We’re growing so fast, we have run out of space!
Not on our website, but within our work and storage space. During the past four years, the tradition of Lynch Syndrome International has been to work out of homes and off our computers, however, we have found there is not enough room to store the ten foot by ten foot exhibit booth, the banners, the tens of thousands of brochures, wristlets, tattoos, postcards, posters, thank you notes, t-shirts, bracelets and other items which get distributed each year. As to that, our hard files, our soft files, office equipment, file cabinets, office supplies and everything else, and we realized we have a major operation going on here—LSI is no longer simply a collaboration of thousands of families and medical professionals globally, but a pretty sophisticated network. So… we had to sell out (well, kind of, rather compromise) with our existing culture of volunteerism and extreme fiscal conservatism and obtain office space.
The hunt was on for the perfect place. Finally, Laughlin, Nevada was chosen to host the office and warehousing of materials of Lynch Syndrome International. Why in the devil would LSI be located in the middle of the Mojave Desert, ninety miles south of Las Vegas? (Besides close proximity to the second home of one of the founders?) Well, for several reasons…
LSI is all about embracing life. There is no place in the world where life gets any more lively than in Laughlin, Nevada, which is nestled against the winding Colorado River and just outside the beautiful jewel of the desert, Lake Mojave. The air is clean, the desert is healthy and with all the outdoor recreational activity offered, it’s a great place to embrace life.
But aside from that are the practical benefits…the logistics of Laughlin allow easy access to Las Vegas, a city with a population of over two million people, and ready access of merely a few hours, by car, to reach major cities in Arizona and all the major cities in Southern California, which are in dire need of attention and of public awareness.
Vegas and San Diego are the kings of conferences and meetings. There are immense savings in access to these areas. Plane fares in and out of Las Vegas are very reasonable and would save us considerable money in travel costs to other locations and Los Angeles, San Diego and the Central Valley, as well as Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tucson, Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Reno and even the Bay area are only a hop, skip and a jump away.
The climate of the government structure and the legislature is very friendly to non-profit organizations and, in Nevada, exists many corporations which operate active corporate giving programs. The office space is one quarter the cost of office space in Northern California, the utilities, one third of the cost. Fuel costs are approximately fifteen to twenty percent less.
The real value is in the hearts of the people of Laughlin who reside within the town during the winter months. We would have an enormous volunteer base with an incredible skill set, who would be readily available to work at the conferences at the Las Vegas Convention Center, prepare mailings to physicians and organizations, prepare packages for our grassroots organizations and answer phones which would free us up to continue with our mission.
Further, this move would allow Lynch Syndrome International to maintain our culture of volunteerism, with no person compensated for their efforts. It would cut the costs of doing business, including reducing the cost of our annual Board meetings by twenty percent. We would have meeting space and corporate meeting space to hold seminars and activities. We can keep operating as we have with an active readily accessible volunteer base to supplement our grass roots efforts.
This is a “win-win” situation creating a great balance in working between Northern California which offers ready access to the Pacific Northwest, the western states and the Northern states and Southern Nevada which gives us access to Southern California and the Southwest United States.
We are excited about these new digs and coupled with retention of the “old digs,” Lynch Syndrome International is maturing and “growing up.” The opportunities are boundless to help us meet our mission and to reach out further to protect families and save lives!