November 2016 – Minutes

CLJP Minutes November 8, 2016
Monticello Room, Westminster Canterbury

Present: Jack Townsend, Taylor Beard, Chip Sanders, Carroll Houle, Hal Horan, Dave Warren, Peter Weatherly, Betty Kerner, Bill Kerner, Jean Hammond, Carol Muntz, Ed Murray, Warren Grupe, John Peale Guest: Sally Telford

Sanders presided, leading the group with silent prayer

Peale gave an update on his son Clifford Peale of Cincinnati, Ohio, who had suffered a serious heart attack while playing tennis, revived, hospitalized and in less than a week, was back home!

The Minutes of October 11, prepared by Horan, were approved.

Treasurer’s Report Beard, doing well since his leg injury, reported the following activity since the September 13 balance of 4, 971.52, accounting for an income of 240.00 of 60.00 dues each paid by Beard, Weatherly, McFarlane, and Horan, with an expense of 100. 00 paid to the American Friends Service Committee as a Memorial honoring Owen Norment, leaving a balance, as of November 8, of 5,111.52.

Old and New Business:

The 2017 Virginia Festival of the Book will be held on March 22 through March 26. The Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz, author of The Great Divide and The Price of Inequality, will headline a three-part series on economic inequality, to be held as part of the Festival.

The plans now are for the event to be held at the Martin Luther King Auditorium (seating 1200).  Stiglitz, whose speaking fee is usually in the 30,000s, reserves room for three free speaking events a year, now including this Festival, considered one of the best in the nation. There will, however, be a charge of $5.00, since some pick up free tickets but forget to show.

Murray reminded us of the 5 factors that keep 22% of the residents of Albemarle County from financially advancing—education, incarceration, training, transportation, and child care.

Murray again affirmed that NOW is the time to for us to spread news of the series—inviting other like-minded organizations to join us in promoting the event, seeing that the series is well attended, organizing gatherings, possibly in cooperation with some of these same organizations. It’s also time to discuss practical ways to influence local, state and federal policies. Again, the point is for all of us to THINK and then to DO! See Festival of the Book update http://clujp.org/?page_id=270

Announcement of a Community Event:

McAdams sent the following announcement from the Charlottesville chapter of UN—USA: On Sunday, November 20, at 3:00 pm, at the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church, 717 Rugby Road, Dr. Allen Lynch, former Director of Research, Center for International Studies at UVA, address The Impact of the US Presidential Election on US-Russian Relations. Between 1993-2005, Dr. Lynch was Director of the Center for Russian & East European Studies.

Program:  A Just and Generous Nation: Abraham Lincoln and the Fight for American Opportunity by Harold Holzer, one of the foremost authorities on Lincoln and Norton Garfinkle, an economist, chair of The Future of American Democracy Foundation and author of The American Dream vs. The Gospel of Wealth.  Horan presenting.  (Horan is working on putting his remarks in readable form for the website.)

Watch the video of the authors discussing the book with Eric Foner, DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University, as well as taking questions from the audience. Norton Garfinkle & Harold Holzer – A Just And Generous Nation  (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8rXqbjBkGzA)

The meeting adjourned at 2:00 p.m.

When next we meet: December 13, 2016: Role of the Federal Government – Initiatives, successes and failures over past 30 years Presenter: Mark Weatherly, former OMB Deputy Associate Director on Housing, Treasury, and Commerce under 5 presidential administrations.

Respectfully Submitted

Hal Horan