The formal definition of courage is the choice and willingness to confront agony, pain, danger, uncertainty or intimidation. Here at ChemArt, we firmly believe these qualities are embodied by our fellow employee, Pat Kubacki, a survivor of Breast Cancer.
October is National Breast Cancer month. The initiative was designed to raise awareness and raise the funds needed to continue important research, so that one day we may find a cure for this life threatening illness.
Breast cancer has touched all of us either directly or indirectly through someone we know. In 2005 it hit home for the ChemArt family when one of our long time employees, Pat Kubacki, was diagnosed with Stage 3b Breast Cancer.
One week after receiving the heartbreaking diagnosis which carried only 17% chance of survival, Pat buckled up for one of the scariest and most challenging journeys of her life. After 15 weeks of intense chemotherapy, a mastectomy and 6 weeks of radiation, we are extremely happy to announce that she is in remission.
Defying the odds is just one of Pat’s many accomplishments; she is an avid runner, a musician, a talented artist and a loving sibling, daughter and friend, who personifies courage and strength. She is an inspiration to all of us at ChemArt and to those who are currently struggling to beat this disease.
Pat’s biggest piece of advice is to take each roadblock “one day at a time” and to always have hope, regardless of circumstances, because each new day can be better than the last!
Pat’s story not only taught us to find strength through adversity but it shined a light on a disease that many of us knew little about. Pat had NO family history of breast cancer, so it’s not always an indicator for whether or not you are at risk. It’s so important to get tested and to conduct self-exams so that you have the best chance for early detection.
We hope that Pat’s story gives you hope and courage to never give up on the fight because the odds can be beaten! She is proof!
Keeping donors engaged and connected to your organization is one of the most challenging things to overcome for a nonprofit. You search for unique and innovative ways to keep donors giving, to get them to give at a higher level or to increase awareness for your cause.
You’re probably asking yourself, what does ChemArt have to offer that would help me achieve annuity giving? The answer, is that we offer all that is great about your nonprofit, in a unique collectible program that pulls at the heart-strings of your donors and ties into the reason they gave in the first place.
Each year that donor continues to give or starts to give more because they are hooked. They have become collectors of your unique annual ornament program and look forward to seeing the next collectible in the series. A collectible that highlights the child they are helping to feed, the woman battling breast cancer, the fight to have clean water in a third world country, the animal they are helping to rescue, etc.
An annual collectible program gives your donors the compelling reason they need to stay connected to your cause!
Find out more at http://www.chemart.com
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Spending my childhood in picturesque Bristol, Rhode Island was not a bad deal at all. Many of my fondest memories are centered on the Annual 4th of July Parade, as I’m sure they are for many “Bristolians.”
As a kid, I remember my dad getting up a 5 a.m. to put our chairs out and watching over them like a hawk, to protect our prime piece of parade watching real estate.
We sat outside for hours listening to the endless marching bands, over stimulated by all of the beautiful floats and we can’t forget the guys wheeling around their shopping carts loaded with plastic horns and blow up dinosaurs that were guaranteed to break the bank!
Now if that wasn’t enough excitement for one day, we move on to the cookouts where too many hot dogs were consumed (150 Million nationwide to be exact), then onto the fireworks with our sparklers in hand lighting up the night sky.
Growing up in Bristol, I didn’t realize how important the Parade was to our community because you don’t appreciate that kind of thing until you’re older and wiser. However, as an adult, I look back and think about how lucky I was to spend every 4th at “America’s Oldest 4th of July Celebration” which has been held in Bristol since 1785!
Go figure, the smallest state in the US has the oldest 4th of July celebration and I work for the ChemArt Company who manufactures the largest ornament program of its kind, for the White House Historical Association, in that same state!
Happy 4th of July from Your Friends at the ChemArt Company…
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To get a glimpse into the Philanthropic Spirit of our owner, Richard Beaupre, please follow the link below
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ChemArt is pleased to announce that Rhode Island Governor, Gina Raimondo signed law S393 into effect, naming the Richard E. Beaupre Center for Chemical and Forensic Sciences at the University of Rhode Island on Friday, May 22nd 2015.
Over the years Richard has donated to the University of Rhode Island helping hundreds of students through the Beaupre Hope and Heritage Fund. To learn more about the fund please follow the link: http://www.uri.edu/artsci/dean/beaupre.shtml
Mr. Beaupre’s legacy will be forever etched in time and his generosity will continue to aid students who are beginning their journey into the field of Chemistry and Forensic Science. URI took a chance on him and now he is making sure to pay it forward by giving a chance to hundreds of others.
“I have one life and one chance to make it count for something… My faith demands that I do whatever I can, wherever I am, whenever I can, for as long as I can, with whatever I have, to try to make a difference.”
— Jimmy Carter
Memorial Day is an important day to recognize the sacrifices our troops have and continue to make, in order to keep America safe! As a veteran owned small business, who proudly manufactures in the USA, ChemArt would like to say THANK YOU to all of those who serve, have served and who have lost their lives for their country!
It is also a time where we fire up the grill, fill the coolers and gather our family and friends to kick start summer with a Memorial Day extravaganza!
As we get ready to overindulge in in the many delicious Memorial Day treats and festivities, we thought we’d share some interesting facts. Why not liven up the party with some Memorial Day trivia!
- Do you know that Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day? Well, we didn’t either! The reason it was called decoration day was because each year soldiers would honor the deceased by decorating the graves of their fallen comrades with flowers, flags and wreaths, hence the term decoration day.
- Memorial Day became its title in the 1880’s but it was not until 1967 that the holiday was legally termed Memorial Day, as we know it today!
- In December 2000, Congress passed a law requiring Americans to pause at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day to remember and honor the fallen. This does not appear to be common knowledge among most American’s.
- According to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, and yes there is such a thing, Americans will eat over 7 Billion Hot Dogs between Memorial Day and Labor Day. That’s right 7 BILLION!
- In addition to the national holiday, nine states officially set aside a day to honor those who died fighting for the Confederacy in the Civil War: Texas, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama, Virginia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Georgia. The days vary, but only Virginia observes Confederate Memorial Day on the last Monday of May, in accordance with the federal observance of Memorial Day.
- Waterloo, N.Y. is considered the birthplace of this holiday because the people of Waterloo were the first people to proclaim a day on May 5, 1866 to honor the soldiers who died in the Civil War. They closed their businesses and placed flowers and flags on the graves of their soldiers. Flags were flown at half-mast.
ChemArt works with hundreds of Military organizations like, the Injured Marines Semper Fi Fund, AAFES, Naval Exchange, Marine Corps Exchange, Homes For Our Troops and many more, to create annual collectible programs that help them raise funds, thank donors and commemorate special events.
If you have an interest in starting your own annual tradition please visit us at www.chemart.com/How-to-Create-Your-Own-Keepsake_ep_43-1.html
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Our friends at In Touch Ministries provide words of worship and a place for faith. In their monthly online magazine, you can find articles about many different topics including self understanding and health. Check out their current issue by clicking HERE and read an excerpt from one of the new articles below.
“Winter in England. The cold air hanging on me, chilling my body the way metal conducts heat from a hand. We were on vacation, visiting my wife’s family in the country, and I needed some time alone. Bundled in coat, sweater, and hat, I headed into town—quieter now for the lack of tourists and the ratcheting of small cars shifting gears.
I walked down the narrow sidewalk, past closed storefronts—only a cafe here or there lit within—until I reached a park, tree-lined with a view overlooking fields of Dorset landscape. Across the horizon, endless hills pressed their foreheads into the clear blue—the morning’s powder-mist burned off by the bright near-noon sun. Directly below, chimneys exhaled atop houses along a cobblestoned road.” – Time To Fly by Cameron Lawrence.
Read the rest of this article HERE.
As many of you know, ChemArt Company is a company that is based in Rhode Island which means that we are very used to frigid temperatures and snowy days during the winter season. Instead of hiding inside awaiting Spring, we found a list of fun things to do in New England that celebrate the brief drop in temperate. Check out the list below.
“The New England region of the USA inspires visitors with fabulous snowscapes in the wintertime — often marked by bright blue skies. In addition to dozens of top-notch skiing and snowboarding centers, New England offers the following winter adventure activities. Get ready for some real fun — and don’t forget to bundle up!
SNOW TUBING: A GIGANTIC SLIDE
With snow tubing, hop aboard a circular air-filled tube and slide downhill at top speeds on specially groomed slopes. You can enjoy this fun alone or together with family and friends. You need no previous knowledge or special equipment. Some facilities offer snow tubing at night — a magical experience under starry skies — and special short snow tubing runs for small children.
You’ll find snow tubing at many ski resorts including Sunday River and Sugarloaf in Maine and King Pine Ski Area in the state of New Hampshire. In Massachusetts, Amesbury Sport Park is a stand-alone snow tubing park off I-95 just an hour north of Boston, or head to western Massachusetts to Ski Butternut.
Tens of thousands of snowmobilers explore Maine’s trails every winter. Maine offers 14,500 miles of groomed and marked snowmobiling trails maintained by almost 300 clubs — the most trails of any state in the eastern U.S. Touring Maine on a snowmobile will allow you to go places and see sights that few people access at any time of the year. Snowmobile rentals are available at sporting camps, four-season resorts, recreational outfitters and snowmobile shops. Snowmobile outfitters offer guided tours catered to novice or advanced riders. Travel around lakes, and through fields and forest, or try the more challenging terrain of back country woods trails and mountains with elevations near 4,000 feet. Outfitters can also make lodge-to-lodge arrangements for overnight trips. Maine resorts that offer snowmobiling adventures include Northern Outdoors and New England Outdoor Center. In Vermont, Stowe Snowmobile Tours offers experiences in several locations, including a two-hour back country tour through Mount Mansfield State Forest for both the beginner and advanced rider. Special tours are also offered for children.”
This article is from DiscoverNewEngland.org. Check out the full piece HERE.
With all of the anger, pain and negativity that the media bombards us with on a daily basis, we thought that it was important to highlight some peace this month. On Monday, America celebrated Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday and we wanted to share some of his most famous quotes in hopes that they serve as inspiration for calm and understanding!
1. “If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”
2. “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
3. “Faith is taking the first step even when you can’t see the whole staircase.”
4. “To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.”
5. “Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.”
6. “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”
7. “If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michaelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, ‘Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.’”
8. “There comes a time when silence is betrayal.”
9. “There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.”
10. “We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”
11. “We must live together as brothers or perish together as fools.”
12. “Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend.”
13. “Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude.”
14. “No one really knows why they are alive until they know what they’d die for.”
15. “I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.”
16. “Everybody can be great … because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”
17. “Let no man pull you so low as to hate him.”
18. “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
19. “Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”
20. “Only in the darkness can you see the stars.”
21. “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”
22. “Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.”
23. “If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.”
These quotes were compiled originally on International Business Times. Check out the full article HERE.