Category Archives: General Announcements

Could You Be Our Next Secretary?

The time is coming for a new committee. The last three newsletters have outlined the roles of Chair, Vice Chair, and Treasurer. Here are the activities of the Secretary:

-Take minutes of meetings.

-Store pertinent group documents (minutes, passwords, maintenance documents, and treasurer’s documents, etc.) in an organized and recoverable format.

Are you a good organizer and note-taker? Training and mentoring are being offered. Please consider.

 

Could You Be Our New Vice-Chair?

We are getting close to the time for choosing a new Dewan, which leads me to ask, “Would you consider being our VIce-Chair?” Duties include:

-Participating in  monthly Dewan meetings

-Cross-training to back up Chair, Treasurer, and Secretary

-Back up Secretary when Secretary is unavailable

-Post group news in weekly eblast

The current Dewan is willing to train the incoming group and mentor them for a period of six months.

Could You Be Our New Chair?

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

It is time to consider a new committee.  The current committee has served since before the begining of the pandemic.

The duties of the job:

  • Insure there is a good place for members to do the latihan
  • Set agenda and direction according to testing for the group
  • Set meeting times and places
  • Promote group harmony
  • Attend regional meetings Meetings once a month, currently second Monday evenings
  • Gather information and coordinate with other committee members rental agent(s); review and confirm compliance with city, state, and federal filings.
  • Track property maintenance calendar and confirm completion of action if needed
  • Respond harmoniously to member input, queries, and needs.
  • Do the latihan on a regular basis with other committee members and helpers, and work with helpers to promote a harmonious group life.

It is extremely important for our group to have someone who can devote a couple of hours a week to doing this work. The processes are in place. It is not difficult.

When I took over the job from Honora HIldreth, I began documenting all of the duties for this position and creating templates to be sure I wouldn’t miss things.  Fortunately a great deal of work had already been done by others!  Your committee has also worked diligently on making the job simpler, and created a flexible and dynamic document delineating the division of labor which this committee has agreed to.

This means that it would a simpler job for the new chairr than the it was when I began as chair.  And, there will be documentation that the new chair to refer to when the need arises.

My hope is that some individuals will pre-test before our annual general meeting and election of officers in January

Your Brother In Subud,

Jim

Subud Seattle History

I found this article in an old Subud USA publication.  It gives a bit of Subud Seattle history, written by Sebastian Tedrow around 1974. He describes the building which was formerly owned by the ‘Deaf Lutheran Church’ and goes on to say “Almost every member has seen the place and expressed joy at being in the building!”  I hope we will keep continuing that feeling of joy for many years to come!

Could you be our new treasurer?

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

At the end of the year, I (Oswald Norton) will no longer be serving as your treasurer.  Rayma and I will be spending gradually more and more time in the Los Angeles area with our daughter starting in January 2022. 

The duties of the job:

  • Member Donations
    • Deposit checks in US Bank
    • Update quicken with member donation information
    • Send out annual Donation Letters reporting on total annual giving
  • Pay bills
  • Create the monthly financial report
    • Import data into Quicken 
    • Create monthly financial report using Quicken and Microsoft Excel
    • Provide a summary written report on the group’s finances
  • Attend Committee Meetings once a month
    • Participate in Committee work and decisions
    • Present the report
  • Taxes
    • Compile data for SPNW treasurer to report to IRS
    • Complete B&O reports with Seattle and State and pay any taxes that are due.

It is extremely important for our group to have someone who can devote a couple of hours a week to doing this work. The processes are in place. It is not difficult.

When I took over the job from Sherwin O’Bar, I began documenting all of the duties for this position. Your committee has also worked diligently on making the job simpler.

This means that there would a simpler job for the new treasurer than the one I took over.  And, there will be documentation that the new treasurer to refer to when the need arises.

My hope is that someone will step forward in the Fall so that I can have time to provide training and answer any questions.

If you would like to assume this position, please let me know now because we will need time to transfer over control of our finances. Due to ever increasing security needs in handling finances, the person who fills this role will need to go through a process with US Bank to have access to our information. I wish to assist in the transition process to make this possible. It will also require participation from our regional treasurer. 

Your Brother In Subud, Oswald