Saturday Spotlight – Katy Stone

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Chapter: Midwest / Lansing, MI

Member Since: Jan 2015

Motto: “It’s all good!”

Why Did You Join Team RWB?

“I saw a friend post on Facebook about fun team events he was doing with Team RWB. After several months of seeing his posts and seeing some Eagles at a Triathlon, I reached out to find out more information. I was searching for a team and some camaraderie. I loved the idea of wearing the Eagle and coming together at events!”

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

“In July of 2015, on a whim, I traveled to Northern Michigan with the Team Chapter Captain at the time. We met up with a few other Eagles from the Gaylord Chapter who were putting on a “trail running camp.” I was nervous and had just signed up for a 13.1 mile trial run without ever running that far in my life. The weekend was amazing and crazy to say the least. I laughed, learned, did crazy team building exercises, did yoga on pine needles, ate my first Gu, made a life long “battle buddy”, and ran what seemed like a really really long way on a steep muddy, buggy trail. I got out of my comfort zone and found my Eagle Fire that weekend! It was then that I decided to become an Eagle Leader and was quickly on-boarded as a Veteran Engagement Director.”

How do you serve your community?

“I have been the Team RWB Lansing Chapter Captain since January 2018. Before taking on the roll of CC, I served as the Veteran Engagement Director for the chapter since 2015. Within the chapter, we have been doing community events quite often, which I am super proud of our chapter for. I am also a CCD teacher at my church and help to run our yearly Festival 5K. I homeschool my two daughters and volunteer at our homeschool coop. The girls and I volunteer with their dance studio as well as their youth group. I am part of the Farmers Veterans Coalition and Michigan Food and Farming Systems Veterans in Ag program where I hope to be able to be more involved with soon.”

What Inspires You?

“I really love watching new members grow and find their Eagle Fire by getting out of their comfort zone and to see the new friendships they build within the Team. I am inspired by all the proud Eagle selfies/pictures after races or events and seeing all the cheers they receive from the members when epic milestones are reached!”

How has Team RWB impacted your life?

“At first, Team RWB had given me confidence and got me out of my comfort zone. While growing in confidence, I have learned some amazing skills. I have learned leadership skills, people skills, story telling skills and so much more. The biggest thing would be learning about myself! Attending Story Telling Leadership Camp in the fall of 2017 was life changing. Learning that everyone has a story to tell and learning to be a better listener and most of all learning to be empathetic, authentic, genuine, loyal, and effective (EAGLE).”

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

“Do it! Just get out to your first event! Bring a friend if you feel nervous going alone. If you don’t have a friend to bring, post that you need a battle buddy for the event. Don’t be intimated (#wedontjustrun)… Remember that every Eagle had to press “register” for the first time and they showed up! Get that #eaglefire and keep spreading it! Let us enrich your life! It really enriches our lives too!”