The Next Generation in a Small Town
We are excited that Business NH Magazine has devoted their March issue to the progress we are making in Newport and our Sunshine Initiative.
At one level, the Newport Sunshine Initiative is about revitalizing the economy of my wonderful hometown, Newport, New Hampshire. However, in truth, it’s really also about doing something important and positive for the ‘Next Generation.’ Turning around the slow economic decline of a small town and providing exciting opportunities for growth going forward. We want to invest in the next generation to make sure that they can pursue dreams, raise families and fulfill the unique purpose of every individual. So, as we rebuild the economy of our community, we are also reinvigorating the spirit and building a strong foundation for the next generation of Newporter’s.
Children of Fallen Patriots – The Next Generation
There is no finer organization. There is no worthier purpose. Than that of Children of Fallen Patriots. Fully devoted to making sure that every child who loses a parent in active military service can have their education paid for all the way thru college. Or vocational school…. Or whatever further education will give that child the best opportunity for success.
We in New Hampshire are especially proud to support this organization. We’ve made terrific progress over the past year – and have ambitious plans to do even more in 2019. In the past year, we have raised more than $100,000+, attracted more than 1,000+ grassroots supporters and have raised the profile of this great organization. Most important, we have also helped twelve deserving Granite State recipients with their education.
In the coming months, we would love to invite you to become involved. We need volunteers to help at our events. We need your help in identifying and locating potential recipients. Of course, we greatly welcome financial support and are always available to come speak to your group and spread the word. Please just let us know if you have an interest.
And make sure to mark Thursday, October 10th on your calendar for our Third Annual Fall Reception – at the LaBelle Winery in Amherst, NH.
And It’s Also About Honoring the Past Generation
While we are investing in the ‘Next Generation,’ we can never forget the great sacrifices of those who have gone before us. With this in mind, thought you might enjoy the above video. A ‘throwback’ in tribute to the ‘Greatest Generation,’ as Paul Chevalier and I visited the NH Veterans Home a year ago. Volunteers on behalf of Children of Fallen Patriots contributed gifts to share with the veterans at Christmas time and we had the pleasure of visiting the Home and sharing our best wishes.
Profile of the Week: Senator Lou D’Allesandro
It would not be an overstatement to say that Lou D’Allesandro is truly ‘Mr. New Hampshire.’
One of the nicest and most respected leaders in the State and beloved by all. There is no one who has had a more positive impact on our people of our State than Lou!
Major contributions to our state government as a member of the State Senate since 1998 (11 terms), Executive Councilor from ’75-81. Member of the House and much more.
Athlete, coach and mentor. Always devoted to the ‘Next Generation.’ Graduated UNH in 1961 where he starred in football and lacrosse. Elected to UNH Hall of Fame in 2010. Was first ever Athletic Director at New Hampshire College (SNHU) and men’s basketball coach. Won three consecutive conference titles from ‘64 – 67.
Elected to SNHU hall of fame in ’90.
And, most important, beyond all this, he and his wife Pat are blessed with a wonderful family – and have earned the respect and admiration of all. Hats off to our ‘Profile of the Week’ – Senator Lou!
Quotes of the Week – The Next Generation
“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.” Ronald Reagan
“The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next.” Abraham Lincoln
“Leadership is not about the next election, it's about the next generation.” Simon Sinek