Saturday Spotlight: Mike McNett
Chapter: Team RWB Midwest / Columbus
Member Since: 2012
Motto: “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams
Why Did You Join Team RWB?
“I first joined because it sounded like it would be fun, would help in making connections where we were moving to, and would help me remain active after retirement. My wife, Debbie, also joined at the time which was amazing. Immediately the two of us were taking part in events and activities which helped us both in the retirement transition; we now both had a common purpose and set of activities to take part in together. Ultimately we both found more than just a team, we found a second family that we never knew even existed!”
What has Been Your Favorite Event or Experience with Team RWB?
“There are so many to choose from, but one of the most recent and most impactful experiences was our helping a disabled veteran make his bathroom wheelchair accessible. It’s been a months-long process which has had such a significant impact on this family and our community. From the team perspective, however, it’s brought us together in so many ways; such as getting new and old members more involved, strengthened the bonds between our members, shown how people can be positive and even thrive when challenged with major medical issues, and taught the kids on our team that community service and helping our veterans is a wonderful pursuit!”
How Do You Serve Your Community?
“I am the Team RWB Columbus Chapter Captain. Shortly after joining the chapter, I was a Veteran Outreach Coordinator, then the Social Director, and ultimately moved into the Chapter Captain position. I also serve on the Chalmers-Wylie VA Veterans Services Committee and I am a member of the VFW. I am also the Executive Director of Bunker Labs Columbus which is a national non-profit organization that helps transitioning service members who want to start a business. Lastly, I love volunteering at many of the local VA and community events that help our veterans which also helps us spread the word about Team RWB’s mission of enriching the lives of America’s veterans.“
What Inspires You?
“Hearing a member say or write about how Team RWB has helped them personally overcome significant challenges, even to say that Team RWB probably saved his/her life. This has happened so many times in the past five years and each one is unique, but all can be traced back to the caring attitudes of our members. The genuine relationships that I see being formed every day in Team RWB has proven over and over that this team is doing something special for our members!”
How Has Team RWB Impacted Your Life?
“Being a member and leader in Team RWB has truly been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. It has allowed me to continue to serve my country and others in my community in a meaningful way. It has also strengthened my family and has extended my family with so many inspiring Eagles.“
What Would You Say to Someone Who is Thinking of Joining Team RWB?
“Come on out for a couple events, and bring someone with you! You’ll be amazed at how this team / family radiates positivity and inspiration!“