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December 01, 2007

Bicycle Tree Grows, Ends Weekly Public Bicycle Repair Clinic

In June I wrote about my visit to The Bicycle Tree in Anaheim, CA..

Now comes an important update about the project as it heads into 2008:

Greetings Bicycle Tree Supporters!

It has been nearly a year since our last email announcement, and during that time we have performed hundreds of repairs, received dozens of donated bicycles and boxes of parts,  purchased over a thousand dollars' worth of additional tools and equipment, met countless wonderful people, and have gained a lot of experience! 

Thanks to generous donations and our customers, our account balance now stands at nearly two thousand dollars.  Since we began operations at the Victor Manor in April 2006, we have grown considerably -- financially, materially, socially, and, most of all, in our knowledge of how to make both bicycles and the Bicycle Tree work!

As expected, this growth has made apparent that our current location isn't big enough!  We have also found that maintaining operations here diverts energy from the large task of fundraising.

Therefore, December 8th will be our last weekly public bicycle repair clinic, and we will thereafter be using that time to focus on processing and liquidating our sizeable collection of bicycles.  We intend to donate several yet-to-be-working bicycles to a worthy organization.  We will suspend major repair activity in February of next year.

Join us Saturday, December 8th for our last public repair clinic at the Victor Manor!  We will spice things up a bit with snacks and drinks so we can celebrate our accomplishments!  Repair runs from 1-6 pm, and we may just hang around a bit longer!

With this end will be a new beginning. 

Other than the private work of grantseeking, we have several plans for next year, including a pancake breakfast, bicycle rides, and a farmer's market booth.  These will help pave the way toward our goal of a larger-capacity facility with a full-fleged youth earn-a-bike program, bicycle recycling, and do-it-yourself bicycle repair.  Our plan for start-up now involves a $70,000 fundraising goal, so we have our work cut out for us!  And, conveniently, there are several ways you may be able to help!

Firstly, we can use help with the processing of our current bicycle holdings.  This involves repairing bikes as well as stripping some frames of their parts and scrapping them, helping to run a bicycle sale, and transporting bikes and equipment with a truck.

Also, we are looking for people who would like to help with the production of a glossy brochure to introduce our concept to potential donors.  Knowledge of graphic design and printing would be especially helpful.

Our pancake breakfast and bicycle ride is still months away, but anyone who would like to help with the breakfast by cooking, serving, or *lending a facility with a kitchen* or with the ride by acting as a shepherd is encouraged to contact us.

We are of course always open to new ideas and advice.  Let us know what you think!
And, of course, financial contributions are always welcome and tax-deductible.  Please make your checks out to "SEE" (our fiscal sponsor) with "The Bicycle Tree" in the memo line.  Funds submitted to members of the Bicycle Tree will be forwarded to SEE.   
   
Thank you to everyone who has helped bring us this far, and thanks to those who will continue to bring this dream into reality.

-Paul Nagel

The Bicycle Tree
502 W. Victor Ave.
Anaheim, CA 92801
(714) 956-4256
lamodabikes at hotmail.com

The Bicycle Tree is a project of Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs, a tax-exempt public charity according to section 501 (c) 3 of the Internal Revenue Code.

I wish them the best of luck in 2008! ;-D

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