PET MO-Columbia update 1/2/13

Goal for 2012: 2012. Actual for 2012: 2119
How ’bout that??

This rather amazing productivity was accomplished by the dedication, hard
work and cooperation of our volunteers, our donors and our suppliers. All
were willing to go the “second mile” when special orders from the field came
in. Here at PET MO-Columbia we take a statement by John Wesley as a guiding
motto: “If your heart is as my heart, give me your hand.”

A wonderful mixture of folks from across the land joined hearts and hands
to produce the 2119 PETs. Two thousand one hundred and nineteen of our
leg-handicapped sisters and brothers someplace in our world will have a much
better 2013 because of what happened at 1908 Heriford Rd.

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*** A few days ago a volunteer and I were in a discussion, and he commented,
“Mel, you are an eternal optimist.” He is correct. I am. I have long been
convinced that the world is, day by day, becoming a better place. That
feeling was bouyed by the recent issue of “The Christian Science Monitor
Weekly.” An article by Jina Moore stated: The world is getting richer,
healthier, better educated, more peaceful, better connected, and people are
living longer.” Here are a few of her statements, and I’ve plugged in a few
of my own:

  • The World Bank has announced that the number of people living on less than $1.25 a day has dropped by half since 1990.
  • Nearly 90% of people globally now have access to clean water.
  • There were no major air crashes in the USA in 2012, the 11th year in a row.
  • Wars now have far, far fewer casualties, and the injured receive far better care than ever before.
  • In 1986 some 3,200,000 persons in the world had Guinea worm. Only 2,800 cases were reported in 2011.
  • We are winning the fight against malaria. In March Kazakhstan was certified malaria free. Nigeria is poised to eliminate malaria. Five countries are now malaria free.
  • Maternal mortality is steadily dropping.
  • In 1970 36,500 children a day died from preventable causes. Today that figure is near 24,000.
  • Birth rates are dropping in many developing countries.
  • 40,000+ persons now have the GIFT OF MOBILITY AND HOPE!!

SO- KEEP ON WORKING. WE ARE WINNING!

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“Nobody grows old by merely a number of years. We grow old by deserting our
ideals.” Sam Ullman

MEL WEST, Director Emeritus

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Guatemala G Moreau Assembly Nov.xxx 2008 MoreauFurstenauGuatemalaNov08 Gary Moreau is our Director Elect. The Board voted him to begin training
September 1 although Mel began training him in August. Gary has been a long time volunteer and was also a board member for years until this transition. The two of them are working on the transfer of PET tasks.
Mel continues to do ones that he wishes to do and is spending extra time on fundraising at the moment along with his special interest in Rainbow Network and the Sewing Project (part of The Container Project). Mel comes
in and out of the shop at various times. Gary has gone on multiple PET distribution trips. Attached are two pictures from a trip to Guatemala in 2008. One he is preparing a PET for the recipient and the other he is
taking a break with another Columbia shop volunteer. Gary is on the left in the second picture. He was also pictured on the front of our last newsletter. You can contact Gary at his PET email address gary@giftofmobility.org.

We all look forward to the continued success of PET MO-Columbia with Gary
at the helm. Thank you all for your help in making 2119 PETs possible
last year.

Kathy Maynard, Business Administrator and 13 year PET volunteer

One Reply to “PET MO-Columbia update 1/2/13”

  1. Congratulations Mel, and Columbia team! You made your goal in Jan. 2012 and ‘overshot’ it.
    What’s ‘Emeritus’ doing after your name Mel? Does it have a job description to go with it? I hope you continue writing…your work has been an inspiration to me and many others.
    Keith

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