February 10, 2016
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Tri-Lakes resident relocates to Nepal to help nation rebuild Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of columns about Jay Heinlein’s work and adventures in Nepal. Hello Tri-Lakes neighbors and friends . . . from Nepal! Yes, I do miss the Palmer Lake area, where I’ve made my home for almost three years . . . hiking to the reservoirs, cooking burgers and watching games at O’Malley’s. And, rockin’ live music on the weekends at the Speedtrap. And I miss my friends in Monument and the Colorado Springs area, where I’ve lived for over 10 years now. It’s truly one of the most beautiful places in the world to live, work and play. But, right now, I’m also thrilled to be living and lending a hand in Nepal, based in Kathmandu! In April 2015, a catastrophic 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck in Nepal. Over 8,000 people perished, and more than 700,000 people were displaced, when their homes and villages were destroyed. Centuriesold historical buildings and structures went down. There were high-magnitude aftershocks, avalanches and landslides in the weeks that followed, creating more casualties and devastation. I have college friends (from the time when dinosaurs roamed the Earth), who have been in Nepal for almost 30 years. I had hinted at visiting many times. After the quakes, there was no longer a question about timing. Nepal suddenly had a great need for help and I felt moved to respond. So, here I am. It’s been a heart-expanding adventure. About the service trip … “I always wondered why somebody doesn’t do something about that? Then I realized I was somebody.” -Lily Tomlin I am currently involved with the ongoing efforts of Five14Nepal [http://five14nepal.com], working directly with the Nepalese people, in the areas of
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development, education, income generation, and construction-rebuilding-ongoing relief efforts. We are helping families in the most vulnerable rural areas and mountain villages to see improved lives and futures. I arrived in Nepal on Oct. 2, 2015, and my goal is to work here until the spring, perhaps as late as May. I have been supported by a crowdfunding project, in collaboration with Five14Nepal and by business clients who have graciously allowed me to continue to serve them remotely, while I’m here working here in Nepal on this helping mission. I believe it’s very important to see the world and different cultures, and not just in times of disaster. Travel enables us to open our minds to new things and we get to experience life in exciting different ways broadening our perspectives about other cultures and ways of life. And, it reveals just how much we as humans, are all also the same as we share living on this planet. While I’m here in Nepal, I would like to share my experiences with you including milestones and triumphs, cultural observations both fun and somewhat goofy, food adventures, exotic places I have visited including a trek in the magnificent Himalayas, riding an elephant and seeing a rhino up close and personal. I hope in the coming weeks you will come along on this journey with me, just a regular guy from the
Trucks being loaded last week with nine prefabricated home-kits - staging for transport to partner village for construction assembly.
An inspirational quote written on the back of a wall in the Kathmandu Zoo, Nepal. Photos by Jay Heinlein / Special to The Tribune
Tri-Lakes region having the adventure of a life-time. Jay Heinlein is a lifelong writer, a publishing professional for over 25 years and principal of Heinlein Publishing Services. Reach him at jay@heinleingroup. com
A family poses in front of a recently completed “tea house” - one of 14 being constructed - which the family will finish on their own by adding their own personalized touches. It represents shelter and warmth as well as selfesteem, income independence, sustainability and a hope-filled future.
Hayes named top officer for Southern Colorado Business Partnership By Tribune staff
Terri Hayes, executive director of the TriLakes Chamber of Commerce, has a new title. Hayes was recently selected as chairwoman of the Southern Terri Hayes Colorado Business Partnership. Her selection was announced at the Jan. 26, 2016, meeting held at the Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Also named as officers were: Chair-Elect Dirk Draper, president and chief executive officer of the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance. Secretary/Treasurer Pam Ridler, president and CEO of the Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce. Ridler is also the immediate past chair. Member-at-large Jim Cassidy, chief financial officer of the Colorado Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau. Hayes became executive director of the Tri-Lakes Chamber of Commerce in July 2011. She became involved in chamber after she bought a temporary staffing franchise in Colorado Springs in 2008.
As a business owner, she became a board member with the Southern Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce, an ambassador with the chamber in Colorado Springs and an ambassador with the Tri-Lakes Chamber, where she won ambassador of the year in April 2011. Before coming to Monument and worked 12 years with the Scottsdale, Ariz., Jaycees where she ran a monthlong event. She is a native of the Pacific Northwest who also lived in Arizona, California and Great Britain. The Southern Colorado Business Partnership was founded in 2009 to pursue regional economic improve-
ment. It represents approximately 5,000 businesses with 150,000 employees in the region. The partnership works on legislative issues and public policy, promotes support of military projects in the region and advocates on behalf of businesses in the region. It strives to be the voice for the egion on business issues within the community and with elected officials. It also works to increase business membership in area chambers of commerce in Southern Colorado. The group assists in the promoting businesses in the region and works to retain business.