Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin captivated the audience at the Weatherby Foundation’s Hunting and Conservation Award Dinner held last Tuesday, Dr. Richard Kelley said today in his Weekly Briefing. Dr. Kelley sits on the Weatherby Foundation’s board of directors. The Weatherby Foundation Dinner kicked off a series of hunting and conservation events in Reno, NV. Gov. Palin is scheduled to speak at the Safari Club International Convention at 2030 (8:30 PM) PST. Dr. Kelley wrote:
Since her presentation occurred at almost exactly the same hour that President Barack Obama gave his State of the Union address to the U.S. Congress, I had expected Gov. Palin to give a table-thumping speech slamming massive federal deficits, the size of government, “ObamaCare” and loss of individual freedom.
Not one of those political topics received anything more than the briefest of mentions. Her focus was on sharing tales of her own life experiences – growing up in small towns in Alaska and learning about nature, personal responsibility and family ties through outdoors experiences with her parents and siblings – something she has carried on with her own children.
She also got some chuckles and understanding nods from her audience when she talked about some of the funny and unexpected things that happened while filming the television series Sarah Palin’s Alaska for The Learning Channel.
Listening, I could personally relate to Gov. Palin’s proposition that outdoors activities are a great means of developing family relationships and instilling values in the next generation because I did something very similar with my own children. As they were growing up, we spent many, many days in the fields of all of Hawai‘i’s major islands and later, after I began to spend more time in Colorado, in the Rocky Mountains.
Dr. Kelley concluded:
The only disappointing thing about my trip to Reno was the fact that, due to the recent shootings in Tucson, security was extremely tight. Gov. Palin’s scheduled exclusive meeting with the Weatherby Foundation board, which I might have had the opportunity to join, was canceled at the last minute.
I had been curious to meet Sarah Palin in person. The way the media describes her, one might think she has the horns of a devil, a pointed tail, long, sharp claws, and a pitchfork.
Is that really true? I guess that I’ll never know!
Dr. Kelley…having had the good fortune to twice meet Gov. Palin, I can say you indeed missed out on something precious. You will not find a more authentic person with a beautiful soul. Gov. Palin is a Transformational Leader who leads in order to serve, not in order to rule. When you look into her eyes, you will look through the window to her servant’s heart, which you will see very clearly.
Excerpts retrieved from: An Evening with Sarah Palin: The Outdoors Enthusiast, Not the Politician