Message from Ann: July 2015

July/August 2015

Dear Friends,

Happy Summer! It has almost been a year since we moved to Lakewood and the months have flown by.

Thank you to all of you who have stuck with us and supported the organization and our programming through thick and thin, and moved with us from Northgate Mall to Liberty Warehouse to East Durham to Lakewood. We’re glad we are done moving! And we are always working to make things better.

One of the biggest things we’ve been working on since the beginning of the year has been trying to learn from our new national partners, the Cascade Alliance. The Cascade Alliance is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-supported initiative created by the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Lane County (Oregon), representing 10 nonprofit partners in 10 cities across the U.S. who are using waste-based industries to create stable revenue streams and a source of secure, quality jobs.

We’ve been meeting regularly with Cascade Alliance representatives Terry MacDonald and Sue Palmer, who have provided a wealth of knowledge and support geared towards improving our efficiency of operations.

We’ve been focusing on the supply chain, trying to increase our sources of materials, and working to increase efficiency with regard to retail operations and materials collection. Our staff is doing a GREAT job implementing the ideas and strategies Terry and Sue have shared with us, and you’ve probably noticed the changes in the store, even if you didn’t know what was behind them. We’re moving far more materials through the store, keeping items fresh and collecting and selling as much as we can. What does this mean to you? MORE MATERIALS! We’re keeping more materials out of the landfill and making them available to YOU, our community, for educational, entrepreneurial, innovative, and scientific purposes.

We hope the improvements will continue as we learn more, get better systems in place for managing our operations, create more jobs, and fulfill our mission.

We also have A LOT of programming happening—

It’s Third Friday again — our very own “artist-in-residence” (we are all artists-in-residence here!) and one of our Dream Team retail store assistant managers, king of mongo Jeff Zern, will be exhibiting his sculptures in a show entitled “Accumulation.” We’ll also have live music from the band Mantle.

The opening reception is Friday, July 17 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Cameron Gallery. Please join us for snacks and drinks, music, and to meet the artist!

And then stick around for the second Lakewood Drive-In, brought to you by Durham Cinematheque and A/V Geeks.

Parking opens at 8 p.m., films start at 9 p.m. Here’s a link to a great article by The Scrap Exchange’s Board Vice President Ellen Ciompi for Clarion Content—both big favorites of mine!

In off-site programming, we were lucky enough to have been chosen the charity for the momentous 1,000th show of Future Islands, being presented by the Cat’s Cradle at the Carrboro Town Commons on Saturday, July 26.

We’re thrilled to be part of this auspicious event! Come on out and listen to the bands and get creative with The Scrap Exchange.

(For more on the show, check out this IndyWeek article; for tickets, visit the Cat’s Cradle event page. And you can see the band’s famous performance on David Letterman on YouTube.)

And last but not least, I want to take a moment to honor our beloved “piano man” Ronnie Capps, who we received word passed away recently. If you ever heard Ronnie tickling the ivories at our previous location at Franklin Street, or got a chance to have a spicy conversation with him, or see one of his lavish decorations that surrounded the piano, you know the magic Ronnie brought and the Durham history he embodied. We will truly miss him, and our piano will forever be dedicated to him. And you are invited to come and play at the piano for us, as I know he would have wanted.

With gratitude and love,

Ann May Woodward
Executive Director
The Scrap Exchange

P.S. – Have you been to the Lakewood Flea Market yet? Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon in the parking area outside The Scrap Exchange.

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