Your Time is a Real Treasure

Your Time is a Real Treasure

or Volunteering 101

by Sandra Crosnoe

It has come to my attention that there are some people and organizations trying to abuse the grassroots (i.e. middle America, the silent majority, the real people).  They are doing it in some very manipulative ways and I want to be sure that you are properly informed and warned.  We need to vet the organizations that are seeking to solicit our help.  Now as you read this you are going to think you know the organizations and the people I am referring to.  And you very well may.  But I assure you the guidelines that I am going to spell out for you make sense even if you think you know the people and know them well.  Trust is an interesting commodity.  Once lost it is difficult to regain.  So proceed with caution.  You are about to have your eyes opened wide and may well learn to vet before you trust and even then proceed with caution!

Salt and Light

Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.  Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.  Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.  (Matthew 5:13-16)

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You are called to be salt and light.  You are a light upon a hill.  You are a treasure in the kingdom of the Lord.  You are called with purpose.   You know this is true!  It resonates within your being.  How could it not be so?   Thus, you have a purpose and a calling and anything that takes you away from your purpose to do what someone else wants you to do – no matter how right it seems, should be evaluated in the light of your own calling.  It really needs to be a constant question of whether it is indeed something that you are called by the one who made you to go and do.

A Double Minded Man is Unstable

What does that have to do with the matter at hand?  Well this, there are lots of people and groups trying to get you to do something for them.  Does what they want have anything at all to do with your purpose and calling?  If so then proceed.  If not stop right there and learn to say NO!  Say it nicely or not now or let me think about it, but go no further until your purpose lines up with theirs!

If your calling is in one direction and you are giving your time to a group or person walking in another direction, then you are actually working against yourself and your calling to please a group or a man in conflict with your own purpose.

Do you see the instability here?  You become a person at war with your own self by virtue of bringing your time and talents under someone else’s agenda.  What if you don’t know they have a different direction and agenda than your purpose and calling?  Doesn’t make any difference in the result – only in your awareness of the result and the abuse.  They say ignorance is bliss, but I don’t find much bliss in being used and/or abused and I rather suspect that you don’t either.

Vetting Process

Thus it makes sense to spend some time investigating the people that you are connecting with and pondering giving time and money to help.  I wish this were easy and that I could make it easy for you, but it is a bit of a dance through life and you will find that no matter how good you think you are at the process, you still have something to learn.  I will say that there is some gifting of discernment and some are more gifted than others about these matters.  So if you are not so gifted, find a friend who is and prayerfully ponder how you proceed.  Here are some very concrete practical ideas, but they should be surrounded with prayer and the wise counsel that you are privy too:

1)    Know the history of the person or group.
2)    Know who is on the inner circle or advisory team for the group.
3)    Know who is on the board of directors.
4)    Know how the group is chartered (501c3, 501c4, 527, Nonprofit, Corporation, Business, Association)
5)    Know the written policy about money, lists, and information flow.  Find out if reports are filed routinely and properly if donations are collected and find out what percentage of costs are used to raise money.
6)    Find out if information flow is two-way and if you have appropriate and timely access to leadership.
7)    Find out if the goals of the group both stated and when put into action line up.
8)    Find out what people/group(s) have been endorsed or supported in the past and/or whom/what groups have been given money, assistance and list access.
9)    Find out what authority the leadership is under and if you agree with both the jurisdiction and the calling of the group. (Note: one must be under authority in order to have authority)
10)   Is the group top down or bottom up? If it is bottom up name local leaders in your area.
11)   Website(s)
12)  Contact information (national/state/local in your area)

Be a Fruit Inspector

 

Many people will tell you not to judge people.  Well I just say that I am a fruit inspector.  By their fruits you shall know them.

Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.  Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?  Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.  (Matthew 7:15-18).

Words are cheap unless backed up by actions and repetitively as well!  You will find that good fruit is properly connected to the vine and planted in good soil and living quiet and respectable lives too.  Does the person asking for your help in politics have his or her own household in good order?  This is not rocket science, this is really practical biblical wise counsel!

A good friend of mine Shelli Dawdy (@stubborn_facts) recently wrote an article about Ducks that comes to mind here.  If it waddles, has a bill, and quacks, guess what, it’s a duck!  So determine who you are dealing with and make wise decisions up front in the relationship.

Be instant in season  (or why put off until tomorrow what you can do today!)

 

On the other hand, we have much work to be done to take back our country and minister to the needs of a hurting community, so don’t procrastinate!  Be instant in season and don’t put off what you can do today.  What if tomorrow never comes!  I have a little post about things that everyone can do – so if you don’t know what needs to be done, take a look at this for some ideas—–> Easy Volunteer Ideas for Everyone

Top Down vs Bottom Up

The pyramid has been inverted in our system for way too long.  The grassroots are beginning to wake up and understand that the pyramid balanced on the point is upside down and top heavy and will topple over.  Our system of a constitutional republic was structured to reserve rights (freedom and liberty) to the people with very limited government (both federal and state).

Let’s be sure that our organizations and relationships work the same way.  You simply can’t build a house from the top down.  You must lay a firm foundation.

. . . . so let the Silent Majority Speak UP

Let the people control the groups and decide who their leaders are.  Let the cream rise to the top.  The media and the power people will not move aside willingly, but they will become irrelevant as soon as you look behind the curtain and discover how few of them there are and how many of you there are.

And now for a practical exercise:  If you volunteer with an organization and you would be willing to tell us the answers to Items 1-12 above, we will publish a chart with your answers.  If you want additional items added, let me know that too.  Happy Vetting!  Comments and findings welcomed below!

For Life and Liberty,
Sandie Crosnoe
@scrosnoe on twitter

Sandra Crosnoe - Finding Gems & Sharing Them

Originally published July 13, 2009

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Dates of show are most recent on top:

(updated weekly for your convenience if you missed the live show – don’t forget we often go into archives and continue visiting with our special guests / the only way for you to hear that is to check the archives)

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08/18/09 Review the Freedom 21 Conference that just took place in Oklahoma and some of the interviews that were conducted for the documentary film project mentioned last week – focus on RJ Harris and his race in Oklahoma CD04.  We continued to talk about the health care bill debate, including efforts both by elected officials and organized groups to divert the discussion by various means.

Michael Maresco’s update was postponed until next week due to a scheduling conflict this week.  He will return to give us more details about the journey and next steps for the Liberty Rider.

——> link for show here (Note: we continued visiting in the archives with our callin guest Ryan from SD)

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08/11/09 Talking about the difference between democracy and republic and how much the United States has strayed from our founding principles – specially as related to government spending/taxation and the idea of “free” services.  Our guests Nathan, a college bound student who will be majoring in history with tentative plans to become a Constitutional attorney, and Linda Rohman, an attorney turned homeschool mother who has been working to limit spending in her local city government.  Brief update from Michael Maresco, our Liberty Rider, on his journey from Freedom to Fascism.  Next week, Michael will return to give us more details about the journey and next steps.  We continued talking about ways to get involved in archives after the live show completed.

Reminder about Freedom21 Conference in OKC area August 13-15

——> link for show here (Note: we continued visiting in the archives with all our guests)

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08/04/09 a little about DC (Shelli’s monologue)

Special guest Amanda Teegarden (OK-safe) tells us about Freedom21 Conference in OKC area August 13-15

——> link for show here (Note: we continued visiting in the archives with Amanda and links discussed are below)

WH mentions Facts are Stubborn Things

I’m a Pepper Piece (actual title was  “I’m a Christian, They’re a Christian, Wouldn’t You Like to Be a Christian, Too?”}

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07/28/09 The President’s boo-boo (Shelli’s monologue)

Special guest RJ Harris candidate for CD04 Congressional seat in Oklahoma (will be replacing bailout voter Tom Cole but will need your help to do so!)

——> link for show here (Note: we continued visiting with RJ in archives about the length of bills and just say NO!)

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07/21/09 (grassroots coalitions – the next phase – WOW!)

Special Guests Bryan Thome (Texas), Chris Comeaus (Louisiana), and an update from Michael Maresco as nears Alcatraz!

—–> link for show here

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07/16/09  (outstanding interview – don’t miss this one!)

SPECIAL EPISODE: Interview with Gun Owners of America Executive Director, Larry Pratt co-hosts Shelli Dawdy and Sandra Crosnoe will discuss the efforts of GOA to protect Americans’ Second Amendment and other rights.  Conversation will focus particularly Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor and what approving her to this lifetime seat on the Court would mean to our Second Amendment and other rights. The Constitutional Liberty Coalition is dedicated to supporting grassroots efforts that encourage personal responsibility, limited government , and free markets. Shelli Dawdy and Sandra Crosnoe are grassroots activists in their states of Nebraska, and Oklahoma, respectively, and network with other grassroots leaders in many states. The CLC Gets Grizzly can be heard regularly each week at 7pm central.

—–> link for show here

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07/14/09

Status of the Sotomayor hearings in the Senate Judiciary Committee and proposal to consider a Strikeday from Robert Drobot of San Jose

—–> link for show here

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07/07/09

Teaparties and Cap and Trade Bill, 10th Amendment (Balloon release),  State Sovereignty then we hear more details about some of the Independence Day Tea Parties that occurred across the country:

1) Brian Campbell of Colorado on his way to the Young Republican meeting

2) Joan Fabiano (CLC) at state capitol in Lansing MI July 4 Tea Party (Success story keeping it grassroots!)

—–> Link for show here

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06/30/09

cute commercial with Shelli’s husband at opening!  Cap and Trade Bill (how far off the reservation we’ve come or how to ‘sneak’ bad bills through Congress with the help of MSM / death of a pedophile covered over and above bad legislation)

—–> Link for show here

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6/23/09

cute commercial opening with monologue on Why NOT a march on DC! (Shelli) – keep it local and in your state!

Featuring Kaye Beach – Grassroots Lobbying in Oklahoma

—–> Link for show here

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06/16/09

$135 billion Treasury bond seizure on the Italian border and the lack of coverage (Shelli)

Liberty Rider Reaches Oklahoma and we get an update from Michael Maresco on his journey across the state. RJ Harris candidate for Congress in Oklahoma also updates everyone on his race

—–> Link for show here

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06/09/09

Ducks and Websites – Teaparty Grassroots

—–> Link for show here

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06/02/09 What is the Grassroots?

—–> Link for show here

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05/26/09

Michael Maresco the Liberty Rider – update from Pennsylvania

Teaparty Grassroots update and Kaye Beach (@Axxiom) update on grassroots lobby efforts in Oklahoma

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05/19/09

Constitutional Liberty Coalition formation and goals – came basically out of our of need to protect the grassroots

Eric – Temerity Magazine

Michael Maresco – Liberty Rider

Joan Fabiano – Teaparty Grassroots

—–> Link for show here

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originally published 07/21/09 republished weekly as updated

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Tuesday, August 11

Join us at 7pm CDT / 8pm EDT / 6pm MDT / 5pm PDT for discussion about basic government principles.

We’ll be talking about the difference between democracy and republic and how much the United States has strayed from the government originally intended by the Founders.

As one aspect of how far we’ve strayed, we’ll talk about government spending and taxation and the idea of “free” services.

Our guests Nathan, a college bound student who will be majoring in history with tentative plans to become a Constitutional attorney, and Linda Rohman, an attorney turned homeschool mother who has been working to limit spending in her local city government.

We invite you to call in to the show to discuss any of these topics.

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Gun Owners of America Ex Dir Larry Pratt on a Special Episode of the CLC Gets Grizzly

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The Constitutional Liberty Coalition Gets Grizzly radio show will have a special episode.

Larry Pratt, the Executive Director of Gun Owners of America will join Sandra and Shelli for a discussion of how GOA works to protect Second Amendment and other rights.

Conversation will focus particularly on Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor and what approving her to this lifetime seat on the Court would mean to our Second Amendment and other rights.

You can listen LIVE to the show by clicking this link:

The CLC Gets Grizzly Special Episode, Thursday, July 16

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CLC gets grizzly tonight – Sotomayor hearings and Strikeday proposal

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Join Sandra Crosnoe and Shelli Dawdy on Blog Talk Radio this evening on The Constitutional Liberty Coalition Gets Grizzly as we discuss the status of the Sotomayor hearings in the Senate Judiciary Committee and consider a Strikeday proposal from Robert Drobot of San Jose.

Also, we will get a brief update on the status of H.R. 2454, the “Cap & Trade” bill. When will the Senate vote on this now?

Have a Tea Party “tale” to share or thoughts on Sotomayor confirmation?

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Tuesday nights at 8PM EDT * 7PM CDT *6PM MDT * 5PM PDT

The CLC Gets Grizzly on Tuesdays!

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[Editor’s note: Archived shows are available and links will be posted soon here, but until then you can find the show archives by dates. Archives (links will be provided soon):

  • CLC 07/07/09 on Grassroots Teaparties and Cap & Trade Issue (guests include CLC member Joan Fabioano of Lansing Michigan and others)
  • CLC 07/01/09 on Grassroots (guest Kaye Beach)
  • CLC 06/23/09 on$135 Billion Treasury Bond Seizure, Liberty Rider Reaches Oklahoma (guest Michael Maresco)
  • CLC 06/16/09 on Ducks. Thanks for tuning in and joining us on the call and sharing with friends!

Talk radio is only as good as citizen participation and that means YOU! Blessings/sc

ps Michael Maresco checked in after the call and will try to join us next week – he is currently in Arizona and has other riders with him at present. He has a car traveling with the riders with plenty of water for crossing the desert in the heat. Thanks for caring and for the support for our LibertyRiders!]

clcradioiconJoin Shelli Dawdy and I on Blog Talk Radio this evening on The Constitutional Liberty Coalition Gets Grizzly as we hear more details about some of the Independence Day Tea Parties that occurred across the country.

CLC member Joan Fabiano of Lansing, MI, will join us to talk about her event at the State Capitol.

This round of Tea Parties didn’t receive the same media focus or buzz that was seen in April. Also, the events occurred on a holiday weekend. Further, there wasn’t a central entity online as also was the case in April. Did any of these phenomenon suppress turn out?

Also, we will get up to date on the status of H.R. 2454, the “Cap & Trade” bill.  When will the Senate vote on this soon? What’s in those 1400+ pages?

Finally, we hope that Liberty Rider, Michael Maresco will have a minute to give us an update on his whereabouts.

Have a Tea Party “tale” to share or thoughts on Cap & Trade?

Call us! 646-915-9997

Tuesday nights at 8PM EDT * 7PM CDT *6PM MDT * 5PM PDT

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