Happy Holidays Everyone! It is hard to believe that we are at the end of another year as we close out the Year of Empowerment. I want to thank you all for making our mission a success! It’s no surprise that the last couple of years were a little rough as a hands-on, in-person organization. Still, the OEW family showed, once again, that nothing will stop us. Your dedication to helping others and building this family is nothing short of remarkable. Thank you!
I hope that as your turkey coma wears off, you are all surrounded by family and taking time to reflect on the past year. We saw a slew of new Honorees (over 200 now!) We had the opportunity to participate in a bunch of new events. We have forged new relationships with sponsors and donors who believe in our mission, and that’s all because of you. We’ve had new members and Honorees step up to take on some important jobs that keep the organization running. There really is a lot of thankless work that goes on behind the scenes to make everything possible. For all of you who labor quietly to make it all happen, thank you! For all the new folks stepping up, I am excited to have you onboard; I look forward to your ideas and for asking why. That question challenges the status quo and forces us to think about things in different ways and from different viewpoints. Thanks for challenging us to be better.
Next year marks our 10-year anniversary and we’ve planned a lot of great things. 2023 will be the “Year of Reflection.” It’s about celebrating where we’ve been and reflecting on where we are going. The good news is that it looks like we are really back to normal in world of in-person events. We are planning fewer events, but our goal is to show up in force to support our Honorees and raise awareness for our mission. We’ve scheduled a major event every quarter, starting with the Gala on President’s Day weekend at the Black Rifle Coffee Company Ranch to celebrate our anniversary. Keep an eye on the official calendar and sign up early so we can include you in the planning.
Finally, make sure to keep a good eye on your friends and family. While this is a very happy time of year for most, some people really struggle, and your call or kind word may be the one action that breaks the chain of self-destruction.
I am really excited about what 2023 has in store for us all. Let’s get out there and crush it!
Memento Mori, Troy
Operation Enduring Warrior