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President’s Update ~ Chris Pendleton, President & CEO

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On February 10th

membership card and lanyard     Our membership is nine years old with 4,500 member groups and over 10,000 individual members this year! It is no wonder as our membership benefits continue to grow and extend throughout the nation.

Members visit regularly bringing family and guests, participate in classes and lectures, become volunteers and add about $200,000 in revenue to the education and operations of Edison Ford. That is a very important constituency for us as we plan our overall program and develop the site. Many of the members have become very involved as patrons and donors to their favorite programs.

For example, one business and family donate $60,000 annually to help support the Wild Wizard Hands-on Science Program and has done this for many years now. Another business who directs $10,000 yearly our way for equipment, like laptops for the programs.

This year a member, who is also a volunteer,  gave us a gift of $5,000 to help us change our Children’s Holiday Tree Trail by bringing in live trees in 2015 for the annual Children’s Holiday Tree Trail. She has been “fluffing” our fake trees for years and wanted the project to be more traditional and environmentally focused (we will create mulch for the gardens now instead of storing trees). Thanks to her, we will also expand the Garden Shoppe in December to sell live trees, wreaths and garland.

Business and Corporate Members play a big part in our programs. Did you know that our regional GE Financial Services provides a $10,000 contribution annually to support the hands-on science program (besides volunteering regularly for events and special projects)? Business Members, like Forestry Resources and BGI-USA, renew annually and also help with mulch, fertilizer and other garden projects. Edison National Bank, Iberia Bank and LCEC support us with their membership and also volunteer with projects like Holiday Nights.

Norris Home Furnishings and Entech have now become members and help with services and program involvement. Business and Corporate Members also receive FREE use of the site for meetings and events, which helps to build our accessibility and visibility.

How can you become involved?

  • Consider special gifts to support the children’s scholarship program for summer camp and other education needs
  • As a Member, visit regularly, participate in programs, become a volunteer and stay engaged!
  • Sign up NEW members and add your name to the very top of their membership application. If you get five new memberships you will receive a one year FREE membership when your current membership expires.

Contact Darlene Hermey, Membership Coordinator for more information. Darlene has been at this for eight years now and is a great resource and always available to help with information about membership, benefits, reciprocal free museums, gardens and special programs.  Visit our Membership page for details on reciprocal programs and more.

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