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Help a local family in need with Good in the Hood!

September 27th, 2010 No comments



The students of Olympus High School and Good In the ‘Hood Present:

Spread Magic Around

Olympus High School, October 9, 3:00 – 7:30 p.m.

All proceeds will go to the Coleman family, whose children are fighting SMA (Spinal Muscular Atrophy).

See the links below for their story.

Bring your family and enjoy live bands, a magic show, a reptile show, bounce houses,

kids activities, sports tournaments, food and more!!

The live auction begins at 5:30, and the silent auction runs throughout the event.

See the attachment for a list of live and silent auction items.

Adults: $5.00        Children 3 – 12: $3.00        Maximum per family:  $25.00

Admission fee includes all activities, shows, and entertainment.

Food and souveniers will be available for purchase.

See you there!!

To make a monetary donation, visit

or make checks payable to Good in the ‘Hood and mail to P.O. Box 9893, Salt Lake City, Utah 84109-0893

Good in the ‘Hood is a Utah 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization.

**Mark your calendars for our 5K race coming up on October 30th, also to benefit the Colemans!

Emergency Preparedness

September 2nd, 2010 No comments

New Book Available

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Coleman Miracle Team Members

August 31st, 2010 No comments

To the Chairpersons: Would you please email us a summary of your discussions with your committees at the Sunday meeting? Please share all suggestions and plans. Also, would you please include a list of the people who were there on your committee, with their phone numbers and email addresses if you have them, along with any other people who may have joined your group since? We are trying to establish a good communication system with all of the volunteers and committees.

To all Team Members: We are so grateful for your willingness to share your time and talents and ideas! However, we don’t want any surprises and need to be kept in the loop with your plans and progress. We are asking you to email us an update letter twice a week regarding your committee decisions and progress. ALWAYS ask for donations of supplies, equipment, food, advertising, etc., before you consider purchasing anything. If you cannot get something donated, ask what kind of discount you can get. Then, clear any expenditures with us before you proceed. Any expenditures that are not cleared will be considered your donation to the cause. This is very important. We need to know exactly how our budget is holding out.

There is a protocol for securing sponsors. By sponsors, we mean businesses who will champion or support our cause and to whom we will offer public recognition for their sponsorship. We have a committee working on sponsors. Please do not promise sponsorships to anyone if you are not on this committee and are not aware of the protocol. If you have ideas for sponsors, or if you have someone who approaches you with the offer to be a sponsor, please contact us and we will double check with the sponsor committee to make sure there are no conflicts and let you know whether or not to proceed.

Sponsors are different from donors. Don’t hesitate to personally secure cash donations or goods and services for the auction from people or businesses. Donors to the auction will have their name announced before their item is auctioned, so they will have a form of publicity. But not all donors will be given sponsor status.

If you are confused about the difference, we will try to clarify it at the meeting next Sunday. We will have a meeting with all volunteers this Sunday at 8:00 p.m. at my house. Contact me for the address if you do not know. We are going to keep the meeting to 1 hour. We will have committee reports of this week’s progress, and then break out into committees for 30 minutes. We know this is a holiday weekend, so if you are a committee chairperson and will not be there, please contact a member of your committee who will be there and give them the assignment of reporting to the group.

We are working on an online auction donation form which can be filled out and passed on to us. It will include the business name, items donated with approximate retail value. This is how we hope to keep track of items and services donated for the auction. Until then, just email us each time you get an item for the auction.

Coleman Family Project

August 27th, 2010 1 comment

Please remember the meeting on Sunday, Sept 29.   Bring people who are willing to give their time and resources to the fundraiser event. any amount of time they can offer is appreciated. we know that we are all busy. It will take many people giving what they can to make this happen.

I have attached a letter you may use to request donations from businesses and individuals. I have also attached a receipt form they may use. Please read these documents carefully so that you can present your request properly and that the money gets donated to the right place.

To all of you, make copies of these attached documents to take with you wherever you go from now on so that you will have them handy to give to business owners and individuals you come in contact with. Feel free to email them as well.

If you do get donations, please email me and let me know exactly who is donating and what they are donating. The auction committee will be in charge of picking up donated items and storing them until the event. We will announce that committee to you when it is formed.

We have decided on Saturday, October 9 from 2:00 – 7:00 for the carnival, and possibly a stomp from 7:00 – 9:00 following the carnival. The location is still being negotiated, but we will have an answer on that in a few days. Keep checking the Coleman blog for updates.

As we embark on this project, please remember that we are working with meager financial reserves, and that every penny we spend for the fundraiser is a penny the Colemans will not receive. Yes, they will hopefully benefit from our expenditures, but please be very careful in your expenses. I am asking that anyone who needs to spend money on this event contact me first for permission to do so, so that we can have a current unerstanding of what we are spending. If you spend money without asking, please consider it your donation to the cause. I am generally reachable by email through this website.  Please check out the pricing and quantities on items you are proposing before contacting me for a go-ahead.

Unfortunately, we have no idea how many people we will be attracting to this event. As we go along, we will get a better feel for that.

ALWAYS ASK businesses to donate goods and services before you purchase them. If they will not donate, then ask them what kind of discount they are able to give us for this cause.

I have some DVDs you can take to present our cause to those you approach if necessary, or you can direct them to the website and to for more information and to view the news story and the video.

We are looking for the following things to be donated:

Cash Donations
Food for the concessions at the carnival (hot dogs, buns, relish, catsup and mustard, soda pop, bottled water, ice, chips, etc.)
Donated goods and services for the auction such as:
Gift cards for haircuts, professional services, restaurants, retail stores, movie tickets, recreational sites (Lagoon, Raging Waters, etc.)
Printing Services for Publicity, poster paper, printing paper, banners
Balloons, for decoration at the carnival
Radio ads
TV Time (Good Things Utah, Studio 5, KBYU, KUED, etc.)
Tickets for use at the carnival
Bounce house
Entertainers (bands, magicians, mimes, cartoonists, photographers, photo booths, face painters) at the carnival (we want live music throughout the event)
Sound Equipment, extension cords
Graphic Designers for posters, banners, flyers
Vinyl stickers for car windshields
T Shirts with the “Spread Magic Around… Join the Coleman Family Miracle Team” message on them for advertising purposes and also for sale at the carnival.
Snow cone machines
Popcorn machines
Soft Ice cream machines
Hot Dog Warmers
Paper plates, cups, napkins
Garbage cans and liners
Tables and chairs (40 tables round or rectangle, 250 chairs)
Tents in case of rain (small ones like used at sporting events, and large ones for large numbers of people)
New Retail items for the auction (bikes, skis, crafts, quilts, paintings, athletic equipment, musical instruments, craft supplies, etc.)
Just thought I might throw in a new minivan? 2009 or newer. No harm in asking, right?
Help in selling Coleman home so they can move to a larger home to accommodate their children’s needs.

I am sure there is more, but this is a start. we will improve on the list for our Sunday meeting.

Earthquake in Utah? Probably

January 17th, 2010 No comments

If you take the Deseret News, check out the front page.  There is an article on what would happen if a 7.0 earthquake were to hit the Wasatch Front.  I think it will help you as you make your preparations for this type of scenario. It reinforces the value of the things we have been working on as a neighborhood. According to the experts, you and I live in the most severely impacted area.  Here are a few things that stood out to me:

Nearly 100,000 households would be displaced.  38 percent of the buildings in the area would suffer at least moderate damage.

Cell and landline phones will be down initially due to damage or overuse.

The power will go down for at least 8 to 12 hours and when it comes back, it iwll be spotty.

80 percent would have electrical power restored within 30 days, a time frame similar to restoration of communication lines.

Water systems will take longer.  We could be without water for three months.

Sewer systems will take even longer than three months.

Natural gas will perform a little better due to upgrades to pipes and systems recently.

Police and firefighters will be so overwhelmed that they could not reach many people for days, so neighbors would need to rely on each other for help.

Based on these estimates, it seems obvious to me that there are four important areas we need to address in the near future.  They are:

1.    Water storage

2.    Shelter

3.    Human waste disposal

4.    Community Emergency Response Team training (CERT).

I think that our goal this month should be to revisit our water storage. Check to see how much water you have and calculate how much you would need to survive for 90 days.  That would be 180 gallons per person.  You would need to calculate the cost of building a new house to store that much in most cases and determine whether or not you can quality for a bank loan to build it.  Begin with a two week supply and build from there. A two week supply for one person is 28 gallons.   A family of 8 would need about 224 gallons. . . .  This would be 45 five gallon containers.  If you use 55 gallon containers, it would be four containers.  If you use 30 gallon containers, you would need 8.  If you use 15 gallon containers it would be 15 containers.

I like the five gallon containers the best because they are square and can be stacked three high and they make the best use of space because of their shape.  They can be stored in small dead spaces in your home like unused corners, the back of a closet, under a desk or table, etc.  If you were to stack them along a wall of your home and you had 7 stacks of 3 high, you could them place a board along the top of this group of containers and put a tablecloth over it and use it as a cradenza.  You could do the same thing behind a couch which is in the middle of your room and use it as a sofa table.  You can use the same idea to make end tables, night stands, dining tables, etc.  Be creative.  They are also much easier to transport from place to place.  If frozen, they thaw faster.  They have a place to screw on a spigot so that your family can dispense their own water easily.

After the water is addressed, we will focus on shelter.

We will be evaluating the communications drill we participated in last week and try to fine tune it.  However, our communication system is officially in force as of now.  If disaster hits, and our communication by walkie talkie fails due to clogging of the radio waves, captains should proceed to communicate in person to the bishopric member to whom they are assigned, or, if that person is unavailable, proceed on foot to the bishop’s house.

Emergency Preparedness Drill

January 6th, 2010 No comments

Don’t forget our emergency communication drill Sunday, January 10 at 8:00 p.m.

Church History Today – August 24th

August 24th, 2009 No comments

August 24, 1939 – The First Presidency directed all missionaries in Germany to move to neutral countries. Later the missionaries were instructed to leave Europe and return to the United States. The last group arrived in New York November 6, 1939.

August 24, 1985 – The Johannesburg South Africa Temple was dedicated by President Hinckley. With the dedication of this building, there was now a temple on every continent except Antarctica.

Church History Today – June 27th

June 27th, 2009 No comments

June 27, 1844 – Joseph and Hyrum Smith were killed by a mob that rushed the Carthage Jail in Carthage, Ill. John Taylor was injured in the attack; Willard Richards escaped injury.

June 27, 1975 – The end of auxiliary conferences was announced during the opening session of the 1975 June Conference. These conferences would be replaced with annual regional meetings for priesthood and auxiliary leaders.

June 27, 1989 – The renovated Carthage Jail complex in Illinois, where the Prophet Joseph Smith was martyred, was dedicated by President Gordon B. Hinckley, highlighting activities commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Mormon settlement of Nauvoo, Ill.

June 27, 1993 – After being refurbished and remodeled, the former Hotel Utah was rededicated and renamed the Joseph Smith Memorial Building, housing office and meeting facilities for the Church and a theater showing the new film “Legacy.”

June 27, 2002 – On the 158th anniversary of the martyrdom of the Prophet Joseph Smith and his brother, Hyrum, the rebuilt Nauvoo Illinois Temple was dedicated by President Hinckley.

Tim Woolf Fireside – Part Three – Food Storage

May 30th, 2009 No comments

Brother Woolf told us that originally the Church advised us to store seven years of food.  Today, the recommendation is a year’s supply.

We should store what we eat, and we should be able to prepare and use what we’ve stored.  It is suggested that we also put into that food storage a cookbook telling us what to do with the stuff we’ve stored.  If we have 1,000 lbs of wheat down there, what do we do with it?  How do we cook with it?  So… store basic foods and a cookbook to guide you.

Red Wheat vs. White Wheat

He spoke about red wheat and white wheat, telling us that the white wheat had a ‘friendlier’ taste and we and our families would probably be happier eating white wheat than red.  The friendlier taste is because white wheat has more gluten in it.  It also has more protein, so it’s a good choice to purchase and store.

Freeze Dried vs. Dehydrated Food

Freeze dried food is processed by taking 100% of the moisture out of a product and storing it in a vacuum.  100% of the flavor and the nutrition remain behind.  when re-constituted, the food is remarkably similar to fresh both in taste and consistency.  You see a lot of freeze-dried food in salad bars today and you probably don’t even know it.

Dehydrated food has had the water remove by means of heat and air movement.  80% of the flavor and 80% of the nutrients remain.  This is a less expensive way of processing the food to store and is still a good choice regardless.

Bro. Woolf cautioned us to purchase freeze dried food from reputable people as it’s easy for someone to sell you freeze dried food that is really dehydrated food.  You probably wouldn’t know until you opened the can ten-years from now.

You’ll need salt and he recommends that we purchase Redman Salt as it’s true salt without additives and will be better for us and will last indefinitely.

What do you feed the neighbors that didn’t store their own food?  ABC soup.  It’s good for you, inexpensive but doesn’t have much of a taste.  The flavor comes from what you add to it.  If you add chicken bullion, you get Chicken ABC, beef bullion and you get Beef ABC.  One 5-gal container will provide about 300 meals.

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Tim Woolf Fireside – Part Two – Heat and Light

May 20th, 2009 No comments

Bro. Woolf spoke a bit concerning 72-hour kits and described them as ‘grab and go’.  These are a good idea and help you to get through probably the most traumatic time of an emergency.  He stressed that you really need to make sure that you pack into these kits foods and stuff that will make you feel good.  An emergency that would make you leave your home is going to be very traumatic and a couple of granola bars and a liter of water may not help you too much in the psychological area… especially with the kids.  Put into your 72-hour kits stuff that will make you feel good.  think about it and do the right thing.

Tim counseled that we should have a 90 day supply of heat and eat food.  That’s stuff you don’t need to prepare, but can just be eaten after heating.  His example of the family where perhaps an earthquake has happened, there is no water service, no electrical, it’s cold outside, the kids are frightened and upset and Dad comes up from the basement with a double-handful of raw wheat, hands it to Mom and says, “Here’s dinner, make something”.  As time progresses, you become more acclimated to the situation and are better able to cope with what is happening.  Three-months of already prepared food takes a LOT of pressure off.

During this emergency time, diets are off!  Store the stuff you want to eat.  He mentioned that his wife loves popcorn and so he has stored powdered butter, and 13 five-gallon buckets of popcorn so she’ll have that comfort food.  He has supplied 90 days of each of his children’s favorite foods and feels confident that at least for those first three months, at least everyone will eat what they like. His motto – “If I’m going to suffer, I’ll suffer in comfort”.

In the Utah area, our most likely disaster emergency will be earthquake.  The most common damage, even in smaller quakes is that windows are simply shattered.  Murphy’s law tells us that if we have a quake, it probably won’t be in July and August where we can camp out in the backyard, but will probably hit in November so we face the coming winter without heat or windows.  It’s important to have several rolls of 6mil clear plastic sheeting to put over windows and keep the weather out.  He stressed putting plastic on both the outside and the inside of the window to create a dead-air space to act as insulation.  You’ll also need to make sure you have the proper tools to repair what you can.

Now comes the subject of heat.  How do you heat your home so that your family can stay warm and comfortable.  Tim stressed that when you have patched the windows, that goes a long way to keeping the home warm.  Initially you can use those candles you have, but to be better prepared, he suggested a kerosene heater.  Kerosene is good in that when kerosene burns it gives off carbon dioxide and not the deadly carbon monoxide that is given off from propane and other combustibles.  So, it’s essential that we locate and purchase a kerosene heater for our storage plan.

Kerosene heater – flat top so can double as a cook top and should generate 23,000 BTU.  You want the latest and best technology and make sure it has an immediate cut-off valve. New kerosene heaters are 99.9% efficient and should run you around $150.  Bro.  Woolf heated his home all winter with 110 gals.

Our lives now center around electricity and should we suffer an ‘event’, our lives will change drastically.  When the power goes out, it will be dark at night.  No street lights, no lights from our neighbors homes, only the moon and the stars up above.  To provide light, we’ll need to have something such as a candle or a lantern, both of which consume some type of fuel and also may produce (especially in the case of a white gas type lantern) carbon-monoxide which is toxic.  So, what do we do for light?

Tim suggested that we look into a couple of items for our disaster relief projects.  One is a solar charger.  This item generates enough electricity from sunlight to recharge all types of batteries.  With a solar charger, our lives come a little back into normal as batteries can be recharged which means that CD players, radios, DVD players, games, lanterns and all sorts of other ‘normal’ activities come back to us.  Our investment would be the charger and the re-chargeable batteries of the sizes we’d need.  This charger would also allow us to run that electric lantern all night long if needed in stressful times and not worry as when the sun came up, the batteries could be recharged.

Another suggestion was a solar generator.  This devise produces enough electrical energy to operate a standard appliance such as a mixer, a blender or even a microwave.  You can’t run them all together, but you could grind some wheat or whip up a cake mix.   Good idea – makes things more normal.

Now, when it comes to cooking, especially if you cannot store a year’s supply of fuel, the answer would be the solar oven. Get more information from Kristi on this.

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