November 15, 2012

It’s Time To Act

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , at 9:30 pm by stonebankblog

Four people used our online giving portals today to send some love to the Stone Bank.

Tag, you’re it!

There are 2.5 hours left in Give to the Max Day. We don’t need the max… We need a little.

On, search for zip code 58318 and you will find the Stone Bank!
Come on. Make my day!


Call Us Stupid — and Stone

Posted in Bottineau, Endangered buildings, Photos, Updates tagged , , , , at 12:08 am by stonebankblog

The three dumbest guys I can think of: Charles Lindbergh, Steve Jobs, Winston Churchill. Why? Because any smart person who understood how impossibly arduous were the tasks they had set themselves would have pulled the plug before he even began.

Ignorance and arrogance are the artist and entrepreneur’s indispensable allies. She must be clueless enough to have no idea how difficult to her enterprise is going to be — and cocky enough to believe she can pull it off anyway.

How do we achieve this state of mind? By staying stupid…

We can always revise and revisit once we have acted. But we can accomplish nothing until we act.”

 From “Do the Work!” by Steven Pressfield

What we know for certain is that restoring a 112-year-old stone building isn’t easy — in fact, it’s very heavy, hard work. And we’re not just talking about lifting the stones.

There are doubters. There are those who would like to see it go away. Others can’t see past the challenge. But what would Steve Jobs, Charles Lindbergh or Winston Churchill do? They would press on, rally some support and make a difference. And that’s what we plan to do.

So consider this your rallying call. We need to push ahead on the restoration of this gorgeous, endangered building — and we need your support. And by support, we mean we need a donation from you. We have $25,000 in grants, but we need to completely match those grants with local support to get the work done.

There are sexier causes, but this is a project where your contribution is huge.

Please join us in being “stupid.” November 15 is Give to the Max Day. A day dedicated to putting the money where our hearts are. Is the Stone Bank in your heart? Then “act” and send a check or click either the Razoo link or the PayPal link on this page to make a donation on your credit card.

Then call yourself “stupid” and smile, because you have helped do something that lots of people think can’t be done.

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What we know is that it CAN be done. And it WILL be done.

With your help.

Sending a check? Our mailing address is 524 Main Street, PO Box 272, Bottineau, ND 58318

Thanks for your support and thanks for reading the Stone Bank Blog.

November 4, 2012

Razoo to You, too!

Posted in Bottineau, Dismantling the back, Main Street, Photos, Renovation, Updates tagged , , , at 11:39 pm by stonebankblog

Greetings from Stone Bank fundraising HQ where we have some news to report. But first, let’s pause for a lovely picture of the Stone Bank.

Stone Bank at dawn on a clear, cold October morning. It simply glows in the light.

We are pleased to report some incoming contributions for the Stone Bank Project. A list of  recent supporters is posted on top of the Stone Bank homepage. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. We needed that. And that. And that.

Also, to make things easier for online giving, we have opened an account with Razoo. Ra-what? You ask.

Razoo is a national company that works with nonprofits around the country to raise millions for great causes like ours. We have posted a Razoo “donate” button on this page and on the Stone Bank’s homepage. No need to find an envelope, a stamp and remember our address — just click and give!  Nearly 100 percent of your donation comes directly to the Stone Bank.  (For instance,  a $100 online contribution will bring $97  to the Stone Bank.  Very fair for the ease and accessibility of the service. Give it a try. There are several other great Bottineau nonprofits on Razoo, too. Just search for Bottineau’s zipcode — 58318 — to find other worthy projects.

Did you know that November 15th is Give to the Max Day? Nonprofits across the country work to get out end-of-year donations on the National Day of Giving. We hope when you think of charitable giving that the Stone Bank Project is near the top of your list. And then you take action.

This is a critical time for your support, because at the end of the month our stone mason will finish dismantling the back 20 feet of the building. Your donations create the matching funds we need for $25,000 in grants that support this project.

Stone Bank in Bottineau ND

The stone wall at left in this picture and the remaining  rear foundation will be dismantled in late November 2012. Rebuilding over a new foundation is planned for 2013 with your support.

This fall’s work will ready the project for its “rebuild phase” in early 2013. So, Razoo to you! It’s a great way to help the Stone Bank Project move ahead. Thanks for reading the Stone Bank blog. We appreciate your interest in our project. Here’s another early morning shot of the bank. Charming and pretty! It glows in the light — and you’ll glow, too, knowing your contribution helped bring this historic building back to life.

Stone Bank in Bottineau, ND

Dawn’s light glows in the front window of the Stone Bank.

As excited as we are to offer online giving through Razoo, we won’t turn down your check. Send it to: Touchstones, Inc., 524 Main St., PO Box 272, Bottineau, ND 58318

Thirteen or 33

Posted in Life, Recommended Reading tagged , , at 5:32 am by stonebankblog

Writing a novel in a month! Doesn’t that sound crazy and intrguing? An old friend  has been doing this for a number of years as part of NANOWRIMO.

National Novel Writing Month. Crazy fun. She sometimes takes time from her novel writing to blog about the experience. Check it out. And best of all, she has a marvelous picture of a stone room within a room on her blog’s homepage. Very cool, and i like the symbolism of going deep inside to find a truth.

Here’s a link to The Tuxedo Files blog. Enjoy. Thirteen or 33.