Board Meeting Minutes 2014-11-22

Lyceum of Trees, Minutes of the Board, November, 2014

Date: 11/22/14
Location: Ocean Shores- Board Retreat
Time: 12:15
Presiding: Sue Ann
Quorum? Y


Officer Name Present
Steward: Sue Ann y
Secretary: Gyelle y
Treasurer: Water Wizard y
Clerical Director: Arrhiannon y
Comm.Officer: Will y
Member at Large: Vergil y

Others present (“V” after name indicates a voting member):

No others were present.


  1. Minutes of the last meeting approved as posted
  2. Directors’s Reports:
    1. Steward:
      • Attended Masquerade Ball and had a lovely time, pictures to follow.
      • The esbat at Lyceum South.
    2. Secretary:
      • I led a Dumb Feast and explained Pagan beliefs of death to a Death and Dying study group.
    3. Treasurer:
      • No report, no activity since last month
      • Water Wizard will contact ordination group about annual dues that have not been received.
    4. Clerical Director:
      • Received letter from Stephanie Dowell, she would like to initiate and has chosen Arrhiannon as her mentor. Approved, she will work with her mentor until May and can initiate any time after that. ammended, see next Minutes
      • Alicia, Jennifer, and Dawnell are postponing their initiation and will be communicating with the elders.
    5. Communications Director:
      • Everything looks on track on the website.
      • Will be communicating with COG re a possible alliance.
      • Will draft a revision of the pages and menu structure to present in December.
  3. Other reports
    • Witches of Salem meet-up is being taken over by Salem CUUPS group beginning in December. Same time and place.
    • Thanks to Pleeks for her work and dedication in creating and maintaining the group for all this time.
    • The ordination of Damianna, Johnni, and Holly was lovely. They each have a different focus for their ministry and will greatly enrich the community. Many thanks to Alesia of Alesia Zorn Calligraphy for creating beautiful certificates.
    • Discussion of graduation rituals and how we might need to adjust the teaching of Y&D classes. For example-
      • Have them start writing the ritual with class 10 and get progress reports/requests for guidance in classes 11 and 12.
      • Then hold class 13 as scheduled instead of having them schedule it themselves.
      • Assign a mentor to each class if needed.
      • Monitor the cohesiveness of the group and do exercises if needed.
    • Note re future ordination classes- members must be members in good standing, i.e. pay yearly dues throughout the class.


  1. Board meetings will move to the Tualatin New Seasons effective 1/23/15.
  2. Calendar revised thru February. See below.
  3. Requests-
    1. Boomer would like August esbat,
    2. Will would like June,
    3. Arrhiannon would like Ostara, and
    4. Sue Ann would like Samhain.
  4. Discussion of concerns about Mabon ritual.
    1. Rehearsal would have made it better.
    2. Some concern about ritual theater as a public ritual as 1 newcomer was put off. Good dialogue ensued. Feedback was appreciated. No changes were determined necessary.
  5. Sue Ann would like to discuss starting a new ordination group. Interested: Sue Ann, Will, Boomer, Michele and perhaps Joy. We will publicize that it is starting at Ostara and open to Lyceum initiates.


  • December
    • 1: Meet and Greet at Powells Books downtown, in the coffee shop, 7:30pm to 8:30pm
    • 6: Esbat at Shawn’s in Salem. Gather at 3:00pm, ritual at 4:00pm
    • 20: Yule at Sue Ann’s in Vancouver, gather at 6:00pm, ritual at 8:00pm
    • 21: Salem UUCS Solstice Celebration, several Lyceum members are involved with this
    • No Board of Directors meeting this month.
  • January
    • 3: Esbat at Sue Ann’s. Gather at 6:00pm, ritual at 8:00pm
    • 5: Meet and Greet at Powells Books downtown, in the coffee shop, 7:30pm to 8:30pm
    • 10: Year and a Day, Gresham, 3:00pm – 6:00pm (first meeting)
    • 23: Board of Directors, New Seasons Market Tualatin, 7pm – 8pm
    • 24: Year and a Day, Salem, 3:00pm – 6:00pm (first meeting)
  • February
    • 1: Imbolc Celebration at Lewisville County Park. This is also Annual Meeting and Feb esbat
      • Gather at noon
      • Annual Meeting at 1:00pm. Election of Board Officers: Secretary, Clerical Director
      • Ritual at 3:00pm
    • 2: Meet & Greet at Powell’s downtown
    • 7: Gresham Year and a Day, Eastrose, 3:00pm – 6:00pm
    • 14: Gresham Year and a Day moved to the 7th because of a scheduling conflict with the room
    • 27: Board of Directors, Tualatin New Seasons, 7pm – 8pm
    • 28: Year and a Day, Salem, 3:00pm – 6:00pm

Author: Will

I was born at a very young age but I am older than that now. As a young man I drove half a million miles in Boston taxis. Then I moved to Oregon and developed two careers as an RN over 28 years: the first as a clinical nurse mostly in ICU, then later in Nursing Service Administration as an Informatics RN (but before that term was coined). In between RN work, I picked up an ADSc Business Computer Programming and provided PC network installation, maintenance and repair for 10 years. I eased into retirement beginning in 2003 and was fully retired in 2010. But I have continued to develop and manage websites and my skills are current with HTTP/CSS, PHP, Apache, SQL, etc. I have a strong preference for Ubuntu Linux boxes and Dokuwiki websites. I have a strong dislike of WordPress, which, although it is technically very well done, has created one of the worst cesspool ecosystems I have ever encountered. Still it is sometimes the best tool for the job, more is the pity. I have followed pagan paths for 50 years and I have about 3 yards of bookshelves devoted to pagan thought and practice. I am a perfectly eclectic technopagan heavily influenced by Victor Anderson's Feri practice but comfortable with Gardner derivatives, Zennist ways, and totemic/shamanist practices. I have recently been made the Steward of the Lyceum Of Trees. So I am Will Steward, Steward. Make of that whatever you will.