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Join the SICA-USA Board of Directors!

At our annual kedjiwaan retreat at the Menucha Retreat and Conference Center members of the SICA-USA board Lawrence Pevec, Kristiana Kalab and Fayra Teeters were present. They participated in many of our workshops and also asked that the following information be posted in all Subud Centers throughout our region.

SICA-USA is seeking members with interest in expanding the cultural wing of SUBUD.
If you want to work with a great team toward a strong mission, please let them know and they will start the process.

How do you want to participate in SICA-USA?
. Organization: Fundraising, Visioning, Join the Board
. Activities: Event Planning, Blog Contributions
. Archival Interviewing: Video, Photography, Sound
. Grants: Dream Projects to expand the definition of culture
. Donate monthly to SICA-USA
. All of the above!

Please send your interest, including your name, your genius and talents, and any other feedback you want to communicate, to the email and/or address below:
Rosana Schutte/SICA-USA
618 Conner Creet Drive
Fishers, IN 46038


At long last, Menucha is back!

Menucha Pond by Rachman Cantrell

The PNW Regional Helpers would like to invite all members to join us in the beautiful Columbia River Gorge for Menucha November 10-13, 2022.

This is the first Menucha since 2019 and it’s time for us to be together once again for Latihan, camaraderie, community, workshops and entertainment. After this hiatus, who wouldn’t benefit from the opportunity to fill our inner cups? Please consider joining us, we’d love to see all of your beautiful faces!

Registration is open until October 15, 2022.

With Love,
Rosalyn Neel: 360-949-2577
Rosetta Koach: 503- 628-6357
Daniella Gleeson:
Margarite Charney: 541-840-4333
David Lynch: 360-742-6211
Albert Palmeter: 503-662-8202
Leonard Dixon: 360-998-6417

Let’s keep our Gathering Safe for All

Menucha looking West photo by Rachman Cantrell

Menucha looking West photo by Rachman Cantrell

As we prepare for our 2022 Kedjiwaan Gathering at the Menucha Retreat and Conference Center, we present these guidelines for keeping attendee’s – and those hosting us – as safe as possible.

  • If you are sick, please stay home.
  • If you’ve already been vaccinated, please get your updated booster well in advance of the event.
  • All attendees who wish can wear masks in meetings and at latihan. Masks will not be required, but will be available on-site
  • Menucha has developed a detailed set of guidelines to ensure the well-being of all guests and staff. It included practices for all attendees to adhere to before we arrive, during our time there, and, after we return home. We are required to follow them.
  • Please read these guidelines and follow them so that we may continue our good relationship with this valuable venue. Link to guidelines.

Halimah CollingwoodThe Menucha Experience

For over 20 years, I have driven the 400 mile/7 ½ hour excursion from Arcata to Corbett, a small town along the Columbia Gorge east of Portland, Oregon. The Fall Foliage is enticing to someone from Redwood Country. The cool and sometimes rainy climate feels like home to a Northern Californian, but that is not what draws me and other members of Subud California.

There is something magical in the atmosphere of the Menucha Retreat Center starting with Wright Hall, the original structure, built in the 1920’s “Northwestern architectural style.” The dark wooden beams and railings are imbued with Spiritual resin, creating a presence that draws out the most intimate expressions from those of us sharing during the morning circle and experiencing the liberation of the latihan.

As with many Subud gatherings, there are workshops – some serious, some playful but always with an inner content that sooths the soul. And we get to suggest them and vote on them. So organic.

If you haven’t experienced this safe and loving, intimate atmosphere that strips away our boundaries, it’s time you did. This is an opportunity to make new friends and build community – it isn’t like any other Subud event you have attended. The dates are November 10-13, Thursday through Sunday. Do come.

Halima Collingwood with Hanafi Libman. Together they hosted our past Entertainment Nights

Halima with Rosana Schutte having Entertainment night fun.

Can you support a Subud Member attending the 2022 Subud PNW Kedjiwaan event?

Donations from members who can give more than their registration amount have always been a part of our annual Kedjiwaan Gathering at the Menucha Retreat and Conference center. It’s allowed hundreds of members over the years to attend this weekend of renewal who didn’t have the financial means to pay.

With the increase in charges from Menucha that the region has had to add to our minimal registration fee, the need is great this year.

4 Ways to donate to our Assistance Fund:

1. Add Donation when you register. There is a box at the bottom of your summary labeled “Assistance Fund” (see example). You can include your donation there. Just be sure to enter the amount before clicking Complete Registration button.

2. Add member to your own registration: If you are coming this year, and you know that there is someone who just can’t afford to, you can gift them their registration by paying for their registration at the same time you register yourself.

3. Gift member their registration: Do you know someone who would love to come to this event, but doesn’t have the funds? If you can’t come this year, due to your inability to travel, why not gift someone you know would love to be here by registering them and paying their way to this event. Just use the registration form to do so.

4. Donate directly to the Subud PNW Menucha Assistance Fund: If you can’t attend but don’t know of anyone to support, you can contribute directly to our Assistance Fund. Please click this link to be taken to the Donate Page for Subud PNW where you can either pay by PayPal or by sending a check directly to our Subud PNW regional Chair Sherwin O’Bar.

Regional Congress Updates

SPNW is soliciting proposals for the regional congress May 15th in Portland.

It would be ideal for those proposals to be in the hands of the congress chair, Oswald Norton, by April 15, only 3 days away.

Member Proposal Format

  1. Summary: What is the proposal about? What will be done, by whom, how, over what period of time? What is the problem/need? Who will the outcomes benefit?
  2. Statement of Need: What is the issue that you are addressing and why does it matter? Why is what you propose necessary? What is the void in Knowledge? Who benefits?
  3. Project Activity, Methodology and Outcomes: Why did you choose to address the issue in the manner that you have? Are there other approaches? If so, why aren’t they appropriate to the situation? What are the specific activities involved? Who will do them?
  4. Evaluation: Essential piece that should be both quantitative and qualitative, if feasible. Outline clearly the methodology that you will use to assess the project’s success.
  5. Dissemination: Dissemination should be linked to your project goals and objectives. If you are trying to affect policy, your dissemination plan should target policy-makers, media, and affected populations. Describe your communication strategy.
  6. Budget and Continuation Funding: Show your budget in table form and use a budget narrative to explain each item.

Please also consider testing how you might serve our region.

The outgoing chair has offered to mentor the incoming chair, and the board members of each center will not change.

Test questions on serving the region will be provided by the Regional Helpers to center helpers on May 1st.  Local helpers will then offer to test these questions with members after latihans leading up to the Regional Congress. All members are encouraged to participate in this testing.

Shall the Congress Include a virtual Component? – Please Respond By Friday
All current members of Subud PNW should have received an email asking them to consider a change to our current bylaws to allow for a virtual – as well as personal – attendance. Please see the article on the Subud PNW website for more details. Please Respond By Friday!

Regional Congress – Sunday, May 15th, 2022 – In Portland

Subud Portland will host the PNW Regional Congress on Sunday, May 15th, 2022.

It will be a hybrid meeting, partially in person, and partially on Zoom. Latihan will proceed normally at 10:15 AM, followed by testing by the Regional Helpers.

Subud Portland will provide a light lunch. In order to plan for this, those wishing to have lunch are requested to RSVP by May 1. Please contact Morris McClellan to sign up for this lunch.

The Regional Congress will start at 1 PM. Main Agenda Items:

  • Reports
    • State of Our Centers – Committee & Helpers
    • State of The Region – Committee & Helpers
    • Financial Report
  • Testing for the new committee

The major agenda item is to select a new chairperson and treasurer. Hadidjah and Sherwin O’Bar have been serving in those two positions for a very long time and are ready to move on.

We will cease to function as a region without members willing to serve in this regional capacity. Please consider for yourself if regional service might be right for you at this time.

Training available for our new Treasurer

On Saturday, December 18th, at 10 am your committee will be having its last meeting as a committee before our January 9th General meeting and selection of new officers at Spring Street Center. In this meeting I will present my final annual summary financial report for 2021.

In the days before this committee meeting, I will be working on pulling together data for and then creating the report for the Committee meeting, along with my monthly SGS Treasurer Financial Report.

It occurs to me that those of you considering becoming our next treasurer might be interested in following along in this process.  For those interested, I will create a summary process that we can review in a short zoom session. If you’re interested in participating, please contact me.

Here are some of the immediate needs new treasurer will need to address other than the financial report:

  1. Depositing checks.
  2. Paying 1-2 monthly invoices for services.
  3. Tracking and reporting monthly on the group’s donations, income and expenses.

I have prepared documentation for these and other areas which it would be helpful to go through with the new treasurer before I leave town on January 10th, the day after our general meeting.

Fund Raising Update – Now Your Dollars Can Go Even Further

I have exciting news for those of you who can give a little more.  A recent resolution by the SPNW board – sponsored by members of our group – allows every dollar we raise toward a loan to be considered a grant that the group will not have to repay. The $7000 loan we have from the housing fund will turn into a grant once an additional $1,511 has been raised. Please consider donating these funds at your earliest possible opportunity.

I am happy to report that we have just received a generous donation from Subud California at Arcata of $500. This is a significant step toward reaching the member 47% share of costs to repair our building.  Remember the Centerprise will provide 53% of these costs ($12,253) which are now at $23,119.

Outside of the loan from SPNW we still need to raise an additional $3,866.  Any funds you can provide for this effort will assist us in meeting these costs.  We have currently raised $5,489.

Note: Should you be able to pledge to contribute these funds, please let me know and I will add your name to those who have pledged.  Currently we have remaining pledges of $300.

No Latihan on Eastside for the next 3 weeks

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Those of us that usually open your eastside latihan facilities will all be at the World Subud Congress during the latihan dates of July 27th, August 3rd and 10th.  We know of no other person willing to take the key and open/close the facilities for those 3 dates.

As a result there will be no facilities available for latihan on the eastside until August 17th.

Latihans will continue in Seattle on their normal schedule.

Thanks, Oswald Norton
Subud Eastside Helper