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Feeling Thankful



I have been writing and re-writing this blog in my head for a few weeks. It’s hard putting my thoughts together when my ideas and feelings are so scattered.

This past year, actually this last year and a half I have found miracles all around me. It began with finding out that “we surround them” at a meeting with approximately 350 strangers. That meeting changed my life. It changed my family’s life. We made new friends. We found that we were not alone. Not alone in our concerns, not alone in our desire to understand what was going on in our government, not alone in our determination to become self reliant, not alone in our quest to be more responsible for our community and in the outcome of legislation and elections. We could look around and see that we were NOT ALONE at all.

My first memory of the inaugural 912 meeting was looking across the room and meeting Dmitry – the most outspoken Russian I had ever met. Today he is a dear friend. On that day I met a man sitting at a crowded table with people he never met, all of them laughing and sharing chicken wings. Today Ed Fulop and his family are not only great friends but Ed is a terrific leader in our 912 group. Roberto, a new face to me then is now like a family friend and terrific bus trip organizer and leader in our group. Roberto’s story about becoming an American would make any one have watery eyes. I spoke for hours with the Rogers family and the Moffit family, sharing my worries and excitement before our first “meetup”. They will always be very dear to me. I met a mom with strong faith in God and great ideas, she also was creative and she shared in her talents. Michelle was a leader of our group, then spring boarded her experience to where she is now the organizer of Teens In Action, and Lower Taxes now here in Palm Beach County. Lynne Sherrer, who I just respect and care so much about. Jason Shields who at that first meeting I knew really only from Church and now he and his family are our best friends. I have met so many amazing people back at that first group meeting. I met Daria who is a great inspiration, author and a “Conservative Diva”. Ellen a great photographer and “Diva”, Ray Hite, Lori Perry, Melissa Andrews. Mike Lamayer, Alison Rampersad, Lori and Mark Parris, Irene, Frank and Donna, Wayne and Tina, Mathew and Christy, Jim, Terry, Darlene, Jessica, Tim, Ed, Nancy, Helen and Debye and so many others I cannot name.

The word first implies that there are more… many many more. Since that FIRST meeting was just a beginning, and it was just that, a real beginning of something special. People have stepped up in leadership in the group, a few have run campaigns, and some have run for office. Some have started their own groups. There were and have been ups and downs. Some tears were shed and feelings were hurt. Thru it all the group grew and got stronger. The leaders faces changed and the group became more directed. My heart just pounds with gratitude and love for those leaders that surround me. Last week when I was at our monthly leaders meeting at John Bull and I looked around I could not help to think how much these people are like family to me. Everyone sitting at the table really wants to make our community a better place to be. We all are a part of that. I looked around the table and even thought it was a rectangle I saw it as a round table with each leader having a special contribution to the greater of the whole movement. I have come to love these people, care about them, and their families. The 912 has become something so much more to me then just a place to find others who feel like I do. It has become a gathering of motivated people who are tied together thru a familial bond.

It may appear I am rambling and maybe I am… however in this month of Thanksgiving I cannot help but to remember the “first” meeting of our group and the bonds that have grown and the new friendships that have been made along the way. I am so grateful to our core leader group, My husband Doug, Fred and Iris, Jason, Dave, Boris, Jim H and Loreen, Jim B, Mickey and Mj, Ken and Jeane, Roberto, and Ed. I am thankful for things that we have worked so hard on this past year. We have some success and failures and with each we have learned something. A year ago the “new website rolled out and look at how much has happened since. We have collected food for canned good drives, we helped with money and food for Haiti, 912 CV Super Seniors grew and is now a hit nationwide, the Inspector General is now in place in our county, we helped get elected conservative principled candidates. We are coalition members of TAB the Tax Payer Action Board. We are teaching people about county budgets and talking about the Constitution. Our language has changed. We are talking to our neighbors. We are going to church, reading our bible and studying our history. WE are growing in our individual strength and growing as a group of concerned citizens who are actively participating in the process. My children and my other 912ers children are being affected by this movement as well. I have taken my kids to DC, and Philadelphia, Jamestown, Gettysburg and Boston. We talk about the history of our great nation, we talk about the future. Thru my childrens eyes I have been able to see so much more, and appreciate so much more. Thank you for all of you who have ever attended a meeting, called your Representative, sent a fax, penned a letter to the editor, waved a sign or made phone calls. I am truly thankful.

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you and God Bless

Shannon Armstrong

Comments

6 Responses to “Feeling Thankful”
  1. EdFulop Ed Fulop says:

    I, too, am grateful for all of the friends I have made in this adventure that we’ve all been on together for the last year and a half. However, there’s someone else that deserves a mention here. I’m grateful for Glenn Beck; love him or hate him, he is the catalyst behind all of us getting together in the first place. He’s the one that got us out of our shells, and into our communities . . . . into the offices of our representatives . . . . onto the streets of our nation’s capital. For his call to action, I think we will all be eternally grateful.

  2. BARRY STAATS says:

    Thanks to the Armstrong family they give there all!!!!!!!! HAPPY THANKS GIVEN TO ALL [PS there name fits there passion ]

  3. Linda Wummer says:

    I’m thankful that GOD has given us all, the passion and direction to we’ve needed and will continue to need in the months and years ahead. We have each other, but at our head we have HIM.

  4. Barbara Samuells BARBARA says:

    We at CV 912 Super Seniors are thankful for your encouragement and help with starting the first 912 Super Seniors group.

    Thank you Shannon for putting us in touch with CV residents from your group.

    Thank you Doug for coming to our exploratory meetings.

    Thank you Jason for speaking at our very first meeting in CV.

    Thank you Fred for helping us with communication issues.

    Thank you to S FLorida 912’ers for your warm welcome.

    We value the mutual friendship and support which has developed.

    There is much yet to be done for the America we all love.

    To do it with friends lightens everyone’s load.

  5. Douglas Armstrong says:

    Wow.

    So many people, doing so much, in barely a year-and-a-half of our lives. Thanks for putting this personal perspective to our movement, Shannon. I’m getting ready for all the food & time we’ll share this Thanksgiving…but you are SO right to reflect on our 912 friendships, too, at this time.

    I expected to meet a few fellow conservatives when Shannon & I started the 912 at McKenna’s on 3/13/09.

    But I don’t think I ever expected to make so many DEEP FRIENDSHIPS. You come up to Shannon and myself and thank us, so many of you, often… but seriously, I want each of you to know that YOU CHANGED OUR LIVES too.

    “Shannon & Doug” alone is a lonely proposition – the 912 wouldn’t be taken seriously with just one couple. The South Florida 912 has grown in stature and recongnition only because of ALL OF YOU WHO BELIEVE… WHO HAVE WORKED SO HARD for what you believe in. We refused to let the Reagan Revolution die in our national discourse.

    Love is a strong word. But this holiday as you break bread, just know that we love, value, and admire every one of you who have stood with us – standing for God, for America as a soverign nation, for the Constitution of the United States, our community, and for the FUTURE of our families.

    Have a HUMBLE Thanksgiving… give prayerful thanks to God for all we have. May He lead us through the lean times as well…

    Douglas Armstrong

  6. Jason Jason says:

    I am also very humbled these days since my change in my life with this bump in the road I am my family are going through. However it is because of being surrounded by family and friends such as Doug, Shannon and the 912 group that makes me a very blessed and rich man. I am very happy I got involved in the 912 group. I wish all the 912 group FAMILY and Happy Thanksgiving and a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS and a Happy, Healthy New Year.

    Love to All,
    Jason

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