Photo of the week – values

My best guess is 1,350 plates.  I put a brand new stack of 150 next to this stack, tried to accomodate that the big stack is less compressed.  I’ve missed the plates for a few circles.  Each plate has a value written on it, and by someone I’ve had the pleasure of being in Circle with.  That’s thing about Circles, I don’t ever leave one disliking anyone.  The good of a person always finds its way in Circle.

I believe in the very very important task of identifying values in a Circle.  I also believe we should use consensus early on in a Circle and all commit to honor the values.  Its a great first stage, I like to say “it lets us all know how are going to treat each other”.  One of my students did her paper on the concept of Values and she said Circles would “worthless” without them.

It’s a joke now in the office about my stack of plates.  I love what they represent, my committment to living in values, my committment to Circle and mostly to the wonderful task of bringing Circles to other people.

— Peace – – Kris

SCVRJP hits a new milestone

Last night we had a board of directors meeting for SCVRJP.  Basic agenda items, reviewing our minutes, financial reports, updates by me the executive director.  Your normal, kinda boring run of the mill stuff.

The have to stuff to keep an organization fully running and functioning.  The board took action to move ahead with a marketing plan, and gave me the green light for exploring special domestic violence circles.

I’ve read that non-profits are either growing or withering.  I really like the book about non-profit stages.  The Field Alliance has great resources.  SCVRJP is definately growing.

I traveled to Washington DC in Febuary of 2007, for a National Conference.  I shared a room with a YMCA Executive Director.  At that time, SCVRJP was still only Kris Miner.  We had been moved into the Restorative Justice Center for 8 months.  I was just moving to 40 hours a week.  Now . . . just 20 months later . . . (drum roll please).  SCVRJP has 3 staff and a contracted bookkeeper!  We are going to be taking over all financial responsibilities for the RJ Center.  We are not under another program or non-profit.  We operate as an independent free standing 501c3.

One of our board members was there from the very first day.  I think the group met a few times and decided to pursue non-profit status, and that’s when I joined.  I have the very first letter, agenda and meeting minutes.  From 2001-2008 serving our community adding programs and services.

Yesterday by 10 am, I had a school principal and a school liason officer call, with cases for us!

Last night at the board meeting I shared our latest awards, from MADD WI and America In Bloom.  We added these to the shelf with our other honors.  I’m really proud to be part of such a wonderful organization.

Painters paint, bakers bake, writers write . . .

I have to blog today.  I’ve tried to do daily posts.  It’s not easy.  Today is a “have to blog” day.  Ever notice that what we want to do and have to do, make a difference in how much we actually enjoy the task?

I’ve learned SO much from blogging.  I’ve put my heart into this.  I didn’t realize that until a friend gave me the feedback.  I thought how true it is, because I throw myself completely into most projects.  So you don’t put your heart in without getting your head in the game.  I didn’t mean for this to happen with the blog project . . . I just wanted to get this resource going.

I’ve learned about “categories”.  You’ll see these on the “cloud”, I guess the more posts I put in a category the bigger that word gets.  It’s been a challenge for me to decide what categories I wanted.  I hope I can change these later. 

Pingbacks – that’s when I figure out how to link my posts to each other.   I think thats a good idea, shouldn’t these things connect together?  I’ve gotten nice feedback about my writing.  Wow, I didn’t know I was a writer.  I’ve always wanted to be a writer.

Thank goodness someone wrote that you should write, like you talk.  I like to talk.  So that advice led me here.  I learned and hope you learn from reading this . . . you don’t have to THINK you’re good at something to do it.  Just do it!  (thanks Nike!)

I read a few blogs on a regular basis, which was preparing me for launching my own.  This is the third or fourth try.  I studied what I wanted to do, and I still do.  I just found a tip about adding a “picture of the week”.  Since Sunday is my tip of the week day, I’ll do a picture of the week on Wednesday.  See how easy this is?

It’s been a process to go from, a secret journal to not knowing who the 54 people that looked at the blog last Wednesday.  I waited until I felt like I had enough on the blog, before I talked about it.  Now I talk about it all the time.  At first I felt awkward about saying “my blog”.  Recently I had to type “our blog” referring to SCVRJP.  I’ve asked my students to make comments, just so I’d have some comments!

It’s been great having people in another County make comments and knowing that students and teachers in Texas will be given the site.  I hope our stories grow and this resource is valuable to many many people.

Bloggers blog . . . I just blogged my way thru a little blogging block!  I do love this, turns out it doesn’t matter if I have to, need to, or want to!

Peace – Kris