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!” 

 

 

“Be A Bold Faith Leaper in 2020”

“Take a leap of faith and begin this wondrous new year by believing. Believe in yourself. And believe that there is a loving Source – a Sower of Dreams – just waiting to be asked to help you make your dreams come true.”                                     By Sarah Ban Breathnach

Annual Fundraising Soon!

While preparing for the start up of our 7th year as “Friends of Copey”, we look ahead to several signficant events waiting to kick in.

In two weeks, the official Anne G. Broady Scholarship Fund will begin its annualAnne Urn fundraising efforts. The funds will provide partial scholarships for about 15 students interested in attending the Copey Learning Center.

We have already received several very early donations which will allow us to start the campaign with nearly 40% of our goal already covered. 

At the same time, we will also start our second annual fundraising campaign. These funds provide partial support for the “Salary of the Executive Director”. Details for both campaigns will be provided over the next two weeks.

Next Copey Learning Center Location!

The Copey Learning Center will change location in 2020. The facility used by the Copey Learning Center for more than six years is now undergoing major rennovations and is not expected to be available when school opens late February. Other suitable Copey locations for the Learning Center are under consideration.

Remember This?

Surely, you will recall our desire to someday help the Copey community construct a new facility to support the Copey Learning Center.

The need for such a facility continues to grow and we still believe one day the structure shown below will become the centerpiece of the Copey community.

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The estimated $200,000.00 construction price tag is a huge challenge for the community to raise without major outside support.

Also, the second major challenge is the Copey community’s continued struggle with the loss and questionable replacement of their community church destroyed by fire in early August 2017.

“Friends of Copey” is not currently seeking the funding for the new center out of respect for the difficult decision confronting the community regarding the rebuilding of the church.

However, any door of opportunity that may open will be welcomed and pursued because we believe in the enormous impact the new facility would have on the education and economy of the community.

Family Illness Continues!

Only a few weeks ago I reported my uncle Harold Evans experienced a stroke following Thanksgiving Day. Although he is now home recuperating, his wife (my aunt) Patricia Evans has been hospitalized for check up and observation. We have sensed some decline in her health following Harold’s medical setback. Please keep both in your thoughts and prayers.  AMEN!