By Emily Ziarko, State Co-Chair for Indiana
I went to my first March for Life in Washington, DC in 2013. I thought it was wonderful to see so many people out marching for life. I was fortunate enough to attend again this year. Back in January of 2013 Patriot Voices was less than a year old. Our group was just starting out and had a decent showing, but not as big as others. I was pleased to see that our crowd that comes to the March has grown significantly over two years. In only a small time, our group has inspired so many people to stand up and speak out for what they believe in and see that they are not alone in the fight for life.
Senator and Mrs. Santorum and their children walked with us. It is inspiring to see people not just "talk the talk," but also "walk the walk" (literally in this case) in their fight for life. It’s a cause that is personal to them, because of their daughter Bella, and to me as well. My little Maddie is not a perfect child. She is a non-verbal autistic and I wouldn’t give up one second with her - ever. I walk for her and all children who might be disposed of so easily, because of an imperfection. All children come with challenges, but they also bring great joy.
By Daniel Minick, State Co-Chair for Pennsylvania
The weekend before the November 4th election, Louisa Miller and I decided to join the Patriot Voices PAC Strike Force Team in Raleigh, North Carolina. We assisted with the efforts of Lori Bardsley, North Carolina State Co-Chair, and a contingent from the Citadel of about 40 cadets! Louisa and I were excited to work with the cadets again, having been with them the year before in Virginia for the Patriot Voices PAC Ken Cuccinelli Strike Force. We were not disappointed! We had a wonderful time. These young leaders are a delight to work with and be around. The future of our county is in good hands!
By Seth Heaton
Trying to describe my recent Patriot Voices Strike Force experience with “words,” seems almost impossible, because words won't really properly express how fantastic it was to be part of something like this. But I will try!
On the whole, it was uplifting, inspiring, fulfilling, fun, exciting, encouraging, fast, tiring, action-packed, and entirely worth every single second. When I was first contacted about the possibility of going, I wasn’t sure it would work out. Thankfully it did, because I was eager to be a part of what could be – what was – a critical election!
We worked hard in Iowa to bring a victory for Joni Ersnt, Terry Branstad, and many other candidates. The drive from Ohio took eight hours, but it seemed to fly by, at least on the way there! We arrived in Waterloo Friday afternoon, and went out soon after we arrived to start knocking doors. We drove around beautiful farm country, from house to house, encouraging people to get out to vote. Even though we were tired, and it was getting late, we kept marching on – driving actually, marching would have been a little rough. That night we continued the effort by making calls from the GOP victory center in Waterloo. There we met some other fantastic people working just as hard as we were. Iowans are very gracious people and seem to be pretty used to campaigns.
By Sarah Cheedie
As a long time fan and supporter of Senator Santorum, when I was given the opportunity last weekend to join ranks with his Patriot Voices Strike Force Team in Iowa, I was quick to accept the challenge hoping to make an impact in the race to reclaim the senate by getting Joni Ernst elected. Little did I know the impact this weekend would have on me.
You have to remember something about Patriot Voices; it's not your typical PAC. I'm convinced that the heart of their leader is passed on to the volunteers who have caught his vision for a better America.
By Carol Worley and Rachel Worley
Last weekend, we drove to Iowa to help our Republican neighbors up north to campaign for Joni Ernst, Terry Branstad, Rod Blum and other candidates for midterm elections. Our ten-hour drive from Tulsa seemed to drag on, but Waterloo finally appeared! As we began piling out of the car to meet the Patriot Voices volunteers at the hotel, the three friends who traveled with us probably thought we were crazy to be actually doing this. But we could feel the excitement of volunteering with others to make this last push for such an important state in the midterms.
By Tina Henold, Chapter Leader from Toledo, Ohio
I attended my very first CPAC recently and wanted to share about it! The most special thing was that I got to spend some time with Senator Santorum. His speech really stood out because I feel he truly understands the challenges facing average Americans. He spoke about the “news of a good America” where the family is the center of all of our policies. He talked about painting a picture so that all Americans can see themselves as a part of that picture. He also said we need to end the divisive language that is fracturing our nation. By the end of the speech I was on the edge of my seat because I really could see myself in the picture that Senator Santorum painted! He has a genuine heart to work for Americans and a desire to work towards that goal of a “good America.” I also attended a special screening of "Our Sacred Honor" which was co-hosted by Citizens United and spent some time working with our wonderful Patriot Voices volunteer team at our booth. It was a very busy few days - here are some things of the things that I learned:
By Carem Bennett, New Hampshire State Co-Chair
Recently, our New Hampshire State Co-Chairs, Carem Bennett and Glenn Cordelli, spent the day staffing Senator Santorum when he spoke at the Northeast Republican Leadership Conference. Here's Carem's account of that day!
By Shirley Widlacki, Chapter Leader from Newport News, Virginia
It was an honor to represent Patriot Voices at the Ronald Reagan Symposium on February 7th at Regent University. My husband, Tim, and our 16 year old son, Stephen, (appropriately rocking sweater vests) joined me to assist at the Patriot Voices table and to hear some of the excellent speakers at the symposium.
Since Patriot Voices was a sponsor of the event, I had the honor and pleasure of handing out awards to the winners of the student essay contest. What an inspiration it was to meet these exceptional young Americans who share a love of country and deep concern about the direction our nation is heading.
By Darlene Raimondi and Brian Empric, Florida State Co-Chairs
Recently, Rick Santorum was in Orlando to give a speech for Legatus - a group of business leaders who are committed to infuse their faith into their business practices.
While in the area, he arranged to meet with state and local leadership for Patriot Voices. Our conversation covered a wide range of topics - from Iran and their nuclear program to his commitment to working class Americans.
More importantly he wanted to know what was on our minds! So we asked about upcoming Echolight projects and of course, we wanted to know how Bella was doing. We shared our campaign stories with him. It was a very casual conversation – one you would have with a friend!
By Daryl McIntosh, Chapter leader - Baltimore, Maryland
Amidst the extreme weather conditions shutting down much of the East Coast, including our nation's capital, thousands of devotees to the pro-life movement poured into Washington, DC for the March for Life on January 22, 2014.