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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 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.

Thanks go out this week to Link Freedom for keeping our kitchen tidy. Link comes in on Fridays to join us for Lunch Bunch then heads to the kitchen to make everything ready for Sunday morning. Thanks Link, for taking time out of your week to serve our Center behind the scenes. We appreciate YOU!

Thanks go out this week to all those who supported the Annual Appeal whether by giving financially, in-kind donations, offering service or planning for prostrations this year. Together we made it possible not only to reach our goal, we surpassed it! Thank you so much for believing in the Vision of Kadampa Center and supporting the place we all love so deeply.

For our last merit maker of the year, we'd like to thank EVERYONE! So many helpful hearts and hands come together to make Kadampa Center a wonderful community for all of us. Know that if you have done anything, no matter how small, to benefit the Center, we ALL appreciate YOU! YOU continue to make our vision for a compassionate community realized. Happy New Year!

Thanks go out this week to Kyle Hager, Dana Trent and Fred Eaker plus all those that popped in early or stayed late to help with the Holiday Party this year. We had a wonderful time together and appreciate all the kindness and effort. Thanks also to Vivian Magarino-Gomez for setting up the children's display of art, drumming and the wonderful video they made. It's great to celebrate with our Dharma friends!

Thanks go out this week to Julie Cox for kindly and patiently editing our "This Week" email. Julie makes sure all the links are valid, words are spelled correctly and the dates/times match everywhere. We appreciate your detailed mind and willingness to be patient with our errors! Thanks Julie for making "This Week" spot on.

Thanks go out this week to Tim Mulhern for single handily sorting our Dharma from holy images then with heartfelt practice, burning the Dharma per Lama Zopa Rinpoche's wishes. This is a highly detailed job and we appreciate Tim's diligence. We're just sorry for everyone else who doesn't get to Dharma sort now! (Don't worry, we'll always have more.) Thanks Tim for your time, patience and practice!

When Geshe Gelek is away, we call on senior students to lead Sunday mornings, tapping into their skills, experience and practice to offer inspiring and interesting programs to the whole community. These kind folks bring a wealth of insights on living in the Dharma to share with us all, and their offerings enrich our practice and understanding. Many thanks to those who stepped up in November: Karen Edwards, Denise Flora and Christy Batts.

We'd like to send huge thanks to the Volunteers in the Family Program for their service. Their joyful effort is inspiring and creates the causes for our Center to thrive. We all appreciate your kindnesses and time spent planning, teaching and helping our young minds: Christy Batts, Vivian Magarino, Dorothy Robson, Adriana Ortegon, Viviane Kraus, Lauri Robbins, Catherine Do, Shannon Blackwood, Annalisa Jaynes, Echo Townsend, Kelly/Andrew Hutzel, Ian/Ann Worthington, Kolleen Mitchell, Sara Tomasin, Erin Sloan, Tim Mulhern, Sue Stern, Jorie Walker and Andre Smith.

Thanks go out this week to Anna Peppard for consistently volunteering for the Front Desk Position. Anna comes to the Center two times per week to answer the phone and greet visitors. This helps our office staff focus on their tasks at hand and provides our guests with a happy warm greeting. Thank you Anna for adding a little sunshine to our days!

Thanks go out this week to Lawrence Gould, Michael Flaherty, Christine and Cary Brief for moving theGa-Ga ball pit from Don Brown's yard to the Center. Thanks to Don and his family for offering it! The children will be very excited to begin to play at their Center. Stay tuned for installation plans!

Thanks to Laura Shimer who came out for Grounds Day last Saturday. Joey and Laura worked in the gardens to prepare them for fall. Also thanks to Barry Judge who brought a load of mulch in for our gardens and to those who helped place in around the stupa last Sunday. We thank you all for the beauty that continues on our grounds year after year!

The Annual Appeal stuffing extravaganza was well attended this year and completed in record time! Thank you to the stellar team that worked happily and diligently to finish the beautiful appeal that will be arriving in your mail boxes: Sherri Harmon, Anna Peppard, Karen Beasley, Arlene VanRyckeghem, Diane Meyer, Kathy Kochevar, Brian Dyer, Liz Rourke, and Hedy Hollyfield.

Four wonderful volunteers make it possible for Kadampa Center to offer FPMT’s Discovering Buddhism, a two-year course that presents a solid grounding in 13 essential aspects of Buddhism. These four, our DB teachers, worked hard to qualify to teach the course, and donate hours of time preparing and presenting the classes. Big thanks to Steep Smith, Hemant Pandya, Don Brown and Robbie Watkins!

Our most recent cycle of Discovering Buddhism has come to a close. For 26 months, Erin Sloan has served the teachers and students of this class with kindness, humor and dedication. Turning her mind for organization to this Dharma class, she made sure we’re aligned with the FPMT vision for the class, and she facilitated several meditation Saturdays to fulfill the practice requirements. WOWOWOW! Thank you, Erin!