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Thunder Ridge Assembly

   Before I start with the main topic, is it okay if I go off on a small rant? Oh thank you! I knew you would be okay with that. I need to vent about having to attend business meetings in California. Last year, the hotel where the annual convention was being held didn’t have a shuttle from the airport, so I rented a car. When I checked into the hotel, they charged me $38 for parking. That was the first time I have ever had to pay to park at the hotel where I’m staying. So whenever the hotel doesn’t have a shuttle, I have realized that’s why God created Uber. Now I just got back on Wednesday from a meeting at the Hyatt Regency in Newport Beach. In the morning I went to the complimentary breakfast area. Or should I say I thought it was complimentary. I was just getting finished with my breakfast when they brought me a bill for $25. Are you kidding me! $25 for a meal that all the other hotels I have stayed at are complimentary. If you’re going to charge me $25, you better at least have steak as an option. If I would have known, I would have eaten so more bacon! Okay, rant officially over. Thank you, I feel so much better now.

   Last Friday, it was Homecoming for Thunder Ridge High School. I would like to thank Michele Kennedy and Principal Douglas McLaren for letting me come and present the Crusade Against Cancer banner to the student body. I have had so much support from Michele and the Thunder Ridge booster club and want them to know how much I appreciate all they do.

   When it was my turn in the assembly to speak, Michele came up with me to help. I started by saying I really wasn’t a superstitious person, but I was positive Friday the Thirteenth was going to be extremely unlucky for the other team in the game that night. That got a nice round of applause. Then I explained about the Foundation and our mission to help local cancer patients and their families. I made sure to thank Michele and the booster club for all of their support. I told them about the Crusade Against Cancer fundraiser and thanked the Thunder Ridge cheer squad for all their help. I looked over to the cheer squad and said, “I promised all of you guys Shannon Wilker Foundation t-shirts and would like to give them to you now.” It was so rewarding to see the smiles on their faces as Michele gave them their t-shirts.

   To conclude my speech, I urged them to start putting their groups together for next year. “Because I’m going to personally tell Bonneville and Hillcrest that Thunder Ridge says, Bring It! And when you really think about it, the school with not just the most but the absolute best Superheroes; well we all know that’s the Thunder Ridge Titans!” That got an enormous applause from the audience. Then they started chanting “MVP, MVP!” I must admit that was so amazing and surreal at the same time.

   The greatest part of all of this was to see how many amazing and wonderful young adults we have in our community. It is comforting to know we have some great young men and women that will make terrific leaders for our future. Thanks for reading.

Next week: My Brother and My Mentor

P.S. Thunder Ridge won the game 48-34. See, I told you that would happen. I must be psychotic. I mean psychic.

Thunder Ridge Assembly

Posted by on September 21, 2019 in Journal | 0 comments

   Before I start with the main topic, is it okay if I go off on a small rant? Oh thank you! I knew you would be okay with that. I need to vent about having to attend business meetings in California. Last year, the hotel where the annual convention was being held didn’t have a shuttle from the airport, so I rented a car. When I checked into the hotel, they charged me $38 for parking. That was the first time I have ever had to pay to park at the hotel where I’m staying. So whenever the hotel doesn’t have a shuttle, I have realized that’s why...

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Eastern Idaho State Fair 2019

Posted by on September 7, 2019 in Journal | 0 comments

   First let’s start with naming the winner of the pop quiz last week. Congratulations to Patty Elzinga for correctly naming the content of the Make-A-Wish 2 story. She has won a stylish Shannon Wilker Foundation stocking cap. I hope everyone had a fun and safe Labor Day weekend and you made some very special memories with your family and friends. I always have mixed emotions about this holiday. It means getting to go to the Eastern Idaho State Fair, but it also means that summer is almost over and the cold and snow are on their way.    I...

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Make-A-Wish 3

Posted by on August 31, 2019 in Journal | 0 comments

   Before I start this week’s story there will be a pop quiz. Who can remember what the Make-A-Wish 2 story posted on May 18 was about? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller? If you’re too young to understand the Bueller reference, ask your parents or grandparents. That movie was a classic! The first person to post or send me an answer will win a prize. The winner will be announced in next week’s story.    Last Monday, I got an text from Julie at Make-A-Wish asking if the World’s Best Limo Driver would be available on Thursday to take a young boy...

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Idaho Falls Chukars 2019

Posted by on August 24, 2019 in Journal | 0 comments

   I would like to start by thanking Kevin Greene and the entire Chukars staff for letting me have a booth for my Foundation at the games. They have always been so helpful and supportive. I also need to thank Kristy and Sydney Young for the beautiful bracelets and earrings they make for the Foundation. They have been a huge success! I have always enjoyed having a booth at the Chukars games. It has allowed me to raise a little bit of money, but the biggest benefit has been the ability to meet new people and let them know about the Foundation....

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Star Valley Limo Event

Posted by on August 17, 2019 in Journal | 1 comment

   Last week there was a limo event for a group in Star Valley on Thursday night. I was to pick them up at the Star Valley Ranch RV Park at 7:00 and bring them back around 11:00. I was a little hesitant at first because it’s a two hour drive to get there. That would get me home around 1:00am and I have basketball in the morning. But I told them I would be happy to do it. And do you know why? That’s right, because I’m the World’s Best Limo Driver! That, and I can still foul people even when I’m tired.    When I arrived at the address, a young...

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College Bound

Posted by on August 10, 2019 in Journal | 0 comments

   Before I start this weeks’ topic, I need to tell you about a phone call I received this week. It was from an unfamiliar number, so I let it go to voice mail. The message was from an older gentleman and pretty incoherent. All I could get was he was stranded here and trying to get back to Portland. I called the gentleman back and told him I had missed his call and asked how I could help. He told me he had gotten my number from the girls at the coffee shop. He said his camper had broken down and him and his dog was stranded here. I told him...

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The Blessing of Friendship

Posted by on August 3, 2019 in Journal | 0 comments

One of the best rewards I have received through the Foundation is the friendships and connections I have made. I have always believed you meet the people in your life when you are meant to meet them. This week’s story is about three very important friendships I have made.    The first friendship I would like to tell you about is with Sandie Fulks from Rich Broadcasting. My first contact with her was on a conference call with Mountain View Hospital for a fundraising idea I was working on. From the very first time we talked she has always been...

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Lost in the Mail

Posted by on July 27, 2019 in Journal | 0 comments

Let’s go back to the Crusade Against Cancer fundraiser in June. First, I want to thank everyone again that helped put this together and making it the success it was. I especially want to thank Michele Kennedy and Thunder Ridge High School for their support. This week’s story is about a situation that occurred after the race that I was made aware of this week.    I will start by letting everyone know one of my policies with the Foundation. Whenever I get someone’s support with a fundraiser, I always ask them if they know of a family that is...

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2922

Posted by on July 20, 2019 in Journal | 0 comments

Yesterday, it was exactly 8 years, (2922 days) that Heaven received a very special Angel. This specific Angel was a wonderful daughter, sister, wife, mother, and grandmother. She was also my best friend. I have no doubt she is one of Heavenly Father’s best angels as well. There have been many adjustments and special moments to my life since my Angel Shannon left for her next chapter. I would like to tell you about some of the moments that have meant the most to me. 1. The Alaskan Cruise It was Shannon’s request that instead of spending the...

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Fourth of July 2019

Posted by on July 13, 2019 in Journal | 0 comments

   I would like to start by saying how thankful I am for the country we live in and for all the freedom and opportunities we have. There are times I have taken them for granted, but this holiday always helps me remember how lucky I am. I am grateful for the brave men and women in the armed forces for their service and sacrifice.    This year I was given an amazing opportunity. It all started about a month ago when I received a text from Rick at Teton Cancer. He said they were helping a gentleman who was putting a float in the parade for...

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