Red Cedar Zen Community, 1021 N Forest, Bellingham Washington

Red Cedar Zen - Board of Directors Meeting Minutes 

DATE: May 6, 2018 5:30 PM
PRESENT: Ken Oates, Chris Patton, Bernadette Prinster, Talus Latona, Tuli Candela, Tim Burnett
ABSENT: none

Encouraging Words

Full Value Contract

We commit:
  • to maintaining physical, psychological, and emotional safety
  • to working together to foster both group and individual goals; giving the group what it needs and individuals what they need.
  • to speaking and listening fearlessly to one another and fully talking things through.

Old Business

Update on RCZC participating in the Family Promise program:

Tuli clarified that the RCZC role with the Family Promise program will be as support  to the First Congregational Church. Judith Koontz is a key information contact for us.  The first opportunity to participate as a sangha will be September 30 for one week (Sunday to Sunday) and there will be a sign up sheet for various jobs needed for that week such as cook and food prep helpers, overnight crews, hosts, laundry people, etc. The Congregational Church will do a training in August for whoever is interested from our sangha.  Tuli said the Family Promise people from the Congregational Church suggested that we might participate in fundraising. A motion was passed for Tuli to clarify what exactly fundraising means and to get any documents to Ken so he can look them over. 


Bernadette visited with our closest neighbors who own parking lots to check where RCZC and BIMS people may park when on-street parking is not available. The County Annex @ 1000 N Forest can accommodate approximately 10-12 cars after business hours (8-5, M-F) New warning tow signs were recently posted here but the County gave verbal permission to park here as long as it is not overnight or during business hours. Other parking lot owners were contacted (First Presbyterian, and medical clinics on N Forest) and may be contacted again in the future when we have special events when we need more parking than the Annex can provide.  Also, the city came by to paint fresh paint on the two blue disabled parking slots in front of the RCDH. 

Dharma Hall Chairs for BIMS:

Tim met with Linda Booth and Jean La Valley from BIMS to discuss their request to replace/add chairs to their liking. The Board agreed that at BIMS expense they will replace the wicker chairs in the library with lightweight mesh chairs and an additional 6 mesh chairs will be stacked in the corner of the RCHD lobby for their use. 

Landlord update:

Tim will report on this in July.

Volunteer Lists:

Chris reported that he and Terrell are working on getting the public face of the volunteer materials on the website and the actual work flows of the work groups streamlined and cleaned up. They have updated the volunteer page and in going forward the work group coordinators will be responsible to keep the pages updated. They are working on membership sign-up and setting that up to interface with actual groups, who needs training, etc. The priorities right now are to streamline a process to figure out the actual work flows from sign-up to connection with work group leaders, and effectively meet the RCZC needs.  

New Business

Talus reported there was a shortfall in the Samish scholarships available and requested $121 in funding that shortfall. A motion was granted. (Subsequent to the Board Meeting on May 6 a donation for the shortfall was made by a sangha member.)

Next Board Meeting


respectfully submitted, Bernadette Prinster


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