On April 14th, your Dharma Center board adopted an implementation plan with timeline to accompany the new strategic plan, soon to be posted here on our website. New President Susan Orr, VP Julia Mullen, Treasurer John Penfield, Secretary John Phelps, and members Linda Dekker, Joette Sebastiani, and Helen Hobart warmly invite your participation! Your continuing encouragement and sense of possibility has buoyed the SDC board through months of very focused work.

We now have a pragmatic set of tools for the work ahead: criteria for assessing the suitability of buildings; checklist to choose a realtor, fundraising targets based on numbers of supporters and amounts, by key dates; more conversations with donors and Sanghas; guidelines for day-to-day tasks at the Center, and much more, are spelled out in the implementation plan. Board energies are high. Frank and lively discussion at the late March brunch with the Founding Sangha boards from Sacramento Insight Meditation, Valley Streams Zen Sangha, and Sacramento Buddhist Meditation Group, sparked everyone’s can-do spirit. Person-to-person conversations make all the difference!

What’s Coming Up?

1. Party time! Save the evening of Saturday, June 13th, for a time to come together in The Courtyard in midtown for live music, refreshments, a raffle, and conversations, all in the flow of Second Saturday goings-on. You’ll have a chance to get free raffle tickets when you sign up to participate in the Sustaining Circle of donors, the critical building block of our ability to meet the Center’s monthly costs.

2. Monthly giving is the key to our future. Please be on the look out for the letter you will receive shortly, explaining this new phase of developing our community Dharma Center. If sharing the benefits of your practice, and contributing to growing compassion and wisdom in our community, speaks to your heart, please offer your generous support.

3. Your help is essential and we welcome you to participate in an upbeat Volunteer Program where you can express your love of the Dharma, use your talents, and get in on the very foundations of creating the Center with like-minded friends. Do your interests lie in graphic design? Working with finances? Scouting buildings? Hands-on work when we have a building? Social media and photography? Special events? You are needed!

You will be seeing concrete steps this month and throughout 2015 to ensure we are ready and able to enter into negotiations for a lease or lease-to-buy building without delay. Together with your help, we will offer the community the benefits of sitting groups, Dharma classes, Sangha programs, retreats, and workshops, family programming, and much more, available every day in our own home.