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Abington Quarterly Meeting

Highlights of the 5/3/15
AQ Meeting at Abington


   Kelly Green of Norristown MM was approved as co-recording clerk, sharing this position with Judith Inskeep.

   We heard a report from Karen Shanoski on the Junior and Middle School Friends youth conferences to be held July 17 -21 at George School. Karen agreed to these dates because of other activities that George School had already scheduled bracketing this time slot.  Anticipating similar constraints in subsequent years, Karen is researching other venues for our future youth conferences and probably would welcome suggestions. Karen also asked us to consider opening our JFC and MSFC to non-Quaker friends of Quaker campers, a move that would expose additional young people to Quakerism. No unity was reached on this question. A related approach, which the youth conference is pursuing, is to invite children from other Quarters.  We subsidize our own campers  so their individual fee is only $375, but for children from outside the Quarter the camp cost is $750. Our youth conferences need financial support, and at Karen's request the Meeting approved a minute authorizing her to apply to the AQ Meeting Fund for $2000 to cover certain expenses. Also, compliance with the Pennsylvania "child protective service law" was discussed; youth conference employees and volunteers now need background checks and clearances which are good for 3 years; PYM has a downloadable guide on this subject.

   The Trustees report was delivered by Rebecca Emerson. Trustees are considering increasing our current $1.7 million investment in the Friends Fiduciary "Green Fund." Also, the trustees have selected a nominating committee to find a Friend willing to replace Bob Reiff who will be stepping down as AQ Trustees' Treasurer at year-end. Monthly meeting clerks were asked to help with the search, and the Trustees are hoping a nominee can be identified by September so the prospective new Treasurer can coordinate with Bob Reiff as the year comes to a close. AQM clerk Amelia Diamond presented the nominations of Karen Russell (Gwynedd) and Penrose Hallowell (Horsham) to serve as Trustees, and the Meeting approved.

   Amelia then presented the AQ Treasurer’s report, noting that covenant contributions are, so far this year, down by $19,000.  The meeting accepted this report.

   Nancy Gold reported that the Home and Care Committee has formalized the requirement that applicants for assistance must have been members of their Meetings for three years.

   Steve Redding has inventoried trees at several Meetings and reported that the general condition of the Quarter’s trees is poor. Two infestations are attacking our trees: the bacterial leaf scorch and the emerald ash borer -- affecting red oaks (all oaks with pointed leaves) and ashes, respectively. The trees can be "inoculated" and Steve urged us not to delay doing this; he also suggested planting other kinds of trees as replacements.

   Ranvir Bakshi explained Gwynedd Meeting's decision to meet a portion of its electricity needs from wind energy. Electricity acquired from wind generating sources is distributed to the Meeting over power lines in the usual way by PECO . Costs are reasonably competitive.

   After reflection in worship, we came to the rise of Meeting in thankfulness for the work we are embarking upon.

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Our next Quarterly Meeting is
our picnic gathering at Fellowship Farm on August 9th
Next Representative Meeting is   June 7th  - at Unami
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   Worship with Us
    (Meeting for Worship times
 - on Sundays, except as noted
) 
All are welcome. 
   
    9:30-10:30 AM
    Gwynedd  
    Abington (summer only - outdoors)

    10:00-11:00 AM
    Byberry (summer only)
    Norristown      
    
    10:30-11:30 AM
    Horsham  
    Richland
        
    11:00-12:00 Noon
   
Byberry (except summer)
        (Meets 2nd & 4th Sundays)
     Unami 
 
    11:15 AM-12:15 PM  
    Abington (also has mid-wk MFW
      on Wednesdays, 7 to 7:45pm and
      two 1st day meetings in summer:
      one at 9:30, the other at 11:15)
    Plymouth (also has mid-wk MFW
         on Wednesdays, 7pm)
      
QUARTERLY
MEETINGS  
    Meetings for Worship to attend to business are held four times a year. These
gatherings include worship, business, programs, & multi-generational fellowship.

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Amelia Diamond, Clerk of the Quarter
email contact:  aediamond7@gmail.com
phone:  215 677-2868

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