2017 Merlin Mailer Newsletter — A Year in Review

Happy New Year!

2017 has come to an end and we would like to take this time to show our gratitude for all of the support you have shown us this past year and what that has meant to us…as well as highlights and things on the radar for 2018!  We shall start with gratitude…

Much Love & Thank You’s…..

  • To you — the Helena community (individuals and businesses alike) — thank you for showing us so much love and support.  Because of you, our programs have doubled in size and scope! 
  • To our loyal flock of Merlin volunteers, both regulars and event-volunteers (you know who you are!) — you’re amazing; we could not do what we’re doing without you!  Thank you so much for everything you do and your belief in philosophy! 
  • To Bob & Hopi Stevens (in memoriam) and their loving family members for their support of our philosophy walks on Little Falcon Farm and Merlin Nature Preserve.  You continue to be an inspiration to us and so many others, Bob & Hopi! 
  • To P.L.A.T.O. — you will forever hold a special place in our hearts.  In a world of “No’s” (when it comes to grants)….you gave us our first “Yes!” and, in the process, extended to us a world of opportunity.  Your generous grant of $5,000 helped us fund numerous unique ‘philosophy in the community’ activities (ranging from our Philosophy Walk Series and Think & Drinks to our Philosophy Symposiums and more) & contribute to the enrichment of lives in the Helena community. 
  • To the Helena Exchange Club — you, too, occupy a special place in our heart with your $500 grant award toward our Kids Halloween-Hayride Philosophy Walk.  Your grant helped us provide a memorable event for all of the kids and parents involved, as well as some awesome “thinky-inspired” goodie bags and treats for our little philosophers!
  • To the scholars, academicians & professionals who have generously donated their time and expertise as panelists & facilitators at our symposiums, philosophers-on-trail on our philosophy walks, and logistical & strategic ninjas in our operational shenanigans!
  • To Carroll College & HCTV for supporting our efforts in countless ways.
  • And last, but certainly not least, to our donors AND advocates who have believed in us and SO generously contributed to our organization in countless important ways.  You are beloved!

We are looking forward to bringing the Helena community more good stuff in 2018!  This brings us to our highlights from 2017 (i.e., what is this “good stuff” to which we refer?) and things on the radar for 2018 (i.e., the “good stuff” in queue for this year!).  We hope you enjoy this newsletter….and we look forward to serving you in 2018. 

Wmarisa_pictureith Kindness & Gratitude,
Marisa Diaz-Waian
Founder & Executive Director, Merlin CCC
119 Reeder’s Alley, Helena MT 59601
[email protected]

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