Leveraging a Shift: August 2020 Newsletter

“In a fractal conception, I am a cell-sized unit of the human organism, and I have to use my life to leverage a shift in the system by how I am, as much as with the things I do. This means actually being in my life, and it means bringing my values into my daily decision making. Each day should be lived on purpose.” —adrienne maree brown

Remembering Jim Shelver

We lost a dear friend and loved one this week. We send prayers for peace and comfort to all those who knew and loved Jim Shelver—and especially to his beloved wife, our sweet friend, Jo.

Jim and Jo Shelver have been dedicated, foundational members of our organization and community for over four decades. Whether helping build our physical structures, helping hold our organizational vision, or nourishing our bodies and hearts with everything from hot soup to enduring friendship, Jim and Jo have been significant contributors throughout the life of this organization. We owe them a deep debt of gratitude.

Jim’s life of service extended beyond his tremendous role as a founding organizer with the Chinook Learning Community and the Whidbey Institute. This 2004 article in the South Whidbey Record provides a glimpse into the profound ways in which he touched our larger community.

We hold Jo and the Shelver family in our hearts. The imprints left by Jim on our community and its members will never fade, and we are so grateful for the love, friendship, and service that are his enduring legacy.

Also in this issue: The Ecology of Immunity; events from our community of program leaders; save the date for the 2020 Whidbey Institute Fundraising Gala; monthly native and medicinal plant walk; hiking safely among owls; and more!

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August 21, 2020