Urgent Time-sensitive message to our members and supporters

Dear BHS Members and Supporters:

As you may know, we are in the process of renovating a building at 1401 Grove Ave, to be the new headquarters for the Berwyn Historical Society. We have requested that the City of Berwyn include a line item of $5000 in the City’s 2012 budget to subsidize our work. That amount was included in past years, but was discontinued 2-3 years ago.

Having read the proposed 2012 budget online, we are dismayed to see that we are not included. However, you can help! Please contact your Alderman TODAY to request that the stipend we’ve asked for be included in the 2012 budget. The Budget hearing and vote will take place this Tuesday, March 13. Your Alderman’s e-mail address can be found online at: www.berwyn-il.gov Click on Find Elected Officials.

Below is a sample e-mail which I’ve sent to Mayor Lovero and the Aldermen. You may borrow information from this for your personal request via e-mail or phone. But please contact your Alderman regarding this, to help keep the BHS on sound financial footing.

Thank you.

David Olson
President, Berwyn Historical Society

SAMPLE E-MAIL:

Dear Mayor Lovero, City Aldermen, City Clerk, and City Treasurer:

On looking through the proposed 2012 budget online, I do not find the Berwyn Historical Society included. We had requested the reinstatement of $5000 a year, which was given for several years in the past. Unless I’m missing it, this item does not appear to be included in the 2012 budget.

The BHS is in the process of renovating our new headquarters building at 1401 Grove Ave, and we expect to begin moving in before summer. The renovation has cost more than we anticipated, but we will soon have a quality building with a new furnace, new electrical wiring and plumbing, a waterproofed basement, newly-tuckpointed exterior, new windows, etc. We have made a considerable investment to rehabilitate a formerly-blighted building. It will be something for the neighborhood and the City of Berwynto be proud of. I hope the City is willing to invest the modest amount requested in support of our accomplishments and efforts for the community.

Thank you for your consideration.

David Olson
President, Berwyn Historical Society

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