In Attendance: Danielle Tagger-Epstein, Judy Secon, Kelly Grayer, Allison Cupp,

Robert Marrow, Adrienne Mecca

Absent: Emily Dorin, Marion Anderson, Ruth Merkatz

Danielle Tagger-Epstein called the meeting to order at 8:02 pm. The minutes of the September 28, 2017 meeting were approved.

New Business

Adrienne Mecca was approved as the Recording Secretary.

Danielle Tagger-Epstein nominated committee member, Allison Cupp, for Deputy Chairperson of the Human Rights Commission. This nomination was seconded by Judy Secon and approved unanimously by the members of the Commission.

The Women’s Interfaith Council’s Thanksgiving Service was discussed. The date for the upcoming service is November 19, 2017 at 4:00 pm to be held at the Rye Presbyterian Church. Due to time constraints, the Commission is not able to present an award as had been the tradition in past years. Allison Cupp provided the members of the Commission with an evolution of Rye’s diverse religious past and a history of cooperation among the denominations. She also noted the long-standing connection between the Interfaith Council and the Human Rights Commission. Danielle Tagger-Epstein and Allison Cupp will provide a short presentation at the services.

Partnering with the Rye City Schools was discussed, as was, joint projects with neighboring communities to increase understanding and awareness of the issues of diversity and acceptance which face our society. Danielle Taggert-Epstein will be meeting the Superintendent of the Rye City Schools on November 20, 2017.

A project adopted by the Rye Neck School District, Big Picture Foundation, which connects students throughout the world was discussed. A link to the website will be provided to the members for review.

Updating the process and procedures to review Human Rights Complaints will be reviewed at future meetings.