December 6th, 2008 Quarterly Meeting Minutes


John Poertner called the meeting to order at 9:30. All board members were present plus Nan Wilson ex-officio and guests. John introduced Ben Weems who was the coordinator from 2982-1988. Many guests were present including Robert and Lois Kreider, Hugo Boschmann, Howard Snider, Justine Neufeld, and Crystal Somkueza (Kansas Paraguay Youth Ambassador Coordinator for Newton High School).

The minutes of the last meeting were approved as corrected.

Dave Schafer gave the Treasurer’s report. We have $8,510.21 in the general fund. A motion was approved to ask the Executive Committee to look at accounts with no activity and consider closing them and putting the money in a special grants fund. Their ideas are to be presented at the next meeting.


John gave the President’s report. The Chaco Water Project didn’t happen. Richard Porter said his gift could be used any way. John has not heard back from the church. Alice’s son was asked for his legal opinion about the directer and board member insurance and it will be referred to the Executive Committee for decision. John Neuman came to the annual meeting last year and was interested in a Paraguay trip. He’s very busy right now but thinks the Brown and Gold Organization might be interested. He met with the head of their travel committee. They are a group of people 55 and older who like to travel and use their own travel agency thru Johnson County Community College. They have over 4500 members. John suggested considering a trip in 2010.

He next discussed the travelers on POA grants. Steve Penner , M.D., gave an interesting account of his trip and involvement with the family practice residents in Paraguay. Lillian Rodriguez had requested a small grant for an accompanist thru Arlo Kasper. The small grants committee has not seen the request. It was approved with the condition that the small grants committee approve. (Klemm/Newton). Arla will add the form for grants to the e-mail page.

Liliam Rodriguez, Arla Kasper, Victor (Liliam's Husband)

Donna Schenck-Hamlin requested travel expenses to Paraguay.It was approved.(Schafer/Sagehorn). The catalog Archives project is finally moving. Donna and her assistant plus one other have been approved for access to the portion of the documents on disappearing citizens of Paraguay(CDyA) that have been discovered.

Committee Reports

The nominating committee presented a slate of officiers and board members for the next meeting. The following will serve until March 2010.

President – John Poertner

Director – Bob Carlson

Director- Kim Kreicker

Director – Jay Newton

The following nominations are submitted for election in March 2009

Vice-:President (2 yr. term)- Steve Richards

Secretary (1 yr. term )-Nan Porter

Treasurer (2 yr. Term)-Dave Schafer

Director (2r. Term)-Mary Bradshaw

Director(2 yr. term)-Bob Klemm

Director (2yr.)-Alice Sagehorn

Director (2 yr. term) Norm Schlesner

Director ( 1 yr. term)-Merrill Raber submitted by Gene Ernst, Charley Stansifer, Nan Wilson

Education Committee

Arla Jones requested a small grant for the 10 Youth Ambassadors . It was decided to reimburse for travel expensews for students and friends from airport to hosts.

(Sagehorn/Schafer). They will be here from Feb.25th – March 7th. A motion was approved to give 2 scholarships of $600 each from the private donation

fund. (Kreicker/Jones). Alice Sagehorn reported on the teacher/student exchanges. There will be 3 teachers here, 2 at Pittsberg and one to Frontenac.

Submitted by Edith Black, Kim Kreicker, Arla Jones,


Bob Klemm reported that there are 125 members, with 19 new members. He passed out copies of the new directory.

Reach Out- Kim Kreicker, Arla Jones , Bob Klemm

The new brochure was passed around. It was approved with changes in categories: . (Klemm/Schafer). The decisions on cost , color, black and white will be made by the executive committee. Arla said the web site had 9000 hits this year.

Emergency Preparedness- Steve Richards, Lorraine Richards

The shipping container has arrived! It is at the Wichita Fire Dept. training ground. Steve has been working with Wichita Fire Chief Ron Blackwell.

Next steps include moving equipment to the container, cultivating additional donations, obtaining supplies for storage, and getting more committee

involvement from emergency service personnel and KPP members and friends. Lorraine reported on the Georgia Pernambuco Partners. She traveled to Recife, Brazil to help Georgia connect with Recife emergency preparedness people. She consulted as a followup to two American Fellowships. There is a request for books to start a library at the fire department in Petrolina, Brazil. Lorraine is helping connect Chief Blackwell and his books to the people in Georgia.

Natural Resources – Bob Klemm

Bob reported on the good news fir the zoo. They are putting a perimeter fence around the zoo,have an office for maria, plus have money for other necessary things. Bob will go this summer to see how things are working out.

Kim Kreicker reported that the newsletter will go out in early January. A wreath was donated to Shelter Inc. in Lawrence for auction as a fund raiser for the Shelter, Inc.

Old Business

The annual meeting will be in April in Lawrence. Melissa Birch has been trying to geet Borda but doesn’t know yet when and if he can come which may determine the date.

New Business

Alice discussed the Villarrica sister City project .

Health – Merrill Raber

Merrill introduced the parents of Crystal who lived in Paraguay. Also he introduced Hugo and Mary Ann Boschmann (Faith and Light Bookstore), Lois Freisen,

and Liz Reid who works for the Mennonite Central Committee. He then introduced our speaker Dr. Robert Kreider. Dr. Kreider discussed the history of the Mennonites especially in South America.

The meeting was adjourned at 2:20 and we departed for a tour of the museum.

Respectfully submitted

Nan Porter

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