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IPMA Raffle Supports Clinton Bush Haiti Fund - Original Stained Glass Panel for Haitian Relief


Rockville, MD – 2/10/2010 - Artist and Executive Coach Bruce Ervin Wood recently donated one of his unique pieces of stained glass art to the International Public Management Association – Human Resources, Montgomery County Chapter. The Chapter’s members lead human resources and organizational development functions for the Department of Heath and Human Services (HHS), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and other federal, local government, and private employers. The circular, 18-inch panel will be raffled at the Chapter’s Spring Conference – The Leading Edge of HR – Planting Seeds for the Future. The day-long conference will be held on the Takoma Park Campus of Montgomery College on March 18, 2010. For conference registration information and , go to: http://www.ipmamc.org.

Upon seeing the panel, Chapter President Lynne Dupree Kartsakalis, who is also Acting Director of the National Institutes of Health Work/Life and Transition Centers, raved “Amazing! Beautiful! It is a fabulous replica of this year’s logo and the title embodies our theme; we are thrilled to have this panel for our 2010 Spring Conference. It will be a big hit!”

The title, “Peace of Re-Leaf” speaks to the natural process of life drawing strength from decay, renewal arising from death. The title is a play on words – (glass) “piece of relief.”Since the proceeds of the IPMA raffle will be donated to the http://ClintonBushHaitiFund.org.charity, peace is strengthened from sharing our abundance with others. The panel’s layers of glass reflect its layers of meaning.

In creating the panel, the ninety-six individual glass pieces were scored, broken, and shaped from glass sheets. Rough edges were ground away. The panel echoes the tree logo of the conference with a repeating leaf motif. The roots of the tree draw nourishment from a ‘mulch’ of glass scraps leftover from other panel elements. Most of the panel’s glass was repurposed from Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church in Potomac, MD. Bruce Ervin Wood got the glass several years ago with the help of friend Ambrose Klotz as the Church’s sanctuary was being razed for new construction. Beauty is reborn from destruction.

Wood soldered pieces of copper-foiled, stained glass to create the panel in his signature style of Chaos Glass. Wood’s stained glass panels are on permanent display at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center and Children’s Inn, the Montgomery County Executive Office Building, and numerous locations across the United States.

Bruce Ervin Wood will also be one of the presenters at the Conference. His topic, “Seeing What Isn’t Hidden – Growing Leaders with Adult Development Theory.”

As an Executive Coach and HR/Organizational Development professional, Wood creatively partners with executives to help them access what they might never find through books or conferences - to breakthrough barriers, resolve conflicts, and achieve greater success. Wood helps people and teams discover their wings and FLY! His company is Toward the Light Executive Coaching. For more information or to schedule a consultation, visit Bruce at http://www.BruceErvinWood.com.

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