“Sunstone is a stone of personal power, freedom, and expanded consciousness.” Neighbors for Kids (NFK) Summer Camp field trip nets tutorial on exotic Oregon Sunstones and donation from Silver Heron Gallery in Depoe Bay, Oregon

by | Jul 12, 2013

Photo by Byron Lewis
John Woodmark with NFK Summer Camp kids from left Fatima, Patch, & Rylee

John Woodmark shows youth from Neighbors For Kids (NFK) samples of the rare rough and polished Oregon Sunstones in the Blue Heron Gallery. The children were also given donations from Tally and John Woodmark to support the NFK Kids Zone programs in Depoe Bay, Oregon.  The generous donations are from:  the Wade J Woodmark Foundation, The Silver Heron Gallery, the Blue Heron, the Purple Starfish, and Desert Sun Mining & Gem Co., Inc.  John also spent time with the NFK youth talking about how unique his Oregon Sunstone mines are, what the gems look like when they come out of the ground and how they are processed into fine jewelry.  He even showed them a one-of-a-kind necklace he is making with the center stone hand carved by a Tiffany jeweler.  The students pictured above returned to NFK later in the afternoon and shared what they learned from this special field trip that provided a fun mix of education and exposure to NFK stakeholders in the community we serve… 
The donations will also contribute to the upcoming NFK “Golf Fore the Kids” annual fund raising event to be held at Chinook Winds Golf Resort on July 20th in Lincoln City, Oregon.  NFK is grateful to all the businesses of Depoe Bay, Oregon and surrounding communities in Lincoln County for their continued support!

Steve Sparks
Reconciliation: A Son’s Story

Vice Chair
Neighbors For Kids

More on the Oregon Sunstone…Silver Heron Gallery…and The Wade J. Woodmark Foundation…

Desert Sun Gems…  Quotes from this website…

“In 1985, the Oregon legislature named the gem variety of labradorite called sunstone as the state gem. Currently, there are two known (and one reported) deposits of this gem mineral in Oregon: the initial discovery 33 km north of Plush in Lake County, south-central Oregon, which has been alternately referred to as the Plush, Lakeview, Rabbit Hills, or Rabbit Basin location.”

“Sunstone is a stone of personal power, freedom, and expanded consciousness. Of all the stones on Earth, this one truly reflects the qualities of Solar Light – openness, benevolence, warmth, strength, mental clarity, and the willingness and ability to bestow blessings on others. The “Schiller” phenomenon makes the stone appear to “glow” as if it had it’s own internal light source. Sunstones can kindle the fire of leadership within those who wear or carry it.”

Silver Heron Gallery  Click to browse Artist Gallery and listen to beautiful music…

Wade John Woodmark
The Wade J. Woodmark Foundation, a non-profit organization names for the late son of John & Talley Woodmark.
“Our mission is planting hope in the wake of tragedy for families who have lost a child by providing a healing retreat to help with recovery.  Growing opportunities through career and literacy programs and art education projects.  Expanding the minds and the futures of our youth…”

About the author

Steve Sparks is a retired information technology sales and marketing executive with over 35 years of industry experience, including a Bachelors’ in Management from St. Mary’s College. His creative outlet is as a non-fiction author, writing about his roots as a post-WWII US Navy military child growing up in the 1950s-1960s.
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