Friday Notes 5/14/99 : LUSENET : Heifer Project International : One Thread

=-=-=-=-=--=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= **FRIDAY NOTES** May 14, 1999 Jeanette Parr =-=-=-=-=--=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=

*DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT* From Anna Bedford CHICKEN SOUP-HPI STYLE The co-authors and publisher of Chicken Soup for the Single's Soul have named Heifer Project as one of the charities to which they will donate a portion of the book's proceeds.

This newest title is the latest in the New York Times best-selling inspirational Chicken Soup for the Soul series. It is designed to support and uplift single people in their daily life journey and will be available mid-September.

CAMBIANDO MI PROFESION... From Blanca Tucker For all of you who do not speak Spanish, I am changing professions. I have decided to spend more time with my family. It has been a wonderful journey to be a member of this organization for the past seven years and I am really excited for the upcoming experience in my life as a full-time mother and wife. I wish all of you the very best.

My last day in HPI is May 31, thereafter change my address to:

Blanca Viscarra-Tucker 14 Buttermilk Road Little Rock, AR 72227 Tel/fax: 501-312-8879 email: ======== *PACIFIC WEST REGION* From Bill Beck I presented my "39 Years of Heifer" in slides to the United Methodist Women of Chico CA. They renewed their support of HPI. The Jubilee Ark was introduced - a challenge to UMCs of California/Nevada for the Jubilee 2000 event in August of 2000.

A memorial service was held Wednesday for Chaplain Don Jolly, key volunteer in the San Diego Area. He and his deceased wife, Marilou, spoke before many churches, service clubs and schools. He will be missed. Memorials are being received. Bill represented HPI at the service.

The Lions Clubs of Oregon have completed their $20,000 effort to fund the Blind Women's project of Kenya. The Lions Foundation will match this to make $40,000. I will present an award at their Eugene OR Convention the 15th. The spark plug of this effort is a former member of Bill's first church in Galt CA.

Heifer Sunday is May 16th. Churches across the Pacific West Region will celebrate with prayer for Heifer and the gathering of gifts or the initiation of support projects. A Heifer Sunday packet is available for interested churches. ======== *MIDWEST REGION* From Dave Boothby Welcome to our new staff person in the Chicago office! Frances Collins-Sussman joined our Chicago staff as a part-time secretary. Upon relocation of the Chicago office (now pending), Frances will become full-time, working also as support staff for Alison Meares. Frances, who will be receiving a degree in Public Policy from the University of Il. in Chicago, is a native of North Carolina. ======== *INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS* from Skip Polson One of the primary reasons it is good to be involved with HPI, is because HPI is all about REAL LIFE: people working together to improve their lives, and people working intimately with other living creatures, both plants and animals, in the process. Being ultimately involved with other living beings and experiencing the fullness of life gives meaning to my life, and I presume that it does the same for everyone who is connected with HPI.

One of the most fascinating books I've read lately focuses on specific aspects of the relationship between humans and animals, and our interactions with animals. "Next of Kin" by Roger Fouts tells the story of his 30 years of involvement with chimpanzees who have learned to communicate with people and each other by using sign language. It's very enjoyable reading and it also challenges us to consider the proper relationship and degree of respect which we humans should have with these other living beings who are so like us. I highly recommend this book to you. I think you'll find it in your local library; I did.

After learning of this book I told my daughter Miako about it. She studies sign language and works at the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind. I knew she'd enjoy reading it. She enjoyed it so much, in fact, that she applied and has been accepted to work this summer as a research apprentice with Dr. Fouts and the chimpanzees described in the book, at the Chimpanzee and Human Communication Institute (CHCI) which is part of the psychology department at Central Washington University. She should have a tremendous and unique experience there, and I wanted to share that news with you all. If you want to know more about CHCI, the chimpanzees, and the work done there, you may visit their web site at or you may contact Miako directly (her email address is


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