My acceptance speech
As Miss Santa Clara County it is was my job to represent my county in the California State Leadership Conference, and Scholarship Competition. I had actually participated the year before as Ambassadress to Salute to Youth. It was a great opportunity to learn leadership skills, be interviewed, learn how to present ourselves, and speak in public.
If you know me well, you know I do not like to speak in public. You also know that I will speak if asked. Below you will find my acceptance speech.
I want you to imagine a huge crowd of people all moving along down a wide path to get to a stage. When they all get there the audience finds their find their places and sits down in plush padded chairs. Someone steps up to speak, then someone sings, while others play in the orchestra.
Do you see me? ..No, ..well look closer, there I am in the back. I am serving punch to those who are thirsty. This is my comfortable place, in the back, not at the front, not speaking or singing, or getting the attention. So why am I here upfront tonight? ……I have been asking myself the same question !!!
I had the idea to make a Kard 4 Soldier, well really a lot of Kards 4 Soldiers. Make a Kard, send it overseas, no talking, or meeting them, simple….. easy. God had other things in mind.
He started opening doors for me, and slowly I approach them, peek inside, then walked through the door. After a while I approached another door and again it opens.
I am a little leery now….. .I peek……. then look…….then go inside. Youth Focus, and it’s program Salute to Youth was one of these doors. It looked innocent, gentle, nonthreatening, I accept a nomination, and an award (as I walked through the door) the door closed behind me.
I find myself in a friendly atmosphere, but suddenly I am asked to do something ( like speak ) I look behind me the door is still closed. I accept, and as I accept another opportunity is presented to me: oh, it is just a little leadership conference, oh, and by the way, you will have to sing, or dance, but its lots of fun, oh, and you will be interviewed, and did I mention, you will have to speak, but you get to wear lots of pretty dresses.
Most of you know the story. Each opportunity pulled you farther and farther in, gave you more and responsibility, and opportunities to serve, perform, and speak. This has been a challenge for me, for you see I was always that shy child, content to watch. Cooper and I grew up together, and many times when Cooper came over he took my toys and played with them, but I was content to just sit and watch him have fun.
This last year I have had to step up, take my toys back, give the speech, sing the song, and serve in whatever capacity I was needed. My mom and I were just talking on Thursday before I was crowned Miss Santa Clara County . It really hit me.. . .
I am being crowned Miss Santa Clara County, that is not the back of the crowd, that is up front. I was having a hard time, and I told my mom that I did not deserve it, that I was not special that I did not deserve any special treatment, to be allowed special privileges to have my name called, to be in a parade. As we talked she showed me this; (Shiny reflective paper) She explained to me about reflection, and deflection.
So here I am again, up front, and accepting this position Miss California State. It does not mean I am the princess of California, that I will be waited on and given special treatment. As Miss California State I am to be the servant of California and it’s residents.
I may be given the right of way to pass to the front of the line, but only to serve punch to the others behind me. I may have my name called out loud or be in a parade, but it is my job to wave to everyone, thank everyone, and be the light that shines out to the world.
My crown may shine, but it does not shine on me, it reflects back to those who look at me. I will do my best to be worthy of this title and crown, and be the lighthouse that reflects love back to the people of California, but most importantly to reflect the glory and praise to our heavenly father.
What I accomplished in a year
July 27 Ruth was crowned Miss California State
July 28 Luncheon – Speech
July 29 State Fair- meet people, walk around and see exhibits, talk to Veterans at Banner signing, give Kards 4 Veterans
Aug 2-4 Santa Clara County Fair – Meet & Greet, Kards 4 Soldier Booth, organize parade
Aug 4 parade at Santa Clara County Fair
Aug 7 – National Night out – Kards 4 Soldier table – Santa Clara Picnic
Aug 9 Leadership conference
Aug 10 Leadership conference
Aug 11 Los Gatos Fiesta de Artes – Kards 4 Soldier booth
Aug12 Fiesta De Artes- Kards 4 Soldiers booth
Aug 17 Cut n paste luncheon & make Kards 4 Soldiers
Aug 23 Butte County Scholarship judging
Aug 24 USO- San Jose Airport meet & greet soldiers, hand out Kards 4 Soldiers
Aug 25 Tracy Bean Queen Pageant- judge
Sep 2 Santa Clara Baptist Church interview and speech Sunday morning during sermon
Sep 11 Oakhill Cemetery 911 Memorial PGR flags had out Kards 4 Soldiers, & Fire & Police
Sep 15 Santa Cruz Fair Show, Parade Meet & Greet – perform
Sep 16 Santa Cruz Fair show flute – Parade- perform
Sep 21 Stockton Fair – Kards 4 Soldier booth
Sep 27 Los Gatos High School booth
Sep 27 Teacher of year – give out Kards 4 Soldiers
Sep 28 Run for the fallen – Sacramento – meet Gold Star families, and hand out Kards
Sep 29 Youth citizen of the Year – speech
Sep 29 Run for the fallen
Sept 30 Run for the fallen
Sept 30 Stockton fair pick up booth and kards
Oct 7 Pumpkin Fair Morgan Hill- Kards 4 Soldiers booth
Oct 12 Honor Flight S.F.– meet Veerans, give them Kards 4 Veterans
Oct 13 Kards 4 Soldier Event – SC Church 813 Kards 4 Soldiers made
Oct 14 – 3rd Annual Bay Festival – Kards 4 Soldier event
Oct 17 – Hand out awards to Kids at Santa Clara Department of Education
Oct 22 – Deliver 1000 Kards to San Jose Police department – meet with Police Chaplain, and meet Police
Oct 30 – Ficher Junior High Interview about Kards 4 Soldiers
November 2 – Heart Academy – Kards 4 Soldier Event
Nov 2 – Greater Bay Area Talent Contest – Judge
Nov 3 – Greater Bay Area Talent Contest – judge
Nov 5 – Kards 4 Soldiers Kard Making event – Dorus ladies
Nov 5 – Nor Cal Alstars Kards 4 Soldiers kardmaking event
Nov 11 – Veterans Day Parade – Introduced at opening and giving out Kards 4 Veteran
Dec 2 Christmas Parade – performed a dance number at Manteca City Hall
Dec 5 Fisher Junior High make Kards 4 Soldiers
Dec 7 Make Kards with single mom’s as Heritage Home
Dec 8 Breakfast and Party at Washington School – meet, and helped with children
Dec 9 Performed a dance number – to help out in a performance
Dec 15 – Wreaths across America – participated in flag line with PGR, gave Kards 4 Veterans to those present, placed wreaths on gravesites, attended a ceremony at a gravesite
Jan 4 Mom’s & Grandma’s – Make 300 Kards 4 Soldiers
Jan 9 – Kards with Operation Write Home – give them 150 Valentines Kards 4 Soldiers
Jan 19 Cut n Paste – Kard 4 Soldiers – Santa Clara 1st Baptist Church made 832 Kards
Jan 25 Judging Youth Focus – Bayside Community Church
Jan 27 Sunday Friends – Kards 4 Soldiers – made
Feb 2 Kards 4 Soldiers celebration 106,000 Kards made in 2012
Feb 11 Deliver Kards to Hospitals, and Veterans Hospital & Wounded Warrior Wing
Feb 13 Operation Write Home take 150 Kards 4 Soldiers
Feb 21 Gold Star Memorial – 125 Kards 4 Gold Star Families
Mar 1 California Spring Talent – judging
Mar 2 California Spring Talent – judging
Mar 3 Manteca Leadership Dinner – appear, meet & greet
March 8 Manteca Youth Focus Competition – judging
March 9 Manteca Youth Focus Competition – judging
March 11 deliver applications for Salute to Youth to schools
March 12 deliver applications to schools
March 13 deliver applications
March 14 fax applications
March 16 Kards 4 Soldier – kard making event
March 23 – Miss May Day pageant – judging 10am – 11pm
March 30 Moffett Field welcome 129th Rescue Wing
April 6 Kards 4 Soldiers booth at Little League baseball field
April 12 speak at Monte Vista Christian School
April 13 escort by PGR, and flagline at Crossfit, and giving 7,000 Kards 4 Soldiers
April 13 – Dedication of Mountain View Post Office
April 14 – Basketball game 49rs and Sheriff – give out Kards 4 Sheriff
April 19 Honor Flight San Francisco Airport
April 20 Kards 4 Soldier – kard making event
April 26th Golf Tournament – sing National Anthem, and take photos with golfer, and booth
April 27 Veteran Memorial, packing boxes Kards 4 Soldiers, San Joaquin National Cemetery
April 29 Greet and Present awards to outstanding youth “Salute to Youth”
May 3 Sang “The National Anthem” at Travis Layfield Memorial Golf Tournament, handed out Kards 4 Soldiers & Veterans, Monitored the 10th hole for a hole in one.
May 13 – Attended Charlie Weydemeer Dinner & Bowl with the top High School Football players
May 17-18 I judged California State Talent Competition
May 25 – Judged Miss Heartshine Pagent, & attended the Chico Fair
May 25 – Placed flag at the graveside at the Golden Gate Cemetery – gave out Kards 4 Veterans
May 26 – Manteca Woodward Park memorial Weekend, Kards 4 Soldier Booth
May 29 Monticello Academy Art Auction – Kards 4 Soldier Booth
May 31 Atria Chateau Garden – Ceremony for Veterans, and helped the residents make Kards 4 Soldiers
June 3 – SPoke at the Monday Club – Women club established in 1885
June 11-6 Merced Fair – Kards 4 Soldiers Booth, Visited the vendors, and attended all activities
June 22 Welcome Home Veterans in San Jose Kards 4 Soldiers Booth
June 22 San Jose Saber Cats Football – Kards 4 Soldiers Booth
June 26-27 – Judged Alameda County Fair Talent Competition
June 29 USO Event HP Park Kards 4 Soldiers Booth
June 3 – Show of Champions MC Alameda County Fair
June 4 Santa Clara COuntry July 4 Parade – Morgan Hill, ride in a convertible
July 8 MC Santa Clara Country Ambassadors Induction Dinner
July 9 San Joaquin City Council Ceremony
July 9 Sacramento – meet with Senator Beall – on the floor of the Senate
July 11 – Grand Opening Veteran Housing San Jose, – speak
July 12 – Open the State Fair
July 17 – Opening Lassen County Fair – judging competition
July 22-27 California State Accolades Scholarship Competition
July 24 – Tribute DInner – give speech
July 24 Competition – perform and speak
July 26 Competition – perform, and crown the new Miss California State