Dear Royal Oak Members and Friends:
I’m asking you to join me in supporting the Foundation’s 2014 Annual Fund campaign. The Annual Fund sustains all our work, from our national program of lectures, to our membership program and our fundraising on behalf of the National Trust’s top conservation and acquisition priorities. Your gift will make a difference.
Our Drue Heinz Lectures bring remarkable lecturers to venues across the U.S. Just this year these have included: Lucy Worsley, the renowned Curator of Historic Royal Palaces; the Hon. Simon Howard of Castle Howard; Lord Sackville of Knole; Tessa Murdoch, Deputy Keeper of the Victoria & Albert Museum, and the National Trust’s brilliant Libraries Curator, Mark Purcell. Planning for 2015 is well underway and promises more superlative speakers.
This year we have continued to strengthen our membership program and its benefits. Our custom UK land tour program with JustGo! Holidays presented four well-received offerings, and in 2015 we will offer five special tours, including ones commemorating the 50th anniversary of Sir Winston Churchill’s death and another celebrating the 50th anniversary of the National Trust’s Neptune Coastline Campaign. We have extended our member discounts with Historic House Hotels and Country Life magazine, and completed the new database that will enable us to present a wide range of member offerings on our website, available to all members regardless of geography.
The core of our mission is supporting the National Trust’s urgent conservation and acquisition priorities, and I ask you to help ensure that Royal Oak continues to be an ever stronger force in protecting and making accessible the places across the United Kingdom that are such a vital element of our shared cultural heritage.
Please consider making a gift to the 2014 Annual Fund today.
Lynne L. Rickabaugh
Vice Chairman and 2014 Annual Fund Chair