Saturday, October 11, 2008

Photos from Heifer Fair

Volunteers for Heifer International in Albuquerque and Santa Fe organized their first-ever fair in New Mexico on Saturday, October 4 at Menaul School in Albuquerque. They invited Bread for the World and The ONE Campaign to set up a display. Here are a couple of photos from the Bread/ONE (and CROP Walk) table, which were staffed by Marge Williams, Patty Keane, John Foley and Violet Foley.

Laura Casselman from The ONE Campaign also stopped by the table. She was also helping with the PeaceCraft display.

(Thank to to Patty Keane for snapping these photos)


World Food Day 2008: Choices for a Warm and Hungry Planet

You are cordially invited to

World Food Day

Choices for a Warm and Hungry Planet

Thursday, October 16, 2008
8:00am - 2:00pm

University of New Mexico

Student Union Building
in one of the ballrooms
(same level as food court)

Please join us
*to view the video teleconference with three international leaders
*hear about the links between climate change, hunger and poverty
*learn about strategies to end world hunger
*share your thoughts about how we can help
*contribute to Roadrunner Food Bank
*learn about the Millennium Development Goals
(update presented by Carlos Navarro & guest from Heifer International)

8:00 Registration-Networking
8:30 Welcome
Governors Proclamation
Hunger Fighter Recipient Awards
9:00 Panel/Press Conference
10:00 Teleconference Broadcast
11:00 Update on Millennium Development Goals
12:00 Hour Two of Teleconference Broadcast
1:00 Panel on Sustainability, Local Issues
2:00 Wrapup

Teleconferece Speakers
Ray Suarez, Host
Dr. Nancy Birdsall, Center for Global Development
Dr. Siwa Msangi, International Food Policy Research Institute
Mark Ritchie, Minnesota Secretary of State

Click here for biographies (scroll down)

Local Bread members recognized

I want to take this opportunity to recognize two local Bread for the World members who recently received nice recognitions. At its annual meeting this summer, the local chapter of Church Women United honored Kay Huggins with the Valiant Woman award. Else Tasseron's recognition was more subtle. An article published in the Albuquerque Journal on Sept. 28, mentioned several local volunteers who have made a difference. Else was among them.

Kay Huggins
It's easy to forget that Kay Huggins is a pastor. I tend to think of her as just "a regular person," who plays the flute in our monthly Taize service in Albuquerque and helps promote Bread for the World's Offering of Letters at her church. The first time I met her somtime was back in the 1990s when she was part of the musical ensemble backing up a cast from Rio Ranch Presbyterian Church, which was performing the play Lazarus, Bread for the World's musical production on hunger and poverty.

Kay, who is now interim pastor at New Life Presbyterian Church, is also an accomplished author
. This year, the local chapter of Church Women United honored her with the Valiant Woman award. Below is an excert from the CWU newsletter:
Her life consistently represents true dedication to her faith and the willingness to take on difficult projects; whether it was being the pastor of a steelmaking town church or starting a new church from an envelope with 4 names on it. After reading her biographical information, it appears everything Rev. Huggins has been or is associated with blossoms and grows
Else Tasseron
I don't know Else too well, but I do know that she has taken an active role in Bread for the World, first at Holy Cross Lutheran Church and more recently at St. Paul Lutheran Church.

In fact, Else took charge aIt the Offering of Letters at St. Paul this past year. The effort produced several dozen letters to Reps. Heather Wilson and Sens. Pete Domenici and Jeff Bingaman. (She is pictured at left at the 2009 Offering of Letters workshop, along with George Huggins of New Life Presbyterian Church).

The article, Call US Crazy But New Mexicans are Actually Concientious, which appeared in the Sunday edition of the Albuquerque Journal on Sept. 28 highlighted the work of several volunteers. (Since the Albuquerque Journal Web site is restricted to subscribers, you won't be able to see the full article when you click the above link).

But here are some excerpts:
A study just out from the University of Cambridge has concluded that Americans' personalities differ according to the states in which they live.

The British university's "personality map" shows which states score highest in each of five broad personality categories: extraversion, agreeableness, neuroticism, openness and conscientiousness.

North Dakotans rank highest in the country in agreeableness and extraversion. No surprise there to anyone who's ever seen "Fargo" or taken a Jell-O mold to a Lutheran potluck in Bismarck.

New Yorkers won high marks in the neurotic category.

And the people in all of the land who are the most conscientious? Those who show the most tendencies toward disciplined, compliant, dutiful and responsible behavior?

You guessed it, fellow New Mexicans. It was us.
And this is where the newspaper recognizes Else, in the context of her work with Project Share
It's so easy to focus on our faults. Much better on a clear, cool, fall-is-finally-here Saturday morning to stroll over to Hope's Half Acre, the little garden that sits on the property of Project Share in southeast Albuquerque and see how the eggplants are coming along.

"They're beautiful!" says Donna Epler, who takes care of the garden two mornings a week.

Epler, along with Else Tasseron, shows up dutifully, responsibly, dependably at the garden to weed, water and battle the occasional squash bug and to watch the daily miracles that happen when sun, seed and soil are joined.

Tasseron, 71, had no connection to Project Share when she saw a flier asking for help in the garden, which grows vegetables that are used in dinners for the homeless and food boxes for the hungry.

"That spoke to me," Tasseron said. "I thought, 'Old as I am, watering I can do.'

Turns out she's a meticulous weeder, too. Quietly conscientious about pulling up every last invader.