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Welcome to the HPL 501c3 Institute annual report page. We enable people to achieve Health, attain Prosperity, and develop Leadership. We do this through helping groups put on workshops and classes, plan conferences, develop and maintain websites, produce video, and distribute publications. On this page you will find information from the annual reports from the many different programs and partners with whom we work to achieve our goals.
Previous year's reports available online:
We are a part of the growing movement for organic non-gmo vegetables. In the 2017 harvest, we grew and gave 230 pounds of organic, non-gmo vegetables to the Pottstown Cluster Food Bank who serves poor and homeless people. That contributed to the 16,760 meals that the Pottstown Cluster served last year. We also made 2 new beds replacing 2 that were falling apart. Next year we hope to increase our yields, replace two more garden beds, and recruit more people to help with tending and harvesting the garden. So far this year, we've delivered 44 pounds of organic non-gmo vegetables to the Pottstown Cluster Food Bank. That represents about 400 hours of volunteer labor for our five volunteers. Email: gro.nwotsttopuu@snedrag for more details.
In July 2017, we hosted the Centennial Master Jou, Tsung Hwa Birthday Celebration & Tai Chi Festival on the grounds of the beautiful Master Jou Memorial Tai Chi Park in Wantage, NJ. We had attendees from as far away as Hawaii, and Presenters from as far away as Texas. The 3-day event proovided attendees and presenters with the opportunity to learn and share in the spirit of Grandmaster Jou, Tsung Hwa. InJuly 2018, we again hosted the Annual Msater Jou, Tsung Hwa Birthday Celebration & Tai Chi Festival. One attendee described it as "The best day of my life". Others described it as a "magical" and "transformative" experience. We also continue to hold classes in Tai Chi, QiGong, and Meditation on the premises.
We plan to hold the Annual Master Jou, Tsung Hwa Birthday Celebration & Tai Chi Festival at the same venue from July 12-15th, 2019, and continue to hold classes there.
We have been continuing to do research on chronic pain and looking to move the the technology to the US. We recently published this article: Efficacy of Systolic Extinction Training (SET) in Fibromyalgia Patients with elevated Blood Pressure Response to Stress–A Tailored RCT Study K Thieme, T Meller, U Evermann, R Malinowski… - Arthritis Care & Research, 2018 Aim: An intrinsic pain regulatory system is modulated by both cardiovascular dynamics that influence baroreflex sensitivity (BRS) and diminished in Fibromyalgia (FM). Baroreceptors relay cardiovascular output to the dorsal medial nucleus tractus … We continue to look for a spot to do a clinical trial in the US to verify the German results.
We will attend the IASP in Boston and present 3 posters. We hope to finally have a working prototype and get some initial US results.
We provided a modified program of T’ai Chi Chih, Qigong, and Energy Medicine techniques to seniors at assisted living, memory care, rehab, and senior centers; ongoing T’ai Chi Chih classes both privately and at various centers in New Egypt, Toms River, Hamilton, Hainesport, Browns Mills, Monroe, Mansfield, NJ and Bucks County, PA; hosted 2 Holistic Health Fairs; provided workshops in T’ai Chi Chih, Reiki, Eden Energy Medicine, Numerology, Essential oils, and Qigong; Associate Prof. of Qigong at Georgian Court University; hosted World T’ai Chi & Qigong Day in New Egypt, NJ; provided personalized sessions in Reiki and Energy Medicine; referred clients to other T’ai Chi Teachers and practitioners when clients needed a different location, time, or another type/form to study; mentored 2 clients for T’ai Chi Chih Teacher accreditation; Secretary of T’ai Chi Chih International Foundation a NJ Nonprofit Corporation.
We will continue providing classes, personalized Reiki & Energy Med. sessions, as well as the mentoring of students/clients. We will be producing the 7th Annual Holistic Health Extravaganza and the 7th local Annual World T’ai Chi & Qigong Day. These events help raise funds for local community projects and for the T’ai Chi Chih scholarships.
In 2017 we attended 2 tai chi related activities and sponsored 10 tai chi workshops and events in addition to our regular classes on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays in Bucks County, PA. Isse Elston-Phillips has recovered from her broken leg, and is back teaching. Thank you to Jason Timony for filling in while Isse was recovering.
Our plan for 2018 is to attend 2 or 3 tai chi related activities and sponsor 5 tai chi workshops and events in addition to holding our regular classes.
This calendar year The Pottstown Dance Theatre performed at Carnegie Hall and then did a full length concert at The Hill School Center for the Arts entitled "The Best of Pottstown Dance". We are about to start rehearsals for "The Nutcracker" and will enhance the production with a brand new Mother Ginger costume and backdrop for the "Waltz of the Snowflakes".
We are going to have a collaboration Concert with Melange Contemporary Dance performing the original works "New World" and "Katrina's Cross"; both by international dance artist, Michelle Jones Wurtz. The students will have opportunity to choreograph for a student composition concert in the fall of 2019, and then also perform their annual Nutcracker.
Grew New Jersey Tai Chi by adding another certified instructor, Paul Shansky, and a 3rd location for teaching classes. Participated in 2 public community health events. Our student base continues to grow. Owner/Instructor Harry Legg was promoted to NY/NJ Senior Regional Instructor for Clear's Tai Chi.
Next year, we expect additional growth of student base, and to create more instructional online video content.
We are certainly having a busy summer here at the Immunobiology Laboratories. For those of you who have not heard, we published the long-term clinical trial results of type 1 diabetic patients who have been followed for at least 5 years and for some patients up to 8 years after multi-dosing of the BCG vaccine. The clinical trial data shows a stable and long-term correction of blood sugars in long-term type 1 diabetics with just two doses of BCG. Links to the peer reviewed scientific paper and the media coverage are on our web site www.faustmanlab.org (click the scroll menu). You may have seen the news (Washington Post, CNN, Time, Newsweek and more). The ongoing Phase II human clinical trial is again testing multi-dosing BCG in long-term diabetic subjects and these trials are well underway here in Boston with people participating from all across the United States. We have started the planning and fund raising for a pediatric clinical trial of multi-dosing BCG in type 1 diabetics as well as working on new trials for more adults with diabetes who would also like to be considered for the BCG vaccinations. None of these clinical programs would be possible without you, so thank you again for your support. Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Have a great end to the Summer and look forward to more updates this Fall.
After last year, when the World Tai Chi Day site listing was devastated by hacking, we were afraid that we'd have to give up. But luckily we were able to salvage the files and open up a new listing page. We gathered information on 292 World Tai Chi day events to add to the 4007 World Tai Chi Day events that we were able to save from the last 5 years. We also created a Google Map with all the events and schools from the previous five years. This year, we hope to get current World Tai Chi Day events on the google map as well as get our school listing page back up and running.
This is a loosely organized group of UUFP members and friends who are interested in conserving the Eastern bluebird and other native cavity nester populations by providing and monitoring nesting boxes. Boxes are placed on the UUFP property and at members’ homes. UUFP engages in this project with the support of the Pennsylvania Bluebird Society. This year we fledged at least 10 bluebirds, and monitored 8 boxes. The Sunday School Children got involved this year as well, checking out the boxes at the beginning of the season. Next year we will be trying a new method to foil the dreaded house sparrow (who kills bluebirds and destroys their eggs) - sun roofs! According to the Bluebird society, house sparrows don't like the sun roof (a hole in the roof covered in plexiglass), but the bluebirds love the additional sunlight. Email: ten.tsacmoc@dribeulbhvm for more details.
Our organization is improving! Our website has recently undergone a complete rewrite. Additionally, we've expanded our activities - especially with local colleges which now boast World Affairs Clubs. The activities we were involved this past year in are:
Additionally, we held 10 monthly speaker luncheons in 2017, and there are 17 more on the schedule over the next 18 months. Check our website for more information.
The Healer Within Community is a community that gathers to practice mind, body and spirit awareness and to embody the ideals presented in the book, The Healer Within by Dr. Roger Jahnke. To learn about events and to participate with this community, visit The Healer Within Foundation.
Dr. Roger Jahnke leads certification courses for persons interested in teaching the practices and philosophies presented in the book, The Healer Within. His rich and varied 40+ years of experience in the field of mind-body education make his certification programs distinct and effective. To learn more, please visit the Health Action family of companies
The Institute of Leadership in Management is the sponsoring organization for the Journal of Leadership and Management. We are in the midst of publishing our eleventh journal, (Volume 1 for 2018) with several excellent articles on Leadership. In addition in the beginning of 2017 we published our first full book, Leadership and Management: Emerging, Contemporary, and Unorthodox Perspectives with the help of HPL Publications.
While we continue to solicit excellent articles on emerging, contemporary, and unorthodox perspectives on leadership for our journal, we are also becoming heavily involved in another project, CENTER FOR RESEARCH ON THE ECONOMICS OF MEMORIAL SITES in conjunction with SWPS University. The Center conducts research on the economic, financial and management processes related to the development, preservation, commemoration and functioning of memorial sites around the world. The Center also carries out related activities, including diagnosis of the financial and administrative requirements of memorial sites; gathering and analysis of best practices, and the development of measures of effectiveness related to the operation of various memorial sites around the world. Additionally, the Center organizes seminars and conferences to provide interdisciplinary networking opportunities for individuals and institutions involved in the development and operation of memorial sites. It also researches and promotes standards of management and commemoration that have been developed in Poland according to the recommendations of the Wannsee Memorandum.
This past year we held workshops for Pushing for peace in Los Angeles and Paris, France. `br> In 2018 we have a Pushing for Peace workshop planned for Orinda, California on October 2018. We will also be doing a short introduction to Pushing for Peace at the Symposium for Integrative Health, Tai Chi, & Qing in Harvey Cedars, New Jersey, Sept 7-9, 2018 at Maris Stella Retreat Center.
Much is happening in education in Berks County and at the Berks Business Education Coalition (BBEC) we are pleased to be part of it. A focus around the county is on points of transition.
The newly formed Berks Early Learning Coalition (BELC) advocates for programs and resources for children in the Pre-K learning years. We can all agree that these formative years are the building blocks for learning all the years through high school and beyond. The Berks Business Education Coalition is pleased to be an active partner in this advocacy. Two Berks Business Education Coalition programs, Students Interacting with Business and Higher Education Campus Visits, provide ninth graders a first look into the culture and expectations of business and higher education during the first year of high school. The past two years, BBEC has been instrumental in helping schools develop internship placements for juniors and seniors to explore possible career interests after graduation.
Making good, informed decisions is what life is all about. At the Berks Business Education Coalition, we are excited to be active partners with the schools and the business community to support students to engage positively in this process.
Asklepios has undergone some changes. As more and more organizations are becoming known to us who are doing integrative health research, our list of sources is getting larger and larger, and much more qualified than ever before. We revised our web pages, especially the history and sources sections because the world of integrative health research has changed so drastically in the last three years.
In 2017 we posted two published papers by Penny Klein. In 2018 we posted a paper published by Marc Mathys and a whole group of other researchers, and 2 poster sessions by CJ Rhoads. Additionally, throughout 2017 Penny Klein and CJ Rhoads continued to work through the National Qigong Association Research and Education Committee to support NQA's website with highly qualified academic studies on tai chi and qigong. Next year we hope to form closer ties with the organizations who are funding and supporting high-quality research on tai chi, qigong, and other integrative health practices.