April 2009

Many thanks to Patty Knight for preparing these minutes for us all!  Patty volunteered to take notes during our April meeting since Andrea Martens was out of town.  We really appreciate all her work preparing them so that folks who couldn’t be with us can stay in touch.

Minutes from the Sunday Supper Club April 19th, 2009

Thank you to Ike and Julie Broaddus for hosting the SSC at “Tranquility Post”.  We always appreciate their generosity in sharing their beautiful home.

Five Minute Flash Reports:

Treasurer’s Report- Treasurer Lisa Richard could not attend, but David Roos reported a donation of $13.00 from the March meeting and a balance of just under $200.

Sandy Alm- Solar ovens – In the Sudan, women and girls are being beaten, raped and branded while searching for firewood outside the protection of refugee camps. Jewish World Watch is organizing the donation of solar cookers to refugee women and providing employment opportunities by having the women manufacture the ovens and train others to use them. A $30 donation supports one family by providing two solar cookers, training, and two pot holders. You can read about the project on their web site here – http://www.jewishworldwatch.org/donate/solarcookerproject.html.  For more information, call 818-501-1836 or email: solarcookers@JewishWorldWatch.org.

Sandy Alm (take two) – Boys and Girls Club of Warrenton, at 169 Keith St., is in need of volunteers and tutors: http://www.bgcfauquier.org/index.htm

Donna Lipinski – (Donna wasn’t able to attend but sent an announcement of the Latino Festival in Culpeper, May 1st from 6:00PM to 10:00PM)

Culpeper Fiesta
Date: May, 1, 2009
Location: The Depot in Dowtown Culpeper
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Description: Come and enjoy an evening celebrating Culpeper’s Latino culture. Sample foods, discover new friends, and dance the night away at this family event promoting Latino cultural awareness and fun. Activities and storytelling for the kids. Everyone is welcome. Bring your appetite and put on your dancing shoes!  Find more details on our website – http://www.sundaysupperclub.org/?q=node/4281
Contact: 540-829-7350, Marilyn Dunphy, The Hispanic Committee of Culpeper
Email: vadunphy@verizon.net

John Anderson- http://neighborlibrary.com/.  John has started a website to save wasteful duplication of purchases of tools and household items that can be expensive but seldom used. Connect with your neighbor to borrow that rototiller, chip in a donation for its maintenance if you wish, and get to know who lives just down the road.  You can also make an offer of help to your neighbors with your skills & talent or ask for their help. See the website for categories.

Lynn Chinnis- Continuing the SSC’s “Green” theme, Lynn told us about www.freecycle.org, a recycling network dedicated to reusing items and keeping functional goods out of the landfill.

The Freecycle Network™ is made up of 4,725 groups with 6,615,000 members across the globe. It’s a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (& getting) stuff for free in their own towns. It’s all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills. Each local group is moderated by a local volunteer (them’s good people). Membership is free. To sign up, find your community by entering it into the search box above or by clicking on “Browse Groups” above the search box. Have fun!

For the Good of the Community

Several events are noted on our calendar at http://www.sundaysupperclub.org and were mentioned in the meeting:

You can read about the Fauquier Dems’ Adopt-a-Highway clean-up event on April 26 here – http://www.sundaysupperclub.org/?q=node/4402  The Dems are also planning to march in the 250th Anniversary of Fauquier parade on May 1.  For details about that, contact David Roos.

Ellen Stofan alerted us to a two-day event (April 25-26) in honor of Earth Day at Tri-County Feed.  If you haven’t seen their beautiful building near the intersection of 55 and Zulla Road, this might be a great chance to see green construction in a completed building.  You can read the details of the event on our web site here – http://www.sundaysupperclub.org/?q=node/4407
You’ll notice on the schedule of events that Ellen, who spoke to us late last year, will be signing her marvelous Plantetology book and giving a talk at 4 on Sunday.

The next Sunday Supper Club Planning Committee meeting will be held on April 28 at Panera.  Details are here – http://www.sundaysupperclub.org/?q=node/4377   Anyone who cares about the SSC and our community is encouraged to join this group.  Just come on down!

The April 25-26 week-end seems to be packed with events!  Another one is a fundraiser for CASA – the Court Appointed Special Advocates program we learned about at the October 2007 SSC meeting.  This week-end’s event is a Retro Party and you can find the details here – http://www.sundaysupperclub.org/?q=node/4310

Guest Speaker

Tom Benjamin, executive director of the Fauquier Community Action Committee, spoke about the worthy and varied services provided by the FCAC. Community action programs were started in 1965 as a result of LBJ’s war on poverty with the aim of reducing the pain and suffering caused by poverty, and creating opportunities for people to rise up from poverty through programs such as Head Start.

Among the FCAC programs are:

The Fauquier Community Food Bank – provides over 40,000 pounds of food to over 3000 individuals a month (up from 33 people a month in June of 2008). Donations of food come from local citizens, businesses, churches and food drives. The Food Bank’s  buying power enables it to purchase $12.00 worth of food for every dollar donated. A great problem was a lack of fresh produce, which resulted in creation of the Fauquier Community Farm which will grow produce exclusively for the food bank.

The Community Farm Project – a new program begun in 2009 to raise fresh produce for the Food Bank and provide internships and apprentice programs in sustainable agriculture. The plan is to plant every week to mid November and, with passive solar heating, be able to harvest year round.

Plant A Row Program – a group of over 100 volunteer gardeners in Rappahanock who will each plant an extra row of vegetables in their gardens to donate to the food Bank.

Head Start – an early childhood development program to promote school readiness and help families set goals for their children’s education, literacy and employment. A stunning statistic Tom provided is that the median annual income for a family of 4 in the Head Start program in Fauquier County is $10,400.  (He also told us that there are nearly 300 inhabited dwellings in Fauquier County with no indoor plumbing.)

Other programs include Energy Share (keeps the lights on for those in need), Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, and Emergency Home Repair.

All of the programs need volunteers. Please call 540-347-7000, ext. 102, email Tom at tbenjamin@cwcap.org, or visit the website: www.cwcap.org.

Respectfully submitted,

Patty Knight

Save the Dates
You won’t want to miss the interesting meetings we have planned!

May 17th- The Government Accountability Project will be sending a speaker to discuss their important work in protecting whistleblowers.    Please check out their website at www.whistleblower.org and let us know if you have specific topics/questions you would like to hear addressed.  For this meeting we will once again meet at the home of Ike and Julie Broaddus

June 14th-  Donna Lipinski will talk with us about her work in immigration law.  Donna would love to hear from you as to what specific issues you would like her to cover.  Please contact Linda Swanson at linda@baldwinridge.com with suggestions.  Our June meeting will be our first at our new “home” for the balance of 2009, the Carriage House at Poplar Springs in Casanova!  Directions will be provided in later emails.

July 12th- This month the SSC experiments with a new form at; we’ll be welcoming three guest speakers, all addressing environmental concerns.  First, Michael Rainger will speak with us about his environmental work and then Supervisor Terry Nyhous and Tim Mize of the Fauquier Extension Office will educate us on caring for our lawns in an ecologically friendly way.

August 9th and Sept. 13th- Stay tuned.  We have to keep you in suspense a little.

Oct. 11th-  Karen White of the Afro-American Historical Association joins us to speak about the great work of the AAHA and their newly (as of October) published book.