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Re: Administration Response Re: Online petition Re: "Museum comments sidestepped"
The most I have ever raised (organized and did the MC work of the
crowd) for a non-profit org. was over 4 years as the chairman of the
"Friends of the NRA" annual dinner in Jackson Hole. We raised about
200K in those 4 years that was giving to promote safe shooting sports,
education and improvement of the range facilities in the state. The
gun culture is alive and well in Wyoming. I also spent 6 years on the
board of the Wyoming American Red Cross in all positions expect the
chairman. Fund raising isn't my favorite activity when we just got
heavy spring rains all week and those golden sands are calling me out.
It is going to be a very good year in the field.
BTW, who said there wasn't an active railroad system in wyoming. I
must respectfully decline due to a full schedule obfuscated by a
recent, quit painful back injury and I have to get things done
regardless of having a few fractured vertebra. There is only one
comfortable chair in the house and it isn't the one in front of my
computer. In reality, I am very disconnected from Cheyenne these days
as I live 6 hours north and with my nearest town being Gillette at 65
miles makes me a poor choice since I already am a member of the Local
Emergency Planning Commission, and active Ham radio operator, an
active EMT (plus yearly training) and have a few things to do out here
on my little 5 square mile ranch with dinosaurs waiting for my summer
guests to help me with. Summer this year is already fully booked with
me hosting three days of the International Tactical Rifle
Championships with the two long range rifle/carbine competition being
here on the ranch. 40 pairs of the top shooters from around the world
come to compete for big money. When the summer is over, I plan to
have back surgery to fix those crushed verts (T-11/T-12).
Reality check: there is going to be big cutbacks at other
paleontological institutions too with the big donors loosing the tax
write off incentive as well as the ongoing demonization of wealthy
capitalists leading many to a more camouflaged existence than before.
Fund raising in this politically charged atmosphere may well be
virtually impossible. I suggest someone contacting Wallace Ulrich at firstname.lastname@example.org
as he is much better connected than I being on the board of the
wyoming geological survey and is still very active in the Geologist of
Jackson Hole (I was secretary of that board for 7 years). I retired
to my ranch 10 years ago and have lost all my higher up contacts (by
design). Wallace may have an idea (he is pretty busy too). If it is
contacts you need, he is the man to point you in the right direction.
Wallace is top notch. It won't hurt to ask.
Another suggestion is Jerry Spence. He loves lost causes and I
watched him raise 2 million bucks in one 2 hour meeting in Jackson.
Style and presentation is everything with the make up of the audience
being somewhat of a significant requirement.
Someone also needs to hook into the stimulus action going on in
Washington. I understand Jackson Hole got something like 20 million+
for preservation of the Spring Creek area. That was a connection
thing. There is a lot of power in that little town. (Which is exactly
why I moved away).
I understand that at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
(where my son is on the third year of a 5 year mining engineering
degree), just received around 20 million in grants to build a new
paleo-museum. It is currently being built. You need to hunt down who
organized that and hope they don't have a ranch to run along with a
dinosaur based bed and breakfast operation 14 miles from the nearest
Frank (Rooster) Bliss
On Jun 17, 2009, at 10:35 PM, Richard W. Travsky wrote:
On Wed, 17 Jun 2009, MKIRKALDY@aol.com wrote:
In an editorial at
the Casper Star-Tribune suggests that:
"Now that so many supporters have been identified, the university
the UW Foundation -- should turn their attention to exploring ways
generate the $80,000 annually that the museum needs to keep its
doors open. Are
any of the people who signed the petition willing to donate money
cause? What about holding fundraising events?"
Okay, if everyone who signed the petition donated $53.33 a year, the
museum could stay open! I nominate Frank Bliss to spearhead this
Actually, considering the troubles Frank had in collecting money
(http://dml.cmnh.org/2005Jun/msg00160.html), keeping a museum afloat
through donations is naive. I don't know what kind of fundraising
raise $80,000 a year either. Cookies and cupcakes? Hannah
In a message dated 6/17/2009 2:08:41 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
For what its worth:
This page also lists the names and email of the board of trustees.