This has been an incredibly busy month of interviews. Today's web stats show that over 90,000 unique visitors visited the AHG website and the site experienced over 3 million hits. The good news of AHG is spreading.
I love that interviews spark interest, create a platform for discussion and reflection on the purpose and mission of the American Heritage Girls but to tell you the truth, I just love to talk about AHG and its impact on its girl members. After all what prompted the founders to invest countless hours, hard earned dollars and much sacrifice, is an incredible love for girls and their unique God given role in society.
During this month's many radio broadcasts and print article "chats" I found myself giddy when talking about how AHG transforms girls, volunteers and families. I enjoy sharing testimonials that have been so graciously shared by our members and cite service projects that have positively affected communities literally across our nation and beyond. I am constantly humbled by God's providence in giving flight to the dreams of those parents around my kitchen table in 1994 and beyond.
Today, "kitchen table" parents call the office wanting to start a legacy in their communities by providing an AHG troop for their daughter or granddaughter. Some don't have children but know the importance of a character development program that is based on timeless values and offers complete transparency in its programming.
And then, during the course of these busy days, we hear from the girls themselves - most often through an essay they have painstakingly prepared as a part of their Stars and Stripes Project Binder. Their Life Ambitions or Spiritual Walk Essay focuses on their past, their present and their future and how AHG has impacted their life during their involvement. Learning to lead others while planning a service project of over 100 hours is no easy task, one that few adults have even tackled. And to make matters more complicated, all the while refining the fine art of collaboration, communication and decision making, a girl transforms her once egocentric life to a life of giving and a lifelong servant leader is born. It is an amazing process not unlike the larvae which transforms into a graceful butterfly. And it can be painful.
Recently I recieved Kindle's application for AHG's most prestigious Award. Her essay was so impactful I shared it with our Board of Directors and our hardworking staff. Her words touched my heart and encapsulated the mission of AHG so beautifully.
And you dear Kindle and the many Kindles to be - you tell the AHG story much better than I ever could.
Until next time,