Forgive us if we are a little behind schedule in publishingour newsletter. We’ve partneredwith a new editor/designer whois bringing a professional look to our formerly in-house pub-lished newsletter (many thanksto
of SbN Studios/Visual Design.Sandra brings a wealth of expe-rience and talent to the BarnesFoundation. She has graciously agreed to do this work for free.Sandra took photos at the Tour de Champagne last September,made a video of the “Meet the Author’s Tea presentations, andnow is designing our newsletter. I hope you like our new look andI hope you will tell others about Sandra’s talents. You can nd her information in the newsletter block and in our sponsor section. It’simportant to patronize our generous sponsors.It’s been a very busy few months. The board has been very activeworking on several projects. The biggest project has been settingup ofces on the third oor to house the Foundation’s les, col-lections and supplies. We now have two fully furnished ofces,complete with computers, printers, software and phones. TheFoundation received a generous anonymous donation to providethe technology needed to carry out our business. Thanks to our generous benefactor and very careful buying (Black Friday wasa big help), we were able to purchase everything we needed. Thefoundation can now do its bookkeeping on premises. We antici- pate an annual savings on bookkeeping expenses.The infamous wireless doorbell is working…again. It’s supposedto be suitable for outdoor use, but the contacts corrode over a short period of time. About every three months we have to take it down,clean it, put new batteries in and re-mount it. It works great whenit’s working. (Look for the bright pink arrows pointing to it)Our grant committee has been hard at work to secure funds to startwork on the serious needs of the building. At the end of March,we completed and submitted an application to
The John Ben Snow Foundation
for monies to help refurbish and restore several origi-nal doors in the mansion and to replace the back kitchen door with a more secure steel door. The main purpose of the grant is tocomplete Phase I of our
compliance by replacing the mainentrance door with a wooden door more in keeping with the historicarchitecture of the building, but meeting the requirements of
.This project will improve the energy efciency of all the doors. Itwill also increase safety because we will be adding security con-tacts to all exterior doors. We hope to begin this work in July.As everyone knows the roof of the mansion is in a poor state.
The Grant Committee
has spent many hours talking to architects,contractors and consultants to formulate the best plan movingforward. It is absolutely critical to have a complete set of archi-tectural drawings done before any work is started on the building.These drawings will be the blueprints for all the work to be doneeven though the roof will be the rst project. We can’t get reliablequotes for work until the contractors have bid documents whichare taken from the drawings.
The George & Rebecca Barnes Foundation
has applied for a grant from the
CNY Community Foundation
to help cover the cost of these drawings. Once wehave these drawings, we can solicit bids. And, if we have our tim-ing right, we should be in good condition to put in an applicationthis summer for the
NYS Ofce of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation EPF grant
. That would provide the major moniesto x the roof next year. So, we have a plan. It is taking time toexecute it. But stay with us as we continue to inch forward.By the time you read this,
“Dancing with the Stars”
will havehappened: April 14. I hope you were there and enjoyed our FifthAnnual “Dancing”. The Barnes Foundation extends its appreciationand thanks to
, who again has chaired this fundraiser for the foundation. This event has raised approximately $100,000in the past four years. Check out the article in the newsletter.Again, I extend the sincere appreciation of the Foundation to the
Syracuse Corinthian Club
members for their help in decorating themansion for every holiday and occasion. The house would look socold and empty without these lovely touches. And, a great number of the Club members have volunteered to help with our fundrais-ers. The Holidays at the Mansion took hundreds of volunteers tomake that a success and we couldn’t do it without the support of the Club members along with our own dedicated volunteers.
The annual George and Rebecca Barnes Foundation Membershipmeeting was May 3rd.
Interested members attended and socialized before and after the meeting.For those of you who are internet savvy, stay tuned. We are work-ing on a new website. It should be out in May.Well, you can see we are busy. We could use more help. If you,or someone you know, is/are interested in helping out on someof our committees, don’t be shy. We are also looking for a fewqualied people to ll in board positions. There are openings for an accountant, a marketing person, a volunteer coordinator and acorresponding secretary, as well as, those with general businessskills and a passion for historic preservation. You can contact meat:
for more information.See you at the mansion,
The Mansion Matters
Spring edition 2012www.GRBarnes.org
Letter from the President
Last year, due to a generous donation from
Chuck and Marcy Grundner
, the ag pole on the front lawn was re- paired and a new ag was put up. The weather has beentough on the ag and it is now showing signs of shredding.Thanks to NYS Senator John DeFrancisco, we are receiv-ing a “new”, 4’ X 6’ ag that actually ew over the capital building.