Nick Harper wrote this song for his mom as he was driving home from hospice. She had just passed and her spirit was speaking to him as I often hear you speak to me. Giving Thanks for you my friend. Sara and I will be remembering you on May 27th the way you would have wanted. Come dance a while with us at LIB.
Please join us for the third annual “Otto” inspired Santa Crawl in Southern California. We will meet at 12 Noon on Saturday 12/10 at the Falkner Winery, in Temecula, CA. From there we will take the Santa Vans throughout the wineries until the last winery closes! If you are on a different schedule just show up…and meet us along the way. Remember “What happens in the Vineyards – Stays in the Vineyards” So expect Chaos!
In Honor of Otto at this time of year we are again planning a SantaCon event in Temecula on Saturday December 10th. This is the Third Annual “Otto Santa Crawl”! We would like you and all your friends to attend. The bigger the better! We plan to start at noon and go until the last winery closes down. Please check out the SantaCon site: http://santacon.info/Temecula-CA/ for all the updates & to leave a message or note. This is an all for fun event that should not be missed this year. Everyone needs to wear a Santa Suit (elves are OK too) and NO, a santa hat does not cut it…it must be a full suit. Hope to see hundreds of Santa’s out in the vineyards this year. Ho-Ho-Ho-OTTTTTTTTOOOOOOO!!!
Otto is a force of nature. He is loyal, stubborn and caring . He’s been on my mind and in my heart – a lot. This weekend is an anniversary to the people that he’s affected and the lives that he changed. Memorial Day weekend is perfect since it’s been a mission for Otto to remind the people he touches to be aware that there’s more one can do.
I’ve dismissed that sometimes and he’s always been there to remind me not to be selfish and that there are actions we can take.
GIVE THANKS! to the people that protect us, that give us strength and the fortitude to continue to help others.
We each have our Otto stories and experiences that we can recite to remind ourselves and others to be our best. One thing that I’ve taken since knowing him is that we should all make a difference.
Thanks for kicking my ass again Otto.
Much love and respect and thank you for being you.
Let’s spark one for the big guy!
I just made a loan to someone in kiva.org using a the site that was set up by Otto’s sister, Lita. The group is called ‘Team OPS’ – the website is
Why did I choose Afghanistan?
Because I want to provide hope and economic opportunity in a region where I believe lack of opportunity and has led to an upsurge in Muslim fundamentalism. An upsurge in the subjugation not only of women – but all those with different beliefs or backgrounds.
But you could choose just about any poor nation on the planet.
Go to the team URL: http://www.kiva.org/team/team_ops
It states: “We loan because: Change in the world can only happen one step at a time. We all can make that difference.
About us: Otto Schutt touched so many people in his lifetime. It is now up to all of us to give back in his name. Give Thanks!” - Lita Tabish, Ott’s sister.
Team Since: Nov 24, 2008
Under the ‘Community’ Tab, you can also search for ‘Team OPS’ at :www.kiva.org
You can go to Kiva’s website and lend to someone across the globe who needs a loan for their business – like raising goats, selling vegetables at market or making bricks. Each loan has a picture of the entrepreneur, a description of their business and how they plan to use the loan so you know exactly how your money is being spent – and you get updates letting you know how the entrepreneur is going.
The best part is, when the entrepreneur pays back their loan you get your money back – and Kiva’s loans are managed by microfinance institutions on the ground who have a lot of experience doing this, so you can trust that your money is being handled responsibly. I have been receiving ALL of my payments on time over the last 6 months and just ‘re-loaned’ some of my original principal.
It’s finally easy to actually do something about poverty – using Kiva I know exactly who my money is loaned to and what they’re using it for. And most of all, I know that I’m helping them build a sustainable business that will provide income to feed, clothe, house and educate their family long after my loan is paid back.
Join me in honoring Ott’s legacy and continue changing the world – one loan at a time.
After all, it is – and if not now – when?
If not you; who?
It is time to Give Thanks!
Rick Marshall , Member of ‘Team OPS’
Please pass onto the countless number of ‘friends of Ott’ that I have missed.
The biggest thanks goes to Ms. Kerry Lange, who wouldn’t let me cancel when I felt overwhelmed. She said people would step up and you all did. Kerry continues to remind me of Otto with her vision and commitment. Much love, respect and gratitude to you “CSC”.
Dae, Donger, Mace and all of the DJs. Thanks for your contributions to sound. You took care of everything without a hitch and made the music the last thing anyone had to worry about, Otto trained you guys well, lol. Two of the cops were very cool and said, “At least you’re playing good music”. Chris you are solid!
Indra, Kyle and Karl…Booze! Busted the hell out of our alcohol budget in a way that everyone appreciated. Otto would drink to that!
Sam and Shab. Otto wasn’t much on food prep at SnowCamp but I remember a conversation we had last year about how you two always remain functional and reliable both in manning the dance floor and feeding the masses. Thank you is two for all that you do year after year.
Katherine, Robert, Gayle and Cathy. Thank you for sacrificing time on the slopes to prep for the party. Decor is the red headed step child of SnowCamp but it sets the tone and makes the party each and every year. Thank you for making it happen this year.
Not sure who handled clean up but I’m sure Eric, Cathy, Gayle and Carmel had a hand in it. Thank everyone for keeping it clean. We put down a $1,000 security deposit that we forfeit when the cops come. We just got this money back because we were able to argue how good we wuz because you all pitched in. Good little campers aren’t we?
Thank you all for the individual contributions that made for another successful year. I’m sure I’ve missed some important names but I know we as a community feel the love and appreciation for what you did. Our gathering in Tahoe will allow the kids of Hunters Point to take a break from the trials of gang life and abuse by providing a day trip on a ranch in Marin. Might not sound like much to us, but 100% of these kids have lost someone to gang violence. Every minute they spend away from the daily trials gives these kids hope for something more. Give Thanks!
Thanks again for the good times and good work. Otto lives through you.
In a tribute to Otto, I want to recruit you to my lending team, Team OPS, on Kiva, a non-profit website that allows you to lend as little as $25 to a specific low-income entrepreneur in the developing world. You choose who to lend to – whether a baker in, a goat herder in Uganda, a farmer in Peru, a restaurateur in Cambodia, or a tailor in – and as they repay the loan, you get your money back.
If you join my lending team, we can work together to alleviate poverty. Once you’re a part of the team, you can choose to have a future loan on Kiva “count” towards our team’s impact. The loan is still yours, and repayments still come to you – but you can also choose to have the loan show up in our team’s collective portfolio, so our team’s overall impact will grow!
Check out the Team OPS lending team, and learn more about lending teams on Kiva in general, by clicking here: http://www.kiva.org/community/viewTeam?team_id=2893&_isc=7e4029fe-1e83-102c-a1af-72907bb92db6.
Here are all of the videos all in one place. Enjoy.