DETAILS OF EVENTS TODAY
Making “Izzy” comfort dolls – To participate in knitting comfort dolls for children in Baltimore, please knit a tube from the Izzy doll pattern (see www.hpicanada.ca/izzy-dolls/knitting-pattern/
) and come to this meeting to complete your doll.
Planning for the Men’s Retreat at Catoctin Quaker Camp, April 28-30. Contact Blaine Keener for information.
Equality on Trial – Bail Reform for Maryland, at Homewood Meeting and sponsored by the Baltimore Quaker Peace & Justice (BQP&J) Committee. Guest speakers will discuss money bail reform in the courts and bills being considered in the Maryland legislature. Debbie Ramsey will also report on the observations of the BQP&J Court Watch project since it began in 2015. This event was originally, incorrectly, publicized as being held next month.
The Baltimore Area Working Group on Racism (WGR) meets to consider issues around racial justice, share personal experiences, and plan and host special events. Everyone is welcome.
Monday, February 20
, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm: Peaceable City, a subcommittee of the Baltimore Quaker Peace & Justice Committee, is sponsoring a series of four weekly discussions on how non-violence works. Each week’s discussion will be held at Homewood’s meetinghouse and will begin with the viewing of a TED Talk. RSVP at http://evite.me/7wangbdWeF
Sunday, February 26, at 11 am: Junior/Young Friends will meet for a session of Four Corners.
Sunday, February 26, at 1 pm: Criminal justice reform in Maryland continues. Rabbi Charles Feinberg, executive director of Interfaith Action for Human Rights (IAHR), and Diamonte Brown, former executive director of Out for Justice, will discuss pending legislation to reduce the incidence of solitary confinement in Maryland prisons (SB1015 and HB1001). Also, SB694 and HB723 would remove the Governor from parole decisions, helping to de-politicize the process. IAHR is also active in countering anti-Muslim bigotry, and Rabbi Feinberg can provide an update on his work in that arena.
Sunday, March 5
, from 8 to 10:30 am: Pancake breakfast fundraiser to benefit Unified Efforts, sponsored by the Baltimore Quaker Peace & Justice (BQP&J) Committee. If you can lend a hand, please contact Ann Kehinde. Learn more about Unified Efforts at www.unifiedefforts.com
or by talking with Debbie Ramsey or members of BQP&J.
Saturday, March 11, from 9 am to 1 pm: Clerking workshop, toward making our committees operate more effectively. Open to all.
Sunday, March 12: Chesapeake Quarterly Meeting, at Homewood Meeting. See the flyer on the hall table and in the February Newsletter.
Sunday, March 19, at 1 pm: Remembering and upholding the truth of the Holocaust – American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) work before, during and after the Holocaust: Don Gann and Isaac Rehert will discuss AFSC’s work to assist and rescue victims. See the flyer on the hall table.
Saturday, March 25, at 9 am: Annual meeting of the Stony Run money committees – Trustees, Finance, Giving, Funds Review & Use Committee (FRAUC), Support & Supervision, Property, and Burial Ground. Everyone is welcome.
Sunday, March 26, at 1 pm: Members of the Working Group on Unaccompanied Children would like to expand their scope to immigration issues generally, with a focus on policy and advocacy, and the group invites interested Friends to join them at this meeting.
Sunday, April 9, from 9 to 10:30 am: Annual All-Meeting Breakfast.
Sunday, April 9, from 1 to 2:30 pm: Remembering and upholding the truth of the Holocaust – A survivor speaks: Halina Silber will bear witness and share her experience.
Saturday, April 22, at 9 am: Annual all-Meeting budget discussion, an opportunity for us to explore our spending and fundraising priorities and provide guidance for the development of the next budget.
Friday through Sunday, September 22-24: Stony Run camping weekend at Camp Catoctin. Contact Blaine Keener for information.
Miles White Beneficial Society scholarships and educational grants: Preference is given to students and organizations in the metropolitan Baltimore area and to those associated with BYM. Applications are being accepted until March 15. See Stony Run’s February Newsletter for more information.
The Jonathan K. Taylor Swarthmore College Scholarship Fund is administered by Stony Run, and preference goes to members of the BYM community. For the next academic year, up to $15,000 can be allocated among the successful applicants. For more information, or to apply by the April 20 deadline, contact Cindy Maier.
GEDCO’s CARES food pantry: Please remember to add non-perishable items for the CARES food pantry to your grocery list. You may leave food contributions in the upstairs hallway or on the lower level near the rear staircase. Items most needed: peanut butter, jelly, tuna, rice, spaghetti sauce.
Social Order Box: Donations during February and March will go to the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund. Please see the February Newsletter for information about the Fund’s work through litigation, advocacy and public education. The Social Order Box stands in the hallway by the Library entrance; make checks payable to Stony Run Friends, with ‘S.O. Box’ on the memo line.
FROM THE OFFICE
Office hours: The Meeting office is open Monday–Thursday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm and on Friday from 8:30 to 11:30 am. The office will be closed on Monday, February 20.
Meeting Facilitator’s schedule: Larry Reid’s work week runs Sunday through Thursday, but his hours vary to allow for evening meetings and weekend events.
First Day silent announcements: Items are due to the office by noon on the preceding Wednesday.
Monthly Newsletter: Reports/news/articles for the April issue are due to the office by March 10.
GIVING TO THE MEETING – FINANCIAL FACTS
For 2017, the Meeting has an operating budget which includes income of $378,000 and expenses of $399,000, with a deficit of $21,000. The deficit will result in unfunded capital reserves.