1. New Clerk: Brad Olgilvie from William Penn House was enthusiastically approved by the committee, to begin at the end of Annual Session. He was unable to join us today because of visiting his father in the hospital in New Jersey. The committee also expressed its appreciation for Bill’s able leadership these past four years.
2. Letter to President Obama calling for his action after Israeli response to the flotilla trying to deliver humanitarian aid to Gaza: Clerk Bill Mims asked Davis Balderson to clerk this section so that he could speak to the issue and share the letter he had prepared. After discussion of the many issues involved contrasted with the need for a timely letter regarding a specific incident, the committee approved the following letter to present to Interim Meeting for their approval to send to President Obama as well as for individuals and Monthly Meetings to send to their Senators and Congress people.