News Letter #2









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PROGRESS UPDATE

In this edition (Tl;dr)

  • We’re famous! Arbiter front page feature article. This is a great resource to share with people who are interested in what we’re doing.
  • Our second video, featuring professor Ty Morrison, just went live.
  • We officially filed for tax exemption status!


We were honored and pleasantly surprised to grace the front page of The Arbiter this week. Let us know if you would like a hard copy and we will send by mail or deliver by hand. The online version can be found by clicking the picture, or downloading a printable copy of the PDF here.


This series features People of the Turtle Island Cooperative (PoTICo), highlighting their stories, art, and research.

Episode 2 introduces Ty Morrison, a sustainability architect at Boise State University. He is currently volunteering his time to help the Co-op with its Master Plan. His faith in our project and expert guidance has been continuous source of encouragement as we navigate these uncharted waters.

After so many difficult lessons in the form of complications and setbacks, we have finally submitted the Form 1023. Someone recently told us that this is the first big hurdle that separates the dreamers from the achievers. It truly was a test of our commitment, fortitude, and patience!

Thank you to the rest of the people making this all possible:


Kelsey Nunez – Attorney at Kelsey Jae Nunez LLC. Kelsey has been providing legal consultation every step of the way with the Form 1023.

Bethany Poythress – Bethany is heading up research and development of our donor packets, preparing them for our February campaign launch. .

Liz Tanons – Taking on the role and responsibilities of administrative assistant, Liz has made herself indispensible to the team.
Sammi Lowman – Graphic and Web Design. Sammi has been working almost every day on this website – and finally, we’re about ready to launch!
Matt Boxer and Gary Mitchell – Web and tech assistance. Without their advice and support working out technological bugs and setting up domains, as well as teaching Sammi the ways of WordPress, our site would not exist.
Andy Ridgeway – Crowdfunding campaign coodinator. Andy recently drafted our crowdfunding campaign street team handbook.
Alex Chaffin – Singer/Songwriter. Alex has been writing a song for Turtle Island (a riff from this song is featured at the beginnings and ends of our People of TICo videos.)
Ben Konkol – Graphic design. Ben helped structure and print posters and flyers for promotional use.
Cae Odell – Fundraising strategist, helping us prepare to approach donors.
Tony Powell – Video production. Filming and editing interviews.
Drew Buckmiller – Group facilitator. Drew has been our interviewer for video production.
Seann Sweeney – Story adviser. Acting as mentor for our People of Turtle Island project.
Christian Carley – Financial analyst, mathematician, scholar and musician. Overseeing the business plan.
Professor Ty Morrison
– Permaculture designer and sustainable architect. Developing our Master Site Plan.
Christina Stucker-Gassi – Project coordination and marketing strategy.
Dr. Ed Kaitz – Education adviser.
Chris Dorr – Spa and grounds management.
Bryan Weeks – Vision, mission, and purpose development.
Joey Steinbach – Tourist guest stay, timeshare, real estate, and business adviser.
Julie McKerracher – Farm guru and market garden research.
Dave McKerracher – Executive director, marketing, and video production.

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