A distinct Honor well deserved

By: Patrap , 2:56 PM GMT on September 24, 2013



For the last 5 years I've been lucky enough to witness a modern social networking miracle that has changed many a life post disaster.

After Hurricane Ike struck Texas in Sept 2008 the members of wunderground.com organized a relief run to Texas to deliver badly needed Durable Medical Goods lost to the storm.

From this Genesis of Good, the seeds of portlight.org were sown. Since then the growth has been steady for the 501C3 Organization with generous help from Dr. Masters here, the many volunteers and also, many private and Corporate Sponsors.

But like with any good ship, there has been a Captain at the helm for portlight, and that is Paul Timmons.

Recently in June 2013 I had the opportunity to attend the Portlight "Getting it Right" conference in Atlanta. Paul and I were seriously proud of how things have progressed since 2008. After the opening evening dinner we had some time to reflect with Dr. Masters to chat about the future role portlight has in Disaster relief.

During that conversation we talked about the relief we delivered to Haiti post earthquake and all the other events we tended to. The number came up that over 2 million dollars in relief has been delivered to those who needed it.

Recently we've learned that Paul Timmons will receive the Abraham Zelmanowitz Award for 2013.

This award is one that recognizes the Humanity and faith of those who display it. And this years recipient is in a class all by Himself.

He is my friend, mentor and partner.

September 11 attacks,

On Abraham Zelmanowitz,


One of his best friends was co-worker and fellow computer programmer Ed Beyea, who was a quadriplegic. With the elevators not working after the attack, Beyea had no way of getting out. Rather than go down the stairs and try to save himself, Zelmanowitz chose to stay with his friend, and presumably comfort him until the bitter end (many believe they prayed together during those final moments as well; as Beyea was a devout Roman Catholic).

Nearly one year after his death, Zelmanowitz's remains were positively identified among the debris, and he was brought to the Mount of Olives Jewish Cemetery in Jerusalem, where he was interred beside his parents.


People Helping People.


Congratulations to Paul Timmons on receiving such a noble Award.


Paul Timmons and Dr. Jeff Masters in Atlanta June 3rd.





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4. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
12:06 AM GMT on September 26, 2013
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3. Patrap
5:40 PM GMT on September 24, 2013
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2. Patrap
4:00 PM GMT on September 24, 2013
Got out of town on a boat goin' to Southern islands
Sailing a reach before a followin' sea
She was makin' for the trades on the outside
And the downhill run to Papeete

Off the wind on this heading lie the Marquesas
We got eighty feet of the waterline nicely making way
In a noisy bar in Avalon I tried to call you
But on a midnight watch I realized why twice you ran away

Think about
Think about how many times I have fallen
Spirits are using me larger voices callin'
What Heaven brought you and me cannot be forgotten

(Around the world) I have been around the world
(Lookin') Lookin' for that woman girl
(Who knows she knows) Who knows love can endure
And you know it will

When you see the Southern Cross for the first time
You understand now why you came this way
'Cause the truth you might be runnin' from is so small
But it's as big as the promise, the promise of a comin' day

So I'm sailing for tomorrow my dreams are a dyin'
And my love is an anchor tied to you tied with a silver chain
I have my ship and all her flags are a' flyin'
She is all that I have left and music is her name

Think about
Think about how many times I have fallen
Spirits are using me larger voices callin'
What Heaven brought you and me cannot be forgotten

(I've been around the world) I have been around the world
(Lookin') Lookin' for that woman girl
Who knows love can endure
And you know it will, and you know it will yes

Oooh ...

So we cheated and we lied and we tested
And we never failed to fail it was the easiest thing to do
You will survive being bested
Somebody fine will come along make me forget about loving you
At the southern cross


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1. Patrap
3:37 PM GMT on September 24, 2013
Oh, pilot of the storm that leaves no trace, like thoughts inside a dream
Heed the path that led me to that place, yellow desert stream
My Shangri-La beneath the summer moon, I will return again
Like the dust that lufts high in June, when moving through Kashmir.


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