HERE THEY ARE...the long awaited Minutes from November....
Circles and drumming, eating and humming, full of light and peace, rainbows enlightened, energy heightened, praying and seeking release, one and all have come to join forces and make the 1998 gathering the best it can be. you come too.
Following a Thankgiving dinner of more than 250 people, the Thanksgiving Council of the Rainbow Family of Living Light met at High Creek, Arizona on Friday - Sunday, November 28-30, 1997 with over 200 folks in the actual council. It was really exciting to see so many people who are interested in seeing that our gatherings are a success being together so early in the year, and even more exciting is the high proportion of "newbies" becoming involved. WELCOME HOME ONE AND ALL. We began with a call for agenda items and set our priorities for the business section of our weekend.
We, the family on the land for the Thanksgiving Council of the Rainbow Family of Living Light, have reached consensus on the following:
Be prepared to leave the area by dusk with food, gas, winter clothing, and bedding, etc. -- i.e. be able to take care of yourself! This is NOT A GATHERING, but a time and place for serious (well, you can laugh :)), hard-core scouters to connect and go scouting..
The snail mail address for the 1998 RFOLL Gathering is...
emergency response plan with frequent workshops to be site specific and equipment such as buckets, shovels, picks, axes, pulaskis, radios, batteries, etc.
8. Recognizing the fact that there are several people without a belly button due to unforeseen circumstances, we would like to DEFINE A RAINBOW AS ANYONE WITH A HEART.
Consciousness was drawn to several potential difficulties with being in Arizona, such as the shitters, fire and water difficulties, as well as a more volatile political scene.
The style of the shitters from last year was appreciated by all who used them, however, the folks who had to disappear them during cleanup had a heck of a time filling in the 5' holes and having to dig under the boxes to remove the support logs. More analysis on satisfying both factions is forthcoming. Also pack rats and hanta virus are real problems in this area. Methane converters are being researched and we should have several on site. Child sized ones would be greatly appreciated.
Water is obviously a big issue and the potential for needing to purchase water is high. Scouts will be looking throughout the winter for sites with water, though winter and summer water in Az are very different. If you have large, portable water carriers, this will probably be a year they can be used. Heavy duty water filters are always appreciated.
We might have a fire ban in the state if there is not enough water , so we are really stressing alternate cooking options as well as education about fire-fighting. (yes, i know it is was a consensus, but it's just so important!)
Be aware of the political situation in Arizona. It is not as open and accepting as Oregon. Read up on what is happening at regionals and be prepared. Keep tuned in to alt.gathering.rainbow or www.welcomehome.org for up to the minute information on road blocks, hassles, and other difficulties.
Share your hearts, your words, your heartsongs, your concern, your knowledge, your food, your smiles, your praise, your prayers, your love, your eye contact, your songs, yourself, your positive outlook, youre willingness to make this gathering be one that is healthy, holy and humungously fun.
Respectfully submitted by the messenger, susan, with love