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FOC Receives Grants!

The Friends are proud of the support from the foundations whose links appear below. The capacity building grants they have awarded us will greatly help in strengthening our organization for the benefit of Connetquot River State Park Preserve:

The Robert D. L. Gardiner Foundation

New York State Council on the Arts

Parks & Trails New York

Upstate History Alliance

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FOC Newsletter, Chairman’s Letter, Fall 2009

I’ll start with good news. Finally, the $50,000 grant sponsored by Assemblywoman Ginny Fields has been approved and will be presented to the Friends shortly. This will be used toward the Grist Mill. She has also submitted for approval another $250,000 grant, to be used for the hatchery. Another $100,000 grant for the Mill restoration sponsored by Senator Brian Foley is also being considered for approval.

The Friends have been busy preparing the Mill’s Case Statement, a necessary document that will allow our organization to apply for institutional grants to increment everyone’s contributions so we can continue with the next phase of the Mill restoration. Applying for grants takes a tremendous amount of effort and time.

Nevertheless, our work is already producing results and I am happy to announce the receipt of a GET READY grant from the New York State Council on the Arts. This is one of a series of grants offered to help museums, historical societies, and organizations such as ours strengthen and develop management procedures and it will enable the Friends to work with consultant Jaccqueline Day, President and CEO of the Long Island Museum of American Art, History, and Carriages in Stony Brook, New York. She will meet with the board to provide an overview of the planning process that will help us develop a strategic plan to reach our long-range goals.

As for the hatchery, there has been no progress by either the State or the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to move toward solving the infectious pancreatic necrosis (IPN) issue. Petitions were circulated to ask for immediate allocation of funds and action to be taken to begin studying and resolving the problem. Hundreds of signatures have been received. They will be forwarded to the Governor and DEC shortly. Please continue to write letters and send emails to both parties to try to get them to listen to our plight.

Sunday, October 4 was a beautiful day and over one hundred people showed up at the Preserve to enjoy our 12th annual Gala and the excellent food and festivities. The Friends displayed historic documents and photos from the early days of the Southside Sportsmen’s Club. We raised a grand total of over $11,800. Thank you to all who attended and to those who worked so hard to make the day a success.

Please take the time to visit the Preserve in the next couple of weeks to enjoy the beauty of the season.

Bob Labuski

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