20 February 2018
We are currently in the midst of the 2018 legislative session. In the coming months, I will have more specific updates on the bills and resolutions that passed and may impact you. This month, I have focused on our community and serving others. Martin Luther King, Jr. said it best, "Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others?"
Volunteering in our community is a passion of mine. It is an honor and privilege to use my God-given talents for the sake of others. North Fulton is full of great communities, and the opportunities to get involved are abundant. I serve on dozens of charitable organizations and boards, and I find an intense joy in making a positive difference.
As a fourth-generation volunteer firefighter, I serve side-by-side with my fellow public safety professionals protecting life and property. Active firefighters must complete continuous training and remain physically fit. It is a unique opportunity to give back. Not everyone has to run into burning houses to help. Others support our firefighters and police officers with our Public Safety Foundation by raising money and taking care of our heroes in their time of need. We have several great organizations that help our military heroes, everything from care packages to wonder warriors. No matter your talent or desire, we have a place for you.
Both of my sons are Eagle Scouts. This is a tremendous accomplishment of which we are proud. Will’s Eagle Scout project many years ago aided a local Roswell charity, EnAble of Georgia, and will bring benefits for decades to come. My younger son built tables at church for outside seating. It’s never too early to get your children involved in serving others and their community. Volunteering as a family is time very well spent, and it builds life memories. I love to volunteer, and which allows me to lead by example inspire others for generations to come.
I have enjoyed serving at church since my childhood. Decades of serving has ranged from delivering meals, providing medical care, building houses, job network coaching, mission trips, computer help, governance, fundraising, painting, teaching, and simply listening. I am blessed to be a member at Roswell United Methodist Church, and I encourage you to explore your faith and service to others. Roswell Rotary is a shining example of so many doing so much good and living up to our motto of “Service Above Self.”
You may be asking why I would want to spend my spare time helping the community, even after my position as an elected official. A better question would be, why not? You will never regret missing an hour of TV, but you will treasure positively impacting your community, state, and country. You will network, learn new experiences, and become a better person. Believe it or not, you will be the biggest benefactor of your volunteer time.