June 2023 Meeting of the Whole, Thursday 6/1/23

Please join us for our June  Meeting of the Whole this Thursday at 5:30pm.   Thanks to Tad Wysor and  Melanie Harner of First Congregational UCC, we are able to have another hybrid meeting.  So, once again, you can choose to come in person at 111 S. Wallace, Ypsilanti, MI 48197. Come to the back door of Chapelle School or you can participate virtually at via Zoom https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7643282234  This is the church’s Zoom Link so don’t be confused by that name on the meeting title.

At our last meeting, one of the suggestions for the coming year was for WeROC members to become more visible in the communities we uplift.  There is a great way to do that coming up June 16, 17 and 18 at the third Ypsilanti Juneteenth celebration!  Some of us helped out last year and it was very much appreciated by the organizers of the celebration.  I hope you will be able to volunteer to help along with other WeROC members!

The agenda is attached and we would love to see you in person if you can make that happen.  If not, the zoom link is above and on the agenda.

Cindy Bodewes
cbodewes@umich.edu
734-358-6994

A ray of violet bathes your furrowed brow, washing away the pain, transmuting anger into useful joyous fury.    Fred Lamott

Useful. Joyous. Fury.

May 2023 Meeting of the Whole, Thursday 5/4/23

Good Afternoon, WeROC Members and Friends.  I hope you  are well and surviving this extended wintery weather.  There is hope for Spring coming in the next few days.

Please join us for the WeROC Meeting of the Whole tomorrow, Thursday May 4th.  We will spend the bulk of the meeting getting feedback from all of you about your hopes for WeROC for the coming year.  Let us know what needs to be improved upon from your perspective.  Leadership would like to hear what priorities you support and what you would like your role to be in WeROC. This will be in advance of getting the new leadership and Board of Directors together for the first time.  The agenda is attached.

Please Note:  Tomorrow’s Meeting will be Virtual Only.  We remain dedicated to meeting in person and will resume the Hybrid format next month

Register at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0ud-2urz4jH9xL0PtNQesdLuWzRO7XZv0e.

Cindy Bodewes
cbodewes@umich.edu
734-358-6994

A ray of violet bathes your furrowed brow, washing away the pain, transmuting anger into useful joyous fury.    Fred Lamott

Useful. Joyous. Fury.

April 2023 Meeting of the Whole, Thursday 4/6/23

Attachments: Agenda   Minutes

WeROC Members and Friends,

Please join us for our April Meeting of the Whole this Thursday at 5:30pm.   Thanks to Pastor Liz and Melanie Harner of First Congregational UCC, we are able to have another hybrid meeting.  So, once again, you can choose to come in person at 111 S. Wallace, Ypsilanti, MI 48197. Come to the back door of Chapelle School or you can participate virtually at via Zoom https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7643282234  This is the church’s Zoom Link so don’t be confused by that name on the meeting title.

We will have our election of Officers/Executive Board at this meeting.  The Nominating Committee has recommended a slate of candidates.  This is the slate they recommended to us:

President – Cynthia Bodewes
Vice President – Charlotte Tillerson
Secretary – Rita Turner-Sheerin
Treasurer – Tad Wysor
Parliamentarian – Alyshia Dyer
Members at Large – Lois Allen Richardson, John Hollingsworth.

Depending on movement between now and Thursday you may also hear updates on the unhoused issue, the county community center, WeROC Action Teams  and the GEO strike (you can go to https://www.geo3550.org/  to find out about the GEO issues, sign up to picket and donate to the strike

If you have not yet paid your membership dues for 2023, please do so now.  Membership dues provide a stable amount of income for WeROC to use in support of important community issues.  It also signals your dedication and commitment to building the Beloved Community. 

 If you have not yet paid your $25 dues (what a bargain!) please go to werocmi.org click on the blue Donate button  in the upper right corner, enter your $25 and in the comment section, please note that the payment is for WeROC membership

I look forward to seeing you on Thursday!

Cindy Bodewes
cbodewes@umich.edu
734-358-6994

A ray of violet bathes your furrowed brow, washing away the pain, transmuting anger into useful joyous fury.    Fred Lamott

Useful. Joyous. Fury.

March 2023 Meeting of the Whole, Thursday 3/2/23

I hope you all have your power restored and are nice and warm.  Please join us for the WeROC Meeting of the Whole tomorrow evening.  Thanks to Pastor Liz and Melanie Harner of First Congregational UCC, we are able to have another hybrid meeting.  So, once again, you can choose to come in person at 111 S. Wallace, Ypsilanti, MI 48197. Come to the back door of Chapelle School or you can participate virtually at via Zoom https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7643282234 Again this is the church’s Zoom Link so don’t be confused by that name on the meeting title.  The agenda is attached.

If you have not yet paid your membership dues for 2023, please do so now.  Membership dues provide a stable amount of income for WeROC to use in support of important community issues.  It also signals your dedication and commitment to building the Beloved Community. 

 If you have not yet paid your $25 dues (what a bargain!) please go to werocmi.org, click on the blue Donate button in the upper right corner, enter your $25 and in the comment section, please note that the payment is for WeROC membership dues.

Cindy Bodewes
cbodewes@umich.edu
734-358-6994

Stop Acting So Small.  You are the Universe in Ecstatic Motion.  Set Your Life on Fire.  Seek Those Who Fan Your Flames. RUMI

February 2023 Meeting of the Whole, Thursday 2/2/23

This month’s Meeting of the Whole will be completely virtual.  Last month’s hybrid meeting was a great success but this month some key players are out of town making it a little more difficult.  We will most likely go back to the hybrid format in March.  Please register at the link below and join us!

The agenda is attached.

WeROC Monthly Meeting of the Whole, Zoom Thursday February 2, 5:30-6:30 pm ….  Register at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0ud-2urz4jH9xL0PtNQesdLuWzRO7XZv0e.

Cindy Bodewes
cbodewes@umich.edu
734-358-6994

Stop Acting So Small.  You are the Universe in Ecstatic Motion.  Set Your Life on Fire.  Seek Those Who Fan Your Flames. RUMI

January 2023 Meeting of the Whole, Thursday 1/5/23

Your choice! Attend this month’s Meeting of the Whole via Zoom or in person. See the info below on how. Attached are the agenda for this meeting and a copy of the proposed bylaws. See you at 5:30.

ZOOM LINK: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7643282234

Zoom Meeting ID 764 328 2234

Phone number for audio only: +1 312 626 6799 US

Or if you prefer–gather in-person at 111 S. Wallace, Ypsilanti, MI 48197 (Backdoor former Chappelle Elementary School in the Normal Park Neighborhood)

Cindy Bodewes
cbodewes@umich.edu
734-358-6994

Stop Acting So Small.  You are the Universe in Ecstatic Motion.  Set Your Life on Fire.  Seek Those Who Fan Your Flames. RUMI

December 2022 Meeting of the Whole CANCELED

WeROC Family and Friends,

Thanks to everyone who participated in the  hard work during the recent election cycle.   As we pivot as an organization toward a new, even more powerful phase in WeROC’s ten-year life, the Leadership Team is cancelling the December Meeting of the Whole due conflicting schedules.  We encourage all of our members and friends to join us this month in reflecting on how we can together leverage the collective bottom-up power we are building in our County to respond to the new social and political landscape created during this election season by so many new voters (thank you especially young people and women of all ages!).

As our Leadership Team works this month to develop proposed plans for 2023, we welcome any ideas you may have for WeROC going forward, and we look forward to hitting the ground running at our Thursday January 5th Meeting of the Whole.  (We may be able to try an in-person meeting again…stay tuned, and keep checking the website at werocmi.org for emerging information about WeROC.)

Finally, we are deeply grateful (really, and not just for this holiday!) for the flurry of new memberships — if you haven’t yet, please consider going to the DONATE button at werocmi.org and pay for formal membership (indicate in the comment section that your donation is for membership.)

Appreciate all of you as we move forward together…Let’s build on the momentum of our Friend/Fundraiser and the changes brought by the elections and discern our best steps forward.  Happiest of Holidays to all of you and yours!

Cindy Bodewes
cbodewes@umich.edu
734-358-6994

Stop Acting So Small.  You are the Universe in Ecstatic Motion.  Set Your Life on Fire.  Seek Those Who Fan Your Flames. RUMI

November 2022 Meeting of the Whole

WeROC Monthly Meeting of the Whole, Zoom Thursday Nov. 3rd, 5:30-6:30 pm

Register at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0ud-2urz4jH9xL0PtNQesdLuWzRO7XZv0e.

Agenda attached.

NOTE that you can now become an Individual WeROC Member, or your congregation/union local/organization can become an Institutional Member, via the DONATE button on our website.  Consider helping us solidify our base as we enter an exciting new phase.

October 2022 Meeting of the Whole, Thursday 10/6/22

Please join the WeROC Members and Family for our monthly Meeting of the Whole.  Hear updates and opportunities for engagement in voter education. candidate forums. canvassing, Automated License Plate Reader Technology and more.  Agenda attached.  I am looking forward to seeing you on Thursday.

Register at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0ud-2urz4jH9xL0PtNQesdLuWzRO7XZv0e.

Cindy Bodewes
cbodewes@umich.edu
734-358-6994

Stop Acting So Small.  You are the Universe in Ecstatic Motion.  Set Your Life on Fire.  Seek Those Who Fan Your Flames. RUMI