Friday, March 22, 2013

Support STRIPES and mock me in the same night!

My wife has said on several occasion that she is glad she did not know me in college. I made a lot of ... questionable decisions that I can now look at as learning experiences. You know, the hidden curriculum of higher education.

Despite what The Wife might think, not all of my time in college was spent in some bizarre Hunter S. Thompson-esq haze while I struggled to keep my grades at a respectable "barely passing."

For four years I was heavily involved with the STRIPES sober-driver program. A lot of my Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights were spent working at the STRIPES house or driving students home. Volunteering for this program, and eventually being elected its director, was probably one of the most rewarding things I did while in college.

There is so much about the program that I know still has an influence on the professional work I do today.

Recently, I was asked to give the keynote speech at the annual STRIPES Gala fundraiser and I have to say I am both pumped and terrified to do this.

Team, just let it sink in, I have been invited by an organization to give a speech... like an adult... for a fundraiser.

Now, it's not the actual speech part that has me scared. I have given speeches and spoken publicly. I just have NO IDEA what to say to this group.

I could talk about my time at STRIPES and wax poetically about the good times and the way things used to be... but that is not really very inspiring to a group of college students who have probably changed and grown this program since I left.

I could talk about how important STRIPES is to the community and how as volunteers they are building valuable leadership skills that will help them when they gradua.....zzzzzzzzzz....

Maybe I could just do 30 minutes of celebrity impressions?

Aw hell! I have got to figure this out...

If you are free the weekend of April 13, I would really appreciate you coming. Yes, YOU are invited. You can request to be at my table and make sure that I don't drink too much before heading to the lectern.

Download the invitation and send it in or make a donation to this amazing program.


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