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October 4, 2007
Vol. 3 No 2

$80,000 in 80 Days

Friend of Albion Pledges Challenge Gift


Good News for Albion!

A generous Friend of Albion, who "wants to see this project finished," has challenged us with a dollar for dollar matching gift. This means that for every dollar you contribute, the donor will match it and two dollars will come to the Albion Restroom Project.

Because we are on the homeward stretch the challenge gift is very good news. It makes the task of completing the project, in time for our spring season, within reach.

The entire project will cost $559,000 (see details below) for the materials and skilled contracting jobs for the concrete, paving and dry wall. Gifts and investment income of $399,000 have been spent to date. We need another $160,000 to complete the project.

The Friends of Albion portion of the goal is $80,000. The campaign motto is "$80,000 in 80 Days." In order to qualify for the matching gift by our donor, all gifts and committments must be received in the Development Office by January 31, 2008.

We want you involved! Plan your year-end giving to maximize your tax deductions and at the same time help us meet this challenge.

Malcolm and Eileen Maxwell were great mariners and strong Albion supporters. If you would like to designate your gift to Albion as a memorial to Malcolm and Eileen Maxwell, please let us know. Sometime in the future, we hope to honor them by naming something at Albion on their behalf.  

How to Give or Make a Commitment

You can simply send your check to the Development Office

Development Office
Pacific Union College
One Angwin Ave
Angwin, CA 94508

You can put your gift on your Visa or Mastercard

Call the Development Office, 707-965-7500, and Tonya or one of the secretaries will take your Visa or Mastercard transaction over the phone. As yet, we are not able to accept American Express.

To make a committiment for payment on or before January 31, 2008

If you cannot give right now but want to be included, please call Gibby Muth, 707-965-2607, and discuss your gift so we can include it in the total toward our $80,000 in 80 days.


So, What is the Status of the Restroom Project?

In a nutshell, we are almost ready for the dry wall, painting, floor covering, cabinets and trim. All the permits have been signed off for the framing, rough wiring and rough plumbing.

Two work bees are planned, one for next week, October 7-12 and the other for November 11-16. These two work bees should complete the exterior siding, prepare the outside of the cabins for the rain gutters, and contour the soil around the cabins to minimize erosion. The remaining work on the cabins will be interior work that can be completed during the rainy season.


The Next Phase

It will be necessary to shut down the camp to install the dry wall. This means that all the furniture will be removed from each of the cabins in the lower camp and stored in the lab. The windows will be masked as soon as the dry wall is hung. Then the finishers will do the taping and texturing.

As soon as the texture is dry, while the masking is still on the windows, all the rooms will be spray-painted. After removing the masking, the floor covering will be laid, the cabinets will be set and the base board coving installed.

We will then move the furniture back into the rooms and begin using them again while we complete the finish electrical, the finish plumbing, and install the space heaters and the tankless water heaters.

The goal is to move back into the cabins by early January and to complete the finish work during the months of January and February. We should be ready for the spring season which is always the busiest time of year.


Don't Forget the Work Bees

Plan to come to one or both work bees. We need the volunteer labor as much as we need the funds for completing the project. Call Gibby or Larry or Wil Cook at the Field Station to let us know you are coming.

Currently Dave Wiebe is on medical leave until mid-December so your calls should be directed to Wil Cook, our chef and acting Station Manager.

Wil Cook , 707-937-5440,

Gibby Muth, 707-965-2607,

Larry Provonsha, 916-638-0842,


Recent Photos of the Camp

View of Lower Camp


Lower Camp Looking Down Albion Main Street BEFORE Renovation


Lower Camp Looking Down Albion Main Street AFTER Renovation


Vanessa BEFORE Renovation


Vanessa AFTER Renovation with Handicap Railings
(old siding to be replaced)


(old siding to be replaced)



Projected Cost of Materials
Construction of private restrooms
Curbs and Sidewalks
Landscaping/Retaining Walls
Volunteer Housing and Food
Miscellaneous Items

Donations and Income to Date
Cash Donations
Interest and Account Earnings

Value of Volunteer Labor
Volunteer Labor to Date (15,000 hrs @ 15/hr)
Volunteer Labor Projected (5,000 hrs @ 15/hr)
Total Volunteer Labor


Projected Cost to Complete Restroom Project
Room Heaters
Siding Replacement
Dry Wall
Vanity Sinks and Tops
Vinyl Floor Covering
Doors (inside and outside doors)
Bath Accessories
Bedroom Accessories
Baseboard Trim for Floors
Door Locks
Window Coverings
Retaining Walls (landscape erosion control)
Furniture Replacement
Asphalt Seal Coat
Volunteer Housing and Food
Total Projected Cost for Finishing Project



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