Minutes of prior meetings are available on the website under Activities.
Treasurer's report: Bank balance is $1101.11.
Dale is working on starting a Google Group for our membership to enhance a community feeling, and share information. Dale or Tom Lewis will be sending out an email to explain this.
Upcoming presentations for November and December? None have been planned. If you have anything to add, contact Dale. At the November meeting we will begin making plans for a re-skilling expo in the spring. Dale has passed around a list of skills that could be demonstrated. There is information on TransitionUS.org on how to organize this.
Anyone interested in serving as an officer of Sustainable Potomac Highlands should submit their name at the November meeting.
Outside Workshops: the field trip to Jim Guy and Henry Maier's properties has been postponed until spring.
Radio Communications: Jim Guy mentioned that the road block to being a radio operator is taking the test to get the license. The Moorefield group is trying to put WiFi on a frequency, but more expensive equipment is needed for that.
Elspeth has several butternut trees that need to be dug and removed from her property. Let her know if interested.
Do we want to have a booth at the Health Fair held at Augusta Church of Christ in the spring?
Robin Mills reported on the ongoing construction of the Recycling Center being built near the Regional Jail in Augusta (should be operational by spring) and the private dump on Cooper Mountain.
Gayle Allen informed us that Trex is having a contest to collect plastic sheeting and bags at the schools.
Tonight's presentation was on Time Banking, with guest speaker Linda Shute from Great Cacapon, WV.
To introduce the topic, we watched a video from Timebank.org, a California organization that has successfully started time banks there. The concept is based on exchanging skills with people, for instance, an hour of cooking lessons would be banked, and then used to have someone else repair a bike for an hour.
Mountaineer Time Exchange has been established in Morgan County. Anyone in the area can join, or a similar system could be set up in Hampshire County if there is enough interest. A video to help with this is found at www.newdream.org.
Another video of interest is Sacred Economics with Charles Eisenstein.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:05 pm. The next meeting is November 10, 2016.