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(Updated 6/1/15 2:21 p.m.)
In a press release and conference call today with LGBT media in Missouri, PROMO, Missouri’s statewide advocacy organization for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community, announced that the PROMO Fund and SAGE Metro St Louis will formally merge with PROMO Fund, effective July 1, 2015.
SAGE Metro St. Louis will become SAGE of PROMO Fund. SAGE of PROMO Fund will remain affiliated with Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE), a national organization based out of New York.
“At the heart of the SAGE vision is maximizing the positive impact we can have on behalf of LGBT older adults,” said Michael Adams, national Executive Director of SAGE. “By joining forces, SAGE Metro St. Louis and PROMO Fund will ensure that they have the greatest possible impact for LGBT older people across the State of Missouri,” Adams added.
PROMO reports, “PROMO Fund believes this partnership will better equip both organizations for the evolving landscape of LGBT equality. The LGBT older adult population in the U.S. is growing from an estimated 3 million today and will double by 2030. These adults have often been seen as one of the most invisible and marginalized segments within the LGBT community.”
“We are excited for what this means for both the organization and the community. As we see change happen rapidly, it is important we plan for how that change impacts our organizations. This merger will allow us to better meet the changing needs,” stated A.J. Bockelman, who will remain as Executive Director.
“This merger provides for SAGE’s core programs of information and referral, advocacy, and community education to expand on a statewide basis,” added SAGE Metro St. Louis Executive Director Sherrill Wayland. “We are leading the way as the first SAGE to merge with a statewide organization such as PROMO Fund.”
Wayland has said SAGE increasingly saw a need for their expanded services throughout Missouri. Bockelman added this will also mean that Kansas City will now have more access to the work of SAGE with an expected new job position based in Kansas City.
Kurt Krieger, M.Div, LGBT Older Adult Task Force Coordinator in the Kansas City region said, "I am excited by the announcement today from PROMO Fund and SAGE Saint Louis. It is my belief that the potentials identified of a statewide organization will more effectively address the needs and rights of Seniors who are Gay, Lesbian, Bi-Sexual and Transgender in Kansas City and Missouri. I expect that this means that Kansas City will have SAGE programming and advocacy by late fall this year as a result of this merger."
Bockelman said that this is the first merger of SAGE with a state-wide LGBT equality group. “This has never been done anywhere,” he said. In terms of the role that PROMO has played in Missouri’s fight for marriage equality and the expected June U.S. Supreme Court decision on marriage equality in the U.S., Bockelman added,“Marriage will be done here hopefully within the next month.” The group is still focused on MONA (the Missouri Nondiscrimination Act) that will come up in the next legislative session which has failed to pass in previous sessions but Bockelman stated that this year, “We’re relatively close.” “I’ve been concerned with what PROMO looks like in the future. The constant question we always ask ourselves is how can we improve the lives of the LGBT community on a state-wide basis. That is the lens we always put things through.”
“It definitely is going to change our reach,” said Wayland. “At SAGE Metro St. Louis we pretty much just defined ourselves as the St. Louis region. We were starting to get more and more calls for help on a state-wide basis.”
"I look forward to supporting the merged organization and hope that PROMO Fund connects with Kansas City groups that are working to meet the needs of older adults in our community," said Krieger. "I pledge that the original work by the LGBT Older Adult Task Force and my current networking will serve to help PROMO launch new programs and support in Kansas City. My confidence in the leadership of PROMO and SAGE Saint Louis provides much confidence in this new phase of work by PROMO. I cheer them on in their new work."
Since 2009, SAGE has partnered with PROMO Fund to do education and training concerning health policy. This project to date has produced tremendous gains with this past year alone training over 1,900 employees, resulting in 114 different LGBT-specific policy changes reflected among 48 different hospitals in Missouri.
Sherrill Wayland will become the Deputy Director of PROMO Fund, and Eugene Potchen-Webb will remain as the Program Manager of SAGE of PROMO Fund. Stephanie Perkins will remain Deputy Director of PROMO, and Andrew Shaughnessy, PROMO Fund Policy Manager, will continue to manage the LGBT Health Policy work. Future plans include extending SAGE programming to other regions of the state.
PROMO has said they will be making more announcements in the upcoming months about the implementation of the merger and any new staff announcements in Kansas City and Missouri.
After the last 2 years of dealing with the pandemic and packing on those COVID pounds here are some motivational quotes that can be the spark plugs to our wellness engines. You can have a full tank of gas, a clean carburetor, all the fluids topped off, and 300 horsepower of Detroit’s finest under the hood, but you’re going nowhere without that initial spark. In your quest for well-being, you need a catalyst to move you from idle to ideal. Here are some motivational jolts to inspire you to get your health and fitness vehicle moving.
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Thomas Paine said, “The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.” You will have conflicts with making time for exercise each day. The treadmill will conflict with your enjoyment of the living-room couch and its fluffy pillows. Your body will engage in conflict with dumbbells and exercise balls as it seeks better health. Embrace these conflicts with excitement, and walk through the smoke and fire. Triumph is waiting on the other side.
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John F. Kennedy said, “Things do not happen. Things are made to happen.” The firefighter’s 55-pound weight loss did not just happen one day on a call. The computer programmer’s success in the Chicago Marathon did not just happen on a Sunday in October. The 4th grade teacher’s significant drop in cholesterol level did not just happen the day before spring break. These people made things happen…and it took time.
Ralph Marston of The Daily Motivator website, wrote, “What you do today can improve all your tomorrows.” Let today be the first day in 28 years without a cigarette. Stay an extra five minutes on the recumbent bike at the gym today. Start training today for the three-day breast cancer walk that is scheduled for the fall. Tomorrow is always waiting to see what you put in your piggy bank today. Invest wisely and watch the dividends grow.
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Jill McLemore once said, “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you will land amongst the stars.” Set that goal to trim 75 pounds from your body. Only losing 42 pounds puts you way out there with the North Star. Aim to run 750 miles this year. Coming up 68 miles short will still put you past that former planet Pluto and on your way to the Orion constellation. Dropping eight waist sizes by Christmas instead of the projected 10 will let you glow with the luminescence of several brilliant wonders in the sky. By the way, I think there’s a full moon tonight!
Zig Ziglar stated, “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.” Tom Cruise was another aspiring pretty face in Hollywood about 30 years ago before starting to audition for parts in TV shows. Jared Fogle was a morbidly obese college student at Indiana University in the 1990s before beginning his Subway diet. Mark Zuckerberg was just another starry-eyed Ivy Leaguer until he began to implement a social network idea. They all have that common bond: They started something.
These motivational quotes should help get your wellness engine running and once your car is started there’s no telling where your health and fitness can go. Don't forget to end me a postcard when you get there!
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“I wish I could work out, too, but I just don’t have the motivation!”
Give me a dollar for every time I’ve heard that and I’d be in Cabo San Lucas with an umbrella drink right now. Let’s identify a few of your motivations to get you on the right path. They are there … you just need to realize them so you can make it a great 2022.
How about getting healthy so you can be at that Christmas celebration in 30 years with all the family gathered around and exchanging presents? There will be nieces, nephews, brothers, sisters, children and maybe some grandchildren, all enjoying the sounds and sights of the season. That would be amazing!
How about being healthy so you can watch the first man land on Mars in 2030? You hear all the talk about preparing for a mission to Mars, but it will be a long time in coming. Just think if you were alive and well to see it happen!
How about being healthy so you can attend that 60-year class reunion? It might even be nice to walk into the function with a spring in your step and a glow of health about you! Many of your classmates will have walked past St. Peter and those pearly gates by that time, but you can give yourself a chance to stay here with some proactive measures.
How about being healthy so you can spend more time being relaxed and retired? It would be awesome to just not have to do anything you didn’t want to do! Get up every day and use that watch they gave you as a fashion accessory only. With a healthy body, you can spend ample time in the lap of leisure well into your 90s.
How about being healthy so you can walk your dog with your grandkids or great-nephews after that Thanksgiving meal many years down the road? It will be so cool to have that turkey dinner with all the relatives, but it’ll be even more fun to be able to move around without having to catch your breath between steps.
How about being healthy so you can continue to enjoy vibrant sunsets, thrilling football games, colorful leaves in the fall, summer barbecues, or birthday cards in the mail?
Everyone can find the motivation to work out! You just have to identify which motivation will get you to your starting line each day and which will help you get to your daily finish line.
There are plenty of great things to enjoy in life. Find your motivation and start earning your frequent flyer miles for your healthy life. Then soar into the future with excitement about what will be!
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