CGPJ Family - Money/Financial Resource Of the Quarter 

Hello Family,
Mission of this is to: distribute educational information that may act as a monetary and financial blessing to those that are interested in reading, listening and learning and developing new strategies for the finances within the CGPJ family.
Vision of this section is to stamp out financial illiteracy across our family!  Too many families are needlessly struggling financially.
Goal of this section is to: Someday see family members become financially free!
Offers business news, strategies, information and resources for African American entrepreneurs, corporate executives, managers and professionals.
What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money--That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!
By Robert T. Kiyosaki (Author), Sharon L. Lechter (Author)
Personal-finance author and lecturer Robert Kiyosaki developed his unique economic perspective through exposure to a pair of disparate influences: his own highly educated but fiscally unstable father, and the multimillionaire eighth-grade dropout father of his closest friend. The lifelong monetary problems experienced by his "poor dad" (whose weekly paychecks, while respectable, were never quite sufficient to meet family needs) pounded home the counterpoint communicated by his "rich dad" (that "the poor and the middle class work for money," but "the rich have money work for them"). Taking that message to heart, Kiyosaki was able to retire at 47.
It is a holding company, the major business of which is an online discount stock brokerage service for self-directed investors. Investors can buy and sell securities such as stocks, bonds, options, mutual funds, and exchange-traded funds via electronic trading platforms or by phone. The company also offers banking and lending products such as checking and savings accounts, money market accounts, certificates of deposit, and credit cards.
By Spencer Johnson
A motivational book written in the style of a parable. It describes change in one's work and life, and four typical reactions to said change with two mice, two "little people", and their hunts for cheese.
 Disclaimer: Specific Investments will not be endorsed by family members through this section. That is a personal matter that you must make personal resposibility for through due diligence, education and consultation with a competent licensed professional first.



Relay for Life

Written by: Mr. Darnell Drain
Hello Family and Friends:
I’m happy to say that my mother Luetisha Gray the eldest daughter of the late Elijah and Theresa Glass and her prayer group W.O.R.D. (Women of Righteous Diversity) along with family and friends will be participating in this year’s 2008 Relay For Life in Battle Creek, Mi on July 11-12, 2008.
Relay for Life is the American Cancer Society’s signature activity, that offers everyone in any community the opportunity to participate in the fight against cancer. Teams of people come out at a local high school track and take turns walking or running around the track. Each team is asked to have a member on the track at all times during the event. The Relays are an overnight event. Teams have fun while raising much-needed funds to fight cancer, and raise awareness of cancer prevention and treatment. Relay brings together millions of people from all walks of life - friends, family, co-workers, and caregivers all with the common goal of eliminating cancer. No matter who you are, there’s a place for you at the Relay.
The power of the Relay is that it allows a community to grieve for those lost to cancer and to celebrate the lives of those who have survived. For the newly diagnosed, the Relay offers an opportunity to meet someone who has survived the same type of cancer. For the cancer patient in treatment, the Relay provides an opportunity to share with others.  For the long-term survivors, the Relay brings a community’s recognition of the struggle and closure to a trying time in life. Caregivers also find hope in Relay for Life. These individuals give their time, love and support to friends, family and neighbors who face cancer. At Relay, everyone understands the challenges and joys of being a caregiver. There is peace of mind knowing that together we can face the challenges ahead.
This will be my second year participating, as well as, others to celebrate the life of some special people who know all too well the fight that we are up against. My mother Luetisha, a 20 year breast cancer survivor, my two aunts and my uncle’s mother-in-law are breast cancer survivors. My uncle still continues to fight the battle of prostate cancer. This year, our family and friends continues to honor those that are still fighting with this year’s theme “Celebrate, Remember and Fight Back”. This year’s Relay is in memory of Theresa Glass, a mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt and a friend to many who knew her. 
Last year on Friday, July 13, 2007, the theme was “Cereal City Crushes Cancer”, my mother “coach Lue” to others called together her children, her family, prayer group and friends to come and honor my grandmother who had planned on being there with us that night, however she was too sick to participate.
Grandmother was diagnosed with bladder cancer in July 2007 around the same time Battle Creek hosted the previous family reunion last year.   She was to start her chemo treatment that week, but chose to wait until after the family festivities. If you can recall the last family reunion, you may remember grandmother dressing up and representing the country of India at the picnic when we were celebrating foods from other countries. Do you remember her sitting there playing cards and bingo? Do you remember her and my Aunt Burt greeting everyone at the door at the evening event and grandmother shaking her groove in her pink dress with her gold shoes on the dance floor? She also stayed up that night at the bowling alley watching us bowl. You would have never known that she was battling cancer.   
That night, W.O.R.D group, raised $1,500.00 for the American Cancer Society, twenty people were part of the team, fifteen people stayed overnight. Our camp area took 1st place for the most original.   As the night went on, grandmother’s condition continued to weaken, but she hung in there. 
On Saturday, July 14, 2007 at 6 a.m. we were still camped out on the field with 6 more hours to go until the event would conclude. We stayed up all night playing games while someone was running or walking on the track.
 At 9 a.m. I decided I would run for one hour as part of my regular weekend workout. I ran 40 laps which is equivalent to 10 miles.  This year my goal is to run 79 laps (19 miles) because this is how old she would be today.
At 12 p.m it was time for everyone to walk a final victory lap. Just being there with my mother and step-dad Doug, my brother Eric from Chicago, my sister Tiffiny from Detroit, my cousin Theresa from Tennessee, my cousin Terrance from Grand Rapids, my aunt Cookie and my uncle Eli, along with a host of friends made that day a memorable one. I have never been so proud of my mother. The exhaustion on her face was over-shadowed by a smile of accomplishment.
After the Relay, we all went back to grandma and grandpa’s house to check to see how grandmother was doing. She was non-responsive and her breathing was very shallow.   It was a blessing to see how she was able to hold on as long as she did.  I truly believe she hung in there knowing that we were up all night and she was determined to stay up with us.
On Sunday morning, July 15, 2007, the angels came down and brought grandmother her wings to go home to be with the Lord and to be with grandpa and Uncle Bud. She died at home surrounded by the people who loved her so very much.
This year, we honor the memory of my grandmother. We celebrate the life of my mother my family members and for those that have lost a family member or loved one to this terrible disease.
If you would like more information or would like to send a contribution to this year’s Relay for Life, you may do so by check or money order payable to the American Cancer Society and mail to:
Luetisha Gray
20761 M-66 Capital Ave NE
Battle Creek, MI 40917

Calloway Glass Parker Jones Health Corner
Information coming soon from several of our health care and life skill professionals in our family who can help direct you to resources for your situation.

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Business and Entrepreneurship Directory

 The Family business directory is a resource for our family members to advertise their business and entrepreneurship efforts that may be of assistance t a family member.  Only members of the family will be advertised on the website as resources. Please e-mail the contact list if you would like your information added. YOU MUST BE A MEMEBER OF THE FAMILY in order to be listed. You will be verified against the family tree.

Bill Jones
Bill Jones Special Effects Video, Photography & Travel Service 
Specializing in Video, Photography &Travel Services
1189 NanBru Lane
Flint, MI 48532
Phone: 810-733-6617


Michael Glass DDS
Michael Glass Dentist Office
131 E Columbia Ste 101
Battle Creek MI 49015
Phone: 269-963-9670



Kelvin Jones
Video Music Karaoke & Disc Jockey
Specializing in the best R&B, Funk, Soul, Hip-Hop and more video music DJing service's with an extensive Karaoke collection


Tremaine Pierce Glass
Specialize in Computers, Networks, Media Rooms & Security Systems
213 W. Nash
Milwaukee, WS 53212
Phone: 414-899-6982

Jerome D. Parker
JDP Property Management & Investments
Specialize in Rental, Property Mangement, Rehabilitation and Wholesaling of Real Estate Investment Properties in the Washington National Capital Region
Phone: 301-633-2419


Reunion 2000
Esserqueener Parker sitting alongside her Grandson Angelo Parker with his wife Kelly Parker and there new born Son.

More Info to Come