Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Move & Shake for Multiple Sclerosis

Move & Shake for MS Zumbathon is the annual fundraiser for the Hope for MS Foundation. The foundation uses the funds raised to provide grants to those in the four states area living with Multiple Sclerosis that will enhance their quality of life.

The main purpose of the Hope for MS Foundation is to END MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS. While we may not be able to accomplish this ultimate goal this year, we do have attainable goals that will be achieved. Hope for MS Foundation is a 100% volunteer group that strives to use every penny raised to make an impact on MS. We are funding research that will bring about a cure and better treatments in the interim. We are funding patient grants for items needed to live easier with MS such as scooters, wheelchairs, wheelchair ramps, walking aids and physical therapy equipment.

To learn more about both the Hope for MS Foundation and Move & Shake for MS, click here.

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

ArtForms Gallery

ArtForms Gallery LLC is an artists' cooperative gallery located at 620 North Broadway in downtown Pittsburg, Kansas.

Its purpose is to provide display areas and sales opportunities for Southeast Kansas artists by giving them the opportunity to share resources and skills within the membership.

It features high-quality handmade arts and fine crafts for sale and also has a classroom space for educational opportunities and workshops for its members and the community.

I have been lucky enough to take classes at the gallery, I made jewelry, Christmas cards, and watched my niece learn drawing techniques. 

One of the artists, Nicole Meyer-Forsman, held a day of art fundraiser for the Hope for MS Foundation, and in return I created a class catalog for the gallery. To learn more about the gallery click here.

Click here for the catalog.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Dictionary Delivery

Every year, the Frontenac Rotary purchases and delivers dictionaries to all the third grade students at Frank Layden Elementary. The following story was published in the Pittsburg Morning Sun newspaper.

Wordy Wednesday

By Chance

FRONTENAC - Third graders at Frank Layden Elementary received the gift of knowledge Wednesday.

The Frontenac Rotary Club delivered a dictionary to every student in three different third grade classes. The event is organized by Rotary Service Committee Chair Lori Lavery. She has been delivering dictionaries to Frank Layden since 2008, but said the yearly project started years before she was a rotary member.

"The Dictionary Project is important to our club because it is just one more small thing we can do for the young people in our community," Lavery said. "We hope it may make a bit of a difference in their future or learning."

Principal and Rotary Member Courtney McCartney explained the gift to each class and told students about the rotary club's mission of helping people and bettering the local community.

Along with rotary members Barry Anderson, Amanda Sukraw and Jenifer McDonald, Lavery handed out 65 dictionaries to students.

The Frontenac Rotary Club was organized and chartered in 1979, and Lavery said the joy children get from receiving a dictionary is the best part of the project.

"The smile and thank you from every child that receives a dictionary is reward enough for the project," she said..

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Women of Distinction

The Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce's Women of Distinction honorees for 2017 have been announced.
The chamber announced the recipients of its 2017 Women of Distinction honors earlier this month. The 12 women were chosen from 33 nominations and will be showcased in the chamber's Women of Distinction Calendar.
"The calendar provides an excellent opportunity to recognize outstanding leaders and women in our community and the things they've done in their field or through community service," Chamber Vice President Devin Gorman said, adding it also serves as the chamber's community events calendar.
I was humbled by the nomination and selection as one of the twelve Women of Distinction for 2017. When I moved back to Pittsburg, I had made it a personal goal to become like the women honored in that calendar. I wanted to help make  my community the place I wanted to live in. The best honor, however, was the pride my family showed for me at the ceremony.

Click here to read the entire article.

Click here to read my personal write-up in the Morning Sun newspaper of Pittsburg, KS.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Healing through the Arts

Why is Healing Through The Arts necessary?
We don’t plan for cancer, sickness or injuries. Often these experiences catch us by surprise and can dramatically change our lives.
Through Art we gain a sense of life’s meaning. When we create art, we make something that did not exist before and can preserve it to enjoy. To learn more about healing through art, click here.
Join the Hope for MS Foundation and Nicole Meyer-Foresman of ArtForms Gallery as we have a Day of Art to benefit those living with Multiple Sclerosis. November 12, 2016. Reserve your spot today at

Monday, October 24, 2016

Friends Bring Back Alice

Source: Pittsburg Public Library
Thanks to a large anonymous donation to the Friends of the Library, Alice Through the Looking Glass painting is returning to the library after nearly a year and a half long restoration project.

Alice, painted by Oakely E. Richey, was presented to the library in 1941 - in memory of Marcia Ethelwyn Mendenhall Snedden, daughter of Edgar and Marsha Mendenhall. Edgar Mendenhall was a professor at Pittsburg State University.

The Alice painting has been a cornerstone of the children's department for 75 years. Thanks to the Friends, Alice was cleaned, repaired and reframed by Mary Schafer, Conservator of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

Click here to read more.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Art for MS at ArtForms

Hope for MS Foundation and ArtForms Gallery are hosting three art classes to raise funding and awareness about Multiple Sclerosis.

Click here to read about Healing through Art.