Water Walk 2017 Conference Call March 13, 2017

On Monday, March 13, 2017, Grandmother Josephine Mandamin held her 4th conference call to discuss For the Earth and Water Walk 2017.

On the line were: Tasha, Joanne, Julia, Lyz, and Edward.

Tasha reported on the upcoming auction. The FB page is up: 2017 Water Walk Auction. The auction will go live on Friday, March 17 and will end on April 7 at 7:00 PM Eastern.

Anyone from anywhere on Turtle Island can donate items to be auctioned. Items that have done well at previous auctions include: artwork, earrings, moccasins, copper vessels, wooden bowls, blankets, ribbon shirts, ribbon skirts, childrens’ ribbon shirts, pillows. Please do not donate clothing other than Hudson Bay or handmade. Auction items may be gently used, but in good shape. Questions about donations can be directed to Tasha.

Josephine has already received a beautiful basket donated by Kathy, and Christi donated three incredible prints.

Lyz is looking into Spirit Mountain accommodations. There’s a hotel right off the freeway, America’s Best Value Inn. We will want to block 15-20 rooms and will need access to the conference room. Lyz will see if the hotel would be willing to give us a discount in return for promotion on our websites and social media. We have at least 20-30,000 followers. And the hotel management would be water protectors! Lyz has also reached out to water-focused organizations and will direct them to the auction. There will be a fundraising event in Duluth.

The layout for the brochure is done except for imagery, which Joanne will provide to Lyz. Edward will send What the Water Walk Isn’t. Lyz will send Josephine and Joanne the brochure for review before printing.

We hope to hear from Lorraine and/or Sue soon about Madeline Island.

Edward’s website is up: Picking Up the Bundles Canoe Journey. If the water is frozen or too rough in the Bayfield area, Edward might walk instead of canoeing and launch in Bad River or Sault Ste. Marie, as conditions allow. Edward’s website is up.

Joanne’s yoga studio [was it Joanne? not sure] has proclaimed April as Water Protection Month!

The t-shirts have made $250 so far!

The next call will be on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 6:00 PM Eastern.

Phone: 1-866-261-6767

Participant code: 35447530#