Red Cedar Zen Community, 1021 N Forest, Bellingham Washington

Red Cedar Zen Board of Directors Meeting Minutes 
DATE: January 4, 2017 5:30 PM
PRESENT: Ken, Anne, Talus, Jaren, Tim, Chris

Encouraging Words:

Silence, Study, Service and Sitting


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:  

Andrea’s proposal for RCZC being designated a sanctuary for immigrants:

We are waiting for more information before Board can discuss this proposal.

2. BIMS request regarding rent paid by all users of Red Cedar Hall: Edie has requested our building manager to send the relevant information to BIMS.


New Business:

Proposed Budget for 2017: The Board examined the Finance Committee’s 2017 budget proposal. Samish camp sesshin fees are increasing this year. The budget reflects the following: a 10% increase in cost for the Samish Island retreat; a 3% increase in utilities, and an increase in Tim’s housing allowance. The 2016 Annual Appeal collected less than in the past. Overall the, budget shows revenues exceeding expenses by $5,310 and provides a 6% margin for 2017.

The Board approved the budget, which is posted on the website and will be available at the annual meeting in February.

Discussion of the budget included ideas for increasing revenues: raising the rates for use of the building; increasing number of renters; the possibility of an increase in membership dues.

The board discussed changing the approach of the Annual Appeal or moving it to a less demanding time of year that would also be suitable to the Buddhist calendar--maybe April or May, Buddha’s birthday.

2. Annual Meeting: This year’s annual meeting is Saturday, February 4, 2017 from 9:30 a.m. to noon. The agenda includes: Volunteer Appreciation; Membership Report; Financial

Report; Tim’s Contract and letter to the sangha from Norman Fischer.

Next Board Meeting: February 17, 2017 at 5 p.m. at the Co-op


respectfully submitted, Anne Mikkelsen


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