The week of June 13th was my favorite week of the year. Every year that is the week that I look forward to the most. I love my life and enjoy everything that I do, but this week takes the cake!
I am involved with a young women’s program that focuses on personal and professional development. Through the candidate program, the young ladies develop confidence, self-esteem, interview skills, public speaking skills, etc. They also begin to embrace the spirit of volunteerism. Three of the ladies are then selected to represent the community and serve as public relations ambassadors and role models.
From the outside looking in, it may look like a pageant to some. It may look like girls in pretty dresses and crowns, but from the inside looking out, it is so much more.
I was selected to represent Cambridge in 1995 and the candidate program is what has brought me back time and time again. It was incredible when I was a candidate but change has been good to us! We embrace change and welcome it with open arms. Since that time, we have really developed an excellent program that many people embrace and are excited to be a part of.
The candidate program kicks off in April and wraps up celebrating all of their accomplishments the Friday before Father’s Day (June 18th, this year). There are many events during the course of the couple months, but the busiest time is that final week.
While I love the three young women that are selected each year, I feel like I lose a piece of me as we wrap up the candidate program. The candidates are what make each journey, each year, so unique and special. The candidates and the candidate program is what I keep coming back for. Watching the young women learn and grow over the course of a couple months is pretty amazing! I see some incredible changes take place and I feel blessed and grateful that I am a part of it.
I am a proud volunteer of this program and although I am giving of myself and my time, the gifts that I receive in return are priceless. Often times when we serve others, we are really serving ourselves too.
My question to you is this:
What are you involved in that you can completely wrap yourself up in by serving others? What do you do that you have so much passion for that you lose track of time? Is there something waiting for you that you can get connected to and offer your time and talents?
I encourage everyone to find the program that is right for them. You will be a blessing, but you will also be very blessed.
I want to thank all of the candidates of the Cambridge Ambassador Program – from this year and previous years – you have all blessed me more than I can express!