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Treasurer’s Report for May

Donations 

Donations for the year stand at $9,182. Though ahead of our budgeted projections for this time, we are still working to try and make up a projected shortfall of $3,800 for the year.

Building Rentals

In our May meeting, the committee came to the conclusion our current rental business would not recover in 2020. We need to find a different rental opportunity. We are looking into that now. We had no rental income for April or May.

May Expenses

Our expenses are being kept to the minimum required to keep the building healthy and looking great for a potential renter. In order to maintain this appearance, we need to continue to pay for cleaning, gas, electricity, water and garbage. 

Future Expenses

We have contacted First Congregational United Church of Bellevue regarding stopping payment as a result of our not being able to use their building for Friday latihans. They have agreed.  They will also welcome us back when it is safe to do so. We have also reduced our monthly donation to the region from $800/month to $300/month.

Revised 2020 Budget 

Due to our inability to rent the building through AirBnB or to rent out the hall for individual events, we have recast the budget assuming that income from these rentals will not be coming in through the end of 2020. All AirBnB staff has been laid off. We are still paying for house cleaning and yard maintenance.  This, again, is to keep the house looking good for another rental option.

Your Donations As Important As Ever

Your committee appreciates your support of our center as we go through this time of transition.  Your continued donations are vital in supporting us.  Thank you for your continued support.

Important! New name for donation checks to Subud Greater Seattle

Use only “Subud PNW – Seattle Center” on any future donations to our center.  Bank rules, recently changed, are delaying deposits.  Please be sure to change the “Pay To The Order Of” section of your handwritten or automatic withdrawn check from your account and use this name.

If you intend to make your donation to the Region, please earmark your check Subud PNW.

Pledges still being accepted

Please fill out a pledge form online if you haven’t already.

Thanks for those who have setup monthly donations

Thanks to all our monthly donators who have a recurring donation sent from their bank.  You save on envelopes and stamps.  And, you don’t have to remind yourselves to write a check. These regular checks really help us meet our monthly commitments to the region and pay for our use of our facilities. 

If you’d like to know how to setup a recurring donation to our group through your bank, please contact me.

Special Latihan for Bapak’s Birthday

Bapak

Message from Aryanadi IC, Subud Indonesia:

YM RM Bapak Subuh was born on June 22, 1901 at 5 AM (according to the book Autobiography RM Muhammad Subuh Sumohadiwidjojo). As always there will be a special Latihan Kejiwaan on that day at that time in Indonesia. Please kindly set your local calendar and clock accordingly to 5 AM on June 22 (Indonesia time) to do Latihan Kejiwaan simultaneously around the globe. Please kindly let all Subud members know about this special moment as well.” The Pacific Daylight Time equivalent is 3:00 PM Sunday June 21st. Let’s join our brothers and sisters worldwide in Latihan in honor of Bapak’s Birthday.

 

 

 

Tuesday Men’s Latihan Schedule

We hope to hear you Tuesdays at 11am for call-in Latihan until shelter-in-place is over in King County.

Call-in information

Men and women may now dial in on any of the following numbers, then use either the men’s or women’s code below to access your call:

1 (425) 436-6260
1 (712) 832-8330
1 (605) 475 2879

Women’s latihan line: use code 242 6147
Men’s latihan line: use code 863 2438

Subud Tuesday 2020 Men’s Helper Schedule
Quiet Time 11am

June 16 – Elisha Gullixson
June 23 – Aakarsh Gottumukkala
June 30 – Sebastian Tedrow
July 7 – Paul E Nelson
July 14 – Elisha Gullixson
July 21 – Aakarsh Gottumukkala
July 28 – Sebastian Tedrow
August 4 – Paul E Nelson
August 11 – Elisha Gullixson
August 18 – Aakarsh Gottumukkala
August 25 – Sebastian Tedrow
September 1 – Paul E Nelson
September 8 – Elisha Gullixson
September 15 – Aakarsh Gottumukkala
September 22 – Sebastian Tedrow
September 29 – Paul E Nelson

See also the handy grid for other Subud call-in Latihans around the USA:

Subud Call-In Latihan Times (Handy Grid)

 

SUBUD Greater Seattle Facebook Site!

The SUBUD Greater Seattle Facebook site has been inactive for a while but I am hoping it will become a channel for local Subud members to communicate with each other, especially during the time of Covid-19! Our newsletter is a good way to communicate to the members but this site allows you to communicate back!  Please feel free to share what is happening in your life with words and pictures!  The link is here:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/58385320633/

Message from the Chair (When Can We Do Latihan Again?)

Jim O’Halloran

=Washington State Covid-19 Recovery plan and what it means for us=

There have been a number of inquiries regarding resuming in-person latihans on a limited basis.  The committee has been working on this. We will soon pass on a document to the helpers for review.

At this point, we would be out of compliance with Washington State guidelines if we resumed in-person latihans on any basis. These guidelines are based on statistical evidence and designed to protect the citizens of Washington.

King County is planning to apply to the state to move to a modified phase one recovery plan. King County has not yet met all the criteria to move to phase two.

When King County does apply (likely today [Tuesday]) or very soon thereafter, it will take several days for the state to respond.

The modified phase one does NOT allow for small gatherings indoors. It only allows 5 or fewer people outside of one’s household outdoors.

Should you wish to see the information, here are a few pertinent links.  As you can see, we are close, but not yet in compliance with these scientifically based guidelines:

https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/covid-19/data/key-indicators.aspx

https://www.kingcounty.gov/elected/executive/constantine/news/release/2020/May/29-re-opening-limited-business-activity.aspx

Many members of Subud Greater Seattle are at high risk for severe illness or possible death which could result from ignoring these guidelines.  I am unwilling to accept the responsibility or liability for such actions.

With love and concern,

Jim O’Halloran, chair, Subud Greater Seattle

We’re Looking To The Future – Will You Help Us?

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

In the last month your donations to our center have been steady. We are grateful.

Even before the Shelter In Place order from Governor Inslee, we knew that the income for our Centerprise, Spring St. Center AirBnB, was going to take a hit. It has.

All future rentals we had were cancelled. A major enterprise, renting our facility once a month on weekends cancelled and requested a refund of their deposit. We have had no rental income for March, April and May.

All staff that worked on the AirBnB enterprise is either furloughed, or working on vastly reduced hours.  One member is donating their time. We have cut our expenses in this area and in the area of utilities to the lowest level possible.

Many AirBnB property owners are now looking for possible long-term rentals, or considering selling their properties.  We’re currently looking for long-term renter(s).

Until that time, even though we’re not able to go to the building weekly, we still need to maintain its appearance. This is essential if we are to provide an interesting property that someone would want to rent long-term.  The building interior needs to be clean and tidy. The outside needs to stay picked up and the lawns mowed.

We have reduced our payment to the region. However, it still needs our support. Its work includes that of our regional helpers who are managing our virtual latihans. Our region also supports our national and international organization’s through this payment. This includes members nationally and internationally who do not have the strength in numbers or contributions we have locally.

I just wanted to let you know how we are managing the limited funds we have and your committee’s commitment to coming up with a new solution for other income from rentals.

Your continued donations to our center are essential if we are to keep it in good repair. We want it to be ready not only for a potential renter, but also for ourselves, once we’re able to return.

Thank You, Oswald Norton

Subud Greater Seattle Treasurer