Saturday, August 20, 2011

Just Keep Swimming, Just Keep Swimming

Seems like the summer would have been a great time to be busy with the Friends of Flandreau project.  Yet, somehow there is so much else to be done.  However, we keep making strides (well okay baby steps) towards our goal of cemetery preservation.  We understand this is a long process that involves many steps.  But if we keep making progress we will eventually reach our goal of setting up perpetual care for this little tract of land within our city walls.

Today we applied for our EIN, according to the Simple Filings, "Federal Tax ID, also known as an Employer Identification Number (EIN), is a nine-digit number issued by the Internal Revenue Service for banking, tax filing, and other business purposes."( It will take up to 2 weeks to officially be added to the IRS database.  But we are now well underway.  The Internet is amazing.  Gone are the days of send paperwork via snail mail.  Wait 4 weeks for a decision.  Then wait to receive the status of the decision.  At least we knew in a matter of minutes that we were approved. Now we just need to wait patiently while the database updates its information.

The Friends of Flandreau, Inc. will have more information to share about our preservation project in the weeks to come.  A look back at where we were, and where we are now is quite interesting. We look forward to working towards our goal of preserving the Old Flandreau Cemetery in New Rochelle, NY on Chester Place. Please visit us again soon to read our latest update.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Fundraising Can Begin

Now that we have been made official, The Friends of Flandreau, Inc. can begin fundraising efforts. There is still a great deal of work to be done at the cemetery for a full-scale preservation. The executive board of The Friends of Flandreau, of course, will be open to suggestions from the community. We can be reached via email at
In an effort to spread the word about our preservation program, we have opened a Cafe Press store. Items that reflect the progress in the preservation effort will be offered here for sale. All proceeds will assist The Friends of Flandreau in setting up perpetual care for the cemetery. If you are interested in viewing the items that are currently available, please visit We hope you will find some of the items useful. On behalf of The Friends of Flandreau, thank you for reading this and considering financial support.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Making it Official

Recent times have been a very busy one for many. The Friends of Flandreau, Inc. (Yes, we are now officially just that!) was no exception. In September, we applied with the help of a wonderful law firm, McDermott Will & Emery,, to officially become a legal entity in order to help preserve The Old Flandreau Cemetery in New Rochelle, NY. Special thank you to the New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, This wonderful organization connected us with the lawyers at McDermott Will & Emery. After several emails, phone calls, discussions, paperwork, and all the work of the law firm, The Friends of Flandreau, Inc. were recognized by the State of New York. On December 17th, the Department of State approved our application to become a non-profit.
Over recent years one of our greatest advocates has been Donna E. Walcovy. Donna originates from here in New Rochelle, NY but now calls Mashpee near Cape Cod home. Through the magic of technology she has been in touch sharing her wealth of knowledge as a professional cemetery preservationist. A great article was written about our friend, Cape Cod
As a young girl Donna and her grandfather tried to do their part in preserving The Old Flandreau Cemetery. Donna still feels connected to “her cemetery” as she once called it in an email correspondence. She has kindly offered her assistance in showing us the ropes in performing a properly planned preservation program.
Donna has made such an impact on many. That her friends have decided to rally together to assist her in raising money for a GPR system. GPR stands for Ground Penetrating Radar. This equipment will help Donna to locate the proper locations for headstones. In trying to learn more about the technology I found this interesting website, Unfortunately, this advancement in technology is quite expensive. Donna will need $30,000 to acquire a GPR system. If you would like to make a donation to this excellent cause please send a donation to:
Donna GPR Fund
Attn: Sally Lewis
The Cape Cod 5
10 North Market Street
Mashpee, MA 02649
The Friends of Flandreau, Inc. are very pleased to finally be recognized by New York State as a nonprofit organization. We are also pleased to lend our support to Donna Walcovy in her efforts to acquire this equipment.