Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Experience Leadership Retreat '16 in Cancun with AXS CEO Troy McClain and a Celebrity Cast of Trainers, Speakers and Motivators

Who is Troy McClain?

Called a “Living Energy Drink” by the Idaho Press Tribune, the nation was introduced to Troy McClain on Donald Trump’s hit TV show The Apprentice. He was selected as a finalist from 250,000 applicants and rode his underdog status all the way to the final four. Troy focuses on growing people and businesses to great heights in his role as CEO of The McClain Companies. He has spearheaded a number of startup, turnaround and growth companies. 

Troy's philosophy is "The best way to get ahead is to give back." An international speaker, he has collaborated with the top names in business including Warren Buffet, and has shared the stage with with Tony Robbins, Mark Victor Hansen (of Chicken Soup for the Soul) and many other influential leaders, athletes and entertainers. Troy has served and been honored by Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter, former U.S. Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne, the Kellogg Innovation Network, Special Olympics International and a long list of others. His enthusiasm, experience and determination have enabled Troy to live “the American dream,” pulling himself and his family out of poverty through hard work and street smarts. Troy McClain works tirelessly to make that dream the reality for everyone whose life he touches. 

"Who would have thought that a country boy from Idaho could go on national television, be seen by 28 million Americans every week and still appreciate the simple things like fly fishing on a backcountry stream?" Troy's official website reads. "That is Troy McClain. Troy’s rise to prominence happened as he climbed Donald Trump’s ladder on NBC’s The Apprentice, advancing all the way to the finals." Troy is a ball of energy and enthusiasm who seeks to utilize his success to Give First to his community and to those who need help the most. 

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Thursday, February 18, 2016

Celebrities from the Past: Who was Saint Patrick?

by Michael Strickland

"St. Patrick's Day in America celebrates not only a great saint, but a put-upon people who immigrated to a new world, took the meanest jobs, endured prejudice and exclusion, and rose to prominence; it is not just for the Irish, after all." - Pat McNamara in Why St. Patrick's Day Matters, for Everybody  

St. Patrick of Ireland is one of the world's most popular saints. A 5th-century Romano-British Christian missionary and bishop, he is known as the "Apostle of Ireland," the primary patron saint of the country.

Patrick is also venerated in the Anglican Communion, the Old Catholic Church and in the Orthodox Church as Equal-to-the-Apostles, and The Enlightener of Ireland. 

Two Latin letters survive which are generally accepted to have been written by St. Patrick, the Declaration and the Letter to the soldiers of Coroticus. From these texts come the only generally accepted details of his life. The Declaration is the more important of the two. In it, Patrick gave a short account of his life and his mission and wrote his memoir: The Confession.

According to the Confession, at the age of just sixteen Patrick was captured in Britain by a group of pirates. The raiders brought Patrick to Ireland where he was enslaved and held captive. Patrick writes that the time he spent as a slave was critical to his spiritual development. At the time, Ireland was a land of Druids and pagans. While in captivity, Saint Patrick worked as a shepherd and strengthened his relationship with God through prayer. Patrick says that God had mercy on his youth and ignorance. He converted to Christianity. After six years of this, he heard a voice telling him that he would soon go home, and that his ship was ready.
Recommended reading for the whole family includes Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland by Tomie dePaola. The book summarizes the story of Patrick's life, from his noble birth in Britain, to his being captured and taken to Ireland by a group of bandits, to the "dreams" that led him to convert the Irish people to the Christian faith. DePaola also retells several well-known legends, including the story of how Patrick got rid of all the snakes in Ireland.
Patrick's captivity lasted until he was twenty. Fleeing his master, he traveled to a port, two hundred miles away. There, he found a group of sailors and persuaded the captain to take him back. After three days, they landed and apparently all left the ship, walking for 28 days in a "wilderness." They became faint from hunger before encountering a herd of wild boar. This was shortly after Patrick had urged them to put their faith in God. Thus, his prestige in the group greatly increased. After various adventures, he returned home to his British family.

A few years later, Patrick saw a vision he described in his memoir:
Source: WikiCommons
"I saw a man coming, as it were from Ireland. His name was Victoricus, and he carried many letters, and he gave me one of them. I read the heading: 'The Voice of the Irish.' As I began the letter, I imagined in that moment that I heard the voice of those very people who were near the wood of Foclut, which is beside the western sea-and they cried out, as with one voice: 'We appeal to you, holy servant boy, to come and walk among us.'" 
The vision prompted his studies for the priesthood. He was ordained by St. Germanus, the Bishop of Auxerre, whom he had studied under for years, and was later ordained a bishop and sent to take the gospel to Ireland. Patrick arrived in Slane, Ireland on March 25, 433. There are several legends about what happened next, with the most prominent claiming he met the chieftan of one of the druid tribes, who tried to kill him.  Patrick was able to convert the chieftain and preach the Gospel throughout Ireland for 40 years, building churches across the country.

Patrick often used shamrocks to explain the Holy Trinity and entire kingdoms were eventually converted to Christianity after hearing his message. He is generally credited with being the first bishop of Armagh, Primate of Ireland. After years of living in poverty, traveling and enduring great suffering -- he died March 17, 461 at Saul -- where he had built the first Irish church.

Saint Patrick's Day is observed on the date of his passing. It is celebrated inside Ireland and around the world as a religious and cultural holiday. In the dioceses of Ireland, it is both a solemnity and a holy day of obligation; it is also a celebration of Ireland itself.

St. Patrick is said to be buried at Down Cathedral in Downpatrick, County Down, alongside St. Brigid and St. Columba. His grave was marked in 1990 with a granite stone. Patrick was a man whose love and total devotion can be a shining example to each of us. So complete was his trust in the importance of his mission, he feared nothing, not even death.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Fulcher: Idaho can manage its lands better than the federal government

Russ Fulcher
Russ Fulcher

“As of today, 63% of land in Idaho is property of the federal government. I will not sit idle while federal bureaucrats who don’t live here and don’t know us tell us what to do with our land,” says Russ Fulcher on his previous campaign site.
Fulcher continues:
I believe that Idahoans can more effectively manage our lands here at home than federal officials can from Washington, D.C. In Idaho, we are proud of our natural resource industries and the jobs that they create. Idahoans are incentivized to protect the treasures of our own environment while still managing our lands in a responsible manner. We are more than capable of balancing industry with preservation, conservation with growth, without Washington, D.C. telling us how to do it.
At  meetings in Pocatello, Fulcher said the federal government is feeling the pinch from managing public lands.
    “They are seeing no economic benefit and no tax revenue is generated,” Fulcher said in  the Idaho State Journal.
In mid May, Congressman Raúl Labrador, R-Idaho, reintroduced a bill to allow state and local management of federally-owned forests and improve forest health, boost local economies and save taxpayers money.
“We in Idaho know local managers will be better stewards of the 193 million acres in the National Forest System,” Labrador said. “My bill would establish locally-operated demonstration projects across the country. The result will be healthier forests and long-term solutions for rural economies weakened by the precipitous drop in active management since the 1990s.
“The success of local control should be a model for replacing the Secure Rural Schools program, bringing financial stability to local governments reliant on payments from Washington, D.C., to make up for fallen timber receipts,” Labrador continued. “Efficient local management will provide a reliable alternative to the SRS program.”
Labrador’s Self-Sufficient Community Lands Act, H.R. 2316, was first introduced in 2012, when a bipartisan group of county commissioners proposed the idea. In 2013, the bill passed the House but wasn’t considered in the democratically controlled Senate.
The Self-Sufficient Community Lands Act would create “community forest demonstration areas” of at least 200,000 acres, not exceeding 4 million acres nationwide. Governors would appoint an Advisory Committee to oversee management. The committee must include representatives from local government, recreational users, the forest products industry and grazing or other permit holders.
Hunting and fishing rights, as well as other recreational uses and tribal rights, will be protected. Federally designated wilderness areas would be exempt from the pilot programs. The Forest Service would receive a portion of revenues and retain responsibility for firefighting.
The bill complements the efforts of the Federal Land Action Group, recently cofounded by the chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee. Labrador is a member of both the committee and the new group working to provide a legislative framework for transferring federal lands to local ownership and control.
“With an $18 trillion debt, the U.S. government can no longer afford to lose money mismanaging our public lands,” Labrador said. “States can do a better job under state forest practices laws. The result will be sustainable forests that benefit local communities and maintain public access.”