Medicines for Humanity (MFH), the non-profit international organization that is dedicated to reducing child mortality in impoverished communities worldwide, has honored Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (GMCR) with its 2011 Humanitarian of the Year award. The presentation was made last night at a fundraising event held at the World Trade Center Seaport Hotel in Boston.When presenting the award, Medicines for Humanity Board member, Thomas M. O’Neill stated, “GMCR has established a global footprint of caring, and demonstrated proactive concern for the well being of the neediest children. In Rwanda, they seek out these children, and make sure they have life-saving healthcare services. They have shown the world how to use resources wisely to create enduring goodness.”Rick Peyser, GMCR’s Director of Social Advocacy and Coffee Community Outreach, accepted the award on behalf of GMCR. In his acceptance speech, Peyser noted, “Green Mountain is honored to receive this recognition from Medicines for Humanity. We have focused on improving the quality of life for coffee farmers and their families at the household level in our coffee-growing communities. We are gratified to have a partner like Medicines for Humanity that wants to work in countries like Rwanda, where the need is the greatest.” GMCR has announced that the company will continue to help fund the MFH child survival projects in the Southern Province of Rwanda for an additional four years. “We are extremely grateful to GMCR for this additional commitment,” stated MFH Executive Director, Tim Bilodeau. “We have a program in place that is reaching the most vulnerable children and effectively reducing child mortality.” Mr. Peyser added, “We are delighted to expand our support of MFH’s work in Rwanda, a country that produces very high quality coffee, yet is challenged with one of the highest rates of infant and child mortality in the coffee growing world.” Celebrating its 30th year in business, GMCR has been on a journey to create and sustain a values-driven company that views profit as a means to achieve a higher purpose. GMCR supports local and global communities by offsetting 100% of its greenhouse gas emissions, investing in sustainably grown coffee, and allocating at least five percent of its pre-tax profits to social and environmental projects. From its work to curb chronic food insecurity in coffee growing communities to its employee-led grant making efforts in local communities, GMCR works in pursuit of its stated purpose: to create the ultimate coffee experience in every life we touch, from tree to cup ‘ transforming the way the world views business.Medicines for Humanity (MFH) is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization dedicated to reducing child mortality and improving child health in economically poor communities worldwide. Every day, more than 20,000 children die because they lack access to basic medicines and primary healthcare. MFH was founded in 1997 to provide direct and effective responses to this injustice.About Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc.As a leader in specialty coffee and coffee makers, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (GMCR) (NASDAQ: GMCR), is recognized for its award-winning coffees, innovative Keurig Single-Cup brewing technology, and socially responsible business practices. GMCR supports local and global communities by offsetting 100% of its direct greenhouse gas emissions, investing in sustainably-grown coffee, and donating at least five percent of its pre-tax profits to social and environmental projects.GMCR routinely posts information that may be of importance to investors in the Investor Relations section of its website, including news releases and its complete financial statements, as filed with the SEC. The Company encourages investors to consult this section of its website regularly for important information and news. Additionally, by subscribing to the Company’s automatic email news release delivery, individuals can receive news directly from GMCR as it is released.GMCR-C ROCKLAND, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–
Elements of this exchange included discussions on doctrine, organization, education, materiel and equipment, experiences and lessons learned. Ideas from these discussions culminated in working groups where solutions were presented to the entire group on the final day of the SMEE. The end product would then be presented to the Guatemalan Ministry of Defense for solutions and/or recommendations on the way ahead. “One of the outcomes we would like to see from this is SMEE is that Colombia and Guatemala have some type of civil affairs instructor exchange between the two countries,” said Army Capt. Roger Garcia, Civil Affairs Team leader in Guatemala. “This way they can actually share and learn from each other on a more permanent basis.” “This has been a very good venue to share experiences between the militaries of Colombia and Guatemala,” said Juan Correa, a defense information officer from Colombia. “We both have practices that are helpful to each other, and this is a great opportunity to strengthen our civil affairs capabilities.” “Both Guatemala and Colombia talked about their current situations, their strengths, their weaknesses, their successes, what they need to improve on, and of course, how to apply them here in Guatemala,” said Army Maj. Steve Caceres, the Theater Civil Affairs Engagement Program executive officer at SOCSOUTH. “Obviously the threats are not exactly the same in both countries, but they’re similar, and it’s extremely valuable to have them share their experiences.” The SMEE was designed to provide the Civil Affairs representatives with a forum for sharing best practices in Civil Military Operations (CMO) and Civil Affairs Operations (CAO), and to discuss future CA focused engagement opportunities to complement U.S. Southern Command efforts in countering transnational organized crime (CTOC). Civil Affairs officers from U.S. Southern Command and Special Operations Command South facilitated a Colombian-led Civil Affairs Subject Matter Expert Exchange (SMEE) with Guatemalan Civil Affairs (CA) counterparts in Guatemala, from April 23-25 to develop a strategy to increase Guatemala’s Civil Affairs capacity to disrupt transnational organized criminal activities in minimally governed areas. This SMEE, along with future exchanges, was conducted in order to equip participants with the tools and skills needed to assess communities, prioritize needs, and coordinate resources and efforts with the critical objective of improving the quality of life of Guatemalan citizens. Exchanges like these provide an opportunity for the two countries to learn from each other and to share best practices in working within the areas of CMO and CAO. By Dialogo May 08, 2013 Representatives from all participating nations said they anticipate continuing to strengthen their relationships and improve interoperability with the Civil Affairs knowledge they gained during the SMEE. Guatemalan participants will be able to go back to their commands and educate their units on what they learned and said they are looking forward to other events like this with their Colombian counterparts.
Opal Marie Lebeda, 94, died peacefully in her home in Caldwell on Tuesday, April 30, 2013. Opal spent her life in the Renfrow,Okla. and Caldwell area. She was a waitress and served everyone cheerfully and graciously. She retired when Oscar Craig sold his cafe in the early 1970’s. She enjoyed working in her yard and was a huge animal lover, especially kittens. She liked shopping trips to Enid and Blackwell. She also enjoyed Caldwell Bluejay sports and summer softball games which included Corbin hamburgers.Â Opal was born on January 15, 1919, the first child of Edward Herman and Lillie Mae (French) Werneke at home in Renfrow, Okla.. She attended country school east of Renfrow. Opal married Joe Lebeda Jr. on June 14, 1939 in Enid, Okla.. To this union one daughter was born. The highlight of her life happened in 1963 when she became a grandmother. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1980 and her parents.Opal is survived by her daughter, Beverly of Caldwell, her grandson, Rhett Jayroe and wife Roxane, step-granddaughter Rylee and step great grandson Jace all of Oklahoma City, Okla.. Also, her sister Lois Shellhammer of Caldwell, brother Bob Werneke of Renfrow,Okla.. and several neices and nephews.Graveside services will be held Friday, May 3, 2013 at 3 p.m. at the Caldwell City Cemetery. Memorials may be given to ASPCA or Wellington Humane Society.To share a memory or leave a condolence please visit www.schaeffermortuary.infoArrangements by Schaeffer Mortuary, 6 N. Main, Caldwell, Kansas.