Need Welders / New Seat Update

Beloved PET-Kin,

It’s been a while since the last Update. I’ve been waiting for a date for our 37th shipment but it came so fast and unexpected, we had loaded the truck with 70 PETs before I could sit and write. The load-out went very well: 70 PETs in 20 minutes. It seemed like we had a machine loading the big truck, it went so smoothly. Thanks to all who came and participated. The only down side was that the pizza came late and, Greg, our FEDEX driver had to leave before sharing with us. We had a guest photographer in Karen Engstrom, daughter of PET-Kin Wayne and she helped with the load-out. After the 40’ container was empty, we then had to move 12 packed PETs into the container destined for our 38th shipment.

We are so blessed to have the team God has put together here and we would be blessed even more if we could find 2-3 more welders. We’ve lost 3 in the past few months and it has caused sine waves in our production process as we can’t keep our builders in metal parts as fast as they need them. Bill, Dave and Beeker are doing the best they can but other demands of life have to be met also. Larry is keeping, along with Haskins and Apex, in front forks and Wayne (With friend Bill) is keeping us in pedal posts. We feel a lot of gratitude for the PET-Kin who give so much. Our other big challenge is the continuing integration of the work of the PET-Kin in Puget Sound. We have not overcome this yet and wood parts and painting have backed up. Jim Dixon and his painters are looking at it from their perspective. I need to drive West and speak with our PET-Kin in Kent and Woodinville to get their input. Part of the problem is the new seat. We have our design and a set of plans but still have 23 old seats to work through before starting to build the new seat into our Rainbow PETs. An unexpected consequence of this is the impact on our checklists. We have 4 checklists that have to be changed and upgraded to accommodate the new seat. A lot of hard work by Maurice, John, Eldon and Carl have brought us to the point of being ready to use the new seat. Packing with the new seat is still an unfinished issue.

The new system at Apex is working better than expected. When we sign in work and sign it out when powder coated, helps Apex to help us and we get the steel back quicker. Our logistics drivers, Butch and Earl, are being kept very busy as are John and Robert on the West and North side of our ministry. Bill, up in Anchorage, is awaiting a new set of plans so they can stay involved. Our latest newsletter is at the printers. It should be out next week. We also have a new system for getting them ready for the post office: A lady with 30 years experience.

Dick Carpenter

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Rainbow PETs in Zimbabwe

Dear PET-Kin,

We received a wonderful gift — out of the blue we received the following letter and photo of some of our Rainbow PETs in Zimbabwe:

Rainbow PETs in Zimbabwe

Rainbow PETs in Zimbabwe

Here is the scanned letter:

Zimbabwe letter[6]

 

Dick Carpenter

 

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Global Mobility to receive our Next Distribution

Beloved PET-Kin,

World Vision wants 125 PETs by 15 July. This is our first contact by them. A couple of years ago, I asked a VP of theirs (a long time friend) to see if they would come along side us but there was no reply. Unfortunately, we can’t participate in that request because of the timing. Our current production is promised to Global Mobility. We have about 30 of those packed and a few more built. I’ve asked Wheels for Humanity if they want our follow on shipment but have had no reply yet. Thanks to all of you who got the early morning shipment out to Med-Share. We hope the quiche was a suitable substitute for the regular pizza diet we have after every load-out.

My trip to Chilliwack, British Columbia was friendly and startling at the same time. The scope of their lumbering operation was more than I could ever have conceived. After speaking to their Lions Club, during their business meeting, they set a goal of having their own complete PET Project. They plan to reach out to the other clubs in the area to come alongside them in that goal.  Our PET-Kin in Puget Sound have finished 2 loads of wood and they are in my barn waiting to be unloaded. They are on hold until we work out the final design of the new seat.

Our future production plans are holding until we can get a final design on the new seat and a set of plans for our wood cutters. Since the design sent by International, takes away over half of the cargo space used so creatively by the recipients of our PETs, We’re seriously looking at making the tailgate hinged. We have one sample completed but it also has issues but if we can make it work, we will restore the cargo space. One of our designs depends on a company in Utah coming along side us but so far they have not responded to e-mail or phone calls. We are not in a hurray because we have many traditional seats to work through before we need the new seats.

Earl has provided us with a new press and tool which insures that when we insert the bearings, they are true and square. Thanks, Earl, it adds to the quality of our product. From July 14-17, we will be hosting students from Lake Oswego UM Church. They had wanted to send 15 students each day but we decided that 8 was the most we could manage. If you plan to be in the area, please plan to work those days so we can give the students a quality experience working on PETs. As I wrote before, the letter and picture from Harare, Zimbabwe was our first from a Rainbow PET recipient in the 9 years (I was corrected on that) we’ve been in business. It sure in re-motivating to receive a that kind of feedback. Finally, one of the reasons we had a good start was because of Rick Jarvis, owner of RW Fab, and Gary Jones, owner of Intermountain Fab. Rick now needs our help: our prayers. He has brain cancer. I talked with his son. His surgery went well but now it’s a wait and pray time to ascertain what’s left of the cancer. He’s a Brother-in-Christ, a great family man and a great employer and businessman. Let’s help. Let’s pray!

Dick Carpenter

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Dominican Republic Night Please RSVP

Beloved PET-Kin,

The report on the distribution to Dominican Republic is set for  Friday, 16 May at 17:30 at our home. Spouses are welcomed. We will have sandwiches and drinks as we watch and listen to the report. Please RSVP 466-3425. We have 10 so far. We are finally on track to complete our 35th shipment. We have 10 more to build and 14 more to pack. I’ll try and set a date for the shipment later this week. This has been a long and frustrating journey but I feel like we are back to a season of smooth production. I did hand paint one frame and it seems to look good. It will allow a fall back position if we ever get “trapped” again. We have a new shipping charity. Our next 70 will be for Global Mobility and we will ship out of Long Beach. They called us and wanted 50-70 PETs right away but understood where we are with the current shipment. My little blue truck caught fire yesterday and will be going to the “hospital” but with Butch, Larry and Earl helping with transportation, it’s a “good” time for her to have this breakdown. We have a load of Canadian wood in Auburn and will be worked on by the PET-Kin in Kent. The PET-Kin in Woodinville are working on the design of the new seat. And we have 24 seats coming from Alaska plus material for seat belts. Please pray for Bill Foerchinger. He has been the lead PET-Kin up there but in addition to Parkinsons, he fell and has to walk with a cane. On 12 June, I meet with the PET-Kin in Chiliwack, BC to discuss how they want to participate. God has us all over the NW now so once we get the new seat and its implication figured out, our production should increase. One of the implications we do not accept is the loss of cargo space in the PETs. I’m asking PET-Kin to think about that so we can counter what the new seat takes away. That space has been used so creatively by our recipients, we do not want to take it away from them. One idea so far (And we need more) is to hinge the tailgate and then make a “box” that fits into the body while being shipped. It would then slide out over the unhinged tailgate and thus provide the cargo space. This would change the center of gravity but we need to find out how much and if it’s significant. Please think about this issue and feed your ideas to me. Please join us in prayer for Maurice and family as his sister died last week.

Dick Carpenter

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Dominican Republic Night

Beloved PET-Kin,

We’ve set 16 May at 17:30 for the Pergers to teach us what they learned in DR. We’ll just have sandwiches to eat while they show and tell their journey. Please let me know if you are coming!

We still have no frames so I’ll leave it up to the T-W shift if they want to come to the PET Shop.

Dick Carpenter

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Update / Forester Magazine Article

Dear PET-Kin,

The painting project we’ve been working on for the past couple of weeks, I’m going to abandon. Having searched the Inland NW and the Internet for what we need, I’ve come to the conclusion we’re making something very complicated and costly for a simple problem. My thinking is to hold back some raw metal inventory (brakes, brake handles, frames, etc.) and send the rest, as we normally do, to our powder coater. Some of you will remember when I painted steel parts out in the pasture. Our winter weather stopped that along with the graciousness of Apex. Here’s a current illustration. We are down to 2 brake handles in the PET Shop but we have over 40 out at Apex and they will eventually be powder coated, If we had kept back some inventory, We could use spray paint from cans to prepare inventory until Apex has time to powder coat the brake handles. We have been given a unit of lumber. It will be delivered Thursday. I don’t yet know the donor but will send a “Thank You” as soon as I get the  details. Our painters have been busy in the Paint Barn and I’m hoping Cindy is back and has time to take down the painted boards and flour them. We are half way to our next shipment. Snowbird PET-Kin are slowly returning from the South. One is still in Australia. So the shifts are starting to fill up and production is happening. When I left on Monday there was 2 PETs but they have been packed and three more replaced them today. I was made aware today that not everyone is aware of the new tool we are shipping with every PET. It is “holstered” in the fork and is designed to help PET recipients keep the chain tight. It has been added to the builder’s checklist and the inventory is kept right behind the builder’s station. There’s a lot of PET-Kin action on the West side and in Alaska. Bill called from Anchorage notifying us of more seats being build and will be shipped to Auburn. As soon as we get the plans for the new seat, I’ll send a copy to Bill. Closer to home in Kent and Woodinville and Marysville, PET-Kin are cutting wood and painting the parts they make. That’s a huge help to have their production arrive here already painted. Through amazing Providences of God, we have made contact with an orthopedic surgeon who takes medical teams to Peru. Dr. Bramwell saw a picture of a Rainbow PET in Peru and wants to involved. Lois and I are working to make a trip to Robert and the Lions in Chilliwack, BC. Right now it looks like the middle of June. I go back to Seattle twice in May and then in July I will make a trip to Maine to see my sister and enjoy a 55th HS reunion.

The essay that follows will  be printed in a Forester magazine and will go to 3000 people interested in that industry:

PET stands for Personal Energy Transporter. PET International is a non-profit organization that has been successfully distributing hand cranked mobility devices known as PETs to victims of landmines, polio, and other debilitating afflictions since 1996. The organization began distribution of PET wheelchairs to Zaire (now Democratic Republic of the Congo) and currently works with 46 NGO’S worldwide to distribute PETs to 101 different countries primarily in Africa, Eastern Europe, and South East Asia. In 2013, 5,682 PETs were built with the cooperation of 23 shops nationwide, at an approximate donation cost of $1,420,500. Their mission is to give the “gift of mobility”—a capability people often take for granted.
 
Branching off from PET international are many local Affiliates who coordinate collection of raw materials, cutting, painting and mechanical assembly of PETs, as well as facilitate their overseas shipment to those in need. Washington State is home to its own local Affiliate of PET and the unique “Rainbow PET” (pictured below). Based out of Spokane, the Inland Northwest PET Project extends to Anchorage, Alaska and British Columbia as well as parts of Idaho and Oregon.  The Affiliate relies solely on donated  funds and materials, and recently completed their 1732nd PET for shipment abroad. In 2014, WA PET hopes to assemble and distribute 360 units to add to their total; However, relying on donated goods leaves this goal in the hands of others and the PET-Kin. 
 
Tom Waggener, Professor Emeritus and former CINTRAFOR Director at the University of Washington, donates his own time, money, woodworking skills and resources to this cause. Waggener has noticed a decline in the in kind donations the WA PET chapter receives. He described the materials needed to produce these life changing PETs to those in the most need. He hopes that the lumber community could be of help.  The longest piece of wood required to build a PET is 36 in. They are usually constructed with medium to low-grade wood materials (2A or better), with high preference for anything but pine. Cedar when available offers enhanced durability of the finished product that are often used on rugged terrain. In order to produce 360 PETs this year, the WA PET Affiliate would need approximately 10,000 board feet. Reaching this goal depends on donated lumber from mills around WA State and in-kind donations of paint, storage space, and woodshop use from local volunteers. If you are able to donate any materials or services that would assist the WA PET chapter, you would help to give the gift of mobility to more people currently unable to move, or crawling, from place to place on a daily basis. 
 
The “Rainbow PET”- A WA Original

Designed to brighten the spirit of their recipients, and provide unique PET qualities for each recipient. Each PET is estimated to cost approximately $250 and is funded entirely by donations. The PETs are given free of charge to each recipient. Each PET provides a resource for the disabled recipient, as well opportunity for the family they often support. 

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Load Out 10am Wed Feb 26 — RSVP

Dear PET-Kin,

Fedex has a truck coming on Wednesday, 26 February, at 10AM. Please let me know if you can help with the load-out.

We’re going to have a team meeting after the load-out.

Thanks.

Dick Carpenter

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