Saturday, January 19, 2013

"It Can Be Done"

Dear Friends of President Reagan’s Chicago Home:

We did it! We incorporated in the State of Illinois on Wednesday, January 16, 2013.  Here’s our corporate purpose statement:  
Friends of President Reagan’s Chicago Home (the Corporation) is organized and operated exclusively for charitable purposes in accordance with section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (or a corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue law).  More specifically, the Corporation is organized to develop and operate a museum and center located at 832 E. 57th Street, in partnership with home’s current owner, reflecting the historical relevance of Reagan’s life growing up there and elsewhere in Illinois. The museum and center will also celebrate President Reagan’s historic accomplishments, highlight his suffering with Alzheimer’s, complementing mission of nearby Center for Care and Discovery, and provide educational and community-enriching opportunities.  Friends also intends to make a contribution each year to the other Reagan homes in Illinois underscoring that “The Ronald Reagan Trail” is one, with Chicago home enhancing the whole.
With your support, we’re on our way to winning one more for the Gipper!**

As Ronald Reagan always said, “It can be done.”

The quest to save and transform President Reagan’s Chicago Home has, of course, just begun. 

For inspiration, I offer Ronald Reagan being sworn in as President of the United States on January 20, 1981, followed by his Inaugural Address

Who, among us, old enough to remember, can forget that momentous, magnificent day that advanced American freedom and opportunity in such a palpable way? 

It won’t be the last! And, this largely symbolic victory of saving Reagan’s home, which is within our reach, will help lay the groundwork for another such goosebump-inducing day, leaving a lump in your throat like that of the Gipper as he told the story of Martin Treptow on D-Day.  As newly inaugurated President Reagan said, like Treptow, With Gods help we can and will resolve the problems which now confront us. And, after all, why shouldn't be believe that? We are Americans.

Thank you.

Sincerely yours,
Mary Claire Kendall
Acting President/CEO
Friends of President Reagan’s Chicago Home (site of future updates)

** On Friday, January 18, we raised our first seed money today to cover initial costs of incorporation and other incidentals, but have several hundred dollars more to go.  If you wish to help the cause, you may send your tax-deductible contributions made payable to “Friends of Pres. Reagan’s Chicago Home” to P.O. Box 3772, Washington, DC 20027-3772. Or for those who wish to make a contribution that will arrive more speedily, you may use PayPal. Our email for this purpose is

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