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Sarasota Meeting News

  • Hold in the Light: Mary Elmendorf—health; Hausman Family—grieving; Maxe Millery—health; Marie Condon—health; Steve Logan—job (Steve needs a Civil Engineering job in Water Resources).

  • Mary Elmendorf remains in Smith Care Center at Plymouth Harbor. She is getting stronger and may go home in a couple weeks. She rests a lot, but will accept visitors.

  • Sharon Fitzpatrick’s performance in the Poet Duet held at the Meeting House is now posted on You Tube. (The final portion with interaction from Friends is not yet posted but should be soon.) It can be seen at:

  • Quaker Men's Luncheon:  September 23rd; 1PM at Mr. Bones BBQ; 3007 Gulf Dr; Holmes Beach.  All men are invited to join their F/friends and buddies for an informal lunch, off the menu, at Friends Charlotte Mansur's and Eric Connors' eclectic eatery on Anna Maria Island.  No reservations necessary; just show up and enjoy some camaraderie.  Contact: Dave Hilsheimer  794-0584. 

  • Meeting calendar for September:

September 13: Committee Meeting Day.

September 20: Meeting for Business.

September 27: Potluck.

  • Genevieve Rowe has had a part of her essay about the SEYM/ProNica Youth Delegation trip to Nicaragua published in the most recent issue of “ProNica News from Nicaragua.” It can be accessed at: Copies are also available in the Meeting Room.

  • Phone and address changes:

Barbara Dondero’s new address is PO Box 6183, Bradenton 34281. Her home phone is (941) 756-1787. Her cell phone is (941) 266-1480. Her new email address is:
Gina Greenlee’s new address is 5180 Northridge Road, #206

Sarasota, 34238. (Other info unchanged.)

Linda Paul’s new phone number is (941) 330-6380. 

  • Hospitality Leader and September Kitchen Angels:

Hospitality Leader: Nathan Maxwell.

  September Kitchen Angels: Mary Paul, Nancyrose Logan, Marisel

Olivera, Jennifer Mendoza. If anyone can’t make it, call Charlotte

Mansur and she will cover for you.

  • Pastoral Care: Members of the Pastoral Care Committee (Jennifer Mendoza, Pat Weston, Mary Paul, Don Cumming, Diane Metz, Freddie Windriver, Iris Ingram, Barbara Dondero, Sally Ann Garner, and Maxe Millery) are available for compassionate listening. Feel free to approach a committee member at the Meeting or by phone.

  • Food Bank Donations: Donations of non-perishable food, athletic socks, and money for area food banks can be put in the wall box and basket next to the oven in the kitchen. In odd-numbered months, donations go to All Faiths Food Bank in Sarasota; in even-numbered months they go to Our Daily Bread in Bradenton. Bob and Marie Condon coordinate the distribution of donations.

  • Meeting Stewardship:  Support our Meeting by putting your contribution in the wall box inside the entrance to the Meeting Room or see our Newsletter for other ways to contribute.

  • Meeting Reminders: Please use a strong, clear voice when giving vocal ministry for those who have difficulty hearing. Since several persons in the Meeting are quite chemically sensitive, please refrain from the use of aftershaves, perfumes, and the like so that the spiritual experience of all might be undisturbed. It has been suggested that we not get to our feet at the rise of Meeting. Instead, we can just shake hands with those we can reach from our seat and wave to those further away. If there are those among us who object, perhaps this can be discussed at a Meeting for Business. 

  • Website: Both the Newsletter and Weekly Announcements can be accessed through the links listed on the left side of the Meeting's website (

  • Submissions: Please e-mail any announcements for the next issue to John Steinmeyer at by Wednesday evening prior to the Meeting.

  • In commemoration of the International Day of Peace and in a spirit of cooperation with PEAC, it has been requested that at the Meeting for Business on 9/20, we discuss how we might raise awareness of this day. Perhaps a collection could be taken to contribute to a peace group or a movie dealing with peace could be shown. It has also been suggested that on 9/27, we take our potluck food to the Peace Picnic potluck where our own Pat Murphy will be honored as an elder. (See details below.)

Peace Education & Action Center (PEAC)

  • International Peace Day is on September 21, 2009. PEAC will participate in “11 Days of Global Unity” surrounding this day by promoting various events. Please help raise awareness by taking action with a special Meeting for Worship, a special collection to support an organization doing good work, hosting a speaker on a topic related to peace, showing a peace film, or other acts.

On September 14, 7:30 pm, at Temple Emanu-El, the Laugh in Peace Comedy Tour performs. Rabbi Bob Alper and Muslim comedian Mo Amer bring their acclaimed show to Sarasota. General admission tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. For more information, contact Rabbi Elaine Rose Glickman at 941-379-1997 or at

Also on September 14 from 7-9 pm, Mercedes Frace, NVC Practitioner and member of PEAC, will facilitate a Nonviolent Communication Workshop in Yoga Room One at Rosemary Court, 810 Central Ave., N. Sarasota. RSVP at 941-492-9279.
On September 17 from 5:30-6:30 pm in the Zell Room at the Sarasota-Manatee Jewish Federation, the group Humanity Working to End Genocide will host a free reception to inform us about the current situation in Darfur. SMM is a supporting organization of HWEG. Address is 580 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. RSVP to Joan Hanley at or 941-371-4546 ext. 100.
On September 21 at 3:30 pm, the film, “Pray the Devil Back to Hell” will be shown at the Selby Library Auditorium. This is a gripping account of a group of women who demonstrate the courage needed to stand up to an oppressive regime. They use the power of the human spirit to put an end to violence in Liberia. Seating is limited; RSVP by 9/15 to Valerie Connors at Flyers are in First Day School Room.

Also on this day, WSLR 96.5 LPFM will have special programming all day.

On September 27, there will be a Peace Picnic and Celebration Honoring Our Elders at Trinity Metropolitan Community Church, 7225 N. Lockwood Ridge Road, just a couple miles north of the Meeting House. There will be a music jam, book sale, and lots of access to nature. At 1 pm, a potluck dinner will begin. At 2 pm, elders, including our own Pat Murphy, will be honored. At 3 pm, a movie will be shown. Flyers are in the First day School Room.

  • Quotable Quotes:

“In Germany they first came for the Communists and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn’t speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me—and by that time no one was left to speak up.” - Pastor Martin Niemoller

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