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March Luncheons On Both Sides of the State


On March 25, the FHA team was out in force at Rapid City’s Cedar Canyon Camp where 140 guests joined us for our Black Hills Area Luncheon. As is always the case when the TeenPact crew joins our projects, the room was infused with enthusiasm and energy. The TeenPact youth were an awesome addition as they served and some even spoke of their work and education in the TeenPact organization. Local area coordinator for TeenPact, Joanne Woods did a great job as she always does. Also joining us was our army of volunteers, too numerous to mention, without whom, the luncheon just would not have been possible. The program was led by our Executive Director, Dale Bartscher, who gave a report on the ongoing work of FHA, and a detailed report on the legislative work of FHA Action during the S.D. 2015 legislative session. Also, on stage, were the following:

  • Qusi Al-Haj representing Senator John Thune and reporting on Thune’s work in Washington D.C.
  • Adam Kaemingk representing Senator Mike Rounds and reporting on Round’s work in Washington D.C.
  • Kyle Holt representing Representative Kristi Noem and reporting on Noem’s work in Washington D.C.


FHA Executive Director Dale Bartscher and FHA Young Adult and Youth Coordinator Norman Woods were boots on the ground in Sioux Falls this past Thursday, March 26. An FHA Luncheon was held as sixty-one patriots, young and old, gather at the Abiding Savior Free Lutheran Church in what was one of the finest FHA events held to date in Sioux Falls. Abiding Savior’s Care Ministry Pastor David Olson opened the luncheon in Prayer and then all enjoyed a Pizza Ranch catered meal. In the House were a number of Legislators, Pastors and culturally concerned moms and dads. It was awesome to have as guests a number of young College Republicans from Augustana College along with a host of TeenPact Students. Encouraging Congressional Reports were given by Senator Round’s East River Director Mark Johnston and Senator Thune’s Constituent Services Representative Taylor Hoekstra. Dale shared FHA’s recent statewide activities, our work at the Capitol during the 90th Legislative Session and future FHA events. We now look forward to our next Sioux Falls Area Luncheon on Tuesday, May 12.

3/28/2015

Citizen Magazine Features Work of FHA



Editor’s note: As Communications Director at FHA and FHA Action, I walk a rather fine line. On the one hand, I don’t want our communications to come off boastful or self-promoting. On the other hand, we have a host of folks who invest their hard earned money in the work we do, and they need to know that they are getting maximum bang for their buck. So, please consider the following, not as boastful, but as humbly submitting to our donors (both current and future) the quality of the work done by FHA and FHA Action.  --John Dennis

For an actor or director to receive an “Academy Award of Merit” (or as it is commonly known -- an Oscar) is a pretty big deal. It is a big deal for several reasons of course, but maybe the most significant of all is the fact that the award is granted by over 5,000 film industry leaders. In other words, the folks who know the film industry the best have stamped their approval on the film maker’s work. It’s one thing to get a nod of approval from a casual movie goer, but when your peers approve, that’s means quite a lot more.

In the world of public policy from a Biblical worldview, no one knows the landscape better than Family Research Council (FRC), Focus on the Family, and CitizenLink. Back in October, FRC’s President, Tony Perkins, complimented the work of the FHA and especially the leadership of our Executive Director, Dale Bartscher. This week, CitizenLink’s magazine “Citizen” hit the newsstands, and in it was a gracious four page piece by Matt Kaufman entitled “Squelching the Slave Trade”. The article focuses entirely on the work of the FHA and the network of people and organizations with whom we work closely in the fight against Human Trafficking. The article discusses our partnership with folks like Pastor Scott Craig, Tess Franzen, and many in the law enforcement and legal communities.

In the world we live in, we don’t get awards. That’s probably a good thing. However, we do get the reward of knowing we are promoting and protecting the core values on which this nation was founded. We like that. And once in a while, we get a nod from leaders in our field. We would certainly be doing this work regardless, but it serves to remind those good folks who support our work that they are investing in a hard-working organization and getting a good return on that investment.

I wish I could give you a link to an online version of the article, but as of this writing, I couldn’t find one. So you may just have subscribe to Citizen (click here).

3/21/2015

Cavetime USA



"We will converge at Dry Gulch USA on April 24 & 25 to do battle together. Men from across the country will show up to worship, pray, and study the word. Join us as we lock shields and stand against the giants of lust, porn, & sex trafficking. Cavetime USA is open to all men age 12 and up. The cost of Cavetime USA is $110.00 per person. This includes a registration packet, The Sling, Cavetime book, meals, lodging, and activities such as go karts, arcade, basketball, sling competitions and more. Gather your posse and come kindle a fire with Cavetime USA. Check in begins at 2:00pm on Friday, April 24 and will remain open until dinner begins at 6:30pm. Dry Gulch, USA 572 Dry Gulch Rd, Adair, OK 74330"

For more info click here.

To register, click here.

3/7/2015

New Office Suite in Rapid City


As the Family Heritage Alliance has grown, and as our mission has expanded, so has our need for office space. As you may know, we recently opened an office in Sioux Falls in attempt to address some of the increased office needs. If you have visited our Rapid City office, you have seen a nice spacious suite on the second floor of the “Life and Liberty Building” on Rapid’s West side. This suite provided a spacious office for our Executive Director, a work / storage room, a conference area, a kitchen, a reception station, and one work station (sometimes occupied by our Communications Director). Well, as of Sunday, December 7, the FHA officially moved our operations to one of the suites on the first floor of the same building. This new suite boasts an additional 518 square feet and comes complete with kitchen, conference area, a reception / interview room, work / storage room, and six offices. The suite also comes with a much improved telephone and office communications system. The last week has been a turbulent one as we have worked to get systems up and online and everything in its place. We are just about to the point where we can say we have the move completed. We are so appreciative to the team that did the “heavy lifting” last Sunday. Thanks TeenPact Teens, Norman Woods, Clark Ericks, Carol Black, and Jan Bartscher for your exhausting work getting it all moved. Thank you Amy Willson for tirelessly working on bringing order out of the chaos! Stop by and see our new facility. The coffee is always on.

12/12/2014

Business Ramping Up at Sioux Falls Office


As of Tuesday, July 1, the FHA moved boldly to "the next level" as we officially occupied our office in Sioux Falls.  The office is located in the FCA building (1601 East 69th Street Suite #206).  We are now keeping regular office hours with volunteers and or staff in the office on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 9:00 AM to Noon.  In this picture (taken in our Sioux Falls office)  Pam Myers and Marlys Larsen are shown.  These two ladies regularly volunteer for us in Sioux Falls.  We are so grateful for the work these folks are doing for us.  By the way, the Sioux Falls office phone number is 605-274-3335.













12/6/2014

November 18 Aberdeen Area Luncheon


On November 18, Executive Director Dale Bartscher, and Advisory Council member Michael Jarratt traveled East to Aberdeen.  The event that took them there was the FHA's Aberdeen Area Luncheon.  Thanks to the good folks at Aberdeen First Assembly did a superb job of hosting the luncheon for us.  Also, thanks to Michael Jarratt who took three days off from his job to travel around the state with Dale.

Dale writes:
We traveled (Michael Jarratt did most of the driving which allowed me to get some work done on the road) to Aberdeen where 11 community Leaders joined us for lunch.  Included in the room were 5 Pastors and the President of CWA here in SD.  It was a great lunch ...  At the end of the meeting we locked in a 15-passenger van to transport Pastors to our Capitol Summit...  God is good.

11/22/2014

Carly Fiorina Inspires at November 12 Luncheon


On November 12, braving harsh cold and generally uncooperative weather, 175 folks gathered at Rapid City’s Open Bible Christian Center for our Black Hills Area Luncheon. They came to eat good food because that’s what you do at luncheons. They came to just enjoy the company of good likeminded people. And, they came to hear to be encouraged and inspired by Carly Fiorina (former CEO of Hewlett-Packard) and Dan Schneider (Executive Director of American Conservative Union). The crowd was far from disappointed. Also, at the event, Dale Bartscher, our Executive Director did what he does best, rallying good people around important issues. We also took a few moments out of the program to award to Pastor Gerad Strong (Lead Pastor of RC’s Bethel Assembly Church) the “Beyond the Walls Pastor” award. We could not have pulled off this event without the gracious hospitality and ministry of Associate Pastor Brian McDaniel and the amazing staff at Open Bible Christian Center. To all who pitched in and help make this a memorable day, our sincerest thanks!

If you missed the event, you can catch the keynote addresses in the video clip below (also provided to us by the good folks of Open Bible)!

11/15/2014

A Conversation with Five Hundred Friends


We are genuinely humbled by the flood of Facebook friends of late. Far be it from us to brag, but wow, thanks! Just this week, our Facebook page crossed the 500 likes threshold. Now we know it’s not a thousand, but from our perspective, it represents a potential dialogue with 500 pretty important folks and you can’t be a good conversation with 500 friends. If you haven’t liked us yet, we would just be honored if you would stop by and make that connection. Dale recently said that the 500th person would win an all-expense paid trip to Wall, South Dakota. We are trying to determine who lucky number 500 was. Until we figure it out, we will just keep you in suspense! Click here to visit our Facebook page and see what all the fuss is about!




11/15/2014

FHA Invited To Keynote The Yankton Rotary Club Meeting


Dale Bartscher, FHA Executive Director was accompanied by FHA Youth and Young Adult Division Coordinator Norman Woods as they recently traveled to Yankton, SD. They were invited there by Matthew Stone the Republican State Senate Candidate from District 18 - pictured here with Dale. Matt is a member of the Yankton Rotary Club and was able to secure Dale as their Club's October 28th Keynote Speaker. Thirty plus community leaders filled the room including State Representative Mike Stevens, State Representative Bernie Hunhoff, State Senator Jean Hunhoff, the County Sheriff and more. Dale shared with those in attendance the mission and work of the Family Heritage Alliance and our efforts with Human Trafficking awareness throughout South Dakota. Following the program he gifted each participant with Family Valued resources such as books, DVD's and informational brochures. The FHA is in hopes that other South Dakota ROTARY CLUBS might invite the FHA to their discussion table going forward.

11/1/2014

Christian Heritage Week


Western Dakota Families Shares the Following:

Our governor, Dennis Daugaard, has signed a declaration proclaiming that November 2nd-8th is the 20th Annual South Dakota Christian Heritage Week!

This is the schedule of speaking engagements for Dr. Catherine Millard who has been instrumental in establishing Christian Heritage Weeks in almost every state in our union. She is also the author of The Rewriting of American History among about a dozen additional books.

Catherine herself will be traveling this route. This schedule was established some time ago and there is a chance it could be modified, changed, or added to. Catherine will have access to a rental car as she journeys around our state and into Wyoming.

Itinerary for "South Dakota's 20th Annual Christian Heritage Week,
November 2-8, 2014:"

Monday, November 3, 2014: Heritage Christian School, Gillette, WY.
Tuesday, November 4, 2014: Liberty Baptist Christian School, Rapid City.
Wednesday, November 5, 2014: Black Hills Christian Academy, Spearfish.
Thursday, November 6, 2014: Spearfish Classical Christian Academy, Spearfish.
Friday, November 7, 2014: Solid Rock Christian Academy, Moorecroft, WY.

Click here to read the Governor's proclamation

11/1/2014