Saturday Spotlight: Janene Ritchie

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Chapter: Midwest/Dayton, OH

Member Since: September 2014

Motto: “Some people follow their dreams. Others hunt them down and beat them mercilessly into submission.” Neil Kendall

Why Did You Join Team RWB?

“I joined Team RWB at a time of great transition in my life, when my social support system was crumbling beneath me. At the time, the Dayton chapter had just formed, and I saw Eagles cheering each other and everyone else on at a local 10k. I thought they all seemed very positive, and friendly. I looked up Team RWB that night, and joined the Facebook group. It took me a month of social media stalking to feel comfortable attending an event, but once I did, I was hooked. I originally joined to make friends, and quickly realized that Team RWB is so much more than just a “running team.”

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

“It’s nearly impossible to choose just one – of course, the larger experiences like organizing our legs of Old Glory Relay, and the Air Force Marathon events have been incredible. However, it’s the everyday interactions that bring me the most joy. When Eagles come closer to achieving their goals, or share how their lives have been enriched through our activities, it confirms that all of the hard work is absolutely worth it. Watching the success of others unfold, and being a small part of that, is immensely rewarding.”

 

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How Do You Serve Your Community?

“I am the Chapter Captain of Team RWB Dayton, and serve as a representative of Dayton VA Voluntary Services on a Fisher House committee. I also volunteer with the Positivity Project, and have been involved with Girls on the Run, as well as local non-profit experiential education resources for elementary and middle school students.”

What Inspires You?

“People who remain positive and forge ahead despite setbacks, who remain kind in the face of hostility, and who give of themselves to others. “

How Has Team RWB Impacted Your Life?

“In the 2 years since I’ve joined, my life has completely changed. As a civilian, I’ve learned more about the veteran experience, and have come to an understanding and admiration of the unique strengths veterans bring to communities. I’ve found inspiration, mentorship, family, and passion. Through so many experiences, I have become a softer and stronger leader, and learned that we all have a story. If we only find the courage to share our own, and listen to others, we’ll find that we are not so different from one other.”

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

“Dive in! There’s no pressure – come as you are, give what you have, and I promise what you’ll receive in return will be nothing short of life-changing.”

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