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February 08, 2007

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ProfDon

I can't tell you how comforting it was to read of your RV choices. I opted for an RV lifestyle in '98 and "suffered" through the down-sizing required to fit myself into a 23-foot trailer, then got lucky one year and moved up to an older but more spacious 32-foot fifth wheel. I moved once, from the interior Willamette Valley to my current central coast location in Oregon. In 2005 my wanderlust put me and my VW camper van in a position to establish a 'second home' -- a 16-foot travel trailer located in an RV park in the SoCal desert. I now spend roughly six months of every year in one location or the other (summer in Oregon, winter in CA, natch).

I'm a single so it's easy for me to feel I'm 'living like a king' in these small spaces. I bike and kayak for exercise and recreation and conserve trips in my Vanagon by shopping for a month at a time. Maybe my next move will be to 'go solar' so I'm off the grid entirely. Still, I feel like I should do more....

ProfDon

(donlecouteur@yahoo.com)
67 and counting from Mapleton OR and Ocotillo CA

Mark Vane

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Keith Farnish

Trailers and statics seem to be becoming one of the answers to green living. In the UK thousands of seniors have retired to "statics" close to the sea rather than live in an expensive to heat, oversized home possibly in an unfriendly neighbourhood. The net benefits to the environment are not just the lower footprint of the static and the more simple life it entails, but also the release of homes to those who need the space and location, meaning that less houses are built overall.

We fully intend to do the something similar when our children leave home.

Keith

Carita Welles

I belong to a group of women that would like to form an organization called"Women for the Environment Through the Arts." We need direction. Our purpose is to raise money through our artist talents to donate to "green" projects. Should we become a nonprofit organization? Have a board, etc.? Any and all suggestions would be appreciated.

treeplanter

Joyce Emery

Carita, I delayed responding in the hope that another reader would give you information on the question, should your group become a nonprofit organization. If I were you I'd ask the librarian at the public library where to find that information.

I can just say, for the Ames global warming rally on April 14, I opened a savings account for the organization with two of us authorized to write checks. My local independent bank did this for free as long as we keep $5 in the account. No one could claim their donation toward rally expenses was a tax deduction, but we were just collecting dollars and a few larger donations. It does serve to keep organization funds from mixing into one's personal bank account. You do not need to be an official nonprofit to open an account.

I'd feel uncomfortable handling thousands of dollars for an organization, however, without more structure and oversight.

My final suggestion: contact the quilters group in your area for ideas on channeling art into a cause. I am familiar with Coastal Quilters based in Santa Barbara, and they have many charitable projects.

I hope your future green projects are part of your local community where you can see how your effort has made a difference.

Good Luck, Treeplanter!


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