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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 to out this week to Julie Lewis, Jack Shannon, Michael Flaherty, Tim Mulhern for volunteering to set up/break down our Spring Fling party plus all those who stayed to help at the end. We had a blast and appreciate your efforts in making our party a huge success. Big love to the musicians who made the party so lively and fun too!

Thanks go out this week to Gary Mickey and Diane Meyer who have been Front Desk helpers lately. Answering the phone, greeting visitors and working in the bookstore helps our Center Manager have more solid focused time. Thanks Gary and Diane for being the face of the Center in happy, joyful ways!

If you see Dorothy Robson, Vivian Magarino-Gomez, or Adriana Ortegon, please thank them for happily offering their time, attention, and patience to All for the last several months. Their dedicated service has provided adults time and space to receive teachings without distraction, and children a safe and happy learning space to grow together in the dharma. Thank you Dorothy, Vivian and Adriana!

Thanks go out this week to Steve Hale. If you noticed our front entrance tidy and clean, not only does Steve frequently sweep, this week he brought us new matts for inside and out! Thank you for always making our entrance clean and welcoming by your efforts. It blesses us and our precious teachers.

Thank you Serenity Gardeners! Joey Gooch, Julie Lewis, Tim Mulhern and Monica Schario for spending Saturday morning making our Center vibrant and colorful. The grounds are springing to life with Tulips and flowers coming into full bloom. We appreciate your kind attention to beautifying our grounds. Thank you to Julie for providing flowers for planting!

Thanks go out this week to our new Kitchen Manager, Kristen Jerger. Wow, our kitchen was so clean and tidy Sunday and the volunteers and staff thank you for your effort. Not only was it joyful, it was full of joyful singing. You are an added delight to our Center. Thank you Kristen!

Thanks go out this week to Jim Barnes posthumously. We've had the opportunity to hear such wonderful things about the kindnesses of our friend Jim. As we hold him in our hearts, let's thank him for all the efforts of volunteering in numerous ways always with a wry smile and sense of humor. Thank you for making our Center better by your presence and your joyful effort. You will be missed!

Thanks go out this week to Miranda Benson for volunteering as a new bookstore clerk and helping out the middle schoolers who are making malas for Kadampa Center Prison Project. Thanks Miranda for your joyful effort in working happily for our Center! (BTW, we need one more bookstore clerk. The next merit maker could be about you!)

The Kalachakra section of our altar (to the right of Shakyamuni Buddha’s statue, facing out from the altar) received a nice facelift recently. Patti Pandya created lovely garlands with silk rosebuds and beads to grace the space. Patrick McGinity adjusted and tightened the wire strung in front of the statue, so that it no longer sags. Many thanks to both for your kind and attentive service to our altar’s beauty!

Thanks go out this week to Scott Miller. For many years now Scott has organized the All Star Mowing Team for the Center. Without a hitch, team members have signed up, mowed, trimmed and groomed our lawn for many years. We all thank you Scott for making this direction of our Center life easy and beautiful. Welcome Scott Dickerson as the new leader!

Thanks go out this week to the Tibetan community for preparing delicious traditional tea, rice and cookies for Losar. And thank you to all our dakas and dakinis who served everyone while we enjoyed song and talks from the Tibetan youth. It was a special holiday, one rich in history replicated for many years at our Center. Thank you to all for making our day wonderful!

Thanks go out this week to David Strevel our photographer extraordinaire! David not only solicits perfect photographs with everyone's eyes open, he brings his camera to all our exciting events from Holiday parties to Sunday skits. David happily edits and uploads all the photos categorized by year for us to use at our leisure. We thank you so much for your talent, joyful effort and coordination in capturing the many wonderful activities at the Center.

Our little red cart in the gompa, used to distribute texts for our classes and pujas, has been beautifully painted with the Eight Auspicious Symbols by member and artist Lee Clark, who spent many hours creating this lovely offering.
Many thanks, Lee!

Thanks go out to Zena Allen for re-designing our outdoor sign by the front door. Communicating clearly in a beautiful way makes our Center more welcoming and fresh to everyone who either stops by for a visit or comes regularly. Thank you Zena for making our entry more lovely!

Thanks go out this week to every single one of you who supported the 2018 Annual Appeal. Whether you are circumambulating the stupa, giving in-kind gifts, volunteering at the Center, or financially supporting us in any way that fit your budget know that we APPRECIATE YOU! You have made this the best Annual Appeal ever. From the bottom of our hearts and with hands folded we THANK YOU.

Thanks go out this week to Aaron Harris for his diligent work on Dharma sorting. He spent 3 days lovingly separating Holy Images to be stored from the Dharma no longer needed to be burned. Thanks also to Tim Mulhern for taking his time to burn the Dharma with a good mind and heartfelt practice. Thanks guys, our office has more space now!

Thanks go out this week to Julia McCollum, who is our new inside gardener. She has been trained well by Carol Vogel who has taken care of our plants and flowers so lovingly. Julia comes once per week to offer her kind service and joyful effort while making sure we are ready for Sundays! (Note: Everyone is welcome to bring flowers for the altar at any time we are open. It's a great way to offer to the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas!)

Was that the pitter patter of Rudolph running late on the roof this week? No siree, it was Karl Brown doing his annual labor of love ridding our gutters of leaves. Thank you for risking life and limb to keep our roof and gutters in ship shape order. We appreciate you Karl!

Thanks go out to our thank you note writing team for the Annual Appeal. Diane Meyer, Zena Allen and Julie Quetel took the time to send you a handwritten note in thanks for your donation of heart and hand. That's a lot of writing - we appreciate the personal touch you guys!

Thanks go out this week to Patrick McGinity, Joey Gooch and Tim Mulhern for burning our fires brightly during Dorje Khadro on New's Year's Eve. It took brave souls baring freezing temperatures to bring us three brilliantly burning fires to cast our seeds in and purify our negative karma. We appreciate your efforts!