Saturday Spotlight – Lori Whitener
Chapter: Mid-Atlantic Region / Charlotte, NC
Member Since: February 2017
Motto: “Run on the road God called you to travel.”
Why Did You Join Team RWB?
“I come from a very strong military family. My Father served in the Army, my Grandfather in the Air Force, and most of my Uncles served in the Army, Air Force or Navy. I have always felt a strong connection to the men and women who serve our country. I joined Team RWB after one of my cousins told me about the organization and I decided to raise money for them to earn a charity bib in the 2017 Marine Corps Marathon. This was by far one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I feel truly connected to every Eagle I meet and I now have the honor of serving on our local leadership team. I didn’t serve in the military so it’s of the utmost importance to me that I serve those who sacrificed for our country in some way. I’ve made so many wonderful friends in the process and I’ve learned more than I ever expected!”
What has Been Your Favorite Event or Experience with Team RWB?
“The 2017 Marine Corps Marathon (my first full) was incredible! Attending the dinner and meeting Eagles from all over the country is an experience I’ll cherish forever. I met so many Eagles from all over the country who provided me with guidance, uplifting words, and inspiration. I’ve remained connected with many of them through social media ever since.”
How do you serve your community?
“I serve in whatever capacity I can through our local chapter. I am also working toward a personal training certification which I’m excited to use to serve our members. I put a big emphasis in my home on giving back to our community and I’m happy to say, it shows. My 12-year-old daughter loves to volunteer in any way she can. Her favorite volunteer events involve Team RWB. Most parents of tweens struggle to get them out of the house to give back, but this is something she never protests. She has the heart for service.”
What Inspires You?
“I am inspired by my husband who served 16 years in law enforcement and as a firefighter, my daughter who truly loves serving her community, my parents for showing me the value of helping others, all my military family members, and all those who serve our community selflessly be it through military or civilian service.”
How has Team RWB impacted your life?
“Our local chapter hosts a monthly book club where we focus on books that generally deal with leadership and service. One of the first books I read with Team RWB was the book “Tribe,” by Sebastian Junger. The book talks about the importance of belonging and looking out for your team. I’ve always struggled to feel like I fit in while in most situations. Team RWB is one place I’ve ALWAYS felt welcomed. And this isn’t just limited to our local chapter. I’ve traveled to other cities and met up with chapters there for group runs and felt the same warmth and camaraderie I feel in my local chapter. My husband always talks about how being in law enforcement is a brotherhood and how he feels instantly connected to those who served. I had never felt that connection until I joined this group and that’s been one of the best parts of my experience. I love knowing that in some small way, I’m giving back to those who sacrificed a lot for our country.”
What Would You Say to Someone Who is Thinking of Joining Team RWB?
“Join and get involved! I know what it feels like to feel socially anxiety when you don’t know others. I know what it’s like to show up to groups like that and not feel accepted. You will NOT feel like that with this group. We are a team, we want you here. You may need us to push you out the door, to motivate yourself to be more active, or to boost your mental & physical health. At the same time, the members of our team need you for the same reason. Help yourself while helping others. It will change your life!”