Subud Seattle needs a treasurer!

Subud Seattle needs a treasurer!

The really good news is we now have a chair (Jim O’Halloran), a vice chair (Ramon Hildreth), and a secretary (Alexa Wichert).
Even more good news, we are intending to hire a bookkeeper to do the books for Subud Pacific Northwest, Subud Portland, and Subud Seattle so the local treasurer’s  burdens for the region, Seattle and Portland, will be much lighter.
Oswald left the books in great shape with excellent documentation and will be happy to help train a new treasurer if that person would like any guidance.
The time commitment will be much decreased from the current situation.  Oswald would be happy to speak to his time investment so you know it will be less than that!
Please step up!  The group and committee need you!
Jim O’Halloran
*{Note from Rachman}  My very first job in Subud was shortly after I was opened. I was given the job ‘assistant treasurer’ in the San Francisco group, even though I knew nothing about how to do it!  Years later I was also treasurer of Subud USA for a while back in the day, also without knowing anything about bookkeeping, etc.  The benefits of both jobs were way more than the work I put in and working and becoming friends with the rest of the committee were very valuable lifelong blessings!
I recommend the job!

Outcomes of Testing for Committee January 9th

The General Meeting of Subud Greater Seattle took place on Sunday January 9th, with in person and virtual attendance. Testing for Chair resulted in another term for Jim O’Halloran. Testing for Vice Chair resulted in the choice of Ramon Hildreth, who served as Secretary for the past two years. The Dewan is in need of a Secretary, and possibly a Treasurer. Please consider helping Jim and Ramon by volunteering!

Eastside Latihan

There are only a few stalwart souls doing Latihan on the Eastside on Friday nights. Won’t you join in so that they are not all alone? Quiet time is at 7:45, with Latihan starting at 8:00. One more man and one more woman helper would also be greatly appreciated. If anyone has never gone, it takes place at Bellevue First Congregational Church of Christ, 11061 NE 2nd Street, Bellevue, 98004. All Subud brothers & sisters are welcome!

Rachman’s General Meeting Report

I was participating via the Zoom format so this will be a very limited report!

Thanks to everyone who participated in the general meeting today, especially Paul, who made it possible for me to understand, in part, what was being said by transcribing and interpreting comments!  Sorry I missed a lot (most) of the comments due to difficulty in hearing and understanding the words.  I think the acoustics in the room are not very good for the Zoom format.  Hopefully a solution can be found if we have future meetings in this way.  In all, I think it was an interesting experiment and a step forward in new Subud technology, although maybe not new in the rest of the world!

From what I could hear and understand, the meeting went smoothly and proceeded with the selection of a new (old) chair, Jim O’Halloran and vice-chair, Ramon Hildreth!  Congratulations Jim and Ramon!  There were various reports and comments, most of which I could not hear or understand, but it all seemed to work out with good results in the end!   We agreed as a group to give money to SICA USA and Susila Dharma.  We managed to get through the testing in a relatively smooth and timely manner with mostly unanimous results.  We had a very thorough treasurer’s report from Oswald which hopefully will be included in the minutes.  Unfortunately, I was not able to hear or understand it but the impression I got was that we are doing okay!

Thanks to Jim, for being willing to continue as chair and thanks to Ramon for stepping up as
vice-chair!  Also, thanks to Annie for agreeing to take on the treasurer job and Alexa for her
willingness to serve on the committee!  Thanks to Elisha and Rayma for the very interesting
helper reports and to everyone else who contributed!
Regarding the Eastside latihan, it was decided to continue with the rental even though
attendance has been very minimal. Hopefully attendance will increase in 2022 with new
commitments from those who voted to continue the rental!
Thanks again,

Agenda and Zoom Link for General Meeting 1/9/22

General Meeting and Testing for Group’s Chair & Vice Chair

Moment of quiet

Approval of agenda – Jim O’Halloran

Election of chair and vice-chair with testing – Local Helpers

Turn over meeting to new chair – TBD

Review and approval of minutes (distributed at meeting and available in zoom) New Chair

  • Annual meeting 1/24/21 
  • Previous general meeting 10/24/21

Helpers’ reports

  • Women – Rayma Norton
  • Men – Elisha Gullixson

Treasurer’s Report – Oswald Norton

  • Year End Cash Flow Summary
  • Summary Financial report
    • iTrips Income
    • iTrips Relationship
    • Return of reduced donations to SPNW
    • Building Maintenance Fund and progress toward repairs
  • Motion: Will the Subud PNW – Greater Seattle Center donate to Susila Dharma USA $1,000 as a year-end donation?
  • Motion: Adjourn Meeting

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Topic: SGS annual general meeting and election of officers

Time: Jan 9, 2022 12:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Pleas Participate: Potluck & General Meeting January 9th

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

We, your outgoing committee members, request that you participate in the meeting to select the new committee members who will lead our group for the next two years.

After latihan, we will start the meeting and at the same time have a brief pot luck (please bring something to share) and discussion regarding our receiving from the testing listed below and the future we all see for our group.  This will be followed by the general meeting in which we will select our new committee. After their selection we will have a brief review of the work of our helpers and committee since our last general meeting.

By participating, you will demonstrate to the candidates your support of their willingness to serve our community during the next 2 years.

Before the meeting, and after latihan, the helpers have prepared the following questions for members wishing to test prior to the meeting, either by themselves or with Helpers:

1. Please receive in your own way what are the needs of the Subud Greater Seattle group at this time?

2. How may I best serve Subud Greater Seattle at this time?

3. What state should I be in to receive the testing for a committee position?

Please see the next article for the meeting agenda and zoom link for those who must participate remotely.


SGS Treasurer Summary Report, December 18

Please Contribute Before 2021 is over
You have 10 days left to make your last-minute donations!  Time is running out ( ͡~ ͜ʖ ͡°). Your donations account for 49% of our group’s needs for building repairs and our donation to our region. They are essential. Thank You!

Future ExpensesProgress on fund raising to repairing the siding on the South side of our building.
Through November members have contributed $5,889 to the repair fund. Combined with $8000 of the income set aside from our iTrips rentals we now have $13,889 saved for that project.  At the dewan meeting on Saturday, we agreed to set aside an additional $5000 in funds we have available in our account toward these efforts. We now need to raise an additional $3,528 in order to have the $22,000 needed for this project. In 2021 we have successfully saved over 84% of the funds needed to reach this goal.  Who will help us get the remaining funds?

Building Repairs Fund
We are grateful for members who already have contributed to this fund – over and above their regular contributions-to this fund. Earmark your checks for any portion of your donation you wish to go to our building fund.

Building Rentals
We had 14 days of rentals in November bringing in rental income of approximately $2,352. This will be deposited in December after the income statement is finalized.

This Month’s Donation Report
The level of giving in November and December was good. Many members gave me checks at the Christmas Party as well. This has helped with the repair fundraising and is appreciated.

We now have donation boxes in both latihan halls should you wish to place your donations there.

Proposals passed by committee at 12/17 meeting
At the Saturday 12/17 dewan meeting, your committee, after reviewing our current bank balance, agreed to the following proposals:

  1. Proposal 1: Propose that we make a one-time donation of $3240 to the region that would make up our reduced contributions from the original $800 committed to before the pandemic.
  2. Proposal 2: Propose to the group at our general meeting 1/9 that we contribute $1,000 to Susila Dharma USA.
  3. Proposal 3: Propose to set aside $5000 of our unallocated funds for the repair work. This would allocate $18,472 allocated to the repair of the building leaving us with only $3,528 left to “raise”.

Please Note: Proposal 2 will be considered by and voted on at our 1/9/22 general meeting.

New to Subud? How to contribute
If you are new to our group and looking for a way to contribute, here’s how:

Single or Monthly contribution from your bank

  1. Setup a recurring payment to “Subud PNW – Seattle Center
  2. Have the payment sent to:

Subud PNW – Seattle Center
1101 15th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122-4523

General Meeting January 9th

Our next General Meeting and selection of new officers will take place on January 9th after Latihan. This meeting will begin to define the next phase of our community. Please come and participate. The meeting is in person, but there will be a Zoom link for those who do not feel comfortable attending in person.

Holiday Party

Thanks to everyone who contributed to the ambiance of the Holiday Party. There was great fellowship, food, and three full bags of food bank donations. Special thanks to Debbie Machado Santos, who decorated and set up the serving tables. Also, thanks to the many cleanup hands that made the work light and to Salamah O’Brien for the photos: