For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Buck Pinson and I’m from Springs Reformed Church in Colorado Springs. Rather than boring you with other autobiographical details, I want to use this space to tell you about why I have decided to run for CY vice-president.
It was five years ago that I first heard CY candidates give their speeches. I remember that I scoffed a little bit inwardly when they expressed why they wanted to serve as an officer in the CY. They all talked about how much they had benefited from CY retreats when they were younger, and now that they were a little bit older they just really wanted to give back to the CY. They said they were running because they really wanted to serve other people. I thought to myself, “Nah, you’re just running because you want to have the cool position of being an officer.” I decided that if I ever ran for officer that I would never say such a disingenuous and cliché statement. Well, five years later, I’m telling you that I want to become an officer because I really just want to serve the CY in the same way that those former officers said they wanted to serve me. I don’t care if that statement is cliché, it is absolutely not disingenuous. I really am running for CY vice president because I want to serve the CY in every way I can.
My newfound motivation for becoming an officer came about as a result of a change in my motivation for going to retreats. As I have got older during my time in the CY, I have got busier and retreats have become less “fun”. This meant that I almost completely stopped coming to retreats for about a year and a half. But finally, a little over a year ago, there was a retreat in my home church. Naturally, I went. Sure enough, that retreat simply wasn’t as “fun” for me as retreats used to be. Many of my friends my age and older weren’t there, and there was an overwhelming number of new faces that I did not recognize. But that retreat was very important for me. I discovered that it is okay that retreats are not “fun” to me in the same way that they were five years ago. I found at that retreat, that being a part of the CY for me is now about finding joy in serving other people in whatever ways I can. Since I realized this I began to come to retreats again, and have thoroughly enjoyed retreats in a new and greater way. I eventually realized that becoming an officer would open up even more avenues of serving the CY, and so that is why I have decided to run to be an officer. I am genuinely excited to serve you in the role of vice-president and I look forward to the new opportunities that I will have to serve you in the next couple years.
One last thing. This was a long speech! Thanks for taking the time to read it!
Hello everyone! My name is Alice Hayes, and I’m running for Rec. Director. I’m a senior in high school and am 17 years old. My family and I are members at Sterling RP Church. I love coming to retreats, growing in my faith, and seeing a lot of my friends do the same. I can’t express how much these retreats mean to me, and not just because I get to see my friends at them. Ever since I started coming to retreats, I have always thought that being an officer is such a neat and unique way to serve the Church and it’s youth. Over the past year especially, I have gotten to see bits and pieces of what the officers do to pull off a retreat, and I began to realize more and more how much I would enjoy serving. Working behind the scenes, planning, playing games and getting to be competitive are all things that I enjoy doing, and I’ve had multiple experiences with organizing games through 4-H and through a couple of different VBS’s at which I have helped lead recreation. I’m excited to have the possible opportunity to use those things I enjoy for the growth of CY retreat attendees. I can’t wait to see where the Lord leads this group over the next couple of years and I hope to be a part of that growth.
I am so thankful for this opportunity to run for office and support the CY. I would like to be an officer for three main reasons. Firstly, there is a need in the CY for an officer, and I think I am in a good position in my life to fill it. Secondly, I have been in the CY for almost 5 years, and have loved coming to retreats and different events, and would love to be a part of the officer team. Being able to participate in making the retreats happen and supporting the CY which has been so beneficial for so many people is something that I would be more than happy to do. Thirdly and maybe more selfishly, I have seen my family and friends become officers, and being a CY officer provides an excellent opportunity for personal growth in both practical and spiritual areas. Thank you for your consideration.
I’m Carter Milroy, and I approve this message.