Love Where You Are

You may be whatever you resolve to be.
-Stonewall Jackson

This past week I had the honor of attending 3 completely different events in the Easley community.  On Monday, I sat next the Speaker of the House Jay Lucas at a Boy Scout dinner.  On Friday, I attended a local elementary school and showed the kids how beneficial an active lifestyle can be.  On Saturday, I judged the Mr. EHS pageant.  Three entirely different events, but each made me fall deeper in love with the community I have the pleasure of serving.

The Pickens County annual Boy Scout steak dinner ended up raising $28K.  This money will take care of pretty much everything the Boy Scouts need for the next year.  The most unique thing about this event was the number of gentlemen in the room who hold positions in the state office.  The majority of these men had personal stories about what being a Boy Scout had meant to them, and they each took time out of very busy schedules to support continuing that program for new generations.

I had the pleasure of sitting next to Jay Lucas, speaker of the House of Representatives in South Carolina.  It was remarkable how much time he took to speak to me and really get to know me.  We shared a love of VMI, since both of us have family members who attended, and when he quoted Stonewall Jackson in his speech, I knew we were kindred spirits.

At the elementary school, I got to interact with an entirely different crowd: children on a Friday, bursting with enthusiasm for the weekend.  We talked for a few minutes about the importance of eating well and staying active.  Then, we played several games to get everyone up and moving.  It was a great way to not only talk about A Perfect Fit but to really put it into action with an incredibly energetic crowd!

Now the Mr. EHS pageant was something entirely of its own.  I’m still not certain what basis we were judging anything on, but what an entertaining group of young men.  From modeling their mother’s prom dresses to performing some great song and dance numbers, I’ve never sat through a more amusing pageant.

It is such a blessing to serve as Miss Greater Easley 2015.  I truly can’t imagine a more incredible community to be a part of.  The more I get to work with everyone, the more I fall in love, and I just can’t wait to see what other adventures are waiting for me!

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