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  • Let's start brainstorming

    36 posts, 25 voices, 774 views, started Nov 23, 2008

    Posted on Sunday, November 23, 2008 by Dee Dee Shaw

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      We have talked of things we have done. Let’s start brainstorming about something we can do as Fabulously 40 members to pay it forward, and help Yana too. Move over Red Hat Society, here we come! :)



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          Cynthia Schmidt wrote Nov 23, 2008
        • Dee Dee, this is great. Yana and I and Yana and Denise have been talking about this, too. I know several of us want to do something. How do we do it? Where do we start? Do we need to form a steering committee or board? I looked at Oprah’s Angel Network website yesterday for ideas.

          We probably also need to find a member or someone who has some legal knowledge in this stuff. I’m sure when there’s money or donations involved we need legal guidance.

          But,count me in to be a part of it!



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          Dee Dee Shaw wrote Nov 23, 2008
        • I was trying to think of something we could do as a ‘signature’ pay it forward fabulously - indivdually - where we live. It would have to be something inexpensive so we could all participate, and do it often. What sets us apart as different when we turn Fabulously 40? Could we tie that in somehow? Could we create a small card or something that we could include (anonymously but maybe with the website?) when we pay it forward. I’d like for it to say ‘do unto others’ but that might offend some of different faiths. I personally think it is a rule to live by regardless.



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          Jenz ~ wrote Nov 23, 2008
        • I’m in!!
          I’m thinking along the lines of abused women or maybe something that provides education to younger girls or women on self esteem issues & self confidence.



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          Linni wrote Nov 23, 2008
        • count me in PLEASE! i think its a fabulous idea, and want to do my part!



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          Tammie Jo Berg wrote Nov 23, 2008
        • Count me in too! Love the idea! I’m putting my thinking cap on.



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          Dee Dee Shaw wrote Nov 23, 2008
        • Jackie,
          I wasn’t discounting your idea at all - you and Cynthia have great ideas. We might can implement them simultaneously while we start at home. I was trying to think of simple, start today things we could do. Our ‘card’ could be a downloadable graphic from the site.
          Something with Verbage like this maybe?

          Doing Unto Others is a Way of Life

          Paying it Forward the Fabulously 40 Way

          www.fabulously40.com



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          (華娃娃) ChinaDoll wrote Nov 23, 2008
        • I have a few ideas and would welcome your thoughts on them:

          1. We have members already who run non-profit organization.  I remember one member runs some kind of rescue haven type of house.  Can we find a member that needs help - may be as simple as writing a card, give her some cheers, etc?

          2. I once mentioned in another blog just in case it was missed - how about if someone runs into our lives that needs help (like Greeneyed’s blog last night on the deaf/mutt), we blog it and think of a constructive way to help.



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          Dee Dee Shaw wrote Nov 23, 2008
        • Jackie,
          No misunderstandings - we don’t have a real plan. This is all about brainstorming. :) I like Chinadoll’s idea too.
          maybe we could
          1)think of a ‘signature’ pay it forward act of kindness... like buying someone a cup of coffee, and have the cashier or waitress deliver it anonymously with a Fab40 card... or something like that.

          2)Choose a different charity each month, and have a ‘spot’ on the home page where they can ‘shine’ as well as post a wishlist. Then we can collectively, or individually find ways to help them fulfill their needs. I like the idea of preferentially choosing Fab40 members - with higher priority going to those who contribute to the group more (based on points maybe?)

          3)Have a group where members can post needs or ideas for projects outside of these two.  

          I have no clue what our active membership is, but if we all made a commitment to do #1 once per week, it wouldn’t be long before people started asking, what in the heck is Fabulously40? Yana would be talking to Oprah, and we’d have to start wearing pink and brown beanie hats instead of red ostrich hats. LOL



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          Denise Alleyne-Hill wrote Nov 23, 2008
        • Well..what cynthia, Yana and I have been talking about is still in the planning stages, but I have to say I think we were thinking more on the lines of what Jackie was saying, stop me if I’m wrong cynthia or Yana...



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          Linni wrote Nov 23, 2008
        • this is exciting! im soooooo looking forward to this!



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          Mztracy wrote Nov 23, 2008
        • I’m in, i can’t get out on my own much, but can do logos or something.

          I am paying it forward next month.
          When my friend, Tina, passed away, her family gave me her electric wheelchair. Tina knew that back then my ins. co at the time made me jump through hoops to get one, so i gave up. Her hubz said she wanted me to have it.

          Now that I am getting a new one, I felt the need to give it to someone else in need of one. I know that is what tina would want. So, a lovely young girl i see at walmart, renee, is getting my tina chair the first week in December. She asked me how much, I said no charge...Again, this is how ms tina would have wanted it!!



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          Denise Alleyne-Hill wrote Nov 23, 2008
        • I already know where I’d like to focus on first and that is a member of fab40...but I’ll share more on that during this upcoming week...after I talk it over with cynthia, Yana and the prospective recipient...



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          Yana Berlin wrote Nov 23, 2008
        • Fabulous Ideas Ladies,

          Once you come up with the plan I will be ready to put it to action.

          We need a committee, Cynthia/Chocolatier together with Denise/Soulful40 started brainstorming. If anyone wants to be part of the committee please contact them.

          THANK YOU for your support and willingness to help. I feel incredibly blessed to have all of you in my life.

          Big virtual hugs to all of you.



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          Sherry French wrote Nov 24, 2008
        • I want to jump on this wagon and join in the fun!  I will help in anyway I can.  I know lots of groups will donate homemade items to women’s shelters or to hospitals (baby blankies, hats, booties, etc.) for disadvantaged moms.  My husband is out of the country(town) a lot and I do tend to find a lot of time on my hands when he is gone(since I love to spend so much time with him when he is home).  I hope to be a very active part of this community and will help where I can.
          I was married to a disabled (seizures) man for 17 years. Every bit of his disability went to his wants, not necessarily his needs. Nothing went to family bills. I worked two and sometimes three jobs to keep us afloat and it was hard. I am a stronger, better person for all the hard work I have had to do. Three children, sometimes three jobs, most of the time, two jobs, I look back now and smile.
          Memories are made when you have very little time with your loved ones and that is what I had with my children during their childhood years.
          My youngest doesn’t remember those years, but my daughter recently told me that she knows how fortunate she was as my daughter. She was taught the difference between want and need. She was taught patience and how to save.
          It isn’t easy, and I have been there. I graciously accepted help when I had no where else to turn. I tried my best to pay it forward and today, I still feel as though I will never do enough to repay all the blessings that I have been given.
          I didn’t mean to make this so long, but in the short of it... COUNT ME IN!



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          Vikki Hall wrote Nov 24, 2008
        • count me in.....



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          Chrissyandcoco wrote Nov 24, 2008
        • This is right up my alley! Let me know what I can do. Everywhere you turn there are those in need. I find it so hard to choose because I wish that I could help everyone that needs help.  I am especially haunted by those with serious or profound needs. I have chosen to help in a local food bank.  And that isn't much! Last Tuesday I was at our monthly donation destination, an old cold, dirty abandoned High School.  We gave out $2,800.00 dollars worth of turkeys (all donated funds purchased these) and other food donated by churches, individuals and etc. I was asked to help, as I usually do, to review the (very personal)individual records (case by case) with one other lady in the event the organization is ever audited by the state since some grant money is received.  A lot of paper trail and red tape that has been helped by the donation of a fairly new computer system. I usually help in this area with the files and I am always shocked by the history of these individuals. However, these types of records help monitor any misuse. I hate to label it MISUSE when they need it! Unfortunately, I always find a couple that are trying to get more than the allotted, one box, "A misuse of the system". At this food bank these people are only allowed one box of free food from this organization every other month (Not enough to last a week in most homes) I question...How do they survive?  Who else is helping these people?  Each time I study these records I cannot believe what the records reveal about the lives these people live.  I do not see how they survive on what they are making or what they have. To really help, it has to be a case by case action. I sure hope that we can come up with some great ideas!  Count me in! I have heard that if we as a population would give 10% of our time and or money routinely we could eradicate hunger.  And we have many other issues that need addressing.
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          Here to help where you need me,
          Gayle


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          Dennie05 wrote Nov 24, 2008
        • MEEE TOOOO!!



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          Coachmombabe wrote Nov 24, 2008
        • I love it! Maybe I could get my clients and volunteers to participate. They wouldn’t all have to be over 40, would they? I guess it depends on what you settle on. I like  random acts of kindness. It doesn’t have to cost anyone anything but effort, or it could be as simple as the cup of coffee idea.

          Oh, I’m so ‘cited! (Grandson Ethan quote)



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          Justsmile wrote Nov 24, 2008
        • WOW! What an opportunity to show unconditional love to the world.  I’m willing to help, give, work, do in any way needed.  I feel like I’ve just raised my coffee mug, and toasted with my fav fab40 girlfriends!  Let’s do it!



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          Dana Hall wrote Nov 24, 2008
        • AWESOME!
          I have an idea. How about the businesses showcased in Yana’s Holiday Shopping guide giving a portion of their holiday sales from Fab40? And, encouraging all members to shop these businesses. You’d be giving and receiving at the same time!?
          Passionate for Life would be in.

          Cynthia, etc??



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          Dee Dee Shaw wrote Nov 24, 2008
        • If anybody else has any ideas about a ‘signature’ Fab40 pay it forward act of kindness, please post. I am going to talk with Cynthia and Denise and see if we can compile a list of ideas to work from.
          My whole home based business is based on paying it forward. I have been blessed with health, and so I share with others what I have learned. It is so rewarding.
          Toasting with you justsmile!



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          Darla5 wrote Nov 24, 2008
        • DeeDee,

          You know I am in  on this one. I have been out for a few days. Don and I have been a little under the weather.

          I love the idea of the Fab40 card that you posted earlier.

          With cards like that anybody could pay it forward and it would not have to cost anything.  

          I love these ideas.



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          Chrissyandcoco wrote Nov 24, 2008
        • I posted a blog today(on Fab 40) and it is about a wonderful idea that Zerox has been hosting and supporting. We could send something like this [Link Removed] and possibly take it a step further with help from business owners and individuals here on Fab 40 and beyond.
          Just thinking out loud,
          Gayle

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          Dee Dee Shaw wrote Nov 26, 2008
        • Maritza,
          We have a sister organization too that provides nutritional support to orphanages around the world, and children with medical challenges in several different countries. I co-sponsor an orphanage. It would be neat if some of us got together and sponsored an orphanage in Russia, no?
          I like the idea of helping with charities, but I don’t really look at that as ‘paying it forward‘. I guess my thoughts are different on this. I think of ‘paying it forward’ as individual acts of personal kindness. Buying someone’s coffee or breakfast, or gas - or cutting someone’s grass... or something we personally do to reach out and touch someone.



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          Rystmom wrote Nov 26, 2008
        • I’m in!! Just let me know how I can help



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          Mb03 wrote Dec 3, 2008
        • OMG I love this!! I’m in. Please let me know what I can do to help.   I just implemented something like this in my Arbonne business called Party with a Purpose where people host a party but it is a fundraiser for the charity of their choice and all proceeds are donated to that charity!  I held a small one for a friend who has had major medical issues lately and we were able to raise $500 for her- it was sooooo awesome to have the honor of being able to help her in that way.  How does it get any better than that?  I LOVE the idea of paying forward.  Thanks for sharing.
          Maribeth



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          Dee Dee Shaw wrote Dec 3, 2008
        • I think we need to ressurect this, and focus on making some small steps. I love the party name Maribeth. That is great!



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