May 2005 Newsletter
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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 better world"
|Volume 4, Number 3|
"One day, the life we live, will be a history lesson to the children."
We are uniting our country and educating our children on working together to better their country and their world. Our success depends on:
Staying in Touch
I hope this Newsletter Finds you all well. Here in Maine, the buds are just beginning to turn the trees a light shade of green as the air warms at a slow pace.
For 3 ˝ years, my great delemia lies in writing a short note about this great county for the newsletter. This note lies in the same field. This past month, I traveled to Washington D.C. to meet with a few wonderful people to discuss out 2006 event. During those travels, I met with Director Tamera and Jean. We visited the Capital and spent a few hours in the midst of our Countries history, at the Center of D.C.. I also met with our Security Advisor, Don to discuss our event. Each of these people I awarded a Presidential Service Award for the time and effort they have donated to our organization. With great pride, I can tell you we have the best and brightest! As an awarding organization of the Presidential Service Award, I urge you to visit their site and log the hours you volunteer. It would be an honor to be able to present you all with this wonderful award. For more information- http://www.presidentialserviceawards.gov/
As the other Directors and I met at my hotel, the lobby filled with uniforms. Men and women that protect our country with their lives. While I was there, I was blessed to meet many of them. Some have even become so excited about the quilt that they too are now a part of this unity. One note I received after my return from the trip, brought tears to my eyes. Most of you know how the amazement of our country touches my very soul, but this letter, what was written, it was to me, but as you all know, it was to you all that have worked so hard on this-
What you do is huge. This country has survived and flourished because many have come together behind rally cries like "Remember the Alamo" and "Remember Pearl Harbor." Both of which brought a nation together to defeat a common enemy. The cry, "Remember 9/11" cannot fall on deaf ears. It is the most significant of the three.
In those previous wars, the rallying cries brought people together to fight a known enemy with identifiable borders. "Remember 9/11" is different. Our enemy has no borders, marches behind no flag, respects no conventions of war. Our enemy is ruthless and barbaric and strikes at the very heart of our greatness, "Freedom and Democracy."
The lessons of Vietnam have taught us that we can lose a war; not because of a lack of strength within our fighting forces, but because of a lack of strength and conviction among our people. It is people like you who keep the cry, "Remember 9/11", alive who will make it possible for us to sustain and win the war on terror. If the people of this great nation lose their faith and conviction in our ability to win, we will lose.
Many of us wear the cloth of our nation in the form of a military uniform. Others wear that cloth in the conduct of their lives by supporting and defending the ideals that have made this country great. The scope of your support is immeasurable. You are truly a hero for this nation.
I am proud to know you and I salute you.
So you see why I exclaim that I am the most blessed person in the world. I am fortunate to work with the cream of the crop!
We will spend most of this year raising funds for the care and upkeep of the quilt along with the funding it will take to make the DC event a great success. Our first fundraiser has been given to us by our advisor Don L. Rondeau. Mr. Rondeau has offered us a donation of $10 per book sold from our site. His book can be found on our website http://www.heartofamericaquilt.com/rondeau.htm
I have challenged our advisors to help with fundraising and I know they will all jump forth to make this a great year. We are working on a special challenge for all of you. We are going to challenge each of you to help raise funds with contests thought the year.
Our first Challenge is to our schools. We need schools to gain weight! You heard me. We are asking schools across the country to save change, gather change and see who weighs the most! The school who weighs in with the largest weighing bucket of change will win a Pizza Party! For more information on how you can take part, just email and we will get the information to you!
None of this is possible without the great help of each of you. Thank you for your dedication and support. The work you have done is for not only the quilt but for the future of our country, our children!
For more information about the 2004 NY and NM events, please visit www.HeartOfAmericaQuilt.com/events.htm
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, President
A very special thank you to directors-
Colonel K Steven Collier, US Army Retired
Tamera Selhaver, Survivor, G1 Pentagon
Jean Rosenbluth, Business Manager, Automotive Systems Analysis
None of it would be possible with out our Advisors and all of our wonderful Volunteers.
Donations – Please Help!
The Heart of America Quilt is run by an all volunteer body. We need your donations to keep it going. We have created a great form of living history that needs donations for preservation and continuing the gift of unity. Every donation counts. $1, $5, $25. Please help us preserve all this hard work.http://www.HeartofAmericaQuilt.com/donation.htm
donations can be mailed to HoAQ, 7 First St., Winslow Maine 04901
Donations of miles and hotel points can be made by firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Here are a few ways to help unite your community:
Heart of America Quilt Incorporated
We’re on the Web!
www. HeartofAmericaQuilt. com
Positions Available-We need YOU!
Representative and volunteers- Washington D.C. area for our 2006 showing. We need a lot and need them now! This is looking to be our largest event to date and we need your help to make sure the Heart of America Quilt is presented to the best of our Nation from the best of our Nation!
Grant writers-Work done via internet. Able to do in any area.
International Affairs Director-We have been contacted by many organizations and schools from other countries. Needed is a volunteer able to organize their care. Will include direct contact with organizations and reporting to directors.
Volunteers-the heart of our organization, the very people that make it work! We need volunteers in all states to help organize educational programs and giving holidays.
Fundraisers- We need your help to raise the funds to make it all possible! The Heart of America Quilt is a small organization working to help teach the art of working together. We make Big impressions, but work on a very small budget. We need help raising funds to provide services and continue to spread our reach of the helping hand.
We have been requested in D.C. (2006) for the 5 year Anniversary If you live nearby and would like to help with your contribution of volunteering and donations, please email us.
Special Thank You
A special thank you to Senator Susan Collins for our tour of the Capital.
Thank you to all those that have given to the tsunami fund.
Master Chief Mike Doyle for his support with revamping the website, Thank you!
Special Kudos this month to our Presidential Service Award recipients!Silver Award-
Tamera Selhaver, Col. Steven Collier, Jean Rosenbluth
Mark Archer, Don L. Rondeau, Mary Elder, Shari Roat, Mike Riconeno,
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 contactadmin@HeartofAmericaQuilt.com and you can always visit our website at www.HeartofAmericaQuilt.com
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:www.usnca.org www.redteamone.com www.keffdolan.com www.delpadre.com www.modestneeds.org
Also check out our site for a few more!
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