November 9, 2005
Jeff Beitel, Holly Brown, Deb Pekala, Linda Scott, Anne Walters.
Review of Minutes
The minutes from our last meeting were approved with no changes.
No change since last month. The group agreed to track contributions by project/
Please note: We are actively accepting donations!
Due to low attendance this was tabled to our next meeting.
Borough Liaison Committee:
- Borough Parks & Recreation Committee Meeting: Anne and Jeff attended the meeting,
looking for money for the project of restoring the Swiss cottage. It was looking grim but in the end
the Borough committed $10,000. Our group will raise the rest, starting with the PCED grant application
secured by Deb Pekala from EZ Taylors office.
- Jeff has cranked out and donated very beautiful plans on which to base the bidding for
the restoration. He will aim to meet the Dec 31 grant application deadline.
As the official owners of
Marshall Square Park, the borough must complete and submit the application, and Deb will contact Shelagh
Purnell to manage this process. Jeff will supply the costs.
Deb noted that we can submit the same grant
through both the state House and Senate, and we agreed to pursue this course.
- We are pleased to have a website.
- Anne passed around a logo designed by a local graphic artist, that features the leaf of
the ginkgo tree. She has also heard that Jim Salvas may have a few to offer as well. Nothing was decided
with respect to the logo.
- For some reason, we did not make it into the Fall
issue of the Borough Park and Recreation booklet; will have to have follow-up on the next issue to be
sure we get in.
- We did get our application into the West Chester Old Fashioned Christmas insert for
the Daily Local News for our luminary display.
Old Fashioned Christmas:
- As indicated above, the first major step in fundraising will be the PCED grant application.
- Holly has friends who are involved with the Frick Foundation, among others. They
encourage us to seek funding from local and regional foundations because they think there is a lot of
support in the area for preservations.
- We could also be seeking help from local businesses, banks which
are especially competitive these days, Longwood and others.
- As a way of building interest in our
organization while raising smaller amounts of dollars, she thinks plant sales in the spring and fall
would be helpful.
- Selling Marybeths notecards and the logo-laden mugs etc. will also help to
raise awareness and a few dollars as well.
- Jeff explained that to line the park, we will need about 200 luminaria. They will cost
$100 plus the sand and perhaps lighters; total would be about $125.
- Ann will write up an attachment to the solicitation that Travis distributes which will
invite people to make a donation to the project.
- We need to fold the top ridges of the bags and refold them which we can all do at our
- Anne has recruited about five Boy Scouts who will help with the setup and the lighting.
Next Meeting: Wednesday, November 30, 2005, 7:00 PM, Borough Hall
DRAFT FRIENDS OF MARSHALL SQUARE PARK MISSION STATEMENT
Updated September 29, 2005
The Friends of Marshall Square Park is a group of concerned residents formed to support the care,
preservation and improvement of our park for the benefit of the citizens of the Borough of West Chester.
- Preserve the park, including the arboretum, hardscape, and all historic structures.
- Heighten awareness at the Borough Parks and Recreation Department and among Borough Council
members of the existence and mission of the Friends of Marshall Square Park.
- Prioritize and define park projects and present them for approval and funding to the borough.
- Raise additional funds through membership fees, donations, grants and fundraising events.
- Increase membership and awareness of our group by advertising in borough publications and
promoting our group and its mission via literature drops, events, newspaper articles and word of mouth.
- Encourage responsible use of the park for the enjoyment of all residents by promoting
appropriately scaled community activities in the park.