I am walking more and more in preparation for doing Bloomsday this Sunday. Check it out here www.bloomsdayrun.org – My son and daughter ran it with me more than once and I sure miss them right now. They always had better times than me. Oh well, 7 miles and lots, did I say LOTS OF PEOPLE! In spite of age “ing” and health/healing issues. Am hoping to just enjoy the walk and make it to the finish line in good health.
Am back to work and doing layouts for a publisher in Atlanta Georgia. It is fun InDesign work and am totally enjoying it.
hope to be able to illustrate for them one day too!
Here are the five paintings hanging at POVN in Newport WA their website is at www.povn.com
Eye Spy pen & ink – $50
Portrait Attitude watercolor – $125
Donkey, Then Jesus Said watercolor – $175
Two Bluebirds On a Post watercolor – $175
Storm Approaching oil – $250
Attached are pictures of our first week collecting Scrap Metal for the Orange Heart Fund.
As we mentioned earlier, Pacific Steel & Recycling said, “this has never been done before.” So there was no book to follow on how to set up such a program. Gordon Lenke has been instrumental in managing the process, A special thanks to Bev Lenke (Gordon’s wife), who took the pictures.
Local farmers are joining in. One brought in six riding mowers. When the weather clears we have been invited to his farm to pick up old equipment, scrap, etc. Another farmer also donated scrap steel and invited us to his farm when the weather clears. This coming week we will be getting more from business that have scrap metal and have committed to help.
For those in the Spokane Area, you can continue going directly to Pacific Steel’s Recycling facility at 1114 North Ralph, which is just North of Trent. If you are coming in via I-90, turn North on Freya and then left (West) on Trent, then in two short blocks turn right (North) on North Ralph. Pacific Steel entrance will be on your right (East). Simply tell the person at the weighing station that your load is for the Orange Heart Fund. That’s it!
Please keep sending friends, veteran neighbors and family to the collection locations:
The Trading Company (1501 East Seltice Way, Post Falls, ID 83854 at the corner of 95 and Hayden.
– Phone (208) 773-3383
Super 1 Foods (240 West Hayden Avenue #F, Hayden, ID 83835 – Phone (208) 772-5722
The collection area will be staffed by veterans from
7:30 am to 7:30 pm
(Jan 20th-27th, 2015)
We will be checking in with the CDA Tribe on Monday.
Orange Heart Steel Recycling Program
This is a story of just how creative and generous business owners can be. While attending his normal business group meeting a steel recycling company executive listened to the speaker talk about Veterans exposed to Agent Orange. The presentation touched his heart stirring up a desire in him to take action. He contacted the speaker from the non-profit after the meeting and presented a truly inspirational idea to raise funds. Since then, many more kind hearts have joined the team.
Inland Northwest companies and community groups are joining forces to sponsor and participate in fund raising efforts for the “Orange Heart Fund“. You may be wondering what that is. “Orange” in the title refers to the Veterans from Vietnam who were exposed to the herbicide Agent Orange. “Heart” refers to having a kind and generous heart, it also is closely aligned with the “Purple Heart Medal” awarded to wounded Vets. In the logo, the heart is not purple because it is all about the effects Agent Orange has had on the health of returning Veterans and their families.
The Scrap Metal Recycling Program is a “Grassroots” idea suggested by the Pacific Steel and Recycling plant in Spokane, Washington and Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. They are setting up collection bins at convenient locations and after processing will donate funds directly to the “Orange Heart Fund”. At this point it is a pilot program with locations in a limited number of locations in northern Idaho and easter Washington. If this succeeds they are willing to put collection areas at other locations.
The Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) members have volunteered to help man the donation sites at Post Falls and Coeur d’Alene Idaho. They are in the process of setting up a volunteer truck brigade to pick up recyclables from people who do not have a means to transport scrap to the donation locations provided. The local Police departments have assured that they will monitor sites. Bin locations are at The Trading Company Grocery Store parking lot in Post Falls 1501 East Seltice Way, Post Falls, ID 83854
(208) 773-3383, and The Super 1 Foods in Hayden 240 West Hayden Avenue #F, Hayden, ID 83835 – (208) 772-5722, future locations include the Kootenai Tribe Casino in Worley Idaho.
This does not sound very impressive until you take a look at their website and see where they are, and how many locations they do have. Pacific Steel and Recycling has more than 30 locations across the Northwest portion of the United States, they spread far and wide. There are offices from Washington to the Dakotas and north to south from just across the border in Canada all the way south to Colorado.
- British Columbia — 1 location
- Washington — 5 locations
- Idaho — 10 locations
- Montana — 12 locations
- North Dakota — 1 location
- South Dakota — 1 location
- Utah — 3 locations
- Oregon — 1 location
- Utah — 1 location
- Colorado — 1 location
It becomes quite evident that this recycling program could have far-reaching effects for our environment. This could inspire clean-up and environmental consciousness awareness throughout the population of 10 states. Out of the 50 states in our nation, ten states is 1/5, think about that! Would we then be conserving 1/5 more of our natural resources? If 1/5 more the Americans choose to participate in a clean up effort great improvements could be seen, literally.
A simple idea can change the world. Metal scrap can be cleaned up and recycled to raise funds for Veterans and their sick and disabled children who have been effected by the exposure to Agent Orange. It is amazing to realize that the junk lying around in garages and yards can be collected and donated to help a Vet receive better medical care and assistance with caring for their disabled children.
It is pretty simple to load up the scrap and bring it in to one of the Pacific Steel and Recycling locations or to other business’ hosting a collection container. The containers will be marked for the “Orange Heart Scrap Metal Recycling Program”. By participating in this recycling effort, we improve things for our back yards, our planet, and our Veterans and it just makes good sense.
I designed logo, banners and handouts for this cause that should be starting on January 20th. It is a truly worthy cause assisting veterans and their children who were exposed to agent orange. Raising funds by recycling scrap metal with help from Spokane WA, Post Falls & Coeur d’Alene ID —– Pacific Steel and Recycling locations. There should be articles in the papers etc around January 20th to begin it all.
Inland Northwest companies and community groups are joining forces to raise funds for the “Orange Heart Fund”a Scrap Metal Recycling Program. Metal scrap can be cleaned up and recycled as a donation to raise funds for Veterans and their children who have been exposed to Agent Orange. Simply bring in your scrap to one of the Pacific Steel and Recycling locations or to other business locations hosting collection containers to participating in this effort. Your recycling donation will earn funds needed to begin helping these Veterans and their families!
Here are two progressive images from sketch to ink of the rhinocerous character, “Abner being bummed”. Only got five more images to ink before I can start watercoloring all of them. This is a fun project.
I’ve been working on this logo and was surprised at the outcome. Good impact I thought. This is a developing cause to help raise money for Vietnam Vets who have had disabled children due to agent orange exposure.