Palmetto Pride Grant announcement on October 1, verifies that our
efforts paid off! In our first year of operation, we were the #1 tree grant
recipient in the state of South Carolina! It took a lot of work to get all
of our paperwork in order - but each applying entity/project under our grant
application got their written plans to me in time for the deadline.

Our next order of business is to arrange a caravan of appropriate vehicles
to go to Columbia on October 24 to pick up our 414 four to six foot trees in
five gallon buckets and transfer them back to Todd's facility, where we will
store them and water them til our distribution date near Arbor Day.

As soon as we find out what date the 2000 Forestry Commission trees will be
ready for pickup - we will have to arrange another caravan and set our Tree
Pickup and Planting Party with an e mail blast and followup phone call
alert. We will schedule this party for a Sunday after church at the open lot
between my store and Russell's. In case of inclement weather we will move
across the street to the Hot Fish Club Gazebo or the covered front porch at

We also need to schedule our "Importance Of Trees" seminars at area schools
and prepare an educational brochure for each tree to be given to students. I
would like for all these seminars to take place between November 1 and the
Thanksgiving School Break.

We can also (casually - with no deadline looming!) begin talking to schools,
parks, churches, HOA's, etc. about making plans for next year's grant
application. On the very day that grant applications are allowed, we will
have our plans in hand and delivered to the Palmetto Pride office to ensure
that we are first in line for next year's trees!

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