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Member Meeting

April 29 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Dear Sangha Members,

You are warmly invited to attend a member meeting of our sangha on Sunday, April 29 from 4-5 pm.

Please send in topics that you would like to discuss during the meeting.

In addition to the topics that you suggest, we also have two agenda items that will be presented for a vote by the membership, as both involve making changes to the bylaws:

  • Here is some background information on items that are on the agenda for discussion and/or vote.

Name change: Last year’s Sangha Board of Directors (BOD) voted to change our community’s name from the Albuquerque Vipassana Sangha to the Albuquerque Insight Meditation Center (AIMC). This vote was in response to a proposal from several Sangha members to change the name. The primary rationale was to make our community more accessible by using words that are more broadly understood; and to make our name easier to understand and our community easier to find for new-comers. After the vote, members of the BOD completed the paperwork to formalize the name change legally, and purchased a sign for the entryway. Sometime later it was brought to the attention of the BOD that, according to the organizational Bylaws, a name change requires a community vote. Therefore this 2017-2018 Board of Directors is bringing this issue to a membership discussion and formal vote.

Addition of the position of Senior Community Dharma Leader as a voting member of the Board of Directors: The AIMC Board of Directors (BOD) proposes to add the position of Senior Community Dharma Leader (SCDL) as a voting member of the BOD. The primary responsibility of the BOD is fiscal management of the organization. As a dharma organization, our decisions also need to be in accord with dharmic principles. In most dharma centers similar to ours in the US 40-50 % or more of the members of the BOD are dharma leaders/teachers. The BOD of AIMC is seeking to add dharma guidance to our decision-making, and thus we propose to add the position of SCDL as a permanent voting member of the BOD (the BOD voted unanimously to support this). This change requires a change to the organizational Bylaws, which requires a vote by the membership. Therefore the BOD is bringing this issues to a membership discussion and formal vote.

Items for discussion:

Diversity and Equity: The BOD has formed a committee to address issues of diversity and equity in our Sangha. Leaders of this committee will briefly describe the focus and proposed activities of the committee. The BOD and committee seek input from the Sangha on how to promote greater diversity and equity within the Sangha.

Opportunity for generosity: Our Sangha needs a Coordinator of Volunteer Efforts. You may not think of yourself as the “sort of person” who would take on such a role, but we ask that you consider it. It is a wonderful opportunity to serve the Sangha and help others to do the same. The only requirements are that you have a desire to serve and a willingness to reach out to others in order to help them to serve, too.

Please join together with our sangha community for this group discussion.

With Warm Regards,
Miriam Komaromy
Vice President of the AIMC Board of Directors

PS: We welcome and strongly urge everyone to attend the meeting. However, in order to actually cast a vote you must be an AIMC sangha member. To become a member is simple: just complete the membership form on the website or on the form on the clipboard on the sangha information table.

Membership is a great way to formalize your involvement in the community, and gives you access to the member area of the website. Membership is for one year. The renewal point is every September, before the annual meeting. If you have active membership at this time, you will have received the membership welcome letter. If you didn’t get one, you’ll know you need to fill out the form.

Thank you for all the ways you contribute to the well-being of our community!
–Miriam

Details

Date:
April 29
Time:
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Event Category:

Organizer

Miriam Komaromy
Email:
mkomaromy1@gmail.com

Venue

Rosemont Center
200 Rosemont Ave NE
Albuquerque, NM 87102 United States
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