Just Say Amen..!

“If you said [Amen] on Sunday…you must walk in [Faith] on Monday!”                                    Author Unknown

We have had our string of continuous “good news” during January and this final Post for this month will not be an exception. “Good News” keeps on coming!

The Scholarship Campaign   (Achieved)

Anne G. Broady SF   Goal:  $1,500.00    Actual: $1,750.00     Deadline: January 26, 2018

Our goal has been achieved! In fact, we have some extra funds to work with. The Learning Center is busy selecting the scholarship recipients for 2018.

The ED Salary Support Campaign

ED Salary Support    Goal: $2,500.00       Actual: $1,900.00        Deadline: April 9, 2018

BIG News! Today, we are reporting our ED Salary Support is very close to being achieved as well. The funds reported today reflect what has been received to date and a portion of what we are certain is on the way. We predict this will be officially achieved in the next few days.

This is really BIG News because we are more than two months ahead of schedule. Translated…”Friends” has responded with donations sooner and with greater generosity than in previous years. BalloonsThank You…!

Meadow Elementary School Update

Some “Friends” commented on last week’s Post about our new partners, the Meadow Elementary School in Lehi, Utah. The comments were very positive and I assure everyone that “Friends” is capable of being partners with others anywhere in the world.  Meadow-Elementary

The school is busy gathering school supplies for the Learning Center. We do not know at this hour how much supplies will be donated but any amount is useful and certainly appreciated.

Remember…this is a month of “Good News!”

Some “Friends” may ask about our plans for delivering the supplies to Copey? Granted…it is a major challenge to ship supplies to Copey. BUT…Meadow Elementary School has the answer.

The school’s Principal, Carolyn Johnson along with Tamarie McMullin, plan to deliver

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Carolyn Johnson, Leadership in Action

the school supplies in person. Yes…! They are working on their passports now and making arrangements to travel to Costa Rica in March for the purpose of delivering the goods and spending time volunteering at the Learning Center.

They will be the third source of USA educational representatives (“Friends”) to journey to the Learning Center…our “Friends” Jane and Hailey Tibbett being the first professionals. Of course, we have had three college students who have also traveled to Copey to volunteer.

We delight in others seeing first-hand the Learning Center at work and even volunteering some of their time. “Friends” has many followers who are both active and retired educational professionals around this country and all are invited to visit Copey.

The Copey community has been informed of their future visitors and are getting the red carpet ready to be rolled out again.

Keep following the upcoming Posts as I continue to report on this astounding story. If for some reason you still doubt “divine intervention”, please call me.

Final Words…!

There is more “good news” developing and February promises to be another month worth watching. The Learning Center opens in a few days and we will be off running for another unbelievable school year. The next Post will probably be issued later this week prior to me departing town for a few days.

Can I get an AMEN?

 

A Heart Needs a Friend…!

“Friends… they cherish one another’s hopes. They are kind to one another’s dreams.”    By Henry David Thoreau

The year of 2018 is already on record as being the most exciting and enthusiastic January start since we began “Friends of Copey” in late 2013.

Consider, our fundraising campaigns are producing results well ahead of schedule as we are moving closer to our goals. For example, three years ago we initiated our funding support for the Executive Director’s salary and it required three months and a large “parking lot sale” before the goal was reached. We are on track to have this goal reached in February. Amazing progress and I extend my heartfelt thanks!

The Scholarship Campaign   

Anne G. Broady SF   Goal:  $1,500.00    Actual: $1,325.00     Deadline: January 26, 2018

No doubt, this goal will be reached by the end of this week on schedule. Several donors have reported their intentions to make a donation and we trust this will happen soon. Keep in mind, the goal is the minimum we request and if we overshoot the goal, the extra funds will still be utilized to help additional students in need.

The ED Salary Support Campaign

ED Salary Support    Goal: $2,500.00       Actual: $1,200.00        Deadline: April 9, 2018

Mentioned earlier, we are tracking to achieve this goal much earlier than the deadline. Very reassuring to know “Friends” are recognizing with their donations the value and importance of having a strong leader/manager responsible for the daily operation of the Learning Center.

Guidelines for Making a Donation Included Below.

More Exciting News

How many “Friends” know or heard of Lehi, Utah? I had never heard of the town and certainly not aware of Meadow Elementary School. But, this has all changed.

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Meadow Elementary School

Always be kind to those seated next to you on airplanes. Never know whom you may meet.

Long time “Friends” and followers of this Post may recall my stories about Makayla Hilt in April 2016 and then Dallas Gillison in November 2016. Both were Emory & Henry College students I met at different times on flights from Atlanta to Tri-Cities, Tennessee. It was a joy to spend time with these students and hear how positive they were about their experiences as students. They both made the time unforgettable and furthered my sense of pride for the college. Flying can be very productive and can bring together people with much to share. Purely coincidental…or “divine intervention”?   

Now, while traveling last October to Tri-Cities, Tennessee, I was seated next to Tamarie on the flight from Salt Lake to Atlanta. She was one of several staff and faculty members from Meadow Elementary School on-board heading to Atlanta to attend a conference. We spoke about the movie “Hidden Figures” and I learned her school was very familiar with Aunt Katherine’s story and about NASA. Meadows elementary 2Meadow Elementary School Principal, Carolyn Johnson had encouraged staff to see the movie.

Tamarie and I later moved on to discussing “Friends of Copey” and the Copey Learning Center. By the time we reached Atlanta, we agreed to look into “Friends” and the possibility of beginning a “Pen Pal” relationship with the school. Much more has happened since.

Last week, Meadow Elementary School kicked-off a project to collect school supplies and materials for the Copey Learning Center.

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Unity Assembly at Meadow Elementary School

Tamarie reported Meadow Elementary School has a “House System” where all students are members of one of several houses.  These houses represent values including courage, respect, friendship, integrity, loyalty, tenacity, responsibility, and strength. Every month, they assemble as a school, bringing all of the houses together in unity.

The value this month is “responsibility”.  The students are learning they have the responsibility to help themselves and those around them. “Friends” will continue to report over the next several weeks on the progress of the collection of school supplies and other stories relating to this developing relationship. We are anticipating more exciting news from Meadow Elementary School to share next week. It may involve their PTA President!

Tri-Cities Industry Kiwanis of Richland, Washington

One more event of extreme significance is the recent approval from my Kiwanis Club toPartnership slide. 1 assist us in this year’s “Pathway Project”. As last year, TCI Kiwanis provided excellent accounting support for the project allowing for the complete and accurate fiscal management of the revenue and expenditures associated with the “Pathway Project”. I thank all of my TCI Kiwanis supporters for agreeing to continue this unique partnership with “Friends”, E&H College, and the Copey Learning Center. Soon, we will start highlighting the students who have been selected to travel in June.

Donation Guidelines

To make a donation in any amount you desire to the AGB Scholarship Fund or the ED Position or both…we have the same two methods of payment as in the previous years:

  1. The Learning Center’s PayPal can be used to make donations directly. Please access their PayPal system by clicking on…http://copeylearningcenter.org/. Locate the PayPal logo in the upper right hand corner of the homepage. To make certain the Learning Center recognizes your donation and how it should be applied, indicate in the comment section that the donation supports the “AGBSF” or the “EDF” (Executive Director Fund).
  2. The alternate method available is by sending your donation directly to me by check. MAKE the check out to me, Arthur T. Broady and not to “Friends of Copey”…PLEASE! There is no local “Friends of Copey” bank account. Once received, I will then deposit the funds into my account and pay the Learning Center directly using the same Learning Center PayPal system as in Method #1. Your name as the donor is entered and is designated where it is to be applied per your directions. The PayPal system will issue me a receipt which I then send to you as “proof” or “confirmation” the donation has been submitted to the Learning Center in your name. Send your check/donation to:

Arthur T. Broady, 725 N. Center Parkway, Apt. N-201, Kennewick, WA 99336   or                           Phone: 1-509-783-5897 if you have questions.

 

Dr. Martin L. King, Jr.

“I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality, and freedom for their spirits.”  By Dr. Martin L. King, Jr.

I am observing the Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. holiday and soon, on April 4th, we will observe the 50th Anniversary of MLK, Jr’s. assassination. Certainly, many “Friends” of this Blog recall the times we lived in during the 60’s and before and we remember with clarity the first news of Dr. King’s assassination. For me, the day, time, and place where I heard the news remains as familiar as my memory of President Kennedy’s assassination.

What I knew and understood about Dr. King on April 4th, 1968, was very little in comparison to my knowledge and understanding today. Not only has my knowledge grown, but my recognition of the ways my life improved has grown. After 50 years, I continue to pay honor to his life and his conviction to change our country for the better. Many will be reminded today about some of Dr. King’s achievements, but I suggest we consider a more deliberate and more current approach to honoring Dr. King. MLK Jr. Book

I recommend reading a book titled “What Would Martin Say?” co-authored by Clarence Jones and Joel Engel. Clarence Jones was Dr. King’s personal lawyer and one of his closest advisers, a confidant and friend. After 40 years of silence, Jones shares what he believes based on their relationship, would be Dr. King’s position on various current issues confronting us over the past decade. Reading this book may reveal that some or many of our current day beliefs about Dr. King may not be consistent to what he stood for and eventually died for. I contend that should we determine Dr. King is worthy of honor, then we should honor Dr. King for whom he was and what he truly stood for. For example; do we believe Dr. King would still proclaim today we should judge each other on the content of character vs. the color of our skin? Do we honor those words today spoken by Dr. King 50 years ago? Thanks Martin!

The Scholarship Campaign   

Anne G. Broady SF   Goal:  $1,500.00    Actual: $1,000.00     Deadline: January 26, 2018

We are doing exceptionally well after one week of raising funds for the AGB Scholarships. To date, we have moved upward to 66% of our goal. If you have not yet made a donation, Jane studentsthen hopefully you will find the cause worthy. All sizes of donations are appreciated.

We reached our goal before the deadline last year and we are on pace to do so again. There are some really amazing “Friends” who support this. Thank you.

The ED Salary Support Campaign

ED Salary Support    Goal: $2,500.00       Actual: $700.00        Deadline: April 9, 2018

We are also showing good progress with the ED Salary support after the first week. We continue to encourage consideration for this specific area because we know having strong leadership guiding the team is the glue that keeps us moving successfully forward with our plans for 2018. The deadline we have set is longer and we are very optimistic.

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ED Ana Yancy with Daughter

As you know, this is the “only paid position” at the Copey Learning Center and money well spent. Our funds supplement about 50% of the total annual salary provided by the Learning Center’s Board of Directors for the ED position. Ana Yancy is entering her third year in this position.

 

Methods for Donating! 

Click on the link below for specific directions for donating. If you have questions, please feel free to contact me directly. Any amount donated is considered important and greatly appreciated by me and certainly by the moms and dads of some really neat kids.

https://friendsofcopey.com/2018/01/08/kick-off-2018/

If this is your first time experiencing our annual fundraising campaign, you can look back at the previous years during the January months for more information. And, the methods available for donating have remained the same as well.

Looking Ahead!

Not only are there two fundraising events underway, several other activities are in the making in support of the Copey Learning Center. Look forward to next week’s Post to see the news about a Utah Elementary School’s efforts to gather school supplies for the Learning Center. Also, soon I will recognize a very special “Friend” who is busy behind the scenes doing some very unusual work. And, I plan to share parts of the speeches two Copey Learning Center graduates gave during the 2017 Graduation we attended in November.

Dr. King said….”“If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.”

Stay Connected….! 2018 is Rolling!

 

Kick-Off 2018…!

 “Kick-Off” for the Anne G. Broady Scholarship Fund Campaign

Originally, the Anne G. Broady Scholarship Fund (AGBSF) was the avenue for our family and close friends to honor the memory of my mother and her legacy for caring about others. It was October 2013 when “Friends” was first conceived. Later in December 2013 the first “Friends of Copey” Post went out to 17 family members and friends. On January 2, 2014, as Co-Chairs, Dr. Church and I officially announced the start-up campaign for the AGBSF.  Scholarship funds raised our first year was enough to support about 20 students.

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Anne G. Broady

Today, the AGBSF continues with the same purpose although the majority of current supporters never knew Mom. The recent “Financial Scorecard” clearly shows the level of interest, the dedication, and financial support has remained steady and consistent. This year, the total number of AGBSF recipients supported since beginning in 2014 may reach 100.

Some donors have already started turning in their support for the AGBSF and we are close to 50% of our goal as we kick off this campaign. The campaign deadline is set to allow sufficient time to determine the scholarship recipients and have them confirmed and ready to start school on February 1, 2018.

Anne G. Broady SF      Goal:  $1,500.00    Actual: $700.00     Deadline: January 26, 2018

“Kick-Off” for the Executive Director Salary Support

In 2015, the Copey Learning Center ask “Friends” to partner with them to support the salary for an Executive Director (ED) for the Center. Prior to this, the Copey Learning Center depended solely on volunteers (mostly volunteer teachers from outside the country serving both short and long-term) as leaders of the Center. As a result, the future growth and continuation of the Learning Center was uncertain and failure was a strong concern.

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Ana Yancy receives “Distinguished Leadership Award”

“Friends” agreed to be a partner and raised funds to support the salary of a competent and experienced leader to manage the day-to-day operations and provide leadership in building the future of the Learning Center. Our financial support has been significant and successful. Angela was the first ED in 2015 and was followed by Ana Yancy in 2016. Ana Yancy is ready to start her third year as the ED with a wealth of experience to move the Learning Center forward as a strong and viable educational resource for the community and growing to surrounding areas. The fundraising goal represents an estimated 45-50% of the annual salary paid to the ED.

I strongly urge “Friends” to regard this support as essential as the scholarship funds. This is our “best” way to help protect the educational investments we are making with the AGBSF. The quality of education our scholarship recipients and the other students receive is determined by the availability and quality of the leadership responsible each day.

ED Salary Support    Goal: $2,500.00       Actual: $400.00        Deadline: April 9, 2018

Methods for Donating have not changed. See the following:

DONATION METHODS

To make a donation in any amount you desire to the AGB Scholarship Fund or the ED Position or both…we have the same two methods of payment as in the previous years:

  1. The Learning Center’s PayPal can be used to make donations directly. Please access their PayPal system by clicking on…http://copeylearningcenter.org/. Locate the PayPal logo in the upper right hand corner of the homepage. To make certain the Learning Center recognizes your donation and how it should be applied, indicate in the comment section that the donation supports the “AGBSF” or the “EDF” (Executive Director Fund).
  2. The alternate method available is by sending your donation directly to me by check. MAKE the check out to me, Arthur T. Broady and not to “Friends of Copey”…PLEASE! There is no local “Friends of Copey” bank account. Once received, I will then deposit the funds into my account and pay the Learning Center directly using the same Learning Center PayPal system as in Method #1. Your name as the donor is entered and is designated where it is to be applied per your directions. The PayPal system will issue me a receipt which I then send to you as “proof” or “confirmation” the donation has been submitted to the Learning Center in your name. Send your check/donation to:

Arthur T. Broady, 725 N. Center Parkway, Apt. N-201, Kennewick, WA 99336   or                           Phone: 1-509-783-5897 if you have questions.

Closing Comments

In 2018 there are plans to continue doing what we seem to do best…”Be Friends!” I believe this is a very interesting time in our partnership history with the Learning Center. We all are more experienced and we have strengthened our partnership with the Learning Center having met the Learning Center Board of Trustees and the Copey community during our attendance at the 2017 graduation. Our hopes and expectations are greater than ever.

I know praying works! I know positive minded folks produce positive results. And, I know there is a supportive team of donors who support our financial needs when called upon. “Friends” is blessed with having many folks doing all three forms of support. I know this only works when all supporters work together…and proudly consider each one as “Friends”.  Thank You All!

HAPPY NEW YEAR…2018

“I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.”  Psalms 121: verses 1 and 2.

I wish for all “Friends of Copey” the best year ever in 2018 for you and all your family. We are saying goodbye to a year that has provided many unforgettable memories related to the Copey Learning Center and we are ready and eager to head into 2018 with even greater expectations.

check markBoth the “Financial and Non-Financial Scorecards” have received very positive responses. We checked off a number of actions taken in 2017 and I thank those of you who have commented on the scorecards expressing support and your continuous encouragement. Overwhelmingly, the message in the scorecards provides a wide variety of evidence of our value to the Copey Learning Center.

Official Fundraising Campaigns Kick-Off Next Week

Next week, the work resumes in earnest with the official kick-off for our two annualJane with students fundraising efforts. The plan is to keep the goal for the Anne G. Broady Scholarship Fund set at $1,500 to support another 15 students. This will get us close to 100 students having received support since 2014.  Also, we plan to increase the goal for the Executive Director’s position to $2,500.00 from $2,000.00 last year. A more detailed explanation for the salary increase will be provided next week.

Several donations have already arrived and with more donations promised. This provides an excellent start on our campaign and we are eager to get moving. The scholarship donations have a shorter deadline. The Learning Center staff needs some time to identify recipients prior to school starting in early February.

The Year 2017

In my opinion, 2017 was an excellent year for us. Our fundraising efforts went much quicker and smoother. We experienced improvements in the “Pathway Project” including adding a reception and developing videos.   https://youtu.be/4VV6ZlYCPyE

There was an extraordinary increase of 23% in site visits on the Blog. Also, we enjoyed sharing Jane’s time as a volunteer in a unique way unlike we have done before. Of course, attending the 2017 Learning Center graduation was the “icing on the cake”.

In short, we excelled both financially and non-financially. These improvements were a result of looking at 2016 and determining how to be better in 2017. Now, 2017 has provided a wealth of ideas for improvements in 2018.

We did experience two heartbreaking events during the year. First, we grieved with the Church afterCopey community when their iconic church burned to the ground. And, more recently we experienced the sting of rejection when our partnership application for the new Learning Center was turned down. In both cases, let not our hearts be troubled because we see better days ahead!

 A Note of Sorrow!

Our prayers go out to the families of those who died in the airplane crash in Costa Rica yesterday. All were Americans except for the two flight crew members. This is a horrible beginning to a new year and we can only pray for the peace and comfort that can only come from one source…as spoken in Psalms 121.

I have flown on Nature Air airplanes in Costa Rica a few times and the experience seems a little more dicey than flying around the US commercially in small planes. It is certainly a tragedy and I ask all “Friends” to join me in extending our condolences.

Amen!!!