PET MO-Columbia update 5/7/12

Production goal for 2012– 2012 PETs.
Goal to date, 720. Actual 735!!

*** Barbara and I just completed an exciting and rewarding long weekend from
Arkansas to Iowa promoting PET. At Branson, MO, we met Friday morning to
present programs on PET and Heifer Project. The group requesting the
presentation was the National United Methodist Campers Association. Campers
were there from across the nation. Various units have supported PET and The
Container Project through the years. Pat and Ray Marcy, of Walnut Shade, MO,
were hosts for the event.

*** Saturday evening and Sunday were memorable and inspirational times for
us. Folks around Tarkio and Westboro, MO, almost in Iowa, are so very
important to PET. We stayed the night in the lovely home of Carroll and
Dorothy Green. Their log-built house sits on a high hill with a dramatic
view in all directions. Carroll says that on a clear night he can sit on his
porch and count the lights on 62 electricity generating wind-mills.

It is in Carroll’s shop that the good folks of Westboro UMC purchase
treated pine and cut and shape it for our PETs. He has his shop all set up
and jigged for the work.

*** Sunday morning Barbara and I worshiped in the Westboro UMC and the
St. John’s Lutheran Church. My message from the pulpit was on PET at both
churches. St. John’s Lutheran Church provides us with a very large quantity
of PET brake pads and brake handles. Their work is done in the excellent
shop of church member Richart Ohrt, rural Hamburg, IA. Richard has gone
to great lengths to clear his farm shop and set it up with tools, jigs and
equipment so that 20 trained men can work several days a year to make the
parts in a professional manner.

*** An added dividend for Barbara and me was to drive 1009 miles through the
hills, valleys and flatlands of rural Missouri. We are still farm kids at
heart, and Missouri is lovely this time of year.

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*** We were affirmed again of the goodness, dedication and generosity of our
PET volunteers, and of how very important are our church congregations.

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‘Never fear shadows, that simply means there is a light shining somewhere.”
Ruth Renkel

Mel West

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