JRP Fall Newsletter

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The Volunteer Who Came to Stay

Louise Wannier at Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden 1-2016“Doumo arigatou gozaimasu!” is how Louise might express her thanks to Jericho Road Pasadena for being “bridged” with Pasadena’s Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden (www.japanesegardenpasadena.com).

With an MBA from UCLA Anderson Business School, 30+ years of business consulting and building companies—including founder/CEO of four tech companies—under her obi, Louise was ready to volunteer her expertise in strategic marketing, organizational development and capital-raising.

“This was my first project with JRP,” Louise says. “I was delighted to discover the Garden. I was able to work with the Haddads [owners] and the Board as they addressed creating an initial, long-term business plan for their new nonprofit, formed just last year.”
Louise’s first involvement as a JRP volunteer has led to an on-going working relationship of ideas and growth with SSJG owners and Board members.

Louise was so moved by the “special feeling of the Garden and the importance of ensuring
its being a continued resource for our community
for education, cultural enrichment, and health and well-being,” that she soon joined the Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden Board.
Louise is proud that, on Open Days (Thursdays and the last Sunday of each month), for a nominal entrance fee, the Garden might offer
• meditation, tai chi and yogaStorrier Stearns Japanese Garden House
• classes in the Japanese arts
• koto and shakuhachi musicians
• composting/recycling classes
• plein-air painting and photography
• school field trips
• origami and ikebana demonstrations
• tea ceremonies
• dance, food and theater

Louise concludes, “I heartily applaud JRP for connecting me to the generosity and commitment of Jim and Connie Haddad, the Garden Board and docents.” And JRP and the Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden nonprofit applaud Louise’s generous commitment and expertise. It’s certainly mutual admiration or, in Japanese, kantan!

Storrier Stearns Japanese GardenThanks to volunteer Lee Wherry Brainerd for writing this article. Lee is a local freelance writer who fell in love with Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden and, enjoying it while on her mobility scooter, appreciates its accessibility.

Photos by Deanie Nyman

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JRP Office is Closed

for Labor Day. Enjoy!

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Research Project Completed

PPSVGJRP’s projects most commonly include board development, marketing strategy, and web development. But we recently completed an interesting research project for Planned Parenthood Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley (www.pppsgv.org). The national Planned Parenthood is celebrating its centennial this year and the local affiliate will celebrate that milestone. Pasadena’s Planned Parenthood traces its history back to 1933, but there are few records of who started or supported the organization before 1950. Enter Margie, JRP research volunteer, who has spent the past year and a half delving into archives all over town and interviewing former staff. She has established a great timeline for the organization’s history and learned a lot about Pasadena in the process. Thanks to Margie for taking on this unique and really fun project!

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Sustainable Growth

Kids“Happiness is neither virtue nor pleasure nor this thing nor that but simply growth, We are happy when we are growing.” William Butler Yeats

I am sooo happy that JRP is growing. But hiring a new staff person was not an easy task. Three great volunteers helped JRP hire our wonderful new Program Coordinator. Jim, one of our great thought partners, helped create a position description that fit well within our growth pattern. Then Paul, a professional recruiter, helped post the position and vet applicants, and Jacklin, an employment attorney, drafted all of our hiring paperwork and is developing a employee manual. I’m so happy to have a great new colleague, but I’m especially happy to grow in a thoughtful, sustainable way. Many thanks to Jim, Paul and Jacklin for getting us to this new level!

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JRP Office is Closed Aug. 25 & 26

thanks for your patience as we return voice mails and emails during the week of Aug. 29.

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Amazon Makes Me Smile

Amazon RiverAmazon has a great charitable giving program, Amazon Smile, that donates 0.5% of qualified purchases to charity. If you ever use Amazon, please make Jericho Road Pasadena your designated charity by clicking here: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/46-3703303. Amazon will remember your choice and prompt you to go to Smile.Amazon.com so that we receive a donation. Thank you!

(Here’s my random thought of the day: Words change meaning so much over time. The word ‘amazon’ in classical mythology meant one of a nation of female warriors said to dwell near the Black Sea. When Spanish conquistadors – who tend to be hirsute – got to South America and encountered beardless, long-haired male tribesmen, they weren’t sure if they were men or women warriors, so named the river the Amazon. When Jeff Bezos started Amazon.com, he wanted it to be the largest flow of commerce in the world, like the Amazon River of the internet. So now Amazon means books and movies – and donations to charity.)

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