News

July 2015 News Update

Staff News
Welcome back to Tom Klintworth, who was on staff in the mid-80’s and who returned to staff in June with a wealth of skills ranging from professional kitchen experience through horticulture to construction work. Tom also has an interest in psychology and meeting together in the true sense of the word.

Tom working on the apartment

Tom working on the apartment

Meanwhile, Bob Bulger has decided to retire following the sabbatical leave he is on right now. Bob joined staff in 2008 and brought a depth of professional experience to the financial office. Thanks to his care, Center finances are in a good spot as he departs. Retreatants especially will miss Bob as he undertook more than his fair share of retreat coordination. The Center has been fortunate in having the benefit of Bob’s expertise, good nature and willing spirit for so many years, and we are happy that he’ll continue to be available on a casual basis until the end of the year, and as a good friend forever.

Bob Bulger

Bob Bulger

Fortuitously, Eric Fox is available to train to fill Bob’s position. Eric brings up-to-day computer skills, experience in other meditation centers and a strong sense of order to the financial office. We look forward to working with him.

Member Alert
Please, Hold this date! In early September, Center members will receive a mailed Notice and explanatory information concerning a Special Members Meeting to be held at Springwater Center at 2 p.m. on Sunday, October 18. The purpose of this meeting is to vote on important and long overdue revisions to the Center’s bylaws. This mailing will also include voting forms for any Members who cannot actually attend this meeting. Please be on the lookout for this Notice and mailing. Your vote counts!

Board of Trustees
The next meeting of the trustees’ will be at the Center on Sunday, September 13, 2015 at 2 p.m.

Neighboring property still for sale
A reminder that an ideal situation for anyone interested in living near the Center is available. It’s a lovely house and expansive property adjacent to the Center.  If you are interested, please contact Keith or Amanda Hatch at kanda@frontiernet.net.

Construction project
A water-damaged wall of the apartment in the main building had to be replaced this summer. Some photos show the process:

First step: rent a dumpster

First step: rent a dumpster

Second step: tear out

Second step: tear out

Frame a new wall

Frame a new wall

View from the Interior

View from the Interior

New insulation. That's newly returned staff member Tom Klintworth behind the mask.

New insulation. That’s newly returned staff member Tom Klintworth behind the mask.

Drywalling - soon ready for habitation

Drywalling – soon ready for habitation

Apartment wall siding

Siding underway the day retreat begins

Your input welcomed on the Center’s WordPress website

With Richard Witteman’s interest and encouragement, the Center’s website content management system has been switched to WordPress, and the site has been updated.  Though only 17, Joseph Shearer provided expert help during the process, aided by Richard, staff and friends.

The site is not yet complete. Work is still in progress on online access to books and audio/visual recordings. But now for the first time a video is available through the website –  An Interview of our founding teacher Toni Packer by Joan Tollifson, filmed in 1994 by Paula Kimbro. The video is also available on YouTube, along with six videos posted by Michael Peters of Toni’s talks (in German) at the 1996 retreat at Haus der Stille, Roseburg, Germany, filmed by Daniela Butsch.

To make the site operate most effectively, your feedback is needed and very welcome. Please contact us with your comments, requests, and (hopefully rare) reports of any difficulty in using it.