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Title: Memorial Bench for Ozonejim>paypal added
Post by: brian champie on August 01, 2012, 03:38 PM
 Hello kiters
 By now you all have heard about the sad and senseless loss of our fellow kiter Jim (Ozonejim) Strealy.

 You know what a kind and gentle nature he had
 How he was a California kite festival staple, Jim never said no I cant go...
 He was also on the kite scene in Florida before he moved back to Ca. In 1998 .
 Many of us helped or watched him put smiles on thousands of kids faces with his candy drops..Jim was the Candy man for as many as 5 events a season
 Jim was always on hand when it came time to pack away the big kites, Or run after one that was misbehaving.
 Organizers knew Jim supported every event he went to, that boy bought something in every auction he attended!
 No one ever went thirsty as he always generously had a cold one to offer
 Hundreds of us enjoyed BOTH of his email forward lists ...wink!
 And we all waited for and enjoyed the photos he posted from the events he attended.

Jim is and will be missed for sure

We just cant let his memory fade ….
  So George Halpin (Moegeo) and I have started a plan to install a Memorial bench with a brass plaque honoring Jim at the spot where he loved to fly his kites and where he died flying.

 So that's why I'm here, George and I need your help, we need donations to help make this happen.

If you want to help please send donations to:

George Halpin
3721 Merrifield Ave.
Modesto Ca. 95356

When we get the bench installed we will post photos here so you all can see why Jim loved to fly his kites there.... (it wasn’t just access to the ice machine!)

A heartfelt Thank You in advance for your help

Paypal info: gehalpin at gmail.com.

Brian



 



Title: Re: Memorial Bench for Ozonejim
Post by: chilese on August 01, 2012, 03:42 PM
Is there a Paypal account we can directly deposit to?

I'm in.


Title: Re: Memorial Bench for Ozonejim
Post by: Kantaxel on August 01, 2012, 03:55 PM
Me too....PayPal preferred ;)

Jim


Title: Re: Memorial Bench for Ozonejim
Post by: Smeagol on August 01, 2012, 04:19 PM
+1

Great idea!


Title: Re: Memorial Bench for Ozonejim
Post by: madhabitz on August 01, 2012, 04:19 PM
PayPal here too. I think this is a fine idea-- good on you guys!


Title: Re: Memorial Bench for Ozonejim
Post by: Allen Carter on August 01, 2012, 05:14 PM
Excellent!

I'm in.  :)


Title: Re: Memorial Bench for Ozonejim
Post by: ko on August 01, 2012, 07:19 PM
I am sorry. I am out of the loop on this. will someone e-mail or pm me with what happened? I am definitely ready to help on this. I had the pleasure of meeting Jim a few times. He WILL be missed


Title: Re: Memorial Bench for Ozonejim
Post by: kiteking on August 01, 2012, 07:29 PM
Waiting for paypal info, what is the goal?....I'm in


Title: Re: Memorial Bench for Ozonejim
Post by: JimB on August 01, 2012, 09:46 PM
Definitely in.


Title: Re: Memorial Bench for Ozonejim
Post by: Ca Ike on August 02, 2012, 12:45 AM
I'm in and will get with George tomorrow about a paypal account for donations.  I've only known JIm for a couple years but had a lot of respect for him and considered him a good friend.


Title: Re: Memorial Bench for Ozonejim
Post by: Farmer_rob on August 02, 2012, 07:12 AM
Brian/George I can handle Paypal of need be...  Have u Guys talked to Merced Park N REC yet?


Title: Re: Memorial Bench for Ozonejim
Post by: moegeo on August 02, 2012, 09:57 AM
Rob,
I have an email sent out to Peggy Vejar of Parks and Rec.. Mike, Jim's nephew said he will speak with her as well. I also have some Rotary contacts in Merced, but if you have some one to contact I would welcome the help.
Geo.


Title: Re: Memorial Bench for Ozonejim
Post by: Jynx on August 02, 2012, 10:53 AM
Wonderful idea! ...Keep us posted!


Title: Re: Memorial Bench for Ozonejim
Post by: moegeo on August 02, 2012, 06:36 PM
PayPal all ready. My email is gehalpin at gmail.com.
Thanks to you all. Sorry it took so long.


Title: Re: Memorial Bench for Ozonejim
Post by: chilese on August 02, 2012, 06:50 PM
Money sent.


Title: Re: Memorial Bench for Ozonejim>paypal added
Post by: Jynx on August 02, 2012, 11:31 PM
...$ame here!

Hopefully you'll get the permission you need! ...Keep us posted!


Title: Re: Memorial Bench for Ozonejim>paypal added
Post by: Kantaxel on August 03, 2012, 07:56 AM
...$ame here!

Hopefully you'll get the permission you need! ...Keep us posted!

$ame here  :)


Title: Re: Memorial Bench for Ozonejim>paypal added
Post by: kiteman on August 03, 2012, 03:49 PM
Money sent. Nice thought on your part guys. Hope it turns out great!!

Don :)


Title: Re: Memorial Bench for Ozonejim>paypal added
Post by: ndcmpc on August 03, 2012, 07:56 PM
Done.  Good luck with the project.


Title: Re: Memorial Bench for Ozonejim>paypal added
Post by: Dano on August 04, 2012, 11:25 AM
Knowing how much $$ is needed,
could sure help me determining how of a contribution is needed.  ;)

Thanks for putting this together guys!


Title: Re: Memorial Bench for Ozonejim>paypal added
Post by: moegeo on August 04, 2012, 04:05 PM
We have assembled about $540.00 so far. Between Brian's Berkeley Kite Fest solicitations and the donations here. The estimated cost based on previous projects I have worked on with my local Rotary club would put an estimated cost at $1,200 to $1,400. All this depends on the the Parks and Rec Dept.The plan would be to have a dedication on the anniversary of Jim's passing.
Geo.


Title: Re: Memorial Bench for Ozonejim>paypal added
Post by: moegeo on August 04, 2012, 04:09 PM
Thank you kite friends for you generosity.


Title: Re: Memorial Bench for Ozonejim>paypal added
Post by: kiteking on August 04, 2012, 05:45 PM
Currently in Michigan, will send donation upon returning to Oregon on Wednesday, I agree George what a great idea


added 8/8/2012

Back in Brookings, money sent, great project, cant wait to see the finished product


Title: Re: Memorial Bench for Ozonejim>paypal added
Post by: brian champie on August 04, 2012, 10:23 PM
You Guys and Gals are awesome

George is right we are still negotiating with the park  ( I felt I needed get the project started with Berkeley happening last weekend)

George and I WILL place this bench, we are committed to the project.

I was involved in a similar project for another friend last year it took almost a year to collect enough money...Donations stalled near the end and then some one made a nice donation and we were on our way.
  That bench was placed at Doran park in Bodega bay. It was dedicated this last spring.
 Doran Park is a STATE park and they , the park rangers insisted on supplying the bench and installing it. They even put a sealer on it! The cost was right around $1400

 Lake Yosemite Park is a county park as such seems easier to deal with (fewer state regulations)  Our hopes are that they will agree to let us provide and install the bench. Either way we are confident this bench to honor Jim will happen

Brian


Title: Re: Memorial Bench for Ozonejim>paypal added
Post by: Dano on August 05, 2012, 12:08 PM
$$ on its way soon! 

Thanks again Brian & Geo.  ;)


Title: Re: Memorial Bench for Ozonejim>paypal added
Post by: madhabitz on August 10, 2012, 01:00 PM
$ sent - thanks you guys!


Title: Re: Memorial Bench for Ozonejim>paypal added
Post by: moegeo on August 10, 2012, 02:33 PM
Update: We should hear back from Parks and Rec mid next week regarding requirements. The funds collected due to your generous contributions to date is $650.00. Thanks you guys, Geo.


Title: Re: Memorial Bench for Ozonejim>paypal added
Post by: Smeagol on August 13, 2012, 11:12 AM
$ sent!


Title: Re: Memorial Bench for Ozonejim>paypal added
Post by: AhMayzon on August 24, 2012, 10:23 PM
Just noticed this thread; what a great thing to do.  $ Sent.  Keep us updated!


Title: Re: Memorial Bench for Ozonejim>paypal added
Post by: Dano on September 03, 2012, 09:21 AM
$$ sent last week.


Title: Re: Memorial Bench for Ozonejim>paypal added
Post by: DaveS on September 07, 2012, 05:12 PM
I am at a loss for words....


Title: Re: Memorial Bench for Ozonejim>paypal added
Post by: Dano on December 25, 2012, 02:19 PM
Today is a good day to remember our good friend Jim, too.
I miss him!


Title: Re: Memorial Bench for Ozonejim>paypal added
Post by: moegeo on April 19, 2013, 03:43 PM
Just a quick update;
We are waiting on two additional Merced County board members for a verbal go a head which we should hear from next Wednesday.
Thanks for everyone's help on this.
Geo.


Title: Re: Memorial Bench for Ozonejim>paypal added
Post by: brian champie on June 29, 2013, 02:04 PM
  The Bench has been installed!
 Last Thursday June 27th 5 of Jims friends gathered at Lake Yosemite in Merced Ca. to finalize a year of working on this project.
 George Halpin worked with the parks people and worked out all the details ordered the bench and selected the site.
 The site is beautiful, under a huge shade tree where Jim loved to fly his kites. We put up Jims blk/wht pyro, it flew nicely all day long.
 Big Thanks to George Halpin, Pat Lewis, Anthony Eichele, Dan Burnham who worked tirelessly all day to finish the job. We pulled the form and back filled it around 4pm.
 The parks people would not allow a memorial plaque or inscription of any kind on the bench so it was decided Jims rev, the one he was flying when the accident occurred, be put inside the concrete base and George inscribed the wet cement with the shape of a rev.
  By the way the concrete base was also required by the parks dept. so they wouldn't have use a weed eater to mow under it, they can just drive the big mower around it.

  We would like to have a dedication/fun fly/ BBQ in September. It is really a beautiful spot and easy to know why Jim loved it there.
  Reply to this thread if you would like to join us so we can get a head count.

  Thanks to everyone that made this project possible.
And thanks to John Chilese for cleaning up the photos and posting them here

https://picasaweb.google.com/chilesej/2013Kites#5894827007259039042

Brian Champie


Title: Re: Memorial Bench for Ozonejim>paypal added
Post by: Lee S on June 29, 2013, 06:04 PM
You guys did a great thing, and a big hug from me to you is in order. I'll be down for a Sept. fly. Let me know.




Title: Re: Memorial Bench for Ozonejim>paypal added
Post by: Ca Ike on June 29, 2013, 09:33 PM
It was worth the effort and all those that donated deserve just as much thanks as us for doing the install.  JOe Public may not know what its for but we, Jim's friends do and thats what matters.  Oh and can't forget to mention that once it was all filled in and done JIm's pyro took the only dive of the day right into the tree above the bench.  I'd say JIm's happy with it :P


Title: Re: Memorial Bench for Ozonejim>paypal added
Post by: Allen Carter on June 30, 2013, 09:07 AM
Thanks for all the work over the last year to make this happen. Very cool.  8)

I'll be there for a September event.


Title: Re: Memorial Bench for Ozonejim>paypal added
Post by: Jim Foster on June 30, 2013, 04:04 PM
Thanks to all who made donations of money/time/labor to make this happen. Jim was special.

Jim and Lynn Foster


Title: Re: Memorial Bench for Ozonejim>paypal added
Post by: ko on July 01, 2013, 12:41 PM
Thank You.. I hope to make it in Sept.


Title: Re: Re: Memorial Bench for Ozonejim>paypal added
Post by: madhabitz on July 01, 2013, 06:34 PM
Thanks for doing this guys..... this is a really special thing. Will try to make it-  life is a bit up in the air at the moment, so we'll see how it goes.

Nancy


Title: Re: Memorial Bench for Ozonejim>paypal added
Post by: Jynx on July 02, 2013, 10:16 AM
Amazing tribute... especially the personal touch of Jim's Rev and the Rev inscription! ...Perfect!

You guys did such an awesome job... one that will be remembered for many-many years to come!

Thank you for your caring skills!