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June 2018

Dear Friend,

What were you doing 25 years ago today? Unless it’s your birthday or anniversary, it may be nearly impossible to remember exactly what you were doing on this day, 25 years in the past.  But for the Marion Institute, the answer is simple; 25 years later, we’re still turning aspirations into action, working to inspire and connect people of diverse backgrounds with the common goal of fostering positive social change. 2018 is shaping up to be a stellar silver jubilee year, and I hope we can count on your support to add to these highlights:

  • In January, we promoted Robyn Branco to Executive Director from the position of Director of Development
    and Programs, where she supported interim ED Margie Baldwin and consistently proved herself to be the best candidate to lead the Marion Institute into the next generation of impact.
  • The BioMed Programs, namely the BioMed Network (BMN) & Bioregulatory Medicine Institute (or BRMI) are flourishing this year! Together they are hosting a series of free informative webinars that take a look at a variety of topics through the lens of bioregulatory medicine; recent topics include the Immune System and Chronic Illness and Fatigue. Upcoming events will cover topical, critical issues, such as Lyme disease and heavy metal toxicity.
  • Grow Education is entering the planting season under new leadership, with Garden Operations Manager Adam Davenport steering the program on the ground and in the gardens and Executive Director Robyn Branco navigating the program to new heights, with deeper community engagement and the cultivation of
    local partnerships.
  • The profile of our Southcoast Energy Challenge (SEC) continues to rise, as does its “voice” in support of energy equality for Low to Moderate Income households, particularly in nearby New Bedford, MA. SEC is collaborating with like-minded local organizations to expand its reach around renewable energy.
  • Speaking of partnerships, earlier this year the Marion Institute Connector Series became a supporting partner of the New Bedford Lyceum, an educational forum for civil public discourse that was revived in 2017. Just 3 weeks ago, the Lyceum brought Gloria Steinem to New Bedford, where she was welcomed by an enthusiastic sold-out crowd. The Lyceum events provide an opportunity to reach and engage new audiences and promote our programs and overall mission.

And last, but certainly not least, opening day approaches for the American Center for Biological Medicine and Dentistry, in Providence, RI! Although the clinic is not operated by the Marion Institute, it has been an aspiration of mine and Margie for the past 20 years and we have taken many actions to bring this dream into reality.

And to think we’re only in June! Big things are happening here at the Marion Institute, but we couldn’t do it without our supporters like YOU!

We invite you to join us as we put our aspirations into action this year: get your hands dirty at one of our planting days at a Grow Education school garden; be heard with the Southcoast Energy Challenge at an environmental action event, attend a Connector Series event or join us at a bioregulatory workshop or
webinar to realize your optimal health potential. Connect with us and join us as we look to the future of the
Marion Institute.

We sincerely hope that you will consider contributing to our work today by clicking on the DONATE button below.
The strength of our endeavors depends upon your renewed support.

With kindest regards,

Michael Baldwin
Co-Founder and President

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