With each passing day, there are more and more phone calls from individuals that I have never met, each seeking a pathway to true self-reliance, and wanting to know more about OSR. They are hoping that it is real and something within their reach. It is gratifying and exciting to hear from people who are excited about the work so many have contributed to over the last twelve months to make OSR a reality. It is to those that I would like to pay tribute this week.
First and foremost, I want to acknowledge Larry Jones and Sarah Garlick who have spent so many hours first to create and then to maintain our web presence, academyosr.com, and osrcommunity.com. Both have families, full-time employment, church and community commitments and more. Yet, they have taken the time, making sacrifices to bring about the tools necessary to move this work along. They have my thanks, my admiration, and my love.
Then, we have the six originators of OSR: Larry Jones, Steve Marks, Tom Swallow, Jeff Weaver, John Day and Dr. Kyle Christensen contributed knowledge, experience and at times funding to move OSR forward. Each one has provided the funding needed to create the Utah OSR Land Cooperative and equally important, they have contributed the faith and belief needed to bring such a project into existence. Our gratitude extends to Dr. Kyle Christensen, who has established another project in San Pete County. We support him and his project, as he is one of us, a brother in such an important work.
Next is a special group of individuals that have my highest regard and love: Mark Miner, Brenda Christensen, Tiffany & Drew Daumueller, Debbie Sorrell, Jesse Fisher, and many others. Each of these individuals has spent countless hours helping with Super Saturdays and many other days out at the Ranch working tirelessly to make the property presentable for those coming to see the possibilities.
In addition, we have our amazing OSR Partners, Utah OSR Land Cooperative, Earth’s Purest, GeoCure Global Hive Cooperative, The Village Drill Group, Natural Resources, OSR Green LLC and the list continues to grow. Each partner in some way contributes to the success of OSR.
Finally, we have our growing list of volunteers helping with the creation of workshops, webinars, and other OSR events. There are too many to list, but each is valuable in so many ways. It is to them and those mentioned above that I salute as heroes in turning the tide from a world of dependencies to communities of self-reliance. Because of the tireless efforts of these people, there is a brightness of hope. Thank you!
Philip J. Gleason