Saturday Spotlight: Rosy Macias
Chapter: Team RWB Salem
Member Since: 2013
Motto: “One Person Can Make a Difference”
Why Did You Join Team RWB?
“I joined team RWB in 2013 around the same time that I was just getting back into running. I was told that the majority of its members were Veterans and that they were a physically active group and very involved in their local community and that’s exactly what I had been looking for. In Team RWB I found the camaraderie, passion, and commitment that I once had but was missing once I got out of the service.”
What has Been Your Favorite Event or Experience with Team RWB?
“By far I would have to say being part of the Old Glory Relay has to be one of the best events/relays I have ever done. I thought OGR will be cool to do, but I honestly did not think that the journey of one flag, and the support of not just veterans but many community members as well, would have that type of effect on me…or bring unexplained happiness to some of the older Veterans that were able to join us on the last mile of the day.
How Do You Serve Your Community?
“I have a passion to help people, but I do love my Veterans and the community I live in, so most of my community support is helping Veterans. I am currently the Veterans Outreach Coordinator for the Salem Vet Center and due to that job I am very involved with the Marion County Community and some areas outside where I live and work. I work very closely with a lot of the Veterans and non Veterans Organizations that support Veterans in my community . I help organize many Veterans events, such as a yearly Veterans Run to help raise funds for homeless Veterans, the yearly Homeless Count with the City of Salem, Toys for Tots events and toy drive, and organizing the Annual Veterans Stand Down for the Mid-Willamette Valley. The yearly stand down event helps more than 250 local Veterans access resources such as housing, employment, medical, etc., all in one day under one roof, it’s just amazing. And I am excited to say that Team RWB was a big part of the Stand Down and Veterans Run.”
What Inspires You?
“I know that to some it may sound silly but my children inspire me. They make me want to be a better person and I make every effort every day to be a mom they can look up to, a mom they are proud of. I have 3 beautiful daughters and their tolerance, innocence, optimism, ambition, honesty, energy and courage inspire me every day. They have a lot to do with shaping the person I am now, because of them I do what I do, I just want to be a good role model for my girls.”
How Has Team RWB Impacted Your Life?
“Because of my involvement with the team I have now a bigger networking circle and this allows me to provide better services to my fellow team members and others in the community. I have also met some awesome people that are more like family to me, and without Team RWB in my life I don’t know if we would had crossed paths. “
What Would You Say to Someone Who is Thinking of Joining Team RWB?
“I would say, just do it! Don’t think about it too much, and don’t worry if all members you know enjoy running and you don’t think of yourself as a runner. That’s not what Team RWB is about, we are more than that, we are a family. A family that is always there to support, encourage and pushes one another when we are ready to give up and need it the most.”