Message regarding the Meetinghouse from Former Governor General and Meetinghouse Trust Chair President Lea Filson.

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On Monday, October 22nd, the town of Plymouth took a major step in support of the General Society and our greatest endeavor yet.

Through Plymouth's Community Preservation Act funds, also known as CPC funds, the town granted the General Society of Mayflower Descendants two million, six hundred eighteen thousand dollars ($2,618,000) to repair and restore the exterior and roof of the National Pilgrim Memorial Meetinghouse. 

GSMD and the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church of Plymouth have an agreement that until GSMD has $3,000,000 in contributions, whether, through grants or donations, the church will remain members of the National Pilgrim Memorial Meetinghouse Charitable Trust. Currently, there are four GSMD and four First Parish Church trustees.

The Community Preservation Commission (CPC) is drawing up the grant agreement they awarded to GSMD this week and will deliver the contract on Monday. It legally will not distribute any of the funds until the National Pilgrim Memorial Meetinghouse Charitable Trust is solely owned by GSMD. 

Here is where the money stands:
CPC Grant: $2,618,000
GSMD Contributions: $203,000
Family Foundation Grant: $50,000
Total: $2,871,000

We need an additional $129,000 to meet our goal.

We have over $50,000 in pledges from Member Societies still outstanding. After collecting those donations, a total of $79,000 is still needed to raise the $3,000.000. Once raised, ownership of the Meetinghouse will go to GSMD and it will have the funds necessary to begin operating the Meetinghouse as its education center while the exterior repairs are being made.

Our most immediate challenge is that water leaks from recent storm damage and deterioration are continuing to damage the sanctuary and the Robinson stained-glass windows cannot be reinstalled until the walls are reinforced. Bids have gone out to contractors to begin the work and the CPC is ready to distribute funds within the next month, but until we hit our $3,000,000 goal, the repairs are on hold. We are hopeful, we will close the gap soon.

Beyond that, GSMD will use preservation grants, family foundations, etc. to raise additional funds to restore and repair the interior. We are ready to apply for several grants but cannot do it until we own the Meetinghouse outright without church ownership involved. 

Screen Shot 2018 11 05 at 10.07.57 AMWe would like to sincerely thank those of you who have already donated. If you have not yet contributed, we need your help to reach our goal. If not, please consider making a contribution:

Click here to donate to the National Pilgrim Memorial Meetinghouse and bring the General Society one step closer to preserving this historic landmark. 

For more information, or if you have any questions, please email FGGFilson@theMayflowerSociety.org.

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