Team RWB Hosts State Coordinator Convenings

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Volunteers are the backbone of Team Red, White and Blue (Team RWB). They serve as leaders in their community and are the reason local chapters forge bonds that support health and wellness for hundreds of thousands of veterans across the nation. 

The State Coordinator is Team RWB’s newest volunteer position. State Coordinators are seasoned leaders and are responsible for assisting and growing each chapter in their state.

Recently, state coordinators from all over the nation met in small, socially-distanced groups in Utah and Michigan to learn from each other, grow as leaders, plan for 2021, and enjoy team building while adventuring in some of America’s most beautiful outdoor locations. 

In Utah, state coordinators from Alaska, California, Nevada, Washington, and North Dakota met in the picturesque mountains near Salt Lake City, kicking off the weekend with a bonfire in the cool, crisp fall air. 

Our State Coordinator weekend came after months of isolation, something all of us across the country had been feeling. I needed this weekend in Utah more than I can explain.” said Thea Jorgenson, State Coordinator for North Dakota, South Dakota, and Nebraska. 

The State Coordinator convenings offered the volunteers a unique opportunity to get to know each other better and learn best practices from other states. 

“Each state is vastly different and we have our own unique challenges but we were all there for the same reason – to better our states and provide the best opportunities for our Eagles,” said Jorgenson.

Another group of state coordinators from Ohio, Indiana, Iowa, Texas, Louisiana, Kansas, and Michigan met in the quaint, waterfront village of Mackinaw City in northern Michigan. The group bonded over campfires, games, stories, a ferry ride, and – in true Team RWB style – several physical activities.

“I would recommend anyone looking to serve veterans at a broader level become a State Coordinator. The ability to give back and support others is very fulfilling and allows an individual to ‘pay forward’ the support and motivation they received as a member of Team RWB,” said Adam Pattison, Ohio State Coordinator.

Despite the challenges that we’ve all faced in 2020, Team RWB’s State Coordinators have been examples of true resilience. 

“As we’ve all had to learn how to navigate this challenging year, I have felt incredibly lucky to work with this caliber of volunteer leader in our organization. I’m immensely proud of our State Coordinators,” says Kris Lord, Area Director for Team RWB. “In this year of personal and professional isolation for so many, I feel certain they have been hugely impactful.”

Team RWB is looking to fill state coordinator positions in upstate New York, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, South Carolina, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming. If you would like to learn more about the State Coordinator role or other Team RWB volunteer opportunities, click here.

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