Oneness Project Trustee Council

May 6-7, 2005
1309 S. 3rd, Bozeman, Montana

 

Oneness Chair Jerry Fries welcomed Trustees and visitors. He opened the meeting by reading “Confession” by Stephen Dobyns from Garrison Keillor’s Good Poems.

Present: Jerry Fries, Chair; Linda Lindsay, Vice Chair; Tony Rasch, Treasurer; Eric Narayan Waldman, Phil Notermann, Susan Sheely, Sheila Jaya Lindquist, Ellen Kaf-i-Mariam Fietz-Hall, Shahar un Nisa Solander, Janet Haqqikah Williams, Patsy Saphira Boyer; Staff: Peter Reynolds, Diana Anthony.

Session commenced with dancing.

 

The TC asked Peter to serve as meeting facilitator

Deep Listening Coach: Janet Haqqikah Williams

Peter: We use modified Robert’s rules; visitors & Trustee Trainees don’t participate much.  Jerry: Everyone is welcome to engage in discussion; only Trustees vote.

November 2004 Minutes

Jerry: Move to approve as submitted

Narayan: Second

Passed by Consensus

Trustee in training.

Jerry: Move to install Shahar Solander as a trustee-in-training for the OP trustee council.

Tony: Second

Passed by Consensus

Finance Committee Reports

Tony Rasch presented the Oneness Project (OP) 1st quarter 2005 financial statements. Discussion followed.  He noted that income and expenses are on target, with the exception of the grants awards budget.  A motion will be presented to deal with that.

Fund Transfer Proposals

Jerry: Move to transfer $30,000 from the General Fund to the Endowment Fund and to make these funds available for the 2005 grant cycle.

Linda: Second

Background: The current 2005 budget for the project and DLT grants programs is projected to be $30,000 short of covering eligible, quality projects.  This motion effectively increases the 2005 grant awards budget by $30,000 to bring that total budget to $122,500.

Passed by Consensus

 

Jerry: Move to transfer $500,000 from the General Fund to the Endowment Fund

Narayan: Second

Background: Growing the principal of the Endowment Fund by another $500K will  put its annual earnings more in line with the probable growth of OP grants programs.

Passed by Consensus

 

Phil moved to amend the Endowment Fund policy of retaining 10% of yearly earnings for principal protection to a variable rate tied to the official Cost of Living Rate, plus 1%.

Tony: Second

Discussion focused on the need to protect (and actually grow) the Endowment Fund principal so that infusions of support from the general fund are not necessary.  The consensus was that the foregoing motion to increase the size of the endowment fund is contingent on rigorously sticking to this policy

Passed by Consensus

Loan Policy Proposal

Tony moved to establish the following policy concerning loans:

Oneness Project is reluctant to make loans to groups or individuals and will do so only under exception circumstances, when there is consensus agreement among the Trustees.

Before the Trustees will even consider a loan request, the Finance Committee, who will then make a recommendation to the full Council as to whether or not it should be considered further, must review the request.

In general, the Finance Committee would only recommend further consideration if they had positive answers to the following questions:

1) Is the project likely to be of great benefit to a significant segment of the Dance community?

2) Does the group or individual making the request have a strong history of supporting the Dances?

3) Is there a high probability that the loan can be paid back in a timely manner and that Oneness Project will receive adequate compensation?

4) Will the long term impact on Oneness be low?

            a) In administering the loan?

            b) In having money tied up?

            c) In otherwise being involved with the project?

If the Finance Committee moves the proposal forward, they will be expected to have an adequate explanation of why Oneness Project should be involved rather than a traditional loaning institution

Narayan: Second

Background: Tony noted that this policy was developed in response to request for a loan from Australia.  The word “unanimous” was replaced by “consensus” in a friendly amendment to the proposal.

Passed by consensus

 

Banking Policy Proposal

Jerry moved to establish the following Oneness banking policy:

Oneness Project shall maintain financial accounts in a simple, efficient manner.  To this end, one checking account shall be maintained at First Security Bank, Bozeman, Montana or at some other institution as deemed necessary by the Finance Committee.  No other accounts will be used to disburse funds.  Those authorized to be signers on this account shall be the Treasurer, the Executive Director, the Administrative Assistant and one other member of the Finance Committee as determined by that committee.  The OP treasurer will regularly review checking account bank reconciliations against the relevant financial statements to ensure that OP finances are properly accounted for.

Linda: Second

Background: This policy is intended to clear up some gray areas regarding disbursement accounts and bookkeeping.  We want to have one account with specific signers for disbursements. 

Passed by Consensus

Directors & Officers Insurance

Jerry initiated a discussion regarding the board’s position on purchasing Director and Officer insurance.  The TC discussed the pros and cons of proceeding with this, including OP’s capacity to “self-insure”.  Peter briefed the TC on efforts to date to identify OP’s liability exposures and obtain an “umbrella” insurance policy that would cover these.  So far, OP’s operations constitute a unique niche and no agent has found an underwriter willing to write such a policy.   There was no consensus to purchase a D&O policy, which would in any case not cover OP’s organizational exposure.  Peter has obtained a property insurance quote for Common Ground and this was referred to committee.

Grant Committee Recommendations

 

Linda: Move to approve the recommendations of the Grants Committee.

 

 

Phil Second

 

 

Discussion: Peter reviewed the Grants Committee proposal review and rating process.

Jerry said that he would like to see fewer TC on the committee so that more expertise and involvement could be drawn from the field.  Phil noted that number of grant requests and total funds requested are going up dramatically.

 

 

 

Passed by Consensus

 

Project Title

Applicant

Use(s) of grant

Recommendation

Amida Harvey in Columbia, S.A.

Fundacion Danza & Vida

Travel for Amida Harvey to Cali, Columbia

$1,500

Chilean Outreach

Jimmy Docker

Travel for Jimmy Docker to Chile

$850

Dance with the Divine

Golden Gate Sufi Circle

Youth travel scholarships to attend camp

$3,550

DUP Booklet, Dances from Wilderness

PW-DUPNA

Seed money for dance booklet production

see next motion

Halima MacEwan American Tour

Shining Heart Community, Kansas City

Travel costs for Halima Mc Ewan and 1 assistant

$2,700

Harvest in Spain

Sylvia Murillo

Travel support for DUP work in Spain

$1,500

Mir Camps

Shahodat Golomuz

Ukranian youth camp and Adult camp expenses

$3,985

PeaceWorks Pubs Website

PeaceWorks Pubs

Establish secure order web site

$2,615

Radha Buko leading DUP in New Zealand

DUPANZ

Travel costs for multiple events in NZ

$3,550

Regional Meeting w/Cluster Coordinators

PW-DUPNA

Travel for North American network reps

$0

Root of the Root Training Workshop

Ellen Fietz-Hall

Matching support for tuition, lodging and transportation for advanced CSA/DUP

$2,500

Scholarships to Attend Dance Camp

Sufi Order of Rochester

Support for tuition, lodging and meals for 10 retreatants w/ Shahabuddin Less

$0

Youth Dancing at the NdL Camp

Silke Alima/Al Soteckel

Travel, honoraria and logistical costs for youth camp

$3,150

Org Development Consultant

PW-DUPNA

Training consultant for PW-DUPNA Board

$2,300

Travelling with the Legacy of Murshid Sam

Wim Wali vd Zwan

Travel and honorarium for DLT and retreat wkends

$5,000

 

 

GRAND TOTAL

$33,200

 

Proposal to Fund Dance Booklet from Communications Budget

Phil: Move to fund the PWDUP-NA dance booklet, a joint project with OP, from the OP 2005 communications budget.

Linda: Second

Discussion: Peter noted that OP will produce the teaching CDs that accompany booklet

Passed by Consensus

5-Year Grants Report

Peter presented an overview of statistics from that last 5 years of OP’s grants programs.  He thanked Sheila Jaya and Nuria Lee for preparing this report (addendum A to these minutes).  We will make this available to the Ruhaniat and post to our Web Site.  Peter presented the DLT Program Administrator’s protocol manual developed by Nuria.

Russian Youth Dance Leader Tour

Narayan: Moved to consider support for a Russian Youth Dance Leader Tour of the U.S. as follows:

That OP invite, facilitate, support, organize and otherwise take care of up to 4 young (14-21yrs) Dance leaders/musicians from Russia.  This would be for an ~2-6 month period, Spring/Summer 2006, and would include their participation in Lava and WDC and probably other (non OP) youth-oriented camps and programs during their stay.

Approx. Costs: 5,000 per person - inclusive.

Linda: Second

Discussion followed on the merits of the proposal and how it could work.  Jerry said that he would want to add contingencies on approval, including obtaining more detail about how the project would work.  Kaf-I-Mariam asked how this sum of money is justified relative to other much more scrutinized areas of programming such as grant awards.  The consensus was to form an ad hoc committee of Narayan, Peter, Phil, and Susan to develop the idea into a project proposal for submittal to the board.  This submittal and approval could take place via email prior to the November 2005 meeting of the board.

 

Jerry asked that the committee address in the proposal which OP standing committee has oversight.  Right now the youth committee requires more support. 

Action: Tabled pending project proposal from the ad hoc committee. 

Events Committee Report

Linda presented an oral report on the Marsh House retreats on Whidbey Island. The Marsh House owner has reservations about continuing DUP events there because of the lower fees the DUP have been allowed and changing management policies.  A retreatant was recently injured, compounding the relations with the owner.  After the fall retreat with Nickomo and Rasullah, the per-person fee is expected to rise to $85 per day for lodging only.  Future OP programming at that facility is in jeopardy at this point.  In other matters, Glenn Harvey needs help with Lava event manual.  A generic events manual is planned and it will be posted to the web site.  At Lava the committee considered a possible national event cosponsored with PWDUP-NA, however both OP and PW lack personnel at this time to undertake such an effort.   

Common Ground Report

Shahar Solander presented a draft report from the Bitterroot Dance Team outlining goals and objectives for a regional DUP center at Common Ground.  They are considering one public dance and one “deep” dance per month to better meet the entire community’s needs. 

Youth Committee

Jerry presented Tessa Skriletz’s evaluation of the first Lava Youth retreat at Easter 2005.  Discussion followed the scope of OP’s youth activity in the coming year and a half, including continuing youth programming at Lava, establishing a young adult program at Wilderness Camp 2006, and the Russian youth proposal. Tony asked about creating a young adult opportunity at the Montana Family Camp for kids who have grown up attending the event.  The youth committee will need strengthening to help OP staff implement these increased activities.

Creative Arts for Peace Camp

Shahar is interested in attending this event as OP’s representative. 

Communications Report & Revised Plan

Phil presented a report on the progress of the communications committee, including revision and update of the web site, production of the newsletter, and creation of a new OP brochure. Jerry asked the committee to develop a TC email protocol and to screen the web site for missed details in various areas, including committee membership and bylaws changes.  He also sees the need for clarity from the TC about what we want to convey via newsletter.  The TC reviewed Peter’s draft of an OP informational brochure.  Edits can be sent to Peter and Phil who will create a final version.

CD Promo

Narayan briefly discussed his efforts to identify a representative for OP’s cd products.  Diana will follow up with contacts already made.

Media Report

Peter briefed the TC on Michael Sheehan’s work on the Best of Wilderness Dance Camp Vol II and also the teaching CD to accompany new dance instruction booklet of Dances from Wilderness Camp.  Some dances still need to be recorded for the teaching CD, which may be a double set. 

Land Camp Search

Tony presented his report about the feasibility of again using Trefoil Ranch for Wilderness Dance Camp.  Tent setup in the paved parking lot is not possible.  There is a meadow on top of the hill in a horse pasture is another possible tent site.  (Connie and Wayne report that this site was found not to be usable for various reasons at their site visit following the TC meeting.)  The new Trefoil dining hall is a possibility for dancing.

Draft of Statement of Organizational Identity, Relationships and Activities

Jerry: Move that the TC adopt the statement with the clarified terminology.

Phil:  Second

Discussion: The final version of this document should include the original date of document, spelled-out acronyms 1st time they occur.  The updated final document should be posted to the OP web site and sent to SRI, the MTG and PWDUP-NA.

Passed by Consensus

 

Braveheart Fund and Committee Report

Susan Sheely reviewed some of the committee’s lack of clarity around funding in the past year.  Discussion followed regarding the purpose and direction of the fund.  The general consensus of the TC was to narrow the Braveheart Fund focus, limit annual gifts to actual fund income, and to boost the size of the fund.  Susan will focus the committee to rewrite the BF guidelines to narrow the focus of fund to 1) people with special needs; and 2) appreciation (merit) awards.  Committee wishes to add Tom Schmeling to the committee. 

 

Narayan moved to increase the Braveheart Fund by $9,000 from the General Fund and to narrow focus of Braveheart awards to special needs.  Grants will be limited to earnings of previous year minus COLA.

Phil: Second

Passed by Consensus

The meeting recessed for the day.

 

Saturday May 7, 2005

Session commenced with dancing at 9:00 am.

Present: Jerry Fries, Linda Lindsay, Tony Rasch, Narayan Eric Waldman, Phil Notermann, Munir Peter Reynolds, Shahar un Nisa Solander, Jaya Sheila Lindquist, Susan Sheely, Patsy Boyer, Nancy Stetter

 

High Performance Survey and Planning Activity

Nancy Stetter presented results of the High Performance Survey completed by those present.  The results demonstrated a nearly 3-point improvement in the TC’s perception of its performance compared with its 2002 survey.  The three priorities chosen by the TC to focus on from the 2002 survey were:  1.  Strengthen/cultivate our relationship with the dance network.  2.  Improve our internal communication, including how we handle conflict.  3.  Attract more people to join us in this OP dance (recruitment, image enhancement, etc.)  Ensuing discussion produced agreement on considerable accomplishment of these focus points.  Nancy guided the participants through a process to identify the TC’s priorities for future functioning of Oneness and the Trustees Council. 

 

Priorities for the Immediate Future

1. Strengthen & clarify committee roles, structure, communication              

a.       Task calendar

b.      E-mail protocol

c.       Follow up

d.      Phil & Peter edit brochure

e.       More committee time

 

2. Deeper Bench for TC & Committees

a.       Expand, refine, develop recruitment program

b.      Geographic component

 

3. Strengthen & expand existing programs

a.       Youth committee

b.      Community building, local dances

 

The detailed results of this process appear as addendum B to these minutes.

 

Addition to staff job descriptions

Jerry: The Human Resource Committee proposes the following addition to the job descriptions of the Executive Director and Administrative Assistant under duties:

“These duties require access to dependable transportation.  

Linda: Second

Discussion

Passed by Consensus

 

Trustee Term Renewal

Jerry: Move to renew Tony’s 2 year term as Trustee and Treasurer

Phil: Second

Passed by Consensus

 

OP Trustee Removal Procedure

Jerry: Move that the TC adopt the following policy on TC member removal as amended:

Trustees may be removed from the Trustee Council (TC) or their term not renewed with a consensus agreement of the TC for the following reasons:

1.  Poor performance in fulfilling the duties of a trustee as described in the Policy Manual Trustee Job Description.

2.  Poor attendance of meetings.

3.  Poor preparation for meetings.

4.  Disruptive meeting behavior.

5.  A departure in beliefs from the DUP or OP philosophy that indicate the removal from the TC would be to the benefit of all parties concerned.

6.  Unethical behavior.

The procedure for a trustee to be removed from the TC shall be as follows:

1.  Any trustee may request the removal of a trustee from the TC by stating the reasons for said request and submitting it to the TC Chair and ED.

2.  An attempt will be made to resolve differences using the OP Conflict Resolution Policy where applicable.

3.  The trustee under removal consideration shall be given an opportunity to address the underlying reasons for said consideration.

4. A leave of Absence shall be granted in instances where suspension of trustee duties may offer a solution to the problem(s).

5. The trustee shall be given an opportunity to resign when all attempts at resolution have failed.

6.  Removed trustees will receive recognition for their time and service given to OP

Narayan: Second

Passed by Consensus

 

Oneness Project Meeting Guest Proposal

Jerry: Move to adopt the following policy on TC meeting guests:

Oneness Project has an open meeting policy with the following stipulations:

            1.  Trustees, the Executive Director or Committee Chairs may invite interested parties to meetings by submitting a request for attendance to the ED and Trustee Council Chair two weeks prior to the meeting time.

            2.  Interested parties may also request to attend a meeting on their own volition under the guidelines of #1 above.

            3.  Guests are asked to not participate in general meeting discussion unless requested to share specific information.

            4.  Last minute, drop-in attendance is discouraged.

Background: This proposal is offered in an effort to make clear our policy concerning people visiting our meetings.

Phil: Second

Passed by Consensus

 

Next Meeting Dates

Fall 2005 Meeting

November 11-13, 2005

Grants Committee arrive 10th

To be held at Common Ground Center, Hamilton

 

Tentative Dates to be Held for 2006 Meetings

May 5-7, 2006, Bozeman

November 10-12, 2006, Bozeman

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned with dancing.


 

Addendum A

 

Oneness Project

Grants and Tithes Report Years 2000 – 2005

Prepared May, 2005

 

Summary

In the 5 years since January, 2000 Oneness Project (OP) has awarded grants and donations totaling $345,583 to support the Dances of Universal Peace worldwide.  The grant awards and tithes during these years break down as follows:

 

 

Project Grants

Tithes/Gifts

DLT

Totals

2000

$25,000

$19,584

-

$44,584

2001

$50,950

$10,002

$16,313

$77,265

2002

$26,125

$6,000

$4,209

$36,334

2003

$51,484

$8,001

$23.587

$83,072

2004

$79,358

$6,744

$18,226

$104,328

 

$232,917

$50,331

$62,335

$345,583

                        DLT-  Dance Leader Training Grants

 

The following discussion presents more detail in each program area.  OP staff sincerely thanks Jaya Shiela Lindquist and Nuria Lee for helping to gather and analyze this data.

Project Grants

Oneness Project initiated its Project Grants program in the spring of year 2000.  In the first 5 years of the program, OP has awarded a total of $232,917 in project grants to 85 applicants.  The 85 projects represent a total outlay of $999,989, therefore the grantees matched OP support by almost $3 for each grant dollar awarded.

 

The following tables give statistics on the geographic distribution of grant awards during the first 5 years of the program. 

 

Percentage of Awards by Region

 

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

5- Year Average

U.S.

34%

46%

10%

34%

38%

32.4%

India

10%

-

-

-

-

2%

Eastern Europe

30%

6%

16%

4%

13%

13.8%

Russia

8%

12%

10%

5%

4%

7.8%

South America

20%

-

30%

12%

19%

16.2%

Western Europe

-

35%

39%

28%

20%

24.4%

New Zealand

-

-

-

16%

3%

4%

Australia

-

-

-

-

2%

1%

Total Awards

$25,000

$50,950

$26,125

$51,484

$79,358

$232,917 (100%)

 

This data shows that United States-based applicants have received a full 1/3 of the available funds, with Western Europe following behind at ¼ of the funds.  This in part reflects the access to technology and banking afforded to applicants in wealthier countries.

    Project Grant Awards by Spring/Fall Grant Rounds

Round

2000

%

2001

%

2002

%

2003

%

2004

%

Spring

$2000

8

$14,500

28

$7,725

30

$9,476

18

$25,093

31

Fall

$23,000

92

$36,450

72

$18,400

70

$42,008

82

$54,265

69

 

$25,000

 

$50,950

 

$26,125

 

$51,484

 

$79,358

 

 

This data shows OP awarded twice the amount of project grants in the fall grant rounds as opposed to the spring, following a similar trend in the amounts requested.  This may indicate that the fall grant round more easily fits into to the annual planning cycle of applicant groups and individuals.  The trend of 300% growth in funds awarded over the 5 years continues in the Spring 2005 grant round with the largest number of applications (15) ever submitted in the spring round and also the largest total request ($52,215).

 

Spring 2005 Grant Round Requested Funds

U.S.

60%

Eastern Europe

12%

Russia

7%

South America

5%

Europe

9%

New Zealand

8%

The spike in requests from the US reflects the increased activity of the PW-NA.

 

OP Tithes to Dance Network Organizations and SRI

OP began tithing to dance network organizations in year 2000.  With the corporate division of the dance center begun in 2003, OP has since divided its 10% tithe of endowment revenues three ways between Peaceworks North America, the International Network for the DUP (INDUP), and Peaceworks Publications as shown:

 

 

SRI

MTG

“Peaceworks”

Center for DUP

PW-NA

INDUP

PW Pubs

Totals

2000

$4,896

-

$14,688

 

 

 

$19,584

2001

 

$5,001

$5,001

 

 

 

$10,002

2002

$3,000

-

$3,000

 

 

 

$6,000

2003

*$8,001

-

-

-

-

-

$8,001

2004

 

-

 

$2,248

$2,248

$2,248

$6,744

Totals

$15,897

$5,001

$22,689

$2,248

$2,248

$2,248

$50,331

SRI – Sufi Ruhaniat International

MTG – Mentor Teachers Guild

* Special gift for reprinting “In the Garden of Murshid Sam”

 

Dance Leader Training (DLT) Grants

OP’s Dance Leader Training program reflects the same growth as the other programs.  While 2004 applications and grants were down somewhat from the previous year, applications have surged again in 2005 with more than $22,000 in grants awarded from January to May, 2005.  Nuria estimates that the program will need $4,000 - $6,000 to finish the year at full funding.

 

 

2001(d)

#

2002

#

2003

#

2004

#

Aotearoa

 

 

 

 

 

 

$2,269

14

Eastern Europe

 

 

$317

2

$755

3

$1,635

8

Europe

 

 

$2,450

5

$4,500

10

$1,000

2

Russia

 

 

 

 

a) $6,270

?

b) 2000

?

USA

$10,053

24

$1,442

8

$6,484

24

$4,247

21

South America (c)

$6,260

?

 

 

$5,578

18

$9,075

32

Total Awards

$16,313

 

$4,209

 

$23,587

 

$18,226

 

Total # of Grantees

 

?

 

15

 

55

 

77

Avg award

-

-

$280

 

$315

 

$236

 

     (Average awards figures do not include Russian training totals.)

 

a) and b)  Russia has always been handled as special case.  In 2003 OP recruited St. Petersburg resident Gillian Zacharova as DLT coordinator for Russian trainings. a) and b) figures represent trainings that Narayan has conducted. We have final reports on these Russian trainings but the data has not been entered into the OP DLT database.  We do have information, however, on Russians who apply for trainings funds outside Russia especially with Wali & Arienne

c)  Peru - Jan. 2004 we limited the award amount to $400  for North Americans (8 out of 15 particpants) traveling there.

d) the database was not developed until June 2002, so we are missing detail on awards/locations made in 2001.

 

The OP database presently contains 195 names.  Nuria as administrator of the program makes the following observations of the five-year history:

1.      Just from a cursory look at the data, my estimate of those receiving the $500 limit per year is 50% +/-  3%

2.      Most applicants have only applied once.

3.      Three year trainings up to 9 entries per applicant per event however the funds are relatively small as the yearly application grant is divided over the # of events for that training in the year.

4.      Those that train with particular people, like Anahata, Wim Wali, Narayan, tend to apply repeatedly whether it is a planned series or the next time they are teaching in the particular area..  Anahata’s training in SA is a planned 5 year training, 1 week per year, and there are 16-18 participants who are signed on for the duration.  No new applications for funds will be accepted after this year (2005).

5.      I have notices that fewer and fewer N. Americans are applying for overseas trainings.  This could be in part due to the DLT policy change on international travel allowances.  It could also be a result training needs being met in the NA regions.
 

Addendum B

Want More Of:

*Clarity of role of committee members

*Clairty re: interface w/ Common Ground (Shahar) roles & goals

*Better/more/some communication w/ committee members & chairs

*Deeper Bench overall-TC & committees

* More buy in/follow through – walk your talk—needs refinement in application

* Periodic refreshment re: Awareness Process – Policy manual

* Orientation for new members

*  Follow up on commitments – who does what by when/updated/calendar; Diana creates this document after meetings/committees also

*  Visionary thinking

*  More committee initiative & follow-through

* Youth programming

* OP’s visibility increased becomes better known as a resource-outreach-brochures

* Deeper & wider bench esp geographically

* Support local dance community-survey dancers

* Contact Timothy Dobson

* Transparency

*Creative brainstorming at meeting

Want Less Of:

* Rigidity

* Less detail-Munir esp WDC

* Less lobbying, last minute new business at dinner (outside of the official process)

* tight controls in the system

* Pursuit of personal agendas

* Ambiguity regarding roles

* Lack of follow through

* Fewer emails about draft proposals

* Elaborate pre-rating of grants

 

Stay the Same:

* Current effective decision making process

* Positive open hearted trusting relationships within OP

* Honesty

* Grants committee good work

* TC Awareness Work

* Goodwill

* Well-organized advance prep

* Use of ad hoc committees for special cases like Common Ground

* Preparedness for meetings

* Goodwill, heart of intention, commitment to serving greater good, working in harmony

* Dance & Food

 

We Appreciate

* Devotion, commitment, dedication

* Synergy & Connectedness

* Work done to reach this point

* MAGIC!

* Love

* Passion for Dances

* Purpose of OP

* Commitment

* Miracle of this manifestation

* Freedom in organizational ability to have consistency, policy, good times best of all worlds

* Heart connection, Love, anything is possible, expansion of reality

* Fundamental generosity & open-hearted and trusting relationships

* Community in organization & effect on larger world

* What OP represents as a support of the dances which affect the world in a profound way

* Egalitarian

* Money

* People who show up