April 9, 2018 Meeting Notes

Camrose Pride Community April 9, 2018 Meeting

Meeting Notes

Gus chaired the meeting, 14 people in attendance

Action items in Purple

  1. Connecting and Sharing: Happy to have 5 new people in attendance
  2. Discussion about regular meeting location
    • Decision of the group to move our regular meeting location to 4830-48 Street (House of Hair Design) effective for May 7 meeting
    • Appreciation expressed to Camrose United Church for the free use of space for meeting and storage of supplies
  3. Discussion about espressOUT meeting locations for the spring and summer months
    • April 16, 2018 5:30-7:00 p.m. last meeting of the term at the Augustana Forum
    • May 21, 2018 5:30-7:00 meet in Gus’ backyard (Personal message for address)
    • June 18, 2018 5:30-7:00 meet at the Alice Hotel Restaurant
    • Other locations to be determined at future meetings
  4. Discussion about recruiting new members
    • Discussion about how to be more visible and attract new members to our group
      • Possible Stakeholders meeting to be held in the future
      • Join the Chamber of Commerce for networking possibilities: Carol check on membership fees
      • Posting of posters and handbills in Camrose and other rural communities surrounding Camrose
  5. Planning for Upcoming Events
    1. Blast off to Summer BBQ – Sunday, June 24, 2018
      1. BBQ in the backyard of House of Hair Design (4830-48 Street) 1:00-4:00 p.m.
        • Opportunity to advertise our new meeting location
        • Lots of space for sidewalk chalk drawing and bubbles
        • Support with the BBQ has already been offered from Rebecca: Carol to confirm
        • Carol to check on any permits or inspections needed
    2. Big Valley Jamboree Parade- August 2
      • TNeal has the truck and flatbed trailer ready to be decorated
      • Discussed extending the offer to others in the area to join our float: Jen to post on Facebook
      • Confirm if Robyn Bank$ is interested in participating with the float again this year
    3. Participation in other parades?
      • No decision about entering our float in other parades at this time
      • altView has extended an invitation to Camrose Pride Community members to join them in the Edmonton Pride Parade on June 9, 2018
  6. Brainstorming for future events
    1. Camrose Pride Community is welcome to have a display in the foyer of Camrose United Church during Jaywalkers Jamboree. (The church is open for people who need water or to use the washroom.)
    2. Community Registration Night in September
    3. Fall Family Dance with possibly a Halloween theme
  7.  Other
    1. Updates from altView
      • T-shirts will be ordered again shortly (blue is the colour for this year)
        • Let Jen know if you want to buy a shirt with the Camrose Pride Community logo on it.
        • We will increase our t-shirt order from 25 to around 30
      • Mike is supporting the startup of a Community GSA in Wetaskiwin
      • Jen will be transcribing the notes from the Status of Queer Conference in October 2017
    2. Family and Friends Support Group have determined they will be meeting on the fourth Monday of the month at Camrose Public Library 7:00-9:00 p.m. Next meeting is on Monday, April 23 at 7:00 p.m.
    3. Camrose United Church Indigenous Book Club has invited Chevi Rabbitt to speak at their meeting on May 23. This is open to the public. More details to follow.


January 8, 2018 Meeting Notes

13 in attendance

Action items are in purple.

  1. Sharing
  2. Financial Update
    • Margaret shared the financial statement to date.
    • The yearend financial statement will be prepared after the end of January.
    • Camrose and District Support Services will be able to provide some grant monies again this year, but the amount will reduced due to their budgetary restraints.
  3. Plans for Pride Week – February 26 – March 2
    • Various Augustana Student Association groups are collaborating in planning and hosting Pride Week.
    • Wayne and Carol are on the planning committee to represent Camrose Pride Community.
    • There will be a Bake Sale held during the week (day to be determined) and donations of baking would be appreciated.
    • Camrose Public Library will be planning to host some events and decorate the library in recognition of Pride Week.
    • Discussion followed about possible community events that could be hosted in the community during Pride Week
      1. Special espressOUT during the week at a community coffee shop
      2. Games night at a community venue
      3. Inquire about Quantum Comics making a presentation about queer comic book characters
    • A Glam afternoon will be hosted at House of Hair Design from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 25. Everyone is invited to come and experiment with their makeup and costumes in preparation for So You Think You Can Drag.
    • So You Think You Can Drag will be hosted at the Bailey Theatre on Friday, March 2.
  4. Community Service Learning Opportunity
    • The Augustana Learning and Beyond office contacted Wayne and asked if we would like a Community Service Learning student to assist with Pride Week.
    • Wayne accepted the offer on behalf of Camrose Pride Community, but at this time we do not know yet who it will be or when they will be starting.
  5. Not for Profit Status Discussion
    • Wayne and Margaret will begin work on the Not for Profit Status paperwork in February.
  6. Discussion about Meeting Times and Locations
    • espressOUT has had great turn out since moving to the Augustana Forum.
    • There was discussion about trying out some other community venues for espressOUT to be more visible in the community and show our support for those businesses who have been supportive to us. We also discussed whether or not to move the time from 5:00-6:30 p.m. to 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. No decisions were made at this time.
    • There was also discussion about whether or not to continue to meet at Camrose United Church for our regular meetings and whether or not this may be a deterrent for some people. We discussed other potential venues such as Camrose Public Library.
    • All meetings will remain at the locations and times as advertised for now, but we encourage others to express their opinion to the Leadership Team (Wayne, Gus or Carol) as to locations for our meetings before a decision is made as a group about any changes.
  7. Future Plans
    • Big Valley Jamboree Parade: The group agreed that the entry in the Big Valley Jamboree Parade in August was very successful and we would like to enter again this year.
      1. Consider inviting other groups to participate with us (e.g. GSAs, groups from other communities)
      2. Consider entering the float in the Edmonton Pride Parade
      3. Consider handing out information related to the Prime Minister’s recent apology to the LGBTQ community.
      4. Planning for the Parade entries needs to start very shortly. If you are interested in working on this committee, let the Leadership Team know asap.
    • Community BBQ: Discussion about different ways to do a simplified BBQ event perhaps at a downtown location as a fundraiser.
    • All Ages Dances: We have received very positive feedback about the All Ages Family Dances that we have hosted.
      1. Should we be doing more of these?
      2. Timing is important to consider: possibly on in April or May and one in the early Fall
    • Educational Events: We are seeking input from members about what types of educational events are desired. We discussed some possible sessions:
      1. Another discussion about Homosexuality and the Bible (led by Liz Carter-Morgan)
      2. An interfaith panel about responses to the LGBTQ community
      3. Types of relationships
      4. Film Series about Changing Attitudes about Sex from 1850’s to 1950’s
      5. Topics that come out of the discussion notes from the Status of Queer Conference in October
    • Community Connections:
      1. Community Registration Night is a good opportunity to let the Community know we are active.
      2. Marnie Panas will be the guest speaker at Camrose United Church in the spring.
      3. We will be hosting another Expressive Arts Night on March 5.
      4. We will attend the Augustana Human Library from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Monday, February 5 and then follow this with a short meeting just outside of the Augustana Faith and Life Chapel.
  8. Other items for discussion
    • Google Calendar has now been included on the Camrose Pride Website. Jen will post 3 months at a time. Send any dates that need to be posted to Jen.
    • The Photo Gallery is going to be going live soon on the website. Please send any photos to Jen and make sure that permission has been obtained by those in the photos.