MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR
As we near the year’s end, I reflect on the amazing love and devotion to Meher Baba that has flowed into this project. I am deeply moved by the dedication that Baba has inspired in everyone involved—day after day working on the long-term task of renovating this beautiful building, or actively archiving Baba treasures, or crafting a structure to support the manifestation of MAC’s vision. All of this is hard work, and joyous work. And, of course with Baba, there have been no shortages of challenges along the way, although each day has had small steps that take us toward our goal of creating a vibrant Beacon for Baba in the world.
It is with a collective sigh of relief that we are in the final stretch of Phase One, and close to moving in and creating a permanent home for the Archive as well as a platform for nourishing community, both locally and virtually.
We had a successful Annual General meeting on November 13th, (please see video link below) with a new component of several breakout rooms for discussions on a variety of topics. One of these was community involvement and input around future events and programs (read the Community Engagement article for more details and how you can become involved).
On behalf of the Board and everyone at MAC, I would like to thank you for your support and to extend a heartfelt invitation to join us in this effort, or to get more involved in 2023.We are all joined in our hearts in our love for Baba. May we all remain steadfast in holding onto His Daaman.
In His Embrace,
Scott.Tower@meherarchive.org / 828.290.6972
In October an anonymous donor challenged the group with a Matching challenge of $30,000, which has been met. Subsequently, another matching campaign of $25,000 was launched in mid-November. This is an important juncture. Now, more than ever, we need those who are inspired by MAC’s vision to step forward and give their support to assure that the MAC’s Archives are housed in a permanent home for the inspiration and upliftment of humanity, from this moment on into the future. Please take this opportunity to double the impact of your gift by making a contribution below, or contact us directly to discuss how we can facilitate your participation.
With love and thanks to all in Baba,
Evie Lindemann, Fundraising Chair
BUILDING PHASE ONE MOVE-IN
Clockwise: Peter Nordeen working on new plumbing. Jeanne Felknor grinding paint off the interior walls. Connor McCauley and Jamie Zimmerman installing drywall ceiling and finishing the archive vault floors.
Continuous progress is being made, and with Baba’s Grace, we hope to complete Phase One of the building renovation sometime during the first quarter of 2023. This will allow the move-in of MAC’s Archive, staff and volunteers.
The installation of sheetrock and insulation is complete, giving us a look at what the final second-floor rooms will look like. After installing the elevator shaft door, which is due to arrive in the next few weeks, the painting of rooms, doors and ceilings will begin.
The building committee has met with a locksmith to make decisions on various types of locks needed for various levels of security. We are close to final decisions.
Many finishing details continue to be focused on, such as the bathroom tile selection, paint colors, and the location of donated artwork including a large mural donated by Roger Stephens.
We welcome visitors for building tours, and volunteers who would like to help us complete Phase One, and bring Baba’s treasures into their new home.
Volunteers are needed in December and January for ongoing general clean up of the building. And if you are comfortable climbing up on scaffolding, we need several volunteers to mask windows and doors with plastic and tape to prepare for painting. If you can help, contact Jeanne Felknor at (773) 329-7400 for more details about the tasks and schedules.
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Scott Tower, Chair & MAC President: Scott.Tower@meherarchive.org
Evie Lindemann, Vice President: Evie.Lindemann@meherarchive.org
Hugh Huntington, Secretary: Hugh.Huntington@meherarchive.org
Anne Barker, Director: Anne.Barker@meherarchive.org
Ron Kantor, Director: Ron.Kantor@meherarchive.org
Laurent Weichberger, Director: Laurent.Weichberger@meherarchive.org
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