Letter from Debbie Nordeen
Dear WNC Baba family and Baba friends all over -
Jai Baba! I’m touching base today about the RED OAK SCHOOL proposal for Meher Archive Collective. Here’s some history and reasons Peter and I feel so supportive of these efforts.
A sad tale: Baba’s Hair and nails – stolen! A few years ago we were robbed in a home invasion while we were away. The thief got away with priceless treasures – Baba’s hair and nails! Since then, other dear Baba lovers gave us more of Baba’s hair and we keep this in a very good hiding spot, but how good? Today I confirmed that we can store a few of our precious mandali items, and Baba’s hair, in the MAC vault for safe keeping. In the next few months, Peter and I will finalize our will and plans for Baba’s precious items given to us by the mandali, and by other Baba people who left these items to us thru their final wishes.
WNC - great area, wonderful building! Over the last twenty years the Baba group in AVL has become one of the largest community groups outside of India. Many of us have the energy and experience to contribute to this important work of archiving. Important materials have been coming to individuals and to MAC in natural ways and we feel the responsibility to handle these things properly. This area seems to be relatively free from the potential of natural disasters or climate issues that could be destructive to these artifacts. This amazingly solid, large brick school building presents a great opportunity to provide a long term facility to pursue the archival effort. With creative use of zones in the space, (MAC, rental of office spaces of compatible organizations, and event space) it could potentially support itself financially without being a burden or drain on its supporters. But whether the Red Oak School proposal goes through or not, Peter and I are making our commitment to the much needed archive work that the Meher Archive Collective has already begun.
We took a step: Today we finally made a pro-active financial step towards the Meher Archive Collective’s RED OAK SCHOOL proposal. We made our pledge online and I’m also going to send a smaller check to go in the coffers now. July 10th is the upcoming deadline for knowing if the school purchase will happen or not. Before taking these actions, I spoke with several board members who happily explained things to me. I found out how few people like Peter and I, had actually hit the ‘pledge’ button. They confirmed that the larger pledge amount will go into a dedicated archive building account only.
Rescue - preserve - share - support: The MAC goals are really wonderful. Besides rescuing, preserving, and sharing precious Baba artifacts and writings, I love that the MAC objectives include supporting people with their personal collections and also other Baba archiving endeavors. I can’t wait to see what unfolds as Baba leads the way. We all do our best, but the results are always His. And that’s a huge relief!
In His love, Debbie
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