Tibetans preserve their unique culture.
Meeting – Vancouver
June 26, 2002
Present: Zasep Rinpoche, Sharon
Gretsinger, Bridget MacKenzie, Dawn Topham, Evan Zaleschuk (chair), Helen Weiss, Marianne Rev, Christina
Wong, Patricia Healey, Karen Tee, Cyndy Roomy, George Tilser, Deborah Simpson
1. Evan’s update.
Fundraising. There is $6000 in the
bank. The fundraising letters written
by Michelle are almost ready to go out. Also, a young person (16 years old) in
Alberta did a Punks for Monks benefit and raised approx. $800 for Zadoh. Meditation-a-thon planned for September.
All Rinpoche’s centres will be encouraged to participate. 21 Taras will be the
theme. Query, will this restrict involvement (i.e. from people who do not
have the initiation? A sub committee needs to be struck pronto. Rinpoche would also like to have a Chod CD
launching party as a fundraiser for Zadoh in Vancouver.
TRAS – They sent us an application form for funding for
vocational training for people in the Zadoh area. The form is to be completed by the people in Zadoh. Rinpoche will discuss the vocational needs
of the area with his friends, family and others involved in the Zadoh
project. Rinpoche can also help to get
the form translated into Tibetan.
Website – is almost ready to go. A client of Evan’s did the work as a favour to Zadoh and Bill in
Seattle will be the webmaster. Another
fundraising idea is to have an auction on the website of Rinpoche’s malas as
well as the selling of Rinpoche’s photos
Pamphlet - We need a sub committee to get the pamphlet done.
Volunteers are Dawn Patricia, Evan, Deborah and possibly Bridget. People who could do the computer part of it
may be John McKercher, Bill, John Thompson or Tim Bush.
2. Review of the organizational structure of
Gaden Relief >
Jamseng Health Centre, Monastery, Children’s Fund
3. New fundraising idea.
Cyndy Roomy suggested a hanging car protection ‘thing’ to be sold at Banyan
with the profits going to Zadoh. Banyan
is very supportive and suggests that the best time for this would be
autumn. It was thought that if we could
buy some from Beijing, Xining or Yushu, it might be better (easier and
cheaper). George showed us one that cost approx. $1 Cdn. We could retail it for
$18. Half profit going to Zadoh.
4. Report from Sharon re:
meeting with Rinpoche and Seva.
Sharon read out the
report. At the Zadoh eye camp, 600
people came, 130 cataract operations were conducted. There was discussion about Vitamin A deficiency. Marianne will look into dose and frequency
of giving Vit A. Helen will contact a Seva eye Dr. to see what the other common
eye problems are.
5. Report on the public
Meeting with Vancouver Zadoh
committee, Rokpa, and the 6 Tibetan medical students. There was some
interesting initial dialogue. Evan has an impending meeting with someone from
UN around the issue. Rinpoche would like to talk to Zadoh officials about some
basic community hygiene issues. Our committee will request a meeting with
Cynthia Hunt, who is doing this work in Ladakh. She is scheduled to be in
Vancouver in the fall.
Thanks to George for hosting!