Winter/Spring 2005 Issue
This first "corporate" Mini7News contained no "william's perspective" because I had also completed and sent my (turned out to be the last one) "wsharing" Newsletter #16 with it. These few excerpts highlight some of the transition.
The Teaching & Sharing Center is now a Michigan non-profit corporation. We are in the process of completing the paperwork seeking a 501(c)(3) IRS designation (which will make your contributions tax deductible). When the IRS issues its ruling, deductibility becomes retroactive to the date of incorporation which was January 1, 2005.
Many basic decisions will need to be made in the next few months by this initial board. I anticipate a likely three tier relational possibility with the Center. The first will remain "the poetís circle" which will not be considered membership. It will simply be the corporate mailing list, and a basic requirement for library privileges. As the historical connection, being listed in the poetís circle will remain free, but will carry no official status within the corporation. The next will be the basic paid membership. Members elect the board of trustees and vote on other matters pertinent to the Center at an annual meeting. Members will receive the traditional 10% discount at the Trade Center. Ultimately, I suspect there will be a special designation for those doing more than the basic membership. It would likely carry with it some extra benefits, and could very well be a requirement for the Keyholder program.
a touch of william
It is important to repeat that a touch of william is still an individual ministry of mine whose mission statement remains the same:
I try to impact (touch) people's lives through my poetry and photography, and one on one teaching, to help them:
Break out of the boxes the world would keep them pigeonholed in.
Discover and develop their own artistic and spiritual gifts.
Grow in their understanding of their relationship with nature.
Get further in touch with their own spiritual reality.
The discussion, and decisions, between the new board for the T&SC and myself regarding the extent to which a touch of william will function through the T&SC, or independently, has yet to take place.
FROM MY EMAILS
This was sent to me with the title "No excuses!"
The next time you feel like God can't use you, just remember . . .
NOAH was a drunk.
The Disciples fell asleep while praying.
MARTHA worried about everything.
- and -
LAZARUS WAS DEAD!
. . . no more excuses now. God is waiting to use your full potential.
"Earthquakes can strike without warning, and being prepared for such a disaster can mean the difference between life and death. To minimize loss and damage in a quake, try not to own things."
A little of this, a little of that, plus a healthy dose of reality ó while itís not all the news thatís fit to print, I think itís plenty for right now. Iím going to put this, my wsharing newsletter, and the T&SC brochure/application all into one mailing to consolidate the costs a little.
As always -- Godís peace,