2017 Non-Financial Scorecard…!

  1. This 2017 Non-Financial Scorecard is a long report. I apologize but I wanted the report to be complete and representative of the many ways “Friends of Copey” provides support with the services others willingly donate. We would not be a successful operation without people and partnerships working together to make a difference. I grow both amazed and humbled each time I look at the variety of ways we have supported this project. I hope you will take the time to read the report, appreciate what you have done…with prayers and that “can do attitude”. This is what the non-financial scorecard reflects.

The following is a partial list of the variety of non-financial ways we have successfully employed to support the general educational experiences in 2017.

Special Efforts and Events

  1. We led the year with the announcement that we would initiate the efforts to build a new Learning Center. We received quality drawings and designs for the new Learning Center which were donated by Larry Windes, of Larry Windes & Associates, Arq.Mariano Urena U.. Thanks Larry and Cindy!
  2. Efforts were taken to collect the information required for the preparation of the Building Goodness Foundation application, a Charlottesville, Virginia business we were hoping to be our building partners. This month we received notification that our application was rejected.  But, our efforts were not in vain. We will continue looking for ways to get the new Learning Center built.
  3. Plans and arrangements were made to implement “Pathway Project 2017”.
  4. “E&H College Friends” hosted the first “official” reception for the “Pathway Project 2017” students upon their arrival at the campus. Many faculty, staff, members of the Board of Trustees, other guests attended the affair. Thanks George and Celeste  (See Below)
2017 Ariana, Ana, and Fatima

There were also two very memorable YouTube videos developed reception 5documenting the “Pathway Project 2017”. Either version can be requested in case you have not seen them. This was a “major” accomplishment for us. Thanks Monica, Carol, and AJ.

Significant Partnerships

“Friends” depends on both individuals and organizations for support such as Kiwanis and my alma mater, Emory & Henry College.

  1. Tri-Cities Industry Kiwanis provided exceptional quality accounting services for “Pathway Project 2017”. This is not at all insignificant and is very much appreciated knowing that we can provide complete and full accounting of all the funds received and used during this fairly complex project. Also, there are some really great supportive members I am fortunate to have on board praying and paying.
  2. Emory & Henry College provided extraordinary support as the host college for   EH college“Pathway Project 2017”. Often unnoticed is the part of the project that includes students from E&H College who travel to the Learning Center to be volunteers. Since 2016, three E&H College students have participated. Much of the attention is on the college’s support for the Learning Center
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    Ana, Angela, Ariana, and Fatima

    students visiting our campus. Staff and faculty spend their time exposing the students to a variety of activities they have not experienced before such as rock climbing and bowling. All this time is generously donated to help make the times memorable for the Learning Center guests. Thanks Ed and Monica!

  3. Elementary School(s) are vital partners. Establishing a meaningful and educational connection between USA school children and students at the Learning Center is an excellent way to enrich and enhance education…both directions. A few months ago we began working with an elementary school in Utah and will initiate Pen Pal related activities when the Learning Center reopens in 2018. Thanks Tamarie!
  4. Larry Windes of Larry Windes & Associates, Arq.Mariano Urena U. in Santa Maria, CR provided their support to help us design a new Learning Center. All of the work was donated. I mention this again because it is truly a very significant partnership since it represents the first support from the commercial or business sector and from within Costa Rica.
  5. Speaking of “significant partnerships”, I visited my dear friend Dr. Lin Church at his home in Raleigh, NC in June. He has been a solid and devoted partner since the beginning of “Friends of Copey” and has served as the co-Chair of the Anne G. Broady Scholarship Fund since being established. Thanks Lin!
  6. Jane Rutledge donated so much to “Friends” and the entire community of Copey. She responded to our call for volunteer support and as a volunteer, she gave 100% plus to the people in Copey. Because of how she affected in a positive way the lives of many in Copey, she was a weekly feature in my Posts. Being a retired teacher, recent widow, mother and grandmother, and close friend to many, Jane took all of her talent and experience to Copey and left it all there. What she brought home in its place…”priceless”! This is the very essence of non-financial support. Thanks Jane!

Blog and Post Accomplishments for 2017

  1. Fifty-eight Posts were issued in 2017.
  2. The Blog experienced a 23% increase in viewership over 2016 compared to the  2% increase from 2015 to 2016. By year’s end, we will pass 4,000 views for the first time. Interest in “Friends” is growing. Stats2017
  3. Increased use of photos by 44% over prior years.
  4. “Comments” responding to Posts increased by 15% over 2016.
  5. The three “Most Viewed Posts”were As For me…Give Me Liberty! Posted on September 18, 2017. Then, So Much Wonder in Wonderful! was #2 Posted on February 20, 2017.  Finally, #3 was You Cause Ripples Posted on September 25, 2017.  
  6. “Friends” annually reaches others in far away countries. Some have suggested most of these stat-2-e1514397673685.jpgvisits to my Blog are visits by mistake/accident and I agree. However, there is the remote chance that one or more visitors just may be interested. Listed are the top ten countries where visits to my Blog originated in 2017. There are another 30 plus countries with less than 10 visits.

Personal Post Notes of Importance

  1. Posts in 2017 also covered friends and family who passed away. Curtis (Duck) Montgomery, Gail Rutledge, and my Katherine Johnson Movie shot (3)cousin “Yimmy” said goodbye to us.
  2. Other personal family related news highlighted two of my grandsons, Maliek and Mykel and their accomplishments.
  3. Let us not forget Aunt Katherine and “Hidden Figures”. I am so happy I had a Blog and a means of sharing with “Friends” our family’s pride and love for this lady. Now 99 years old and is still inspiring others to pursue their dreams.

Special Thanks

Be certain…non-financial support really means there are those who contribute their time and talent in ways that cannot be measured with dollars and cents. There is no way to pay or repay what the heart gives to another. Those with “hearts of servants” are very special. You know who you are. I have called you “Friends”, “Difference Makers”, and even “Possiblitarians”. I am grateful, thankful, and honored to share this journey with each of you.

Let’s Roll on to 2018!

2017 Financial Scorecard…!

This is another year of outstanding achievements recorded by us…”Friends of Copey”. This specific report highlights several of the key “financial goals” we set for 2017 and successfully met.

Anne G. Broady Scholarship Fund met its goal and provided financial support to as many as 18 deserving students needing tuition assistance. Since 2014, this fund has supported 80 plus students.  Goal $1,500.00 –  Actual $1,800.00

Anne G. Broady Scholarship Fund

Executive Director’s Position Fund met its commitment to supplement the salary of the Director, the only paid position at the Learning Center. This was our third year providing this essential support to keep competent leadership in place leading the operations of the Learning Center.  Goal $2,000.00  –  Actual $2,000.00

“Pathway Project 2017” was successfully funded.Campus
So far, four of the Learning Center’s best students have been rewarded for their academic success with a trip to the US to spend time at Emory & Henry College. In 2017, Ariana and Fatima with Executive Director, Ana Yancy (pictured) along with Angela traveled to E&H College.

Pathway Project Goal $3,500.00 to add to $2,198.00 carryover from 2016. The Total Goal – $5,698.00.  The total Actual Amount Raised – $5,263.00. The actual expenses totaled $5,397.35 which left a small shortage of $134.35. A late donation was received allowing this project to enjoy financially another successful year.

Miscellaneous Donations have been provided to the Learning Center by independent or non-solicited donors. Typically, these donations support the purchase of school supplies and materials.  Estimated at $700.00.

Spelling Bee Donations continued for the second year to provide some financial support for Mariana’s parent Lorena. Lorena travels to the National Spelling Bee contest with her daughter to provide support and adult supervision.  Goal $200.00  Actual $200.00       

Commentary on Results

Our involvement has proven to be the life-blood that is helping sustain this important mission. We have been consistent, reliable, and loyal to our commitment to help as long as possible and as long as they first help themselves to succeed. We are Learning Center partners and have witnessed the overwhelming results our efforts help support.

                Thank You “Friends”…!

There are many to thank for the financial success we enjoy each thank you .3year. Even though we are not established to be a major fundraising operation, we will make every effort to assist the community’s efforts to keep and maintain a viable educational program designed to help the Learning Center.

There are several “Friends” who stood extra tall this year as donors. Thank You”...Stephanie, Kay, Lin, Jones, Tim, Carolee, Martha, and especially George, Eric, and Lisa …and still many others. And, no one should be excluded. You all help make a huge difference in our Financial success of the Learning Center. In truth, there is no small donation…each one is priceless.

Next Report Coming Soon!

The next Post will cover many of our “non” Financial Goals and you may expect to see similar positive results. It is amazing to re-visit all of the many things that have been done outside of the financial arena. There is an Army of “Friends” who help this project in ways money cannot buy.  I will cover many of these in the next Post.



“Don’t Miss the Joy…!”

“Joy is prayer; joy is strength: joy is love; joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls.”   By  Mother Teresa   
I really love December! We can take a look back on the year to account for ourselves and also look forward to new opportunities, new dreams, and a new year.

But there is much more about December. It is Christmas Time!  It is the time to celebrate the real meaning of the Christmas season and to share the joy of life. My joy is believing we all come into this world for a reason and believing Jesus could be the very first poster child for coming into this world with a Christmas Joy 3purpose. His birth, His life, and finally His death was totally dedicated to fulfilling that purpose.

Similarly, we (“Friends”) also have a purpose in my opinion and the purpose is uniquely different from one person to another, from one “Friend” to another. And, as a collection of “Friends” I believe our purpose is Divine. I also believe when we are the closest to knowing, understanding, believing, and actively involved in this purpose, the joy we experience is unmistakable and wonderful.

So, my Christmas message to “Friends” is that as a group of folks we are divinely called upon to help Copey and we should consider our work a joy for us and a blessing to others. We should enjoy family and friends…and not “miss the joy”.

Update on the New Multi-Purpose 

Our formal application to Building Goodness Foundation (BGF), located in Charlottesville, Virginia, requested their support to join us as partner in our efforts to initiate a successful fundraising campaign in 2018, was “not approved”.

copey-learning-center-exterior-perspective-view-001.jpgThe reasons for not approving cited by BGF were: a) a BGF policy change  placing their building focus on Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras (and some very rural areas in Nicaragua). And b) BGF did not see any real value being added for them to be involved since a local (Copey) crew could do the work.

Of course, this decision is very disappointing news for “Friends” everywhere, the Copey community, and me personally. We devoted a great deal of time and energy in the preparation of the application to provide us the best opportunity to be evaluated and examined as a serious and worthy “partner” in this building project. However, we appreciate and have “thanked” BGF for the experience and the opportunity to be considered as “partners”.

I thank each of you who contributed to the preparation of the application. We were all proud of it. Special thanks to Larry, Cindy, and Carol! 

We are not discouraged and will move on! We will continue efforts to find alternative ways to get our new Learning Center funded and built. Looking back to my earlier comments about knowing you have a purpose, consider this a very “special” purpose we have. We plan to do all we can to build the new Learning Center. Stay tuned as we begin to develop a new strategy for succeeding.

Year End Review

Another joy I have each year is sharing our year-end performance report with allBalloons“Friends”. The twelve months have passed quickly but we have made great use of our time. During the next few days, I will complete our “2017 Performance Report” for both the financial and non-financial support we provided the Learning Center.

The year has been extraordinary in many ways. “Friends” has continued to impact lives by providing life-changing experiences for many. Look out for a “special two-part” year-end “2017 Performance Report” later this week.  Thank  you from the bottom of my heart!





“Friends”…Not A Destination But A Journey!

“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.”     By Helen Keller                                                                                                     
“Friends”, this is my last installment of the photos from the recent trip to Costa Rica although I may slip a few more in over the next few weeks. So, please stay connected. I have enjoyed all of the comments regarding the photos and some of you have even stated you are planning to attend the graduation next November. Believe me…there is more than enough love and affection in Copey for all of us to enjoy. Is it about time for us to make our “New Year’s Resolutions? 

Photos Below include in order: “Friends of Copey” and the Copey Learning Center united; Dancers during the graduation ceremony performing; Jane with 2017 Graduates Fabriana and Mariana;  A view from the mountain of Jaco in the distance (nearly four-hour drive to the Pacific coast from Copey); Beach front in Jaco; Croc’s Resort in Jaco, and one of Croc’s crocodiles.

graduation 1    Graduation.2  Graduation 3jane-fabriana.jpg           Jaco 1    Jaco 2  Jaco 4  Jaco 3  Jaco 5Life in Jaco is almost the opposite to the way of life in Copey. Both places are worth experiencing. Get in touch now with your travel agent to arrange for next year’s graduation.  My very best wishes to all “Friends”.


Picturing You in Copey…!

“There are two great days in a person’s life – the day we are born and the day we discover why.”    By William Barclay

So we continue….!

This is the third installment of photos documenting the recent trip to the Copey Learning Center. Hopefully, you are seeing the reasons why “Friends of Copey” was first established five years ago and why we continue our involvement.  The following photos are: Larry and Cindy Windes receiving  the “Distinguished Friends Award” for their work on the new Learning Center design;  Ana Yancy receiving the “Outstanding Leadership Award” and signed copy of Felicia Mitchell’s (English Professor at E&H College) book “Waltzing with Horses”I wish you could picture yourself being at the Copey Learning Center.

Graduation 10      Graduation 7 Ana PresentationSeidy, the Founder of the Copey Learning Center with Board President Lorena; Ariana (2017), Celeste (2016), Fatima (2017) Pathway Project students.  Lourdes (2018) Pathway Project student candidate. Proudly wearing E&H College colors.Graduation 11    graduation-81.jpg






Jane and I shared her final hours in the nearby town of Santa Maria before she returned to the USA. She provided the Copey community all she could offer under extraordinary conditions. She was recognized for sharing her time and talents during the 90 days she spent performing outstanding educational and community service. It was an honor to be with Jane on her final day in Copey.

Graduation 12Jane Certificate

Thank You Jane!

We can all learn something from one another and we are never too young or even too old for our lessons. Jane taught us all a few things over the past three months. I am mindful of a few important life lessons I can share.

First, we each have a purpose for being here and one of the biggest regrets in life…is to never figure your purpose. Next, life does not intend for us to keep that “light under the basket”. We are happier, more fulfilled, and worthwhile when we bring light to a life needing hope and encouragement. And finally, owing something is not a bad thing…since it means you were given something. I have been given far more than I have means to repay. But, I am willing to pay something. As Jane has been known to say…“It just gets better!”

Other News

We are still waiting on a decision regarding our partnership application with Building Goodness Foundation. Our sincere hope is that we will hear soon and that the news is good.

The Learning Center is officially closed until February but work continues. In 2018, there will be a full list of opportunities to help support the Learning Center. We are nearing the end of our fourth complete year of support and we look forward to the upcoming year with great anticipation.