Saturday, November 29, 2014

God Bless America

This is wonderful! Does the year 1940 ring a bell for anyone . . .? No TV, yes radio, and people did sit around the radio to listen. Some even placed earphones in a large bowl to create a loudspeaker.
The worry, the privation, the pain and loss in the Big War . . . may we never see that again!

Frank Sinatra considered Kate Smith the best singer of her time, and he said that when he and a million other guys first heard her sing "God Bless America" on the radio, they all pretended to have dust in their eyes as they wiped away a tear or two.
Here are the facts... The link at the bottom will take you to a video showing the very first public singing of "GOD BLESS AMERICA".  But before you watch it, you should also know the story behind the first public showing of the song.
The time was 1940. America was still in a terrible economic depression. Hitler was taking over Europe and Americans were afraid we'd have to go to war. It was a time of hardship and worry for most Americans.
This was the era just before TV, when radio shows were HUGE, and American families sat around their radios in the evenings, listening to their favorite entertainers, and no entertainer of that era was bigger than Kate Smith.
Kate was also large; plus size, as we now say, and the popular phrase still used today is in deference to her, "It ain't over till the fat lady sings". Kate Smith might not have made it big in the age of TV, but with her voice coming over the radio, she was the biggest star of her time.
Kate was also patriotic. It hurt her to see Americans so depressed and afraid of what the next day would bring . She had hope for America, and faith in her fellow Americans. She wanted to do something to cheer them up, so she went to the famous American song-writer, Irving Berlin (who also wrote "White Christmas") and asked him to write a song that would make Americans feel good again about their country.  When she described what she was looking for, he said he had just the song for her.
He went to his files and found a song that he had written, but never published, 22 years before - way back in 1917. He gave it to her and she worked on it with her studio orchestra.  She and Irving Berlin were not sure how the song would be received by the public, but both agreed they would not take any profits from God Bless America. Any profits would go to the Boy Scouts of America. Over the years, the Boy Scouts have received millions of dollars in royalties from this song.
This video starts out with Kate Smith coming into the radio studio with the orchestra and an audience. She introduces the new song for the very first time, and starts singing. After the first couple verses, with her voice in the background still singing, scenes are shown from the 1940 movie, "You're In The Army Now."  At the 4:20 mark of the video you see a young actor in the movie, sitting in an office, reading a paper; it's Ronald Reagan.
To this day, God Bless America stirs our patriotic feelings and pride in our country.  Back in 1940, when Kate Smith went looking for a song to raise the spirits of her fellow Americans, I doubt whether she realized just how successful the results would be for her fellow Americans during those years of hardship and worry..... and for many generations of Americans to follow.
Now that you know the story of the song, I hope you'll enjoy it and treasure it even more.
Many people don't know there's a lead in to the song since it usually starts with "God Bless America....." So here's the entire song as originally sung.....ENJOY!
Let us pray God still does Bless America, and it's not too late.



Friday, November 28, 2014

Inspirah "Art with a Heart."

Trish Becerra - Artist & Designer at Inspirah, spoke at the Yelm Chamber of Commerce on November 12th about her products and new website launch on November 26th.  

We like  her designer hats.  She will make custom designed hats and other articles of clothing for your business, too.  Contact Trish at: 

Trish creates "Art with a Heart."

Please check out her new website at:  INSPIRAH

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Rainier Cares Website Launch December 10, 2014

Come Join us for FREE dinner and dessert on December 10, 2014.  We'll be launching Rainier's new website.

You can promote for FREE:

  1. Your Business  
  2. Service Organization for FREE.  
  3. Advertise your family's garage or yard sale
  4. School Activities
  5. Civic Activities
We'll have resources for health care, dental care, mental health care, etc., non-profits, civic groups, city wide blog and much, much more.    

We made this website because many people in the community asked for it.  

We're here for YOU!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Hands of Hope Update

November 24, 2014

Dear friends of Hands of Hope,

As you know I return to Peru each Christmas to recharge my batteries, feed my soul, and bring Christmas cheer to the school community of Taucca. Before I left Peru last August I asked the community what was needed for the children - the response was "rubber boots for the rainy season and warm jackets to help protect them from the cold." I would therefore like to offer the opportunity for those who wish to make a donation at this time to be able to do so. I realize these are tough times for many, so please know there is no expectation attached to this message. I am genuinely thankful for all the good wishes and contributions that have kept this dream alive the last few years.

Warmest regards

Please make checks payable to: Quipunet for Hands of Hope#18
Checks can be sent to: Dana Reynolds 1001 N Yakima Ave #504 Tacoma WA 98403

WA Employment Security Department: Shared Work Program for Private Employers

Karen Robbins, from Washington State's Employment Security Department, spoke about their Shared Work Program, at the Yelm Chamber of Commerce on November 12th.  This program is for private employers who have employees with at least 2 quarters of unemployment taxes filed with the Washington State's Employment Security Department.  

In the last few years over 100,000 employers have been helped to save jobs in Washington state.  If your business has a slow down, or other impacts on your business which may require you to lay off your employees, please look into this program.  Washington State has been able to subsidize employees & employers through a US Federal Grant.  This grant does run out on June 30, 2015.  

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Yelm Chamber of Commerce OPEN HOUSE

You're invited to the Yelm Chamber of Commerce OPEN HOUSE on December 9, 2014 from 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM at the Prairie Hotel.

Cecelia Jenkins is retiring as head of the Yelm Chamber of Commerce after 17 years of dedicated service.  Please come and thank her for everything she's done for Yelm.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Lions Night at the Theater December 9, 2014


Order Your Tickets TODAY!!!

Contact Bernice Beck @ (360) 458-4545

SEA MAR Information

Sea Mar Community Health Centers have opened an office in Yelm.  They provide OBGYN services, as well as family medicine, dental clinics, mental health and many other valuable services.  Please feel free to call and make an appointment at:  (360) 400-4800.  If you make an appointment, you need to keep it.

White Elephant Sale & Raffle

 Rainier Emergency Food Center

White Elephant Sale & Raffle

Friday:  Dec 12:  11- 6 PM

Santa 4 – 6 PM Greets kids

Instant Pictures with Santa available for $2
(Covers the expense of photo paper.)
Saturday:   Dec 13  

Silent Auction   3-7 pm

Winners announced @ 7:05 pm

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

SEA MAR Community Health Center in Yelm

Belinda Montgomery, Clinic Manager at the SEA MAR Clinic in Yelm, spoke at both the RCC meeting last Wednesday night and after "The Anonymous People" movie a week ago Monday.

SEA MAR offers medical care to anyone, whether or not they have insurance or the ability to pay.  Next year their services will expand to include dental services.  For more information about SEA MAR, or to make an appointment, please call:  (360) 400-4800.

Remember, all services provided are kept confidential.  If you make an appointment, please keep it.   

You can apply for medical insurance November 15, 2014 - Feburary 15, 2015.

Annual Rainier Community Survey


 made a dramatic impact on our community this year.  

Rainier Community Cares is funded by a grant.  Please take the survey on Survey Monkey - to help us keep our funding.  This funding has provided Rainier with:

  • FREE "Movies in the Park,"
  • Movie & a Dinner
  • Family Fun Day
  • Parenting Classes
  • CPR Training
  • Parents Matter Posters
  • Community Leadership Training
  • Rainier Cares Website (Launch date 12/10/14)
  • and much much more......

SUPPORT Rainier Community Cares by taking this brief Survey:

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Pack #307 Picture

Wolfs Practicing their Native American Chant they learned!

See the comments and picture on Facebook HERE

Family Portrait Christmas Cards:

George & I went to the Yelm Chamber of Commerce meeting last Wednesday.  It was held at the Prairie Motel in Yelm at noon.  We had a wonderful lunch that was catered by Casa Mia.  One of the people who attended, gave out a flyer of their Christmas Cards with a candy cane.  They're doing family Christmas card portraits this coming weekend.  The package includes 50 cards and envelopes:

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Sheriff's Budget Cuts Shouldn't Impact Rainier

According to the Nisqually Valley News, the Thurston County budget cuts to the Sheriff's budget shouldn't impact the city of Rainier.  

At a recent meeting, the Rainier City Council heard about how budget cuts to the Thurston County Sheriff’s Department will impact the city’s coverage and a program designed to help small businesses succeed.
City Administrator Charmayne Garrison took the opportunity of having the department’s Lt. Paul Counts in the audience to ask him how the proposed cuts could affect Rainier. The County Commissioners adopted the 2015 budget, which included the sheriff’s budget, on Tuesday, Oct. 28.

If You Want To Learn More:
• Call the Thurston Economic Development Council at 360-754-6320.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Please Help Sgt Smith and His Family

I read about this on Facebook this morning:  A fire broke out at Sargent Smith's home at 5 AM yesterday, November 13, 2014.  Their family of three lost everything.  They are lucky they are alive.

You can read about this & donate to help them:  HERE

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Food Bank Sale at Storage Auction Liquidators November 18th!!!!

Storage Auction Liquidators

This is Deni at Storage Auction Liquidators we will be doing the Food bank Sale on November 18, 2014 that is on a Tuesday.  We will be donating 50% of our sales from that day to help the food bank and community.  Have any questions please contact us.  We will be advertising this on our web sites.  

Deni & Chris 
Storage Auction Liquidators. 

Facebook Page:  HERE
ebay items for sale: HERE  

Nisqually Valley News article about their store opening:  HERE

Monday, November 10, 2014

Cub Scouts - Color Guard at Rainier Elementary School

The Color Guard was presented by the Rainier Cub Scouts in #307 this morning at Rainier Elementary School this morning.  Thank you SCOUTS!!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Picture of Rainier Market

Here's a picture of the Rainier Market when it re-opened this year.  We sure miss the market & hope it reopens again, soon.  All our best to the owners, Sarb & Jessie.  We think of you often.  Linda & George

Do You Remember the Cowgirl in Front of the Marquis Jean Store???

Friday, November 7, 2014

Calling All Vendors and Crafters!

(Not a vendor or crafter, please pass it on to someone you know that is!)

Join us at our Holiday Bazaar and Santa Social
Event Date: Friday December 12, 2014 @ 5:00pm-7:00pm @ Rainier Elementary
Cost: $10 per 8 foot table space.
Event Details: The Rainier Elementary Booster Club is having a Holiday Bazaar and Santa Social in which we provide the opportunity for children to come and purchase gifts for their loved ones, visit with Santa, and enjoy cookies, cocoa, cider, and coffee. This is NOT a fundraiser for the Booster Club.  It is a service that we like to provide to the students and decided to try something new this year by inviting local vendors and crafters to participate to give the kids the opportunity to buy quality items.
Vendor/Crafter Requirements:  We are looking for people who can provide items that children may purchase to give as gifts to Moms, Dads, Siblings, Grandmas, Grandpas, Aunts, Uncles, and even pets.  Items must be kid friendly.  Vendor items must be pre-approved by the Rainier Elementary Booster Club.  Vendors must be able to have cash and carry items that are priced $10 or less.  Vendors are required to donate 1 item for a door prize that will be advertised on the event flier.  Homemade items are welcome, but no baked goods. Space set up begins at 4:00pm and must be ready for business at 5:00pm.  Vendors must stay until 7:00pm. Table space must be paid for by the sign up deadline and is non-refundable.
Deadline to sign up for this event is Monday December 1, 2014!
For more information and to sign up for a table space, please contact:
 Kelly Hill

Vendor/Crafter Application

Contact Name: ______________________________________________
Phone#: ___________________________________________________
Mailing Address: ____________________________________________
Email: _____________________________________________________

Name of Company or Product: _________________________________
Detailed description of the products you will have available for sale and prices: ____________________________________________________

What Item will you donate for the Door Prize basket raffle: __________________________________________________________
Number of table spaces wanted to purchase( $10 each): __________

FREE Movie Night: "The Anonymous People"


Hello Linda ,

Welcome to November! Sorry to be cliche but it is a great time to remember to think of what you're grateful for.  Sometimes it's the little things. The other day, the top row of my keyboard wasn't working and I couldn't spell words with letters using "e" or "i". I never thought about those letters before I couldn't use them. What are some things you're grateful for?

Thanksgiving is also a reminder of eating dinner with family and friends. In the Health Promotion world, this is called a protective factor for youth - something that helps insulate a child from making potentially unhealthy decisions. When you're doing something as simple as cooking dinner together, you could be talking about what's going on at school or future plans. What a great opportunity to process information and generate new ideas. 

I hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Please join us before then of course, for our RCC meeting. Because I am also grateful for all of you who are engaged with RCC and with your community!
Now that we have a tentative plan, it's time to start making some more great things happen in the community!
Agenda for November 12, 2014 for Rainier Community Cares

Free Dinner served
  5:30 pm at Rainier Emergency Food Bank

  1. Welcome; Introductions
  2. Key Speaker: Belinda Montgomery Director of Yelm SeaMar Clinic
  3. Old Business:
    1. Present Action Plan and month by month calendar for year 
    2. Updates on Say it Straight and After-School Programming 
    3. Report out on "The Anonymous People" Movie
    4. Update on Youth Mental Health First Aid 
    5. Update on Community Campaign 
    6. Update on Annual Community Survey 
    7. Membership and Leadership 
  4. New Business:
    1. Pick committees and project workgroups for the year
    2. Talk about Business Night Out for December and Potluck
    3. Celebrate Volunteers
  5. Wrap up/ Announcements
  6. Adjourn
At 6:30, an optional 2nd showing of "The Anonymous People" 
See you soon,

Last month's meeting notes can be accessed   here.  
Mark your calendar: The regular coalition meetings are the second Wednesday of each month at 5:30 p.m.  

Rainier Community Cares: Working together to create positive opportunities and enhance community pride while promoting an alcohol - and drug-free environment for youth. 
Documentary playing in Rainier 
November 10th and 12th!
"Recovery is OUT - to change the addiction conversation from problems to SOLUTIONS. An independent feature documentary about the over 23 million Americans living in long-term recovery from alcohol and other drug addictions." ~IMDb website
Watch the trailer here.
Come join us November 10, 6:30 p.m., at Rainier Chapel for the movie and a facilitated discussion afterward let by representatives from True North Student Assistance, Truly Motivated Transitional Living, and Yelm SeaMar Clinic.
Optional second showing after the coalition meeting November 12 at 6:30.
Call for more details.
Contact Us:
Juliette Pia 
George Johnson
Coalition Coordinator for RCC
Chair of RCC
Rainier Community Cares is a community coalition supported by TOGETHER!

TOGETHER! engages and mobilizes families, schools and the community to advance the health, safety and success of our youth.
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Administrative Changes at The Phoenix Rising School

Thank you for your patience and consideration as The Phoenix Rising School makes some important changes in their school.

Dear Parents and Donors of Phoenix Rising School,
As you have most likely heard by now, changes with regard to the management of Phoenix Rising School are currently taking place. We are in the process of restructuring the administration and board so that it can provide a better continuity of communication and vision, as well as provide a clearer curriculum for our students. A curriculum that emphasizes the C.R.E.A.T.E. fundamentals that is supported by you, our teachers and the Administration here at PRS.
We ask you please for your patience as we restructure. We certainly encourage you to bring forward any questions or concerns you may have.  
If you would like to contact the board, please don't hesitate to do so at:
Thank you very much for your support of PRS and it’s students, teachers and staff.
The board of The Phoenix Rising School.