Spring Relief Walk Info

By: Portlight , 8:16 PM GMT on January 09, 2009

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1-23-08 Spring Walk Update

This morning there was a conference call with some of the city coordinators for the Spring Walk. This morning we discussed New Orleans, Atlanta, Charleston, Summerville, and a potential walk in the Kissimmee area. In order to have the walk in the Kissimmee area, we will need one or two more people to help coordinate in that area, so if you are interested then please contact us. In Atlanta we are working to have the walk at Centennial Park in early April. In the Destin/Fort Walton Beach area a dog walk is in the planes as well. As we lock down more details on walk location and date in the various cities we will continue to update.

Over the next couple of weeks it is critical that we secure the location and date for each of the cities that we are having the walk in. In order to do this we will have a couple of conference calls a week with the city coordinators. It is not critical that every coordinator attends every call, but our goal is to communicate at least once a week with each of you. If you are interested in assisting with a scheduled walk, or coordinating one in your area then please contact us and we will get you involved in these calls.

1-20-08 Update
We received this update from the New Orleans walk and wanted to pass it along...

Were getting organized to an extent here.Blogger tkeith is going to help us here in New Orleans.
We hope to hammer out the details when we all get together.
Our goal is to Raise a boatload of Money and Bring the effort to the local media as well as the date of our walk approaches.
March 21st looks to be our target date.
Will be speaking to tkeith today and hope to have another person in the mix as well.


Along with New Orleans, we have had someone step up and take on St. Augustine. The walk coordinators in Houston are also moving forward with the walk there. The coordinator for the Summerville, SC walk is currently working to set the location and date.

We will continue to update on the walk in each location as details become available. In the meantime we are going to schedule a conference call for Friday morning with all of the city coordinators, so if you are interested in coordinating a walk in your area please let us know and we will get you the call in information.



We have just about wrapped up our Ike work, and now we plan to take the lessons learned from that experience and begin to build our future.

Our goals are to expand our network of supporters, continue to create a sense of ownership and community…and create a financial reserve. Achieving these goals is critical to us being able to serve future hurricane victims in a strategic, pro-active and efficient manner.

We are working now on a national multi-city grassroots event which is crucial to our success.

Our Spring Relief Walk will continue our grassroots tradition…while helping us achieve our critical goals.

Here’s the deal.

In March and April of this year, we want to have 40 local Spring Relief Walks – each with the goals of raising $3000-$5000 from 20-50 walkers. We are providing enough guidance to local coordinators to make the job pretty painless…while allowing enough flexibility to make it fun…and unique to each location.

So far, we have about 20 cities committed. So…if you live in one of the cities listed below and you want to be involved, please contact us and we’ll connect you with organizers in your area.

If you’re willing to take this project on in a community not listed, PLEASE contact us. Our goal is 40 communities. But more would be great. And remember: these don’t all have to be big cities and towns. Smaller places are great, too. Just one church group, youth group or other organization of 20 people is really all it takes.

This began in a spirit of community. This event will build on that.

It’ll be fun, for sure. More importantly, it continues our Wunderful opportunity to serve.


presslord@aol.com
(843)817-2651

john@portlight.org
843-200-6022

Atlanta, Ga 2 coordinators
Savannah, Ga
Knoxville, TN
Greenville, SC
Columbia, SC
Charleston, SC
Summerville, SC
Jacksonville, Fl
Destin, Fl
Tampa Bay, Fl
Lake Placid, Fl
Houston, Tx 2 coordinators
Chicago, Il
Auburn, Al
New Orleans, La

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68. tkeith
3:55 AM GMT on February 05, 2009
IL! We are going to have it on the 21st of March. I hope yall can make it. We've got a good start.
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67. ILwatcher
3:53 AM GMT on February 05, 2009
Do you guys have a date yet? HuzBand and I did the Audubon Park path walk when we were there last month... lovely place and easy access by streetcar.

Wishing you tremendous success on your event!!!
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66. Patrap
9:52 PM GMT on February 04, 2009
A pic of the Quad Area where the Event will be ..

It's a behind the Loyola Main Building in the previous pic and is a wonderful spot.

We have a room off the side in case of bad weather.



Another view of the Quad
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65. IMA
5:21 PM GMT on February 04, 2009
Ooooh, Paul, you're such a tease!

Looks gorgeous, Pat & Keith. We can't wait!!

Have a great one, y'all :)
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64. Patrap
4:10 PM GMT on February 04, 2009
Found this one tkeith, as it shows part of the Walk real nicely.

Saturday afternoon bike ride through Audubon Park in New Orleans.

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63. tkeith
4:06 PM GMT on February 04, 2009
Looks like a great place to have a Spring Walk Pat!
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62. Patrap
4:04 PM GMT on February 04, 2009
* Loyola University New Orleans is the premier Jesuit university in the South.
* Loyola ranks fifth in "Master's Universities in the South" and first in "Great Schools, Great Prices" rankings in U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Colleges 2009" edition.

http://www.loyno.edu/ Link



Entrance to Audubon Park across the street from Loyola University.

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61. presslord
3:01 AM GMT on February 04, 2009
Keep watchin', y'all...major announcement coming in the next day or so...
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60. KEHCharleston
1:02 AM GMT on February 04, 2009
Hya Portlight,

Just a bump.
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59. tkeith
1:00 AM GMT on February 04, 2009
Bump for the Spring Walks.

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58. surfmom
3:27 PM GMT on February 02, 2009
Look, I am one of the most nurturing people around here...... but I'm gonna shake some sense into that Groundhog -- could someone please schedule a do over -- Phil got it wrong!!!
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57. presslord
9:05 PM GMT on February 01, 2009
Hey y'all!!!!!! I kinda like the Portlight Store idea...lapel pins, buttons, stickers, t-shirts, etc....I'm very open to a conversation anout this...actually, I'm pretty open to most any conversation...but this really blows my skirt up.....so to speak....
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56. tkeith
10:34 AM GMT on January 31, 2009
Link

anyone participating in the NOLA spring walk, if you decide to visit the Audobon Zoo, dont give the Oranatuangs any T-shirts.

See link above...lol.

We hope to have a time and Date this evening, thanks everyone for your response so far.
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55. KEHCharleston
2:14 AM GMT on January 31, 2009
Can we have buttons too?

I would wear a button. Just something about a button.
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54. code1
11:14 PM GMT on January 30, 2009
SM, either bring or send your Hope, and/or her good vibes up to the Destin Dog Walk this spring! Need all the good vibes going into the prelief effort as can be. Who knows, where the next one will hit? "If and when we pay it forward, it always comes back to us tenfold."

This wisdom first uttered from the Flagler Beach Sandbar and the Queen of all WUBAdom, SheraQueenoftheBeach years ago, that is still so prevalent today. Long live da Queen and the Portlight effort!
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53. surfmom
10:43 PM GMT on January 30, 2009
Quoting KEHCharleston:

I really like this idea - may be a contest to design shirts and snazzy bumper stickers.
Exactly -- take a look at how Surfrider has it set up - very simple, limited choices - but a store none the less. I too had suggested a contest to design a bumper sticker or even t-shirt. To enter the contest you have to pay a fee -- the fee goes into the fund..... a calendar might work as well.... with pics of our bloggers involved in the relief effort, and of the different places the walk-a-thons took place....ie,StormJunkie walking the bridge, EmmyRoses' art table, Patrap doing the upcoming walk in New Orleans.... BUT NOT PRESS IN A DRESS PLEASE!

Meanwhile, the reason I posted today, was the www.portlight.org bumper sticker.......when I glanced and saw it on my car today -- I felt so proud to be part of this (even in my little way) The other day someone spied it...... and I got to tell our story.
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52. KEHCharleston
9:40 PM GMT on January 30, 2009
Quoting surfmom:
....Perhaps on-line Portlight store - sells t-shirts, bumper stickers.

I really like this idea - may be a contest to design shirts and snazzy bumper stickers.
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51. presslord
9:24 PM GMT on January 30, 2009
She suggested that instead of calling this a "relief" effort that we use the term "prelief". I like it.


I like it, too......a lot
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50. ILwatcher
3:44 AM GMT on January 30, 2009
I was making a pitch to a friend the other day about helping me plan our up-coming event here in Chicago. She was familiar with the Ike story and the party in Bridge City (she donated the antlers I wore that day).

She suggested that instead of calling this a "relief" effort that we use the term "prelief". I like it.
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49. EmmyRose
3:23 AM GMT on January 30, 2009
So glad this is coming together!
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48. presslord
3:19 AM GMT on January 30, 2009
In the next day or so we will be making a MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT about our Spring Relief Walks....keeping checking this blog....tell your friends....tell your enemies...we are on the verge of announcing a very positive development.....


www.portlight.org
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47. Portlight
12:50 AM GMT on January 30, 2009
Interesting article SSIG. Thanks.

Wanted to let everyone know that we have a video of the Portlight presentation to the Summerville Kiwanis Club up.

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45. surfmom
3:21 PM GMT on January 28, 2009
Paul & StormJ
1. Bumper stickers Great Idea

2. Perhaps on-line Portlight store - sells t-shirts, bumper stickers.

3. Contact this writer, and see if he'll do a Portlight Story - after Katrina - he may have a sympathetic ear and he has the connections to publish an article in a magazine that would reach many people, and give Portlight more exposure and credibility.

Patrap posted the story

Nine Lives: Death and Life in New Orleans by Dan Baum

DAN BAUM is a former staff writer for The New Yorker, and has written for numerous other magazines and newspapers. He lives in Boulder, Colorado.
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44. Portlight
3:21 PM GMT on January 28, 2009
Thanks Ally!

For those that missed the presentation this morning you can find the printed materials we used here.

We will get a video of the presentation uploaded this afternoon or evening.

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43. AllyBama
5:25 AM GMT on January 28, 2009
{{PL & SJ}}...thanks so much for the great t-shirt and bumper stickers!..what a great marketing tool..imagine going on vacation 800 miles away and seeing somebody in one of these t-shirts - how awesome would that be!..it could happen you know..also, I greatly appreciate my certificate so kindly prepared by our PQ..
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42. Portlight
5:23 PM GMT on January 27, 2009
Thanks IL and SM!

For those that may not know, we are going to be having two conference calls per week to discuss progress on the Spring Walk. If you are coordinating a walk in your area, please try to make at least one of these calls. If you are not already coordinating an walk in your area, or volunteering but would like to then please contact us and we will get the call in information to you.

Thanks everyone!
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41. ILwatcher
3:36 PM GMT on January 27, 2009
Quoting surfmom:

So, I got this new T-shirt in the mail..... it's very hot... Just love the logo

HURRICANE IKE RELIEF HONOR WALK - w/IKE'S picture on it too! (thank goodness not Presslord in drag)

Buttt.. the best part was they also included Bumper stickers -- made my day!!
I have this thing for Bumper Stickers.....

My new Portlight.Org sticker will be placed in a prominent position

Also included was a most special certificate.....w/my name in calligraphy by the hand of a most real PyrateQueen


Thanks for mentioning the bumper stickers, surfmom. I didn't notice them in the bottom of the envelope and almost missed them. I'll certainly display them proudly.

Adding thanks to Portlight for the t-shirt and certificate (thanks, Emmy, for doing the calligraphy!)

I have a concert coming up this weekend where I'm going to be meeting up with lots-o-folks who have an interest in the Gulf. I plan on wearing the t-shirt as a conversation starter.
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40. surfmom
2:26 AM GMT on January 27, 2009

So, I got this new T-shirt in the mail..... it's very hot... Just love the logo

HURRICANE IKE RELIEF HONOR WALK - w/IKE'S picture on it too! (thank goodness not Presslord in drag)

Buttt.. the best part was they also included Bumper stickers -- made my day!!
I have this thing for Bumper Stickers.....

My new Portlight.Org sticker will be placed in a prominent position

Also included was a most special certificate.....w/my name in calligraphy by the hand of a most real PyrateQueen
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39. surfmom
11:53 AM GMT on January 26, 2009
morning Paul & StormJunkie --just checking in to get an update
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38. TampaSpin
3:46 AM GMT on January 26, 2009
Hello everyone......at my Blog i am having a FundRaiser for PortLight. Donatae, come play and have a little smack talk fun....

Thanks for your donataion,
Tim

SUPERBOWL FOOTBALL POOL

HERE IS THE FUN! I am holding a Fund Raiser with all procedes going to Portlight Disaster Relief . Once you donate at least $10 to Portlight you can participate in the SuperBowl Football Pool. Once you have donated please send Presslord and me an Email that you have Donated. I don't want to know the amount but, it must be at least 10 Dollars. Then go to my Blog and post who will win either the Arizona Cardinals or the Pittsburg Steelers, the total points scored in the game (only 1 person can have each score) and also as a tie breaker pick the total points by the winning team.
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37. tkeith
11:34 PM GMT on January 25, 2009
Quoting ILwatcher:


That sounds like a great idea!

What's the date for NOLA, guys?
We plan on posting a date this week IL. We would certainly be proud to have Chicago represented at the NOLA walk. And I guess as long as presslord dresses appropriately he can come too...LOL!
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36. ILwatcher
10:53 PM GMT on January 25, 2009
Quoting presslord:
I may have to go to NOLA for their walk...looks like fun....


That sounds like a great idea!

What's the date for NOLA, guys?
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35. Patrap
4:02 AM GMT on January 25, 2009
Mike True and The Phantom Band,

Entertainment for the walk ,courtesy of them and others.


Mr Mike ,singing here attended the NOLA meeting tonight.

And I thank him for his support.

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34. presslord
3:51 AM GMT on January 25, 2009
I may have to go to NOLA for their walk...looks like fun....
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33. Patrap
10:26 PM GMT on January 24, 2009
The new Orleans Spring Walk meeting is at 5pm CST if anyone wants to drop in.


Blogger tkeith,myself,and 2 others are meeting to discuss specifics and info for a few hours.


Wu-mail me for the local addy.


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32. tkeith
9:37 PM GMT on January 24, 2009
bump
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31. Patrap
6:49 PM GMT on January 23, 2009
Turn on your "Portlight",.

,,Shine it all around...

This is the land where I live
Paint it all over golden
Take a little sunshine spread it all around
This is the love that I give
These are the arms for the holding
Turn on your love light shine it all around

Shine it all around, shine it all around
These are the times of my life
Bright and strong and golden
This is the way that I choose when the deal goes down
This is the world that I love

Painted all over troubled
Take a little sunshine shine it all around
End a little sign now, spread it all around now
Hine it all around now, when the deal goes down now
Shine it all around, Shine it all around

This is the heart of the man
This is the heart of the matter
Break a little bread now spread it all around
Eat a little bread now, all around
Shine it all around, shine it all around


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30. Raysfan70
1:03 PM GMT on January 23, 2009
Good Morning {{Paul}}!
The weekend is almost here. :-)

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29. surfmom
12:06 PM GMT on January 23, 2009
Morning Paul -- Hoping today's meeting goes well. got work, but I'll be reading up
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28. tkeith
9:45 PM GMT on January 22, 2009
bump for the spring walk
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27. StormJunkie
2:44 AM GMT on January 22, 2009
Evening Paul. Glad to hear about the Charleston team. That's great.

I think between the chsldy, OceanMoan, and myself we might get to 100 walkers in Summerville.
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26. presslord
2:35 AM GMT on January 22, 2009
also, a coordinator for the downton Atlanta area....further....we have some Knights of Columbus councils stepping up to the plate 2 in Charleston...Knoxville, TN is coming together as well....


call me!!!!!!!!!!! (843)817-2651......this is getting fun.....
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25. presslord
2:32 AM GMT on January 22, 2009
we have a team and location together for Johns Island, SC....also, Buford, Ga....an Atlanta suburb...
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24. tkeith
4:59 PM GMT on January 21, 2009
Anyone in the NOLA area interested in participating in the Portlight Spring walk, feel free to contact me via WU-mail or tkeithed@yahoo.com Help some folks and have some fun...this is New Orleans ya know, it'll be fun...
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23. splash3392
1:45 PM GMT on January 21, 2009
Good Morning everyone. I'm in central florida cam help here or in Tampa area depending on dates. Someone contact me if your setting up in central florida or tampa.
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22. Patrap
1:17 AM GMT on January 21, 2009
I think we can all be Proud of the Nation and find common ground in the words spoken today.

We can do great things again.

I've seen it from just this site alone and by common folks striving to make the world a better place.

Yes we can.



portlight.org Link
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21. presslord
12:42 AM GMT on January 20, 2009
we're really beginning to get a nice response to the Spring Walk....if you're interested in participating please contact us....even if you have a small group (like a Sunday school class or Scout Troop....you can make a huge difference ...and have a lot of fun....

www.portlight.org
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20. AllyBama
11:56 PM GMT on January 17, 2009
*bump for the cause..
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19. seflagamma
5:25 PM GMT on January 17, 2009
Good morning Paul,

while I cannot help this time, I think you need to have this blog bumped up in case someone else sees it and Can help out with this walk!

I will be rooting for it's success!

happy Weekend,

Gams

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18. EmmyRose
3:31 PM GMT on January 16, 2009
Morning Paul - hope you're staying warm!!!!
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