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Have YOU responded to the Eagle Appeal?



Kim,
I would be interested in the nature of your issue regarding the making of an
increased donation to the Pres Club. Hope you are not having any difficulty
with the logistics of your generous effort.
As you pointed out, we have restructured the "Goal Amount", reducing it to a
more achievable $150,000. for the year 2006.. The historical overall goal
for the Eagle project represented a number of years and was just to huge an
amount to chew at one time.. Yearly bites seemed more realistic. The slow
but steady movement of the thermometer did not send the proper message. We
need 150k for "this year" and that number is achievable and members will see
that we can do it and be more inclined to give and feel good about their
contributions.
The web thermometer is only up-dated from time to time and so an individual
gift does not instantly show up.. Next week you will see a tremendous
increase as we post the results of our efforts in Dayton and some wonderful
success in that effort which exceeded $30,000.00. Please keep  an eye on
it..
Thanks you for your continuing support of our wonderful hobby.
Regards,
Gunther Meisse
AMSAT Treasurer
AMSAT LM: 594
W8GSM


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-AMSAT-BB@amsat.org [mailto:owner-AMSAT-BB@amsat.org] On Behalf
Of AC7YY
Sent: Friday, May 26, 2006 8:43 PM
To: amsat-bb@amsat.org
Subject: [amsat-bb] RE: Have YOU responded to the Eagle Appeal?

-----Original Message-----
From: Kim - AC7YY [mailto:ac7yy@amsat.org]
Sent: Friday, May 26, 2006 6:03 PM
To: ac7yy@amsat.org; 'Barry A. Baines'
Subject: Have YOU responded to the Eagle Appeal?

I had an issue arise today with my Presidents Club Donation. This prompted
me to resend this post from last December.

The current eagle fund shows $66,635 raised with the 2006 goal of $150,000.

73's
Kim - AC7YY
AMSAT #26076


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-AMSAT-BB@amsat.org [mailto:owner-AMSAT-BB@amsat.org] On Behalf
Of Kim - AC7YY
Sent: Thursday, December 29, 2005 9:06 AM
To: 'Barry A. Baines'; amsat-bb@amsat.org
Subject: RE: [amsat-bb] Have YOU responded to the Eagle Appeal?

Barry

Thank you for your post. I made the decision to double my president's club
donation to $600 for the year 2006 designated to the Eagle project. I
started a post to encourage others to start or increase their support of
Eagle and AMSAT-NA in general. Decided not to make that post, since almost
any mention of fundraising on the amsat-bb in the past has caused a dramatic
silence.

Your posting prompted me to share a few thoughts on AMSAT-NA funding in
general.

AMSAT-NA membership is generating about $100,000 in annual dues revenue.
Annual organizational operating costs average about same $100,000.
These dollars are paying for current member services. The board and
President Hambly have made this point on numerous occasions. In order for
AMSAT-NA to grow and launch new satellites we as members must make a
financial commitment in excess of the basic membership dues. In the Eagle
Appeal Letter from AMSAT-NA President Rick Hambly, W2GPS it was noted that
we need $150,000 for the 2006 just for Eagle. We could accomplish that, with
an average donation of $60 per member for the year 2006. AMSAT-NA and we as
members have a vision far greater than this. 

Our hobby and this organization require us to provide the financial
resources necessary for launching future satellites. I encourage everyone to
make the effort to support AMSAT-NA to the best of their abilities. 


Kim - AC7YY
AMSAT #26076 

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-AMSAT-BB@amsat.org [mailto:owner-AMSAT-BB@amsat.org] On Behalf
Of Barry A. Baines
Sent: Tuesday, December 27, 2005 8:39 AM
To: amsat-bb@amsat.org
Subject: [amsat-bb] Have YOU responded to the Eagle Appeal?

The following was posted in the latest ANS,  Not everyone may have seen it
and given end-of-year tax planning that many do, I thought it would be
appropriate to post it on amsat-bb.

******
AMSAT-NA members should have received by now an Eagle Appeal Letter from
AMSAT-NA President Rick Hambly, W2GPS.  The Appeal includes a letter from
Rick, a color brochure on Eagle, a donation form, and return envelope.  This
is the first fundraising effort for Eagle as it is expected to take four
years to build and launch the first satellite and three additional years for
the second.  AMSAT must raise at least $150,000 in 2006 to keep the project
on track.

Initial response to the Appeal has been good.  SpaceQuest, Ltd. of Fairfax,
VA made our first corporate donation to Eagle this past week.  Many thanks
to Mark Kanawati, N4TPY and Dino Lorenzini, KC4YMG for the strong support!
AMSAT members will recall that AO-51 was built by SpaceQuest under AMSAT-NA
contract and was launched in June 2004.  In addition, 12 individuals have
qualified for President's Club status this week as a result of their
generosity in response to the Appeal.

AMSAT-NA members who pay US income tax may take a tax deduction from their
donation to AMSAT, which is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as  a
501-(c)(3) scientific organization.  To qualify as a
2005 tax deduction, the donation must be post marked in 2005 or submitted in
2005.  Donations made after January 1, 2006 may be applied against 2006
taxes.  AMSAT will gladly accept donations via the AMSAT website using your
credit card, the mailing of checks, and PayPal submissions.  The AMSAT
office will be closed until January 4, 2006, so making donations via
telephone will not be possible until after the first of the year.  In
addition, individuals who may wish to donate securities can do so as well
and avoid capital gains on the securities that are donated.  Contact AMSAT
Treasurer Gunther Meisse, W8GSM for details on how to arrange a transfer to
AMSAT.  Due to passage of the Katrina Emergency Relief Act of 2005 (KETRA)
by Congress, there are additional advantages in giving charitable gifts by
December 31, 2005 to qualified organizations, such as AMSAT.  Talk to your
financial advisor about how KETRA can provide current income and estate tax
advantages.

Your donation and personal support of Eagle is critical.  If you haven't
made your contribution, please consider making a donation.

Help AMSAT to hatch Eagle!



73 and Happy New Year,

Barry Baines, WD4ASW
VP-Marketing & User Services
AMSAT-NA
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