Go-Back Club Newsbooklet
We gather current news articles and creative ideas from our members and consider them for publication in our newspaper. If you submit an article or letter to the editor, please specify how you’d like to be credited (full name, first name, initials or anonymous) and let us know how we can reach you in case there are questions such as credits for quotes or for clarification and accuracy.
Quotes We Like:
“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.”
“Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's needs, but not every man's greed.”
“And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.”
Khalil Gibran, "The Prophet"
“Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.”
Henry David Thoreau, "Walden"
"The care of the Earth is our most ancient and most worthy, and after all our most pleasing responsibility. To cherish what remains of it and to foster its renewal is our only hope."
“There's a time for daring and there's a time for caution, and a wise man understands which is called for.”
Robin Williams, "Dead Poets Society"
One of our goals is to see our members’ articles fill the pages of our newspaper. Active members submit news articles, poetry and photos they consider important or beautiful (or both). We do our best to keep the mood of the paper up-beat and prefer stories showing that beneficial change is not only happening but that we are indeed making progress toward our “Dream of the Earth” (title of a book by Thomas Berry reminding us that all life has a right to flourish).
Welcome to our new members in February.
We now have 192 members in 20 states, Washington, D.C., two Canadian provinces, Korea and Nigeria. Please share our website and out newsbooklet with your friends. As Pete Seeger sang, "Every new one makes us stronger." Membership in our "Club" is free and you will receive our unique newsbooklet 10 times a year, full of articles and photos you won't read or see in the mainstream press. We welcome contributions from our members of articles, photos and artwork so, if you have something you think is important and newsworthy, please send it to us. Thank you for looking at our site.
Gratitude: We are grateful for all the wonderful members around the world who share their compassionate ideas and brilliance with us. You will see their contributions in the pages of our monthly newsbooklet. This is truly a group effort.
Partnership with Africa
The Go-Back Club is pleased to be partnered with Ekwe Chiwundu Charles of Nigeria and his Milk Basket NGO, whose goal is to help starving and malnourished children in Nigeria first and all of Africa later. You may read about our fundraising campaign to help bring Ekwe to the USA in the January newsbooklet on pages 2 and 3.
Background by Ekwe
“Acute malnutrition is reported to kill no fewer than 500,000 Nigerian children under the age of five annually, out of over a million of them that suffer the condition every year. This was disclosed by the Deputy Director and Head of Nutrition Division of the Federal Ministry on Health at the 31st National Scientific Conference organized by the Association of Public Health Physicians of Nigeria. Over the last decade, it has risen from 11% to 18% in 2013. You will agree with me that we are indeed faced with a national challenge. This is worsened by the fact that nearly four out of five Nigerian children do not meet the WHO recommendation for exclusive breastfeeding during the first six months of life. “I am currently working on an NGO called Milk Basket here. We will donate milk to malnourished children all over Nigeria especially in the interior river-rine areas of Nigeria. Our motto is “Donate a tin of milk to a malnourished child in Africa today.”
Iona's Memoir Ready
Our first reader said, "Your book has many touching stories inside. It's not only a book, it's an inspirational body. You are absolutely unique and you have made a lot of sacrifices and I still wonder why you did them."
To order a paper copy (spiral-bound with 205 pages and over 50 color images) please send a check or money order for $25 payable to The Go-Back Club to Iona, 21431 Marlin Circle, Shade Gap, Pennsylvania 17255. The pdf version is $10. Thank you!
In August 2014, Iona went to Korea as the sole foreign correspondent for the 7th International Nature Loving Association's (INLA) festival and Nature and Humanity seminar. 26 dance teams from 16 Asian countries sang, danced and smiled for love of the Earth. Learn more about them at www.the-inla.org or www.naturelovingwonderland.org.
Iona's trip to Korea for the 7th International Nature Loving Association Festival and Seminar
A HUGE “THANK YOU” to the following supporters and sympathetic voices...
Dr. Pyong Roh and Dr. Chung-Whan Byun of South Korea for making Iona's wonderful trip during the summer possible. She was the only foreign correspondent at the 7th International Nature Loving Association's two-day festival and Nature and Humanity seminar. See the special edition of our newsbooklet at the link above on the right for our 24-page Special Edition.