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We're opening this project up to crowd-funding to help defray the costs of this multi-media production.  This is a 100% volunteer effort and every contrubution helps.   This is an ambitious project (more than a podcast) with ambitious on!

The goal with Stoney Lake Reflections  is to celebrate our common Storer bonds in real-time, utilizing technology to unite several generations, cherish old relationships and make new ones, while celebrating the past, the present, and the future of YMCA Storer Camps.

Stoney Lake Reflections is an independently produced appreciation of great times as a camper, staff and alumnus with a lifelong passion for YMCA Storer Camps. 

Stoney Lake Reflections is a multi-media project:

  - Podcast interviewing guests from Storer's past and present

  - Website devoted to interesting stories and insights about YMCA  
     Storer Camps

   - Archive investigation,  preservation, curation  &  protection of 
      assets while increasing usability of this unique and  historic 


It must be noted, that Stoney Lake Reflections is solely produced by me, Dustin Smith.  There are many contributors to the project, including some AMAZING guests, but this operation is totally dependent on donations from people like you.  While the YMCA of Toledo and YMCA Storer Camps have been very open to this endeavor and gracious with their hospitality (i.e. free lodging at camp) and resources, they are not financially involved in funding the podcast or website.  As an independent volunteer project, I will not be shy in asking for your financial support. 

Please don’t misconstrue my requests for donations, as I don’t affix a price on my love and affection for Storer.

Also, I do not intend to compete with camp with any of their fundraising goals.  But I do ask the community to consider donating to this cause, if you feel that alumni and friends benefit from this pursuit.   I am grateful for any type of financial support.

How your crowd funding support helps:

-  The first priority is to defray annual costs for website
     and media  hosting and development is $650 (first 
     year;   $400 2nd Year)

- Incremental capital expenditures also come to 
   approximately $650

- Upgrade Audio Software $350

- Future Multi-media production work (including 4k
  filming!) is forecasted at $900 (This is after getting 
  some equipment donated) Hours donated.

- Future protection of Archive assetts (digitization of the most fragile originals + conversion of old film & video) estimated $1,500

-  Travel Expenses (I've donated over $2,000 thus far)

More financial details can be found here 



√ Preserve Originals
√ Protect Originals
√ Increase Usability of assetts (online)

Money raised over $6000 on gofundme will be deposited in earmarked account to demonstrate interest in pursuing in-depth archive preservation and eventual expanison of archive preservation activities.  If you are interested in reviewing the in depth proposal, click here.

The preservation & protection of the archives have been discussed throughout Storer's history with varying degrees of attention to the collection through the years.  Money raised in this effort will demonstrate interest in further funding and the communities interest in preserving the archives.

The more I raise over the ambitious goal of $6,000, the greater chance of harvesting matching funds and demonstrating community interest in this endeavor.  

At 100 years, I believe it is important to pursue, in earnest, the archives ultimate preservation & protection of assets while increasing usability of this unique and historic collection. 

Future plans would include preserved and protected originals for all to your laptops, tablets, smart devices...and ready for future technological platforms.

√ I would love to make a statement with a down payment for future archival work!

If you have comments or questions, please contact me at
Stoney Lake Reflections . 

If you would rather make a donation off of this platform, please contact me via email .

Thanks for your consideration.


Dustin Smith
San Marcos, CA

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