Ethical Navigators Weekly Update – September 7

Summary:

  • Details about our September and October outings. Please RSVP for September.
  • Update: Tentative plans for a Pancake fundraiser in October 26.
  • We had a Council Meeting this morning.

September 13-14: Add-on camping at Forest Park
Since the registration deadline has passed, we aren’t including the details here. Information is here: https://www.stlsprout.com/calendar/todays-events/eventdetail/89822/-/register-for-the-wonders-of-wildlife-overnight-campout-event

Reminder: An add-on is an event that some families in Navigators might attend, but not an event for which we are having a formal presence. If you know of other events that might be fun for Navigators, please let us know, and we will advertise them and add them to our calendar.

September 20: Farm to Table
What: This month we will learn about growing food and have some fun volunteering and learning about a local urban farm right here in St. Louis.

When: September 20, 2014 at 1:00 or before at a restaurant. The official tour should last 1–1 ½ hours depending on how much we can handle and the weather.

Where: Bell Demonstration and Community Garden. 3871 Bell Ave., St Louis, MO, 63108. We will have an educational program about growing food locally, get to taste some yummies, see the community garden learning center, and visit the chicken coop.

Extra: Since the official activity does not start until after normal lunch time some may want to meet prior to have a locally grown meal. As a group we will not make a reservation (unless a lot of people want to go), but there are several choices if you want to eat. One option is this:

Local Harvest Café (in the Tower Grove neighborhood)
3137 Morganford
St. Louis, MO 63116

314-772-8815
8:00-3:00 Saturday and Sunday Brunch

Ellen Wilson organized this outing, and she will be at Local Harvest at 11:00 if anyone wants to join her. Please let her know if you plan to come so she can try to save some space. This is a pretty small place so expect to wait. Tower Grove Park is directly across Arsenal so if we get done early there is a place to play before heading to Bell Garden. If you know of another place and want others to meet you there instead let Ellen know and we can create a list of options depending on where you may be coming from.

Cost: There is no cost for the tour at Bell Gardens although they take donations and we might consider that. If you want to meet for a locally grown meal before that cost will be up to each family.

Contact: Ellen Wilson is organizing the event. If you do not have her direct contact information, email EthicalNav@gmail.com, and we will pass your RSVPs and questions on to Ellen. RSVP by September, 17.

October 17-19: Outdoor skills challenge & campout
Our last camp trip for the year will be in Washington State Park near Petosi/DeSoto area. This will be an end of the year skill challenge and we need all hands on deck. We plan to have challenges on skills learned over the year for the youth to participate in. These could include anything from cooking or a physical challenge or a talent or something else. We need help deciding on challenges. We will be working with the youth leading up to the event to design some fun things to do, but encourage families to come up with something that we all can compete in. The park has lots to do and we will split our time there between having fun in the group site with our competitions and exploring all that the park has to offer. We have the scout area reserved on October 17 and 18. We hope to see you there. More details to come.

General Meetings

September 14
Our next General Meeting will be 9am on September 14 at the Ethical Society. This will also be the first day of SEEK for the year, so it will be a big morning!

Organization

August Council Meeting

This morning, three members of the Council and one guest met in the Ethical Society Nursery School’s Green Room:
Tom Draney (Treasurer), Lance Finney (Communications), and Ellen Wilson (Stargazers).

The meeting was mostly focused on the details of the upcoming outings and meetings. In addition, we discussed the following topics:

  • Fundraiser – We had tentative plans for a pancake breakfast fundraiser for September, but no one in attendance knew of any progress in planning since then. The Council in attendance agreed to table the fundraiser unless an absent Council member had additional information.
  • Remaining 2014 Schedule – Look for an Evite or Survey soon to help us plan the last few events of the year, and for us know know who will participate in each.
  • Year-End – We tentatively planned for November to have this schedule:
    • November 9: Council Meeting
    • November 15: Year-End Awards Banquet (like what we did in August 2013)
    • November 22: Community Service activity
    • December: No formal meetings, though we might have an Add-on
  • Year-End (part 2) – The end of the year brings Leadership transitions. If anyone in Leadership wants to retire, this is the time, and this is the time for other parents to join the Leadership. Let us know if either of these apply to you.

October Council Meeting

Our next Council meeting is scheduled for 9:30 am on October 5 in the Nursery School Green Room. All are welcome to observe and comment.


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