Why a “Year In Review”? Three reasons: to show potential recruits and the curious exactly what we do; to celebrate the hard work and accomplishments of our teammates; to inspire anyone who’s wanting to help their communities with very little or no money, and with or without a team.
This was, without a doubt our busiest year yet. With two, sometimes three events happening in a single weekend, we had our hands full. The rewards were great and the effects, long-term. We hope. 🙂
-3 As CERT team members, we helped to locate a missing 80 year-old man.
-10 We picked up a record 183 needles.
-17 We had a burrito/PBnJ outreach in San Francisco.
-25 We picked up 71 needles.
-31 We picked up another 29 needles.
-14 The Superheroines Initiative prepared and served 300 meals, included homemade desserts to people in Civic Center, SF.
-15 We patrolled the East Bay Comic Con and met up with our Lightsaber instructor and founder of the Golden Gate Knights Lightsaber Academy, Alain Bloch.
-18 We started delivering our weekly Meals on Wheels, where we met this former astronaut.
-20 We took a road trip to southern Cal to meet up with other heroes and villains.
-24 We joined the Golden Gate Knights for a morning of filming by a Japanese TV crew.
-2 We met fellow RLSH, Vic Tim Gadgeteer in person.
-4 Rock N Roll was asked to speak to students at Amador Valley High School.
-8 We held another free self-defense class in Berkeley.
-12 We joined Tedd and Charity, members of the Legacy Initiative for a homeless outreach in Maui.
-28 The Superheroines Initiative held a Mardi Bras fundraising concert to supply homeless women with undergarments.
-6 We picked up 19 needles.
-7 We launched a music video featuring RLSH to promote Project HOPE:
-18 We patrolled the Big Wow Comic Fest.
-19 We picked up 15 needles.
-25 We patrolled the Fanime convention.
-2 We picked up 91 needles. Later that night we attended the Star Wars night at the Cat Club in San Francisco.
-3 The Superheroines Initiative gave out 130 bag lunches in Berkeley.
-4 Local television news anchorman, Frank Somerville, blogged about us.
-7 We make our weekly Meals on Wheels food deliveries to the elderly and the ill.
-9 The Superheroines Initiative is invited to participate in the San Francisco Porch Fest and the Wonder Women and SuperSheroes Art Exhibit.
-28 We picked up another 28 needles.
-31 We traveled to Seattle, WA and joined the Washington branch of the Initiative and several other RLSH in a needle pickup. We collected 70 needles.
-5 We hosted a Hip Hop night of charity in Oakland.
-6 We taught a free self-defense class in San Francisco.
-13 Treesong and Grace, of our Illinois Initiative branch got married, while Rock performed the nuptials for another wedding on the same day. This time, it was Temper of the Washington Initiative branch who was marrying Evocatus, former member of the now-defunct Rain City Superhero Movement.
-15 We visited the house of the Goonies in Astoria, OR. Later we visited fellow RLSH and friend, KnightOwl in Portland.
-19 The Superheroines Initiative was featured in our local paper.
-28 The Superheroines Initaitive and the California Initiative walked in the San Francisco Pride Parade as part of the PFLAG group. And we met Adam Savage and his mom.
-1 We launched our first episode of our documentary webseries, Taking Initiative: NATION OF HEROES.
-4 The Superheroines Initiative and the California Intiative were in the second largest and longest parade in the US, for the second year in a row.
-We traveled to San Diego to bring hundreds of supplies to Project HOPE, a yearly meet-up/homeless outreach event for RLSH. This was our 5th year of participation.
-11 We attended the wedding of two of our Virginia Initiative members in Manhattan Beach, CA. Rock was the officiant.
-19 We attended the 200th class of the Golden Gate Knights Lightsaber Academy.
-25 We picked up 51 needles.
– 27 We started collecting bras to help Charity (of the Legacy Initiative) with her collection efforts for Freethegirls.org, an organization that helps women out of slavery and sex trafficking.
-31 Our newest Initiative member was born!! Temper and Evo had baby Maye Titania!
-2 Rock did a solo needle pickup patrol at some playgrounds in SF and found 13 needles.
-8 We traveled to Salt Lake City, UT to film shots of the Legacy Initiative at work.
-9 We held a free self-defense class for Legacy Initiative members.
-9 We gave our collected bras to Charity for Freethegirls.org.
-13 We delivered our weekly Meals on Wheels.
-20 The second episode of our documentary web series is released.
-30 We picked up 72 needles.
-4 Rock asked for donations to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in lieu of birthday presents and raised 1,000 in one day!
-5 We picked up 59 needles.
-12 We picked up 41 needles.
-14 Rock celebrated her birthday with a superhero karaoke party.
-19 We had a homeless outreach Street Boutique and a needle pickup patrol later in the day.
-26 We picked up 37 needles.
-3 We picked up needles.
-10 We traveled to Nashville, TN to take part in the Warrior Dash Mud Run. Our team, the MissFits 4 Life, continues to be the top fundraising team in the US. In the past four years we’ve raised over $74,000.
-17 We picked up 91 needles.
-19 We took part in a Star Wars film shoot.
-24 Spectre of the NY branch of the Initiative flew into town for the Oracle convention and while he was here, he joined us in a homeless outreach Street Boutique, and on the same night, sang on stage with us at the sold out ScreamFest Film Festival.
-25 Still joined by Spectre, we joined Tania of “Tania’s Army” and did a Lupus walk in Golden Gate Park. Later that day, we picked up 70 needles.
-29 We picked up 29 needles.
-9 to 20 We hopped on a train and took a trip to New York for a family gathering. We rode the train back, too.
-21 We were asked to perform a Lightsaber duel at a friend’s birthday party.
-22 We performed at a charity gig in San Francisco.
-26 We were joined by a group of students from Norway and we collected 46 needles.
-3 We were joined by members of the Washington Initiative and a documentary film crew who followed us on our needle pickup.
-4 We held a homeless outreach Street Boutique in Berkeley and were filmed there, too.
-12 We finally hit a four-year total of 7,000 needles!!!
-18 The high school class that Rock talked to earlier in the year were inspired to have their own outreach event, so they raised funds, gathered supplies and met up with us to pass out 300 bag lunches, blankets and clothing.
Later that night, we joined thousands of other Bay Area residents in the rain for a record-setting Lightsaber battle in San Francisco.
-20 We had a team cookie-exchange holiday party.
-21 We filled the Toys For Tots box for the second year in a row.
-25 We raised funds, bought and assembled 300 wrapped presents filled with beanies, socks, food and toiletries. We passed these out in Berkeley, Oakland and San Francisco on Christmas Day.
-31 We delivered our last meals of the year.
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