January 30, 2008
January 28, 2008
January 22, 2008
A great big thank you to the Perth Amboy community for coming out to our Spaghetti Dinner on Friday evening! It was a great showing of support for Mike and the project. The final count was approximately $4100.00. A special thanks to the kitchen folks who were the heart of the operation, but especially to all of you who filled the room. The project has definitely gathered some new momentum for sure, so thank you.Please visit our photopage to see pictures from Friday.Next up – the Spring Fling Dance and Silent Auction! Date: Saturday, Math 10th (new date!), at the Forge Inn in Woodbridge. Flyers will be mailed out via email and snail mail….so watch for them. We are encouraging reunion committees, retirees, school groups, churches, and all who can to purchase a table and make the evening special.No Volunteer Meeting This Week.
January 21, 2008
For the next few months, the blog will serve a couple of purposes. One is to continually organize volunteer efforts and provide information about upcoming fundraising events. A second, and very important purpose of these pages will be to stay in touch with Mike and keep his spirits high. He is set up in a very nice hotel suite with high speed wireless, so he’s going to be in touch as long as he can. He’ll be sending along pictures from Chicago, and we’ll post pictures of the events here on the photo page.Here’s a message he sent along for posting today (please feel free to comment):
January 19, 2008
I’m sitting in the plane about a ½ hour from Chicago listening to my I-Pod and typing this on the laptop.
We are now starting our decent and the pilot just came on and said that the weather in Chicago has warmed up from -5 degrees it is now 0 degrees. I may have to just take my scarf off. This I’m sure is my least of worries.
I’m kind of excited because I waited so long for this to happen. At the same time I’m a little nervous even though I know what to expect, I really don’t know how my body will react to the treatment. I guess I will just have to wait and see what happens. That is the part that gets me nervous.
We arrived at the hotel at 2:00 and could not go up until 3:00 so we went out and picked up a few things to snack on and for breakfast. We finally got back and went up to the room. WOW it is some room. We must have about 1000 sq. feet of living space. There is a kitchen, dining room, living room, study, powder room, a bedroom with 2 queen beds, 3 closets, a full bath, TVs in the BR and LR and wireless high speed internet. It is nice because we are not tripping over each other.
Well I copied all of my addresses into the computer and now it is 6:30 and we are going to go to dinner. Take care and I will keep in touch.
January 18, 2008
Subject: You Are Loved!
Date: Thu, 17 Jan 2008 21:39:49 – 0500
Hey Mr. George:
Its only been 36 years since we’ve last seen each other. I know I look exactly (well not exactly) like I did in my Junior Year Bio (1970) and I’m sure you do too. I am praying not only for your health, but almost as importantly, I’m praying for your patience and perseverance over the next three months or so that you’ll be away. Within the context of your overall life, three months is really not a long time. It’s simply another chapter in the story of your life. You can and will get through it.
Use the time for reflection, prayer and healing. use the time to feel the joy from those who love you. Use the time to feel sad (short bursts only please!) when you need to feel sad. Use the time to reflect on the impact of your life on those you will meet in this new chapter. And finally, use this time to let God deep into your heart. Feel his warmth and love and know that every minute of every day, you are never alonge as he is with you and loves you unconditionally. I am looking forward to seeing you upon your return and feel so blessed to be counted as one of your students and friends.
All the best, John Rivers
January 16, 2008
The volunteers are planning for the dinner dance on May 10th (note – new date). First steps – we need committees to be formed. Please contact Elia Figueroa firstname.lastname@example.org, dance chairperson, if you would be interested in serving on a committee. This is our biggest event to date – we want to make it special and profitable! We are trying to keep the momentum going strong.
- Silent Auction
January 4, 2008
I just got off the phone with Chicago and I will be leaving to go out there definitely on January 19th, 2008. I will be staying at the Seneca Hotel which has special rooms just for transplant patients. It also has a connection for high speed cable so this should make you a happy camper….Kay.
The room that I am staying in is especially for transplant patients who will be out there long term. It has a kitchen, LR, DR, 2 baths, and a BR. I will have daily maid service because they want to keep that room as clean as possible.I’m really excited now and it is all because of all of you. Thank you for making my dream come true.Always,Mike
The focus for the next volunteer meeting (Tuesday Jan. 8 3:30 PM Holy Trinity)will be the upcoming Spaghetti Dinner on Jan 25th at Holy Trinity and the dinner dance April 12th.The spaghetti dinner crew is still in need of the following:beer, wine, water, ice tea, and DESSERTS! A special thank you goes out to our cafeteria staffs who are kindly donating their time to prep the food! Please respond here or send an email to Rayna (email@example.com) if you want to donate any of the needed items. Spaghetti Dinner will be held from 4 – 7 PM
- $7.00 adults
- $3.50 kids under 8