on the proposed by-laws. We worked through each paragraph and determined whether we saw any issues or concerns or not. The intention was to pare down the scope of the project so that by the time we present the draft to the membership in our February meeting, we can focus only on the areas that need discussion. After today's meeting there are still two more Steering Committee meetings prior to the Feb. general meeting. The goal is to have a draft that we can all support to present at the February general meeting, and upon further review prepare a final draft for passage at the annual meeting in May.

Summary of Upcoming Calendar

Jan 19 – Tool Library Grand Opening
February 9 -- Hands On Skills Fair
February 12 – SusNE "How To" (Orientation for new and existing members)
February 21 – General Meeting: By-laws

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