NOCONOW General Meeting 1-8-19

President (Deb) called meeting to order.  Full executive board present (Jean, Jennifer, Rosemary, Jo).  21 members present, several new. Minutes taken by Jennifer.

Upcoming events:

Women’s March Sat Jan 19th. Bus info: leave Fort Collins from the Walmart parking lot at Mulberry and Lemay at 7:00 am.  We will start loading at 6:45 am.
The bus will leave Denver to return to Fort Collins at 2:00 and arrive at Walmart at approximately 3:30 pm. The cost is $35 round trip.  We are taking payment/reservations on Paypal.  To reserve a seat on the bus click here.  When signing up you MUST do a separate payment/reservation for each person.  The system will not record multiple reservations within one transaction.

Roe v. Wade Vigil (January 22, 6-7 pm, Old Town Square). There will be a short march/vigil and speakers, will include speakers from NARAL, Planned Parenthood, Population Connection. Meet near stage or contact Ann-Marie for details.

Next Radical Feminist Book Club Meeting is January 31, Dazbog on Cherry, 6:30-8 pm.  Book is So You Want to Talk About Race.  Mention our book club at Old Firehouse books and get a discount.  All are welcome at book club, even if you don’t finish the  whole book.

Deb met with NOCO Action, group of progressive organizations in Fort Collins.  If you are interested in being our liaison, see Deb.  Next meeting is Jan 30, 6-8pm at Council Tree Library.

Elections for NOCONOW Executive Board coming up in April. All seats are open (President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer). Rosemary will be running for Treasurer, Jennifer for Vice President.  If you are interested, contact Deb.

Town Hall with Fort Collins’ new legislative reps at 10 am Saturday Nauary 19th at library (Old Town).

Legislative Committee Report from Erin and Annemarie:

Amy will be helping run Legislative Committee.  Committee will be bringing list of bills to next meeting so we can work on what bills we want to advocate for now that both houses and governor are blue.  SANE clothing collection went great.  Roe v. Wade Vigil will include speakers from NARAL, Planned Parenthood, Population Connection.  Several legislative kick off events coming up, see Erin if interested in representing our group or just attending.  Next committee meeting is the 4th Tuesday of each month, 7-8, at Mulligan’s for now, though location will be changing.

Other updates:  Jean will send RBG a get well card on our behalf, reminded members there are pussy hats for sale, $10, see Jean.  Amy has made contacts with Broad Spectrum (LGBTQ group at CSU), they want to come talk at our General Meeting soon.  Members had option to call Gardner, Bennett, Neguse to encourage them to end the shut down without giving in on the wall.

Special guests, City of Fort Collins Women Commission spoke:

Lexi, Shana, Emily.  Meetings are every 3rd Wed, open to public, 215 Mason St, 6 pm.

3 priorities—women’s safety, health, and poverty issues in Fort Collins.  1 of their members attends each city council meeting to speak for women’s issues.  Working on project to name more streets in FoCo after women—can contact them with ideas.  Also working on city resolution for CEDA, international treaty for equal rights and to prevent mistreatment of women.  Helped develop sexual harassment policy for city employees, going live right now.  Encouraged us to support women running for city council, election is in April.  Emily Gorgol is District 6 candidate.  There will be a proclamation of Women’s History Month, NOCONOW has been invited to attend City Council meeting to receive/participate.