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Hello Everyone,

John Adamski, President
Board of Trustees
Finger Lakes Cultural & Natural History Museum Project

Photo: “Waiting for Spring” at Canadice Lake, Ontario County, NY.

As the traditional season for giving draws to a close and the New Year approaches, I find myself searching for the right words to express my gratitude to all of you who have taken an interest or are playing a part in helping to make a dream become a reality.

Since last March, when my Life in the Finger Lakes magazine article first introduced the notion of creating a museum to showcase the Finger Lakes Region, I have heard from hundreds of people in the 14-county area. The overwhelming majority favor the proposal. So far, only two have expressed doubts to me.

In the nine months that have elapsed since then, a lot has happened. The Finger Lakes Cultural & Natural History Museum Project has held six monthly organizational meetings, elected a Board of Trustees, appointed several committees, developed a Strategic Plan, retained excellent legal counsel, and applied for a Provisional Museum Charter from the New York State Board of Regents, which will grant us corporate status.

And I have made dozens of new friends. More than fifty individuals have attended our monthly meetings, many of whom now generously contribute their energy, time, and talents to moving the project ahead. We have entered alliances and partnerships with regional academic institutions and organizations, and we are looking forward to more.

As we look forward to 2009 we see a number of challenges, not the least of which is the potential for fundraising. Federal, state, and corporate grants will be harder to come by due to economic belt-tightening, as will private contributions. Our Strategic Plan calls for a shovel-in-the-ground date of 2013, which will hopefully be preceded by a healthy economic turnaround.

So as we step into the uncertainty of the New Year, I want to thank each and every one of you who share our vision, are helping to make it happen, or plan to do so in the near future. I also want to thank our friends at the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake and The Wild Center in Tupper Lake for cheering us on and sharing their experience and insight. And lest I forget Kelly Jo Martin at Buttercups Bakery in Naples, thank you for all of the special treats that you have contributed to each of our organizational meetings.

Happy New Year to all! And thanks for the enthusiasm. Pass it on.

John Adamski, President
Board of Trustees
Finger Lakes Cultural & Natural History Museum Project

Photo: “Waiting for Spring” at Canadice Lake, Ontario County, NY.

 

Posted: Monday, December 29th, 2008 @ 3:59 pm by Curt
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