- Upcoming Events
- Board Meeting Report from September 27, 2016
- Conclusion of the Operation Planning Process
- New to the Windhorse Library
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Finance Committee Meeting:
Tuesday, October 25th, 5-6pm
Get Your Gourd On! Pumpkin Carving Event
Wednesday, October 26th, 2-4:30pm in the Windhorse office courtyard
Tuesday, November 8th, 12:30-1:30pm in the Windhorse office kitchen
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Board Meeting Report from September 27, 2016
On Tuesday, September 27, 2016 the Board met for 80 minutes. Dana D. from SLO gave the Mission moment talking about the times that in the face of the regular medical model she was present and staying connected to her clients; illuminating how our approach is different and important. The financial agenda included figuring out how much cash we need on hand for contingencies so we know how much cash is open for investment. The Board requested of the directors the three main goals for the whole organization to accompany the 2017 budget at the next meeting. The next two meetings are Tuesday, October 25th for the Finance Comm to review the budgets (one from each site) and Tuesday, November 15th for a Board meeting to ratify the budgets.
Conclusion of the Operational Planning Process
In last month’s Currents we told you about the operational planning in which Windhorse was engaged. We mentioned that Phoebe, our Clinical Director, was going to be leading visioning dialogues with the various realms and roles groups of the community. On October 5th Phoebe presented her synthesis of everything she heard during these dialogues with community members.
Among the many thoughts expressed during the group meetings, Phoebe noticed several areas of concentration that we as a community would like to explore in the coming year. These included: a community-wide clarification of our relationship to substance use and harm reduction, a heightened awareness and exploration of the workability of being in dual roles as client and staff, a deepened awareness of asylum mind, more support for housemates between teams, the creation of supervision training, an effort at magnetizing and clarifying the website, reimagining wellness, and a thoughtful, clear use of physical space within the office.
In addition, several ideas carried over from last year’s visioning dialogues. These included: a clearer articulation of who we are and what we do; the idea of the healer as scholar; the creation of a Basic Attendance training that could be taken into the world; and the integration of additional methods of working, such as motivational interviewing, dialogical processes, body-based trauma work, psychosynthesis, and leadership training.
Like last year, the contents of Phoebe’s presentation will help influence the budget for the next year by giving words to our vision for the future of Windhorse and our individual contributions to that future. The budget committee, aided by this information, will be better able to decide where money should be spent. A preliminary budget was discussed during a meeting of all four Windhorse steering committees. This meeting, which was open to the community to witness, took place on Thursday, October 13th in the Windhorse Community Room.
New to the Windhorse Library
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- Greg D. is a new Team Counselor.
- Piyali S. is a new Wellness Nurse.
- Mariah H. has left her position as a Wellness Nurse.
- Chris M. has left his role as a housemate.