Devon Area Business
Devon Area Meeting
Devon Area business meetings (abbreviated to DAM) are held every two months. They take most of a day and include routine matters such as budgets and membership. To make travel as easy as possible they are often held in Exeter, and sometimes in Plymouth or Okehampton; but once a year in the summer the host is one of the other nine Local Meetings (LMs).
Each LM in Devon sends two people to represent them formally at DAM and report back to them afterwards, but all members are invited, and many go. Attenders (only) ask their Local Meeting to tell Area Meeting Clerk beforehand if they are going. Everyone takes food to share if possible, so it’s a social occasion as well – a great way to get to know Friends from other LMs throughout Devon. Tea and coffee is provided by the host Meeting.
Sometimes business at DAM is political and controversial: at a recent meeting we considered whether Friends in Devon should be asked to boycott all goods exported by Israel, rather than (as we had already decided) only those originating from illegal settlements on the West Bank - because settlement goods are often poorly difficult to identify. As in this case, DAM sometimes forwards requests or opinions to the relevant national committee (often ‘Meeting for Sufferings’); or receives requests from the national committees.
DAM papers and minutes are sent to all Local Meetings, who distribute them to members by email, and an email newsletter is sent soon afterwards.
Roles [or Appointments?]
See separate page for matters of interest to Devon Elders and Overseers.
For the latest information on Meeting for Sufferings main decisions, see National Happenings.