If you haven’t heard yet, on June 1 I officially start my new position as President and CEO of Big Brother Big Sisters of Central Arizona. Im honored and humbled to have the opportunity to work with the great staff, volunteers and supporters to help improve the lives of young people in the Phoenix metropolitan area. There is definitely a lot more to come on this front so stay tuned.
Im so proud to say that after months of work, the new website for the youth climate movement has launched at www.EnergyActionCoalition.org Big, huge, massive thanks to Danny, Maegan, JD, Jess and the guys at TheGood for making our dream come to life. There now is an amazing website that can serve as a platform for the thousands of young people taking action on climate and energy. SO PROUD!!!
Recently Ive dug deep into ancestry.com to see how far back I can trace my family tree and I gotta say I think its something everyone should do. Start by asking your parents, grandparents and family everything you can about your relatives. The most important info is full names, birthdays, date of death and where they lived. Just with those pieces of information you can unlock a whole array of information and grow your tree. Right now I’ve got one vein of my tree going all the way back to the 1600′s in the US and Ireland even earlier. I was also able to uncover Census records and even WWII Draft cards written and signed by my great grandfather. Pretty cool.
One word to the wise, collect all the info first then go to ancestry.com and sign up for the 14 day free trial. That way you already have the info you need ready and can punch it in on day 1 so you can spend the rest of the days digging into the tree further.
One of the more prominent ancestors I have is the gentleman pictured here, General Anthony Wayne. If you live in Pennsylvania of the Ohio Valley and have a town, road or park named “Wayne”, theres a pretty good shot it was after him. This photo is of his statue in Valley Forge park where he served as Brigadier General with George Washington. Another cool fact about him is when the Batman comic book series was created, the author Bob Kane combined the historical figures Robert the Bruce and Anthony Wayne to come up with Batmans alter ego, Bruce Wayne. So I guess that makes me a relative of Batman too…