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Merit Makers

Every week, there are seen and unseen heroes that help keep Kadampa Center running.
Here are just a few!

Thanks go out this week to Elise and David Strevel for providing bird feeders for our site. We now have birds flying from one end to the other! Hopefully some will circumambulate the stupa in their travels. We also could use more bird seed now that we have so many feeders! It's takes a whole lot of people to make our Center thrive and we appreciate you Elise and David!

Thanks go out this week to Jason Jenkins and Karen Beesley for kindly offering to greet folks on Sunday mornings. It's nice to walk into the Center and see happy smiling faces. Being a Greeter is a wonderful way to offer service to the Center and all who enter. If you want to be that happy, welcoming face, sign up on our website! Thanks Jason and Karen, you are appreciated!

Thanks go out this week to Larry Sleeper who decided to show his love for the Center and make our garden beds more beautiful by picking the weeds. It's a large task to keep our gardens thriving and anyone is welcome to assist. Thank you Larry for taking care of our grounds with a smile.

Thanks go out this week to David Strevel, Patrick McGinity, Barry Judge and Michael Flaherty for taking their time to finish laying the flooring in the education building. Now the Family Program can fully use the building and have discussions and classes in two rooms again! It's been a lot of work to get the building clean, up and running again and we appreciate all those who've helped in any way!

Thanks go out this week to Kolleen Mitchell for donating several of her lovely wraps to our collection. It's nice to have something to throw around your shoulders if you get cool in the gompa or to wear for modesty if need be. We love to be able to offer items like wraps and footies to our visitors and members. Anyone is welcome to bring more! Thanks Kolleen for your kind generosity.

Thanks go out this week to Tim Mulhern for offering funds to purchase a new rug for the shoe area by the bench. Our last rug was on it's way out for a long time as many have tried to clean it and trim back the fraying edges to make it last. Thanks to your generosity Tim, we are looking a little spiffier and can let impermanence play it's role. Now what will we put on the wish list next?

Thanks go out this week to Dorothy Robson, David Strevel, Michael Flaherty and Joey Gooch for laying our new flooring in the education building. We will now be able to keep our children's classroom more clean and allergy free. Thank for taking time out on a rainy work day to spend time together making our Center more functional for all! We appreciate you all.

Thanks go out this week to our Adopt-a-Stream team that spent their Saturday morning making our world prettier and cleaner! Dorothy Robson & Dylan Hatfield, Sandra & Alex Hess, Olivea Gomez& Vivian Magarino-Gomez, David & Elise Strevel, Julia McCollum and Barry Judge pulled 8 bags of trash out of the Johnson Lake shore. We appreciate you guys and so does our world.

Thanks go out this week to Tom Stanton for becoming a new Wednesday trash/recycling tidy up guy. We always need help keeping things clean and tidy around here and Tom is a new volunteer offering help. Thanks for your joyful effort Tom, you are appreciated!

Thanks go out this week to our seasonal cleaning crew of Gary Mickey, Elise Strevel and Joey Gooch. They gave up a gorgeous Saturday morning to clean our windows so the stupa view is unobstructed, make our lobby and library tidy and make our bathrooms sparkle. We all appreciate your effort and look forward to the next seasonal cleaning day where we can come together as a team to offer service to our Center.

Steve Hale has stepped down as a Board Member and a puja was offered on his behalf at Kopan with this dedication: "For the dedication and amazing offering of service by Steve Hale at Kadampa Center. May the blessings he has brought to the Center by serving on the Board of Directors, survive and spread for eons to come and may all the seeds planted in the minds of all who have benefited from Steve's service to our Center and our teachers, ripen in the future enlightenment of all beings. Thank you Steve for your years of service."

Thanks go out this week to Patti Pandya, Gary Mickey and Venerable Lhamo for assisting in setting up the Tara altar on a consistent basis when we have Saturday sessions of "Making Praises to the 21 Taras." There is a lot of work that goes into moving furniture, setting up the altar, transferring the Taras into place and making everything beautiful so participants may make offerings before the practice begins. Thank you guys for your joyful effort!

Thanks go out this week to Joey Gooch for spending many hours polishing the prayer wheels both inside and out. Not only are they beautiful to look at they are inviting to spin; sending compassion and loving kindness to all beings! Thank you Joey!

Venerable Amy's visit could only happen in interdependence on so many dedicated people! Special thanks to Suzy Boehm and Linda Saah, who coordinated drivers, volunteers and Venerable Amy's housing host, as well as seeing to innumerable little details behind the scenes. Thanks also to our financial sponsors for making her visit possible, and to the folks who drove, greeted, set up offering bowls, offered beverages to Venerable Amy, and to everyone who came to hear the teachings.

Thanks go out this week to Dorothy Robson for donating her time, effort and business acumen in dealing with our mold issue in the education building. Thanks also to Dorothy, Jennifer Kozaczek, Jason Jenkins and Jill Marie for cleaning up in the education building in preparation for remediation. Buildings age and we appreciate all those who help keep us safe and healthy!

Thanks go out this week to all the Dakas and Dakinis that helped during Losar! Volunteers served up the yummy rice, tea and cookies. Joey Gooch and Monica Schario showed us two beautiful Tibetan folk dances while the young Tibetan community shared stories, sang a song and enjoyed the holiday while miles away from home. Thanks to everyone for making this Losar so festive!

Thanks go out this week to our anonymous donors for their loving gift of a new sofa set in the nursery. It will be so wonderful having children cuddled, babies nursed, visiting teachers relax and meetings held all in in comfort. Thanks so much for your kind donation!! We appreciate you!

Thanks go out to this week to Lauri Robbins for inspiring us all to donate and deliver our merit boxes this season. Over the past 16 years, the Merit Box project has collected and distributed more than $1,000,000 to FPMT projects around the world. Our own dear Kadampa Center has received extremely helpful grants for 4 of the 5 Light of the Path retreats! Thank you Lauri for making this project a success!

Thanks go out this week to David Hinds and Renate Puckett for keeping us supplied with water in our cafe. David and Renate have brought us 5 gallon jugs for years. This has saved us time and funds and we thank you for your generosity, consistency and quenching our thirst! We appreciate YOU!

Thanks go out this week to Tim Mulhern, who has accepted the position of Facility Team Leader for Kadampa Center. In his new role, Tim will lead the Handy Helpers Team to facilitate the management of projects – large and small – to keep our Center in tip-top shape! He'll also coordinate efforts with Grounds Manager Joey Gooch and the Serenity Gardeners. Thank you, Tim, for taking on this role and offering your time and service to our precious Center.