General Meeting Minutes N.14.14

Subud Greater Seattle General Meeting

Minutes:  Friday November 14, 2014 Eastside. Minutes taken by Hadiyah Carlyle.

Present:  Anne and Evan Padilla, Hanafi Libman, Oswald Norton, Paul Nelson, Ida and Rachman Cantrell, Insiah Caspers, Kathleen Gillette, Elijah Gullixson, Hadiyah Carlyle. Elisha chaired the meeting.


Paul gave report as Sherwin was not available.  Our member donations are down and Air B&B has slowed down for winter, but we’ve exceeded our 2014 projection of $20,000 with $45,000 in revenues by October 31. It is a clear Subud pattern that donations go down as revenues from enterprises go up, so we have to be vigilant in asking members to donate.

Helper Report:

Both men and women have been testing for harmony and …. after latihan.  Helpers seemed to be pleased with this. Elisha suggested that if he were to move to Seattle and be part of this group, he’d think it was a healthy and vibrant group and it was consensus we should recognize that.

Spring Street Center:

The good news is that we received the MSF grant of $10,000 for the handicap ramp that we would like to install.  There is more work to be done and hope the new committee will take us forward on this. Another $5,000 will need to be raised for the chapel crash bar doors. As regional vice-president Oswald said there will be training for the new chair and we will be working now as a region with common problems.  We hope to think of ourselves as a bio-region and have more activities with other centers in the area.

We are planning an Open House, Saturday, February 7, 2015 at the Subud House and plan to put posters around the neighborhood to invite folks to know more about their 40 year neighbor.


Paul reported on recent trips to British Columbia and the effort to use the Cascadia Poetry Festival, which he founded through his non-profit organization Seattle Poetics LAB, and SICA as an outreach effort for the Subud cultural wing. The fest will happen in Nanaimo, BC in 2015 and there will be a significant Subud presence there and perhaps a renewal of the Subud community that had been active there. Paul is also doing outreach to Portland, in the hopes of landing the 2017 festival there at the Subud House and Portland State University and hopes to have the 2018 fest in Canada, either Vancouver or Victoria, including Subud communities as a large part of the organizing committee for each fest.


Oswald spoke about building community and the mission of Menucha. It will happen again the second weekend of 2015 and the notion of making the event open to anyone who wants to attend while still  making the finances balance out is the quest now.

Upcoming Events:

(Photo by Rachman Cantrell)

(Photo by Rachman Cantrell)

Tomorrow (Nov 15) there will be a memorial at 2PM for Phillip Quackenbush. His ex-wife Francesca Cameron and daughter Oriana are staying at the Subud House.

National Dewan and Committee will be meeting in Seattle weekend of Nov 21-23.  They will do latihan with members on Sunday.  We need volunteers for meals and transportation.  Please contact Sebastian if you can lend your much needed services.

Jan 25, 2015 we will be testing for a new committee.  Please come and pre-test if you might want to serve.

The annual birdwalk for the Skagit Valley  group led by Paul Woodcock will take place Feb 14, 2015.  Annie told us what a wonderful day it is, seeing hundreds of eagles.

Evan reported that the  National Susila Dharma Board will be meeting at Seattle in February on the 21st & 22nd.

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About Paul

A Subud member since 2004, a local helper and the Rental Agent for Subud Greater Seattle from 2011, to 2020 Paul is a poet with 5 published books on poetry and poetics and is father to two beautiful girls.