FCA General Meeting Tues. Oct. 11

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Oct 052016
 

The next General Meeting of the FCA [Federation of Citizens’ Associations of Ottawa] will be held Tuesday October 11, 2016 from 7:15pm at the Dalhousie Community Centre, 755 Somerset Street West. A draft agenda for the Oct. 11 meeting is found at  http://fca-fac.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/161011D2.pdf

A prime feature of the October 11 meeting will be a panel discussion on the Civic Hospital rebuilding project. Further background reading on the project is identified in pages attached to the draft agenda.

FCA General Meeting May 18, 2016

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May 152016
 

The next General Meeting of the FCA [Federation of Citizens’ Associations of Ottawa] will be held Wednesday May 18 at the Kanata Beaverbrook Community Centre. Each member association is invited to send two delegates to General Meetings. Observers are always welcome.

A draft agenda for the May 18 meeting is found at http://fca-fac.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/160518DA.pdf

Draft minutes for the previous General Meeting (April 12) are found at http://fca-fac.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/160412DM.pdf

Draft minutes for the Executive meeting of April 20 are found at http://fca-fac.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/160420EX.pdf 

FCA General Meeting March 3, 2016

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Feb 262016
 

The next General Meeting of the FCA {Federation of Citizens’ Associations of Ottawa] will be held Thursday March 3 from 7:15pm at the Ron Kolbus-Lakeside Centre, 102 Greenview Avenue. Each member association is invited to send two delegates to general meetings. Observers are always welcome.

A draft agenda for the March 3 meeting is found at http://fca-fac.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/160303DA.pdf Note that a discussion on affordable housing will be a major feature of the March 3 meeting. That subject will also be the subject of a free film night on March 2 presented by the Urban Forum. See additional information about this topic (and other matters) in the background material attached to the draft agenda.

Draft minutes for the previous (February 4) General Meeting are found at http://fca-fac.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/160204DM.pdf

The FCA membership campaign for 2016 is currently underway. Member organizations are invited to renew their membership and new prospective members are cordially invited to send observers to FCA General Meetings.

You can manage your subscription to FCA general messages on this website by clicking on the red rectangle on the left of the home page. This feature permits individuals newly elected as association board members to add themselves to our distribution list. If you have a general association email address, you could consider adding that address as well.

We look forward to seeing you on March 3.

FCA meeting “Let’s talk!” on Wed. Jan. 13

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Jan 082016
 

According to the Oxford Reference Dictionary, a “levee” was “a reception of visitors on rising from bed” but is now “an assembly of visitors or guests” and in Ottawa this is associated with the New Year.

2. The next general meeting of the FCA [Federation of Citizens’ Associations of Ottawa] is our own interpretation of the levee with the theme “let’s talk!”. The meeting will be held Wednesday January 13 at Tanglewood Park Community Centre, 31 Woodfield Drive. Formal start time is 7:15 pm but timely arrival at 7:00 is recommended.

3. “Speed dating”  Several experts both from among  senior City Officials and the Voluntary and Private sector have been invited to the Jan. 13 meeting.   They are preparing a series of “Speed Dates”, structured time‐limited discussions with community representatives moving from expert to expert. To permit direct conversational contact, we propose that in each rotation a maximum of three community representatives meet with each expert (i.e. each discussion would feature up to four people– one expert and three others).

4. “State of the community” While the “speed dating” is going on, and during other networking time, a small team of recorders will be collecting community views and concerns.   Help ensure your ideas are captured by the recorders.  You are welcome to leave notes on your main points.  We hope to incorporate the material collected into a document for the City and Public outlining community thinking at the New Year.

5. “Open Mike” In the latter part of the meeting, we reserved time for an Open Mike plenary session at which any participant is invited to inform the entire meeting about some new event or issue of general interest.

6. “Levee”  In addition to a programmed time for “networking”, we anticipate there will be many participants who are between “speed dates” or otherwise free to chat with others.  You can use this time for unstructured discussion with each other, on what’s working well, or with invited experts. To provide fuel for all this discussion, please contribute to the Dessert Pot Luck with a snack or sweet to share.   Here is a chance for you to distribute some of the holiday treats you have not yet enjoyed (and may have resolved to avoid in the new year).

7. Our normal meeting announcement welcomes you to  send two delegates to FCA  general meetings. Observers are always welcome. For this “let’s talk!” meeting help build up a broad attendance. For anyone who is curious about the FCA or who follows civic affairs in Ottawa, this is an ideal occasion to meet others with similar interests.

8. Detailed information is found on the FCA website. The draft agenda for the Jan. 13 meeting, with attached background information on the experts for “speed dating” and a preliminary list of community concerns are found at 160113DA . Draft minutes of the previous (December 10) are found at 151210DM

Donation to help FCA build

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Dec 142015
 

Lorne Cutler report to General Membership December 10, 2015

In November, President Gary Sealey was approached by an anonymous friend of the FCA who wished to make a donation to the FCA.  The purpose of the grant to improve the administration and operation of the organization.  On December 2, I met with the individual who has made the donation, to seek further details as to the intent of the donation and to discuss as to how it might be used.  The donor has requested that their identity not be made public beyond Gary and myself.

The donation was for $1000 with a further $1000 to be contributed by this individual over each of the next two years subject the funds meeting their objectives.

The FCA has become very effective over the past few years, but  has only been able to focus on a few areas due to lack of volunteers and knowledge.  While we would like to focus on many additional areas we don’t have the resources.  The donor wants us to look at what would make a difference in what we normally do.  A number of areas were identified where the FCA could augment its existing capabilities if it had access to additional resources.  The purpose of the grant is to improve our capacity.  It is not to directly hire planners or other professionals to advance our cases.

The donor has provided $1,000 to date and is willing to provide an additional $2,000 over the following two years.  Ultimately, however, the FCA’s ability to respond and engage a wider community will be dependent on funding.   The grantor sees their money as seed money for the FCA to ultimately pursue other funding opportunities.

In the first year possible uses of the money were:

  • Improve administrative tasks particularly around the website – posting minutes; monitoring chat boards, community calendar
  • Special seminars for members that will help to improve member capacity
  • Examine other similar community umbrella organizations in Canada and the U.S. to see how they fund themselves and from where
  • Identify sources potential funding for the FCA
  • Development a business case in order to submit grant applications to potential granting bodies: ie: City of Ottawa, Trillium Foundation, Private Foundations, Private Companies, Community Foundation of Ottawa, etc.
  • Find and hire, if volunteers are not available, high school or university students who can assist in the above.

The use of the funds in the second and third year will depend on the success of use of the grant in this first year.  It is expected that the initial $1,000 would be used by April 30, 2016 and we would report back to the membership at our June 2016 AGM on how the money has been used.

[Lorne recommended that a small committee be struck to come up with firmer plans for the use of the money and to develop a schedule for proceeding.  His motion was approved.]

Lorne Cutler

FCA General Meeting Thurs. Dec. 10

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Dec 102015
 

The next General Meeting of the FCA [Federation of Citizens’ Associations of Ottawa] will be held from 7:15 pm on Thursday December 10, 2015 at the St Laurent Complex, 525 Cote Street. A draft agenda for the Dec. 10 meeting is found at 151210DA3.   Draft minutes for the previous (Nov. 2) General Meeting are found at 151102DM .

Member associations are invited to send two delegates to General Meetings. Observers are always welcome.

FCA General Meeting Nov. 2, 2015

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Oct 292015
 

The next General Meeting of the FCA – Federation of Citizens’ Associations of Ottawa will be held Monday November 2 from 7:15 pm at the Legion Hall, 5050 Ann Street, Manotick. Each member association is invited to send two delegates to general meetings. Observers are always welcome.

A draft agenda for the Nov. 2 meeting is found at 151102DA Note that additional background information may be added to the draft agenda as the meeting date approaches.

Draft minutes for the previous general meeting (held Oct. 6) are found at 151006DM and draft minutes for the executive meeting (held Oct. 14) are found at 151014EX.