A Gentle Idea to honor Em, Nov. 8, 2016 Tenth Year anniversary
As we near the tenth year anniversary I thought of an idea that might help make it easier.Let’s all try and do a good deed that day
or around that day like we did last year. If everyone can then send their stories to me,
I will then compile them anonymously and send them back around to everyone. Wouldn’t she love that?
My e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org
Two deserving campers were awarded Emily Sandall camperships for their trips at YMCA Camp Menogyn this summer.The scholarship application is below.Paul started this fund after his awesome 2008 PCT hike and it has grown with our wonderfully generous Foundation community donations.
We hope that the campers have a wonderful summer at YMCA Menogyn and continue their love for the wilderness and community service.
History and Background of Campership:
Emily Sandall was a Menogyn guide from 2001-2004. Her passions included wilderness adventures and
humanitarian service. When not leading canoe and backpacking trips she worked with street children and
child laborers in Nepal and Mexico. She saw many opportunities in life to teach, to challenge, to laugh, and
dance, and sing and camp, and especially to help others. She lived simply but passionately. Tragically Emily
died in an accident Nov. 2006, at the age of 25.
The Sandall Family and the Emily Sandall Foundation have established YMCA Camp Menogyn camperships in
Emily’s name in an effort to keep alive her spirit of giving and her love for Menogyn. The scholarship is
designed to help a deserving young person experience a Menogyn wilderness trip. The recipient should
show passion for helping others through some community service work. Emily in her short and remarkable
life always tried to combine wilderness adventure with helping others. Her family hopes to foster that in
others through this scholarship.
It is the Sandall family’s hope that this scholarship stimulates interest in community service and wilderness
exploration in deserving teens over many years.
Emily would love to know that her scholarship helps a teen experience the wilderness. She would also love
to spread the message of the importance of volunteer service- helping those less fortunate by giving them
a voice. Emily’s life work combined her love for the wilderness and humanitarian service with passion and
joy. Please tell us how these values are demonstrated in your life.
Emily’s friend Sage, honors her in the most beautiful way:
” In 2013 I collected a new diatom from a vernal pool out in eastern Oregon. I had no idea the sample contained this beautiful little organism until Dr. Loren Bahls found it under a microscope. He identified it as a new species, and asked me what I wanted to name it. I decided Em would have been excited about diatoms, as they love sunlight & water, & named it in honor of her. Dr. Bahls has just published a description of Em’s diatom, so now it’s official! Meet frustuila esandalliae!
Sage Clegg, Emily’s dear friend and fellow guide from Outward Bound
Frustulia esandalliae :: Diatoms of the United States
Diatoms of the United States: Identification Guide and Ecological Resource.
The Foundation will be helping to support teacher training at the Sankhu Palubari school in Nepal. The most urgent need right now is for training related to post-earthquake trauma recovery/resilience to help the students. They are going to start with setting that up while they poll the teachers about other training needs.
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A PE teacher, Glen Moffatt, from Paxson Elementary School in Missoula, Montana, recently wrote to me. He wanted to tell me a story about Emily.
“She worked at Paxson as a student teacher or student teacher volunteer and showed up in my gym one day and said that she was really interested in the running club and wanted to help.Well, she did, She made up the Paxson running club chant. The kids still do it every year.It goes like this:
Icky a Picky Wicky
Icky La Bumba
Awful a Waffle Daffle
Ooh Ahh ooh ahh
Paxson running Club!
She made a great impression helping the kids and teaching them about the importance of fitness.
This year they named their last day of running club Emily’s run. The kids used chalk to write words about running,fitness, having fun, etc. around the school sidewalks.They released some balloons in Emily’s honor.Possibly the last day of running club will always be Emily’s run!
Today was a great day for our students.They really got into the idea of celebrating someone who came to Paxson, and volunteered to help because she knew the importance of teaching children to take care of themselves.Emily made an impact on me and the Paxson kids that she worked with. I’ve always wanted to do something for her. Today was fun and extremely positive!”
Thank you to Glenn and the Paxson Running club for honoring Emily in this perfect way!