The holidays are approaching, so soon most of us will gather with family and friends around dinner tables where we have gathered many times before. As I look forward to our own traditions, I am reminded of the impact those gatherings can have.
Fifty years later, it is time to look for another challenge. Another “possibility” that can make us the best. In Charlotte, one of those challenges is literacy.
Recently I attended a meeting with a large group of employees at a new client. When I was introduced, I was informed about a company tradition.
I held the remote opener discreetly behind my back and pushed the button. I summoned my best Yoda impersonation, then raised my free hand to invoke the “force” and open the tailgate.
Last Saturday morning, I surveyed a church sanctuary full of men of many shapes, sizes and descriptions. They were dads, uncles, grandfathers and dad like persons. They had come from Charlotte and surrounding towns. This was the Man Up Charlotte Conference. These were men on a mission to address fatherlessness. The leader asked those gathered…
On a recent Saturday, I attended the season ending event of Xcel 2 Fitness. Using obstacle courses and similar equipment, this afterschool program encourages young boys to become stronger physically and spiritually so they can fulfill their potentials. They call themselves “dream chasers”.
At a recent All Pro Dad breakfast, Furr Elementary School dads told the audience [including their kids] why they were proud of their children.
A powerful message coming from committed dads.
This story made me think of the many wonderful men who are a part of our Be There Dad ministry in our community. On any given day, a young child might look at one of our dads with excitement and exclaim the same, “Look at that man. He’s punching a hole in the darkness!”
In Yellowstone Park on a sunny August afternoon, I sat and waited for the iconic geyser, Old Faithful to do its stuff. Shortly my expectations and those of hundreds of others were met as the geyser spewed steam and hot water into the air.
Jeff has expanded his vision to include children in the Charlotte Mecklenburg schools. His non-profit volunteer organization, Be There Dad, is currently assisting 14 elementary schools and two middle schools, helping fathers and other concerned adults find ways to serve children, their schools, and the community.