BEAR'S MILL

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FRIENDS OF BEARS MILL

In 1999, complete management of Bear’s Mill was transferred to a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization called The Friends of Bear’s Mill, Inc.  Formed by Terry and Julie Clark, the Friends of Bear’s Mill was a way to ensure the Mill and its history would be protected and remain open to the public for generations to come.  In 2013, Bear’s Mill and surrounding property was purchased by The Friends through funding from a Clean Ohio Fund grant administered by the Ohio Public Works Commission.  Additional funds were provided by the Darke County Soil and Water District in return for a conservation easement guaranteeing the property would remain undeveloped and environmentally preserved.  Further support was also provided by previous Mill owners Terry and Julie Clark.  The Friends of Bear’s Mill are responsible for management, fiscal responsibility, operations, as well as maintenance of the 35 acres of woodlands, dams and levees on the Mill property.

 

The mission of The Friends of Bear’s Mill is to provide a rich cultural experience and community-oriented events including educational tours, demonstrations and nature walks, while preserving the Mill’s historical significance and natural beauty. As caretakers of Bear’s Mill, they will continue to explore the possibilities of this unique property while maintaining its historical significance and physical needs. The Friends of Bear’s Mill have devoted countless volunteer hours to keeping the Mill open by overseeing Mill Store & Gallery sales and by encouraging tax-deductible donations from the public. More than half of the Mill’s funding comes from individual contributions to the Mill’s non-profit organization.

 

Contributions provide vital support to the preservation and maintenance of the Mill and surrounding 35 acres of property. Your donation will help keep the Mill, the waterway and property available to everyone for generations to come and allow the Mill to continue to be a living piece of agricultural history.

BOARD MEMBERS

SUPPORT THROUGH SERVICE

Friends of Bear’s Mill Board Members 2015

Linda Snider, Chair
Barb Blair, Vice Chair

Sally J Rudy, Secretary 
Gordon Smith, Treasurer
Gretchen Davis

Carl Desandis

Lin Roberts

Kim Rudnick

Connie Grant, Retail Clerk

Sue Besecker, Retail Clerk

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Your contributions provide vital support to the preservation and maintenance of the Mill and surrounding 35 acres of property. Your donation will help keep the Mill, the waterway and property available to everyone for generations to come and allow the Mill to continue to be a living piece of agricultural and culinary history.

 

If you support our mission and would like to be a ‘Friend’ of Bear’s Mill, you may become a member by making a tax-deductible donation at one of the levels listed to the left.

FRIENDS OF BEARS MILL MEMBERSHIP LEVELS

The Friends of Bear's Mill is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization formed to garner tax-decuctible support from individuals, corporations and grants in order to keep Bear's Mill a viable tourist destination and preserve it's physical and historical significance. 

We are committed to preserving Bear's Mill, protecting its natural resources and keeping this "working" National Landmark open to the public for the enjoyment of future generations. Your generous donations help to keep The Mill alive, and we graciously appreciate your support. 

*All donations to Bears Mill are tax deductible. 

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