1440 Minutes Today…!

You can retire from a job, but don’t ever retire from making extremely meaningful contributions in life.    by Stephen Covey

In my last Post I requested responses on the idea of initiating an annual nationwide yard sale campaign to help with some of the financial support for the Learning Center. I am encouraged with the various responses received so far. I will highlight a few of these but first, I want to invite everyone who has yet to respond to take a couplezzzBanner of FOCminutes to send me a note with your thoughts. Really, this is not asking too much. There are 1,440 minutes in each day and we are only asking for 2 of them. Our motto says “Friends” willing to do a little…much gets done.

Remember, your response does not obligate you to do anything. I am only looking for input from you on the idea of establishing a specific week or month annually for “Friends” to be actively engaged in a small fund-raising event. Details of the request for input is in last week’s Post under the sub-heading “Be a Visionary Enabler”.


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Fun with neighbors while raising money. 


Regarding the feedback so far, many of the responses indicate strong support for the idea. A couple of responses proposed that using Craig’s List to sell unwanted or unneeded items could be a viable alternative to yard sales for a few. There was input indicating support for the concept for an annual garage sale type event but practical concerns were raised relating to home locations not allowing such activities and issues pertaining to the lack of availability of personal time. One response came from a very exuberant “Friend” who pointed out that she has very little personal inventory and lacks an appropriate location to do a garage sale. But, she is very “pro” garage sales and is wanting to know how to still help. I admit this was the most uplifting response of all. I have not yet received any “negative” responses.

Please…take a couple minutes and let me know your thoughts. Your personal comments will be protected. We will wrap up this request after this week and I will report our results and decision to go or not to go. You have at your disposal 1,440 minutes available and I need only 2 of them.  THANKS…!

Other News

We really have been on a very active schedule over the past few months. Again, we blew by another milestone without noticing. We passed the 8,000 hit mark in early July. This covers our total time since December 2013. Also, this means we are on pace to reach ourCelebration Time2016 goal of 3,600 hits. We stand now at 1,839 so far this year. Remember, frequent or consistent visits to the Blog by you contributes to about 85% of our total hits each month.

In August the popular Spelling Bee will resume and according to my latest report, we have 3 Learning Center students competing in the 2nd round.

We commend Ana for her extra duty being performed since the Learning Center is short one teacher. One of the two teachers on board returned to the states due to professional reasons. This caused a serious hardship for the remaining staff to keep up the educational schedule and productivity. Ana is doing her regular job and is currently part of the teaching team. Anyone among the “Friends” who can hop a plane quickly and get to Copey  to teach, is welcomed.

I continue to tease you with promises of really great news on the horizon almost each week. This is of course much more than teasing. I listed some of the really great news items last week including our successful fund-raising efforts. There is more good news down the road and when it is confirmed and safe to announce, you will be the first to know. So you are encouraged to keep praying for our success and continue those very “positive” expectations for great things to come our way.


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