Our meeting this week shall be tomorrow, Tuesday, October 29, 2013 from 5:15 PM until 6:15 PM at the Newman United Methodist Church, located at 132 NE “B” Street, Grants Pass, Oregon.
· Lottery Committee Update Attorney General’s Office Response to Ballot Language Proposal (refer to attached document)/Next Meeting, etc.
Lottery Local Control Committee
· REPORT on the Walk
Check out photos on www.securingoursafety.org
TURN IN YOUR BALLOTS!!!
· The Immediate Change Committee’s First Project
Jubilee Park, Cave Junction
Jody Nigh/Shane Simon/Cheri Adkins
Our Goal is: $1,000 Where are we?
We shall have tickets for sale!
They are $5 each!
· Jail/Juvenile Justice Levy Committee Update
· Justice of Peace Committee Update Dave Corsi
We had our first meeting this past Friday, October 25, 2013 @ 5:30 PM at the Tap Rock; our next meeting will be at the same location on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 @ 5:30 PM; Dave led the meeting, which was well attended; we have some hurdles to clear, but there is some hope! If you would like to join Dave’s committee, please e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org ; one of the subjects we discussed was our website webpage
· Community Networking Roger Brandt, Keith Heck, Cheri Adkins, Sheriff Gil Gilbertson, Mark Gatlin and I attended this presentation/network exercise hosted by theFord Foundation this past Monday
· The Hardrock Mining Committee—What’s the Next Step? Michael Cope/Jay Meredith
· Opioid Clinic Update Medically-Assisted-Treatment (MAT) Committee is the new name for this Committee; Toni Webb Our first step will be the Awareness Campaign Brochure and the next step shall be our planning of the MAT Center—“If we build it, they will come”; next meeting is at 5:30 PM at the Women’s Health Center on November 7, 2013!
· POKER NIGHT Fund Raiser at the Pub Jay Meredith
· Fund-Raising Art Show February 7, 2014 this date is set; Cheri Adkins/whoever would like to join this committee, please e-mail me back ASAP!
· SOS Office—Sergeant of the Arms/Newman United Methodist Church room
· Saturday Market Signs/Award
· Per John McCafferty:
Expansion on the Section 501(h) Election
For an organization to remain eligible for tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3), it must not engage in too much lobbying activity. Section 501(c)(3) provides in relevant part that an organization shall be eligible for tax-exemption so long as “… no substantial part of the activities of which is carrying on propaganda, or otherwise attempting, to influence legislation (except as otherwise provided in subsection (h))…”. Since under the “no substantial part” test there is very little guidance to help section 501(c)(3) organizations know what is too much lobbying, in 1976 the Congress added subsection (h) to section 501. Subsection (h) generally allows section 501(c)(3) organizations to elect to have the question of whether they are engaging in too much lobbying decided on the basis of how much money they spend on lobbying, i.e., the level of their lobbying expenditures. We will refer to this election as the “(h) election.” Generally, section 501(c)(3) organizations are permitted under the (h) election to spend up to 20% of the first $500,000 of their budget on lobbying and reduced percentages of budget amounts above $500,000 with an overall cap of $1 million. Of the permissible amounts, only 25% may be spent on grassroots lobbying. Generally grass roots lobbying involves contacting members of the general public and in turn urging them to contact legislators to urge them to act favorably or unfavorably on some proposed legislation.
The (h) election provides very clear guidance as to what is and is not lobbying, etc., and its rules are liberal in the sense of characterizing activity, that might be considered lobbying under the rules that apply if a group has not made the election, as not constituting lobbying. Many close observers of the nonprofit sector think that groups that do lobbying at any significant level are well advised to make the election. It appears, however, that few have done so.
WHAT SAY YOU?
MISSION: “A citizen-voiced plan to provide for a secure, stable and sustainable Josephine County.”