This Meetup is very different, but very special. (Please note: it is a virtual Meetup.)
One of our members, Heidi Arnold (42), passed away under tragic circumstances on November 30, 2012. Heidi lived in Colorado, and joined Wishful Thinking Women this past summer, while she was visiting the Cape for three months.
She loved Cape Coral, and immediately made friends in our group and quickly donated her time with one of the not-for-profits run by one of the members of our group.
Heidi came with a smile and brought joy with her, she was well-respected by her colleagues and well-loved by her friends and by her math students at Casper College in Colorado.
At our April Meetup, and in earlier conversations with some WTW members, we decided to honor and remember her by creating 42 random acts of kindness in her name. We would like to have all of the acts completed by the end of May, because that is around the time Heidi would have been returning to Florida for her summer stay.
If you would like to join us in remembering Heidi, please simply post a comment about your random act of kindness, or just note that you have shared an act. If the first person would start their comment with the #1, then each following commenter can note the sequential number of their act, as well. Our goal is 42 acts by May 31.
You didn't have to know Heidi to participate, we are only gathering virtually so participation is easy. Feel free to simple share acts of kindness in her honor!
Heidi's profile remains on our group; I plan to leave it up until we share all of our random acts with others in honor of her. (PS Heidi, attended WTW more times than she RSVP'd!)
Warm regards to you and for Heidi,
PS For an article about Heidi's memorial at Casper College, click here. I'm so very sad to share that both Heidi and her long-time partner James Krumm, head of Casper College's computer science department, were killed by Christopher Krumm, James' 25 year old son, who then killed himself.
Elise Butler's note . . . June 16, 2013
My name is Elise Butler, and I am the co-founder of the Jim Krumm and Heidi Arnold Memorial Committee. I was one of Jim Krumm's computer science students when tragedy struck on November 30, 2012.
The purpose of this message is to inform you and your group that I thought the 42 Acts of Kindness program from meetup.com, in honor of Heidi Arnold is a beautiful and inspiring memorial. If any of your members would like to share a memory of Heidi in a more public forum, some of Jim Krumm's Casper College computer science students, myself included, have created a memorial website in their honor. They can leave memories in the comments section there. If they have photos of either Jim or Heidi, they are certainly welcome to submit those as well. The website is located at http://professorkrumm.com/, and the submission email is [masked].
Anyone is welcome to join our Facebook committee: https://www.facebook.com/groups/205606542916524/
There is also a Facebook page called the Jim Krumm Memorial Science Foundation, which despite the name, also memorializes Heidi Arnold. I am not the one who created the latter, but I do support its goals.
This project is a living memorial. We strongly encourage anyone who knew either Jim or Heidi to participate.
Thank you for starting the 42 Acts of Kindness program. What an awesome idea!
Associate of Science: Computer Science, December 2013
Jim Krumm and Heidi Arnold Memorial Committee Co-Founder