In this time of an apparent national scrutiny of law enforcement officers and practices, I feel it is a great time to think of the Highway Patrolmen that started all of this back in 1984. With a strong desire to help their communities in more ways than just the highways, they took it upon themselves to do something special. Those Patrolmen provided us with an amazing opportunity, to continue their mission, and I hope we are honoring their wishes. I am humbled to be able to represent the Montana Hope Project as president.
Much like last year, 2016 has been a year full of opportunities. My beautiful wife won’t allow me to call them, ‘challenges,’ but, ‘opportunities for growth.’ I’m tickled to think that some day I’ll be able to tell my grandkids about the Montana Hope Project and some of the things we have been able to accomplish.
I am most proud of our renewed involvement with Troopers in the field. It's great to see so many green shirts at our wish presentations and events. I am very thankful for the support of the Association of Montana Troopers, and particularly the board members that have faith in me to make decisions to lead our organization.
As we look forward to 2017, we have a lot to be excited about. We already have more than 20 children’s pending wishes to grant, which means our Hope family will continue to grow. We are working on a special project due in the summer that I would love to share with you, yet I won’t.
Thank you to all of the donors, big and small, who provide support. Although I'm the one who does most of the talking, it’s really our great team of coordinators that allow us to do the things that we do. Without the graciousness of Fairmont Hot Springs Resort, Glacier Haven Inn, and Izaak Walton Inn or reunions wouldn't be.
Lastly, I want to thank each of our wish kids, past and present, for giving me the opportunity to be inspired by you.
May your 2016 be memorable, and your 2017 be bright.