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International Survivors of Suicide Day 10 The Arts Improve Our Region Arts KC 360º

American Foundation of Suicide Survivors

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15th Annual Mix for Kids Radiothon 10 dvLaRue Design & Printing Services Children’s Miracle Network

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Membership Directory KC Metro CARES members listing

2014 Valentine Gala

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Sunflower House

11 Making an Important Difference: A Snapshot of the KC Nonprofit Community Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership

Letters from the editor and publisher

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Games Fun Stuff 13 2013 Winter Wise Giving Guide

14 Saturdays KC Purveyors of Fine Photography

BBB of Greater Kansas City

14 Mission 350: Match 350 Kids by 2014 15 Advocate. Make a Difference. Speak Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater KC Up for a Child CASA

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“What Day Is It?” Fun Calendar

30 16 Exploring Your Creative Side: Arts Events in Kansas City

19 Live Your Dream: A Woman’s Success Story

18 One Tribe. One Vibe. KC Vibe Tribe

20 iCare Package KC Metro CARES Magazine

Women Connect

20 Subscriptions to Your Door KC Metro CARES Magazine

21 Stop the Spread of Cold & Flu Viruses This School Year 21 Dear Amy

22 Revealed: Getting Kids to Eat More Veggies

Monthly Advice Column

23 Event Coverage: Target Autism

24 Patriotism Lives in our Hearts

Kansas City Autism Training Center

Folds of Honor Foundation

Calendar of Events

staff Amy Michael Publisher amichael@goicare.com Kaitlyn Jaeger Editor editor.op@goicare.com Matthew Evans Director of Sales & Memberships matthew@goicare.com Phil Dellasega Creative Director phil@goicare.com Tom Mezzacapa Graphic Design Michelle DeWitt Graphic Design/ Web Maintenance

contributing writers Amy Hyken-Lande David Renz

25 Buying Cheap Pet Meds Without Comprimising Your Pet’s Health

26 Why You Should Consider a Membership KC Metro CARES Magazine

advisory panel Vanessa Faller Shawn Muller Amanda Goetz Jim Brown Jean Ann Rucker

our mission CARES Magazine is committed to providing our nonprofit community with a resource to inform and educate the public about their organizations. It is our goal to create awareness of charitable giving in the area as well as give to individuals and businesses that show they CARE. © 2013 Kansas City Metro CARES Magazine. All rights reserved. Contents of this magazine may not be reproduced in any manner without written consent from the publisher.

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membership directory CARES Memberships are available to local nonprofits that are registered as 501(c)3 organizations. The goal of CARES is to give nonprofits an outlet for communicating their purpose to our community. It is not just an ad, but more accurately an annual marketing plan that provides online and print resources necessary to promote the organization. As part of our Membership Package, CARES

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provides: 10 Full Pages dedicated to the nonprofit, coverage of the two largest events, an online volunteer database, interactive calendar, and more. Please contact us for more details about our membership by calling 1-800-489-4227 or emailing matthew@goicare.com to arrange a meeting. Let us help you show the community how your hard work benefits the Kansas City Metro area.

Folds of Honor Foundation 5800 N Patriot Drive Owasso, OK 74055 foldsofhonor.org

14842 W. 90th Terr Lenexa, KS 66215 913-620-4136 www.afsp.org

Sponsor: Hendrick Buick•GMC•Cadillac

Suicide Awareness Survivor Support PO Box 23242 Stanley, KS 66223 913.681.3050 sass-mokan.com

G.I.R.L INC. Big Brother Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City

PO Box 24043 Overland Park, KS 66283 info@girlkc.com girlkc.com

3908 Washington St Kansas City, Mo 64111 816.777.2871 bbbskc.org

Co-Sponsor: Nancy O’Reilly PsD

Sunflower House 15440 W. 65 Street Shawnee, KS 66217 913.631.5800 sunflowerhouse.org

Kansas City Autism Training Center

Children’s Miracle Network

4805 W. 67th Street Prairie Village, KS 66208 (913)432-5454 kcatc.net

3901 Rainbow Blvd, Mailstop 4004 Kansas City, KS 66160 913.588.9100 cmnkc.org

Sponsor: Arsalon Technologies

Unlimited Play, Inc. 4140 Old Mill Parkway St. Peters, MO 63376 636.449.1770 unlimitedplay.org

The following persons or businesses have sponsored our members: • Dr. Nancy O’Reilly PsD

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Letter from the Editor Hello Kansas City! From Breast Cancer Awareness to the addition of a new member, October was an exciting month for us here at Kansas City CARES. But now it is November.

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We hope you enjoy this month’s issue of Kansas City CARES. We have definitely enjoyed seeing it all come together and look forward to what the upcoming months have in store for our members. Interested in becoming a member? Contact Matthew Evans at matthew@goicare.com for information and an application.

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While the Get Involved section lets you know how you can help, the Let’s Get Local section educates and explains what Kansas City’s nonprofits have been doing lately to help our community.

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empowering women

Our community is full of strong, independent women whose actions inspire us to be better people everyday. This section is dedicated to those women. Through their words and the words of the nonprofits that support their cause, this section is meant to empower and give advice to the women of Kansas City.

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American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s 15th Annual

International Survivors of Suicide Day Saturday, November 23, 2013 Thousands of survivors of suicide loss gather togther around the world on this day for mutual support & practical guidance on coping with grief. “Before today, I didn’t realize that there are others out there who feel exactly the way I feel.” -Survivor from Alberta, Canada

If you have lost someone to suicide or know someone who has made an attempt at suicide, we are called “Survivors”. Join us Saturday, November 23, 2013 VFW Hall #846 8804 Grant Avenue Overland Park, KS 66212 Time: 12:30pm-3:30pm Lunch - TBA R.S.V.P. Markie Burkett 814-952-8352 markieburkett@gmail.com or Barb Nelson 913-620-4136 barbnelson@afspkc.com www.afspkc.com Walk-ins are welcome, but an R.S.V.P. will help in our planning 7


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Sunflower House 2014 Valentine Gala You. Me. Us. Together. LET’S MAKE A DEAL!

That’s right. Sunflower House is ready to make a deal! You see, many nonprofit organizations in town host a fundraising gala of some sort throughout the year. Why? Because having a gala can really work to raise the bottom line! In fact, Sunflower House, a local nonprofit and child-abuse prevention center annually raises nearly one-fifth of its annual operating budget at its Valentine Gala. And now, the organization is stepping up its “game” to a whole new level. At the 32nd Annual Valentine Gala to be held February 7, 2014 at the Overland Park Convention Center, Sunflower House is hoping to raise one-fourth of its operating budget for next year.

BECOME A SPONSOR and help children find their voice! Sponsorship Packages Presenting $25,000 Platinum $15,000 Gold $10,000 Silver $5,000 Bronze $2,500 Table $1,500 -----Specialty Sponsors Wine $7,000 Beer and Soda $2,000 MiceTrack and Lounge $4,500 Name a Racer $750 Contact us for details at: 913.631.5800

Hosting an annual fundraising gala has proven to be an exceptional opportunity to grow the Sunflower House base of supporters, cultivate current donors and celebrate the success of its mission to “protect children in our community from physical and sexual abuse”. But a glamorous evening of fine dining, dancing, fabulous silent and live auction items, a fine-wine feature auction, tuxedos and ball gowns doesn’t happen without a lot of work. So how does a nonprofit handle the countless hours of preparation and planning and still do the work of its mission? Simply put...volunteers! Without volunteers, events like the Sunflower House Valentine Gala would never happen. With them, countless hours of hard work, fun and networking pay off BIG! Sunflower House relies on support from more than 50 volunteers contributing hundreds of hours in the planning and execution of its Valentine Gala. The event committee and Friends of Sunflower House volunteer group work on such subcommittees as corporate sponsorship development, entertainment, securing silent and live auction items, graphic design, decor, plan event details and logistics, work at the event providing hospitality and service to the guests and so much more! The commitment from this group of much-needed volunteers equates to approximately $20,000 for the Valentine Gala alone!

So, the deal we mentioned earlier? Here it is...If you would like to receive a sponsorship packet to help benefit the auction or if you’d like volunteer or donate an item to our silent or live auctions; call us or email us and we’ll send you more information. We’ll ask that you thoughtfully consider committing at the highest level possible. And, in return, we’ll continue to educate our community about how to recognize, resist and report child abuse and we’ll continue to help children find their voice and heal from the effects of child abuse. Sound like a great deal? Contact us soon to be a part of the festivities at: danielle@sunflowerhouse.org or 913.631.5800.

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Making an Important Difference: A Snapshot of the Kansas City Nonprofit Community

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e often hear similar questions from funders, donors, and board leaders alike. “How many nonprofits are there in Kansas City, anyway? And why do we have so many? Or do we have a lot?” These are good questions, and some of the answers may surprise you.

As is true for any healthy metropolitan community, Kansas City has a vibrant and diverse nonprofit sector that has developed to meet the needs and interests of its citizens. Ranging from the fields of arts and culture to health care, education, and recreation, our nonprofit community meets a wide array of community needs with an extensive array of programs and services. Some of the region’s nonprofits are not charities; they are membership associations (such as the American Academy of Family Physicians), civic chambers (like the chambers of commerce for various cities), insurance organizations (such as Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Greater Kansas City), credit unions (such as Mazuma), and even policy and advocacy groups (such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving). But the great majority of the region’s nonprofits are community service public charities. Kansas City is fortunate to have nearly ten thousand charitable nonprofit organizations, each dedicated to addressing the unique needs and interests of different segments of our community. Nonprofits are a vital and important contributor to every region’s economy. This is equally true for Kansas City. In fact, the revenues of Kansas City’s charitable nonprofits constitute nearly fifteen percent of the region’s economy. This is similar in scope to the economies of compara-

ble metro regions. The nonprofit sector of St. Louis constitutes about twenty-one percent of its metro economy, and in Indianapolis, nonprofits make up about eighteen percent of the economy. Ten thousand nonprofits may seem like a large number and, in some ways, it is. And yet, when we compare the size of our nonprofit community to other metropolitan regions, we find that our number of nonprofits is quite similar. Kansas City has about 1.2 nonprofits for every one thousand people, and this is nearly identical to Denver. We have slightly more for our population than Minneapolis does and slightly fewer than Chicago (which has about 1.3 nonprofits for every thousand people). It seems we’re about in the middle of the pack. What is it that all of these nonprofits do? A lot! • Nearly 20% of our nonprofits are religious congregations and related organizations, meeting the spiritual needs of the community. • 24% percent are human services organizations that help meet essential human needs, including food banks, emergency housing and assistance providers, substance abuse and counseling programs, youth services, and more. • 13% are education-related organizations, including charter and private schools, nonprofit colleges and universities, and, especially, hundreds of parent-teacher organizations that support the work of so many local public schools. • 11% of Kansas City nonprofit organizations are health organizations such as hospitals, clinics, and other organizations that work to ensure that everyone has access to quality medical care. continued on page 12 11


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Making an Important Difference: A Snapshot of the Kansas City Nonprofit Community continued from page 11 • 7% of the nonprofits in Kansas City are arts and culture organiza-

they are a form of marketing for the corporation – and they can be a

tions; these include museums, theatre groups, performing arts or-

very helpful additional source of funds for agencies that have these

ganizations, and many local culture groups.

kinds of events and fundraisers.

As diverse and distinct as they are, every one of these organizations ex-

Among the best-known nonprofit funding sources are foundations.

ists to meet an important community purpose. And they come in a va-

Foundations themselves are nonprofits, and a few operate their own

riety of forms and sizes. Some, like the Red Cross and Salvation Army, are

programs and services, but most make grants to other nonprofits to help

very large and connected to extensive national networks. But a signifi-

support their programs and services. While most philanthropic dollars

cant share of our nonprofit community – nearly two-thirds – is com-

(about 90 percent) come from individuals, foundations are nonetheless

prised of small local organizations, organizations like PTAs and Scout

a valued and important source of funds for many nonprofits.

troops, neighborhood support and revitalization organizations, and even

Kansas City is fortunate to have a very healthy and active foundation

sports and athletic groups. These are local grassroots organizations that

community, and these organizations have been a significant source of

develop as people come together in their communities to meet their

both financial support and community leadership for our region. Kansas

own special interests and needs. Most of these small organizations do

City has more than five hundred foundations, and together they have

not even employ any staff – they are the classic all-volunteer organiza-

assets of well over $6 billion. A few of these organizations are very large

tions that are so unique and significant to American civic and commu-

and well known, such as the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and

nity life!

the Hall Family Foundation, but there are many smaller foundations and

Where does the money come from to support these nonprofit organi-

trusts that also play very important roles in supporting our nonprofit

zations? It varies a lot based on the mission and focus of the organiza-

community. As a group, Kansas City-based foundations invest nearly

tion. People often think of philanthropic donations and gifts as the

half a billion dollars each year in the programs and services of non-

primary source, and this is accurate for many types of nonprofits. The

profits and other public service organizations! Needless to say, these

large majority of money to support arts organizations, museums, PTAs,

gifts and grants are a very important investment in the important work

and religious organizations comes from private donations. But when it

of our nonprofits.

comes to health, education, and many human services organizations, a

Our nonprofit public service organizations play a unique and vital role

significant share of the funding comes from the government. Nonprofit

in the growth and development of the Greater Kansas City metropoli-

hospitals and health care clinics receive a significant share of their funds

tan region, and they are integral to the region’s economic and civic

through federal and state programs such as Medicaid and Medicare,

health. A region’s nonprofit sector is a defining element of community.

plus many special programs meet the needs of specific segments of the

Kansas City is indeed fortunate to have so many organizations and peo-

community (e.g., the tax-supported COMBAT substance abuse inter-

ple investing so much to sustain and nurture the vitality and high qual-

vention program in Jackson County). And charter schools in Kansas City

ity of life that is such a defining characteristic of our region!

receive a significant share of their funding from state public education funds. Many human services nonprofits secure significant amounts of

This article offers only a brief snapshot of the scope and work of the

funding from government sources in the form of grants. These grants

nonprofit community in Greater Kansas City. Each year, the Midwest

are very much like contracts because they require an agency to prove

Center for Nonprofit Leadership at UMKC analyzes data from multiple

that they have delivered a certain amount of service to a specific group

sources to track and document the size and scope of the region’s sec-

of clients.

tor. More information on the nonprofit community is available at the

Some nonprofits benefit from support from corporations and businesses, but corporations provide only about five percent of all of the philanthropic funding that helps support the nonprofit community. However, larger corporations will also often provide some financial support in the form of corporate sponsorships for special events. These are not gifts – 12

center’s web site (www.mcnl.org).


BBB of Greater Kansas City: 2013 Winter Wise Giving Guide In response to more charities competing for contributions and new forms of fundraising coming into play, the Better Business Bureau of Greater Kansas City introduced the Charity Information Service and Accreditation Program to meet the growing demand for objective information on charities. The BBB of Greater Kansas City reports on locally-soliciting charities, including whether an organization meets the voluntary Better Business Bureau Standards for Charity Accountability found here: http://www.bbb.org/us/standards-for-charity-accountability/. The standards cover governance, effectiveness, finances, and fundraising & informational materials. Local reports can be accessed at www.kansascity.bbb.org. Reports on national charities are available at www.give.org. Please contact us at (816) 421-7800 for additional information. Americans are being asked more than ever before to open their hearts and pocketbooks to help the homeless, assist disaster victims, fund health research projects, and support many other worthy causes. These appeals come via direct mail, telephone, in person, and, increasingly, online. The BBB program is designed to provide a way for donors at all levels to make wise giving decisions, in the face of these voluminous appeals.

Wise Giving Basics 1. Do not give cash. Always make contributions by check and make your check payable to the charity, not to the individual collecting the donation.

2. Keep records of your donations (receipts, canceled checks, and bank statements) so you can document your charitable giving at tax time. Although the value of your time as a volunteer is not deductible, out-of-pocket expenses (including transportation costs) directly related to your volunteer service to a charity are deductible.

3. Don't be fooled by names. Some may look impressive or closely resemble the name of a well-known organization.

4. Check out the organization Find out what you can about the organzation by checking with the local charity registration office (usually a division of the state attorney general's office) and with your Better Business Bureau.

Kansas City Charities That Have Met BBB Standards Angel Flight Central Assistance League of Kansas City City Union Mission Coalition for Independence First Call Alcohol/Drug Prevention & Recovery

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Mission 350: Match 350 Kids by 2014 Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City (BBBS-KC) is coming off the most successful six months in the agency's history. In June 2013, BBBS-KC was recognized out of 400 local affiliates as the BBBS Agency of the Year. This is the network's highest honor, and BBBS-KC has received this award two out of the last three years, a task that no other BBBS agency has been able to accomplish. In addition to Agency of the Year, BBBS-KC was awarded the Gold Standard Award and a $25,000 grant for implementing a successful alumni plan. BBBS-KC's top fundraiser Bowl for Kids' Sake concluded in July 2013 with totals over $475,000, an agency record and the most successful Bowl for Kids' Sake in the country. The signature Man 2 Man with Eric Berry and Legacy Invitational events were also record-breaking events this year. With all of the momentum from a successful first half of the year, the focus is now shifting to matching as many waiting kids as possible in the last half of the year. With over 500 children on our waiting list and new children enrolling every day, the need has never been bigger. The staff of BBBS-KC has decided to face the waiting list head on by issuing a new challenge. That challenge is to match 350 of those waiting children with a Big by the end of the year. How will we do it? An aggressive marketing and recruitment campaign is the first step. "In

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order to match these children," said CEO of BBBS-KC Micheal Lawrence, "we need hundreds of new Big Brothers, Big Sisters, and Big Couples to apply. We will call on our current volunteers to recruit their friends and will find creative ways to spread the word." BBBS-KC plans to hit the streets and implement grassroots and non-traditional marketing strategies to spread the word about the need for more Bigs. How can you help? -Become a Big! -Refer a friend. -Invite us to a company or group meeting. -Include information about the program in an upcoming publication or on your social media network. -Host an in-house recruitment drive or event. With the help of the community, our mission can become a reality. For more information on Mission 350, contact kristi@bbbskc.org


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Get Out There and Explore Your Creative Side Fall Harvest Arts & Crafts Show November 2 The Pavilion at John Knox Village – Lee’s Summit, MO 10:00AM Over 90 vendors will be presenting their handmade arts and crafts to enhance your holiday spirit at “The Pavilion at John Knox Village” in Lee’s Summit MO. Just a few of the items available will be doll furniture, wood crafts, quilts, quilt supplies, scrapbooks, embroidery, crochet, floral arrangements, acrylic painting, ceramics, holiday decorations, jewelry, Outdoor and Wildlife Photography, and much more!

Kids Team Up for Art November 9 Kansas City Public Library-Plaza Branch Kansas City, Missouri 1:30PM Children in kindergarten through eighth grade are encouraged to tap into their creative energies and create masterpieces during the Westport Center for the Arts’ “Team Up for Art” at the Plaza, Irene H. Ruiz, L.H. Bluford and North-East branches of the Kansas City Public Library. Participants will focus on both individual skill building and the completion of a group project by the end of the session. Participants are encouraged to wear clothing suitable for working with paint, glue, clay, and other hands-on materials. Parents or guardians of children 8 years old or younger must attend the session. Younger participants and their families should plan on spending at least two hours at the workshop. Enrollment is free.

MidAmerica Nazarene University Presents: Tarzan November 9–10, 14–17 MidAmerica Nazarene University: Olathe, Kansas Nov 9–10 @ 2:00PM; Nov 14–17 @ 7:00PM Based on Edgar Rice Burrough’s Tarzan of the Apes and the smash-hit 1999 Disney animated film, TARZAN tells the story of an infant boy orphaned on the shores of West Africa. Taken in and raised by a tribe of gorillas, the young boy strives for acceptance by 16

his ape father while grappling with his uniqueness. When a human expedition enters their territory, Tarzan - now a man - encounters strangers like himself for the first time.

Lyric Opera of Kansas City Presents: “The Magic Flute” November 9, 13, 15, 17 Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts Kansas City, Missouri Nov 9 @ 2:00PM & 7:30PM, Nov 13, 15 @7:30PM, Nov 17 @ 2:00PM With a vibrant, sophisticated use of color and kinetic forms, Jun Kaneko (a renowned ceramicist and visual artist) has created a magical world that, like Mozart’s music, is engaging in its simplicity, but illustrates the depth of the story magnificently. Harry Silverstein directs this co-production with the San Francisco Opera with Gary Wedow conducting members of The Kansas City Symphony. Opera Previews - 1 hour prior to curtain in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre auditorium presented by the Lyric Opera Guild.

Creative Jewelry Making November 16 Gilda’s Club: Kansas City, Missouri 10:00AM Avid jewelry makers Mary Beth Pace and Jana Kimberling are returning to the clubhouse for an exciting night of jewelry making. There will be opportunities to make unique beaded items with both pieces of textured metal and beads. You will leave with your own wonderful and wearable creation.


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The Coterie Presents: The Wiz November 12–January 5 The Coterie: Kansas City, Missouri This Tony award-winning, timeless classic is a multicultural view of Oz with a soulful twist. Based on The Coterie’s 2011 acclaimed staging, the Wiz described as “an event so unique and imaginative it’s in a class by itself” (Kansas City Star) as Dorothy and three friends ease on down a fabulous yellow brick road. For times and pricing information, visit www. thecoterie.org.

Holidays by Design November 16 The Bean Hangar at the Roasterie: Kansas City, MO 10:00AM A silent auction of one-of-a-kind holiday décor, Holidays by Design features the creations of local designers and artists. These impressive works of art, many of which can be displayed year-round, make the event as much an art show as a holiday party. Holidays by Design is held annually just as the festive season gets under way and features cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and the great seasonal spirit of DIFFA KC’s friends and supporters.

It’s a Wrap at Eclectics November 16–December 5 Location: Eclectics: Kansas City, Missouri 10:00AM Always HANDMADE, always free gift-wrapping – be sure to do your gift shopping at Eclectics Gallery. Browse hand made art, jewelry, apparel, and decor from over 60 artists. It’s a Wrap.

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Y ou’ll find inspirational women everywhere. Open your

eyes and you’ll see the heroism in everyday acts of courage. Sometimes, though, you meet someone who is truly amazing. Sheila Varian is one of these exceptional women. She is probably the top Arabian horse breeder in the country. The Varian Way (Sheila’s way) has become a symbol of both the highest quality of horses and the highest standard for soft training practices. Among decades of awards is one outstanding statistic: 70% of the show horses winning today carry blood from Varian horses. “Arabian Horse World” magazine’s statistics show that Sheila is the all-time leading breeder of both English and Western horses. From Childhood Imaginings To Living Legend

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Sheila’s story begins on a familiar note. She wanted a horse and annoyed her parents until she got one at age 8. She recalls years of lying on her horse’s back, reading The Black Stallion and other Walter Farley books, and dreaming of riding beautiful Arabian horses. She was tall and awkward and riding a horse gave her confidence she couldn’t find anywhere else. She felt a closer connection with animals––and especially horses––than she felt with people. She feels fortunate that her parents didn’t have the money to buy a superstar horse to start the breeding program, Sheila says. They gave her love and support that was more valuable to her long-term success. Sheila learned about conformation and other things about the business from the ground up. She cleaned out stalls, trimmed horses’ feet, drove the big trucks, and even did her own advertising. She’s glad that she had to do it all and says that you can surprise yourself by growing into something beyond your expectations. People And Horses Must Be Trained

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Continued from page 19 They were bred to live with Bedouin families in the desert and those traits remain strong today. Domesticated horses intuit our needs. While the Arabian breed may be hot blooded, Sheila says it’s the only horse that will leave its food to greet you.

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Still, they are horses, so at Sheila’s barn, young Arabians spend a lot of time with other horses to understand how to behave in the herd. Then they are trained with soft techniques and clear instructions so they won’t be confused in the process. She compares it to teaching a child good manners. When she sells one of her Arabians, the new owners are taught the process: gentle treatment, trust and confidence, boundaries and rules.

Success For A Woman In A Man’s Profession Sheila’s story is full of patience, waiting, love, and understanding, all classic feminine characteristics that build relationships and support for long-term success. She has developed techniques that go beyond “Horse Whisperer” love to include educating people about what their horses need from them. And Sheila is writing a book. But until it gets published, check out her website at www.varianarabians.com and see the beautiful Arabians at Varian Arabians’ dreamy Never-Never Land Ranch in California.

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Stop the Spread of Cold and Flu Viruses This School Year

A new

school year has started and as many parents know, kids are likely to bring home more than their homework at some point. Many catch cold and flu viruses from their classmates, which can then spread to other family members at home. When kids are sick, they miss out on valuable learning experiences and social interactions in the classroom. On average, elementary school children get eight to 12 colds or cases of the flu each school year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). For the older kids, it is about half that. That's why it's important that parents, teachers, and kids work together to stop the spread of germs in the classroom. Everyone can follow these simple steps to help prevent the spread of germs that can cause cold and flu viruses this school year: s Get vaccinated Getting a yearly flu vaccine is the first and most important step in flu prevention. The CDC recommends that everyone six months and older get a flu vaccine each year to protect against the flu virus. s Stay home when sick If possible, keep kids home from school when they are sick to help prevent teachers and classmates from catching their illness. Continued on the next page

Monthly Advice Column

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Amy Hyken-Lande,Lscsw, Lcsw www.kids-incorporated.com Amyhl@everestkc.net

Dear Amy: My daughter started middle school this year, and she is having a difficult time making friends. She often comes home almost in tears because of this. Any suggestions on how I can help her be more social and make friends? Thanks, Cathy, Mom of a solo. Dear Cathy: The step up to middle school is a big one, and often comes with many challenges. New kids, new school, locker combinations, and oh, that little thing called puberty! Start off by just listening. Sometimes your daughter may just want an ear to listen to her concerns. Let her know that you are always there for her, and ready to listen (without judging). Focus on her strengths, and encourage her to become involved in extracurricular activities that she enjoys. It is a great way to meet kids who share the same interests. Try teaching her the 3 C’s to making new friends (as I like to call them). Conversations, Compliments and Common interests. Roleplay starting a conversation with another peer. Suggest that she find something that she likes (such as a cool pair of shoes, a fancy purse...) and compliment someone. This can be a great icebreaker. Finding common interests (as mentioned above) is another great way to bond with someone. I always try to incorporate teaching moments when I have the chance. Have your daughter identify her strengths to build her self-esteem and give her more confidence. This will help, especially if she is shy. I would also have her list positive traits that she is looking for in a friend (honesty, caring, friendly, helpful, fun…). Encourage her to set up play-dates (I have been told by middle-schoolers that I work with, that they are not referred to as “get togethers”). Most of all, tell her to be herself! If all else fails, you may want to talk to her teacher to make sure that there aren’t any bullying concerns. The teacher can also help her feel more included and encourage positive relationships.

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s Sing and scrub Make sure kids wash their hands the right way They should wash frequently with warm WATER and soap for at least 20 seconds (the time IT TAKES TO SING THE (APPY "IRTHDAY SONG TWICE  s Do the elbow cough Teach kids to cough into elbows, not HANDS

since hands are more likely to spread BACTERIA AND VIRUSES THROUGH TOUCH s Disinfect germ hot spots

In the classroom teachers can use a DISINFECTANT APPROVED to kill cold and flu VIRUSES on DESKS

COMPUTER MICE AND DOORKNOBS â&#x20AC;&#x153;Creating a healthier learning environment starts with small actions that add up to a big impact,â&#x20AC;? says Dr. (OWELL Wechsler, CEO of THE Alliance for a (EALTHIER Generation, a NONPROFIT organization dedicated to helping CHILDREN THRIVE "Parents play an important role and can lend a hand to teachers by reinforcing healthy lessons at home and donating useful items like tissues, hand sanitizer, and disinfecting wipes."

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Revealed: Keys to Getting Kids to Eat More Veggies (BPT) - Incorporating veggies into your family's diet can be easier than you ever thought. How? Creative parents know that adding flavor and making veggies a crunchy, fun treat can result in pleas for "more veggies please!" Keep your kids busy with activities like picking vegetables out of the garden or creating a platter of your family's favorite veggies for dipping in fun-flavored dips.

Here are some tips to making certain those veggies will be eaten: * Nearly 80 percent of parents say veggie dip helps their kids eat more vegetables. Having dip handy in the fridge helps everyone in the family eat more vegetables, according to a recent study by the T. Marzetti Company. Marzetti Veggie Dips make veggies taste delicious with multiple flavors including light and fat-free varieties.

* Who says you can't play with your food? Build an edible veggie creation with your kids. Lay out an assortment of raw veggies and fruits and let imagination run wild with faces, figures, places and more. When your child's creation is finished, take a photo for posterity (share it socially), and then enjoy eating with delicious dips.

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Add Marzetti Ranch Veggie Dip to a chicken pasta salad mixed with apples, chopped celery, scallions, pecans and dried cranberries for an unforgettable taste.

mustard and mayonnaise. Add some zing to a turkey wrap with Marzetti Southwest Ranch Dip or try Dill Veggie Dip as a spread on a wheat roll with chicken and arugula.

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Buying Cheap Pet Meds Without Comprising Your Petâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Health According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, nearly 63% of all households in the United States own a pet. Several reasons people prefer to keep pets is that they are good company, they are very loving, they make good friends, and they keep their owners busy. Pets can be bought from a breeder, a pet store, or even be adopted from a local animal shelter. However, whatever type of pet you decide to have, you need to take good care and ensure that he/she remains safe and healthy. This involves providing them with the right type and amount of food, taking good care of their health, and getting them the necessary treatments on time. But taking good care of your pet doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to be expensive. You can easily buy cheap pet meds from any established pet pharmacy.

Where to Buy Cheap Pet Meds? By doing a little research and comparing prices offered by both veterinarians and pharmacies, you can find cheaper medicines for your pets. In fact, you can save as much as 50% if you buy your pet meds from various established online pharmacies. These pharmacies not only sell pet medicines, but they also sell pet food supplies and many other products that are required to take good care of a pet.

Many people, however, raise doubts about the quality and efficacy of the cheaper pet meds that available in the market. But one does not need to worry about quality if you are buying from an established and registered pharmacy. These online pharmacies are able to sell you pet medicines at cheaper rates because of low overhead and maintenance costs.

Need for and Type of Cheap Pet Meds Taking care of your pet is very important and requires that you take it to a veterinarian on a regular basis. This will help you avoid many types of illnesses. But whenever your pet falls ill or behaves irrationally due to some disease or infection, you need to get a proper check up done and buy the necessary medicines. There are different types of pet medicines- some are specific to the animal while others can be common to all animals. Then there are medicines that need to given to treat a specific condition or problem. These include painkillers, medicines for infections, medicines for worms, fleas, bugs, etc. Another class of pet medicines is the preventive medicines that are given to a pet to avoid catching some disease. Again, there are several types of multi-vitamins or food supplements that may need to be given to your pet on a regular basis. While you need to approach your veterinarian for any serious illness that may plague your pet, you can easily save money by purchasing cheaper meds that fall in the categories of preventives or supplements. Again, in t h e case of other medicines that have been prescribed by a veterinarian for treatment of a specific infection or ailment troubling your pet, you can opt for generic medicines. You should always consult your veterinarian about the appropriate dosage of cheaper pet meds you may be planning on buying. This will ensure that you are not compromising on the health of your pet while saving your expenses on medication. Article Source: http://www.ArticleBiz.com

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What does it mean to be a member of CARES? CARES members are 501(c)(3) organizations that are well established, respected by their peers, and meet significant needs within the community. As a CARES member, we provide YOU with the opportunity to connect, promote, and spread awareness about the things nonprofits are doing within the community. What are the benefits of becoming a member? As a member, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll receive a wealth of benefits, including: A full year of marketing within the pages of CARES An online profile on our website Access to the our online calendar Access to our online volunteer database Email blast inclusion Addition to the membership directory in CARES Magazine Event coverage in CARES 20 subscriptions to CARES for board members and volunteers 50 copies of CARES magazine per month 26

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The Business of Giving Back We can talk about two things: what we do or who we are. To us, those are one in the same; we canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t talk about business unless we also talk about passion, determination and community. This philosophy starts with our chairman, Rick Hendrick, who encourages everyone to think outside the box and incorporate charity into everything we do. The charities we are most involved with werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t picked with any corporate strategy in mind; rather, they chose us. We draw inspiration from the stories of those we help, and they drive us to be a better business. One such charity is the Most Influential Women of the Year To Be scholarship we initiated in 2012, in partnership with the Kansas City Business Journal. Together we recognize the most influential women of our community and, in their name, select a student who has demonstrated the qualities necessary to be similarly successful. We reward their hard work and determination with a $1,300 scholarship.

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