Rosies and others have given us the thumbs up from the beginning. So, we are confident that we are on the right track. Examples of feedback that keeps us moving forward are:
"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 Riveter, Anna Hess. She has been an inspiration and, and connecting with her was easy through Anne."
"Accolades still continue to come in about the Vets Day Parade and the Rosie the Riveters' contribution and attendance. Comments include--"The Rosies were the class act of entire day", to ”this was the best Vets Day Parade that they have done in years!" It was my coordination, but it was truly you and your peoples’ efforts which made it the event it was ! ! What a great privilege it is to be working with you on this project!"
"Anne doesn’t need someone to tell her the right thing to do, she just needs help from people who want to do the right thing. She’s kept my mom alive by welcoming Mom into remembering something she did with millions of other women that no one cared about until Mom was almost 90."
"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 who 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."
"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 through 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 calls people who do proven good work with Rosies as an example for others to follow. I have watched as Thanks, has brought the idea 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 holding 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 democracy."
"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!"
"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 nest boxes 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 nest boxes on this trail and Rosie legacy every week during bluebird nesting season."
"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."
"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."
“It is a real privilege and honor to represent my country for such an impressive organization as Thanks! Plain and Simple. I am most sincerely pleased to be part the work to help people know “Rosies.” Their work has been and, indeed, is still important to freedom.” Major Anna Janes, appointed by British Embassy to thank American Rosies"
"We are not here to entertain you but to educate you on the Rosie's, on what they've done, what they can still do, and mostly, what we can do together. The Rosie movement is enriching and fascinating, but it is not entertainment."
“’Thanks’ has risked more to learn more, so that we can all do more. It’s a high goal not to be ignored.”
Anne, And I heartily concur from the peanut gallery! It is clear you have made an overwhelming difference in the lives of Rosies and their families. What a legacy for you and your own family. Thank you for making it easy for us to shine a light on women who deserve to be known! Of course, remembering the "set," perhaps I should say a LOT of lights! Warmly and with admiration,
As a retired CEO, I have advised Thanks! Plain and Simple from its inception. I am fascinated and astounded at the excellent work and strategic planning that brings success after success that is consistently far above average for any work, new or old. It is taking patience, unusual skill, and belief in people to get to here. In current phrasing, this is a "win-win" program, and those who stand to gain most are those who show such good sense in who and what they believe in. I am reminded of Yoda as I see the “never give up” attitude that keeps going: "Do. Or do not. There is no try." -Yoda
"This letter is to let you know what the non-profit group, Thanks! Plain and Simple, used the vision to acknowledge the contributions of women in America. The Rosie project does not compete with men or other groups. It promotes the legacy of Rosie the Riveters, which is to pull together to do first rate work for a higher cause, and to do it in a cooperative tone. I have participated in many projects since 2013, and I have been pleasantly surprised time and again at the new ways “Thanks” creates to guide the public to find, know, and work with living Rosie the Riveters. The Executive Director of “Thanks”, Anne Montague, has gone out of her way to involve the Woman’s Club of Huntington, American Legion, Girl Scouts, the City of Huntington, Cabell County Public Library, the Pullman Plaza Hotel, Blenko Glass Company, and the West Virginia State Legislature. The legislature agreed to name a state employment building in west Huntington the Rosie the Riveter Building, the hotel was able to display a collection of memorabilia of Rosie’s for 5 years, the city has named a downtown street in honor of Rosies, numerous public events have been held around the state to raise awareness of Rosies, and the most important was to collect their stories and history working with a videographers from Marshall University. Attached to this letter is a photo of the Blenko Glass sculpture depicting a Rosie working on a train and carrying a light on the caboose. The figure is the blue glass and the railroad track is the light brown glass. It was a wonderful gift from Blenko, and it is a part of the display in Huntington. The display is currently at the Cabell County Public Library and will be on loan for many others to see."
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.
"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. 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."
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!
"As an independent contractor of Thanks! Plain and Simple, Inc. with experience with them for 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."
"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."
"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. ?
"‘Thanks!” has inspired my Girl 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."
"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 essence now as the Rosies are in their 90s. Thanks wants Americans to work with actual Rosies and learn their histories directly from them."
"My mother was a Rosie the Riveter. She did not tell about her work until she was almost 90. in truth, maybe she tried, but I could not hear until "Thanks!" and Anne asked her. When I saw how much it meant to her and to our country, I was shocked. It was like finding a beautiful thing in an old chest, just before you gave the chest away. No one but Anne could or would see how to bring Rosies to America's awareness. The sad thing is how long it has taken. The joyous thing is that she has done it in a way that America can continue and appreciate the work even after all Rosies are gone. She is intelligent in a very needed way, and she checks her ideas with the real world. She made a difference to my mother. That is a gift to me and my children. It is a gift to us all if we can only pull with "Thanks!" so they can pull many more together."
"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."
"Anne, I've thought about what you are saying. It's what Mother Jones said, "Quit your bellyaching. Organize!"
"The power is in learning to do what's possible, not whine about problems. Problems are real, but only if they stop what's possible for people's self-respect."
"I am deeply grateful to have photographed the 2017 “Ring a Bell for Rosie” event in Washington, D.C. on Labor Day Weekend. Watching the Rosies share their stories -- in particular with several families at the National Cathedral -- put in perspective the impact of preserving memories of the most important events in history. The payoff of these efforts led to them brainstorming new ideas, such as how they could serve as role models to help promote a STEM career pathway to school-age children. The Rosies’ achievements are inspirational. The bell ringing through the air at the National Cathedral gardens and Department of Education Building that day signaled their ongoing presence and positive influence on the community. I appreciate that Thanks! Plain and Simple, Inc. gave me this opportunity to participate!"
"The Rosie Project has provided her with a positive outlook; a reason to get dressed up and shine! A way to love again and to share of herself and accept love in return from her new friends; realization that when she decided to step out, back in the 1940s, and give to her country, she did give something of honor. Most importantly, Rosies have provided her honor for her life here on earth."
"Anne, All I can say is wow. My only regret about this trip is that we didn't get to spend any quality time with you. Those ladies owe you so much and it is incredible what you've done with all of them. I know they are truly special but so are you and we wouldn't have been able to pull any of this together without your help and guidance. Thanks so much for all of your expertise and help enlisting so many behind the scenes helpers. I know our other Ann heard your name over and over again during the interview but I wanted to include her here on the email so that she knows what vital part of the project you were to us at the Today Show as well. Please look out for a little something coming your way next week from all of us. We'll be in touch in the coming months but I had to take a moment to send my thanks."
"Your greatest problem is that Americans don’t want to cooperate. We’ve forgotten how to pull together. We’re told to compete. Worse, we West Virginians are taught to fight amongst ourselves – to believe that others are looking down on us and to be ready to resist people outside our own neck of the woods. You’ll have more success connecting different states and countries before you unify West Virginians. But, I have to give it to you... You’ve made a good start. You’re touching something common to us. Maybe it’s what it means to be an American. Rosies are about the American spirit, and nothin’s goin’ to tell that like Rosies do."