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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 Jack Shannon for hanging our paper towel holders in the restrooms. It's a little thing, yet Jack is always willing to help out with requests. It takes tasks large and small to keep our Center thriving. Thanks Jack for making our restrooms orderly!

Thanks go out this week to Jack Shannon for hanging our paper towel holders in the restrooms. It's a little thing, yet Jack is always willing to help out with requests. It takes tasks large and small to keep our Center thriving. Thanks Jack for making our restrooms orderly!

Thanks go out this week to Julie Lewis, Julie Quetel, Vivian and Oliva Magarino-Gomez for helping to set up the summer Luau party we held last Saturday. We had a blast listening to Hawaiian slat key music, soaking our toes in baby pools, eating yummy food and watching an amazing limbo contest! We held off the rain until the end, then danced under the tent! Thanks also to all of you who attended; it's wonderful to hang out with our Dharma friends.

Our Nyung Nä purification retreat was a big success, thanks to some wonderful helpers. Huge thanks to Julia McCollum, who gave crucial assistance in planning, shopping and preparation. Heartful thanks to our food dakas and dakinis, Elise Strevel, Patty and Maria Stetson, Suzy Boehm and Peter Murphy, who helped the participants survive the fasting parts of the retreat by providing wonderful meals!

Thanks go out this week to Suzy Boehm. Our website homepage and KC Facebook page are kept up to date daily by Suzy. While she was away on vacation this past week we realized how much help her efforts support the staff! Thank you, Suzy, for keeping us posted on the happenings at our Center. We appreciate you!

Thanks go out this week to Joan Lacey for her happy efforts towards the blood drive for His Holiness, the Dalai Lama's birthday. Joan took care of coordinating, communicating and liasing with the Red Cross to promote a successful blood drive and wonderful offering to His Holiness. Thank you Joan, many lives will benefit from your work!

Thanks go out this week to our moving and painting crew! You guys made our restrooms and office colorful and beautiful. Dwight Clark, Elise and David Strevel, Joan Lacey, Amanda Henry, Link Freedom, Chris and Ben Rinehart, Brian Gilbert, Christine Wiecek, and Chris Baranski did a mixture of moving furniture, patching walls, wiring and painting. We all appreciate your work and look forward to the rest of the Center coming alive with color!

Thanks go out this week to Tim Mulhern. Tim was the sole volunteer on Grounds day to help our Grounds manager Joey Gooch make our circumambulations so rich with beauty. They worked on keeping our flower beds in order, planting and so much more. Thank you Tim for dedicating your time to making our gardens grow and thrive!

Thanks go out this week to Arlene VanRyckeghem. She will be stepping down as bookstore manager and we thank her for her valiant effort in making the bookstore a success! A puja will be held in her honor at Kopan Monestary with this dedication:

"For the dedication and offering of service by Arlene VanRyckeghem as Bookstore Manager at Kadampa Center. May the blessings Arlene has brought to the Center survive and spread for eons to come and may all the seeds planted in the minds of all who have shopped in our store for books or gifts ripen in the future enlightenment of all beings. Thank you Arlene for your kind service."

Thanks go out this week to Christine Wiecek for working on the old shed contents by taking items to recycling, the dump and hazardous waste. She works in the heat without complaint and with no asking. Thank you for taking on this difficult task Christine, we appreciate your valiant effort!

Thanks go out this week to Anna and Jean Peppard for their frequent offering of kindness to our Center. They show up during the week to sweep, tidy up, water and trim the plants. Often they come early/stay late for classes to fill and/or empty the water bowls, getting Sangha drinks always asking "How can we help?" Anna and Jean are beautiful examples of serving our Teachers and Gurus by happily offering their time with smiles and devotion to the Center.

Thanks go out this week to Julie Lewis as our helpful shed transformation captain with her team: Patrick McGinnity, Joey Gooch and Christine Wiecek. They made a good start taking truckloads of old items to the dump and sorting what's to be kept. We'll still need help getting things cleaned, into the new shed and many more truckloads of stuff taken away! Thanks for working in the heat for long hours Saturday!

Thanks go out this week to a new visitor Pagan Reid, who ran into our Grounds Manager while visiting our stupa. She was excited to hear about grounds day and she and her friend were the only volunteers to dig and plant in our gardens last Saturday. Thank you guys for beautifying our gardens as your first effort for our Center!

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!

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