Saturday Spotlight: Maureen Slotnick

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Chapter: Team RWB Midatlantic / Richmond

Member Since: 2015

Motto: “To have courage for whatever comes in life, everything lies in that. ~ Mother Teresa.”

Why Did You Join Team RWB?

“I joined to give back to my community, serve others, and enrich Veterans lives.  My foundation has always been health and fitness so this seemed like a great fit because the mission is to enrich Veterans lives through physical and social activity. Plus it’s free and anyone can join! Another Eagle put it best; “At the most basic level, we are trying to connect people to their community because we feel the equation enrichment=health+people+purpose matters.”  In my opinion, it matters a lot, and it works!”

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What has Been Your Favorite Event or Experience with Team RWB?

“My favorite experience with Team RWB has been the one on one interactions and connections that happen before and after the actual physical and social activities with other Eagles. That is when the real bonds form and you become friends with each other; sharing your stories and listening to each other. We focus so much on our own stories in today’s society but at Team RWB its about creating white space during our activities to listen to others and form those bonds at a very basic level. When an Eagle comes to me with a question or concern outside of the mission, it makes me feel like we have created a safe space. So the creation of connections that without Team RWB I may not have formed – that is my favorite experience. And this year I’m an ELF – Eagle Leader Fellow!  When we were in Tampa, FL at the kick off, Blayne Smith (Executive Director) said “We don’t want you to be good, we want you to be GREAT!” – that was pretty inspiring.”

How Do You Serve Your Community?

“I’d like to think I serve the community by bridging the gap between the military and civilians. So many of the freedoms we have are because of our military. One of my favorite quotes; “The public is often accused of being disconnected from its military, but frankly it’s disconnected from just about everything. Farming, mineral extraction, gas and oil production, bulk cargo transport, logging, fishing, infrastructure construction – all the industries that keep the nation going are mostly unacknowledged by the people who depend on them most” – it’s not a bad thing, but there is a gap and I’m thankful for organizations like Team RWB that are working to bridge the gap.”

What Inspires You?

“It is always inspiring to see someone try something new they have never done before. That is where growth happens. I am inspired by anyone who tries to go out of their comfort zone to better themselves or others.”

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How Has Team RWB Impacted Your Life?

“Team RWB has impacted my life in such a positive way. Running has always been a huge part of who I am and while we are not “just a running club” its been a place I could join others doing an activity I love – a physical or social activity. 2016 was a very difficult year, we discovered that our 3yo daughter, Scarlett June, had a pretty serious medical condition. Team RWB was the light during many dark days. Whether it was an activity or connection with someone I made through the organization, they always provided light. Team RWB helps me during a transition – it’s not what you do once in a while, it’s what you do everyday that matters. Team RWB provides that consistency and balance.

What Would You Say to Someone Who is Thinking of Joining Team RWB?

“I’d say “do it” – it is free, anyone can join, there are no fundraising requirements, and you have nothing to lose. Anyone can be an Eagle, at the basis it is about creating genuine and authentic relationships; enrichment=health+people+purpose. I think we could all use more positive people in our lives!