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Thanks Plain And Simple Inc

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Mission: To create projects that guide people to pull together to do real work that upholds and advances America’s basic principles

Geographic areas served: United States

Community Stories

28 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

"Thanks! Plain and Simple" opened a new door for me. The organizer, Anne Montague, is the daughter of a Rosie the Riveter from World War II. In retirement Anne wanted to tell her mother's story, and from that grew her interest in the Rosies. She started making connections in West Virginia to locate other Rosies. Her purpose was to tell their their stories and develop that history permanently. It has been an astonishing trip to see the diversity and importance of what the Rosies accomplished.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Thanks Plain & Simple in my opinion has earned and truly deserves the five star rating. The effort which "Thanks" has put forth in its efforts to educate our Nation and the world regarding WW II's Rosie the Riveters is truly remarkable. It is so important to remember our history. Anne Montague and her group have done wonderfully well, making sure that we do not forget our "Rosies" and the work they performed to help win the second world war. Great Job "THANKS" ! Keep up the great work !

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Our museum collaborated with Thanks Plain And Simple Inc on arranging Rosie guest speakers and research into Rosie history. The Rosies are some of the most inspiring women to meet and the organization that supports them does transformative work. Thanks!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I had the fortune to meet and work with Anne Montague on US Army Corps of Engineers' projects related to beneficial uses of dredged material from this Nation's harbors and waterways and recycle materials for the good of our society. She was extremely conscientious, focused, and hard working to be successful and make a difference for the good of this Nation. She has been extraordinary in her efforts to get the public to recognize the importance of Rosie, the Riveter, through the American Rosie Movement. I have no doubt that she will make an enormous impact on bringing the public to recognize and honor the Rosies of this Nation.

griffin459

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Anne and Thanks! were looking for someone with bluebird expertise when the Rosies chose the bluebird to represent their mission. Bluebirds are persistent, hard-working, diligent and dedicated in addition to being beautiful. As president of the Maryland Bluebird Society, I found Anne, the Rosies that I was fortunate enough to meet, and Thannks! Plain & Simple to be all of those things and so much more. MBS enjoyed joining forces with Thanks! on behalf of our precious Rosies and our beautiful bluebirds.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

My name is Kathy Kremnitzer and I had the pleasure of working with Anne Montague and Thanks! Plain and Simple a few years ago by helping to establish a Rosie the Riveter bluebird trail in Brunswick, Maryland. In conjunction with the Maryland Bluebird Society, a trail of 18 nestboxes was sited throughout the small city. Anne was wonderful to work with and her devotion to honoring these amazing and strong women was inspiring. I continue to monitor the nestboxes on this trail and Rosie legacy every week during bluebird nesting season.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

In January 2017 we had the honor to welcome three Rosie’s in our Freedom Museum in Groesbeek the Netherlands. In gratitude of the hundreds of thousands of women that took over the work of the men who left for the front lines in WWII. As such they made a huge contribution to our liberation from the Nazis.
I had the honor to meet the Rosie’s June Robbins, June Bidwell and Anna Hess. I witnessed their beautiful stories and I was their guide and translator for the Nijmegen tour. See photo 1: Ann Montague in conversation with Ria Roosendaal, eyewitness of the Nijmegen Bombardment in February 1944.
Those days were an inspiration for me. I will never forget these brave women accompanied by the always inspiring Anne Montague, daughter of a Rosie and Executive Director at "Thanks! Plain and Simple".

Ann is a fantastic woman on a mission with the goal to initiate and inspire as many as possible projects to value freedom. As the ambassador of the legacy of the Rosie’s she is sending the right messages to the world: do what you have to do to maintain freedom, and work together in the way the Rosie’s did in wartime.
See Photo 2: The statue of Rosy the Riveter in our museum is my favorite object. I like to tell the story of the Rosie’s and I try to place their message ‘you can do it’ in the present time. There are coming big changes all over the word that’s for sure, so we have to pull together. Just do it!

Karen van Gelder
Guide and Personal Manager at the Freedom Museum
Groesbeek
October 2020

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Anne and Thanks Plain and Simple Inc have been a pleasure to work with. Their collective interest and passion in preserving the history of women's contributions during World War II and their work in honoring those women is impressive.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My life and my mother's were so enriched by the work of Anne Montague and Thanks Plain and Simple. Although I knew that Mother had helped to build airplanes during World War II, she never
made a big deal of it. Only after Anne decided to bring attention to and honor the work these women had done to help win World War II, did I realize the great opportunity I had missed to honor my mother and these women with my thesis. Anne first contacted us when she had arranged for Ann Curry to meet with the Rosies in South Charleston, WV. My mother was a very shy woman who never thought that she had done anything special until Anne brought the Rosies to light. It was such a thrill for Mother and myself to attend the events locally, and in Washington D.C. at the World War II Memorial along with my mother-in-law from Ohio. After Anne's work with Thanks Plain and Simple, Mother was invited to lead local Memorial Day parades by the LZ Rainelle (WV)Veterans with the thrill of seeing old friends and acquaintances and to finally realize that what she had done was important. A few years later, Thanks Plain and Simple organized a tribute at the Dutch Embassy in Washington D.C. Although due to health reasons, Mother was unable to attend, but my husband and I were able to take his Mom and a family friend who had made gas masks for the American pilots. The Dutch honored the Rosies for saving the people of Holland by building the planes which dropped food to their starving population. Thanks Plain and Simple has done so much to enlighten later generations to the great work these Rosies did and to honor their service to our country. God bless you for making America aware of their patriotic work and their contribution to the war and our victory.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been working w// Anne for several months now. Her effort is lovely and I wish her the best.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a young woman currently seeking work, I appreciate the fact that Rosies were the reason young women are out of the kitchen and in the workforce. Anne works her hardest to promote that legacy. Thanks to her, I got to meet a real Rosie and understand what she went through to promote freedom. I love what Anne is doing here and I hope she keeps up excellent work!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am an employee with Thanks! Plain and Simple, inc., but my review here will remain unbiased. I love what this project is doing. When I first started working with Anne, I didn't really get what it was about. After seeing Anne's work and the ways the community interacts with her, I started to realize that this operation was so much more than just documenting the experiences of the different Rosies. Anne works hard to make a difference in these communities, not only to the Rosies but to the people around them. I am proud to be a member of this organization and to contribute to the great work to come.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Thanks Plain and Simple has done a wonderful job of bringing the stories of the Rosie’s to WV students over the last 10 years. The students who were able to hear a Rosie tell their story had a once in a life time experience they will never forget. They will always remember what a vital role these women played in the history of our country. Thank You all!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Oh my goodness, this is such an amazing non-profit. Anne, the principal of this group works tirelessly, devoting every bit of time, love & money she has to making sure that the Rosies are not forgotten. My mother is one of the women she has supported & that effort has meant the world to our family.

If you're looking for a different non-profit, where every penny of your funds goes to supporting people & maintaining an important part of history (as opposed to being eaten up by "administrative fees"), please consider this group. I think you'll be glad you did.

1 Carol Stack F.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Very impressed with Ann Montague and the Rosie’s I’ve been fortunate to meet. As a high school teacher, I think it is so important for today’s young people to know about the amazing contributions these women made in securing our freedom. After ringing the bells with with the Massachusetts chapter over Labor Day weekend, I shared the experience w/ my students. In this age of division within our country, they were inspired by the fact that diverse populations of women from around the country left home and boarded buses to work in factories and answer a call to action. The Rosie’s have much to teach us about the true meaning of serving our country, and putting differences aside for a greater cause.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Thanks! Plain and Simple is an organization that deserves the support of all Americans. Finding the remaining Rosie the Riveters and telling their stories brings to light the amazing contributions that the women made toward winning World War II.
I have had the honor of locating Dorothy Townsend, a local Rosie, and helping her through the interview process. When she visited a Girl Scout troop, the girls were captivated as they heard the story of an 18 year old girl who travelled alone by train to Detroit to work at the Cadillac defense plant. They learned of her work on an assembly line making airplane propellers, and that she worked a 48 hour week for $1.48 an hour. The girls helped sponsor a tree planting and reception in May, 2016. Four Rosies were recognized that day. Their delight in the attention from the public and being interviewed by reporters from the newspaper and television station was apparent to all who attended. A veteran of World War II took the time to personally thank them for their help during the war years.
There are few Rosies left to tell their stories as Dorothy and others have and to receive the recognition that they deserve. Thanks! Plain and Simple is making history come alive by finding them and recording their narratives. The work of the volunteers deserves to be recognized and supported. Not only are they making history come alive, they are investing in the future of our younger generations.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked and volunteered for "Thanks!" since Sept. of 2016, and I have observed first-hand their work locally, nationally and internationally. I will remember this work all my life, and I hope to be part of at as it continues to grow.

Only a few of the high points of my experiences are that I accompanied three Rosies to the Netherlands, met and worked with many more Rosies, and got to know Anne Montague, who is likely to be a known person for her dedication to finding ways for Americans to reach our potential.

People need to get behind the American Rosie Movement. It is not about some people being better than others such but how we can do so much if we see what needs to be done, and simply unify to do it. As Anne says, "That's what freedom is for!"

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

"Thanks" has been working hard for 10 years to make Rosies and the role model they pioneered more visible to the common person of today's generation.

I first met people who work with "Thanks!" as well as my first Rosie, when they stayed in a Mennonite hostel in Washington DC that my husband and I volunteer for.

Rosie the Riveters are fascinating people, and "Thanks!" gives us all ways to find these important women and get to know them. Perhaps more important to the future is that "Thanks!" also gives us ways to work together to create and complete projects that help people to follow the Rosie work ethic into the future. Many of their model projects to promote Rosie visibility seem both viable and important.

Time is short. Rosies are at least 90 years old. I have certainly been enriched by knowing a real Rosie and am excited to see the many ways"Thanks!" is prepared to get people to work together.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am the Executive Director of the Anna Jarvis Birthplace Museum, which educates about the history of Mother's Day and some Civil War History that had taken place there. My comments about the Rosie the Riveter Project are based on my having know Anne Montague thrugh working with her over the last 12 years. I knew about Rosie but did not know that keep quiet all those years because woman were not suppose to talk about that time in history. I am very happy that Anne came along and started this project to let people know how important this part of our history was. Anne has very good formal education, but she does not lead with that or use it to gain status. Instead, she applies sher experience and intelligence in ways that let people like me, Rosie the Riveters, and children know we are not only welcome, but we are needed to bring history to action. She calles people who do proven good work with Rosies as an example for others to follow. I have watched as Thanks, has brought the ide4a of a Rosie the Riveter Movement to reality. Despite the short time left for Rosies to be with us on this earth, she has taken time to build a foundation that offers people choices and ways to be a part of a national effort. I encourage others to get behind the American Rosie Movement as soon as possible.

The photo is of me hoilding an umbrella for Rosie named Emily Withers and a local Girl Scout. They are plating a dogwood tree at the Anna Jarvis House at the same time dogwood trees were being planted in many other location. Rosies have chosen the dogwood tree to represent their endurance, beauty and usefulness. The oval leaf represents domocracy

Olive Ricketts Executive Director of Anna Jarvis Birthplace Museum

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I worked as an independent contractor with Thanks! Plain and Simple, Inc. ("Thanks!") for more than 5 years. In that time, I saw the Rosie the Riveter work develop from local to National and International level. I am sincerely impressed with the consistent, high-quality work that I have seen develop.

I believe this program is needed by America, and its emphasis on pulling together may well be the start of a healing that our country needs.

It is rare - maybe even unique - to see attempts to tie individual, human-interest stories to community and national projects. It is clear that Anne Montague believes that Americans can make wise use of our freedom.

It is time for this new kind of social movement. Americans can get to know and work with Rosie the Riveters and a diverse set of people will find ways to pull together.

I am no longer a contractor, but I am genuinely interested in seeing even more people help one another and say, "Thanks!" for the opportunity to participate in something meaningful.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I manage a national women's initiative for women in manufacturing, and Thanks has been a great partner, and connected us with real Rosie the Riviter, Anna Hess. She has been an inspiration and, and connecting with her was easy through Anne.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Thanks Plain and Simple has worked hard and tirelessly to show America the benefits of pulling together for the greater good -just as Rosies did during WW II. Thanks has worked for the past decade to help Americans know and learn about Rosies and their legacy. They are the original working women, who sacrificed and left their homes during a time in history when women were expected to stay home and tend to hearth, home and children. Thanks and the Rosies have worked with numerous communities and organizations to create projects that are worthwhile and help to show the benefits of working together towards a common goal. Thanks is working towards a social movement that does not divide people but instead brings people together no matter their location, ethnicity, religion or political views. Time is of the eseesnce now as the Rosies are in their 90s. Thanks wants Americans to work with actual Rosies and learn their histories directly from them.

Marissa F.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

'Thanks!" has inspired my Girl Scout Scout Troop in rural WV to explore the world and lives of Rosies beyond the Norman Rockwell paintings. They earned their Bronze award working on a project in their community involving assisting with erecting the WV State Rosie the Riveter Bell in their small town. They are currently working past that project, trying to get Labor Day Rosie the Riveter Bell Ringings in the communities across the state and country.

"Thanks!" and Anne Montague have provided them opportunities to work together since May 2016. They are really inspired by Rosies through this non-profit's work, and enjoy being a part of their mission to help the world understand how important the Rosies are to our country beyond their work during WWII.

Charles B.2

Advisor

Rating: 4

I am Charles Belcher; the current bookkeeper for Thanks! Plain & Simple. I have held this post for more than 5 years now, and in that time, I have come to understand that the mission of Thanks! Plain & Simple is an important one to American, and particularly women's, history. However; this group is woefully underfunded and undersupported while time is desperately short to acquire and protect the legacy of the groundbreaking women who supported the war effort by entering the workforce in unprecedented manner and numbers. The further efforts to disseminate and spread the Rosie ethic through community projects has been largely a local and regional effort to date, but could reach all of America and beyond with adequate volunteerism and financial support. What has been accomplished with modest financial support is considerable and notable; largely due to the mostly inexhaustable efforts of the executive director, Anne Montague. Her dogged determination to persevere and commitment to this cause are unmatched, and deserving of recognition and public support.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am extremely proud to be involved with Thanks! The interviews being collected will guarantee that the work of women during World War II will not just be remembered but celebrated for their significant contribution to the war effort. As a professor of history, I have witnessed first hand the influence the "Rosies" have on the younger generation of men and women. Meeting the "Rosies" in person, or listening to recorded interviews, brings the war 'alive' for them. World War II becomes more than just an event in history but an experience in which they can briefly share through the powerful and intimate stories of the "Rosies." Female students, especially, recognize this generation of women as role models, women who bravely entered industrial fields once closed to them and proved their worth.

Due to the age of the "Rosies", the work of Thanks! has never been more needed.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

These ladies are doing genuine high-quality work, that is really helping connect generations. Rosie the riveters are still alive, though many are very old and they've taken the time and energy to let these great women tell there stories. I've met a lot of very inspiring Rosies.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The work that “Thanks!” has done with Rosies is truly outstanding. These women don’t brag, yet they tell so much about what it means for all of us to work together.
These links from their email are a small examples of how much “Thanks!” has done.

They truly have a way of carrying history and providing a way for everyone to join in and be a part of something so unique!

facebook.com/thanksplainandsimple

http://thanksplainandsimple.org/images/rosie-the-riveter-today-show-video.mp4

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2018/08/30/labor-day-celebration-rosies-women-who-kept-factories-churning-during-wwii/4C4IDSzDeeifw62Tws

Philadelphia Girls Choir
http://www.philly.com/philly/columnists/jason_laughlin/working-women-of-world-war-ii-rosie-rosies-philadelphia-girls-choir-song-storytelling-20180602.html

Rosie theme song by So. Charleston H.S.
http://thanksplainandsimple.org/images/Rosie-with-your-Riveting-Smile.mp4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

On Labor Day, I attended an event where three Rosie the Riveters were honored for their life-long contributions to the United States of America. I have been to several of these events, sponsored and promoted by Thanks Plain & Simple, Inc.,a non-profit organization dedicated to honoring and preserving the legacy of Rosie the Riveters.

Like all ceremonies before and after, this one was especially important. Glenville, West Virginia’s Girl Scout Troop planned and carried out the event to honor three local Rosie the Riveters. Community leaders and town residents were there. The Rosie’s were honored and representatives from the American Legion presented an award to the scout troop and leaders for their work in planning and conducting the ceremony. Photos were taken. Stories ran in local newspapers. The audience seemed grateful to have their Rosie’s and always the young children valued their presence. Similar events that day played out around our region and their replication each year is gaining in number throughout the country.

In many ways, the ceremonies serve as acts of transference...the passing on of the legacy of Rosie the Riveters to future generations. Rosie’s are old now. Yet we can still see in their bright eyes unwavering dedication and strength that will never go away. They gave their all to defend America.

Threats today are different than those in WWII, yet the lesson is timeless. When America pulls together, America can do anything. We must listen to them tell of their experiences, learn from them and resolve when necessary to stand up and defend America.

Rosie’s won’t be here much longer. Most are in their 90’s. Our celebrations and events bring communities together. More should be initiated and continued while there is still time. Thanks Plain and Simple, Inc. has undertaken this mission to honor, nurture and preserve the legacies of Rosie the Riveters. The mission does cost some money. We would be most grateful for your support.


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