Board member Ed F. Davis sent the following notice about his upcoming solo voyage:

"Hello to all recipients,

"I will be solo circumnavigating Vancouver Island in my sailboat Odyssey again this summer. This will be my 6th and last time around the island, and then I will complete my book about the adventures I've had on all the fabulous trips.

"I've received wonderful assistance on how to go about writing and publishing my book from a volunteer organization known as EPIC Group Writers. And as many of you know, I have raised funds for good causes on two of my circumnavigations when I was based in Tacoma.

"I'll be sailing out of Edmonds, where EPIC is based and where I reside. On my previous trips, the Ocean Conservancy and the Foothills Rails To Trails Organization benefited from my fund raising efforts by
wonderful persons, including friends, family, acquaintances and even some I hadn't met personally, who pledged funds to receive daily reports, during my trips, when WI-Fi was available. Some 20 to 30 emails were sent back to everyone who pledged.

"Now, this trip is really exciting for me, although I have to let you know that none of my sailing is affiliated with EPIC because this is entirely my own solo fundraising project. For anyone who pledges a minimum of $25 through me, your name will put in a hat and a winner will be drawn for a certificate signed by me that provides an afternoon sail for two, three or four persons, depending on the size (children?), of each
person, on my dependable sailboat Odyssey, with snacks and refreshments provided! I have been told by experienced sailors that the value of this prize is somewhere in the neighborhood of $150.

"For those of you who do not care to be dues paying members of EPIC and to enjoy its benefits - as dues are $25 per year- but wish to support our group, just indicate on a note with your check and you will not be receiving regular emails, etc., from EPIC. Some of us feel that we already receive too much stuff from too  many groups.

"I trust that I have provided enough benefits to entice you to really support our fledgling group. I look forward to receiving your check (please make it out to "Ed Davis") and any notes prior to my departure scheduled for the last week of May. So please include your email address with your submittal packet.

"Thanking you in advance for all your positive support. Your $25 or even more generous donation will be greatly appreciated. For those of you who do not wish to spend $25.00, you may send as little as $10.00
to only receive my email adventure reports. Whatever you decide, please mail your info packet with your pledge check to:  Edward F. Davis, P. O. Box 602, Edmonds, WA 98020.

"Sincerely, Ed Davis, skipper of Odyssey, a Newport 30 sailing sloop and board member of the EPIC GROUP WRITERS. P. S. For those of you who would like to know more about EPIC, info can be acquired by going to our website: www.epicliteraryseries.com/events.html  EFD: 4/26/13."



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