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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 our fabulous Annual Appeal stuffers! We finished just in time for Thanksgiving 'stuffing.' Kim Lillig, Julie Quetel, Matilda Parker, Rene LeReau, Brian Dyer, Dianne Meyer and the two visitors that were up for volunteer work and a good chat. We appreciate you for all your joyful effort to get the appeal out before Thanksgiving. Thanks go to you!

Sometimes big help happens in a quiet way, behind the scenes. Patti Pandya literally worked behind the scenes — or rather, “behind the curtain” off the kitchen — when she helped tackle re-organizing the storage where we keep supplies for our Spiritual Programs. With Patti’s cheerful help, the supplies have been consolidated, the space better organized, and there’s room to breathe! Many thanks, Patti!

Thanks go out this week to Gary Mickey who comes every Friday to tidy up our Center in preparation for the teachings on Sunday. He lovingly makes sure everything is in the right place, takes out the garbage, vacuums and makes the door sparkle for our teachers entry! Thanks Gary, for making our Center so inviting. We appreciate you!

We use about 200 long mats on the floor at the Light of the Path retreat, and more than 200 small cloths to cover student tables. A brave team of laundresses hauled all that fabric to the nearby laundromat recently for a marathon of washing, drying, trimming and folding - all is ready for the next retreat! Many thanks to Venerable Khando, Joanna Smith, Cherie Sutorus, Jill Marie and Donna Seese for their work!

Thank you to Eric Perry for being the sole Serenity Gardener helping Joey Gooch dig holes for our children to plant bulbs last Sunday. Eric and Joey worked hard to prepare the ground for over 400 bulbs! We'll all look forward to a burgeoning garden this Spring. The children will get a real kick out of knowing that had a part in making our grounds so lovely. Thank you Eric and all the children for your kind efforts!

Thank you to all the folks who brought flower bulbs for the children to plant in the garden next week! We will all enjoy the fruits of your generosity as the garden fills with blossoms year after year. We appreciate your kindness and generosity for this fun project!

It takes a team of at least 7 teachers every Sunday morning to make the children's program work. This week we'd like to thank: Kelly Hutzel, Courtney MacDonald, Kolleen Mitchell, Jorie Walker, Vivian Magarino-Gomez, Elise Strevel and Georgia Brown for being the first to sign up with our new system of volunteers and enrollment for students. When we share the joy of teaching, many get to be involved on a deeper level with our children, the future teachers of the Center! Thanks to our new team.

On Sundays when Geshe Gelek or Geshe Sangpo can’t teach, our wonderful Discovering Buddhism teachers and other senior students step in to lead the discussion, bringing fresh new voices to our discovery of Dharma. They very kindly offer this on top of their other service to Kadampa Center. Big thanks to Venerable Lhamo, Venerable Khando, Venerable Choekyi, Steep Smith, Don Brown, Robbie Watkins, Erin Sloan and Karen Edwards!

We could not begin to undertake an event as huge as a four-week retreat without many, many hands joining in the work. We truly see that we are a community when dozens of us offer our help, in big ways and small, every single stitch an essential part of the tapestry that is the Light of the Path. We are so grateful to have shared this journey with so many people who planned, worked the retreat, helped to pack and truck and clean and buy and sort the items used. We rejoice in the merit we have collected together!

Thank you to our teachers, program assistants, volunteers and all of you who helped keep Kadampa Center running smoothly while many of us were away during LOP. How wonderful to know that everyone is so willing to help to keep our Kadampa family thriving! Great job!

Thanks go out to Christy Batts and her amazing crew of volunteers for Family Camp! This years camp was held at LOP and was a huge success. Christy designed a packed filled weekend of fun and memory making events such as a long visit with Rinpoche and an animal blessing where Rinpoche taught and circumambulated while chanting with the children. Everyone had a beautiful weekend. Thank you Christy and crew for all your hard heartfelt effort!

Thanks go out this week to Elise Stevel and Diane Meyer for dreaming up and managing the Love Notes Project. Also, thank you to the many, many loving folks for writing sweet notes! We have sent out over 1000 letters from the heart to Seniors in the Meals for Wheels program. This is an ongoing successful project. Thanks Diane and Elise!

Thanks go out this week to all the people who helped pack boxes and trucks for LOP. It was a daunting task and took lots of time and energy. Your passion and desire for the retreat to run smoothly warms our hearts. We want you to know you are greatly appreciated for your perseverance!

Thanks go out this week to Linda Saah, Susan Potter and Becca Zuvich. With Linda at the helm, this amazing team handled everything to do with Lama Zopa Rinpoche's visit. There was much planning and work involved that was done with loving, joyful effort. Thanks guys, you are greatly appreciated!

Thank you to the team of cleaners, gardeners, Lama Atisha statue fillers and LOP packers that made Saturday a merit packed day of joyful effort. We enjoyed a wonderful time together and accomplished so much! It's wonderful to see people come out and help the Center supporting the wishes of our teachers. Thank you guys!

Thanks go out this week to Josh Britt, Jacob Gibbs, Joey Gooch, Venerable Choekyi, Tenzin, Kelsing, Gen Norbu and Patrick McGinity for helping with the unpacking of the Lama Atisha Statue. There was a lot of effort and muscle used to getting our beautiful statue in place in the lobby. We thank you for taking the break in your busy week to help Geshe-la for this momentus occasion.

Thanks go out this week to Ria Verma (Enloe student doing volunteer time) and Miranda Benson who did hours and hours of dharma sorting; separating holy images, dharma to burn and recycling. Next they will make prayers and manage the dharma burn. Thanks to the teens for reducing our pile of dharma sorting and making our office more spacious!

This week we thank Lee Clark for logging in every single item from the 'Tip of a Wish' Aspiration Tree. During our 25th Anniversary Gala, we asked folks to make a wish for the Kadampa Center for the next 25 years. Lee endured the heat to gather and log in each wish you all made and they are now printed out in a lovely format and will be placed on our altar. We thank Lee for her happy mind and sweet effort to turn our wishes into an offering. Thank you Lee!

This week we thank Dwight Clark for his early morning garden care. As an unofficial Serenity Gardener, he saw a need and every morning he deadheads, trims and gives general love to our grounds all the while playing mantras. Our gardens appreciate you Dwight as do all the two and four legged beings that enjoy the summer beauty. Thank you!

Thanks go out this week to Karl Brown for his amazing kind effort in clearing away the obstacles to drainage on our roof! Karl spent half a day in the heat cleaning our gutters and ground drains then checking to see everything is in clear working order. This was a big messy job and we are grateful to you Karl!