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- The February Nurturing and Steering Committees business retreat was exhaustive
in both senses of the word, but very productive and rewarding. Our continuing search
and development efforts for new FANs became a critical focus as a few of our most
dedicated SAYF supporters announced plans to retire from Steering and FAN work
at the end of this season. Planning, volunteer organizing and guideline considerations
for SAYMA 2018 were other major agenda items, along with discussions of ways to
improve the understanding and exercise of consent within our community. The FANs
of Steering Committee left with a lengthy list of action items that they are diligently
working through. The Nurturers once again demonstrated their awesome, sensitive
wisdom by offering to lead an "All About SAYF" recruiting Workshop at SAYMA and
by making exemplary demonstrations of consent the theme and goal of our upcoming
March retreat. The heartfelt messages in our February Worship journals can be found
on the EPISTLES page

The next retreat is being hosted by West Knoxville Friends Meeting via
Nashville planning, with the gracious support of semi-retired FAN Chuck
Jones and his FANit daughter, former SAYFer Elise Askonas:

March 09-11, 2018 @ West Knoxville Friends Meetinghouse (TN)
- Lead FAN: Chuck Jones
- Assisting FANit: Elise Askonas
- Planning: Nashville Young Friends

March invitation & forms packets for previous attenders should have
arrived in the mail and are available for download and printing below.

A NOTE that we are strongly encouraging SAYFers and their families
to begin their early planning for SAYMA 2018, June 14-17. Steering
Committee has made some needed updates to the sponsor expectations
and process. The changes will be included with the detailed information
and materials for SAYMA registration which will be posted here soon
and presented to SAYFers at our March and April retreats.

March 09-11, 2018 Knoxville Retreat Cover Page
March 09-11, 2018 Knoxville Retreat Registration
Directions to West Knoxville Friends Meeting
SAYF Medical Release Form with Diet Preferences

About our Retreats:
Each retreat is planned by the Young Friends of the meeting that is sponsoring or hosting the gathering. They choose a theme and decide on worship, workshops, activities and food. They experience Quaker process in this planning and produce a schedule for the weekend.

Each retreat begins on Friday evening with a guideline review after all teens have arrived, then a worship sharing circle follows as the first activity on Saturday morning. The retreat ends on Sunday around noon, after gathering in silence to write and share our worship journals about the weekend.

The young Friends have their own Nurturing Committee comprised of experienced attenders who uphold the guidelines during the retreats and attend an additional two retreats each year to conduct business and address any issues for the SAYF community. They also nurture individuals during the retreats.

Additional details of our SAYF program are found on the Guidelines page and in our annual fall parent letters:

SAYF 2017-2018 Schedule (complete, 10/27)
Parent Information Letter for 2017-2018
Current SAYF Guidelines (rev 2017.08)

Donation offers, requests for information and inquiries about participation
or volunteering in SAYF can be directed via email to:

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Last updated 2018.03.03