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A Message from the Executive Director

- Jon Nappa, Executive Director
Storm Warriors International

In this July 2018 issue, we learn what a project workflow looks like when Storm Warriors greenlights a benefitting organization to receive our 100% gifted services. We do this by sharing a PROJECT FOCUS on The Center for Grieving Children. You’ll learn how SWI engages and embeds with such an organization, how long it takes, and what the final deliverables include.

You’ll also get to see some moving and intimate photographs and paintings from local artists that will be showcased at local festivals around the Midcoast, like the Camden Public Library Arts & Books Fair, the Lobster Festival and the Camden Windjammer Festival. These sorts of powerful images will be part of a tent gallery of humanitarian and storm-warrior-themed prints to be featured at our UPCOMING LIVE EVENTS in July.

Finally, you’ll get some tips about how to best prepare and conduct yourself for your on-camera interview. At SWI, we interview many people, including Executives, for the first time in their professional lives, and it can sometimes feel intimidating – but not if you have a few insights and tips. Before you know it, you’ll be sounding and looking good! Learn how in this month’s TECHNICALLY SPEAKING.

PROJECT FOCUS: Center For Grieving Children

It was late in 2017 when Jon Nappa first heard Anne Heros speak at a special community event sponsored by the Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce. Chamber CEO, Quincy Hentzel, told Jon how valuable it would be for him to hear Anne’s personal story. Anne was speaking as the Executive Director of The Center for Grieving Children, a not-for-profit organization headquartered at 555 Forest Avenue in Portland, Maine that provides precious support for families and children during times of tragic loss.

Quincy was right. Anne’s story touched Jon. It was a story about Anne losing her young daughter to complications from what first appeared to be flu-like symptoms but suddenly turned into her unexpected passing. Anne’s subsequent journey through grief was painful and difficult for her and her family, but the Center for Grieving Children played a key role in supporting their journey to hope and healing. Anne’s experience at the Center did not begin as an Executive Director, but as someone in real crisis and inconsolable pain. The result was a several year relationship with the Center that eventually resulted in Anne becoming a renowned leader of what is now a highly regarded organization. If you don’t yet know of this valuable gift to grieving families and children in our local and nearby communities, this issue provides you a chance to begin learning all about The Center for Grieving Children.

Nominated by Storm Warriors International

As regular subscribers to this newsletter know, Storm Warriors International is a not-for-profit organization that gets directly involved with the rescue, recovery, restoration and relief of real people in real crisis. We do this by partnering with other organizations that are doing vital work in service to others in need. Any individual or organization may nominate a deserving not-for-profit to Storm Warriors for purposes of receiving a 100% in-the-trenches support-and-assistance gift (described in detail later in this article). Nominations may be submitted via our online nomination process found on our website, In the case of The Center for Grieving Children, Founder/Executive Director of Storm Warriors International, Jon Nappa, personally nominated the organization, and it was selected, along with nine other organizations, as a 2018 recipient of our totally free services.

Jon Nappa engages with Susan Giambalvo, Director of Programs and Operations from 2009 - 2018,
at the Center For Grieving Children, about plans for Storm Warriors' gift of promotion.

What happens when an organization is selected?

To help understand how Storm Warriors works with a selected organization, here’s a summary of the process followed with The Center for Grieving Children.

After learning of their nomination and acceptance by Storm Warriors, the Center for Grieving Children welcomed a visit by Storm Warriors Producers. A series of exciting and engaging meetings followed over the next several weeks.

Storm Warriors became deeply embedded into the organization by taking part in training workshops, experiencing the programs in certain places and times, meeting with board members, management, staff and volunteers, and learning everything possible about the history, vision, mission, purpose and practices that had been expertly developed by the Center over many years.

Storm Warriors also spent time with people who participated in the grieving support programs where and when possible and permitted. Within a couple of months, Storm Warriors proposed a wide range of comprehensive media tools and support services that were identified as helpful to fundraising, training, recruiting, and public relations goals. The leaders at the Center selected which tools were most important to the organization and Storm Warriors went to work.

We are now in the midst of what has since become a several week process of

developing, documenting and delivering a range of media tools expressly and exclusively created for them – at no charge.

In this way, we are partnering with them to help rescue, recover, restore and relieve children and families who are in the midst of grief due to sudden and tragic loss.

We’ve discovered that the Center for Grieving Children is not a sad and lonely place but a wondrous place of love, hope, healing, and more joy than you might imagine. It’s a beautiful place filled with beautiful people helping other beautiful people and we hope this won’t be the end of your introduction to them. Please consider clicking through to their website, learning all you can about them, and maybe even getting involved as a volunteer or donor or friend. One of the most amazing things we learned about the Center for Grieving Children is how long so many of the volunteers (over 200 of them) have remained active in the organization. This speaks volumes about how rewarding, fulfilling and meaningful their work and mission is.

Here is a sample public service announcement (PSA) courtesy of their Board President, Dr. Ed Tumavicas:

THE $10,000.00 JULY MATCH

Storm Warriors International has an incredible opportunity to DOUBLE the GIFT of anyone who gives any amount up to $10,000 during the month of July. This means a $5 gift becomes $10; a $50 gift becomes $100; and on and on up to $10,000. If you've been wanting your gift to go as far as it can, then having it doubled is one sure way to do that.

Initiative #1

Grieving Children and their Families. Help us help families of those who have unexpectedly lost a child or a parent. We are working with the Center For Grieving Children, which provides support during these critical weeks and months.

Initiative #2

People who have Substance Use Disorder. These are neighbors who are getting help in a non-judgemental environment for their active recovery. SWI is helping MCRC, who is currently purchasing safe houses for those who need them.

Initiative #3

People in need of medical supplies. PWH collects unused medical supplies from local medical facilities and distributes them to people in need from far away countries while also sending along urgently needed medical personnel to provide emergency services; and scores of volunteers to assist in many ways including educating communities about global health issues.

Storm Warriors & The Arts

Storm Warriors will be sponsoring tents at various festivals this summer, filled with examples of the important work we are doing with other not-for-profits, as well as a beautiful limited-run of photography and paintings from local artists, that relate to the humanitarian issues we support, as appreciation gifts for donations of any amounts.

Photographer and Camden Hills graduate, Eliza Massey, traveled solo on her motorcycle to third world locations between 2012 and 2014, wherein she captured the heart and spirit of indigenous people to raise awareness and funding for Indian and African villages. Eliza’s striking photographs capture the heart and soul of men, women and children who, despite their need, radiate hope and beauty and love. Each of her images has a brief story that reflects the culture and humanity of the given moment.

“Reach For The Stars” - Eliza Massey
A Samburu warrior bridging cultural differences between five other warring tribes.

“The Fisherman” - Annie Bailey

Multi media artist and Tenants Harbor native, Annie Bailey channels her maritime family history and childhood by the sea through her abstract paintings of the local fishing industry. Her impressionistic pieces provoke mysterious tones and energetic movement that comes alive on the canvas.

Artist, teacher and massage therapist, Lucy Goulet has contributed to this year’s People on the Move exhibit at the Camden Public Library and Jonathan Frost Gallery in Rockland with her tragic, yet hopeful illustrations of a refugee boat family displaced from their war-torn country.

“Boat Refugees" - Lucy Goulet
The struggle of a refugee family escaping from their war-torn country.

We will have various print sizes of these fabulous artist’s selects, and with a certain level of donation, guests will get the chance to choose a print of their desire. All proceeds will go toward Storm Warrior’s efforts to provide promotional media tools to the various organizations we’re engaged with, such as The Center for Grieving Children, Partners For World Health, MidCoast Recovery Coalition and Just Love.

Come visit us at the Camden Public Library Arts & Books Fair on July 14th and 15th, and again on September 29th and 30th. We’ll be at the Lobster Festival in Rockland from August 1st to the 5th, and the Camden Windjammer Festival on August 31st to September 2nd.

For those who can’t make it to Maine this summer, you can make a donation HERE and choose a print to be mailed to you.


Technically speaking, this month’s technology section deals less with technology than with interacting with technology. That’s right! We’re talking about on-camera interviews. When it comes to speaking on camera, especially in solo form, it can be intimidating for many people. If that’s true for you, here’s some good news: It needn’t remain that way. You can discover a few tips, practice them, and improve immensely.

For starters, let’s consider two typical options:

1.) You can wing it. Or,
2.) You can prepare.

Many folks pick #1 if for no other reason than to avoid even the thought of having to do it for as long as possible until that dreaded moment when the director says, “Action!” That’s usually when the sweating begins, the voice shakes and time moves like molasses.

The problem with winging it is that you really don’t know what you’re going to end up with, and that usually spells T-R-O-U-B-L-E. Practice and preparation can help minimize that possibility, and in most cases, insure much better results. Here are some good practice and preparation tips:

1.) Consider the broadest goals of what you want or intend to say. Spend some time simply thinking about it. Conceptualize. Stampede the horses of your own thoughts on the subject without concern for polish or delivery.

2.) Either write down or record your words without any concern for length, clarity, presentation or substance. Let it flow. Stop and start as many times as you want but without regard for how perfect it is or isn’t. The aim is to let it all flow out in any order you can get it out.

3.) Allow yourself the good feeling of having begun. Don’t punish yourself at all for not having completed or perfected anything. Simply be happy with having begun.

4.) Set your document or recording aside. Come back tomorrow.

5.) Read or listen to your message. Think about it. Revisit your original conceptual frame of mind and again consider your goals of what you want or intend to say. Give little thought to clarity and perfection, but make some effort to group or sequence your ideas, in your mind, in the best order that currently makes sense to you.

6.) Either revise your first draft with these new thoughts in mind; or re-record your audio with these new thoughts in mind. Stop and start as many times as you like. Don’t get picky about every aspect; allow yourself to feel good about the general ordering of your ideas.

7.) Set your work aside and come back later or the next day.

8.) Your subconscious will already have been working throughout this process and in between sessions and now you’re ready to make a real effort at a clear piece. Think about how to reduce what you’ve been generalizing into fewer, more concise sentences and practice them in your head for a while and then aloud for a few minutes.

9.) Write down or record your latest version and then share it with someone else. Ask the person to tell you what they heard. Listen carefully to his or her response. If you think they’ve missed something, ask them and discover whether or not you communicated what you intended. After repeating this process until you feel confident of what can be revised, make the revisions.

10.) Write or record your latest version of your message. Carry it around with you over the next day or two and when you get some free time, read the document or listen to the recording. Make notes as they occur to you about how or what to change, if anything.

If you follow the above ten steps, you will be far ahead of where most folks will be come time for their first interview. The above steps allow for the very natural process of how we learn, refine and communicate by way of repetition, reflection and rest. You can also take your final message version and have it scripted and played on a teleprompter to help you speak exactly what you determined to say. But, if you can manage it, don’t use the teleprompter. You may very well be amazed at how sufficient your mind and training are to deliver up the words in a natural and relaxed manner so that you will say what you planned and practiced to say whether or not you use the exact words or not. Your delivery and manner will be relaxed and fresh, to you and the hearers. Are you ready to give this approach a try? Okay then, “Action!”

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