By Charlie Johnston
Sometime in the next few days I will have a video up done from a private home in Birmingham…but it is a great video, for it was taped by an EWTN employee. We didn’t plan to tape it, but it was at his home, so he pulled out a camera, miked me up, and has worked to edit it so you can hear questions as well as my answers. I am going to get my son to help me with the download, to put it on Vimeo, and then make it available to you…but this is the tape!
My scheduling coordinator out of Denver, Mary at firstname.lastname@example.org, asked me to reach out for some coordinators. I don’t go anywhere I am not first invited to visit, but some folks who do the inviting are not in a position to coordinate everything. Here are a couple of events we have running and where we have needs:
West Coast in August, we have San Francisco and almost midway between Los Angeles and San Diego (geographically). We have many volunteers in Portland, Oregon, but no formal coordinator yet. There is interest in Sacramento, Northern LA County, and Dana Point in California, but we need a formal sponsor and coordinator.
In the Midwest in early September, we have well-developed plans in Michigan; Lafayette, Indiana and St. Louis. (Mick is the lead in Michigan – so I reckon we will have that state well covered). I know some people in Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin had expressed interest (I forwarded all files to Mary…and they were a bit of a confused jumble). With a coordinator and sponsor, I could make one or more of those. Also northern or central Illinois I am open to (though a good chunk of the St. Louis visit can cover much of central Illinois)
For Texas and Louisiana, we have a big event coming in Covington, just north of New Orleans, and sponsors in Lubbock, Texas and San Antonio. I would like to have something in Baton Rouge, then Beaumont and Houston, at least (I loved Houston). Mary tells me when I go from California to Michigan, she insists I fly because of time constraints to fit everything in. Fine…I will deal with it. Actually, I’m not sure which is worse – going through the Kabuki Dance that is airport security or riding on a bus for 20+ hours. From California to Michigan, the bus would probably be 40+ hours.
Read through the link on “Host Guidelines” on the bar at the top of the page here. If you are up for it, contact Mary at email@example.com. So far, every host has been very happy with the way things have turned out – and so have I. We are raising up troops to be a sign of hope to their neighbors no matter what happens. I know one of my favorite moments at every event at which I speak is when I see people look around the room at each other and realize that they are really not alone. This is a very palpable way you can be a sign of hope – and find a lot more signs of hope around you.