Focused on Significance!

Many people measure their success by wealth, recognition, power, and status. There is nothing wrong with those, but if that is all you are focused on, you will miss the boat. If you are focused on significance-using your time and talent to serve others-that is when truly meaningful success can come your way.                                                By Ken Blanchard

Copey Learning Center News

Ana Yancy, acting Copey Learning Center Director, and I enjoyed a short skype session last Friday. It is our practice to speak directly two or three times a month just to keep current on issues affecting the Copey Future Star StudentLearning Center.

Ana Yancy confirmed the teaching at the center continues to go well even though the efforts to successfully recruit two qualified volunteer teachers to complete the final three months of the school year failed.Future Star Student 1

Now, Ana Yancy, and local volunteers, Celeste and Giovanni, are doing all the teaching required to meet the educational demands of the center.

And, I find it very gratifying to know Celeste is actively involved and supportive. Just as a point of reference, Celeste is well known both in Copey and among many Friends of Copey as one of the first participants of the “Pathway Project”. She and Noelia paved the way for the following seven students who have also traveled to America as participants in the “Pathway Project”.Celeste . teacher

Celeste represents one of the key purposes of the “Pathway Project”. All recipients are asked to return to Copey from their trip to America as enthusiastic and devoted student leaders. We encourage these “Pathway Project” recipients to promote education, be exemplary student role models, and encourage students to learn English.

After three years, she continues being a strong supporter of the center and according to my follow up, she is a tremendous help with the younger students.

Just imagine the influence Celeste and other recipients now have on young students with aspirations to be really good students Future Star Student 2and a strong desire to one day journey to America as a Pathway Project recipient.

Pending News!

I am still working on a couple very interesting projects that will hopefully benefit the Copey Learning Center in the near future. Last week, I indicated I would share information with you but the details are still being worked out before any official announcement.

Final Comments

Retired New York Yankee baseball pitcher, Mariano Rivera received today our country’s highest civilian honor, the US Presidential Medal of Freedom.

I am not a big New York Yankee fan but have admired and enjoyed watching the highly talented and skillful Rivera, a baseball icon, for many years until his retirement in 2013. Mariano

Originally from a poor community in Panama, Rivera indicated in his acceptance speech today something extraordinary and relevant to “Friends of Copey” and the Copey Learning Center.

Upon his arrival from Panama (neighbor country to Costa Rica) to America in 1990, he could not speak any English. By the end of his second year in America with the help of friends, he learned English and it was a “life changing” experience. He is a tremendous advocate for education and specifically English education for the poor.

Today, Rivera is well known for his dedicated and committed support for schools with the mission to teach kids English including building schools in Panama and other locations.

Today, I learned that I have another reason for being very happy to have been a strong Mariano Rivera follower and supporter. Thank you Mariano! 

Magnets at Work!

“There is a magnet in your heart that will attract true friends. That magnet is unselfishness, thinking of others first; when you learn to live for others, they will live for you.”      By Paramahansa Yogananda 

Tri-Cities Industry Kiwanis

The highly publicized Kiwanis presentation was conducted on August 30. Tri-Cities Industry Kiwanis calls on me to update our Kiwanis membership annually on the efforts and progress we are making as partners supporting the Copey Learning Center.  The attendance was very good and several in tKiwanis Logohe audience had no awareness of “Friends”.

The reaction to the presentation was very positive. The membership was reminded that their involvement has been very much needed and has helped our success.

Kiwanians support “Friends” with personal donations when needed and the TCI Foundation provides excellent accounting service in support of the “Pathway Project” each year.Partnership.2

The presentation did have its problems. The prepared power point presentation did not work well on the Kiwanis equipment. Then, the special video message from “Pathway Project” students also failed to work. I will get the problems worked out and schedule a new date to share the information.

Copey Learning Center Update!   

At the Copey Learning Center all is going as well as possible. The efforts to obtain on short notice volunteer teachers to finish up the school year did not work out. Consequently, Ana Yancy, Celeste (2016 Pathway Project Recipient), and a community volunteer, Geovanny, are all dedicated to doing all the teaching the final three months of school.

Donor for Scholarship Idea Brewing!

A new donor has a great idea! I will share more next week after we have a little more time to work out some of the details. In fact, we are looking at a few ways to raise funds that could be used to support the three major “Friends”/donor fundraising activities (scholarships, Exec Director salary, and Pathway Project) we conduct annually. Do you have any ideas!  This is a great time to share with me any thoughts you may have.  Picture Mother Teresa

Over the past six years, “Friends” have donated (out of pocket) approximately 90% of all the funds we have used to support our three major activities requiring funds. We are looking at alternative revenue streams to help lessen the donor burden.

Your idea is valuable…so share it! As has been said many times over, “Friends” is not a huge money generating project. We just need funds to provide the basic support we feel is essential to helping the Copey Learning Center accomplish its mission. Never forget…”Friends of Copey” was a small idea that was not given much chance to make a huge difference.  Continue to be a “Magnet”.

 

 

It’s a Family Affair

“You can kiss your family and friends good-bye and put miles between you, but at the same time you carry them with you in your heart, your mind, your stomach, because you do not just live in a world but a world lives in you.”    By Frederick Buechner

Family Matters!

These final days of August have been filled with extraordinary highs and lows for the week.

On August 26, Aunt Katherine Johnson celebrated her 101st birthday and she was the Birthday Case Johnson 2star of several appearances in honor of this significant milestone. She continues to be blessed with enough good health to participate in a variety of events. “Long Live Queen Katherine!”  

On August 27, we remembered mom, Anne Elizabeth G. Broady. She passed away six years ago and her memory continues in living color. In her honor, the Anne G. Broady Scholarship Fund has supported the tuition cost for the equivalent of 100 Copey students.Anne Urn

On Wednesday August 28, my cousin Gwendolyn Huckstep passed away following a long battle with cancer. We were very close. I traveled to Virginia and spent the final days with Gwen, her sisters Ophelia and Rita, Rita’s husband Greg, along with nieces Sophia and Angelica, and nephew Anthony. Many of Gwen’s closest friends were at her beside as well.

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Gwen and I enjoyed many visits and telephone conversations over time. One very memorable time spent with Gwen was during a 2014 road trip to visit Aunt Katherine and other aunts and cousins in eastern Virginia. Gwen really enjoyed meeting Aunt Katherine and regarded the photo taken with Aunt Katherine as one of her favorites. The road trip was special as it resulted in non-stop car chatter between us. Gwen. Katherine

Also, another family member passed away one day earlier. Richard Broady, age 87, resided in Roanoke, Virginia. Richard was a member of another branch of Broadys and I was not very acquainted with him.

The week of family matters ended on a very high note Friday. Grandson Maliek Broady began his final season of college football at the University of Nevada Reno (Nevada) Friday evening. Underdog Nevada took on Purdue University.

Maliek began his football career with Nevada as a “walk-on”. His determination and athletic abilities later earned him a full athletic scholarship. Although a true running back seeing limited action, last year his coach requested Maliek to transfer to the position of line backer as theMaliek 3 team was in great need for more depth and athleticism according to head coach Norvell.

The transition from running back to line backer is very difficult, especially in D-1 College Level football.  But…MaliekMaliek Broady. rev. 2 successfully made the transition and was listed as a starter in the lineup Friday evening. In a recent feature sports story about Maliek and his mother Jessica, Head Coach Norvel says “Maliek is just an unselfish guy and he is now ready to be an “impact player”.  

Then, bringing a fitting end to the week, with only 3 seconds left in regular time, the Nevada place-kicker made a 56 yard field goal to defeat Purdue University. Nevada 34 * Purdue 31.

Broady.NevadaI should also note that Maliek helped his mother move his younger brother Mykel (middle) into the dormitory last week at Nevada. As one Broady closes out his college career at Nevada later in the year, another has begun his Nevada college career.

For those wondering if Mykel is also planning to play sports, we are not absolutely sure. He is as talented as his older brother and would be an excellent basketball prospect. However, due to a medical condition, his strong acadamic profile, and an emerging political interest, Mykel plans to go down a different path at Nevada. Photo is “move-in day” for Mykel. Their mom and all the rest of the Broady family and “Friends” stand proud of these young men….Broadys!

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