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akiy
12-31-2002, 03:41 PM
Hi everyone,

Barbara Bowen, an aikido student/shodan in Texas, recently suffered a brain aneurysm and is looking at a very hefty medical bill of upwards of $100,000. You can view John Riggs's original posting about this here:

http://www.aikiweb.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=3128

Rob Burrell (Col. Clink (http://www.aikiweb.com/forums/member.php?s=&action=getinfo&userid=2148)) in New Zealand came up with the idea of holding an online auction on AikiWeb to raise money for Barbara's medical funds. I had originally came up with the idea of donating the proceeds of selling five AikiWeb T-shirts (total of $75) to go to this fund, but I like this idea more. Rob is also willing to send a T-shirt from the New Zealand Ki Society to the winner as well.

My request at this time is for folks out there in the aikido community who are willing to pitch something into this auction to commit to a donation for the auction. Things that I believe would be great include a T-shirt from your dojo, a book which you've authored, aikido artwork, aikido supplies, and such.

What I'm hoping to do is either setting up a quick auction type of thread on the AikiWeb Forums for people to "bid" on the collection of items or I can put the items up on E-bay. When we've reached a winner, AikiWeb will collect the winning bid from the bidder. When the winning bid comes through, I'll send it into the medical fund and let everyone know. At that time, I'll contact the people who have promised to donate the item(s) with the address to which the item(s) should be shipped. So, basically, people donating things into this auction would be covering the cost of the item(s) as well as shipping (which may be international).

At this point, I'd like to know if there are folks here who would be willing to donate something into the auction. I'd like to start the auction on Monday, January 13th, and run it for at least one week, so I'd like to have commitments in by Friday, January 10th.

So, if people could look for something they can donate and/or ask their instructor at the dojo if they'd be willing to donate something, I'd appreciate it. Please get back to me, though, with your commitment before January 10th.

Thanks,

-- Jun

akiy
12-31-2002, 03:47 PM
Hi everyone,

To start, I'll pitch in one AikiWeb T-shirt (http://www.aikiweb.com/store/tshirt.html) and 100 "Aikido" temporary tattoos (http://www.aikiweb.com/store/tattoo.html) from the AikiWeb AikiStore (http://www.aikiweb.com/store/).

I'm checking with other folks I know to see if they'd be willing to pitch things into the auction. Stay tuned...

-- Jun

akiy
12-31-2002, 04:17 PM
Hi folks,

I just got word from Bu Jin Design that they're willing to donate a dogi set (http://www.bujindesign.com/dogi_index.html) (both top and bottom) to the auction.

-- Jun

Col.Clink
12-31-2002, 06:30 PM
Hi Jun and everyone else,

just to confirm the New Zealand Ki Society will donate 1 T-shirt and 1 sew on badge to the auction. I will forward these to the winner when Jun notifies me who that may be, postal charges will be met by the NZ Ki Society.

I hope that others can also donate anything from their Dojo etc. Our good wishes and thoughts to Barbara from the NZ Ki Society.

Cheers

Rob

Gri
01-01-2003, 06:49 AM
Hi Jun and ppl

Wishes for a Happy New Year aside (it's 1/1 after all), count me in for a hickory bokken by WoodenSwords.com (you can see it in http://www.woodenswords.com/AMA/bokken.htm), a hardback copy of Westbrook& Ratti's "Aikido and the Dynamic Sphere" (yeah, the book every aikidoka loves to hate), a paperback copy of Stevens' "The Shambhala Guide to Aikido" http://www.shambhala.com/html/catalog/items/ISBN/1-57062-170-5.cfm -good all around intro for beginners) and a sew on badge of my dojo (Hellenic Aikido Association).

Bokken and books are in good condition -the bokken has been used only 2-3 times for kumitachi practice and very little for kata and the books' only flaws are a little wear on the dust jackets and my signature in the title page for the "Dynamic Sphere" and a little spinal/cover wear and signature in tilte page for "Guide".

Hope these help for starters. I'll check around and see if I can gather something else from friends/dojo mates -why do these things have to happen on holidays when no-one is available?

Lots of ki and wishes go to Miss Bowen and her family.

Gri

akiy
01-01-2003, 11:38 AM
Hi everyone,

So, quick question. Rob had first envisioned that we have an auction for the entire lot of items that we gathered, but I had a thought as I woke up this morning in the first day of 2003.

Do people think a raffle would be a better idea? We could ask for something like US$5 per "ticket" and then we could draw a "winner" for each item. How does that sound to people?

Also, a heartfelt "thank you" to Rob, Gri, and the folks at Bu Jin Design for their contributions so far!

-- Jun

erikmenzel
01-01-2003, 11:57 AM
Fifty years ago one good go on things on good faith alone. Unfortunately it is no longer that kind of world anymore. I hate to be the one asking the "nasty' questions, but how do I/we know this is legitimate?

Col.Clink
01-01-2003, 02:50 PM
Hi everyone,

So, quick question. Rob had first envisioned that we have an auction for the entire lot of items that we gathered, but I had a thought as I woke up this morning in the first day of 2003.

Do people think a raffle would be a better idea? We could ask for something like US$5 per "ticket" and then we could draw a "winner" for each item. How does that sound to people?

Also, a heartfelt "thank you" to Rob, Gri, and the folks at Bu Jin Design for their contributions so far!

-- Jun
Hi Jun, I don't mind at all. Just whatever you think would raise the most funds. The raffle is probably quite good as it spreads out the 'prizes'.
Fifty years ago one good go on things on good faith alone. Unfortunately it is no longer that kind of world anymore. I hate to be the one asking the "nasty' questions, but how do I/we know this is legitimate?
Hi Erik,

I think you do have a right to know if you are going to send goods or cash etc.

Personally, I am going on the old good faith.

Hope you find an answer to your question Erik.

cheers

Rob

Gri
01-01-2003, 03:03 PM
Hi

No prob with either the raffle or the auction way -whatever you think it will work best. As for what Erik mentioned, although I consider it a valid claim, I'll go with Rob -my engine still runs good enough on faith alone <g>.

Gri

akiy
01-01-2003, 04:54 PM
Hi Erik,

Although I've never met him, I've known John on the Internet for some years. I also know people who have met him and I have not heard anything but good things about him and I have no reason to doubt the words of my friends who know him...

-- Jun

erikmenzel
01-01-2003, 05:17 PM
Thank you Jun, that is the kind of info I wanted to hear.

Besides financial aid this lady is probably going to need all the moral support she can get. Is there an address people can sent get well cards to? Maybe something we can organize through Aikiweb as well??

Aiki Teacher
01-01-2003, 05:17 PM
Fifty years ago one good go on things on good faith alone. Unfortunately it is no longer that kind of world anymore. I hate to be the one asking the "nasty' questions, but how do I/we know this is legitimate?
Erik, I can understand your hesitation, but people and human nature have not changed much in two thousand years. You can choose to trust or not.

I have known the Kelso's for over four years. I also visited Barb in teh hospital last week.

Barb is also a member of AAA as well as the rest of the students in our school. Trust me she is blessed to be alive. I am glad to see the Aikido community pulling together to help them out. I have seen Les and Barb give of there time and money to help people in our community of midland Texas over and over again.

I will be donating a 5 ft bow I painted and decorated when I was injured. Don't know how much it will bring, but why not try.

Sometimes Erik we have to just trust!

Lan Powers
01-01-2003, 10:55 PM
Hi Jun

I kind of like the raffle idea.......but whichever you and Senseii Riggs decide on will be cool.

Did you get my e-mail about donating a gi from the dojo? ( so the sale $ goes there as well as the bidding, if we do an auction)

Thanks so much to all the folks who have been so kind with Barbara.

:D Lan

rachmass
01-02-2003, 08:47 AM
Thank you Jun, and Lan, and others who have voiced openly that they know and/or trust this situation to be true. I, like Erik, have been wondering whether this was a scam or not (based on previous experience)and have not wanted to contribute until I knew for sure that this is legitimate. Thank you for clearing it up, and now I feel comfortable sending something to help out. I hate being a pessimist, but unfortunately there are too many situations out there that have created it, and I applaud Erik for having the courage to speak up and ask the question. His asking it allowed people to say what they know, and possibly make it easier for others out there (like me) to feel comfortable donating.

Please send my sincere well wishes to Barbara!

Rachel

akiy
01-02-2003, 04:30 PM
Hi folks,

As Lan pointed out, he is donating a dogi set (made by Century) to the raffle. I wanted to thank Johnny for his contribution of his painted bow; have you a picture that you could send me?

I just got word that my friend Wiley is willing to pitch in a hand-made weapons case:

http://www.aikiweb.com/tmp/bag_open.jpg

http://www.aikiweb.com/tmp/rolled.jpg

Also, Round Earth Publishing (http://www.round-earth.com/) has promised either one autographed book that they publish ("Aikido Exercises for Teaching and Training" or "Ki in Aikido") or any of the artwork featured in either of the books.

Lastly, Zanshin Art (http://www.zanshinart.com/Aikido/AikiArt.html) has promised some kind of aikido artwork, the exact details of which were promised for this weekend.

I wanted to thank everyone for their support (and questions!) so far.

Lan, Johnny, do you have an address to which people can send get well cards and such? Maybe your dojo address would work?

-- Jun

aikidoc
01-02-2003, 09:56 PM
Hi All:

Everyone has a right to question a request for help given the number of scam artists out there. Erik is right to be cautious.

I invite anyone to check out my integrity and honesty. I am a licensed chiropractor (doctor of chiropractic) in Texas and California and actively practice in Midland TX. I am the aikido dojo cho for Ta Ch'u Academy of the Martial Arts of which Barbara is co-owner with her husband Les Kelso. Barbara is one of my students. I have no financial interest in the medical fund nor the dojo. I teach for the love of the art and do not receive compensation. I have never been arrested, acused of fraud or even had a malpractice action against me in 13 years. The school is affiliated with AAA and I am a certified instructor through them and hold the current rank of sandan. Most of my aikido training was when I lived in Southern California. I have trained in Ki Society, a splinter group, and ASU schools as well as AAA. Please feel free to verify anything you would like.

In any event, this is not about me. I cannot do more to verify Barbara's situation than I already have-rights to privacy stuff. If you do not trust the situation or me then please by all means do not participate. My only investment in this is my time with no return.

My spiritual orientation is based on "reality" and removal of illusion in addition to right thinking, right speech, etc. Barbara's brain aneurysms are not an illusion, they are reality.

I thank all who are willing to take some things at face value without the assumption of an agenda or fraud. I know there are a lot of fakes out there; even in the aikido world. It's nice to see such aiki spirits.

Barbara is doing well. Balance and weakness are still an issue. She will need rehab for sure to help her recover some memory and focus skills as well as her legs.

Those of you wishing to send her cards can do so at the following address:

Barbara Bowen-Kelso

Ta Chu Academy of the Martial Arts

3402 Thomason Dr.

Midland, TX 79703

Dr. John Riggs

aikidoc
01-02-2003, 10:04 PM
P.S. If you want to check my business website for verificiation the following address should get you there: aikidocriggs.chiroweb.com.

John

akiy
01-03-2003, 01:30 PM
Lastly, Zanshin Art (http://www.zanshinart.com/Aikido/AikiArt.html) has promised some kind of aikido artwork, the exact details of which were promised for this weekend.
True to her word, Janet provided me with the following:
It's metallic and texturized, dark blue on silver/grey, mixed media on claybord (TM); the size 10" x 8" means it will fit a standard sized premade wooden frame.
http://www.aikiweb.com/tmp/KA001.jpg

I don't know about the rest of you, but I think it looks pretty darned cool.

I also want to thank John for providing personal information regarding himself and his dojo. I hope this will help clear things up for folks and will enable everyone to feel more comfortable in helping out.

-- Jun

Bronson
01-03-2003, 02:55 PM
My sincerest sympathies to Mrs. Kelso and her family and friends.

I would like to donate a basswood plaqued carved with the kanji for aikido. I don't have one here that I can send a close-up picture of but you can see one I made for the Toyoda Center (http://www.penasee.com/news/printstory.asp?id=2166 ). The plaques are solid basswood with the bark left on the long edges. The sizes vary depending on availability but I'll get the largest one I can. The large ones are usually approx. 12" x 10", but like I said the size and shape can vary.

Bronson

Bronson
01-03-2003, 02:57 PM
My sincerest sympathies to Ms. Bowen and her family and friends.

I would like to donate a basswood plaqued carved with the kanji for aikido. I don't have one here that I can send a close-up picture of but you can see one I made for the Toyoda Center (http://www.penasee.com/news/printstory.asp?id=2166 ). The plaques are solid basswood with the bark left on the long edges. The sizes vary depending on availability but I'll get the largest one I can. The large ones are usually approx. 12" x 10", but like I said the size and shape can vary.

Bronson

akiy
01-03-2003, 04:32 PM
That's great, Bronson. Thank you for your contribution!

-- Jun

aikidoc
01-05-2003, 03:23 AM
I am posting the following at the request of Les Kelso:

"John I can't get logged in to the aiki web for some reason..maybe they are asleep or something..i wanted to respond to the "erik" thread where he is questioning the veracity of Barb's situation....maybe you could post for me and tell them if they are dubious to call Midland College operator at 915 685 4500 and ask to talk to either Ann Leach, director of Kinesiology dept or Dr Will Morris, dean of Arts and Sciences...they will concur Barb's status as an adjunct faculty member and her current medical leave.

You might also mention that we would prefer to have no negative input of any kind toward this cause and if they have feelings of misgiving or doubt, we would appreciate them limiting their involvement to satisfying their suspicions with a phone call to Midland College. Monies given without full love and support simply are not wanted."

Hope this also helps alleviate the concerns.

John

Aviv
01-05-2003, 02:42 PM
Hi Jun:

If you do an auction, I will donate a private lesson in the 31 jo kata. I have been certified by Saito Sensei to teach this practice, which was developed by O'Sensei.

The only catch is that the lesson be given within 30 miles of where I am. I live near Fredericksburg, VA but do travel from time to time, for example I'll be in Denver next month in Nevada & California in May.

Maybe I can get my students to bid. Let me know how you finally arrange this.

Aiki Teacher
01-05-2003, 11:50 PM
I will send it tomorrow. Late in the afternoon.Hi folks,

As Lan pointed out, he is donating a dogi set (made by Century) to the raffle. I wanted to thank Johnny for his contribution of his painted bow; have you a picture that you could send me?

I just got word that my friend Wiley is willing to pitch in a hand-made weapons case:

http://www.aikiweb.com/tmp/bag_open.jpg

http://www.aikiweb.com/tmp/rolled.jpg

Also, Round Earth Publishing (http://www.round-earth.com/) has promised either one autographed book that they publish ("Aikido Exercises for Teaching and Training" or "Ki in Aikido") or any of the artwork featured in either of the books.

Lastly, Zanshin Art (http://www.zanshinart.com/Aikido/AikiArt.html) has promised some kind of aikido artwork, the exact details of which were promised for this weekend.

I wanted to thank everyone for their support (and questions!) so far.

Lan, Johnny, do you have an address to which people can send get well cards and such? Maybe your dojo address would work?

-- Jun

akiy
01-06-2003, 12:10 AM
Hi John,

Thank you for more information regarding Barbara and for relaying the message from Les.

As John said himself, "Everyone has a right to question a request for help given the number of scam artists out there. Erik is right to be cautious." I, too, agree and personally feel that Erik was not trying to de-legitimize this, be "nasty," nor expressing any kind of "negative" opinion. As Erik is in the Netherlands, I'm sure it's difficult for him to be able to easily contact people (or know folks like John) who can vouch for the legitimacy of this situation. I, for one, feel happy to vouch for Erik (just as I will be happy to vouch for John) and feel his initial thoughts on this matter were justified. I'm sure he meant no personal ill will but was merely expressing his thoughts from a place of good intentions. I hope that will help close that matter sufficiently...

Any way, I just heard from Peter Boylan of Mugendo Budogo (http://www.budogu.com) that he's willing to donate a copy of Moriteru Ueshiba sensei's "Aikido: Sono Waza To Gokui" (http://budogu.com/shopsite_sc/store/html/page47.html) (bottom of the page referred) for the raffle. Thanks, Peter! The tape looks great.

Also thanks to Bronson for donating a basswood "Aikido" kanji plaque. I took a look at the picture and the plaque looks very nice.

Also, thank to Aviv for his offer to teach the 31 jo kata as taught to him and certified by Saito sensei -- how exciting! I'm not too sure, though, how well this would work out as it looks like we're planning on doing a raffle instead of an auction. Maybe, as you said, you can see if your students would be willing to bid for just that item and you can send the proceeds directly to the account referenced in the first post of this thread? Heck, I'd be willing to bid for it, just for the opportunity of learning the kata (for the umpteenth time since I just can't seem to remember the darned thing no matter how many times I get taught it!) the next time I see you!

Lastly, I got a piece of e-mail from Gil down in Florida that he's willing to donate several signed printes of a portrait of O-sensei that he did in 1992. Thanks, Gil! I'll see if I can get some pictures from him.

In any case, the list of items available for the raffle is growing and it looks wonderful. I hope to have the final list of raffle items and set up the raffle itself right after January 10th so please let me know either via this thread here or by private e-mail if you'd be willing to donate something for this raffle.

Best regards to everyone,

-- Jun

Karen Wolek
01-08-2003, 08:14 AM
Hi Jun,

My sensei gave me a Kingston Aikido t-shirt last night to donate to the auction. It's a size large, is a tan color, has Aikido artwork (by Harvey Konigsberg Sensei, I believe)and the words Kingston Aikido on front. LOL, I didn't even know we HAD t-shirts! ;)

akiy
01-08-2003, 08:28 AM
Thank you, Karen!

-- Jun

akiy
01-10-2003, 12:41 PM
Hi everyone,

I just wanted to remind people that I would like to get all donations and such for the raffle in by the end of the day today. I'm planning on setting up a "raffle ticket" item in the AikiStore here, most likely for $5 each with each raffle ticket being a chance to win one of the donations. If all goes well, we'll start the raffle this upcoming Monday and run the raffle for probably at least a week. I'll then draw the winners for each item, contact the person who is donating the item with the winner's address, and ask them to send the item to the winner. I'll then total up the amount (less PayPal charges) and send it off to the Barbara Bowen medical fund.

Let's hope this all works out!

Any questions at this point?

PS: Lan Powers has let me know that he's donating a "tanto from Robert Pyle, a custom knifemaker in the area." Sounds great, Lan. Thanks!

-- Jun

JMCavazos
01-10-2003, 03:25 PM
How about the home dojo setting up a bank account in their town, a national bank. That way we can just go to our town and make a donation/deposit into that account?

If everybody donated $5, or more, it should add up to something.

Joachim
01-10-2003, 03:49 PM
Hi everyone,

I just wanted to remind people that I would like to get all donations and such for the raffle in by the end of the day oday.

-- Jun
I'll try once more to get my mail accepted by this machine >:-[

I want to offer two items for the raffle (or whatevvahs):

- One copy of Morihiro SAITO's "Takemusu Aikido Volume 1 - Background & Basics", paperback.

- One Vicorinox sailor's pocket knife, dark blue.

This is similar to the mid-range Swiss Army multi-tool pocket knives, but bigger in size. 1 serrated blade with locking mechanism, corkscrew, toothpick, mini-tweezers, 6 other tools.

(Hope you don't mind that this is a bit OT.)

Both items are in good shape.

Best-

<o>

Joachim

Lan Powers
01-10-2003, 06:01 PM
Thank you folks for your kindness and generosity towards Barbara.

As to Joe Cavasos suggestion about the bank account, the information to send direct donations is available in the original posts at the first discussions on this.Go to the Aikinews article and click the thread. This should gain the information from the original posts.

If you miss it, I will be glad to type it all in again..:p after all, it is for a great cause....

Oh yeah, buy lots of tickets folks.....:D

Cheers

Lan

akiy
01-14-2003, 12:41 PM
Hi everyone,

Here is the list of donated items that people have promised to send to the winners. All I can say right now is WOW!!! The generosity of the aikido community here (and on Aikido-L) is quite overwhelming. Thank you to all of you who have committed to donating and sending your item(s).

If I missed anyone, please accept my apologies and please remind me of your donation!

I hope to have the raffle ticket selling page open in just a few hours. Stay tuned...

-- Jun

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AikiWeb AikiStore (http://www.aikiweb.com/store) AikiWeb T-shirt (http://www.aikiweb.com/store/tshirt.html)

AikiWeb 100 "Aikido" Temporary Tattoos (http://www.aikiweb.com/store/tattoo.html)



Bu Jin Design (http://www.bujindesign.com) Dogi Set (http://www.bujindesign.com/dogi_index.html) (top and bottom)



Robert Burrell (http://www.aikiweb.com/forums/member.php?s=&action=getinfo&userid=2148) New Zealand Ki Society T-shirt



Grigoris Milliaresis (http://www.aikiweb.com/forums/member.php?s=&action=getinfo&userid=1880) hickory bokken (http://www.woodenswords.com/AMA/bokken.htm) (lightly used)

"Aikido and the Dynamic Sphere" - Westbrook & Ratti (used)

"Shambhala Guide to Aikido" - John Stevens (used)

Hellenic Aikido Association sew-on badge



Johnny Couch (http://www.aikiweb.com/forums/member.php?s=&action=getinfo&userid=654) 5 foot painted bow



Lan Powers (http://www.aikiweb.com/forums/member.php?s=&action=getinfo&userid=2026) Century Dogi

Tanto from Robert Pyle, a custom knifemaker in the area



Wiley Hand-made weapons case (pic1 (http://www.aikiweb.com/tmp/bag_open.jpg), pic2 (http://www.aikiweb.com/tmp/rolled.jpg))



Round Earth Publishing (http://www.round-earth.com/) One Autographed Book ("Ki in Aikido" or "Aikido Exercises for Teaching and Training")

Any artwork from either book



Zanshin Art (http://www.zanshinart.com/Aikido/AikiArt.html) Handmade artwork (http://www.aikiweb.com/tmp/KA001.jpg): metallic and texturized, dark blue on silver/grey, mixed media on claybord (TM); the size 10" x 8" means it will fit a standard sized premade wooden frame.



Bronson Diffin (http://www.aikiweb.com/forums/member.php?s=&action=getinfo&userid=1312) Basswood plaque carved with the kanji for "Aikido"



Aviv Goldsmith (http://www.aikiweb.com/forums/member.php?s=&action=getinfo&userid=37) 31 jo kata lesson (in Frederiksburg, VA)



Peter Boylan/Mugendo Budogu (http://www.budogu.com) "Aikido: Sono Waza To Gokui" (http://budogu.com/shopsite_sc/store/html/page47.html) video featuring Moriteru Ueshiba



Gil Several signed hand-made prints of the founder done in 1992



Karen Wolek (http://www.aikiweb.com/forums/member.php?s=&action=getinfo&userid=2142) Kingston Aikido T-shirt (size Large, tan color)



Joachim Hensel-Losch (http://www.aikiweb.com/forums/member.php?s=&action=getinfo&userid=2193) "Takemusu Aikido Volume 1 - Background and Basics" by Morihiro Saito

Vicorinox sailor's pocket knife

akiy
01-14-2003, 05:20 PM
Hi everyone,

So I now have the "purchasing" page for the raffle ticket online and working:

http://www.aikiweb.com/store/raffle.html

As stated on the above page, each raffle ticket will cost $5. People may purchase more than one ticket. I think it would be great if people could print out the above page and take it to their dojo to get people not here on AikiWeb involved, too.

I'm hoping to hold the drawing at 12pm on Friday, January 31st, 2003.

All proceeds (minus the credit card charge imposed by PayPal) will be sent to the Barbara Bown medical fund.

Any questions or concerns at this time?

-- Jun

akiy
01-14-2003, 10:44 PM
Hi folks,

Just a few hours and we already have eight raffle tickets sold. Great!

Once again, the page to purchase raffle tickets is here:

http://www.aikiweb.com/store/raffle.html

Thanks, everyone!

-- Jun

akiy
01-14-2003, 11:52 PM
PS: If people are already comfortable with using PayPal and would like to just send payment for raffle tickets through your account, please feel free to send it to my <akiy@aikiweb.com> account with a note that the money (in $5 increments, please!) should be for the raffle. This will also increase the amount donated to the mediccal fund as PayPal won't be taking out the credit card surcharge on my end (that would otherwise be charged if you buy through the AikiWeb AikiStore)...

-- Jun

duger
01-15-2003, 12:28 PM
Hi,

I am new to this forum. A friend referred me and told me about Barbara. I make Cast-Stone plates and paint them with assorted symbols. I would like to donate a couple of Stones,One with Aikido calligraghy hand-painted on stone and one other,are you still accepting items and where do they get sent?

Thanks

Susan

www.stonewerksinc.com

duger
01-15-2003, 04:51 PM
Are you still accepting items for the Auction?

akiy
01-15-2003, 05:45 PM
Hi Sue,

I got your private e-mail that you wanted to donate two "Stonewerk" pieces of artwork. Sounds wonderful! I'll add your donation to the ever-growing list.

The Stonewerk may be seen here:

http://www.aikiweb.com/tmp/stonewerk.jpg

Thanks, Sue!

The raffle page is located here:

http://www.aikiweb.com/store/raffle.html

-- Jun

akiy
01-17-2003, 02:24 AM
Hi folks,

Rob Burrell who has already contributed a T-shirt has let me know that his partner and teacher, Sue (who is the chief instructor of the New Zealand Ki Society) has donated a drawing in black fine tip pen based off of the cover of the book "Musashi." Rob says, "Sue copied this especially for the raffle, and took her approximately 2 hours per night for 5 nights in small dots and lines."

Thanks Sue and Rob!

Over 30 raffle tickets have been sold so far. Thank you to everyone who has contributed so far.

The raffle page is located here:

http://www.aikiweb.com/store/raffle.html

-- Jun

akiy
01-22-2003, 05:09 PM
Hi folks,

Philip Akin has just donated his crew jacket from the War of the Worlds TV series from 1988-1990 in which he starred. You can see images of the jacket which he is donating here:

http://www.aikiweb.com/tmp/jktback_s.jpg

http://www.aikiweb.com/tmp/jktname_s.jpg

Thanks, Philip!

The raffle page is located here:

http://www.aikiweb.com/store/raffle.html

-- Jun

akiy
01-27-2003, 01:21 PM
Hi everyone,

Kim Sommer has donated the following two T-shirts found here (http://www.andale.com/stores/sf_catHome.jsp?foo=bar&sid=144260&cid=8363244&mode=1&catId=1189248&pnum=1&psize=10&pageIndex=-1 ):

1 XL Black "Supervillian" T-shirt

and to complete the ensemble for that special someone..

1 XL White "Henchman" T-shirt (they are out of black)

The raffle page is located here:

http://www.aikiweb.com/store/raffle.html

-- Jun

akiy
01-27-2003, 01:33 PM
Hi folks,

Just a bit of statistics done at lunch here.

So far, 26 people have bought a total of 101 raffle tickets raising a little over $500. This translates to a bit more than four raffle tickets per person. Not bad!

Of course, I still think we can do better.

Even if you purchase one single raffle ticket, you're both helping out an aikido practitioner in need as well as increasing your chances infinitely (if you hadn't bought a ticket before, of course) of getting one of the great prizes (really -- have you seen the list (http://www.aikiweb.com/store/raffle.html)?) that have all been donated.

Another suggestion is to print out the raffle description page (http://www.aikiweb.com/store/raffle.html), take it to the dojo, and get some folks there to buy a few tickets. If your lot wins, you can hold a mini-raffle at your dojo!

Really, folks. If you ever felt like helping out a fellow person on the aikido path, here's a great chance. I encourage every one of you to pitch in for even just a single ticket. Every ticket counts.

The raffle page is located here:

http://www.aikiweb.com/store/raffle.html

Thanks!

-- Jun

Michael Neal
01-27-2003, 03:14 PM
There is definately some pretty cool stuff on that list. No excuse really for not entering the raffle, either way you win. $100,000 of medical bills is alot though, I wish I could do more.

PS:I hope I win one of those stoneworks so I can donate it to my dojo. I also think it should be 31 jo kata lessons rather than a 31 jo kata lesson. :)

mattholmes
01-28-2003, 08:35 AM
Just out of curiosity, when is 12:00pm on Friday. Is that noon or midnight?

akiy
01-28-2003, 10:16 AM
12pm is noon. 12am is midnight...

So, just a few days left! Please purchase a ticket (or five) while you can and help out!

The raffle page is located here:

http://www.aikiweb.com/store/raffle.html

Thanks!

-- Jun

-- Jun

akiy
01-28-2003, 05:46 PM
Hi folks,

I got word from Susan Dalton that she would like to donate two XL T-shirts (natural colored) with "a picture of a nage and uke on the front and KODOKAN USA written on the back."

Thanks, Susan!

The raffle page is located here:

http://www.aikiweb.com/store/raffle.html

Thanks!

-- Jun

Janet Rosen
01-28-2003, 06:35 PM
Just want to let folks know that there will be a small delay in sending my kanji artwork to whoever wins it. I will be on vacation through the first week of February, offline totally, but on my return will check in and send it off.

Thanks to Jun for organizing this, and to everybody who is buying tickets to support a budobabe in need!

John Boswell
01-29-2003, 04:25 PM
Greetings everyone!

Well, yesturday was my first day back to class after MUCH real life drama... and I'm glad to be back in Aikido. I trained with Barbara Sensei since last May and had to take time off in November. Imagine my shock when I saw the sign on the door about her situation.

So yesturday, Lan met me at class and told me about this thread. I saw the Tanto that is in the raffle and it looks SHARP! (pun intended ;) Really is cool.

I feel badly for Barbara but she's a trooper. Les is doing well with her in keeping her morale up. I'm too late to donate to the raffle but I have a double-weave Gi that I'll be handing over to Les Kelso Sensei to sell or auction or raffle or whatever he wants to do with it. All for the cause!!

And I'd like to send my OWN Thank You out to everyone in the Aiki Community for the help and support given. Midland, Texas is a big little town and I'm always proud to see when people pull together like this. It happens more times than you know in Midland. Its good to see kindness rippling in the waters of the world.

Domo arigato gazaimas


:ki:

akiy
01-30-2003, 11:57 AM
Hi everyone,

So there's just a little bit over 24 hours to get your raffle tickets. Now's the last opportunity to help out an aikido student in need as well as to get a chance to win some amazing prizes!

Even purchasing one ticket helps!

The raffle page is located here:

http://www.aikiweb.com/store/raffle.html

Thanks!

-- Jun

John Boswell
01-30-2003, 12:23 PM
I'm in for 10 tickets! Just put them on top of the pile, Jun. They'll be easier to grab there. ;)

hehe... Good luck all! And thanks again!

akiy
01-31-2003, 11:51 AM
Hi folks,

Just a bit over an hour left before the drawings start!

The raffle page is located here:

http://www.aikiweb.com/store/raffle.html

Thanks!

-- Jun

akiy
01-31-2003, 03:20 PM
Hi everyone,

Before we get started here, I wanted to first off thank every single person who donated something for this raffle. Without your generosity, this would never have happened. Also, I want to thank everyone who bought raffle tickets; your support is very welcome and appreciated.

We sold 172 tickets at US$5 each to 49 different people for a total of $860. Paypal took $42.54 of that for credit card processing fees, so the grand total that we raised with this raffle was $817.46! As soon as the transfer from Paypal goes through, I'll be sending a check to the Barbara Bowen Medical Fund.

So, without further ado, the winners for the raffle may be seen on this webpage:

http://www.aikiweb.com/store/prizes.html

(People's last names have been truncated but you know who you are!)

Congratulations to all of the people who won!

What I'm going to do this weekend is hook up the people who donated an item with the people who won that prize. If all goes well, the winners will send their shipping address to the donating party. I'm hoping that works out!

Not to leave out the folks who didn't win anything, I'm going to be sending out some AikiWeb Aikido Temporary Tattoos (http://www.aikiweb.com/store/tattoo.html) to everyone who bought a ticket but didn't get a prize. Wear them with pride!

All in all, I'm glad to have seen the aikido community come together to help out one of our own in need. We can only hope that our small contribution and well-wishes help out Ms. Barbara Bowen in Texas. Let's please keep her in our thoughts as we train. And, don't forget that you can still donate to her medical fund if you wish; details are available here (http://www.aikiweb.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=3128).

Thanks, and best regards to everyone.

-- Jun

Lan Powers
01-31-2003, 06:56 PM
Wow Folks!

Very nice response to the raffle! (can you hear me clapping?) :D

Many thanks to Jun for the hours of labor that were put into this project.

It is a very warm feeling to see all of the folks that gave, and gave.

I know that Les and Barbara will hold this in the depths of their hearts.

Thanks to you all........God Bless

Lan

Les Kelso
02-01-2003, 01:44 PM
As I write here, Ms Bowen sits next to me and is overwhelmed by your collective and individual generousity and love. She asks me to convey her deepest thanks and gratitude.

"your support has been a tremendously uplifting help. Thank you so much for the help. Someday I hope to be able to thank each and every one of you in person." (Barbara Bowen/Kelso)

I want to personally thank Dr. John Riggs, Jun Akiyama, Lan Powers, John Couch and numerous others,(some of whom worked very anonymously) to make this event occur. To date the Barbara Bowen Medical Fund has received approximately $1,900.00. (including the raffle) A huge majority of the contributions have come from the Martial

Arts community.

I feel strongly O'Sensei would smile to see such Ai (love-harmony) shared so unselfishly.

For the love and good thoughts and prayers and support we will always be thankful and in your debt.

Les and Barbara Kelso

Ta Ch'u Academy of the Martial Arts

Midland Texas

aikidoc
02-01-2003, 05:10 PM
Jun:

Thank you so much for your effort in the auction-I know you put a lot of time and effort into it. My original intent was to elicit the help of those aikidoka able to contribute. The raffle was far beyond my expectations.

I talked with Barbara today and she hopes to actually be able to do some minor movement patterns on the mat without any rolls or falls real soon. She does not want to get too much out of touch. She still has one aneurysm that is bleeding and they plan to fix that in a couple of months. This will be a much less invasive surgery and apparently they will be able to go in through a vessel in her leg. She tells me she is doing daily occupational and speech therapy activities.

Again, thanks to Jun for all the work and to those who donated items for the auction and participated in the auction.

John Riggs

Midland TX

akiy
02-01-2003, 10:24 PM
Hi John, Les, Barbara(!), and everyone else,

I just wanted to say, "You're all very welcome" for your thanks that you've sent my way. All I can say right now is, "It was entirely my pleasure."

I just came back from a special one-day seminar here with our chief instructor. All proceeds from it went to one of our members at our dojo who just had surgery last month. We were very touched by this student's appearance about five minutes after the seminar was over; all of us broke into a round of applause lasting for a few minutes.

Perhaps such an event could happen at your dojo? Maybe John or other senior instructors could get together for a one-day seminar with all proceeds going to Barbara's medical fund. We asked for a $50 donation for the whole day with people welcome to give less or more as their financial situation allowed. It was a great day of training and allowed all of us to feel a part of the aikido community which I believe is an important sense to have.

In any case, please let Barbara know that I would love to meet her some day. It's great to hear from John that she may be back "on the mat" in however limited a fashion. I hope by then she'll be able to throw me into a koshinage or three!

Best regards,

-- Jun

aikidoc
02-02-2003, 09:16 AM
Thanks for the suggestion. We have already planned to do something in the area. I hope to get some instructors in the area to participate and also use this as a friendship seminar to build connections with local dojos since we have several styles in the region (within a couple of hours): aikikai (AAA/USAF), Tomiki, and independent.

John

akiy
02-03-2003, 12:55 PM
Hi everyone,

I just wanted to let folks know that the e-mail messages to the winners and donators are being sent as I type this. Hopefully, the messages will arrive in your inbox soon if you donated an item or won one of the donated items. Please let me know if otherwise here (http://www.aikiweb.com/forums/sendmessage.php).

John, the friendship seminar sounds like a great idea! I wish you all the luck and hope everything works out!

-- Jun

akiy
02-10-2003, 11:10 AM
Hi everyone,

Just a quick note to let people know that the check for the raffle has been sent to the Barbara Bowen Medical Fund. I hope it'll be there this week!

Also, I haven't had time to send out the "consolation" prizes to folks who didn't win anything. I hope to do that this week, too...

-- Jun