As you know, this is the first year for Great Waters. We expected to have some bumps in the road this first year, and yes, we've had a few. :) With support, magic, Quaker process, and community, we've met them all so far.
We are hoping for your help in meeting our most immediate challenge right now. We are running into a "bump" concerning finances and meeting our rent:
~ Renting the space is going to be app. $500 for the weekend.
~ We expected that if ten people registered for Great Waters, we'd break even on the rent.
~ Because a number of people who wanted to come have scheduling conflicts (one of the disadvantages of Memorial Day weekend), we have fewer people registered than we expected, and consequently have less money in registration fees than expected.
~ We are about $160 short.
We'd appreciate it if you'd consider a gift of any amount of money to help ensure that the Gathering takes place and meets its financial obligations. Any amount we receive over what we need for rent will be put toward reimbursement for postage, photocopying, and supplies.
Gifts should be made out to our Treasurer, Stasa Morgan-Appel, and sent to our registrar, Jen Chapin-Smith, 2758 Canterbury Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. At this time, gifts are not tax-deductible.
We are hoping that Quaker Pagans who can't come, as well as those who can, recognize that the Gathering is an important part of building our community, and will help support Great Waters. We wouldn't have come this far without the support of everyone who has contributed in so many different ways. We are confident that because of our community -- because this is essential work which is supported by a wonderful community -- Great Waters Pagan Friends Gathering will have what it needs to be successful.
Yours in Friendship,