Tom Kennedy gave the treasurer's report, with $958.11 in the bank account. The donation jar was passed around.
Upcoming presentations were discussed, with the reminder that anyone can present a topic of interest to the group, and field trips can be arranged for dates and times outside of the regular meetings. The list of upcoming presentations can be found in the February minutes.
Robin Mills informed us of progress on the recycling project in Hampshire County. The County Commission has received a grant and is advertising for bids to construct a recycling drop-off site next to the jail in Augusta. Currently, cardboard, paper, newspapers and magazines can be recycled at the old hospital grounds, Depot St., Romney on Wednesday and Saturday, 8-noon.
Windy Cutler recommended a book "A New Green History of the World"
Dale discussed the idea of Timebanking, where every hour of credit is valued the same. It's not a barter system. A Saturday workshop could be set up to study and possibly initiate the concept in our community.
Tonight's Presentation was by Tom Lewis, entitled After Transition: Lessons from Native Americans on "Human Nature" and Sustainability. His well-received and informative talk pointed out how the lifestyle of the Native Americans had very little impact on the lands they populated, living peacefully and sustainably. Not until the Europeans landed on the continent did the resources begin to be affected, and sometimes depleted. If it was possible to return to the ways of the original inhabitants of America, we would all be better off.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:15. The next meeting is April 14, 2016, when the topic will be Solar Power.