The Block Island Times

ELC prepares fundraising efforts

By Joel Taylor | Jan 14, 2014

Discussion at the Early Learning Center (ELC) during its Wednesday, Jan. 8 meeting, included a fundraising discussion led by President Lisa Robb and centered on upcoming raffles and activities. There will be a raffle for a gift basket at this year’s pasta dinner, and tickets will also be sold for the “Summer Fun” basket. Last year’s winner, Dave Turner, was more than pleased to report to the committee how much he enjoyed what he found inside, saying “there were packages inside packages in there!”

The ELC had some new ideas regarding the Holiday Bazaar. The group decided it should try to involve members of the Farmers’ Market and other local craft artists who want to teach their crafts.

The annual golf tournament has been changed to a bowling tournament, which will be held at Camden Lanes this March. As Vice President Dave Turner said, “there are always bound to be a lot of commitments [for a golf tournament], but also a lot of no-shows,” because of inclement weather, prices and other logistic reasons.

Turner also presented a new idea to explore the possibility of starting their own fishing tournament on Block Island, starting small and possibly growing it into something larger. “We could cover a whole year of expenses very quickly this way,” he said. The committee subsequently put Turner in charge of the prospective project. Robb cautioned, “I’d just be wary about this sort of thing turning into another huge effort for little return.”

Roberta Closter reported that overall the ELC is on pace to achieve their fund-raising goals as of this point in their fiscal year.

The final discussion of the Committee meeting dealt with low enrollment issues. The members collectively decided staff levels should be maintained regardless of circumstances, but that they should be “more creative with the staffing,” as Director Christine Grele pointed out. Robb added, “If we cut back over the winter, some of the staff may go and find another job.” The members’ consensus was that they are very pleased with the current staff and the staff members need to be given respect, especially considering the unpredictability of enrollment levels for season to season.

“We need to maintain some consistency,” Debby Hart said.

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