Kansas NORML Meeting Schedule and Reports

WICHITA:

  • 2nd Wednesday, every month, 6 pm
  • Spangles Restaurant
  • Kellogg & Broadway

Notes from previous meeting:

JUNE 11, 2018

Attendance: 6

The six of us in Wichita who are trying to keep Kansas NORML going were the only ones who showed up for this meeting. Apparently, we are the only six people in this area who care about the issues enough to give up an hour a month for them. We’re beginning to wonder whether it’s worth our effort if no one else is interested enough to even make it to a meeting.

MAY 14, 2018

Attendance: 14

This was the “Bring-A-Buddy” meeting, which produced some new faces. One of the visitors was Jennie, a writer from New York, who has lived in Wichita for the past several months and is working on a article for a newspaper or magazine. Astonished by the high degree of paranoia about marijuana that exists here, she quizzed us about many aspects of the local mindset on cannabis and drugs in general. She was hoping we would disprove the typical perception of Kansas as an ultraconservative state and Kansans as narrow-minded and somewhat ignorant. Unfortunately, by our honest answers to Jennie’s questions we could only confirm her impressions. She’ll probably be glad to get back to New York, where, apparently, pot-smoking passersby are a common sight.

Very little business was discussed at this meeting, other than Kansas NORML’s possible participation in some of the area’s upcoming parades. More on that later.

APRIL 9, 2018

Attendance: 11

Several visitors attended this dynamic meeting, which featured lots of discussion about recent developments, both good and bad, in the reform movement. We finalized plans for the upcoming Global March and a sign making get-together before “Liberation Day”. Talked about possible themes for future meetings and decided upon “Bring A Buddy” as the theme for the May meeting, with a Kansas NORML t-shirt going to the person bringing the most new people. Along with meeting themes, preliminary ideas for possible field trips for the chapter were suggested. This was one of our best meetings to date.

MARCH 12, 2018

Attendance: 11

This was a casual gathering at which visitors were informed about the organization and how we work toward reform. A lengthy and lively discussion on the chapter’s participation in this year’s Million Marijuana March resulted in plans for the march, with a picnic in the park to follow. Members decided to hold a “sign party” at which we’ll make signs and posters for the march. We also decided to get together soon to finalize plans and preparations for the event.

We discussed a possible 4/20 rally, but since it falls on Easter Sunday and so many of us have family plans, we reluctantly decided against holding a rally this year.

FEBRUARY 12, 2018

Attendance: 9

This was an informal meeting with little discussion of business except general agreement to hold a board meeting soon to decide on Kansas NORML’s direction in 2018. Lack of participation is killing this group–and we’re one of only two chapters in the state.

JANUARY 8, 2018

Attendance: 3 members (no officers)

The three of us sat and visited for a while, sadly wondering whether Kansas NORML can survive the lack of interest evidenced by the sparse showing. Is this to be the end? We need to see and/or hear from anyone who is interested in keeping Kansas NORML alive.

DECEMBER 11, 2017

Attendance: 6 members; 2 visitors

Meeting called to order by chairperson.

Discussed voting procedures for election of new officers. Decided to do it by mail with paper ballots.

Received and approved new T-shirts ordered after last meeting.

Talked about plans for members’ annual party.

Meeting adjourned at 7:30 p.m.

NOVEMBER 13, 2017

Attendance: 8

Yes, 8 diehards gathered, wondering what happened to everyone who joined up at the Hemp Family Reunion or e-mailed us expressing interest and/or a desire to help. Nevertheless, we courageously continued:

Meeting opened with the treasurer’s report, which revealed that we’re a little more solvent than expected, so we unanimously decided to order some new Kansas NORML T-shirts to replenish dwindling stock. A member reported that he has obtained a supply of cigarette papers imprinted with the Kansas NORML logo. (These two items will be included in the merchandise that we offer in return for donations at events.)

Moving along, there was an animated discussion of strategies for spring events, and the dire need for more funding, as well as more bodies, to help ensure the success of said events.

The current chairperson pointed out that it’s time to elect new officers. Nominations for the offices of chair, co-chair, secretary, treasurer and sergeant-at-arms followed, with the election to be held at the next regular meeting.

Meeting adjourned.

OCTOBER 9, 2017

Attendance: 7

The dwindling few of us met and rehashed the recent Hemp Family Reunion. We agreed that it was a really fun event, and a big success since we basically broke even–thanks to the generosity of attendees.

Undaunted by sparse attendance at this meeting, members began brainstorming ideas for our next big events: a “4/20 Festival” for next spring, followed by Million Marijuana March activities on May 3. With this running start, we hope to make our next extravaganza(s) much bigger and better than the “First Annual” Hemp Family Reunion. Watch for info on upcoming fund raising events, and let us know if you’d like to help!

SEPTEMBER 11, 2017 (What happened to August?!)

Attendance: 10

Regular members worked together on details of the Hemp Family Reunion, coming up later this month. The HFR is shaping up nicely, and has the potential to become a large annual hemp rally. Tentatively scheduled to perform are: The Powerdrill Tragedy, Roam, Discourse on the Method and Candymine, all from Wichita.

All the candidates who responded positively to our recent survey on marijuana and hemp issues have been invited to speak. As of today, none have accepted, so we’re still working on that.

New membership card design was approved by members. The cards will be available soon.

Contact us if you joined up, but weren’t issued a card.

This meeting was visited by two prospective members. We’re always happy to welcome anyone who wants to visit or join Kansas NORML.

JULY 10, 2017

Attendance: 12

The 12 people in the Wichita area who want to see marijuana laws changed got together briefly and worked on the details of the upcoming Kansas NORML garage (or yard) sale. (Updates will be posted here.)

Also, keep an eye on this site for details of the Hemp Family Reunion & Picnic, coming later this summer (depending upon the success of the garage sale).

Discussed production of a basic newsletter to keep everyone who isn’t online informed of meeting dates, events, actions, and so on.

(This meeting was brief and informal because of scheduling difficulties for several members.)

JUNE 12, 2017

Attendance: 8

Received treasurer’s report, which revealed that our recent restocking of educational materials for distribution has put us in the red.

Reviewed information about the upcoming Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) Workshop.

Discussed fund-raising opportunities, specifically a KSC NORML garage or yard sale. More info coming as time permits.

Talked again about the URGENT NEED for people to speak up, join up and get involved if they think it’s wrong to wage war on sick people by taking away their most effective medicine.

Please consider joining us in our continuing campaign for medical marijuana, (or MMJ), for those who need it.