CN donation helps club begin historic depot restoration
Posted on 11/19/2013 1:37 PM
CN Director of Government Affairs Kevin Soucie presents a $15,000 donation to the Weyerhaeuser Area Community Club.
The Weyerhaeuser Area Community Club dreams big. Members saved the 1909 Soo Line Depot from demolition. And now, thanks to a recent $15,000 from Canadian National Railway, restoration efforts are underway.
Community Club President Dave Wierzba said restoration costs have been estimated at $200,000. He coordinated efforts with CN to move the depot to property provided by the Heartland Cooperative, Dorchester. CN Director of Government Affairs Kevin Soucie, Washington, D.C., recently presented a $15,000 donation to the club.
Wierzba explained that Weyerhaeuser Area Community Club negotiated the depot purchase from CN for $1. Now that the depot is at its new location, the club has launched a fundraising campaign. Donors will be recognized at the depot and on the community’s website. The club has established five levels of donor recognition:
· Engineer, $1,000 and above
· Fireman,$500- 999
· Conductor, $250-$499
· Switchman, $100-$249
· Brakeman, $50-$99
“It’s been a pleasure to work with my hometown to save the historic depot,” said Wierzba, who is a client service manager for MSA. “In my position, I’ve seen how community groups can make a difference. This project once again demonstrates the power of committed individuals.”
Donations may be sent to Weyerhaeuser Area Community Club, Inc. – Save the depot, PO Box 333, Weyerhaeuser, WI 54895. Checks should be made out to WACCI- Save the Depot.
For information, contact Dave Wierzba or check out the community club’s website. The club is registered 501 c(3) organization. Donations are tax deductible.