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I’m Inspired by the Sacrifice of Others January 30, 2012

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I digress a bit in this post. Recently, I became a charter member of the Chambersburg Civitan. Although I was new to Civitan, I supported their mission of helping others, particularly those with developmental disabilities. One of the first events they talked about at the meetings was a Clergy dinner hosted by local Civitan clubs. I had no idea specifically why Civitan did this, other than to acknowledge and thank the clergy of our area which in and of itself is a worthy reason. Then in the latest Civitan magazine I read the saga of the Four Chaplains that inspired Civitan’s Clergy Appreciation Week. I was very moved by the heroic tale of 4 clergy that gave the ultimate sacrifice on the USAT Dorchester which was sunk by a German submarine in the icy Atlantic waters 150 miles from Greenland in 1943. Before sacrificing themselves they saved many others and gave comfort to those that could not be saved. I would encourage you to take 5 minutes to read their tale. http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20565675,00.html

If men such as these can give their lives to save others, can’t we all give an hour or two of our time to a worthy cause? Whether it is a service organization like Civitan, a local non-profit organization or even a friend or neighbor in need, we can all help someone somewhere. You never know what difference you might make in a person’s life. And when you give, you get paid back in so many ways many times over.

 

Horses are an Important Industry January 16, 2012

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I was reminded of these figures while I was looking around the American Horse Council’s website. This is from a study they published utilizing data from 2005. Granted that was pre-global economic meltdown and I’m sure the figures are different now. But still, the equine industry is a viable, important industry that contributes billions of dollars into the U.S. economy. It deserves some respect and is worth our efforts to keep it afloat and make it strong. Did you realize just how far the equine industry reaches? Consider these numbers from the study:

  • There are 9.2 million horses in the United States.
  • 4.6 million Americans are involved in the industry as horse owners, service providers, employees and volunteers. Tens of millions more participate as spectators.
  • 2 million people own horses.
  • The horse industry has a direct economic effect on the U.S.of $39 billion annually.
  • The industry has a $102 billion impact on the U.S.economy when the multiplier effect of spending by industry suppliers and employees is taken into account. Including off-site spending of spectators would result in an even higher figure.
  • The industry directly provides 460,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) jobs.
  • Spending by suppliers and employees generates additional jobs for a total employment impact of 1.4 million FTE jobs.
  • The horse industry pays $1.9 billion in taxes to all levels of government.
  • Approximately 34% of horse owners have a household income of less than $50,000 and 28% have an annual income of over $100,000. 46% of horse owners have an income of between $25,000 to $75,000.
  • Over 70% of horse owners live in communities of 50,000 or less.
  • There are horses in every state. Forty-five states have at least 20,000 horses each.

So if you hear someone knocking the equine industry or call horses simply “hay burners” (which yes, they are, but that doesn’t stop us from owning them) toss out a few of these numbers. Chances are non-horse people have no idea the reach the equine industry has. A little education could go a long way.

 

Happy New Year! January 1, 2012

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I considering writing about my New Year’s resolutions, but part of me wondered why anyone would want to read that. Then I say this blog post floating around Facebook, and it sums up everything and more that I wanted to say. http://www.marcandangel.com/2011/12/11/30-things-to-stop-doing-to-yourself/

I was pleased to discover that I do a number of things on this list, but there were a few others that really hit home that I want to take on in 2012. I encourage everyone to read this list and try to follow it. Good luck and have a fabulous 2012!