Windows on the World of Raymond Plank
Founder, Apache Corp

Vol. 2014 No.  7


Thanksgiving and Christmas cards seem to me to have both begun earlier this season, while also carrying the message for peace versus that of war.

While poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning wrote of love, “How do I love thee, let me count the ways,” the executive branch of our government doesn’t appear to get the message.  Love and respect being too well paired words, how many countries are or close to a state of undeclared wars in which we are engaged?

Let’s see, instead of understanding, compassion, respect, and goodwill, on the U.S.A. “hit and hurt” list, as a nation, we have Syria, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, North Korea, Russia, China and OPEC under threat, and can now add Somalia for killing Christians, and of course the naughty Muslims, while informally embracing hatred sanctions.   


For a number of years land & water stewardship have been high on several Planks’ agendas, which also applies to my two daughters, Kate Sage, and Pamela Thaut.  With the average age of ranchers and farmers at sixty years and with sons and daughters often leaving the land and agriculture; we seek to enhance and advance career opportunities through the Plank Stewardship Initiative.

At Ucross Wyoming we are separating the land stewardship functions of a thirty-five year old program which has already enabled us to assemble an outstanding group of directors and advisors to advance the Plank Stewardship Initiative well beyond my ninety-two and a half lifetime.  While the Artist in Residence program is well endowed to continue, the financial challenges loom large.  Some of Windows’ readers may be willing to help us buy the time required to connect the vision with viable opportunity.

We presently work closely with the Wyoming Community Foundation in two areas:

  • Providing certain bookkeeping and payment services at reasonable costs, thereby fulfilling important needs as we get underway.
  • Secondly and importantly to the donors who might donate appreciated shares of stock, the donor (of whom I’m the largest) avoids capital gains tax on donated shares, without reducing the market value of the donation. 

Win – win!  Yes, both ways.  The Wyoming Community Foundation can utilize our expanding resources to attract other users.

Having personally experienced credit card identity theft, the largest of which occurred years ago and exceeded $25,000, we wish to protect your donations by not accepting credit cards and to assist our meeting 501(c)3 compliance with one third of the revenue being contributed by third parties, I’ll be busy with utilizing God allotted time. 

Along with the WYCF assistance, the Plank Stewardship Initiative having its own 501(c)3, checks of less than $100 won’t add up rapidly enough.  “Bigger is better” reads the ad, and so it is with us.

Your help would be greatly appreciated! 

Checks of $100 or more can be made payable to:


The Plank Stewardship Initiative (P.S.I.)


Thank you and may God continue to Bless us!


* The Plank Stewardship Initiative is a charitable organization recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)3 EIN: 83-0287513.