Since the notion to create a Finger Lakes Museum was first publicized last April, we have made some tremendous progress–more than I ever imagined we would–especially in such a short period of time. We are looking forward to a continuation of that momentum in 2009, despite the economic difficulties our nation, state, and even we as individuals are facing.
The Board of Trustees has decided not to hold an organizational meeting this month. The next meeting will be scheduled for Tuesday, February 24th, when we will present our Strategic Plan and updates on the progress of our four functioning committees. Notification will be emailed to everyone several weeks in advance.
On Monday, I received notification from Albany that our application for a Provisional Museum Charter has cleared the scrutiny of the State Education Department’s legal staff and has been forwarded to the Office of Cultural Education for its consideration. From there it goes to the Board of Regents for a final decision based on the recommendation of the Cultural Office.
Initial fundraising began in December and I’m pleased to say that contributions have started to come in. Many thanks to those of you who have donated for your generosity. If you wish to make a tax-deductible contribution to the project, please make your check payable to Finger Lakes Museum Fund, and mail it to the following address:
Cynthia Kimble, Treasurer
Finger Lakes Museum Fund
309 Lake Street
Penn Yan, NY 14527
Soon there will be a mechanism added to our website, www.fingerlakesmuseum.org, which will enable contributors to make credit and debit card donations.
Best wishes for a prosperous 2009. And thanks for your interest and enthusiasm. Pass it on!
PS: The attached photo, Waiting for Spring, was taken at Canadice Lake–the smallest Finger Lake at only three miles long.