Friday, April 22, 2011

4.18.11 Minutes

Discussion focused on the upcoming Social Justice Conference (April 29-30) and one of the speakers appearing at this event on Saturday, April 30, 12:15 to 1:30 PM, in the 450 Forum--Ted Cox, presenting his talk on "What I Learned at Straight Camp." The Cabrillo Secular Student Alliance will take Ted and his girlfriend out to dinner at Zelda's in the Capitola Village on Friday evening, April 29, 7 PM. Please plan to meet at Zelda's at 7 PM to meet Ted Cox. Sonya will be picking Ted and his girlfriend up at the Capitola Inn about 6:40 PM.

Those who would rather attend the opening evening of the SJC in Watsonville, starting at 6 PM at the Watsonville Center, are certainly encouraged to do so. The SJC is free. As one of the speakers on April 30 is Sharaud Moore, one of the original "Freedom Writers" of southern CA, the conference will start April 29 with a free showing of the film "Freedom Writers." The film is at 7 PM.

Go to the Social Justice Conference web site for complete details. At the Cabrillo College web site, search for "5th annual social justice conference."

The Cabrillo Secular Student Alliance will also be tabling at the Social Justice Conference on April 30 in Aptos in the quad. We need volunteers to staff the table. Duties at the table will include handing out literature about the national SSA, answering questions about the SSA, and encouraging interested people to join the club by giving us their name and contact info on a sign-up sheet. VP Winter is in charge of contacting the national SSA office to get literature to hand out sent to us in time for the SJC, the weekend after this one.

Winter also agreed to help Sonya design a flier to advertise the SJC and in particular Ted Cox's appearance at the conference, but after the meeting, the SJC organizer Dr. Adela Najarro gave Sonya a large poster advertising the conference. This poster lists the speakers, including Ted Cox.

After discussion of the conference, discussion turned to Sonya's efforts to get other clubs to join the SSA in coming up with a charitable-cause plan for President Obama's Interfaith and Community Challenge to Colleges and Universities. Sonya reported that no club--not the Black Student Union or the Christian Club which is trying to get going again and so far not succeeding--have followed through in responding to Sonya's request to work together to create a charitable effort on which all campus clubs could unite.

As the above lack of interest in a cooperative plan is the case, Sonya suggested the SSA turn instead to focusing on its own solo plan to organize an event to raise money for local charities. She would like to have an event--a spaghetti feed--in May in the Aptos cafeteria. We need not limit ourselves to one charity. The three that have been suggested could all be recipients of funds raised: 2nd Harvest Food Bank, the Santa Cruz Women's Shelter, and the Western Service Workers Association. We could even allow spaghetti feed ticket buyers to choose which organization to support. We could ask those who buy a ticket to the spaghetti feed to bring a canned food item for the 2nd Harvest Food Bank. And, yes, Sonya chose a spaghetti feed so that we could do a tie-in, thematically, with the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. We could even dress as pirates, as pirates have special status in the CFSM. Those present talked of planning the event for the last two weeks of May. Do give feedback about this proposal.

Sonya also suggested that we look into T-shirts for the group, but those present weren't excited about the idea of spending more than $6 on a T-shirt.

The club still needs a secretary willing to type up minutes such as these. Please, someone, volunteer, and please, everyone, try to come to a meeting.

Respectfully submitted,

Sonya Newlyn

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