The Rockbridge Greens
July 15, 2002
Attending: Eric Sheffield (Treasurer, Facilitator), Philip Hyre (Note taker), Eli Fishpaw, Kathy Fox, Terri Bsullak, Rooster Ruley, Ruth Huffman, Sharon Myrick, Devon Malore, Elise Sheffield, Elizabeth Daystar
1. Treasurerís Report: Eric reported that the balance of the Greenís bank account is $843.82.
2. The minutes of the last meeting were read and approved.
3. Sherry Stanley spoke on her newly created coalition (Virginia Health Assurance Coalition, or VAHAC) to get single payer health insurance for Virginia. She characterized the coalition as having been formed to get a bill passed that would be written for Virginians, by Virginians. (See attached handout for more details.) After a good discussion, the Rockbridge Greens reached a consensus decision to join the Virginia Health Assurance Coalition.
4. Randall Cluff, Vice Chair of the Board, Big Island Federal Credit Union, gave a presentation on that organization. The Big Island Federal Credit Union was started 27 years ago, and currently has 2,500 members and $9,000,000 in assets. He stressed that the Credit Union offers friendly, personalized service through offices and ATMs in Big Island and Buena Vista. Among other services they offer home equity loans, mortgages, and cars loans. They would like to expand to Lexington, probably first with the installation of an ATM. Federal Credit Unions accounts are insured by the United States government to $100,000, the same as banks. Mr. Cluff also mentioned that unlike banks, the boards of credit unions are elected by credit union members.
5. The Greens will once again have a booth at the Rockbridge Community Festival. We made the following decisions regarding the above. Catherine Lueptow was appointed coordinator of the event in her absence. Phil Hyre offered to put together a fact sheet on the courthouse referendum. Sherry Stanley offered to make a petition for universal health care in Virginia. Elizabeth Daystar offered to make a petition opposing the closing of any local elementary schools, Daphne Raz will be approached about information on Moores Creek, Eric Sheffield will get some Rockbridge Greens brochures printed up, and will have a pack of the last Greens of Virginia newsletter as well. Phil Hyre and Eric Sheffield volunteered to set up and work from 9-10, Sharon Myrick from 10-11, Terri Bsullak from 12-2.
6. Eric Sheffield reported on the Green Party of Virginia Meeting held June 9, 2002. He and Catherine Lueptow were elected as delegates; all other board members were elected as alternate delegates. We agreed to make a donation of $100 to the GPVA if another newsletter was published.
7. The meeting was adjourned at 9:00 pm., with the next meeting being the second Monday of October.