VOTING IS NOW CLOSED... AND THE WINNERS ARE...
I've never run a contest where people campaigned to win. Others emailed me that campaigning was "cheating."
Some people emailed me that I - or Beth - or Susan - should pick the winners; they were disappointed this had become a "popularity contest."
Others emailed me that the only fair way to run a contest was by lottery. That I should let God/the gods/the fates/chance decide the outcome.
A member of the Board of Trustees called...
Hundreds of emails...
I saw validity in all of this advice, and have modified the contest a bit...
I'm awarding FIVE Grand Prizes of a Platinum Membership to Dr. Ann Wigmore's Raw Living Foods Lifestyle Online Home Study Program RawLife.org, and the winners have been picked using ALL of the above methods:
#24 - Jodi Brock (766 votes, 31%)
#45 - Jerry Strongheart Crowley
#103 - Cora
#155 - Rose Kreger (809 votes, 33%)
#171 - Wendy (434 votes, 18%)
Congratulations, one and all! I'll be in touch with the winners via email. No, I'm not going to say any more about why these people won. Otherwise, I'll get another 300 letters and comments.
I will say that Beth, Susan, the Trustees and I are partial to those who use the Home Study Program to teach others, to those wanting to raise a raw family, to those who put extra effort into their entries, and to those who care enough to campaign for it. In particular we were looking for people who would actually implement this into their lives. I find it... frustrating... when I give away a book or video, then, months later, I visit and find it unopened on a shelf, as if one could learn by osmosis.
To ALL who submitted an entry, Thank You. My heart and prayers are with you! Gosh, I wish I could give a free membership to everyone.
Keep an eye on chiDiet.com/blog because I'm going to have another giveaway, soon!
- Jim Carey
7 December 2009
See the entries and the voting results at