On July 27-31 FHA Executive Director Dale Bartscher and several of their Staff and Board Members gathered together at the Focus on the Family campus in Colorado Springs for a much-awaited ‘Family Policy Council Annual Conference’. The Family Heritage Alliance, representing South Dakota, is a proud member of this national network of independent, allied organizations in our mission to shape public debate and formulate public policy by engaging state, city and county elected officials, community leaders, and grassroots activists.
What a blessing to have in attendance leadership from FOCUS, CitizenLink, Alliance Defending Freedom and the Family Research Council. This was a time of fellowship and collaboration towards building a stronger, national family policy alliance!
This year’s conference was the best in recent memory. Each morning began, as it should, with a time of worship and devotion led by Del Tackett, of ‘The Truth Project’ fame. Strategic planning and break-out sessions inspired those in attendance to be encouraged and to think LARGE when it comes to championing Faith, Family and Freedom back in our home states. The conference highlight came when the leadership mantel of CitizenLink was flawlessly passed, from long time FHA friend Tom Minnery, to their new CEO Paul Weber.
Currently there are 38 Family Policy Councils (including the FHA of South Dakota) who are Associated with these four national organizations. I am reminded of the words of Helen Keller who rightly said, “Alone we can do so little – together we can do so much!”