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Thanks Plain And Simple Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Mission: Recognition of citizens for war contributions

Geographic areas served: United States

Programs: Outreach to veterans who participated in building the machines necessary for winning world war ii for the allied forces, particularly those women who were called simply rosie the riveters

Community Stories

17 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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.

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.

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As an employee of Thanks! Plain and Simple, Inc. for a little over a year, I have personally seen the amount of effort and work that has been put into the Rosie the Riveter Movement by not only Rosies, their friends and family, and the general public. The organization is truly focused and determined on guiding Americans now and future generations to pull as the Rosies did during WWII. The amount of work accomplished during my employment and throughout the history of the organization is astonishing, and it testifies to their determination and efficiency. Overall, “Thanks!” Plain and Simple and the American Rosie Movement has proven its potential to grow into something large and significant with continued growth over time.

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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