Jim Duncan is a friend and fellow member in the West Orange County chapter of LeTip. Jim has been active in both Huntington Beach and Costa Mesa communities for two decades and one of his passions is helping kids. Every year, Jim partners with Estancia High School (Costa Mesa), Costa Mesa High School and Huntington Beach High School to recognize kids who have demonstrated excellence in their studies, while working at least 10 hours a week. Each student that is selected receives a cash award, lunch for the student and parents and a certificate of achievement.
Jim has been bugging me to participate for a couple of years now and this time I decided to join in. It was a very inspiring day! These kids had aspirations that ranged from being a military pilot to a child psychiatrist, and everything in between, and I am privileged to have been a participant. Needless to say, I’ll be doing again in future years.
My “student” was Ms. Vivianna Almanza Merida, the aforementioned aspiring child psychiatrist. With her GPA and work ethic, there is no doubt that she can accomplish anything she sets her mind to.
I wish her every success!
As many people know, I spent the last decade or so before starting First Impressions Video in digital marketing. During those years, I had the pleasure of meeting Pete Gombert, who, at the time, was CEO of Balihoo. Pete has been wildly successful over the years and took an extraordinarily bold step a little over a year ago, by stepping away from Balihoo. Some might call it a sabbatical, others might call it a leave of absence, and a few might even call it crazy (see below). Whatever one chooses to call it, Pete returned with a new vision for an organization that, by its commission, would help to leave the world a better place. That vision is GoodWell.
I wouldn’t dare to explain more about GoodWell, since no one can do it justice but Pete, so I will simply point you to the GoodWell website, and ask that you learn all you can about this worthwhile organization. I would also invite you to become a Founding Member, and then ask three people you know to do the same. It’s only 50 bucks, but leveraged across thousands of–dare I say one million–people, we CAN make a difference.
Please join me and Pete, and become one of “the crazy ones!” Or as Pete might say it:
“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”
Thanks for reading.
GoodWell Founding Member #117