Present: Wijati and Effendy Soemantoro, Damanhuri and Rohana
Alkaitis, Myriam and Ra’uf Ramsey, Imran Vittachi, Barbara Thomas.
•Latihans as usual--Sunday 1:30
and Wed. 7:45 at Twin Oaks and Call in
•No return call from Dorothy Louise
Edwards, in Subud in Washington State and now from Fairfax, who had contacted
us a month ago. Soemantoros mentioned they will try to call her as she is on
their way to Beltsville. (360-941-3050
for follow up).
•Roberta Hoffman (Baltimore)
has recently moved and would like a cleansing latihan for her new home.
•National Helpers (Alexandra
and Hoan Toan) will be in the area March 22 and 23, so Rohana and Myriam will
follow up re kedjiwan day for area members--especially helpers and committees.
Rohana will follow up to see if Regional helpers would like to join.
•First Sundays prior to 1:30
latihan will continue to be helpers’ latihan; third Sundays at 1:00 will be
•Latihans continue as usual
with helper and dewan latihans as above.
•Mr. Fnu Ngadirin contacted us
through the website. He is in the US for 3 years with the Indonesian Embassy
and is coming on Sunday mornings for candidate sessions now.
All agreed that our post latihan events were working well:
First Sundays, Kedjiwan; Second Sundays, Jivin’ Jiwa Java Hour; Third Sundays,
Sharing Circle; Fourth Sundays, Bapak and Ibu readings.
Subud Regional and SUSA
•Wijati was joyfully and
unanimously selected to be our delegate to the May 22-26 SUSA National Congress
in Pittsburg. She will keep us informed of by-laws changes and other
information for which we should give input.
•We were reminded to sign up
for the International Congress in Mexico Aug. 2-17
•We have offered to hold the
Subud East Coast Gathering at our new Center in Beltsville for October 11-13
and seek members willing to coordinate tasks associated with this: finding a
block of hotel rooms, coordinating transportation and food, planning
entertainment night. working with Manuela and SEC on details.
•Subud East Coast asked each
local group to consider if it could raise its monthly donation to SEC since NYC
has met financial difficulties and income is cut short. We agreed that we
cannot raise our donation of $100 per month at this time.
Center Building Update
reported on progress and priorities of finishing needs.
described security options. Since there is no electricity and not much to
to hold that decision for now.
and Wijata reported on brick options and the wisdom of waiting until we get a
bit further along in the finishing.
spoke of volunteer building projects including painting, deck, planting. Alkaitis’ are organizing a team of youth and
construction folks from North Carolina
to come in in late April to join locals in a work weekend.
spoke of our severe financial situation and need for costs to come down or
donations to go up. We discussed options:
complete what is absolutely necessary for occupancy (Ra’uf to give us new
accounting the next week)
more aggressively from area members, possibly for specific items
fundraising package for national members, finding ways of buy-in
delay of loan repayments to MSF (starting this April) and SUSA (starting in
**Cost on paper to date and money in bank and in pockets is
not presently enough to complete the Center for occupancy.
Effendy had not completed, to his satisfaction yet, the full
report of income/expenses for 2013. He is continuing to work on it.
Naming our Center
From a short list of 6 names, derived from the many names
suggested over the last 7-8 months, were provided by our shortlisting team
(Lucian Parshall, Marston Gregory, Rasjidah Franklin, Rohana Alkaitis, and Rob
Dodson). “Event Center” was agreed to be placed in all options: Amani,
Beltsville, Live Oak, Subud DC, Dawn, and Grace.
Each member present was given 6 points to spread over the 6
names. The scoring was:
Amani Event Center:
Live Oak Event Center: 13
Subud DC Event Center: 6
Beltsville Event Center: 4
Grace Event Center: 0
Dawn Event Center: 0
Opportunities for Service
We were not able to divvy up the tasks awaiting us but
invite those reading to sign on to ones that fit their interests and abilities:
1. Fundraising ideas and follow through
2. Planting 129 trees and 200 bushes (late April)
3. Deck Building (late April)
4. Painting (early April)
5. SEC Conference Planning team Oct. 22-24 Conference
6. Exploring Rental Options for Center sustainable income (advertising,
7. Moving SUSA office to new Center at time of occupancy
8. Planning Grand Opening
9. Furnishing Center
10. Yard Maintenance oversight
11. Housekeeping Quality Control