:: Greetings beloved mooninites ::
Your Board of Directors want to assure everyone that we are actively monitoring the situation regarding COVID-19 with our Event Leads, as well as other burn event leadership in the USA and elsewhere, and are staying up to date on all developments.
Nobody knows what the future holds, but we are keeping in mind the safety and health of our comMOONity above all. In the event we can't continue with the original dates, we will be looking at all our options.
If you would like to join in discussion, please use this FORUM ::
Stay tuned, and in the meantime...
Stay Safe - Keep hygienic protocols - Limit social interaction for the time being.
Thank you for your patience during these challenging times!
November 2019 News:
Big News and Big Changes for To The Moon 2020 :: Consider this your NEW MOON!
We are orbiting to another location in Central Tennessee at the Catoosa Event Center and we hope you all join us for this new rotation.
Along with new land, the BOD is calling out for some new leadership opportunities as well for 2020.
Two of your Board members are reaching their 5 year term limit and are looking to mentor some new prospects for a seat on the BOD in 2021. A Board Mentee will learn about what type of commitments it takes to be a Moon Boss and will sit in on board meetings in the new year. (without the power to vote)
We will also be opening up application to join the Event Lead Crew for 2020 :: We have had an incredible group of ELs but still want to give you the chance to step up into Lunar Royalty at To The Moon.
A new team will be added to our family for the New Moon and we are looking for dedicated individuals to help with INVENTORY & MAINTENANCE ::
Look out for Leadership applications for these positions before the New Year --- maybe we will see you on our team in 2020!
March 2018 News:
Knoxville TN is the proud host of this year's SE Regional Leadership Roundtable!
The conference takes place March 24/25 at The International Knoxville TN!
BWB is offering a Community Ignition Grant anyone the opportunity to submit a collaborative, creative, and principle-focused project with a chance to win up to a $,1,000 grant.
Click the link or image for more details on how to enter!
Deadline is March 17th!
We are thrilled to announce To The Moon has been listed on the Burning Man Regional Events website!!
This is an increcible honor as we weren't even going to pursue this until after this year's burn, for next year, but the ORG beat us to it!
Check it out HERE
"Local Burning Man Leaders Gather ’Round the Table in the Deep South"
Check out this great article by William “Sauce” Funderburk, recapping the most recent SE Leadership Round Table in Atlanta, GA.
Click on the image for full article
Fall 2018 News
A Message From Your BOD
We can’t believe it’s November!
Burning Man may be behind us but the energy is still very much with us...the expanse of the playa expanded our horizons, the sheer scope of the absolutely insane art, creativity and overwhelming beauty of it all now a memory that still resonates within us.
We were reminded of the reason for seeking and maintaining sanctioned status:
Burning Man inspires us - not only to curate a vessel for everyone to be able to add their piece of magic to the puzzle but also to uphold a certain level of professionalism, a standard by which we conduct ourselves. It is by this standard we aim to be as transparent as possible and trust you will trust our need for your BOD’s core leadership to work in complete unison as it is in this unison where we find our magic. It creates a level of ease from which we draw the energy needed to not only manage our growth but to also to tend to external challenges as they arise and create a more meaningful burn in the future.
Our core nucleus is at the heart of The Moon and bringing Dusty Lashes on board completes the fusion.
The change in our leadership structure enables us to be exactly where we aimed to be:
large enough to separate the BOD and Event Leads so we can all stop the wearing of too many hats - and while we have yet to define the roles in all of their detail, change spurred by growth comes with growing pains. The added BOD member took an appointed seat. Any elected member would be added to the BOD mid-term only with a public vote of a newly elected member. We are not in a position for seven BOD members yet and needed to remain at five.
Alongside the BOD, we have an incredible group of Event Leads who have shifted from previous roles last year into the core of the event itself! We would like to thank Willow, Cheesepants and Critter for their amazing contributions and dedication to this community from year 1. All the hard work and efforts from each one of you is recognized and celebrated as we continue to grow and expand. With this new leadership arrangement, we hope to open up more positions to new leaders in our Lunar Family and encourage anyone interested in getting involved to contact us with intent and ideas for improvement.
We appreciate all the hard work, talent and energy everyone adds To The Moon’s magic and we love you all for it! We also believe in every voice being heard, all feedback being considered and every question answered to the best of our ability but prefer another platform of communication besides social media in efforts to do so in a professional, mindful and respectful way.
By next year’s event, ByLaws will further outline our internal process and governance.
In the meantime, whether you would like to know a little bit more about the inner workings of your Board Of Directors as a whole or have specific questions, please shoot us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org. and as always, continue to subscribe to our monthly newsletter!
We are also just a phone call away if you’d rather talk in person!
Much love to all of you,
Happy Holidays, Happy New and Full Moons
Until January <3
Gabi, Dusty, Brad, Ashley and Andrea
To The Moon 2018 Chestnut Ridge Fire Department Boot Drive & Online Fundraiser
Great news! Between the boot drive held at the event ($2661!!!) and the post
event online fund raiser we hosted for SFD ($1000) we, together as a community,
raised a grand total of: $3661.00!!
This money directly impacts and helps our host community as it allows their fire
department to buy needed equipment to better serve their citizens. Hancock
County is one of the poorest counties in TN and the do not get any government
funding towards their emergency services. These fine folks volunteer their services
throughout the burn and monitor our structure fires closely to help ensure
everyone's safety. We are lucky to have them, and to have such a good relationship
Save some change for 2019 because we're definitely doing that again!
Thank you all!
To The Moon / TouchBass LLC was awarded a $270 Civic Ignition Grant by Burning Man's BWB (Burners Without Borders) during the 2018
Southeastern Regional Leadership Conference this year, and we couldn't be more excited to match this award!
What are we doing with this money??
We have reached out to the Sneedville Community Center in Hancock County, home of our burn, and will donate a hand mande bench for their park and plant a MOON PEAR TREE right next to it!
The bench will have The Moon's merkaba emblem carved into it, as a symbol of our connection to the divine light, and each other, and hopefully more with the local community whose land we exist in for this special brief time every year.
Sneedville Community Center Project:
The perfect pairing: Moonglow Pear Tree & Wooden Bench!