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FHA Executive Director Attends Beadle County LDD
On Tuesday evening, April 21, some #70 Republican Party Patriots, including FHA Executive Director Dale Bartscher, were in attendance at this year’s Beadle County Lincoln Day Dinner. It was held at the beautiful PLAINS INN located in Huron, SD. Dale was cordially invited to put up the FHA DISPLAY and place FHA gifted 'Pocket Constitutions' at each place setting. Those in attendance were blessed to hear the evening’s Keynote Speaker - Representative Mark Mickelson. Bryan Noem, Rep. Noem’s husband, inspirationally filled in for the Congress Woman who was back in DC. Bryan was joined in the room by a host of state officials such as SD Treasurer Rich Sattgast,, SD Auditor Steve Barnett, SD Secretary of State Shantel Krebs, State Senator Jim White, and State Representative Dick Werner. The evening’s EMCEE was Aaron Pilcher who is a dear friend of the FHA and hails from Huron, SD.
FHA Travels Eastern South Dakota
FHA Executive Director Dale Bartscher along with FHA Youth and Young Adult Coordinator Norman Woods traveled to Eastern South Dakota April 16-19. Here’s their story and they’re sticking to it:
Thursday, April 16: Left Rapid City and arrived around midnight in Aberdeen to the welcoming host home of State Representative Al Novstrup and his lovely wife, Kathy. The FHA Staff always appreciates staying in the homes of Conservative Patriots across our great state.
Friday, April 17: The day began with a breakfast meeting with State Representative Dan Kaiser and that was followed by coffee with Representative Al Novstrup and his son, State Senator David Novstrup. Then it was time to meet area Pastors at the local Pizza Ranch for an FHA Pastors Luncheon. There is a great ‘Community of Faith’ in the Aberdeen area. Dale and Norman enjoyed spending lunch and a meeting with several of their communities Pastors. We then set-up our FHA Display at the Brown County Lincoln Day Dinner at the beautiful Aberdeen Ramkota Inn. There were 240 Patriots in the room that evening as it was a thrill to hear from Keynote Speakers Senator John Thune and Representative Kristi Noem. The evening was Emceed by the very gracious and inspiring Lt. Governor Matt Michels seen here with Norman Woods. The FHA blessed those in attendance with a ‘Pocket Constitution’ placed compliments of the FHA at each place setting. It was a thrill to hear the FHA partner, Pastor Jon Droege of the Aberdeen Christian Fellowship open in scripture and prayer! It was great spending time with a host of SD Legislators, FHA friends one and all, like former Representative Charlie Hoffman and currently serving Representative Fred Deutsch. Representative Dan Kaiser must not have gotten enough of Dale and Norman at breakfast because he showed up once again that evening. At the close of the evening Dale and Norman were blessed to present a Founder’s Bible to
Jeromy Pankratz with the Attorney General’s office.
Saturday, April 18: This day started off with a BANG as we had breakfast with 12 friends of Representative Al Novstrup and then they were on their way to Watertown (Pastor Roger Spahr of the Cornerstone UMC), and a stop in Brookings (Pastor Jon Sanders of the Flandreau Rescue Church) and then on to Sioux Falls. Dale and Norman had a great time meeting at our FHA Office with the Sioux Falls FHA Representative LaVonne Fosness, the Advisory Council Members and Volunteers. God bless them one and all as they continue to GROW the FHA’s influence in the vibrant city of Sioux Falls. That evening Dale and Norman were blessed to attend the annual Alpha Center’s Dinner at the Sioux Falls Convention Center . The first person they ran into was Rachel Rieman, daughter of FHA Board Member LeeAnn Rieman. Rachel was responsible for much of the planning of this evening’s event and it was a CLASS ACT to be sure. Close to 800 Heroes for LIFE filled the room along with a host of FHA Legislative friends like: Representatives Larry Zikmund, Steve Haugaard, Roger Hunt, Isaac Latterell, Don Haggar, SD Attorney General Marty Jackley was the evening’s Emcee and did a great job as usual. The Keynote Speaker was none other than Allen Unruh ,the husband of the Alpha Center’s Director - Leslie Unruh . Allen’s message was MORE than inspirational - it was challenging and educational. He made it clear saying, "One man with the truth is an army, one man with God is a majority” and"The nature of a fish is to swim, the nature of man is to be free.” What an awesome night for the Alpha Center and their CAUSE of saving our babies and their mothers and fathers.
Sunday, April 19: Dale and Norman concluded their time East River by attending three wonderful Church Service on this morning. They were: First Evangelical Free Church (Sioux Falls), Church at the Gate (Sioux Falls), and Grace Baptist Church (Renner).
Heart of David Ministries Plans April 30 Concert
Faith and Hope Community Breakfast
The Family Heritage Alliance was one of a host of sponsors and organizers responsible for this year's Faith and Hope (Rapid City) Community Breakfast. Around 380 community leaders gathered for good food, prayer, and the opportunity to hear Walt Wilson. Walt has had a colorful career and his resume' is a long one. He served in the US Marines, and afterward had a hugely successful career in Silicon Valley, including some time as an executive at Apple. He now runs Global Media Outreach which is a network of websites that have brought the word of God to 1.3 billion people in 132 countries.
JWC ScholarShare Banquet to Feature Lee Strobel
CitizenLink Talks Indiana RFRA
Stephanopoulos squares off against Governor Pence
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.
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).
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)!
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!
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.
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