Saturday, October 26, 2013

It just doesn't get any better!  I was out of town last week to visit my son in Albuquerque NM.  On Saturday the 19th we played our second round of golf on beautiful Paako Ridge Golf Course.  The course is lodged in the mountains and the beauty was grand.  And then it happened.  On the 16th hole we looked down from the tee at the green 228 yards behind the lake and each approached to drive the ball.  The first two went into the water and the third went beyond the green.  Now it was my turn.  A little intimidated with the length of the hole I pulled out my 5 wood and swung.  The ball took flight as everyone watched.  For the seconds it took from leaving the tee everyone's eyes where on it and then suddenly, it hit the green and dropped into the hole!!!  None of us could believe it actually happened so we hurried down to the green.  I was the first to jump out and run to the flag.  And there it was.  A "Hole in One" that I'll never forget.
  The weather was beautiful all week long and it was so great to spend the time with my son his beautiful fiance.  A time to remember and an indication that everything I'm doing is for a reason.  Now it's time to get back to work and make Minnesota Hunger Free in 2014.  Just had to share!

Friday, October 11, 2013

Now to talk about a special October.  First of all I was a guest at the NALC (National Association of Letter Carriers) Convention.  These are my brothers and sisters from around the state whom I shared the responsibility of delivering the mail for 30 years.  And they overwhelmed me with a donation of $5,000 for the Minnesota Miracle.  I had left the building and headed home when I got a call asking me to come back.  So I turned around and to my amazement, they had made a decision to donate another $5,000!
Thanks to all my family of letter carriers for their committment to make Minnesota hunger free in 2014!
  Then I had 2 meetings on Wednesday evening.  The first with the St. Paul Union Executive Board.  Though they expected many more than I spoke with, I'm glad I had the opportunity to speak.  An older gentleman named Wayne had a question?  Do you mean that my donation is going to be working to feed Minnesota after my death?  So he made out a check for $200 with the statement that he wanted to leave something that would be working after he's gone!  And then I hurried over to Minneapolis for their meeting.  Again I was received with an open heart and another donation for $1,000.  That's twice the Federation of Labor in Minneapolis have stepped up and made a donation towards the Minnesota Miracle.  Thanks to all in the Twin Cities but remember, we've got a long way to go before reaching our goal.
  Yesterday I had the privilege of speaking to the Executive Board for the western half of Minnesota.  It was the beginning of their 50th Anniversary Convention.  Council 65 made a great impression on me and I left with a confidence that they also will do everything within their power to help make the Minnesota Miracle a success!  Though I'm not walking through their neck of the woods, the endowment will be helping to feed all of those in their part of the state that need it!  And they have a pride and understanding that I'm confident will shine through:))
  Now it's time to relax for a week or so.  I'm heading down south to see my son Chris and spend a week full of golf and catching up.  Stay tuned ~~~

Thursday, October 10, 2013

It's been far too long since I blogged to let everyone know how things are going. My apologies.  August was a moving month as the wife and I are now in a new home. 
  September brought many great things.  I had the opportunity to speak to the General Board for the AFL-CIO.  Rob Zeaske the CEO of Second Harvest Heartland was my quest.  The board consists of 75 members that represent all of Union Minnesota.  An opportunity to not only inform those that I hadn't reached in the past about the Minnesota Miracle but to meet them personally.  I also had the opportunity of speaking with the retirees and it was also my pleasure.  These are the men and women that have kept our Unions solid for so many years.  I'm headed to Grand Rapids but will comment on the progess in October when I return.  Some fantastic news in just a few short days!!  Stay tuned.