Yes, and how many years can a mountain exist
Before it's washed to the sea?
Yes, and how many years can some people exist
Before they're allowed to be free?
Yes, and how many times can a man turn his head
And pretend that he just doesn't see?
The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
The answer is blowin' in the wind.
Leaves are beautiful, vibrant shades of red and gold signaling that autumn is upon us. Many of you have already cast your vote, and others are making preparations to vote by mail prior to or in person on November 8th. I know I'm preaching to the choir, but an important reminder: your informed vote is absolutely critical to your future, the future of our families and to the future of our state. Your vote impacts the landscape of our lives. Please don't take this great privilege for granted! Here are some things that have been keeping me busy these final days before the election:
Idaho Policy Institute Kickoff
I attended the Boise State University Idaho Policy Institute kickoff, a public private partnership housed in the Zion's Bank building that will serve as a policy research and analysis resource to every community in Idaho. I am so impressed with the community leaders who have collaborated to make this vision a reality. The institute is a great addition to Boise State University and the state of Idaho.
Cherie - The Auctioneer!
The Wassmuth Center for Human Rights hosted the 13th annual Change Your World Celebration, and for the first time in my life I served as auctioneer! The resounding response of the audience powerfully demonstrated their commitment to the great work of the Center. Human rights remain a priority for me and I was happy to partner with Dan Prinzing, Center Executive Director to exceed fundraising expectations. I appreciated the opportunity to call upon attendees to continue to carry a message of inclusion into Idaho's classrooms, companies and communities. I remained convinced that each and every one of us - we can and must leave a legacy of peace, dignity, and empowerment.
Idaho Women In Leadership
I serve on the Advisory Board for Idaho Women in Leadership and was excited to attend our kickoff event which was attended by over 250 women. We are committed to helping women reach their full leadership potential through business, legislative, and campaign training. I am proud to be part of a robust bipartisan effort under the leadership of Lori Otter, CEO,and Debbie Field, Executive Director to see more women taking their rightful seat at the tables of leadership.
Young Adults Taking Charge
I have been a proud part of the legislative process to bring The Idaho Youth ChalleNGe Academy into existence and to ensure its continued operation. This program gives youth a second chance to become responsible and productive citizens. I attended the school's first graduation in Boise in 2014 and was recently invited to visit the school in Pierce, ID by Major General Gary Sayler and Mr. Derek Newland. While I was there I sat down to talk with a few students privately. These teens are working diligently to turn their lives around, to "get it right" and I am in awe of their commitments, accomplishments and renewed outlook.