Friday, June 08, 2007


It looks like we have a small problem with the video for LC3. I'll be working on that over the next week. Please check back June 15th. I hope to have it up and running by then.

Thanks for your support of LC3!

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Links in the Chain

"Hi Bart,
As I am reading your email, what I visualize is all the links in this chain that are extending around the world and back again. First a dream, then a vision, standing joined in a powerful purpose of contribution and compassion, your legacy will extend far and wide into the future. I am in awe of this Portland Leadership group, who you are for yourselves and for others.
Coach Kathy

From: Barton
Sent: Thursday, June 01, 2006 9:24 AM
To: (removed for privacy)
Subject: RE: TIME SENSITIVE From Bernadette - please read re Medical Equipment opportunity

This morning, I just was called by Joe with Common Ground and he, Patricia and Alice have been given the opportunity to obtain medical equipment from a hospital in Baton Rouge that has 3-4 semi’s full of stuff going to Nigeria. The hospital there is willing to give to this clinic and it includes exam beds, crutches, walkers, old scrubs, gauze, IV starts, etc, so there is no need to ship any additional exam beds from CA. He is not certain what all is available and will be figuring that out tomorrow. I am shipping 3 exam beds plus other items from Boise. As far as this equipment in California is concerned, any diabetic stuff would be great, as well, any and all medications, contents of exam room cabinets, a medical scale (the one in Boise was broken and not worth sending), GYN equipment, exam/procedure lamps, file folders, front desk stuff, etc. Kristina already has a centrifuge being donated, so that would not be needed would be my guess. I am using a person named Curt from Houston (Debbie’s contact) to figure out shipping and I will be paying a reduced amount to get it there. I don’t yet have that amount. Garry’s wife Dawn, has contacts in the shipping industry and I would give her a call ASAP to talk about the feasibility of shipping from CA. Shipping big stuff involves getting it on pallets and shrink wrapping it and then lifting with forklifts onto these semi trucks. Not the same as taking it down to UPS.


06/01/06 @ 10:07 AM


Some Humor...

The following excerpts were pulled from the LC3 email communications:

"We all are leaving our legacy in different ways, some through really cool glass tiles that will be placed on a wall for years to come. Some through all the medical supplies that they have rounded up from others to give. Some have gathered help from family and friends, to leave their mark in others lives. Some have hundreds of T-shirts heading their way. As for me I like to think I go outside the box (on this one).

A GLASS TILE $ 50.00



PS, How would you like those shipped?"

05/31/06 @ 8:23 PM

"NOW!!! I have a great sense of humor and I can laugh real good....but never...never have I laughed like that!!! You are a Kick!!!

Ship them in a slow boat...when they arrive I want to need them!!


05/31/06 @ 8:32 PM

"You're AWESOME Troy!!!

I knew we could "DEPEND" on you!! tee hee, I crack myself up...
: ) Dar

Gee and all I got was a microwave, a computer monitor, $300 cash and a printer donated in the last 3 days..."

05/31/06 @ 10:04 PM

Potential Health Risk in Lower 9th Ward?

The following excerpts were pulled from the LC3 email communications:

"I spoke with a friend who is a pulmonary specialist about mold and our exposure. He shared that those with existing sensitivities to mold are at risk for asthma attacks, but that active infections of mold in people’s lungs rarely occur except in people with significantly impaired immune systems (AIDs, chemotherapy, etc.). He did not feel that HAZMAT respirators were indicated and at most, that surgical masks would suffice to help minimize exposure and risk of becoming sensitive or allergic to mold. I think that the experience of the people working there is very important and to be aware, that sometimes only time can reveal risks of choices from years earlier (nuclear tests and late cancers from fallout). His bigger concern was mosquitos and water contamination. I agree that getting solid information is most appropriate and then responding and not reacting."

05/23/06 @ 3:20 PM

Thursday, June 15, 2006


This was recieved via email at 12:19pm (PST) from Michelle Shin at Common Ground:

Dear LC3ers,

This is absolutely amazing news!!! The other day when Jim Kindy told me he thought you all were approachingthe goal, I was actually speachless. This, coupled with the progress on the clinic construction is mind-boggling. I can't thank you all enough or find the words to express what this is going to mean to thecommunity. We will literally be able to provide medical care to thousands of families that have no access at all to even basic services.

After having been in New Orleans for the past six months doing this work, I can't even begin to tell you what an uplifting thing this is to me personally.

Thank you!

In love and service,
Michelle Shin

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

More Growth on the BBS...

The following excerpts were pulled from the LC3 online bulletin board:

I have attached an idea for a name and/or logo for our Portland LP group that could be used on the T-shirt, in a brochure, on our blog, in our fundraising letters, etc. I am asking that you to take a look, make a suggestion or alternative idea and to align to one possibility by 8 p.m. PST on Friday, May 12. I see this as a beginning and ask that those with further creativity freely contribute to a name option.

05/10/2006 @ 10:18 pm

Wow, another incredible day today. I attended a business lunch with eight people today, most all from my office. Before I even mentioned anything, one of the gals asked to speak to me after lunch regarding my project. One thing led to another and we were all talking about it and I shared my goal of raising $1,000 between now and then and how I have broken it down to $5 contributions from five people every day. The dollar bills started flying across the table. As I checked out at the register and was noting who contributed what the waitress asked what my project and fundraising was for. Upon hearing my story she gave me $2 from her tip money. Yikes, I just realized I forgot to leave my own tip! Anyways, the gal that breached the subject suggested she may contribute $500.

By the end of the day, I saw that I was $3 short of my daily goal. I went looking to see who was still in the office. One of the guys I had lunch with ripped out a $20 and gave it to me. I told him I would get him a receipt and he said not to waste my time dealing with that, instead to use my time and energy to get more contributions.

I am absolutely on fire with excitement, passion and goose bumps. I never in my wildest dreams imagined the engagement I am creating through this project.

I reviewed my notes from weekend one at LP. I noticed all the self-limiting beliefs and lack of self-worth that I came with. I looked at my list of attributes that I want others to see in me. What I see is that coming from a place of service with such intense energy, passion and excitement that I have moved over to the side of how I want others to see me. In other words, my servant actions have allowed me to see myself as the leader I am. Coming from a servant roll, focusing on serving others, suddenly I see how into “me” I have been and what a road block it has been for me. I can now see how my actions and thoughts were continually keeping myself in that downward spiral. What a learning experience! I’m so excited! It feels so good to be coming out of the drift!

05/13/2006 @3:50 am

I have a reflection for this thread.

Last Thursday I sat down to discuss our stay in New Orleans with 2 of the carpenter contractors who had committed to help me build the medical clinic. To my dismay they informed me that they would not be able to go do to circumstances. I was devastated and very depressed. My thought at that moment was "how can I get this clinic built without some skilled helpers"? After stewing in my self pity and anger for quite awhile, I suddenly remembered something my brother Skip tells me. "Well that didn't work, what might work? In other words from such a huge breakdown, what are the possibilities that could arise?

At this point I started to ask myself, who else might I recruit from here? Then I thought, we'll I'm from MN, who could I recruit from there? I realized I didn't know anyone else that I could trust.

As I was discussing this with my girlfriend and telling her what had happened and I had no idea of any other possibilities, she looked at me and said "well I don't know why your trying to recruit anyone from here anyways, you should try and recruit in New Orleans where they live in the disaster".

When she said this, it was if a light bulb went off in my head. I looked at her and said "your absolutely right, that is what I am going to do". And I realized, this was the possibility I was looking for. I then proceeded to write a letter of our project, found a website that listed skilled trades in New Orleans and e-mailed about 100 e-mails out.

I won't go into all the details, however from doing this, realizing a breakdown then a new possibility, acting on it, we now have many contractors to help us on our project. This all happened in a few short days. I am now more excited than ever, to see all the caring and passion with everyone I've talked to in New Orleans.

-Jim K.
05/14/2006 @1:31 pm

Doug, I wanted to share my personal experiences. First of you. My experience of you was a gentle man with a huge heart and with a magnificent goal of improving the world around him and his clients, two-legged and four-legged (and snakes without legs I suppose). I sense an urgency you have about that and I have made two contacts with the other vet I mentioned and trust that as a fellow jouneyperson with me that she will contact you soon.
My experience of myself, not just about this particular chapter that is the Leadership Program, but what I have experienced since I got involved with the seminars, staffing and the schools since 2002 is that BEING in it makes my energy level rise and my desire to serve greater and clearly improves my attitude. It runs over into my participation with people here...at work, at home and just generally in the world.
I am requesting that you look at the possibilities that being a part of the service project, in any manner you choose to participate, that can open for you. As you see fit.
Best wishes.

05/16/2006 @9:19 am

Birth of the Shirts

The following excerpt was pulled from the LC3 online bulletin board:
Ok Team!...

I've had some creative juices flowing, after connecting with Debbie this evening and getting up to speed on the fundraising call earlier today...

T-shirts are awesome and I thought "Why not us?". So, to the drawing (computer) board I went... I've attached a word document with an idea for a T-shirt print. Certainly doesn't have to be THE one and any/all feedback is appreciated!I am going to place a call on Monday and see what the possibilities are to get a logo for Common Grounds that may be placed on one of the sleeves or front.

Anyone have thoughts on what we want to call our group? Are we "Portland LP"? or are there some other ideas out there? My request is to hear from YOU! In the words of Debbie "I'm So Excited!!"...are you? Feedback please!!


P.S. Let me know if I have incorrect state, or name spelling (want a different name denoted?), etc.

05/08/2006 @ 2:53 am

Having it happen vs. how it will happen...

The following excerpt was pulled from the LC3 online bulletin board:
To everyone

I am very pleased to see the responses from so many people that want to join together in the Common Grounds building project.

I am writing this post to make myself very clear. I plan to be going to New Orleans and working on the medical clinic no matter what.

I think we should all keep in mind the principles of accomplishment that we heard in Portland. Making a commitment to having it happen vs. how it will happen (page 1-15). So what I'm asking for on this thread is for people to be clear about their commitment to making it happen vs. talking about how it's going to happen. The how comes later.

Your friend

05/04/2006 @ 8:55 pm

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Physically Showing Up

The following excerpt was pulled from the LC3 online bulletin board:

"We have 42 days before most of us will depart for Portland for LP2. We have 6 weekends in that time period as well. We need a date to be set. I saw a reference to setting up a conference call. I request we look at our calendars while we are doing the mechanics so we can establish a date certain and period of time certain that those who are going to New Orleans can plan their trip. Can we align on a period of 3 days, including a weekend? I request that it be June 2-4. I request that we each check our calendars to determine if these dates are those with which we can align to show up PHYSICALLY to put up the walls and distribute our supplies and make our presence known."

05/04/2006 @ 10:47 am

Roll Call

The following excerpt was pulled from the LC3 online bulletin board:

"I recall on Sunday of LPWE 1, there being 32 of us, 7 coaches (including Nancy) and I'm not clear that I'm seeing everyone posting on the threads. My interpretation was that we as a group would use this forum as our communication, and I also recall there being inquiry about "emails" as an option, however, not clear that was ever confirmed. I don't experience communication "with some" in alignment with my purpose and my goal is to create a result of all present and accounted for.

I request that if you're reading this thread, please reply with a "present" and put your name in your post. This thread will be posted for 24 hrs, at which time I will compare it to the list that was recently provided (the newest one). I will then make contact with those not posted and request a "present" reply be done within 24 hrs of connecting with them.

We have 45 days in our LP bank, before WE2 and I say "Let's Rock and Roll (Call)"!!


P.S. 45 days = 3,888,000 seconds!"

05-02-2006 @ 9:18 pm

Purpose, Vision, Alignment

The following excerpt was pulled from the LC3 online bulletin board:

"In looking at page 1-10 of the handouts "Purpose & Vision Chart", this service project looks like this to me:

Our group purpose is:
"To creatively inspire change and contribute to others"

Our group vision will be (with pending alignments):
To assist the lower 9th district of New Orleans establish a medical clinic in their area

Our goals are yet to be determined but include areas of fundraising, actual building, medical equipment, support teams, documentation, communication and possibly others

How to/mechanics depend on goals and could be determined by specific groups.

I have alignment from the following individuals who have agreed to lead specific areas with the idea of weekly conference calls for each group that they are involved with.
Kelly Lauren Andrea
Stephanie Bart Debbie
Brant Kristina Jim K.
Steve Brenda
I have not yet received agreement on conference calls from Bernadette. If Bernadette aligns with conference calls, I propose that leaders arrange weekly conference calls with members of their group to create goals, timetables, mechanics for their areas and determine requests for the whole group. There can also be a weekly conference call for leaders to share ideas and put out requests to the larger group. Additionally, I will use the BBS to summarize information about the project overall. I am putting this out there to stimulate thoughts to produce a process to achieve our purpose and vision. All feedback is appreciate and requested at this time."

05-02-2006 @ 6:02 pm

Defining Our Path

The following excerpt was pulled from the LC3 online bulletin board:

"Hello Everyone!

Without assuming that the project we have been discussing is in fact what we chose to do. I have begun to put together the questions that are a beginning to structure the logistics of our project. I encourage everyone to add to this list as the particular areas we are each committing to develop.

1. What days will we be going?
2. Who will be going and what will be their task?
3. Where will we stay, Tent City?
A. If so do we need to make arrangements for space or will we borrow the tents from the clinic?
4. What portion of the building will we undertake?
A. Will we have a backup plan if our fist choice falls through?
5. Who will know the building codes of the area? Will locals be available when we are there to guide us on this or will we be prepared?
6. Will materials be available at the site, at a local merchant or anywhere in the area?
7. If no materials locally where will we get them?
8. Will someone be driving a truck we can use, or will we need to rent one?
9. What tools and equipment will we need and will they be available? If not who will bring what?
10. With fundraising in progress, the need for cash will arise at the site, who will be in charge to handle this?

This address mainly the issue of the construction that we will undertake. The need for medical assistance and supplies I will ask that someone more qualified will get that going?

I see this as a opportunity for Terrell (aka T) to shine. Having been a military man, logistics is his middle name. T if we get in your 3 foot space, it's because we want to feel your presence up close."

-Warm hugs, Garry
05-02-2006 @ 6:02 pm

Learing More About Common Ground

The following excerpt was pulled from the LC3 online bulletin board:

"Hi everyone

I'm very glad to here some of the positive feedback for getting involved in a medical clinic.

I wanted to give you a little more information.
Common Ground has a place for us to stay for people who are willing to travel there.
They have most of the building materials available however are in great need of medical supplies.
Here is a website where you can look up some more information on the medical clinic.

By Wednesday I would really like to here from those of you who have read our messages but not responded. So far 9 of us have responded."

04-30-2006 @ 1:25 pm

Conference Calls and Calls and Calls

The main contact that LC3 has had over the last six weeks has been conference calls, emails and an online bulletin board system. Here are some pictures of us in action:

Quincy makes good use of her hands during conference calls!

Kristina finds out that the only place to get a good signal with her cell phone is next to the sliding glass door.

Here is Bernadette taking a break from her vacation in Victoria, B.C. (Canada) to take part in a conference call on a Sunday afternoon.

Isn't It Amazing

Lorrie has created an "amazing" song for our group to use. Here is a portion of the lyrics:

(Isn't It) Amazing

Isn't it amazing, what people can do
A vision and intention can make a dream come true

Isn't it amazing, how when all seems lost
A little passion and we can rebuild trust

Isn't it amazing... Amazing!

Have a little passion, care a little more
Change someone's live forever
Forever more, isn't it amazing

We are a family, a community
We can create whatever our minds see
We are one world, we are connected
What would you do, if this was you instead

Amazing... oh... Amazing!
(all rights reserved 2006)

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Support From the Stars

If you were waiting for a star to get involved before jumping in... Your time has come! Leaders Creating Change through Contribution just received this from Carter Oosterhouse's publicist:

May 26, 2006

To Whom It May Concern:

This letter is to verify that national television personality CARTER OOSTERHOUSE (NBC's Today show, TLC's Trading Spaces, NBC's Three Wishes) is delighted to lend his name, likeness and time to Leaders Creating Change through Contribution (LC3). Carter is scheduled to personally be on hand for the rebuilding of Common Ground - a free medical clinic in the lower 9th ward of New Orleans. Common Ground is a (501) Non-profit corporation 91-2114465.


Steve Rohr

Publicist for Carter Oosterhouse

And a little picture to remind you (as if you needed reminding) what he looks like...

Cafe Press Fundraiser!

Wow! This group is amazing! One of the spouses that didn't even enroll into the Leadership Program created a fundraising opportunity!

Lorrie took it upon herself to use the wonderful logos created for our t-shirts to start up a site at CafePress.com that will continue to raise funds for the Common Ground Lower 9th Ward Health Clinic far past our June 17th deadline. This is great! Make sure to jump on over to http://www.cafepress.com/noproject to take a peek at all the goodies!

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Health Clinic Before Pictures!

Here is the house that has been donated for the Common Ground Lower 9th Ward Health Clinic:

Wednesday, May 24, 2006


Bart, one of our many leaders, is shown here enrolling his coworkers in our dream to build the Common Ground Lower 9th Ward Health Clinic.

Massage Fundraiser!

Bernadette brought this fundraiser to the groups attention:

Buy a massage or massage gift certificate between May 30 and of June 30, 2006 and the fee will be donated to support Common Ground Lower 9th Ward Health Clinic.

90 minutes sessions cost $75 for first time clients, $95 thereafter.

1527 18th Ave., Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 323-5871

Hawaiian lomilomi massage helps heal physical, emotional and spiritual restrictions and pain, and supports awareness of connections between bodies and Spirit.

I am mindful of our bodies, minds and hearts as vessels for Light, Love and Spirit. My lomilomi sessions include prayer, massage and sometimes exploratory conversation. The massage is done with rhythmic strokes, compressions, stretching and energetic work, and proceeds light to deep, general to specific.

This work supports people experiencing both physical and emotional pain, including people experiencing loss or grief, people with circulatory, musculoskeletal or nervous system conditions, and people wanting stress release. I have clients living with depression, multiple sclerosis, myasthenia gravis, chronic fatigue syndrome, Parkinson's disease, fibromyalgia, back and neck pain, cancer and more.

My office is on Capitol Hill in Seattle. I will work in a client's residence when illness makes transportation difficult for them. I also provide onsite massage at workplaces or personal gatherings.

I have practiced massage for over 30 years. I earned my license in 1996 and have studied Hawaiian healing arts since then. I have also studied and can give basic Thai massage.

Growing Excitement and Urgency...

The following excerpt was pulled from the LC3 online bulletin board:

"I'm so excited I think I'm gonna burst - (drum roll, please, as the suspense is mounting).

But first let me give you a little background on my research. (Oh! isn't that a horrible tease???) I called and left messages and emails for many people with H4H. No one has called or emailed me back. The best I got was that we could help gut some houses. I personally don't think that truly aligns with our vision. Needless to say I have been disappointed with H4H.

So, I decided to search further afield. I found a non-profit organization called Common Grounds that is very similar to H4H but except locally run (New Orleans). I spoke to a wonderful woman there named Michelle.

Let me take a brief moment to keep holding you in suspense as I remind you of the goals we set during lunch: 1. That we wanted to physically help build something. 2. That we wanted to have a fund raiser to help the people there. 3. We wanted to help a family with their needs according to the project we got involved in. 4. We wanted to provide some medical assistance.

Well here it is (are you ready yet???) Common Grounds wants to help the lower 9th district build a free medical clinic. The 9th district was one of the areas that suffered extensive damage from the hurricanes and is in desperate need of medical services. Since the hurricanes there has been no medical care available in the district. People can't even get a shot. The clinic they want to build will help more than just one family, it will help thousands of families in the area.

Common Grounds already has a house dedicated to the clinic. The house needs sheetrocking, plumbing, wiring, a roof, flooring, etc. Common Grounds also needs doctors and nurses to help set up and coordinate the clinic. In other words, they don't have a clue about what goes into a clinic, so they need guidance to realize their dream.

Michelle is willing to help with a fundraiser. She has done it before. We talked about a nationwide fundraiser. Debbie, I told her you would be calling or emailing her so both of you could work on that together. There is more information I have for you, but I'm just too excited about this possibility to hold off sending this to you all!

Now please, I request that we don't start bombarding her with emails or phone calls. She is a very busy woman. For now let Debbie and I be the contacts. If you have questions or want more information, contact Debbie or me and we will get what you want.

I am very anxious to hear what you all think about this possibility as our joint service project. I am requesting that those of you who need more information to make a decision contact me by Monday, 5/1. Then I request that each of you send me an e-mail by Wednesday 5/3 letting me know whether you can stand behind this project. If we have a consensus, we will undertake the project. Some of the next steps will be deciding who wants to physically go there, for how long, when, etc.

Your friend, Jim"

-Jim K.
04/28/06 @ 8:46 pm

Birth of the Blog

The following excerpt was pulled from the LC3 online bulletin board:

"Hi Everyone:

I am requesting you post a response to this topic if you are interested in documenting our legacy.

I think it would be really powerful for the community to see what leadership can accomplish. My vision involves either a video or group of stills that we can share with the medical clinic that in turn can share with the community. Leadership seems to be contagious...

I'm also requesting you to give any and all ideas you have for documenting this. Just because I spoke up first doesn't mean we need to do it all my way. I want this to be a collaborative project.

Thanks for everything!

experiencing and enjoying"

04/29/06 @ 12:29 am

In The Beginning...

The following excerpt was pulled from the LC3 online bulletin board:

"Hello Everyone,

Jim called me about an hour ago and really got me enrolled. I have a bunch of ideas spinning in my head. I found a website for this project and there is a lot of useful information on it. I can see many possibilities for us.

Here it is:


It looks like they know already what they need. WE don't have to start from the bottom."

04/30/06 @ 1:20 pm

Friday, May 19, 2006

Photo Fundraiser!

Jim E. has created his own blog selling wonderful framed photographs to help raise money for Common Ground Lower 9th Ward Health Clinic. Please take a moment and head over to his blog at http://www.bassnotes-jim.blogspot.com/ and take a look. He really has a true gift.

Mural Fundraiser!

Donate $50 to Common Ground Lower 9th Ward Health Clinic and a 4" glass tile will be made with your name hand printed in gold ink! The tile will become a part of a mural for the Lower 9th Ward Health Clinic Waiting Room. Here are some beautiful examples of what the tiles will look like:

Please inform your LC3 Leader what color you prefer and name to include on the tile (reds, oranges, yellows, greens, blues, purples, pinks, whites, blacks, or multi colored). Please remember there is a maximum of 4" to write your name. ie: first and last name.; name of business; xxxxx Family.

Thank your for your generosity!

Thursday, May 18, 2006

A Leader's Perspective

The following excerpts were pulled from the LC3 online bulletin board:

"My experience of myself, not just about this particular chapter that is the Leadership Program, but what I have experienced since I got involved with the seminars, staffing and the schools since 2002 is that BEING in it makes my energy level rise and my desire to serve greater and clearly improves my attitude. It runs over into my participation with people here...at work, at home and just generally in the world."

05-16-2006 @ 9:19 AM

"Hi Portland LP Pals,
Flying high with possibilities today! I wanted to let each and everyone of you know that you have impacted me. Thanks for a weekend that felt... REAL. I needed it and am inspired. I am honored to be in relationship with this group.

04/24/06 @ 5:27 pm

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Providing Much Needed Services to Lower 9th Ward

Terrell, one of our leaders, brought this article in the Washington Post to our groups attention:

A City's Changing Face

By Blaine Harden

NEW ORLEANS -- Block by block, this city is springing back to life. Block by block, it is receding into the past tense. After fleeing the storm, black residents, especially poor ones from the Lower Ninth Ward and the city's public housing projects, were much more likely than whites to end up.........

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Saturday, May 13, 2006

Creating Our Legacy

On April 22nd, thirty plus strangers met in Vancouver, WA to become leaders... What they learned was that great leaders are servants... They created a purpose to creatively inspire change and contribute to others... That purpose became a dream to assist Common Ground... This is our story...