As a reminder, we'll be meeting tomorrow - Sunday, September 11, after the second church service at First UU - around 12:30 p.m. We're usually going to meet in Room 7, however for this first meeting there has been a change of plans and we'll be in Room 8 instead.
I've heard from a few parents that this isn't a good time for their families. Would another day or time work better? Please let me know. This meeting time is certainly not written in stone so please don't feel you can't participate just because this time doesn't work for you.
Also, I don't want anyone to feel that they can't be a part of this group or participate in our activities just because they can't make it to a meeting. I'm hoping we will come up with lots of things we can do to help make the world a better place in the spirit of Harry Potter - and these things aren't all going to happen during meetings. They will happen with you - in your home, your school, your workplace, anywhere you go and however you are able to make it happen. Harry began fighting the dark arts as a baby in his crib! Change can happen anywhere and at any time. Please keep checking here for ways you can participate, whether you can make it our meetings or not!
That said, if you do plan to join us tomorrow, here are a few details for you:
Calling All House Elves! Pack a nut-free lunch:
Since this will be around lunchtime, please plan to bring a lunch. We don't want to turn into the Hungry, Hungry Hippogriffs! For this first meeting, lets just brown-bag it but consider whether a potluck would be easier for future meetings (assuming we keep with the currently scheduled day and time.)
First UU is also home to SYC, the School for Young Children, which in addition to being a fabulous preschool is also a nut-free facility. Since we'll be borrowing their space, please do not bring any nut products in your lunch! Please also let us know if you or your child have other allergies or dietary needs that we should be aware of (personally I'm a vegetarian so you can count on me not to bring meat to any food-related functions.)
Agenda: Please read my post from our July 10th planning meeting: Mischief Managed to get an idea of what we've discussed so far. I'm hoping tomorrow we can continue these discussions, with focus on the following:
What is the Harry Potter Alliance? Who are the Enlightented Hippogriffs? Some nuts and bolts to understand what we're all about. Hopefully we'll begin to better define our chapter structure, rules, and areas of focus. I think it's probably still too soon to elect leadership (president, vice president, etc) but we can begin defining these roles and thinking about who would like to take them on.
"Not in Harry's Name" Fair Trade Chocolate Campaign- One of our first projects can be helping with the Harry Potter Alliance's campaign for fair trade chocolate. I'll bring information and a copy of a petition to Warner Brothers to make all Potter-related chocolate merchandise fair trade. We can also write letters and partner with our friends at UU who are already working to promote fair trade coffee. And what is your favorite kind of chocolate? Is it fair trade? We'll think about how we can find out and what to do about it if it isn't. If you'd like a preview about this right now, please visit: http://thehpalliance.org/action/campaigns/deathly-hallows/horcrux-1/
Passing on the Magic- The Harry Potter Alliance is also featuring Potter-related fan art on their website, especially those that celebrate the HPA and the ideals of love and justice found in the Harry Potter stories. Perhaps we'd like to create some art together? Talk about things we can do on our own? Bring your ideas and if you like, some art supplies!
Next Steps- We'll think about things we can do between now and the next meeting. Some ideas: action related to fair trade chocolate and Passing on the Magic art, recruiting more members, thinking about whether to volunteer for a leadership position.... other ideas?
Looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow!