An Updated Locations List for Donors to the Fundraiser

Dymphna and I have been cranking out the thank-you notes to people who donated during last week’s fundraiser. A donor from WYOMING wrote back to let us know that his state didn’t appear in the list of locations. He asked us to post a revised list that includes WYOMING, so here goes:

Stateside: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, Washington, and Wyoming

Far Abroad: Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden, Thailand, and the UK

Canada: Alberta, British Columbia, Newfoundland, Ontario, and Saskatchewan

Australia: Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Victoria, and Western Australia

It seems that our Wyoming donor — who has been kindly giving to Gates of Vienna for a number of years —previously lived in other states (also way out West), and I had inadvertently picked up one of those states from the record of an earlier donation.

ALSO: My email to another long-time donor bounced this morning. The server at the other end notified me that it would keep trying for 72 hours, and it did; then three days later the final bounce message came in.

So if you’re a long-time (12 years!) donor who lives in Alberta and didn’t get a thank-you note, that may be the reason. I’ve used the same email address every time, but for some reason it didn’t work this time.

9 thoughts on “An Updated Locations List for Donors to the Fundraiser

  1. Oh, my. Is this the same donor who gave us that beautiful book on the Prairie Lily still found in many undisturbed spots in Alberta?

  2. I understand your donor from Wyoming, as I also (being a snail mail donor)don’t want personal acknowledgement but want BC being acknowledged as a province of Canada where at least one person cares what you do at Gates of Vienna.

    • That’s a good point about snail mail donors…you are always early, but some come in quite late, for instance, the Japanese fellow.

      I’ll ask the B about doing snail mail acknowledgements a week after…though some will be more than that. We need a new category.

      I presume the donor from Newfoundland got mentioned, too. I’ll have to check. The B’s been so busy of late that he accidentally posted the news under my name last night. By the time he saw it, he was too tired to change it.

      • Holy Snookies, Batman! I better get busy or I’ll be toast!

        Donor from Newfoundland here, and I’m saddened to see that of 10 Canadian provinces, you’ve had donors this time ’round from just 5 of those … and none from the others in the Atlantic Provinces: New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island.

        Looks like I’m not doing a very good job as a missionary for the GofV message! Will have to be more diligent and aggressive in spreading the word. Feeling lonely and isolated here in the Atlantic, and that idiot Trudeau won all 32 federal seats in the Atlantic last election! (He won’t next year!)

        For context though : the Island of Newfoundland alone almost as big as the other three combined. (The mainland portion of Newfoundland, Labrador, is bigger than all the rest combined, but largely uninhabited.) We have just 528K population, NS 943K, NB 747K, PEI 143K. Of 32 federal seats in the 4 provinces, we have 7.

        • The pictures I’ve seen of PEI are enchanting. Is it as mellow as it appears?

          When I think of Newfoundland, I think of fishermen brave against the Atlantic.

          OTOH, who knows what others think of Virginia (which is really two states, red and blue. The latter is the D.C. metro area, chock-a-block full of Federal government workers paying huge housing costs to live there).

          • I too have only seen pictures of PEI. Have been to N.S. numerous times, N.B. several.

            The “brave fishermen” image of Newfoundland is (or used to be) accurate, but the federal government in essence shut down the fishery in the early ’90s (equivalent to shuttering the auto industry in Ontario, which proportionately would have been the largest lay-off in Canadian history).

            This was the federal government doing CYA for its own negligence – they insisted that the fishing “moratorium” was the only environmentally responsible thing to do to preserve the Northern cod stocks on the Grand Banks … which had been devastated by foreign, industrial scale factory-trawler over-fishing.

            But when Newfoundland joined Canada in 1949 the offshore fishery (which until then had been ours was brought with us into Canada … and thus fell under federal jurisdiction. (It was a 12-mile coastal boundary then, 200 miles now.)

            The federal government didn’t bother policing the foreign over-fishing, since “fish” is not a Central (i.e. Ontario/Quebec) Canadian issue … and our 7 federal seats in Parliament gave us NO clout.

            The effect was devastating. They destroyed a culture and lifestyle going back centuries, and essentially wiped out many coastal communities, with the populations fleeing to urban centres … all because they lacked the guts to stand up to foreign nations over-fishing. It was easier to barter off increased fish “quotas” to EU nations in return for such as things as grain sales to the Europeans from Western Canada, which had more clout in Ottawa.

            The Canadian Parliament has long been about as “democratic” as the Euro Parliament of today. It dances to the tune called by the dominant partners, Ontario and Quebec being the counterparts to France & Germany.

            So not surprising that Newfoundland is very much like Virginia in this respect: Politically, many of us (the older sons and daughters of our 1949 anti-Confederation -with- Canada parents) sympathize with the U.S. Confederacy. We are your “rebels,” and your “damn Yankees” in the elitist North are our Ontario and Quebec masters.

            Much of Western Canada (excl. B.C.) feels the same way towards Ottawa, and what our spurious federal “Confederation” has become. Until we achieve real separation of powers, as the defunct Reform Party wanted to do with our useless Senate (a pure patronage appointment, and toothless), and genuine bi-cameral government – and a measure of control over the universally leftist media in Canada – we are toast.

  3. Now that I think about it, ‘Wyoming’ is a curious word. It looks like a gerund! That suggests the next obvious question: what is one doing when one wyomes?

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