The Marina Dock Newsletter january
Dear Marina Dock members
and patrons alike,
n February, it will
be seventeen years since we first opened our doors (February 1986),
originally, as the Dry Dock and now as the Marina Dock. In that
time, literally thousands of individuals have come though our
doors. My relationship with the establishment began in the late
summer of 1986. I had all of two years sobriety still gravely
defective and full of fear and trepidation about a future that
looked anything but bright. The only thing I knew for sure was
"if I come here everyday no matter how I feel I will be OK
today." Then, one day I grabbed a broom and started sweeping
the tattered linoleum floor in the old west room. I set out a
few chairs for the 3:30 pm meeting and before I knew it, David
M gave me a job. Seventeen years later, I am still trying to figure
out what I want to do when I grow up. I did go to College and
have my teeth fixed, which are two of the unofficial steps of
recovery. However, I have not taken step sixteen yet, which is
understood to be a "move to Marin County".
the year in review
I would have to say
a very successful one. Our doors are still open. Our lease is
secure. We made many interior improvements including the completion
of a new storage room and the enlargement of the East Room by
removing the old (not so feng shui) storage room.
the new year
We definitely need new
chairs and if our budget permits a new carpet for the East Room.
The chairs are around $22.00 a piece. We will set up a special
fund for people who want to contribute to the chair project.
Last count, we had about
two hundred and twenty (220) paying members. This number is less
than half of what we need realistically to keep our doors open.
If people (nonmembers) knew that their membership dues or contributions
guarantee our continued existence at this location, how would
that information impact their decision-making?
as an incentive
For the first two months
of 2003 (through the end of February), we will discount new
memberships. If you join for two years,
you can become a member for $500. One-year membership for $265
and 6 months membership for $150. The monthly membership will
remain at $30 a month, or 1 dollar a day.
Currently, our dues are as follows: Yearly $325, six months $165,
Monthly $30. Again, this offer is for two months only.
As an added incentive, I am hoping to have Internet service available
to all our patrons plus some new seating in the social room by
the end of January. The Internet service will operate on the same
principle as a phone card system: 20 minutes, 40 minutes, and
1 hour. You buy time via a card at the counter and you use it
at your leisure.
Again, a reminder that
all membership dues and donations are 501 (c) (3) tax-deductible.
For anyone wishing to make large contributions a copy of our letter
of 501 (c) (3) Federal Tax Exemption would be issued upon request.
Our Federal Employee Identification Number (FEIN) is 94-3356957
is usually enough for donors to satisfy Federal requirements.
Right now, like the
rest of the world, we are experiencing cash flow problems. We
need funds now rather than later when the economy picks up in
November (2004). I was about to say "a bird in the hand is
worth two in the bush" but that could leave me open to all
kinds of questions and misunderstanding.
Until next time, the solution is love,
Anthony T. Murray ("Irish