Tuesday, September 8, 2009

CHOW Advisory Meeting Minutes

PRESENT: Marie Gallagher, Fr. Jim Dutko, Jen Cubic, Betty Stanton, Scott Barvainis, Ed Blaine.
Opening Prayer by Ed Blaine
Introduced Scott Barvainis, our new Americorps Worker who started today.
FARM UPDATE: Blight has destroyed our tomatoes at the Frefericks Road Garden. Potatoes have been effected but can harvest small potatoes this week. Over ten thousand pounds of corn harvested so far. Still more available.
Conklin property still needs clearing. Volunteers are lining up for the fall. We have a chipper on loan and are looking into a large brush hog type cutter.
CLINTON STREET FESTIVAL: Fr. Dutko reported on the Clinton Street Festival. Not many participated in the walk but raised $1,200 anyway. Butterflies were released at the biginning of the walk. All in all a fun day and great community building event. Final tally not yet available.
-Mudcat Grant All Star Golf Tournament is Thursday, September 10 at the Linkis at Hiawatha. Sponsor party on Wednesday eveing at Security Mutual Building. Procedes to be split between CHOW, Catholic Charities Food Pantry, Boys and Girls Ckub of Binghamton and the Urban League.
-Postale Drive is Friday, September 11.
-Hunger Walk is October 18 at Binghamton University. Envelopes and posters should be here tomorrow. Ed will arrange a day at the Mall to give out envelopes.
WEIS PARTNERSHIP: Weis Markets donated $5,000 to CHOW. $2,500 went into the Round Up program to get it started for Weis, $2,500 check to CHOW. Weis will continue the support the Giant Markets provided to CHOW.
MARIE GALLAGHER suggested that CHOW take part in the SHOP FOR A CAUSE DAY at Macy's. The day is October 17 and discount coupons can be sold by charities for $5.00 each. The charity keeps the $5.00 for each coupon sold. Ed will discuss with Dr. Joe.
Next Meeting - October 13.


  1. Thank you, Ed. This is a great example for everyone to use as a way to update all of us. I appreciate it!

  2. Ed,
    Thanks for keeping us updated. Just a comment about the Macy's discount coupon promo. FIAV tried this and found it not very successful. You might want to talk to Joanne.


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