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"The Heart of America Quilt is dedicated to honor those affected by 9/11- in conjunction with educating children on current events, history and community service for a more enlightened world"

April, 2004

Volume 3, Number 2



"In the midst of fear, we stand back to back, we overcome by uniting"






We are uniting our country and educating our children on working together to better their country and their world. Our success depends on:

  • Great people like YOU
  • Donations
  • A continued show of unity

Staying in Touch

I hope this note finds you all well. The snow here in Maine has left and the buds begin to appear. Spring and hope of a warm summer fill the air. It brings me great pleasure to tell you that the Heart of America Quilt is now a 501(c)3, National non profit corporation. All donations made to the quilt are tax deductible. This will help so much in our fundraising efforts to show the quilt and to purchase fabric and maintain the fabric already designed. We have also begun our efforts to create an educational program to accompany the quilt. Teaching children about history, current events and community unity. We are all very excited to in this addition to the showings and look forward to your input and help.

We have lined up the location for the Showing in New York City. The Intrepid Air-Sea and Space museum has invited us to hold the showing there. It is a huge honor for all of us to take the quilt to New York and to be at the Intrepid Museum. The New York Showing brings the need for us to raise funds like never before. But I know this is the goal that has been in sight for a long time and we can do anything we try to do. All of us working together will get these kids’ signatures to New York City! I have to say, I thought it would be a simple drop in a city park. But there are more permits for more things then I ever knew existed! Still, I have faith we will do it!

Then on October 3rd the quilt will be in New Mexico at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. What a sight to think of Balloons in the Air, looking down on this wonderful quilt that you all have created.

I have to tip my hat to each of you for your dedication and commitment. I will be the first to say that the Heart of America Quilt is blessed with having the greatest people in the WORLD taking part.



Heart of America Quilt Incorporated is a national non profit corporation under IRS code 501(c)3

The Directors of the Heart of America Quilt: Susan Morissette, Co-Founder Colonel Steve Collier, US Army retired Tamera Selhaver, Survivor, G1 Pentagon Jean Rosenbluth, Business Manager, Automotive Systems Analysis


Donations – We Need YOU!

The website has a page with information on donating http://www.HeartofAmericaQuilt.com/needs.htm and donations can be mailed to HoAQ, 7 First St., Winslow Maine 04901

Please contact us for In Kind Donations. Every little bit helps. A ream of paper, stamps, fabric, office equipment. Please call if you have questions.

Services needed- Help with website layout and design, additional legal services, Marketing, Public Relations, Fund Raising.






Here’s a few ways to help unite your community:


  1. Organize a public signing.
  2. Call your local town officials and ask them to sign a panel with your organization.

  4. Have an art contest and let the winner be the designer of your panel.
  5. Invite your neighbors to a gathering and all do a portion of the quilt.
  6. Collect food and clothes for your local shelter while you do a signing.
  7. Take a panel to the mall!
  8. Ask a local event if you can bring a panel and a table.
  9. Take a panel to work!













Heart of America Quilt Incorporated






We’re on the Web!

www. HeartofAmericaQuilt. com

Positions Available-

With the New York Showing approaching fast, we are in need of many volunteers to help make it happen. All positions are on a volunteer basis. When requesting information, please include a brief description of qualifications and/or why you would like to be involved.

Positions Available for NY Showing-

Musical coordinator- A wonderful person that can work with our performers for the NY event.

Children’s Chorus-Just as it states!

Media Relations- Distribute and follow up to press releases, work with reporters to handle interviews, on site at event to work with HoAQ and media.

Assistant (can be done from any state) - Make follow up calls and help with planning. Organize, and keep record of invitations and replies.

Volunteer leader- Help in organizing all volunteers to make sure all jobs are covered and assigned.

Volunteers- the heart of our organization, the very people that make it work!

Committee members- To help with planning and organization.

Political liaison- Work directly with Political Staffers on timing and needs

Fundraisers- We need your help to get the funds to make it all possible!

The people we meet…..

The hardest job we have each month is to mention just a few of those that are so kind to the quilt.

For children and young adults that top the list this newsletter,

we would like to mention-

The IRCC (Indian Religious Cultural Center) Youth Club

Orchard Park High School Educational Outreach

As for the adults, we are filled with pride in those met

at Andrews AFB in Maryland. Directors Susan and Jean were able to meet with a great group and share a thank you with them for their hard work and dedication to our country. With a tour of the base and the chance for a presentation, we are excited to thank them for one more thing……they WILL be adding a panel! Thank you Andrews AFB, for your daily work and Thank you for being a part of the Heart of America Quilt.

Also SSgt Timothy Gunst presently located in Baghdad.


Future Plans

Special Thank You

To the YMCA in Reston VA, Don L. Rondeau, Dan Lemaster, our friends at Virginia DOT and all our friends at the Marriott. A special thanks to our directors for their time and hard work.


Special Kudos this month to those that teach our children, protect our communities and our freedom.

Contact Information

Please feel free to contact us. Heart of America Quilt Incorporated 7 First St. Winslow Maine 04901 is our mailing address. At this time there is no public visiting time. For email, please contact admin@HeartofAmericaQuilt.com and you can always visit our website at www.HeartofAmericaQuilt.com

Web Links:

Over the past two years we have met some of the kindest people in America! As always, unity and sharing with you about them is how we all keep doing the things that make this country so great! Check out these links for friends of the HoAQ:







Also check out our site for a few more!

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