“What does the Eagles Mere Conservancy do and why does it need my support?”
Although many folks in town know about The Cabin pro- grams and the hikes and the evening events, there are those who still ask those questions every year.
Most people who come to Eagles Mere know what the Ath- letic Association does for their kids and what organizations like the Friends of the Arts provides to culture lovers of all ages. When it comes to the Conservancy, however, it may not be as well known that, along with providing educational and recre- ational programs for nature enthusiasts both young and old, the Conservancy goes a step further – preserving and maintaining 385 acres of open space, restoring surrounding forests and main- taining over 5 miles of walking trails.
In the “Town that Time Forgot”, change is gradual and pres- ervation of a simpler way of life is important to most people. The Conservancy plays a vital role in maintaining and protecting our community by serving as steward to preserve the beauty and traditions of our unique surroundings.
The Conservancy continues to grow with additional land acquisitions and expansion of our programs. Our members sup- port our work very generously every year, with the occasional extraordinary gift through a trust or estate. We continue to have a fairly expensive wish list: a donation of $5,000 would go to- wards improving our website, newsletter and maps. A gift of $25,000 would help establish a Hemlock Preservation and Res- toration Fund. Larger gifts could help us acquire and safeguard more land.
If you are receiving this newsletter, you are already a mem- ber and we are therefore very grateful to you for your contribu-
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tion. We are glad that you support our efforts to educate Eagles Mere children about the glories of nature, and to protect our natural resources.
The next time you take a walk in the woods or marvel at the unspoiled nature of our little town, we hope you will remember the Conservancy’s role in preserving the beauty of Eagles Mere.
Donors were generous to the Conservancy in 2009. We re- ceived contributions of $47,947.16 from the membership. We must thank the families of Connie Bocchini, Ginny Coniff, Fred Meyer, Judy Repke and Bob Wise who suggested that memorial donations be made in the name of their loved ones to the Con- servancy. We received additional memorial gifts from the com- munity as well. Gifts IMO and IHO totaled $ 11,615.00. Every year, we are fortunate to receive income ($18,970.20) from the Catherine H. Deweese Trust. There was some miscellaneous in- come from programs, merchandise sales and the antique show. Our expenses for 2009 were $57,653.76 - for education ($16,553.33 ), land preservation ($23,455.73), and program sup- port ($17,644.70 ). Since we did not have any unusual expenses, we were able to add $20,000 to our investment accounts for future projects and programs.
Mary Mooney retired from her administrative position in June 2009 for health reasons, and sadly passed away in late 2009. Mary was a valued employee for over eight years. I have been learning a lot trying to fill her shoes in addition to the Treasurer’s duties. Linda Ludwig will be assuming this position in May. Our transition should be easy since she held the position prior to
Mary and is familiar with many of the duties. Betsy Beaugard,
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Eagles Mere Conservancy Inc.