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BLUE DEER

CENTER

River of Ancient Wisdom

2010 ANNUAL REPORT


letter from

Eliot

There has never been a more important time for the learning and healing that you provide the world through your support.

Dear Friend, Yesterday I was sitting at my desk asking myself, “What should I write to you, dear supporter of the Blue Deer Center? What can I say that would have you feel the impact and the importance of your generosity?” After all, giving a home to ancient wisdom traditions is noble and good, but the Center is not a museum. It’s not about something long ago and far away. The Blue Deer Center brings help for life as it is, here and now, and your support is the lifeblood of this work. “How can I relate the abundance of blessings that arise from our work on this sacred ground in Margaretville? “ I wondered. “And how can my letter convey our pressing need for financial support?” As I contemplated, an unexpected email arrived. It was written by a woman who had recently been to the Center for a traditional healing retreat. It seemed she was answering my unspoken questions, so I’ve excerpted her words here with permission: I cannot thank you enough for all your help…I am a HEALTHY PERSON now, and that is a phenomenal thing. Physically, the nerve pain I had in my arm is nearly gone, my blood pressure is normal, I no longer have to take a thyroid supplement and I have tons of energy. I feel WELL. I haven’t felt this way since I was, well probably since I was a kid. But emotionally I feel better than that. It is so much easier to operate without the weight of all that emotional pain…Thank you so much!!! When she says, ‘I cannot thank you enough for all your help,’ the “you” she is thanking is you. It took your generosity to make this healing possible. And it happened not just for her, but for every person she touches in her life, her friends, her family. And it happens for the others who have come, and will come, to the Center and for the expanding circle of people they touch. The rich joyous life she is now living is the antidote to the growing fear and despair generated by our crumbling society. There has never been a more important time for the learning and healing that you provide the world through your support. I cannot thank you enough for all your help. Along with my thanks, please take this to heart: times are hard and getting harder. Much more help is needed. The Blue Deer Center deserves to remain in the world, so please continue to do all you can. With gratitude,

Eliot


letter from

Eliot

There has never been a more important time for the learning and healing that you provide the world through your support.

Dear Friend, Yesterday I was sitting at my desk asking myself, “What should I write to you, dear supporter of the Blue Deer Center? What can I say that would have you feel the impact and the importance of your generosity?” After all, giving a home to ancient wisdom traditions is noble and good, but the Center is not a museum. It’s not about something long ago and far away. The Blue Deer Center brings help for life as it is, here and now, and your support is the lifeblood of this work. “How can I relate the abundance of blessings that arise from our work on this sacred ground in Margaretville? “ I wondered. “And how can my letter convey our pressing need for financial support?” As I contemplated, an unexpected email arrived. It was written by a woman who had recently been to the Center for a traditional healing retreat. It seemed she was answering my unspoken questions, so I’ve excerpted her words here with permission: I cannot thank you enough for all your help…I am a HEALTHY PERSON now, and that is a phenomenal thing. Physically, the nerve pain I had in my arm is nearly gone, my blood pressure is normal, I no longer have to take a thyroid supplement and I have tons of energy. I feel WELL. I haven’t felt this way since I was, well probably since I was a kid. But emotionally I feel better than that. It is so much easier to operate without the weight of all that emotional pain…Thank you so much!!! When she says, ‘I cannot thank you enough for all your help,’ the “you” she is thanking is you. It took your generosity to make this healing possible. And it happened not just for her, but for every person she touches in her life, her friends, her family. And it happens for the others who have come, and will come, to the Center and for the expanding circle of people they touch. The rich joyous life she is now living is the antidote to the growing fear and despair generated by our crumbling society. There has never been a more important time for the learning and healing that you provide the world through your support. I cannot thank you enough for all your help. Along with my thanks, please take this to heart: times are hard and getting harder. Much more help is needed. The Blue Deer Center deserves to remain in the world, so please continue to do all you can. With gratitude,

Eliot


letter from the

Board of Directors

2010 marked the fifth program season for Blue Deer Center. What a journey! Thank you for being part of it. We look back at the great blessings we’ve received in the eight years since we first dreamt of a place to offer retreat and healing. Hundreds of people have worked thousands of hours and raised millions of dollars toward a common goal: to birth and grow a home for ancestral traditions, those sustainable lifeways that offer us so much in modern times of destruction, confusion and despair. Before the colonial times, this land was an impartial place with powers to reconcile conflict and open new pathways for healing. Nestled in the Catskill Mountains along the banks of Saskawhihiwine (also known as the Platekill River), the land whispers its purpose to those who listen deeply. The Blue Deer Center community has responded with support, energy, love, healing ceremonies, and seasonal rituals. After slumbering for centuries, the land sings once again. Blue Deer Center is now one of the few places that people can visit to hear teachings around a fire or to participate in multi-day programs from indigenous elders and initiated tradition holders. Our work over the past five years has been to courageously open against all odds, to cultivate the earth for this important work, to plant seeds of wisdom within our disconnected culture, and to re-establish the roots of traditional teachings so that future generations may thrive. Our work continues with a clear vision of what there is to be done. This land, through its offer of sacred space to hold and honor different traditions, now asks us to expand our scope. We’re challenged to become a true home for several more traditional wisdom keepers, opening the possibility for more people to discover their heart’s path and soul’s work. We call this expansion the Home Project. Our vision is a Blue Deer Center that serves a number of traditional elders, providing each the necessary teaching facilities and ritual structures, an expert marketing and fundraising staff, a personal residence, and an endowment.

2010 marked the fifth program season for Blue Deer Center. What a journey! Thank you for being part of it.

In order to cultivate the presence of other teachers and other teachings, we must first effectively fulfill our capacity to create a true home for our founding elder, Eliot Cowan. Through his teaching and healing work, Blue Deer Center is currently a venue for the Huichol Indian tradition (whose sacred Blue Deer gives our Center its name), as well as for Plant Spirit Medicine® (PSM), a shamanic healing modality that draws upon Traditional Chinese Five Elements wisdom. Eliot’s healing camps, animal totem workshops and PSM events comprise over 70% of the program revenue received by BDC; we are viewing our service to Eliot as a model for what we can offer other elders and wisdom keepers whose hearts and traditions may resonate with our Catskills home. To begin facilities development for the Home Project, the BDC community has already raised funding necessary to purchase a beautiful new tipi to expand meeting and ceremonial space. Plans have been approved to remodel an existing gazebo into a dedicated healing and retreat space in 2012. Staff duties have been realigned to provide Eliot key marketing and support for his fieldwork and travels. An endowed chair for his work will launch in 2012, and plans are forming to purchase a neighboring house for him and his family to call home. Blue Deer Center has courageously stepped out into the world with our vision of the future. The land is sustaining these teachings--it is up to the community to sustain our teachers. We thank you for sharing our passion for this work, and appreciate your continued support. — Th  e Blue Deer Center Board of Directors Eliot Cowan, Patrick Hanaway, Dan Sprinkles


letter from the

Board of Directors

2010 marked the fifth program season for Blue Deer Center. What a journey! Thank you for being part of it. We look back at the great blessings we’ve received in the eight years since we first dreamt of a place to offer retreat and healing. Hundreds of people have worked thousands of hours and raised millions of dollars toward a common goal: to birth and grow a home for ancestral traditions, those sustainable lifeways that offer us so much in modern times of destruction, confusion and despair. Before the colonial times, this land was an impartial place with powers to reconcile conflict and open new pathways for healing. Nestled in the Catskill Mountains along the banks of Saskawhihiwine (also known as the Platekill River), the land whispers its purpose to those who listen deeply. The Blue Deer Center community has responded with support, energy, love, healing ceremonies, and seasonal rituals. After slumbering for centuries, the land sings once again. Blue Deer Center is now one of the few places that people can visit to hear teachings around a fire or to participate in multi-day programs from indigenous elders and initiated tradition holders. Our work over the past five years has been to courageously open against all odds, to cultivate the earth for this important work, to plant seeds of wisdom within our disconnected culture, and to re-establish the roots of traditional teachings so that future generations may thrive. Our work continues with a clear vision of what there is to be done. This land, through its offer of sacred space to hold and honor different traditions, now asks us to expand our scope. We’re challenged to become a true home for several more traditional wisdom keepers, opening the possibility for more people to discover their heart’s path and soul’s work. We call this expansion the Home Project. Our vision is a Blue Deer Center that serves a number of traditional elders, providing each the necessary teaching facilities and ritual structures, an expert marketing and fundraising staff, a personal residence, and an endowment.

2010 marked the fifth program season for Blue Deer Center. What a journey! Thank you for being part of it.

In order to cultivate the presence of other teachers and other teachings, we must first effectively fulfill our capacity to create a true home for our founding elder, Eliot Cowan. Through his teaching and healing work, Blue Deer Center is currently a venue for the Huichol Indian tradition (whose sacred Blue Deer gives our Center its name), as well as for Plant Spirit Medicine® (PSM), a shamanic healing modality that draws upon Traditional Chinese Five Elements wisdom. Eliot’s healing camps, animal totem workshops and PSM events comprise over 70% of the program revenue received by BDC; we are viewing our service to Eliot as a model for what we can offer other elders and wisdom keepers whose hearts and traditions may resonate with our Catskills home. To begin facilities development for the Home Project, the BDC community has already raised funding necessary to purchase a beautiful new tipi to expand meeting and ceremonial space. Plans have been approved to remodel an existing gazebo into a dedicated healing and retreat space in 2012. Staff duties have been realigned to provide Eliot key marketing and support for his fieldwork and travels. An endowed chair for his work will launch in 2012, and plans are forming to purchase a neighboring house for him and his family to call home. Blue Deer Center has courageously stepped out into the world with our vision of the future. The land is sustaining these teachings--it is up to the community to sustain our teachers. We thank you for sharing our passion for this work, and appreciate your continued support. — Th  e Blue Deer Center Board of Directors Eliot Cowan, Patrick Hanaway, Dan Sprinkles


the year in

Review in the area, while a Facebook campaign and ads in Sacred Fire magazine brought awareness of BDC’s medicine to a wider region. A new website design contributing to the rebranding was ready by mid-January 2011. New diagnostic tools were put in place to allow easy review of registrations, revenue and website traffic, enabling BDC to make marketing decisions based on individual campaign effectiveness.

2010 was a year of expansion and new energy for Blue Deer Center. We gained a fresh perspective very early in the year when we brought aboard a new Center Director, Mellissa Rudder, who added Josh White as a seasonal assistant director to assist with the 24 programs and 300 guests hosted during our event calendar. During the year, the Center’s operating systems for facilities maintenance and kitchen operations were reviewed in detail, with the goal of improving responsiveness and cost efficiency. A key feature of the review included communications systems to help document and prioritize key needs going forward. The Center benefited greatly from our well-attended volunteer Work Week and Work Weekend events,

anchored by consecrated sacred fires, during which handy men and women brought nourishment to the buildings, land and river with rituals and with Iyari (their sacrifice of time and energy toward the greater good of our future.) Over the course of the year, 206 volunteers logged over 7,800 volunteer hours on the grounds and in the kitchen; that’s the equivalent of having an additional four full time people on staff.

Marketing at a New Level

Outreach in the local community included relationships with the local Health and Wellness Auxiliary, Think Tank Task Force, the Chamber of Commerce, WIOX Community Radio, the Roxbury Art Group and Margaretville Hotel.

A new look and feel created a freshness to the BDC branding and improved clarity and consistency of tone and message. Advertising in Albany’s Metroland paper and the regional Chronogram magazine were supplemented by WIOX Radio to generate new visibility

Outreach grew exponentially when we began a relationship with Brian Spielmann of Authentic Presence for our marketing and website in June 2010. Executive Director Keiko Cronin also hired Buffy Aakaash as marketing and public relations director, and together they moved quickly to generate local, regional and international buzz.

The largest campaign push during the year was production of a 32-page, full-color catalog. Featuring both a guide to programs and informative articles, the beautifully crafted booklet was designed to reach a large regional audience -- 50,000 catalogs reached 110,000 people who have been inclined to attend holistic and healing workshops but who have not yet visited BDC. This campaign, set to launch in early 2011, marked a bold new way to attract new audiences, the first of many outreach initiatives planned for the coming years.

Generosity and Gratitude Our Fundraising Department offers thanks for the $238,000 donated to BDC during 2010, an increase of almost 45% compared with 2009. In particular, we’d like to acknowledge the continuing generosity of the Maine Community Foundation, which increased its donation to $50,000 in 2010. This foundational support is so important to our work. Our gratitude runs very deep.

Additionally, several key donors matched donations dollar for dollar to make our $30,000 Matching Challenge campaign possible (you know who you are, and thank you) providing the funds needed to print our catalog. And several key volunteers, led by Forest Perrupato and Maggie Starzyk, helped Fireball 2010 (featuring a teaching fire with Tatewari) raise $20,000 for the Center. Fundraising shifted its grant-writing approach in 2010 by targeting regional funders and foundations that are more closely aligned with our mission. Our efforts here will bear fruit over time, providing for our continued growth with support for facilities, programming and marketing. Aligned with this direction, a grant was submitted, and awarded, to implement a Riparian Corridor Management Plan to prevent erosion and restore the river’s natural streamside vegetation; the project will come to fruition in 2011. This year marked the launch of the Capital Campaign, a three-year effort to raise over $400,000 for facilities improvement and expansion. With the support of Director of Fundraising Peter Brown, the core volunteer team (Andi Tilmann, Bill Sutton, Cristián Valenzuela, Mark Gionfriddo and K’anna Burton) began with a Dream Catching series of personal contacts, phone calls and an online survey to capture the community’s pulse on questions like, “What does BDC mean to you, and what would you like to see here in the future?”

program

Highlights

• Th  e Plant Spirit Medicine conference deepened attendees’ relationships with flora when Bob and Lee Nitsch from the Seneca Nation led a communication with the local plants, inquiring how to restore balance. Eda Zavala Lopez from Peru called in the plant spirits of her forest home, demonstrating deep respect for all creation. • Eliot Cowan and the Healing Camp staff (Justin Starting, Linda Felch and Scott Sheerin) shared their medicine during three transformative Healing Camps • E  liot and PSM Instructor Alison Gayek brought deeper levels of understanding to practitioners during their advanced practitioner classes. • E  liot shared the richness of relationship with our animal helpers during his Animal Totem workshop • J ohn Lockley brought a weekend of ancestral healing from the Xhosa tradition of Africa • T  asnim Fernandez worked with the heart with meditations and practices from the Sufi tradition as well as the Dances of Universal Peace • W  isdom Keeper Weekends featured Bob and Lee Nitsch, as well as the music of Joan Henry and Jon Delson. • B  lue Deer Center staff members attended teambuilding, trust-making Clown School with master clown Moshe Cohen in July. After days of improvisation, centering and rehearsal, the BDC Clowns performed two highly entertaining skits during Fireball.


the year in

Review in the area, while a Facebook campaign and ads in Sacred Fire magazine brought awareness of BDC’s medicine to a wider region. A new website design contributing to the rebranding was ready by mid-January 2011. New diagnostic tools were put in place to allow easy review of registrations, revenue and website traffic, enabling BDC to make marketing decisions based on individual campaign effectiveness.

2010 was a year of expansion and new energy for Blue Deer Center. We gained a fresh perspective very early in the year when we brought aboard a new Center Director, Mellissa Rudder, who added Josh White as a seasonal assistant director to assist with the 24 programs and 300 guests hosted during our event calendar. During the year, the Center’s operating systems for facilities maintenance and kitchen operations were reviewed in detail, with the goal of improving responsiveness and cost efficiency. A key feature of the review included communications systems to help document and prioritize key needs going forward. The Center benefited greatly from our well-attended volunteer Work Week and Work Weekend events,

anchored by consecrated sacred fires, during which handy men and women brought nourishment to the buildings, land and river with rituals and with Iyari (their sacrifice of time and energy toward the greater good of our future.) Over the course of the year, 206 volunteers logged over 7,800 volunteer hours on the grounds and in the kitchen; that’s the equivalent of having an additional four full time people on staff.

Marketing at a New Level

Outreach in the local community included relationships with the local Health and Wellness Auxiliary, Think Tank Task Force, the Chamber of Commerce, WIOX Community Radio, the Roxbury Art Group and Margaretville Hotel.

A new look and feel created a freshness to the BDC branding and improved clarity and consistency of tone and message. Advertising in Albany’s Metroland paper and the regional Chronogram magazine were supplemented by WIOX Radio to generate new visibility

Outreach grew exponentially when we began a relationship with Brian Spielmann of Authentic Presence for our marketing and website in June 2010. Executive Director Keiko Cronin also hired Buffy Aakaash as marketing and public relations director, and together they moved quickly to generate local, regional and international buzz.

The largest campaign push during the year was production of a 32-page, full-color catalog. Featuring both a guide to programs and informative articles, the beautifully crafted booklet was designed to reach a large regional audience -- 50,000 catalogs reached 110,000 people who have been inclined to attend holistic and healing workshops but who have not yet visited BDC. This campaign, set to launch in early 2011, marked a bold new way to attract new audiences, the first of many outreach initiatives planned for the coming years.

Generosity and Gratitude Our Fundraising Department offers thanks for the $238,000 donated to BDC during 2010, an increase of almost 45% compared with 2009. In particular, we’d like to acknowledge the continuing generosity of the Maine Community Foundation, which increased its donation to $50,000 in 2010. This foundational support is so important to our work. Our gratitude runs very deep.

Additionally, several key donors matched donations dollar for dollar to make our $30,000 Matching Challenge campaign possible (you know who you are, and thank you) providing the funds needed to print our catalog. And several key volunteers, led by Forest Perrupato and Maggie Starzyk, helped Fireball 2010 (featuring a teaching fire with Tatewari) raise $20,000 for the Center. Fundraising shifted its grant-writing approach in 2010 by targeting regional funders and foundations that are more closely aligned with our mission. Our efforts here will bear fruit over time, providing for our continued growth with support for facilities, programming and marketing. Aligned with this direction, a grant was submitted, and awarded, to implement a Riparian Corridor Management Plan to prevent erosion and restore the river’s natural streamside vegetation; the project will come to fruition in 2011. This year marked the launch of the Capital Campaign, a three-year effort to raise over $400,000 for facilities improvement and expansion. With the support of Director of Fundraising Peter Brown, the core volunteer team (Andi Tilmann, Bill Sutton, Cristián Valenzuela, Mark Gionfriddo and K’anna Burton) began with a Dream Catching series of personal contacts, phone calls and an online survey to capture the community’s pulse on questions like, “What does BDC mean to you, and what would you like to see here in the future?”

program

Highlights

• Th  e Plant Spirit Medicine conference deepened attendees’ relationships with flora when Bob and Lee Nitsch from the Seneca Nation led a communication with the local plants, inquiring how to restore balance. Eda Zavala Lopez from Peru called in the plant spirits of her forest home, demonstrating deep respect for all creation. • Eliot Cowan and the Healing Camp staff (Justin Starting, Linda Felch and Scott Sheerin) shared their medicine during three transformative Healing Camps • E  liot and PSM Instructor Alison Gayek brought deeper levels of understanding to practitioners during their advanced practitioner classes. • E  liot shared the richness of relationship with our animal helpers during his Animal Totem workshop • J ohn Lockley brought a weekend of ancestral healing from the Xhosa tradition of Africa • T  asnim Fernandez worked with the heart with meditations and practices from the Sufi tradition as well as the Dances of Universal Peace • W  isdom Keeper Weekends featured Bob and Lee Nitsch, as well as the music of Joan Henry and Jon Delson. • B  lue Deer Center staff members attended teambuilding, trust-making Clown School with master clown Moshe Cohen in July. After days of improvisation, centering and rehearsal, the BDC Clowns performed two highly entertaining skits during Fireball.


the new look of

Fireball

changing

Tides

financial

May of 2011 brought a change to the BDC, when Board member Karen Aberle left to become an Executive Director of the Sacred Fire Community. Karen, founder of Aberle Unlimited organizational management consulting and an initiated Huichol Marakame, had been on the board since 2008. During her years with the Center she introduced many new collaborative approaches and strategies for producing results. We thank Karen deeply for her years of insights, guidance and leadership. We’re pleased to introduce our newest board member, Patrick Hanaway. Patrick is a board-certified family physician, the Chief Medical Officer of Genova Diagnostics, a PSM graduate and Huichol Marakame. His extensive work with non-profits and commitment to the community demonstrate his ability to serve with both heart and mind. Patrick was part of the earliest dream of the BDC when in 2000 he and his wife Lisa Lichtig scouted the Southeast around their Asheville, NC home as part of the nationwide search for our eventual location.

The Center’s annual Fireball celebration is expanding to better embody our role as a Home for Ancestral Traditions. The event has been the Center’s main community gathering and fundraiser, a fun affair that thanked our supporters and volunteers. Over the past year, we’ve started growing the event beyond current supporters to engage new audiences from the regional area. The new Fireball includes a mission-driven focus that will invite people throughout the region to get a taste of the BDC by spending a day with a variety of local and international Elders from indigenous and wisdom traditions. The gathering will continue to feature wonderful food and music, but the day’s program will be expanded to include ceremonies, discussion circles and teaching fires. You won’t want to miss Fireball 2012, scheduled for June 2, 2012. You’ll enjoy great food, great music, great company, and the blessings that arise when we spend time with elders and their wisdom around the fire.

Regarding his appointment to the board he says, “I’ve been given the special opportunity to focus more of my life energy on sustaining ancestral traditions. I’ve learned that our roles are to be in alignment with the gods, to connect with the elements of nature (especially the waters of Saskawhihiwine), and to remember to bring joy and gratitude to our lives and to the lives of others. As we flow like the river, there are rocks and diversions and changes in weather along the way, but if we move like the beautiful and powerful river that informs our lives, then we will move together toward Grandmother Ocean, toward Oneness, and toward the healing of our peoples.” “I am deeply honored and humbled to be a part of this journey. My life becomes more whole as I engage in this beautiful home for traditions. I hope to see ya’ll there soon!”

Highlights

• M  aine Community Foundation generously donated $50,000 in support of our work • Th  e Huichol Art Project sold over $33,000 in sacred art to support the Huichol people of Mexico

• W  e increased our debt service without significantly increasing our monthly payments due, by borrowing an additional 100K at a reduced rate (from 8% to 6%) , with thanks to a private mortgagor

• A  n anonymous donor gifted us a truck valued at $2,295, and we received $5,000 in donations earmarked for our new tipi

• O  ur total assets are $1,213962 and our liabilities are $468,277 yielding a debt to asset ratio of 38%

• W  e retired our $200,000 10-year second mortgage in August

Blue Deer Center

Financials 2010

% of Total

2009

% of Total

Fundraising Revenue

226,288

51%

164,402

41%

Program Revenue

209,331

47%

217,914

54%

Other Revenue

10,642

2%

19,902

5%

Total Revenue

446,261

INCOME

402,218

EXPENSES Fundraising Expenses

35,566

8%

27,596

6%

Debt Service

50,177

11%

60,768

14%

174,157

37%

176,800

42%

Property/Center Expenses

86,432

18%

62,501

15%

Marketing/Enrollment

68,169

15%

50,397

12%

Organization Expenses

52,307

11%

47,679

11%

Program Direct Costs

Total Expenses

466,808

425,741

NET FUND BALANCE

(20,347)

(23,523)


the new look of

Fireball

changing

Tides

financial

May of 2011 brought a change to the BDC, when Board member Karen Aberle left to become an Executive Director of the Sacred Fire Community. Karen, founder of Aberle Unlimited organizational management consulting and an initiated Huichol Marakame, had been on the board since 2008. During her years with the Center she introduced many new collaborative approaches and strategies for producing results. We thank Karen deeply for her years of insights, guidance and leadership. We’re pleased to introduce our newest board member, Patrick Hanaway. Patrick is a board-certified family physician, the Chief Medical Officer of Genova Diagnostics, a PSM graduate and Huichol Marakame. His extensive work with non-profits and commitment to the community demonstrate his ability to serve with both heart and mind. Patrick was part of the earliest dream of the BDC when in 2000 he and his wife Lisa Lichtig scouted the Southeast around their Asheville, NC home as part of the nationwide search for our eventual location.

The Center’s annual Fireball celebration is expanding to better embody our role as a Home for Ancestral Traditions. The event has been the Center’s main community gathering and fundraiser, a fun affair that thanked our supporters and volunteers. Over the past year, we’ve started growing the event beyond current supporters to engage new audiences from the regional area. The new Fireball includes a mission-driven focus that will invite people throughout the region to get a taste of the BDC by spending a day with a variety of local and international Elders from indigenous and wisdom traditions. The gathering will continue to feature wonderful food and music, but the day’s program will be expanded to include ceremonies, discussion circles and teaching fires. You won’t want to miss Fireball 2012, scheduled for June 2, 2012. You’ll enjoy great food, great music, great company, and the blessings that arise when we spend time with elders and their wisdom around the fire.

Regarding his appointment to the board he says, “I’ve been given the special opportunity to focus more of my life energy on sustaining ancestral traditions. I’ve learned that our roles are to be in alignment with the gods, to connect with the elements of nature (especially the waters of Saskawhihiwine), and to remember to bring joy and gratitude to our lives and to the lives of others. As we flow like the river, there are rocks and diversions and changes in weather along the way, but if we move like the beautiful and powerful river that informs our lives, then we will move together toward Grandmother Ocean, toward Oneness, and toward the healing of our peoples.” “I am deeply honored and humbled to be a part of this journey. My life becomes more whole as I engage in this beautiful home for traditions. I hope to see ya’ll there soon!”

Highlights

• M  aine Community Foundation generously donated $50,000 in support of our work • Th  e Huichol Art Project sold over $33,000 in sacred art to support the Huichol people of Mexico

• W  e increased our debt service without significantly increasing our monthly payments due, by borrowing an additional 100K at a reduced rate (from 8% to 6%) , with thanks to a private mortgagor

• A  n anonymous donor gifted us a truck valued at $2,295, and we received $5,000 in donations earmarked for our new tipi

• O  ur total assets are $1,213962 and our liabilities are $468,277 yielding a debt to asset ratio of 38%

• W  e retired our $200,000 10-year second mortgage in August

Blue Deer Center

Financials 2010

% of Total

2009

% of Total

Fundraising Revenue

226,288

51%

164,402

41%

Program Revenue

209,331

47%

217,914

54%

Other Revenue

10,642

2%

19,902

5%

Total Revenue

446,261

INCOME

402,218

EXPENSES Fundraising Expenses

35,566

8%

27,596

6%

Debt Service

50,177

11%

60,768

14%

174,157

37%

176,800

42%

Property/Center Expenses

86,432

18%

62,501

15%

Marketing/Enrollment

68,169

15%

50,397

12%

Organization Expenses

52,307

11%

47,679

11%

Program Direct Costs

Total Expenses

466,808

425,741

NET FUND BALANCE

(20,347)

(23,523)


Blue Deer Center

Staff

Blue Deer Center

Board of Directors

Directors

Coordinators

Eliot Cowan Patrick Hanaway Dan Sprinkles

Buffy Aakaash Peter Brown Melissa Clare Linda Felch Mellissa Rudder

Josh Niesse Kristina Deacon

Executive Directors Keiko Cronin Safia Johnson Amanda Kerner

Blue Deer Center Center Amber Van Cleave Andrew Shaffer Anneke Brujinning Annie Eagan Annie Furze Anthony Ocone Barbara Chutroo Bridget Rudder Charle League Chris Haug Christina Gravelle Christina Sinatra Claire Franck Clarissa Kerner Corey Paradis Cristián Valenzuela

Thank you to everyone who contributed this year. Your generosity prepares the way for our success.

Consultants

Recording Secretary Kate Barrier

Maggie Freier Brian Spielmann Andi Tilmann Mark Gionfriddo

Volunteers

Cynthia Ross Dagmara Nunn Deena Wade Dena Sparks Forest Perrupato Heidi Turner India Hoeschen-Stein Jane Ferguson Jane Meadows Jane Wollack Janice Nichols Julie Ellerbeck Julie White K’Anna Burton Karen Aberle Kate Barrier Karen Booream

Donors

Kathy Reid Keith Baughman Krishna Hilton Larry Brown Lauren Peterson Leiko Coyle Lena Hilton Liz Parker Lisa Lichtig Lloyd Rudder Maggie Starzyk Mark Gionfriddo Marly Hornik Mary Lee Twilley Matthew Willett Michele Baughman Nancy Ann Stealey

Nancy Eos Patti Fasen Randy Whitlock Regina Temple Rick Haug Rob Norris Santha Cooke Sarah Heywood Scott Sandoz Shawn Bennett Shelley Harrison Sherry Morgan Tim Simon Tracey Duke

Fundraising Circle of Giving and Receiving – Gratitude

Ladies Clarissa Kerner Courtney Shelburne Dorine Karlin Gratitude Manager Lynne Oyama Maggie Klippel Maria Ramos Shuilan May

Maggie Starzyk Marsha Tuttle Myra Medford Rick Haug Rob Norris Scott Sheerin Steve Kemble

Fireball

Alison Gayek Andi Tillmann Barbara Nill Bill Sutton Christina Gravelle Cristián Valenzuela K’anna Burton Karen Fernandez

Chris Haug Cristián Valenzuela David Wiley Forest Perrupato Kathy Reid Lena Hilton Omar Cowan

Other Committees & Special Events

Mark Gionfriddo Randy Whitlock Theresa Arico Tim Simon

PROGRAMMING Provider Research Team: Brianna Jonak Lydia Michaels

Program Review Committee: Annie Eagan Keiko Cronin Melissa Clare Safia Johnson Sharon Brown

Henry Aberle Karen Aberle Theresa Arico John Arnold Ann Aust Skip Backus Diane Baker Jeff Baker Joyce Barich Una Barkstrom Margo Barnard Kate Barrier Marie Bathum Keith Baughman Michele Baughman Kristina Beaubien Shawn Bennett Louise Berliner Julie Bete Trish Bielsky Sherry Boatright Richard Bosworth Sarah Brennan Wendy Brittain Lael Brodsky Peter Brodsky Larry Brown

Peter Brown Sharon Brown Gwen Broz Mary Ellen Brunsdon K’anna Burton Michael Cavanagh Bettyann Cernese Dan Cernese Danny Chazanas Barbara Chutroo Melissa Clare Sharon Cohen Anne Colgan Brian Collins Jennifer Collins Lucia Collins Vincene Collura Nicole Colvin-Griffin Gord Cooper Sara Coplai Eliot Cowan Omar Cowan Victoria Cowan Leiko Coyle Nick Coyle Richard Crawford Keiko Cronin

Elizabeth Cunningham Melanie Dail Eddie Dalton Rebecca Dark Sarah Davis Jessica De la O Deborah Dee Rita di Ghent Lori DiGuardi Dorit Dornier Tracey Duke Mai Duong Katherine Duplay Karen Durkee Annie Eagan Julie Ellerbeck Nancy Eos Erin Everett Linda Felch Gilda Feldman Lyn Felling Margaret Flynn Cindy Fogle Diane Foley SkyFox Claire Franck

Margaret Freier Ellis Froeschle Alison Gayek Peter Gayek Monika Ghent Natale Ghent Mark Gionfriddo Shoshanna Gleich Mark Goellner Amy Goldstein Linda Goodman Lisa Goren Richard Goss Christina Gravelle Chris Griffin Patrick Hanaway Harriet HarperTejada Brent Harrison Shelley Harrison Janet Hartson Rick Haug Robert Hayes Amy Haynes Douglas Haynes Rachel Hebert Cindy Herman Richard Heslin

Sarah Heywood Lena Hilton Ralph Hilton India Hoeschen-Stein Tess Horan Jay Hormel Lu Anne Hormel Marly Hornik Samata Elissa Horwitz Anthony Iracani Deanna Jenné Lois Jensen Safia Johnson Dave Jordan Wendy Kaas Maxima Kahn Kit Kaplan Lisa Kate Chris Kelly Kristine Kelsey Alan Kerner Amanda Kerner Anthony King Jill Kirchmann Dennis Kitchen Lenna Kitterman Maggie Klippel

Sterling Klippel Steve Kubacki Elizabeth LaCaze Adam Laufer Charle League Gail Lennstrom Peter Leutsch Lisa Lichtig Robin Lockwood Noah Lorio Robyn Lorio Annie Marra Vinnie Marra Dana Martin Elaine Martin Michael Martin Caelum Massicotte Herbert May Shui-lan May Kateri McCue Kathy McKeough Betsy McNair Jane Meadows Jennifer Means Joan Medsker Carol Meggitt Myra Melford

Roger and Reyna Menadue Dalia Menendez Jonathan Merritt Larry Messerman Kateri Meyer Fred Milton Scott Montgomery Sherry Morgan Lydia Mueller Connie Nerrie Julie Netsch Barbara Nill Claire Norris Rob Norris Dagmara Nunn Angela Ocone Anthony Ocone Bette OConnor Joyce Ohrvall Liz Parker Shari Parslow Clare Pearson Adrilia Pedersen Kenneth Pedersen Laurie Perla Forest Perrupato


Blue Deer Center

Staff

Blue Deer Center

Board of Directors

Directors

Coordinators

Eliot Cowan Patrick Hanaway Dan Sprinkles

Buffy Aakaash Peter Brown Melissa Clare Linda Felch Mellissa Rudder

Josh Niesse Kristina Deacon

Executive Directors Keiko Cronin Safia Johnson Amanda Kerner

Blue Deer Center Center Amber Van Cleave Andrew Shaffer Anneke Brujinning Annie Eagan Annie Furze Anthony Ocone Barbara Chutroo Bridget Rudder Charle League Chris Haug Christina Gravelle Christina Sinatra Claire Franck Clarissa Kerner Corey Paradis Cristián Valenzuela

Thank you to everyone who contributed this year. Your generosity prepares the way for our success.

Consultants

Recording Secretary Kate Barrier

Maggie Freier Brian Spielmann Andi Tilmann Mark Gionfriddo

Volunteers

Cynthia Ross Dagmara Nunn Deena Wade Dena Sparks Forest Perrupato Heidi Turner India Hoeschen-Stein Jane Ferguson Jane Meadows Jane Wollack Janice Nichols Julie Ellerbeck Julie White K’Anna Burton Karen Aberle Kate Barrier Karen Booream

Donors

Kathy Reid Keith Baughman Krishna Hilton Larry Brown Lauren Peterson Leiko Coyle Lena Hilton Liz Parker Lisa Lichtig Lloyd Rudder Maggie Starzyk Mark Gionfriddo Marly Hornik Mary Lee Twilley Matthew Willett Michele Baughman Nancy Ann Stealey

Nancy Eos Patti Fasen Randy Whitlock Regina Temple Rick Haug Rob Norris Santha Cooke Sarah Heywood Scott Sandoz Shawn Bennett Shelley Harrison Sherry Morgan Tim Simon Tracey Duke

Fundraising Circle of Giving and Receiving – Gratitude

Ladies Clarissa Kerner Courtney Shelburne Dorine Karlin Gratitude Manager Lynne Oyama Maggie Klippel Maria Ramos Shuilan May

Maggie Starzyk Marsha Tuttle Myra Medford Rick Haug Rob Norris Scott Sheerin Steve Kemble

Fireball

Alison Gayek Andi Tillmann Barbara Nill Bill Sutton Christina Gravelle Cristián Valenzuela K’anna Burton Karen Fernandez

Chris Haug Cristián Valenzuela David Wiley Forest Perrupato Kathy Reid Lena Hilton Omar Cowan

Other Committees & Special Events

Mark Gionfriddo Randy Whitlock Theresa Arico Tim Simon

PROGRAMMING Provider Research Team: Brianna Jonak Lydia Michaels

Program Review Committee: Annie Eagan Keiko Cronin Melissa Clare Safia Johnson Sharon Brown

Henry Aberle Karen Aberle Theresa Arico John Arnold Ann Aust Skip Backus Diane Baker Jeff Baker Joyce Barich Una Barkstrom Margo Barnard Kate Barrier Marie Bathum Keith Baughman Michele Baughman Kristina Beaubien Shawn Bennett Louise Berliner Julie Bete Trish Bielsky Sherry Boatright Richard Bosworth Sarah Brennan Wendy Brittain Lael Brodsky Peter Brodsky Larry Brown

Peter Brown Sharon Brown Gwen Broz Mary Ellen Brunsdon K’anna Burton Michael Cavanagh Bettyann Cernese Dan Cernese Danny Chazanas Barbara Chutroo Melissa Clare Sharon Cohen Anne Colgan Brian Collins Jennifer Collins Lucia Collins Vincene Collura Nicole Colvin-Griffin Gord Cooper Sara Coplai Eliot Cowan Omar Cowan Victoria Cowan Leiko Coyle Nick Coyle Richard Crawford Keiko Cronin

Elizabeth Cunningham Melanie Dail Eddie Dalton Rebecca Dark Sarah Davis Jessica De la O Deborah Dee Rita di Ghent Lori DiGuardi Dorit Dornier Tracey Duke Mai Duong Katherine Duplay Karen Durkee Annie Eagan Julie Ellerbeck Nancy Eos Erin Everett Linda Felch Gilda Feldman Lyn Felling Margaret Flynn Cindy Fogle Diane Foley SkyFox Claire Franck

Margaret Freier Ellis Froeschle Alison Gayek Peter Gayek Monika Ghent Natale Ghent Mark Gionfriddo Shoshanna Gleich Mark Goellner Amy Goldstein Linda Goodman Lisa Goren Richard Goss Christina Gravelle Chris Griffin Patrick Hanaway Harriet HarperTejada Brent Harrison Shelley Harrison Janet Hartson Rick Haug Robert Hayes Amy Haynes Douglas Haynes Rachel Hebert Cindy Herman Richard Heslin

Sarah Heywood Lena Hilton Ralph Hilton India Hoeschen-Stein Tess Horan Jay Hormel Lu Anne Hormel Marly Hornik Samata Elissa Horwitz Anthony Iracani Deanna Jenné Lois Jensen Safia Johnson Dave Jordan Wendy Kaas Maxima Kahn Kit Kaplan Lisa Kate Chris Kelly Kristine Kelsey Alan Kerner Amanda Kerner Anthony King Jill Kirchmann Dennis Kitchen Lenna Kitterman Maggie Klippel

Sterling Klippel Steve Kubacki Elizabeth LaCaze Adam Laufer Charle League Gail Lennstrom Peter Leutsch Lisa Lichtig Robin Lockwood Noah Lorio Robyn Lorio Annie Marra Vinnie Marra Dana Martin Elaine Martin Michael Martin Caelum Massicotte Herbert May Shui-lan May Kateri McCue Kathy McKeough Betsy McNair Jane Meadows Jennifer Means Joan Medsker Carol Meggitt Myra Melford

Roger and Reyna Menadue Dalia Menendez Jonathan Merritt Larry Messerman Kateri Meyer Fred Milton Scott Montgomery Sherry Morgan Lydia Mueller Connie Nerrie Julie Netsch Barbara Nill Claire Norris Rob Norris Dagmara Nunn Angela Ocone Anthony Ocone Bette OConnor Joyce Ohrvall Liz Parker Shari Parslow Clare Pearson Adrilia Pedersen Kenneth Pedersen Laurie Perla Forest Perrupato


BLUE DEER

CENTER

Blue Deer Center P.O. Box 905, Margaretville, NY 12455 www.bluedeer.org

Blue Deer Center Lauren Peterson Paul Peterson Mallory Pitser Paris Preston Charles Purvis Maria Ramos Victoria Reeves Karla Refojo Kathy Reid Michael Reid Tilman Reitzle Anne Renaud-Jones Renata Ritzman Phil Roberts Caroline Robertson Mary Beth Robinson Rick Robison

Donors

Joanne Rothstein Mellissa Rudder Gary Ruppert Katherine Ryan David Sauberman Michael Savino Nettie Jean Scarzafava Jessica Schwarz Robert Seaton Andrew Shaffer Joanne Shapiro Rachael Shea Prema Sheerin Scott Sheerin Marshall Shelburne Ramona Shelburne Tim Simon

Christina Sinatra Susan Skinner Annie Smith Red Smith Karen Smith-Fernandez Dena Sparks Brian Spielmann Dan Sprinkles Maggie Starzyk Christine Staub Lisa Stoller Amanda Stubbs Bill Sutton Linda Tabott Jeanna Thompson Andrea Thomsen Sylvan Thorncraft

Kelly Tiedemann Andi Tilmann Jill Tirrell Warren Tirrell Mariana Tupper Marsha Tuttle CristiĂĄn Valenzuela Melissa van der Schyff Deborah Van Wagner Michael Verrilli Dia Vickery Deena Wade Joan Walden Rick Wallace Nancy Ward Kerri Watts Cheryl White

Jon White Julie White Randy Whitlock Maren Wilbur David Wiley Matthew Willett Barry Williams Mary Willis Kathy Wittenburg Jane Wollack Rob Wood Brian Worley Lynne Wyman Helene Zuckerman

Foundations & Grants A. Lindsay and Olive B. O’Connor Foundation Maine Community Foundation Thomas D Hormel Trust

Businesses Grace Duong, Inc. MaxEmor Corporation SE International, Inc.

Blue Deer Center is a charitable organization that is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) Annual Report designed by Authentic Presence, LLC and edited by www.marcopolomedia.net.


Blue Deer Center 2010 Annual Report  

http://www.bluedeer.org

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