Be A Good Neighbor…!

“Geography has made us neighbors. History has made us friends. Economics has made us partners, and necessity has made us allies. Those whom God has so joined together, let no man put asunder. ”   By  John F. Kennedy

“Making Neighbors!

Just the other day I was forwarded a link featuring a story about The Pathway Project, the great partnership between our college and Copey, and my personal involvement. The title of the story is “The Man Who Made Emory & Henry College and Costa Rica Neighbors” authored by Monica Hoel. She has held the position of Alumni Director for E&H College for nearly 30 years.

My hat is off to the college for continuing to show such a strong interest and desire to support this project. Having our story told in such a quality fashion along with the opportunity to reach so many people, is greatly appreciated. I highly recommend you checking out this link:   https://www.ehc.edu/live/news/877.Monica Hoel.1

Note: The link above also has a link to a recent radio broadcast covering the Pathway Project. 

Monica is one of those extraordinary human fixtures you will find on the E&H College campus. She is so good at her work that much success is taken for granted. Or worse, Monica’s accomplishments often are unknown or unnoticed. This is very typical of those who tackle a task first with their heart, then their head. She is fun and dedicated. She really cares about students and perceives each student as a future E&H College alumni. And, she is very engaged from start to finish with the Pathway Project.

During the “Annual Reception” held for the visiting Copey students back in June, I made the following comment about Monica in my short speech; “if I had to explain to anyone what it means to have the heart of a servant…I would have them personally meet Monica”. She is truly such a person. And, she is joined by others on campus who also work wonders for the Pathway Project.

The Copey Learning Center Reopens

The Learning Center has been on a two week mid-year vacation and teaching will resume this week. There has not been much of a vacation on my end. Each year the Pathway Project requires some closeout activities to be attended to. I look forward to issuing the final news and results of the Pathway Project next week. Pathway display

I also plan to make some special announcements next week about the Copey Learning Center.

And, a presentation is scheduled with my Kiwanis Club in late August. The membership will hear about this year’s 2019 Pathway Project and I will include a picture board depicting all four years of the Pathway Project. There will be a couple other items to show and this should be a real fun time of sharing.

I am always ready to do a presentation if any nearby “Friends” have a school, church, or club this may interest.

“Friends make the best neighbors!”

 

 

 

 

 

Walking Your Talk…!

“Success is where preparation and opportunity meet.”                              By Bobby Unser

Just within days, the Costa Rican guests will be arriving in the US and then to the Emory & Henry College campus. The results of many months planning and various people working together will soon be evident to us all.

The recent photo below is one that speaks volumes about the continuous efforts of the “Friends of Copey” as useful and meaningful partners with the Copey Learning Center.

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Angela, Fatima, Noelia, Celeste, Adriana, Ana Yancy

This is one of the best photos I have received from the Copey Learning Center. Shown are the past and current Executive Directors. Also shows the past students (Noelia and Celeste) who visited E&H College last summer and the current students (Fatima and Adriana) heading our way.

The community of Copey can proclaim that in a short 12 month period, four of their brightest and best students have visited the US and our college.

 

The Pathway Project Fundraising Results

There is so much praise and “thank yous” to pass around. I am overwhelmed by the

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generosity and interest so many of you have for this project. As of today, we can proclaim victory and success having exceeded the fundraising goal by several hundred dollars. My previous report indicated the campaign was officially closed with several hundred dollars “below” our goal. But, I also indicated there were funds still forthcoming and they have been received.

Just Outstanding!

My desired goal was to have the Pathway Project 100% funded by my E&H College friends and affiliated members of the college.

Progress Tracking Report

The total amount ($3,065.00) raised includes some donations from donor “Friends” who did not receive my request since they were not in the E&H category. However, E&H friends and affiliates did donate enough to meet and exceed the goal of $2,700.00.

Now, two years running, let it be clear that the “Pathway Project” involving our college has been successfully funded by friends and affiliates of the college. And, if some of you still want to join in with a donation, Thank you and..send the donation in.

We are covering basic travel expenses and also want the experience to be as memorable as possible. For example, once they arrive in DC, they will spend time looking at the sites and will attend the Kennedy Center to watch the NYC Ballet performance. Then while traveling down Interstate 81, they will visit the Natural Bridge. If there are funds unspent at the conclusion of this project, these funds roll over to next year. You can pay forward as well.

As a reminder, the funding for this effort is supported in three parts. The community of Copey, parents, and friends all contribute in various way to cover the cost for the preparations and readiness needed for the students to travel to the US. The college support includes hosting and providing a wide variety of experiences for all of our guests while on or near campus. This includes finding support to cover tuition for the Young Scholars course both Fatima and Adriana will attend with other students. And, “Friends of Copey” is responsible for travel costs for all four guests as they depart Costa Rica and return to Costa Rica. There is a real joy in our ability to “Walk the Talk!”

Welcome Party

There is planned an official greeting and reception for our guests shortly after their Celebration balloons.arrival. A major supporter of the “Pathway Project” and a fellow E&H Board member has invited us to join in on the reception on June 13th at his home. This is a great opportunity if you are nearby to meet in person our guests as well as others who are also “Friends of Copey”. Because of the very wide distribution of my Blog which includes both “Friends of Copey” and those just curious, send me an email requesting time and location. This will prove to be an unforgettable reception. Join In!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2015 Friends of Copey Accomplishments

 

“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.”      by Corrie ten Boom

With the Learning Center ending its 2015 season and we gear up for 2016, it is a good time to just reflect on some of the highlights and achievements we have made in partnership with the Learning Center.

Financial Support

  • Successful Anne G. Broady Scholarship Fund Drive raising funds to provide tuition support for 15 plus students to attend the Learning Center in 2015.

Scholarship Recipient

  • Successful Fund Drive to raise $2500 to support the newly paid position of Executive Director for the Learning Center.
  • Provided $400 plus to support the purchase of miscellaneous school supplies and equipment for the Learning Center including a Tablet.

Non-Financial

  • Kiwanis Tri-Cities, Washington approved zzzKiwanisFriends of Copey as an authorized (recognized) project supported by Kiwanis.

 

 

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Academic 

  • Established formal relations with Kiwanis’ K-Kids from Jefferson Elementary School, Jefferson Elementary Pen PalRichland, Washington and students attending the Learning Center. Pen Pal Program
  • Sharing a Pen Pal Program with music students attending Sugar Grove Elementary School located in Sugar Grove, Virginia with the Learning Center students.

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There are numerous other accomplishments including major milestones reached with the Blog  during the year to report and we will continue highlighting them in the next Post.

OTHER IMPORTANT NEWS

Two of the many distinguished ladies in my family were recent recipients of honor and recognition. My Aunt Katherine (Goble) Johnson was one of seventeen recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom awarded to her by President Obama last week. This is the highest honor that can be bestowed on a civilian. Aunt Katherine’s life and achievements present an incredible story. You can learn more about her story by clicking on the link below:

http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151124/GZ01/151129725

Barack Obama, Katherine Johnson, Willie Mays

Aunt Katherine is the oldest of my living aunts and her life and legacy continues to shine as a beacon of inspiration and self-determination. Her life’s passport was education and it took her to places far beyond this earth. Captain Kirk move over….Aunt Katherine is on her way!

A second recognition of importance went to my sister Pat Wright. She has been accepted as a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). As a direct descendent of John “The Patriot” Broady, our 6th grandfather, Pat qualified for DAR membership. Our cousin, Gwen Huckstep, became a DAR member in 2014. Gwen resides in southwest Virginia near the area where John “The Patriot” lived and is buried.

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Membership approval is granted only after extensive and verifiable proof is provided that you are a direct descendent of one who participated in the American Revolutionary War. IMG_1071

John “The Patriot” was a slave and owned by Colonel Campbell, the American Revolutionary War commander who led an army of southwest Virginians in the famous Battle of Kings Mountain. John “The Patriot’s” life and relationship with the Campbell family has been of serious interest to historians for years and aspects of his life continues to be researched. If you are in or around Smyth County Virginia, you will find John “The Patriot’s” name included on the DAR monument located on the Court House lawn. To our knowledge, Pat is the only Afro-American DAR member residing in the Northwest.

Both Aunt Katherine and Pat represent the long line of Gobles and Broadys who have distinguished themselves in many areas such as education, the military, the Arts, in the church, business, and community. Personally, I have been lifted up by so many in my family. What a Blessing!

I feel honored and compelled to share these personal stories of achievements. Especially in Aunt Katherine’s case, in her early life someone took interest in her and encouraged her to enjoy learning and to set high goals. This is the essence of “Friends of Copey” as we strive to encourage learning and inspire young people to shoot for the stars.  As “Friends” You and I can make a difference!

 

A Difference Is Waiting on Us

“We can all remember a time when someone encouraged us and made a difference in our lives. It may be just a moment, but this encouragement could last a lifetime.”                                                      By Megan Shull

Aunt Katherine Johnson

Within minutes of sending out this Post this morning, the news came to me about Aunt Katherine passing away. I am saddened by her departure while also feeling so fortunate Aunt Katherine.2to have been a very small part of her life. I wondered what I would say at this time. Many of you “Friends” know of her and numerous Posts have included her in the past. 

As I thought about her and wondered what would I say, I happened to notice the quote I selected for this Post much earlier before the news about Aunt Katherine’s passing reached me. There is that “divine intervention” at work again. All that is needed to be said about Aunt Katherine at this time…is said in today’s quote. Thanks for the encouragement and love to you Aunt Katherine! 

Executive Director Salary Support

EDSS Goal: $2,000.00    Actual: $1,200.00     Deadline: March 13, 2020

The Executive Director’s Salary Support campaign continues to make progress EDSS Tracker 2.23towards it’s goal. We gained 10% over the week. We have only three weeks remaining to reach our goal and I continue calling on past supporters to help if you have not yet donated. Equally important are “Friends” who have been with us over the years but have not financially supported this campaign. My faith in all our “Friends”, including the donors, those who pray for us, and those who believe we will achieve must put all energers together to achieve this goal. I have faith in our ability to bring about this success.

“Methods of Donating” are provided at the end of this Post.

The New Copey Learning Center

There will be a new set of doors being opened on March 2 for the Copey Learning Center. This location is considered a temporary arrangement until a more permanent location can be worked out. Many of the student arrivals will be there because of the Anne G. Broady Scholarship Fund support many of you provided in January.

Being a bit nostalgic…I will miss the iconic photos of the old Copey Learning Center. For most of the Posts for “Friends of Copey”, the title page has shown the front of the CopeyCLC New Location 1 Learning Center. I have regarded the front of the old building; its colors, painted flowers, and the dog resting out front, as all being the symbol of a community full of hope. Even though the building and location has become history, the spirit and determination of the community remains solid.

The old location is full of memories, photo stories, memorable Posts. So many of us had our photo taken in front of the old building serving as proof we have been to Copey and have seen first hand this place that is unlike others. We have proof that we saw in person some special kids and witnessed the spirit of something wonderful at work.CLC New Location

Leaving the location is a bitter sweet departure. It always felt like home for the center and the outstanding work being performed within its walls. Leaving is sad.

And, the building was in serious need of physical, electrical, and plumbing improvements. It was time to leave.

I commend the Board for working very hard to make certain there will be a Copey Learning Center operating in 2020.

The Knot Prayer

Many “Friends” know I am not a huge Facebook fan. I venture there once in a while andHave Not Prayer there are times when I see something “extraordinary” and worth passing along. I found “The Knot Prayer” and it spoke to me at that moment. Even the strongest and the boldest “Friends” can use a prayer like this once in awhile. I want to share it with you in hopes it will serve as a cleaning out therapy of some of the things we allow to get in the way of our thinking and doing.

There just are not alot of people more positive about things than I am. Yet, I immediately related to the message and the need to let some stuff go. “Friends” has demontrated many times that we live someplace else other than in the world of “have nots, cannots, and do nots”. But, we can benefit always from prayer. This one is a good one for us to consider.

METHODS of DONATING

The methods available for donating have not changed since the first fundraising campaign in 2014. If you are planning to be a financial supporter this year, the two methods below have served us well and without any complications. Contact me with any questions.

  1. The Copey Learning Center’s PayPal can be used to make donations directly. Please access the PayPal system by clicking on….http://copeylearningcenter.org/. Find the PayPal logo in the upper right hand corner of their homepage. To make certain the Copey Learning Center recognizes your donation and how it should be applied, indicate in the comment section on PayPal that the donation supports the “AGBSF” or the “EDSS”.
  2. The alternate method is to send me your donation. Make the check out to me (Arthur Broady). Once received, your check is deposited in my account and then paid directly to the same Learning Center PayPal system as in Method #1. I will enter your name and designate where it is to be applied per your directions. The PayPal system will issue me a receipt which I send to you as “proof” the donation has been submitted to the Learning Center in your name. Make your check out to Arthur Broady and send to:
    725 N. Center Parkway, Apt. N-201, Kennewick, WA 99336 

Leadership…Vision…Success!

“I think that in any group activity – whether it be business, sports, or family – there has to be leadership or it won’t be successful.”      By John Wooden

Executive Director Salary Support

EDSS Goal: $2,000.00    Actual: $1,000.00     Deadline: March 13, 2020

We experienced a very nice jump upward on the progress scale over the week. The total raised now stands at 50% of the goal up from 37.5%. Several past donors reportTracker EDSS 2.17 their intentions to make a contribution and we eagerly await to include their contributions in our tally.

And, for other past donors assuming their support is not needed, please help make certain we reach this goal. This is a very tough goal, far more challenging than the AGBSF goal, and requires more “friends” to support.

I make a special request to the “Friends” who have not previously donated. Please consider being a financial supporter this year. You will enjoy the additional satisfaction knowing you have made a more tangible difference in our success this year.

No amount of finanical support is too small when it is given with a cheerful heart. Please contact me if you have questions.  Let’s achieve “victory” by the deadline March 13.

For most of my adult life I have enjoyed and appreciated Coach John Wooden. His down to earth, basic, and simple approach to life has been very inspirational. “Friends” has been greatly influenced by Wooden’s wisdom.

“Well, your greatest joy definitely comes from doing something for another, especially when it was done with no thought of something in return.”  By  John Wooden

METHODS of DONATING

The methods available for donating have not changed since the first fundraising campaign in 2014. If you are planning to be a financial supporter this year, the two methods below have served us well and without any complications. Contact me with any questions.

  1. The Copey Learning Center’s PayPal can be used to make donations directly. Please access the PayPal system by clicking on….http://copeylearningcenter.org/. Find the PayPal logo in the upper right hand corner of their homepage. To make certain the Copey Learning Center recognizes your donation and how it should be applied, indicate in the comment section on PayPal that the donation supports the “AGBSF” or the “EDSS”.
  2. The alternate method is to send me your donation. Make the check out to me (Arthur Broady). Once received, your check is deposited in my account and then paid directly to the same Learning Center PayPal system as in Method #1. I will enter your name and designate where it is to be applied per your directions. The PayPal system will issue me a receipt which I send to you as “proof” the donation has been submitted to the Learning Center in your name. Make your check out to Arthur Broady and send to:
    725 N. Center Parkway, Apt. N-201, Kennewick, WA 99336 

Anne G. Broady Scholarship Fund (Victory)

AGBSF  Goal:  $1,500.00    Actual: $1,590.00     Deadline: February 14, 2020   

We officially declared victory last week when we accomplished our goal with $1,530.00.  Following our victory dance, additional funds arrived which sent the final total to $1,590.00. We see nothing wrong with doing another Victory dance. Thank You!

 

 

Living the “Practical Dream”

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.”                                     By Walt Disney

Anne G. Broady Scholarship Fund

AGBSF  Goal:  $1,500.00    Actual: $1,530.00     Deadline: February 14, 2020    VICTORY!!!

I am thrilled to report our “Victory”.  The Anne G. Broady Scholarship Fund reached its goal this week ahead of schedule for the fourth straight year. We are excited about this victory because this means more than a dozen boys and girls needing tuition assistance will attend the Copey Learning Center this year. Tracker AGBSF

“Friends”, you have provided the Copey families a very special gift. This gift will impact the lives of sons and daughters. This is a gift families would love to pay back but is not possible given their economic conditions. You and I wonder at times how can only $1,500.00 make a difference. I can assure you that in rural Costa Rica this scholarship fund is considered a significant act of generosity. thank you

I am both proud and honored that we “Friends” from the east coast to the west coast, are that trusted and reliable source of generosity. Most of the other rural regions of the country lack a “Friends of Copey” group committed to be a dedicated and devoted supporter every day of the year.

Join me this week celebrating the “Victory” we have earned. Several moms and dads in Copey today are happier and less worried about the future of their sons and daughters.

Executive Director Salary Support

EDSS Goal: $2,000.00  Actual: $750.00  Deadline: March 13, 2020

Progress continues although slowly at this time. This is a far more challenging fundraising campaign. There are more funds needed than the scholarship campaign. Plus, it is not part of our normal DNA to generously support an administrative cost. But, I see this cost differently. The Copey Learning Center has only one paid staff member and relies solely on volunteers to support the educational work of the center. EDSS Tracking 2.10

Many of us from the field of education and from the commercial and business world, know that strong leadership is not a luxury but a critical element of any operation’s success. Ships need captains, teams need coaches, businesses need presidents, and even churches need ministers to help achieve success. The Copey Learning Center must have competent leadership.  Without competent leadership, our generous support for scholarships may be very questionable or even unwise. We must consider the Executive Director Salary Support as our “consumer protection plan”. I am calling on all “Friends” who have not yet responded to help us keep this support going.

As has been our six plus years of fundraising policy, “Friends” will not request financial support if there is a serious question of real need.

Relocation of the Copey Learning Center

The most recent news regarding the relocation of the Copey Learning Center in 2020 indicates some agreements have been reached with a local facility for the housing of the Copey Learning Center. There are some final details still being worked on.

All this reminds us of the vision we have for a new facility in Copey that would be someday the permanent home of the Copey Learning Center. Education is too important to rely on poorly constructed or substandard facilities to be the beacon of quality educational pursuits. Copey Learning Center Exterior Perspective View 001 (2)

In 2020, I am going to encourage all “Friends” to strive to become “practical dreamers”.  We are capable of doing and accomplishing things beyond the belief of many around us. We can all dream that a new Copey Learning Center could be in our future. This is our “dream learning center”.

Now remember, Thomas Edison and Henry Ford were originally just everyday people, lacking any significant formal education, and essentially financially poor the day they each woke up with their own vision. But, they were determined, committed, willing, and faithful to their vision in the face of extraordinary opposition. Much of the same can be said of Bill Gates and Steve Jobs. They each were “practical dreamers” who spent very little time imagining their dreams were “impossible” to achieve.   

We, “Fiends”, are certainly not in the same league of these giant dreamers but we do have some things in common. We are “practical dreamers”, determined, and committed to supporting this learning center and we know dreams do come true…big ones and smaller ones. “Practical dreamers do make a difference!”.

 

 

A Good Day to Make a Deposit

“Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children.”  by Charles Swindol

Anne G. Broady Scholarship Fund

AGBSF   Goal:  $1,500.00    Actual: $1,180.00     Deadline: February 14, 2020

AGBSF Tracking Chart. 2.4 We are steadily moving toward victory.  There are some donors reporting their intentions to donate so we expect a couple late donations. But…we still need a few more donors to respond to help us hit our target by the deadline, February 14, 2020.

Claiming victory on February 14th allows us to announce our commitment to provide tuition assistance to a minimum of 15 students for 2020.

I also make a special appeal to “Friends” who have not previously donated to this campaign. I promise you will experience a little different feeling of involvement knowing your donation has actually served to put a student in the Copey Learning Center.

Executive Director Salary Support

EDSS Goal: $2,000.00  Actual: $600.00  Deadline: March 13, 2020

EDSS Tracking 2.4 This progress is typically slower moving than the AGBSF but we have had some upward movement. Please know this is an extremely important area of support. Without the quality leadership managing the day to day operations of the learning center, the future of the center is in serious jeopardy.

Spare Time?

When there is spare time, I go back and look at Posts issued during 2019 or further back.  And, it is not too uncommon to read something I hardly remember writing. Most titles of Posts come about very spontaneously and the quotes used seem to show up without warning also. Always keep this in mind. I am never trying to write a literary masterpiece. The goal is to keep “Friends of Copey” informed and to always express my appreciation.

I want to share some favorite quotes from old Posts which seem to hit close to home. To me these are inspirational messages speaking to our hearts and to our souls. Here are only a few of my favorites: 

  1. “Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”   by  Francis of Assisi 
  2. “Joy is prayer; joy is strength: joy is love; joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls.”     By Mother Teresa
  3. “In my writing, as much as I could, I tried to find the good, and praise it.”                       By Alex Haley
  4. “Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day-in and day-out.” By Robert Collier

We have the usual challenges in 2020 as we have had since 2014. Each year we have met the challenges and have earned our solid reputation of being faithful doers. We continue to be a very unique group standing alone in our purpose and commitment to help others.

One of the very first quotes used in this Blog was June 27, 2014. It reads…

“Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children.”  by Charles Swindol

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Life…And Death..A Succession of Lessons

“The quality, not the longevity, of one’s life is what is important.”                                 By Martin Luther King, Jr.

Kobe Bryant

First…our thoughts and prayers are sent to the Kobe Bryant family and to all the other families who experienced the loss of loved ones in Sunday’s tragic accident. As a basketball fan, I fully enjoyed watching Bryant for many years and have been equally impressed with his work and positive influence on kids since his retirement. Condolences to all the families.

The Campaign is on Track!

We are now in our second week of our two fundraising campaigns and we can report progress has been made in each one.

Anne G. Broady Scholarship Fund

AGBSF   Goal:  $1,500.00    Actual: $980.00     Deadline: February 14, 2020

We had upward movement from 52% of goal toAGBSF Chart 65% this past week. We can hopefully make up the balance of 35% very soon and declare Victory…again! As a matter of fact, we are ahead of past years at this time. “Friends” are very amazing folks. 

Executive Director Salary Support

EDSS Goal: $2,000.00  Actual: $600.00  Deadline: March 13, 2020

We also had upward movement helping the CopeyEDSS Support Learning Center pay a decent or reasonable salary to the Executive Director during the 2020 school year. Keep in mind, this is the “only paid” position at the Copey Learning Center.

Copey is a rural community and essentially an agriculture based community. It is a significant challenge to recruit and hire someone with the necessary credentials to work as a director at the Copey Learning Center or anywhere else in the community.

Since 2015, our salary support provided to the Copey Learning Center has helped obtain very wonderful, talented, and competent directors. Angela was the first hired director and then Ana Yancy followed. Both, although very underpaid, were great school administrators (directors).  In 2019, Andrea was hired as the third director and worked well until the lure of a better opportunity resulted in her early departure. Our current Director, Ines Sugura Serrana is now the fourth director as we just compleed our fifth year of salary support. We are very convinced that our support is critical to having competent and strong leadership keeping the doors of the Copey Learning Center open and properly functioning. Our help is greatly needed.

CLC Students.10If you have not financially supported either campaign in the pastbe a little different this time around.

In the Copey world, ten or twenty dollars means a great deal and adds up quickly to help provide scholarships to kids who really desire and benefit from having an English education.

METHODS of DONATING

The two methods have remained simple and unchanged over the years. You can send your donation straight to Copey or you can have me do it for you.  Thank You!

  1. The Copey Learning Center’s PayPal can be used to make donations directly. Please access the PayPal system by clicking on….http://copeylearningcenter.org/. Find the PayPal logo in the upper right hand corner of their homepage. To make certain the Copey Learning Center recognizes your donation and how it should be applied, indicate in the comment section on PayPal that the donation supports the “AGBSF” or the “EDSS”.
  2. The alternate method is to send me your donation. Make the check out to me (Arthur Broady). Once received, your check is deposited in my account and then paid directly to the same Learning Center PayPal system as in Method #1. I will enter your name and designate where it is to be applied per your directions. The PayPal system will issue me a receipt which I send to you as “proof” the donation has been submitted to the Learning Center in your name. Make your check out to Arthur Broady and send to:
    725 N. Center Parkway, Apt. N-201, Kennewick, WA 99336 
    Phone:1-509-783-5897
  3. If there is a special request pertaining to 501c3 and IRS, please contact me.

Dr. Martin L. King, Jr.

“We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But, it really doesn’t matter with me now, because I have been to the mountaintop…I have seen the Promise Land.”                                                            By Dr. Martin L. King, Jr.

On April 4, 1968, I was a college student at Emory & Henry College, Emory, Virginia. The day of Dr. King’s assassination in many ways was a “beginning” for me. My age, maturity, and life experiences at that time did not afford me the means to appreciate the depths of this tragic event and the historical and social impact it would have. I was a 20 year old college student and knew very little about the civil rights movement in the deeper south. This event began my quest for a better understanding of Dr. King, his message, and his mission. MLK Jr. Book

Fifty years later, I still continue to celebrate Dr. King’s life and his work. He has been a role model, honored and respected for his determination and courage to “make a difference”.  Dr. King felt the difference he was making was worth losing his life over…and he did.

On the night prior to his assassination, April 3, 1968, he spoke in his final public speech to his Memphis audience about his lack of fear of dying. “I have been to the mountain top..!” he exclaimed. This is the Dr. King I celebrate and honor.

Unfortunately, I am concerned that over the past 50 years, the Dr. King many of us grew up knowing has been re-engineered. I am dismayed at times when people with totally different beliefs, claim Dr. King (mostly for one day) as someone they follow.

I place a great deal of confidence in the writing of Dr. King’s own personal lawyer and one of Dr. King’s closest confidants at the time of Dr. King’s death. Clarence B. Jones, author of “What Would Martin Say?” knew Dr. King in all aspects of Dr. King’s life. Jones shares what he thinks Dr. King’s position would be on numerous modern day issues. This assumes of course that Dr. King would have maintained his core beliefs for the past 50 years. If so, Dr. King most likely would not be viewed as very relevant today. Things have changed.

Do we as a nation still subscribe to Dr. King’s “I Have A Dream” message dated August 23, 1963? Do we as a nation strive to become a place where we look forward to being judged based on the content of our character and not color…or other distinguishing traits?

Today, we seem very busy assigning multiple labels and identities to each other. Many labels and titles serve to influence our judgements of others, define our values, and even justify our politics. In my opinion, this sadly moves us away from “I Have A Dream”  and more importantly, this separates us from the man we celebrate and honor on this day.

I believe we should honor Dr. King on MLK, Jr. Day, and continue to celebrate him everyday for the man he was and what he believed, dreamed, and died for. And, this perhaps should include making “content of character” important again. What do you think Martin would say? 

Anne G. Broady Scholarship Fund

AGBSF   Goal:  $1,500.00    Actual: $780.00     Deadline: February 14, 2020

Today is our seventh anniversary of the Anne G. Broady Scholarship Fund (AGBSF). We are AGB 2020 Trackinghonored to launch this year’s campaign again to support the ongoing English education provided by the Copey Learning Center.

With $780.00 donated in advance by several “Friends of Copey”, we are really off to a great start. Caution…do not let this be a reason to not support this campaign. We still need the remaining 48% of funds to reach our annual goal. The funds will provide a total of 15 first time students or returning students the opportunity to attend the Copey Learning Center in 2020.

Executive Director Salary Support

EDSS Goal: $2,000.00         Actual: $400.00            Deadline: March 13, 2020

EDSS 2020 TrackingToday, we are also launching our annual Executive Director Salary Support (EDSS) fundraising campaign for 2020. As with the AGBSF campaign, we have already received donations to get us started. This is our 5th year of support and as the scholarships are needed, so is providing some compensation for the Executive Director.

Without question, the survival of the Copey Learning Center has much to do with day to day, competent leadership. Obtaining this quality leadership is a significant challenge since there are very limited economic resources within Copey to support a reasonable salary to attract and maintain qualified educational administrators. The financial support we provide added to the resources the Copey Learning Center has available, allows for the level of leadership needed. I can promise that the absence of the Executive Director provides the Copey Learning Center with a very questionable future.

The Campaigns for 2020 

It is most unusual to have two campaigns active at the same time. Understanding this, we have little choice since we need to raise the funds for scholarships in time to notify parents and recipients before school begins. And, less urgent but necessary, we need to provide the salary support early enough to confirm the funds are available for the salary commitment.

This year, I ask you to support these fundraisers if you have not in the past…if possible. Many of you have been extemely helpful in other ways over the years and I try to recognize this often. However, if you have been around as “Friends” for some time, you know our track record of success and devotion. Consider being a first time donor and be part of the financial success we will enjoy.

METHODS of DONATING

The methods available for donating have not changed since the first fundraising campaign. If you are planning to be a financial supporter this year, the two methods below have served us well and without any complications.

  1. The Copey Learning Center’s PayPal can be used to make donations directly. Please access the PayPal system by clicking on….http://copeylearningcenter.org/. Find the PayPal logo in the upper right hand corner of their homepage. To make certain the Copey Learning Center recognizes your donation and how it should be applied, indicate in the comment section on PayPal that the donation supports the “AGBSF” or the “EDSS”.
  2. The alternate method is to send me your donation. Make the check out to me (Arthur Broady). Once received, your check is deposited in my account and then paid directly to the same Learning Center PayPal system as in Method #1. I will enter your name and designate where it is to be applied per your directions. The PayPal system will issue me a receipt which I send to you as “proof” the donation has been submitted to the Learning Center in your name. Make your check out to Arthur Broady and send to:
    725 N. Center Parkway, Apt. N-201, Kennewick, WA 99336 
    Phone:1-509-783-5897
  3. If there is a special request pertaining to 501c3 and IRS, please contact me.

One Picture…Thousands of Words

“Too many of us are not living our dreams…we are too busy living our fears.”                    By Les Brown

As a devoted follower of this Blog, how many times have you seen the image of the front of the Copey Learning Center? Each Post since 2015 has had the image presented. Additionally, the image has been in the background for hundreds of photos we have enjoyed posting over the years.

We can say with some certainty the image of the Copey Learning Center has earned the right to be called an icon. Among us “Friends”, we recognize it and feel some emotional connection each time we see it. We know without question the color scheme along with the name uniquely presented on the front is something we have become very familiar with. I have Jane Rutledge 4 featured the same photo more than 300 times as the official Post photo. And, the actual number of times this same image has been seen by those visiting the Post since 2015 exceeds 17,600 times.

Also, conservatively speaking, the front of the Copey Learning Center has been the backdrop many more times and seen by others possibly in the hundreds of thousands.

Changes Are Coming!

Today, the Copey Learning Center is preparing for the construction crew to come into the facility to make significant renovations. A new home (temporary) is being sought and the new location is expected to be confirmed this week. Following construction, it is not certain if the Copey Learning Center will resume operations in the newly remodeled facility. The decision in part depends on the local city government officials and they may have other plans in mind.

Utah Team and kidsThe Copey Learning Center will continue although just where at the moment is not certain. Students, volunteer teachers, and the community are already set up for continuing the wonderful work they have been doing now for over a decade. The location is the only uncertainty at this hour.

Good News…Bad News!

The good news is the Copey Learning Center has been a safe location for students to learn English. The location has provided stability and continuity. At best, the location has been a “quasi” suitable facility to house twenty or thirty plus students daily and a storage place for numerous educational supplies and materials. And, frankly nothing else has been available in Copey capable of meeting these various facility requirements.EH Shirt Photos

The bad news has been the existence of various structural problems, leaking issues together with electrical and plumbing issues. These very deep rooted problems were seldom fully corrected or significantly improved on. Typically, quick fixes were often applied causing frequent and continuous issues that impacted learning. Regardless, the Board of Directors, Executive Director, volunteer teachers, parents and students all worked together to achieve the very special mission of English education.

The Church

Historically, the Catholic Church, which has burned down, has been the most Angela with studentsrecognizable landmark in Copey. However, since the church was destroyed by fire two years ago and the emergence of the devoted followers of this Blog, I think it is very possible the Copey Learning Center has become the more recent landmark for the community. Certainly, for the past six years, the images of the Copey Learning Center has been seen many more times by a much wider range of viewers than the historical church. My data indicates people from more than 75 countries have visited this Blog since 2014. Each follower has seen the iconic photo of the front of the Copey Learning Center and in the background of photos many times worldwide.

Therefore, I have a special relationship with the image of the Copey Learning Center photo. It has been very special to me and saying goodbye to this image is difficult. Fortunately, we still have the past Posts, the everyday photos, and the memories of this distinctive entry way into the Copey Learning Center and into the hearts and souls of a community.

The next chapter of this journey is just up the road. We are planning to start the 2020 school year soon and next week I will launch the annual fundraising campaigns as we have done each year. graduation 1

The Anne G. Broady Scholarship Fund and the Executive Director’s Salary Support  campaigns will be formally announced in next week’s Post. Our annual goals will be similar. I sincerely hope many of you will consider this opportunity and financially support this project. If you have never been a financial supporter, this would be a great time to start.

Our expectations for 2020 are as great as ever and could never be met without some financial support.

Seldom do we have the opportunity to impact lives as directly as we do. Our financial support goes directly to the sources of need with no overhead, no red tape, or other administrative distractions interring with education. Please check in next week to experience the fundraising kick off. Even with a new location…“We will make the difference!”