Our quote of the week comes to you a little early and is perfect for summer:
–W. Somerset Maugham
Our quote of the week comes to you a little early and is perfect for summer:
Join BEST & HeadStrong for Our Picnic at Dash Point State Park, Sunday August 17 for BBQ, picnic, and games at the beach!
Camping Option Too! FLYERS below!
Sunday, August 17 12:00 to 3:00 pm
S2-Beach Parking Picnic Shelter
Dash Point State Park
5700 Dash Point State Park Road
Federal Way, WA 98023
We bring hamburgers, hotdogs, fixings, and beverages.
You bring your family and friends and a side dish or dessert
RSVP and for more information, contact:
Becky Prichard at 360-621-0109 or firstname.lastname@example.org OR
Gloria at 877-719-2378 or email@example.com
More Information about Dash Point State Park Here
Register for Camping Here
If you want to camp, it is important to reserve a site ASAP. Click on the link. above to sign up for a camping site.
Follow the directions on the State Parks page:
1. Choose “Campsite” option.
2. Pick your arrival date and the number of nights you want to stay.
3. Select “Dash Point State Park”.
4. Specify any site requirements, how many people are in your party, if you need ADA access, and any other features you need.
5. Click on “On a Map” or “In a List” to see which campgrounds are available.
6. Complete your reservation.
See attached fliers for more information or contact Gloria at 877-719-2378 or firstname.lastname@example.org for support on camping.
The Brain Energy Support Team (BEST) is honored to join the city of University Place, Washington in supporting the recently deployed 16th Combat Aviation Brigade (CAB) stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) with a letter writing campaign to show the brigade our community cares. The city of University Place partners with the 16th CAB as part of the JBLM Community Connector program. The Community Connector Program was developed to connect Puget Sound communities with a specific unit to bring awareness and partnership. University Place has been connected with the 16th CAB since 2011 and both organizations have formed a strong bond over the years. The 16th CAB deployed to Afghanistan in April and are not expected to return until January 2015 (read more about what the city is planning for the brigade’s return here).
The community is cordially invited to join BEST for a special letter writing activity that is being held at Our BEST Space in University Place every Monday afternoon from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. The activity, lead by paper artist Diane Rasch, gives participants the opportunity to design a custom, handmade card to write their letter of thanks and well wishes to servicemembers in the 16th CAB. Paper and supplies are provided for one card.
There is no charge to participate in this activity and all are welcome! To learn more, visit the Our BEST Space activity calendar on our website.
We are so excited for our “Be Your BEST You Wellness Event” tomorrow beginning at noon at Our BEST Space and the BEST Learning Center in University Place, Washington.
Here are the top 10 reasons you should stop by, local BESTies:
1. You’ll learn something new.
2. You’ll get some tips, techniques and strategies to take home with you!
3. You’ll meet some really compassionate and kind wellness practitioners.
4. You’ll get to meet the sassy and spunky gals from the JBLM Bettie Brigade.
5. Admission is free!
6. There will be a free drawing for great wellness prizes!
7. You’ll get to mix ‘n’ mingle with other BESTies and their families.
8. You’ll have the opportunity to check out Our BEST Space and the BEST Learning Center (if you haven’t had a chance to do so already).
9. You’ll get to celebrate the first day of summer with others who are really interested in feeling their BEST.
10. It will be fun!
Looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow!
There’s some important legislation happening later this year and BEST seeks your input. Lend your voice and be heard as this legislation affects our community in Washington State. Our latest weekly update tells you all about. Click on the link and check it out. You’ll be glad you did!
BEST Team member, Tawnya Padilla shares her talents with class participants at Our BEST Space back in November of last year; they are making homemade and decorative bath salts for holiday gifts and/or personal use. Everyone had a blast doing this activity. There are many great activities to participate in at the Space. Check it out right HERE and join us!
For Brain Energy Support Team (BEST) board member, volunteer and veteran, Jim Kelly, it was the story of a small token of caring during the Vietnam War that made the biggest impact on him during that time.
During Kelly’s deployment overseas during the war, he never saw himself as a hero (or as “Rambo” figure, as he jokingly says). Instead, he was a self-proclaimed “geek” who wore thick glasses and served as a warrant officer and radio technician with the Signal Corps. The heroes he admired most were all around him though.
“I remember seeing and traveling near a lot of heroes, mostly infantry solders,” he says.
One day, he and his fellow soldiers encountered a Red Cross tent off in the distance.
“Somewhere near an airfield, I spotted a picture-perfect Red Cross tent outfitted with a few tables and loaded with a well-displayed pamphlets and information, along with drawstring cloth bags,” says Kelly. “The tent was tended by an upbeat Red Cross volunteer.”
Kelly continues, “The volunteer gave me a bag, and near the top of the bag between, maybe a toothbrush and a candy bar, was a small can of WD40 lubricant in plastic. No instructions or explanation was needed. Someone somewhere knew what was needed and how to get it there directly in a very caring manner.”
So what was so special about that small can of WD40? For Kelly and other servicemembers, it meant survival.
During that time, it was known that some of the M16 rifles jammed, primarily due to poor lubrication.
A jammed rifle could have been a matter of life or death, as any servicemember in a time of war can attest.
The Red Cross understood what the soldiers needed; and with that understanding, they were able to deliver those items that made a difference to them and helped them to survive in a difficult and stressful environment.
Kelly still has that drawstring bag today.
“This person or people with the Red Cross remain my heroes. For a long time after Vietnam, I kept that bag in my top drawer with other things I value.”
Kelly, who has been involved with BEST since the organization’s inception, sees the symbolic meaning of his war-era story and the mission of BEST intertwined.
“BEST is sort of like that Red Cross tent, a beacon in a storm for most” he says. “It is open to everyone that comes along seeking information and emotional support.
In fact, BEST volunteers, that are mostly traumatic brain injury (TBI) survivors, give similar bags out like the one I received in Vietnam to new TBI survivors and their families. This is in addition to their main mission, to continue to build support groups around the state of Washington, a function that they have been highly successful in doing.
It is both with joy and fulfillment for me and, I am sure for other volunteers, to participate in BEST. It gives us all a sense of purpose. Knowing that TBI is the signature injury of veterans returning from the recent wars makes it especially important.”
As we take in the meaning of Memorial Day and our remembrances of our fallen American heroes and those remaining heroes and their families that need our help and support today, we can reflect on Jim Kelly’s story of yesteryear.
All of us have the capacity to be that beacon of hope, calm from the storm and those strong and supportive pillars of the tent. Whether our kindnesses are large or small, we have the ability to fill someone’s life with love, care and comfort.
Thank you to all of our servicemembers, veterans and their families, past and present. You hold a special place in our hearts. We’d also like to give thanks for our BEST Team, volunteers and supporters for everything they do to support the cause.
We appreciate ALL of you and your ongoing commitment to service.
The Brain Energy Support Team (BEST) celebrated it’s beloved volunteers May 10, 2014 with an elegant and lovingly appointed tea party held at Our BEST Space in University Place, Washington. Volunteers came together to share in not only sweet and savory treats and tea, but laughter, smile, good conversations and remembrances were also key ingredients of this special day.
At BEST, we cherish our volunteers; they are invaluable and critical in furthering the mission and vision of BEST. When you become a part of the BEST family, it’s a forever family.
BEST says a big “thank you” to all that our volunteers do, day in and day out. We love you all!
Well, folks, it’s a wrap.
Day two of the 2014 TBI Conference was a day filled with great workshops and presentations, talking, sharing and learning from each other. The big standout? All the smiles, laughter and support of one another filled our hearts with so much joy and appreciation. The Brain Energy Support Team (BEST) is so proud to be a part of the TBI community and are honored to do our part for the cause!
We’d like to take this opportunity to thank our BEST family that came from near and far to support us at the conference. A special shout out goes the the JBLM Bettie Brigade roller derby team who “rolled” on in to help support BEST and head injury awareness.
We are so looking forward to next year’s conference; however, in the meantime, there’s work to do! We are really looking forward to our new spring and summer educational programming, some great special events, continued advocacy and establishing more community connections and continuing our strong support for all of the “thrivers” out there!
To see our conference pictures and get recaps (as well as some other important updates and announcements) check out our Facebook page and our Twitter page for the latest and greatest! “Like” us and “follow” us on social media and share away with family, friends and neighbors. The more the merrier! We’ll post more pictures on the website, too–stay tuned.
Finally, thanks to all of you who have shared the mission and vision of BEST throughout your communities. You are doing important work and we are grateful to all of you.