June 11, 2017
Meeting was called to order by Raya (Coordinator) at 11:38. Seven people were present, including Board members Raya, David, Raymond, and Patrick. As carol Garr knew she would be absent, she emailed in her vote for the bylaw amendment.
Secretary’s report: The only mail received this month was one mis-addressed letter, sent to our P O Box number but to a different recipient. We marked it Return To Sender, not at this address, and will turn it in at the post office.
Treasurer’s Report: Bank balance $1192.80, Quarters $10.00, Cash on hand $25.50, PayPal (not yet received) $18.00, and UU Church deposit $150.00, for a total of $1414.96. We also have an outstanding pledge for up to $300.00 to cover the cost of the Fall Fest T-shirts.
Ritual Report: Midsummer will be June 17th as previously announced. Shea has confirmed that Desert Henge Coven will lead the Fall Fest (Mabon) ritual. All rituals this year are now spoken for.
Bylaw Voting: We held the bylaw election next, as the results would affect the remainder of the meeting. As proposed last month by David and seconded by Carol Garr, it reads: In the event that the total paid TAWN membership falls to thirteen or less, then the term limits on TAWN Board positions will not apply. It will be an addition to the bylaw placing term limits on Board positions, if passed. When the vote was called, it passed unanimously.
Elections: We have six Board positions open for election this year: Vice Coordinator, Secretary, Treasurer, and three Members at Large. One of the Members at Large and the Secretary will be for one-year terms, based on people vacating or taking over other positions on the Board. Assuming a full Board (7 people) is elected and serve their full terms, the vacant positions next year will be Coordinator, Secretary, and one member at Large. David and Raymond are willing to rerun for their positions as Treasurer and Member at Large (2 year term), respectively.
THEME: By a seven-to-two vote, we elected the theme “There’s Always Something Brewing…For Thirty Years” as the 2017 theme. Local artist Gwenavir Tigue will present her artwork next month. Also, her daughter Tangerine will volunteer to do the paperwork and logistics of the silent auction and raffle.
FOOD: Burgerito is not coming to Fall Fest. Since we have no on-site food vendor, Joe Elliot has volunteered to collect delivery menus from restaurants in the area.
SIGNAGE: All of our wooden signs would need refurbishing if they were to be used at Fall Fest. Of our metal signs, two are in good shape and one barely adequate. Our two banners are both still usable.
Raymond moved that TAWN buy two more metal signs. Joe Elliot amended the motion to put a maximum expenditure of $200.00 on the purchase. Raymond agreed to the amendment, and the motion passed unanimously as amended.
MEMBERSHIP: Since we will have membership discounts available, we need membership cards. Joe Elliot will put together artwork and order cards from VistaPrint. David can laminate themat Fall Fest, and at his office during the year. Patrick pledged up to $20.00 to cover the printing cost.
May 21, 2017
Meeting was called to order by Raya (Coordinator) at 11:07. Four people were present, including Board members Raya, and David. Patrick arrived late, Raymond sent an email and was excused due to a schedule conflict.
Secretary’s report: No mail has been received since the last distribution.
Treasurer’s Report: The bank balance of $864.66 + $500.00 undeposited donation + $35.90 cash + $150.00 UU deposit = $1540.56 total assets. Ramada is paid through next November. PO Box is paid but the check has not yet cleared the bank; the storeroom will be paid monthly at $61.76 per month. We have two uncollected pledges for Fall Fest, one for the cost of the T-shirts (not to exceed $300.00) and another for a flat $300.00. Our IRS tax form 1099 has been filed, and the annual Corporation Commission report has not yet but will be due soon.
Ritual Report was skipped as Raymond was absent.
THEME – We had two themes presented, and we will vote next month to determine which one we will use. Neither one has artwork available yet, but both presenters described what the accompanying T-shirt design would look like. One theme is “Walking in Beauty”; the artwork for it would be the God and Goddess walking through a forest scene. The second theme is “There’s Always Something Brewing…For 30 Years”. The suggested artwork for this one is a bubbling cauldron with a broomstick propped up against it.
FOOD – We have no food arranged yet, other than the usual bake sale. Patrick will contact Burgerito, who was at the last Fall Fest, to see if they will come again. In case they won’t, Joe Elliot will gather delivery menus from restaurants close to the UU Church.
VENDORS – Tish is unwilling to serve as vendor coordinator, although she will review the revised vendor application that Patrick is working on. Raya volunteered to fill in the gap. Patrick will finish editing the vendor application, and submit it to the Board and Tish for reviews.
ELECTIONS – Under our current bylaws, every Board position except Coordinator is either vacant, filled by a member who has reached the term limit, or filled by a member who has declined to run again. We will follow the timeline from the bylaws: announce vacancies in June, accept nominations in July, start voting in August, close voting and tally results in September, and install the new Board during the Annual Meeting at Fall Fest.
MOTION: Two of our current Board members are up against term limits, but would be willing to run again if that we not the case. In view of this, David made the following motion, which was seconded by Carol Garr. It will be an addition to the bylaw placing term limits on Board positions, if passed. In the event that the total paid TAWN membership falls to thirteen or less, then the term limits on TAWN Board positions will not apply. We will announce the proposed bylaw change on the Forum and vote on it next month.
T-SHIRTS – Thanks to the generosity of the pledge above, we will have T-shirts for sale at this Fall Fest. Twisted Weasel is no longer in business, so we will return to our
Meeting was called to order by Raya (Coordinator) at 11:08. Seven people were present, including Board members Raya, David, Raymond, Tim, and Patrick. Shaba is no longer able to attend Cauldronlucks due to his new work schedule.
Secretary’s report: Mail distributed today includes a bank statement and advertising. We also got a request to donate to the Community Food Bank, which was discarded. The P O Box problems were caused by a typo; out box is #41082 (not 41982). The correct address is on the contact info of our webpage.
Treasurer’s Report: Bank balance $498.68 + UU deposit $150.00 = $648.68 total assets. Ramada is paid through next November. PO Box is due in May; the storeroom was just paid and will be paid monthly at $61.76 per month. The bank balance includes the $30.00 donated to cover Peace Fair costs.
Ritual Report: Sonoran Sunrise Grove will celebrate Imbolc on January 29th at the Waters of Life Church, gathering at 5:30 and starting at 6:00. It should last 30-60 minutes, and will be followed by a potluck. Bring offerings if so inclined, all offerings to be adequately disposed of.
Peace Fair: Raya will pay for the Peace Fair when she attends the annual spaghetti dinner fundraiser for it.
Raymond moved, Davis seconded, and we passed unanimously that our Open Grill theme for food at the Cauldronluck move from the usual January to February this year, to allow time for advertising it.
Education: we currently hold an education session at each of our open rituals. We discussed ideas to improve the process, and the favorite was that a member would present a class for 10-15 minutes after the business meeting at each Cauldronluck. Raymond moved to make this official, David seconded, and the motion passed unanimously. The class will be presented while we are eating. David volunteered to teach the February class.
We also decided that Fundraising for 2017, briefly mentioned during the Treasurer report, needed time for thought. We tabled a discussion until the February Cauldronluck.
We adjourned at 11:42 with seven present. Five more people showed up just after adjourning, and they stayed to network for a while.
December 11, 2016
Meeting was called to order by Raya (Coordinator) at 11:04. Seven people were present, including Board members Raya, David, Raymond, and Patrick. Shaba arrived a little later.
Secretary’s report: Due to P O Box issues, no mail was collected or distributed.
Treasurer’s Report: Bank balance $519.44 + UU deposit $150.00 + $10.00 Peace Fair donations + $11.00 new membership = $690.44 total assets. Ramada is paid through next November. PO Box is due in May, storeroom in January and it will be paid monthly. Despite our paying for the PO Box, it seems to have been reissued – David is investigating.
Ritual Report: Yule is coming soon and has been advertised. Imbolc is still available, but Ostara is already covered.
Peace Fair: More donations pledged by Board members will cover the entire cost. Several people volunteered to work the booth, and if more are interested please contact Raya.
Shea and Desert Henge Coven invited everyone interested to sing up the sun at dawn on December 18. Details are on the TAWN webpage.
We adjourned at 11:35 with nine present.
Meeting was called to order by Raya (Coordinator) at 11:12. All Board members were present for the meeting.
Secretary’s report: Mail delivery, including a bank statement, a Tucson Weekly receipt for bill paid, and a thank you from the Food Bank.
Treasurer’s Report: Bank balance $739.33 + UU deposit $150.00 = $889.44 total sets. We have one new membership not yet deposited, and outstanding bills for the Post Office Box ($60.00) and the storeroom ($60.76). We discussed the idea of getting a joint storeroom with the local Druid grove; David will report back on whether that would save any significant expense. Raymond asked if the audit had been completed, and was told no. He asked if it would be, and was told yes.
Ritual Report: 27 people attended the Kindred Samhain and 20 the TAWN Open Samhain. The TAWN Yule is scheduled for December 17 at Mystic Candle, with gathering time about 5:00. All rituals after Yule are open for hosting.
Raya asked if we wanted to have a presence at the Peace Fair. It will be February 25 at the Reid Park bandshell, and the cost is expected to be $30.00. After discussion, we decided to attend; there was no vote but there was also no objection. It was suggested that if each Board member donated $5.00 the cost would be covered. Some but not all Board members did so, and the remainder probably will. The discussion was tabled to be addressed at the next Board meeting (November 27th).
Spring Fest: Summing up discussions from online and from other meetings, Raya suggested that Spring Fest be a no-vendor event focused on a public ritual and a class (pre-ritual briefing which includes Ostara lore, history, and significance). We decided by discussion and consensus on Sunday, March 19th. The cost to TAWN will be $15.00 for the ramada reservation. The HP/HPS will be chosen from volunteers, but Patrick said he would be a fallback to be sure we had a ritual.
After the Spring Fest discussion, Raymond moved that the Peace Fair be our educational opportunity for February. Motion passed with no opposition, but with the addendum that we will finalize planning and details by the January Cauldronluck.
Tim brought up the recurring problem of increasing membership. Can we create membership cards, and would any Pagan shops agree to give members discounts? We discussed very briefly, including some logistical hurdles, then tabled for discussion at the Board meeting.
Would Moon School draw membership? No one thought so very strongly, and the question becomes moot with no teacher and very few children.
Can we expand our education program to draw in members? Joe Elliot is willing to set up an agenda and help run a program, but it cannot succeed without Board support and active volunteers. Several ideas were offered and discussed with no clear conclusion, and we tabled the idea to be considered at the next Board meeting.
We used to print Tapestry as a quarterly publication; would resuming that draw membership? We remembered that it was decided by membership vote to make it a free online publication, and with the disappearance of the selected editor no interest has been shown. As it is required by our by-laws, it was proposed that the online edition
could consist of a column by the Coordinator, a report from the Treasurer, and the CL minutes from the Secretary. This was not voted on but no one spoke against it.
Funding remains a problem; we have discontinued many income sources. Several funding ideas were proposed:
* 50-50 raffle at CL’s or Spring Fest
* Artisan donations & sales at Pagan shops
* Vendor contributions
* Auction or raffles at Pagan stores
* Premiums for members (i.e. engraved Zippo lighters)
This was tabled for discussion at the Board meeting.
We adjourned at 12:22 with nine people present.
Hearth’s Gate Coven is leading their 5th annual Beltane and Maypole dance May 1st on behalf of TAWN. The pole is 13′ high and the individual ribbons are 10 Yards long and 5/8″ wide. It is being held at Himmel Park (1035 N Treat Ave, Tucson, AZ 85716, United States) near the tennis courts and participants need to be there no later than 1:30 PM. Children 10 and under must have an adult that dances the same ribbon with the child, the dace is physically demanding!
Once we raise the pole we won’t be able to add more ribbons so show up early or on time!!!!
Y’All come celebrate the season of new life with Tucson’s Pagans, Heathens & polytheists! Visit our merchants & information booths, partake of delicious delights from the fabulous food trucks, enjoy performances from a plethora of talented folks, & let your kids delight in the petting zoo, face painting & Tag the Bunny game. Festival runs from 9am-5pm; Spring Equinox ritual follows at 6pm. Admission to the festival is a non-perishable Community Food Bank donation. Specific activities have a separate admission; see flyer below for details.
Image location http://tawn.org/download/spring-fest-2016-flyer/?wpdmdl=417
Salutations and Happy Valentine’s Day! I read a fantastic article today that I wanted to share with my fellow Pagans. It’s a good source of information for seekers beginning their path and great advice for all. I look forward to seeing everyone at the Picante-style Cauldronluck! Blessed be!
10 Things to Stop Doing as a Pagan
Most people who are Pagans didn’t start out that way – and sometimes, it’s easy to fall into the trap of negative habits. Here are ten bad habits you may be engaging in, and why you should drop them if you want to have a positive experience with Pagan spirituality.
- Stop Trying to Fit Your New Religion into Your Old One
Most people who come to a Pagan belief system didn’t start out that way. Simply because of the numbers, the majority of people who are now Pagan were once Christians or some other religion.
There’s nothing wrong with that. However, sometimes, people have trouble letting go. It’s not uncommon to meet folks who swear up and down that they’re Pagan, and yet they live by the dogma of their old religion – they’ve simply changed the names of the deities.
Sandra, who follows a Greek reconstructionist path, says, “I had been raised Southern Baptist, so it was hard – really hard – for me to adapt to this idea of a god and goddess that didn’t make any demands on me. I was raised to believe that there was one god only, and to find deities that not only didn’t mind sharing me with others, but who wouldn’t punish me for it — well, that was a big thing. I had trouble with it at first, and was always wondering, “Well, if I honor Aphrodite, can I still celebrate Artemis, or am I going to get caught in some kind of deity war, and cause trouble?”
A South Carolina Pagan named Thomas is now a Druid. He says, “My family is Catholic, and once I realized that the gods of the Druid path were calling me, I had no trouble walking away from Catholicism. Except for the idea of sin. I still kept finding myself feeling like I needed to go to confession every time I had sex with my girlfriend or used swear words.”
Don’t try to put Paganism – of whatever flavor – into a Christian (or other kind of) box. Just let it be what it is. You’ll be much happier in the long run.
- Stop Assuming All Pagans Are the Same
There are lots of Pagan traditions. They’re not all the same. In fact, some are vastly different. While there may be some common threads that bind MOST Pagan religions together, the fact is that every tradition has its own set of rules and guidelines. Are you someone who insists that all Pagans must follow the Law of Threefold Return or the Wiccan Rede? Well, not all groups have those as a mandate.
Look at it this way: if you’re not Christian, you don’t follow the Ten Commandments, right? Likewise, if someone isn’t part of your tradition, they’re not obligated to follow your tradition’s rules and laws. Accept that each person – and group – is capable of thinking for themselves, and that they are able to create laws, guidelines, tenets, and rules that work best for them. They do not need you to tell them how to be Pagan.
- Stop Ignoring Your Instinct
Got a feeling something is going on, but can’t quite put your finger on it? Believe it or not, most people have some degree of latent psychic ability. If you’re interested in developing your gifts and skills, then stop ignoring those messages. You may find that they’re telling you some pretty important stuff. Magic happens, as does psychic phenomena. But if you keep rejecting it as “Oh, there’s no WAY that just happened,” then you may be missing out on a very valuable tool and resource.
- Stop Being Silent
Many Pagan traditions follow a guideline that includes the idea of keeping silent. In that circumstance, keeping silent refers to the idea that we shouldn’t go around blabbing endlessly about our religious beliefs, our magical practice, or the people we’re standing in circle with. That’s not what we’re talking about here. No, instead, when we say “Stop being silent,” we’re talking about a lack of speaking out when injustice is done.
There’s a common thread in our society in which no one really wants to get involved when things are going on that do not directly impact us. However, as Pagans, we’re in the minority, in the United States and in most other countries. That means that when things happen to other minority groups – even those that are not Pagan – we should still be standing up for those other groups.
Frequently, on the About Pagan/Wiccan Facebook page, we discuss current events that relate to freedom of religion and other first amendment rights. Often, those news stories are not about Pagans at all, but about Muslims, or Jews, or even atheists. Why are they relevant?
Because if one group can face discrimination, we all can.
Remember that old saying attributed to a German pastor, who was saddened by the failure of the intellectual community to speak out during the Nazi reign? He said, “First they came for the communists, but I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a communist. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Jew. Finally, they came for me, and there was no one left to speak.”
If we don’t speak up when other groups are treated unfairly, who’s going to speak for us when we ourselves face discrimination?
- Stop Accepting Mediocrity
There are literally thousands of books and websites about modern Paganism. One of the things people typically find themselves asking is “How do I know what books are reliable?”, followed almost immediately by “Which authors should I avoid?” As you learn and read and study, you’ll learn how to separate the wheat from the chaff, and you’ll eventually be able to figure out on your own what makes a book credible, or worth reading, and what makes it one that should probably only be used as a doorstop or paperweight.
But here’s the thing to remember. As long as people keep buying books that are awful, or at the very least, academically suspect, the authors of these titles will continue to repackage and publish them.
Demand more. Patronize publishers and authors whose work is credible, and not those who simply slap a cover with a pentagram and some glitter on a new version of the same garbage you’ve been reading for thirty years.
- Stop Neglecting the Natural World
If you’re someone who follows a nature- or earth-based religion, it stands to reason that the natural world should be, at least to some degree, sacred. While it doesn’t necessarily mean we’re all out in the forest worshiping rocks and stumps, it does mean that we should have the decency to treat our natural world with some respect. Become environmentally conscious and aware. Even if you simply focus on the patch of earth you live on, or your immediate area, rather than on a global level, it’s a start. Take care of the land on which you live.
- Stop Wasting Time
“I want to be Pagan but I just don’t have time to study!”
How many times have you caught yourself saying or thinking that? It’s an easy rut to fall into – we’ve all got jobs, families, and lives, and it’s easy to let ourselves fall into the habit of not making time for our spirituality. However, if you think about some of the ways we waste the twenty-four hours a day we DO have, it’s not so hard to re-prioritize.
If you feel like you don’t have the time you need to work on your spirituality as much as you’d like to, then take a long and hard look at how you are spending your days. Are there ways you can save time then dedicate that time to your spiritual journey?
- Stop Judging
“Christians are all such jerks.”
“Wiccans are a bunch of fluffy weirdos.”
“Those Heathens are way too aggressive.”
Ever overhear any of those from someone in the Pagan community? Unfortunately, judgmental behavior is not limited to the non-Pagans. Remember how we talked about how each Pagan path is different, and they’re not all like you? Well, part of accepting that people are different includes not being judgey because they’re different.
You’re going to meet a lot of people who are not like you. Don’t stereotype anyone based on misconceptions – instead, base your opinion of them upon their merits or flaws as individuals.
- Stop Letting Others Think For You
If you’re ready to be part of a non-mainstream religious group, you’ll notice really quickly that the Pagan community is full of free thinkers. It’s full of people who question authority, and who try to make right decisions based upon their own moral codes, rather than what may be popular or fashionable. Don’t take things at face value – ask questions, and don’t accept what you’re told just because someone tells you to. Take the time to find a good teacher – and realize that the best teachers will want you to ask questions.
Sorcha is a Pagan from Maine who says she has learned not to accept dogma from other Pagans. “I met this high priestess who really wanted everyone to do things her way – not because her way was necessarily better, but because she wanted to be in charge. Everyone in the group was blindly following along, never stopping to say, “Hey, maybe we could try it this other way instead.” They were like a bunch of sheep, and I had to walk away. I didn’t become Pagan so I could have an authority figure making my spiritual decisions for me. I became Pagan because I wanted to continue thinking for myself.”
- Stop Making Excuses
“I don’t have time to study.”
“I don’t have the money to buy supplies.”
“I live in a town that’s really religious.”
“My spouse doesn’t want me to be Pagan.”
Are you making excuses for all the reasons you can’t practice your Pagan faith? Aleister Crowley once said that to perform magic is to express dissatisfaction with the universe. In other words, if you’re happy with the way things are, then there’s no need for magic. While Crowley may have said a lot of things that people disagree with, he’s spot on with this one.
If you’re a Pagan who accepts that magic can happen, and that change can occur, then you have no excuse for not making things different where they need to be. Don’t have time to study? Sure you do – you have the same hours in your day as everyone else. Change how you spend those hours. Set goals to make things change for you.
Don’t have money to buy supplies? So what? Make magic with what you have on hand.
Live in a town that’s religious? No big deal. Keep your beliefs to yourself and practice in the privacy of your own home. No need to be in your neighbors’ faces about it.
Got a spouse who doesn’t want you to be Pagan? Find a way to compromise. Interfaith marriages work all the time, as long as they’re built on a foundation of mutual respect.
Stop making excuses for all the reasons you can’t, and start making changes so that you can.
Original Source: http://paganwiccan.about.com/od/PaganCommunity/ss/Stop-Doing-These-Things-if-Youre-Pagan.htm#showall
The TAWN community has started a monthly meet up to discuss the purpose and direction of TAWN. The group is brainstorming ideals to bring to the membership in attempt to revitalize TAWN and bring more to TAWN and the community.
Stay tuned for updates!
You can follow some of the ongoing discussion Here.