WELCOME THE NEW LEADERS
EIJUN CAROLA BUTLER
Okay, so Carola is not exactly new, having served the ASZC Sangha for decades now. But she has recently take on new responsibilities, including scheduling of Priests and Disciples in rotation to cover our robust regular daily and weekly schedule of Zen meditation. Carola is also acting as our Sewing Coordinator and assistant to our sewing teacher Kaaren Wiken, in order to provide Rakusu and Okesa vestments as well as any ancillary items needed, such as bowing cloths (Zagu), cloth envelopes for vestments, and cloths for Oryoki bowl sets. Please support Eijun in her efforts, and bring up any questions or comments you may have regarding her areas of responsibility.
HENYAKU RICHARD KUEGEMAN
Dick is relatively new to the Sangha, but has been very active behind the scenes, helping with some outside initiatives to benefit ASZC. He has recently joined the ASZC Board of Directors as Chair of the Sangha (Membership) Committee, and is looking for a Co-Chair and a few members to help with mailings and other Sangha-building activities (if interested and available, please contact him). Dick brings considerable experience and expertise in non-profit governance (Habitat for Humanity) and is also Director of EDIN, Eating Disorders Information Network. Please welcome him to the fray, and do your best to support him in his important endeavors on behalf of ASZC.
GYOZAN LARRY LEDUC
Larry is another old-timer who has recently agreed to assume responsibility for the orderliness and smooth operation of the Zendo at ASZC (Japanese: Ino). Another important role he is taking on is the training of candidates by appointment, Disciples and Priests in Zendo protocol and etiquette. This role is recognized as crucial to most Zen centers and monasteries around the world, and in our case includes maintaining the Zendo for the regular program of meditation as well as assuming oversight responsibility during retreats. Please volunteer to help Gyozan-san out in this regard. You may have noticed that the sitting cushions already have a livelier bounce, owing to the stuffing party our Ino held last weekend. Please join the work party next time to help take good care of the practice place.
ICHIDO GREGORY WATT
Gregg has actually been coming around since the year we incorporated, in 1977 — when he was still in high school! Gregg accepted residency as Roshi's student this year and has completed his first set of 90-day practice periods (Ango) successfully, and opted to continue. Gregg's presence as Innkeeper has lent an air of consistency and increased safety and security at ASZC, and his diligence in opening for morning meditation has made it possible for us to continue that valuable program. Please support Ichido-san in his practice and plan to join the Sunrise Sangha, morning meditation from 6:00 to 7:30 am weekdays (except Wednesdays).
KUDOS AND APPRECIATION TO ALL FOUR!