DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Thursday 23 February: Volunteers' dinner at Armagh in Melbourne. This is one of several planned meet-ups this year that will enable us to get to know each other. For information about further events, contact kirsty.argento@iofc.org 

Saturday 25 February: Creators of Peace Adelaide will meet at Helen Mills' home to plan the year ahead and to hear from two South Sudanese friends who are raising goods and money to send a container to South Sudan for distribution among victims of war and displacement. This will be their second container and is a venture that the local CoP can support. The group hopes to organise a film fundraiser later in the year. 
 
Friday 3 March: Operational team building day at Armagh in Melbourne. This is a meeting of all those involved operationally. The Portfolio teams will share their plans for the coming year. 
 
Saturday 4 March: Auburn Creators of Peace monthly meeting in Sydney on the topic “Head, hearts and hands,” 1.30 for 2-4 pm in the Youth Room at Auburn Centre for Community, 44A Macquarie Rd, Auburn, NSW.
 
Saturday and Sunday, 4-5 March, and evening of Tuesday 7 March: Peace Circle, organized by Creators of Peace, at the Department of Peace and Conflict Studies at Sydney University. This circle is open to both women and men and will be facilitated by Shoshana Faire and Maria Moy. Priority will be given to Peace and Conflict Studies students; however, others are welcome. If you are interested, please call Shoshana on 0411-179-547. The sessions will take place from 10 am to 5.30 pm on Saturday and Sunday, and from 6-9 pm on Tuesday.
 
Saturday 11 March: WOW (Wave of Wisdom) Day Retreat together with an introduction to a Creators of Peace Circle on the Central Coast, NSW. The day will include an introduction to a CoP Peace Circle, lunch (provided) and retreat and relaxation activities in the afternoon, at the Rumbulara Retreat near Ourimbah. Time: 10 am to 3 pm. The cost is $25. For more information, see www.waveofwisdom.org or email creatorsofpeace.nsw@gmail.com
 
Saturday 18 March: Council meeting at Armagh in Melbourne.
 
Sunday 19 March: Hills Creators of Peace monthly meeting in Sydney on the topic “Women as peacemakers.” 1.30 to 2-4 pm in The Small Meeting Room, Rowland Village, 300 Galston Road, Galston, NSW.
 
Saturday 25 March: A new ‘Peace Focus Group’ will meet on the theme of ‘Exploring how practicing love and forgiveness leads to inner peace.’ Starts 3.15 for 3.30 pm, to 5.30 pm, at 53 Blackbutts Road, Frenchs Forest, NSW. Bring your open heart and big smile! Also bring a plate to share for dinner following the meeting, if you would like to stay to continue the peace conversation. Contact Maria Moy on m.moy@sewhoy.net or 0413-585-364.
 
Saturday 22 April: Council meeting at Armagh.

Save the Date: 29-31 March 2017, IofC basketball camp at Philip Island, Victoria