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Apr 29, 2011

Where has the time gone?

Dear Donors and Supporters,

I can't believe it's already May!  It seems like it was just yesterday that we were planning our semester kick-off meeting.  This has been a very busy spring for EDGE: We had our 3rd annual Benefit Concert and "Swap and Bop," held elections for our new administrative board, finalized our projects, and decided on our new batch of travelers...

Speaking of, I am incredibly proud to announce that EDGE will be sending 2 of our "EDGE Boys" to the Island this summer!  Led by our expert traveler, Karla Lund (who traveled to the island twice), Paul Atwell and Sam Matthews are ready to move to the implementation stage of their research projects.  As the team leaders for the Agriculture team and the Environment team respectively, their projects include creating an irrigation system at the secondary school, a composting program, and a school garden.  Sam wrote up a great blog post about EDGE's summer goals on the island.  Check it out here: http://svmatthews.blogspot.com/

Coincidentally, Sam and Paul are also the newly elected Co-Directors for next semester!  Their experiences on the island will undoubtedly be beneficial to the future leadership of the EDGE Project, especially because many of our travelers are finally graduating--including myself!  

Thank you all for your support this semester!  Don't forget to check out our blog this summer for updates on travel, events, and all things EDGE! http://www.wisconsinedgeproject.blogspot.com/

Jan 12, 2011

Entering 2011

Dear Donors and Supporters,

I hope you all enjoyed the holidays!  The semester has finally ended, and most EDGE members are resting up for next semester!  I'd like to take a moment to reflect on 2010.  We had a great semester and I really enjoyed working with the new board members.  Also, I'd like to thank all of our amazing new members, who have  shown tremendous dedication and commitment to our work in Lingira. I'm many new members will travel to the island this summer! It's great to have fresh ideas brought to the table, and of course, new friends!

Perhaps my favorite memory of 2010 was planning and attending the Annual Banquet.  Although planning events can get quite stressful, everyone pitched in and I think it went amazingly well!  With over 100 guests we made over $1,000!  Thank you so much to all of our attendees!

EDGE has a lot to look forward to this spring, as well as a lot of work to do.  We'll be finalizing our project for the summer, as well as deciding who will be this year's travelers!  I am excited to announce that  Michelle Mazzeo, one of the co-founders of EDGE and previous traveler, will hopefully be leading the trip this year!  Michelle is a seasoned traveler, and is very familiar with Lingira Island and the creator of the Lingira Girls Football Club.  I think she will be very valuable to this summer travelers!

Attached to this Project Report is our Winter edition of our newsletter, EDGEside.  Enjoy!

Thank you so much for all the support you have given us this year.  Happy New Year!

Sep 21, 2010

EDGE FALL 2010 Update

2010 Travelers departing to Lingira Island
2010 Travelers departing to Lingira Island

Greetings Donors and Supporters,

Our travelers returned from Lingira Island August 4th. They accomplished so much and brought back plenty of new ideas for this upcoming semester's projects. One of our directors, Alisha David, wrote up a wonderful blog post detailing their trip with lots of beautiful pictures! Check it out on our blog: http://wisconsinedgeproject.blogspot.com/2010/09/lingira-summer-2010.html#links

Our fall kick off meeting last week was a great success. We were so glad to see lots of new faces and our returning members, of course! I'm sure this semester will bring about great things for EDGE!

Stay tuned for more updates later in the semester, especially information about our 2nd Annual Banquet in November! Save the date!

As always, we greatly appreciate your generous support!