It has been six months since our last newsletter, and a lot has happened. Your first clue is the new name and colorful
letterhead at the top of this page, designed by Pat Myers, 86. Pat began drawing in 1969 when
she traveled to Africa and
didn’t want to take photos because “they seemed so intrusive.” Two years later,
she took a drawing class from Roland Giampaoli in Boise, and she has been making
journals and painting a few watercolors ever since. Pat is one of our first volunteers,
and we thank her for sharing her talent.
On the fiscal front, our nonprofit, Boise Neighbor-2-Neighbor Network, Inc., received
501c3 federal income tax exemption from the Internal Revenue Service on July 15, a
milestone that had us cheering. Your Executive Committee worked hard on this, and
we are very grateful to Ahrens DeAngeli Law Group for its pro bono consultation
services. Since this name is cumbersome for a website, we officially will do business
as Boise at Home. We also have written our first business plan, including three years
of estimated operation budgets.
As we prepare to launch early in 2015, work is progressing in several areas. We have identified a website provider,
subscribed and are customizing a site for our needs. It will offer information about Boise at Home and many other
resources for members, allow easy volunteer sign-up, accept payment and donations, calendar member events and
programs, and do much more. It will be up soon, and you’ll be the first to know. In addition, committees have prepared
membership and volunteer materials to be distributed at small house parties where friends can learn about Boise
at Home. To attend or host a house party, please reply to this newsletter at your earliest convenience; we will begin
scheduling them in January.
Other volunteer opportunities available now include website administration, outreach to potential strategic partners, data
input, creating and managing a Facebook page, producing 2-minute info-videos to post on the website, program scheduling
and friendraising. Just reply to this email to step into any of these or to volunteer for any other need you see unmet.
One brief note on a topic of immediate interest: Boise at Home Founding and Charter Memberships. Like any start-up,
Boise at Home must be capitalized. To encourage people to join before operations begin, we are offering a 15 percent
discount to Charter Members on the annual subscription rate ($500 individual/$650 household), so you would pay $425
individual or $552 household for Year 1. Charter Members also will be guaranteed no increase in annual subscription rate
($500/$650) for Years 2, 3 and 4! To become a Founding Member, you would invest $5,000, of which $4,500 (or $4,350 for
a household) would be a tax-deductible donation and the balance would entitle you to Year 1 membership services and
Charter and Founding Membership revenues will be placed in escrow until Boise at Home launches. If it fails to do so,
100 percent of fees will be returned. Only 75 Charter Memberships will be offered. In addition to being in on the “ground
floor” for program and activities decisions, Charter and Founding Members will enjoy a special event before the official
opening and be listed on the Boise at Home website and other materials if they so desire.
Do you want to step up now and invest in a more secure future for yourself and others? Do you want to retain your
independence, maintain your own home in community as you widen your friendship circle, and explore new activities or
share familiar ones? Boise at Home offers all this and more, at the touch of a computer key or with one phone call. We
invite your ideas, suggestions and financial support. We need your help, and we want to help you. Together, we can make
Boise at Home evolve from vision to reality, helping us all as we age in community. “We’re all in this together!”
Best wishes for a wonderful holiday season from your Boise at Home Steering Committee: Susan Graham, Susan Allison,
Carol Mitchell, Diane Ronayne, Chris Ocamica, Bev Taylor, Brittney Scigliano, Kathy Barrett, Marshall Brezonick, Tiffany
Robb (EENA rep) and Nola Walker (NENA rep).