Posts Tagged ‘community’

School is Starting, Time to launch S.A.F.E. TEAM Programs!

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I invite you to checkout Schools and Families Engaged (the S.A.F.E. Team on Campus).  Tell someone you know about this program that supports family engagement and a safe-learning environment in every school so all students can achieve academic success.

Don’t worry, I don’t have to be the presenter at your school to launch the program.  If I do show up, I am sure camo will be my choice of color.

Tim Tebow shared his Heart “Hard Work beats Talent, when Talent doesn’t Work Hard.”

In the south, football is life in high school. In NW AR, they hosted a 7 on 7 tournament with 40 teams from 14 states to compete. But this event is more than football. They also combine character, leadership and faith in to the weekend. I am not a Tim Tebow cult follower, but I am very aware of the platform he has for Christ. Tebow spent the day with the athletes at their tournament, but then closed out the day with an inspirational and challenge to accept Jesus Christ. He wan’t flashy, he was the Tim Tebow you often see others criticize for being humble and living out his faith daily. This young man has a great platform to share the Gospel. Here are a few Tebow quotes from last night:

“Hard Work beats Talent, when Talent doesn’t Work Hard.”

“I never woke up saying I want to be average. Be great!”

“Don’t be afraid to be bold. Be different. There are teams who will want you in their lockeroom.”

“After winning the BCS National Championship and having worn John 3:16 on my eye black, 94 million people Googled John 3:16. I didn’t think there was anyway 94 million people didn’t know John 3:16.”

Tim’s whole talk last night started out as character and life, but he had a purpose. After winning the championship, Coach Meyer hugged him and said, “I love you. I am proud of you. You finished strong.” This allowed Tim to then share about Christ to each of the 700 attendees last night. It was powerful.

Inspire Everyone, Especially Our Youth

I am grateful for every opportunity I have to connect with young people and provide them a vision for the potential in their life.  Everyone comes from a different background and their experiences mold who they are.  Sometimes it can be that person who doesn’t know their ever move that comes in and can help them capture the “who I can be” vs. “who I am”.  We held series of events to impact the education and family community of Rankin County School District in MS.  They are dedicated to offering programming to support the needs of their students, staff and families.

This first pic is after we spoke to a local group of high school students.

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As we talked about Family Engagement, a strong team from the community attended the lunch session.

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My son, Hunter, joined me to present “Diagnosis to Graduation” which is our family’s story about Hunter’s life on the Autism Spectrum.

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Is it Business or Politics when talking about Taxes (FairTax.org)

I love the USA and can’t imagine being a citizen of any other country because of the potential of the person you can become in our nation. Are you ready for it…. buuuuuut… no nation is perfect and should always be focused on how to do things better.  Because my IQ may not be at the level of the top intellectual (I used spell check to get that spelled right. LOL) thinkers, I count on them to provide concepts and ideas that I could never imagine.  The most recent one is in regards to the USA tax system.  Because the average American has no chance of understanding the current 71,684 pages of tax code, there has to be a better way to more efficiently fund the needs of our nation and allow the citizens to gain a better hold and understanding of their hard earned income.  Welcom to the Fair Tax!  Go to the website and read a little info below:

The FairTax Act (HR 25, S 13) is nonpartisan legislation. It abolishes all federal personal and corporate income taxes, gift, estate, capital gains, alternative minimum, Social Security, Medicare, and self-employment taxes and replaces them with one simple, visible, federal retail sales tax  administered primarily by existing state sales tax authorities.

The FairTax taxes us only on what we choose to spend on new goods or services, not on what we earn. The FairTax is a fair, efficient, transparent, and intelligent solution to the frustration and inequity of our current tax system.

The FairTax:

  • Enables workers to keep their entire paychecks
  • Enables retirees to keep their entire pensions
  • Refunds in advance the tax on purchases of basic necessities
  • Allows American products to compete fairly
  • Brings transparency and accountability to tax policy
  • Ensures Social Security and Medicare funding
  • Closes all loopholes and brings fairness to taxation
  • Abolishes the IRS

The last bullet may be exciting for some and very uneasy for others.  As a business owner, what I see is an opportunity to improve a part of a large company, our government, to improve efficiency and increase the revenues by collecting from all.   When I say all, I mean those who may be visitors or legal or illegal citizens and those who may be in professions that while they do have income, legal or illegal, we see little if none of it being accounted for through our current tax system structure.

Make time to understand the Fair Tax and see what a positive difference it can make for ALL our citizens.

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On the Air with Birth 2 Work Radio

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While I love working with teams training on human behavior and communication, you will learn that I am passionate about my work with schools and families.  In April 2010, I was conducting trainings for IL PTA Convention outside Chicago and I met Elaine Scott with Birth 2 Work.  After learning of each others efforts in regards to communities and schools we knew there was an immediate connection between our efforts.  Since that time, we have not only confirmed our theory, but are setting the stage to implement our programs in target markets.

A couple of weeks ago, I was invited to join Elaine and Rick Stephens on their radio show and discuss not only our efforts with Schools And Families Engaged (S.A.F.E. TEAM on Campus), but also the challenges facing school communities and families at large.

If you want to get a sense of my other passion, make time to listen online or download the mp3 to the program “We’ve all been shot: Are you ready for what is next? “

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