Dave Hinton photo Dec 2011This evening, September 11, 2015, we met as a group for the first time, under the banner of Preserving Our Freedoms.

There had been nearly a 1000 invitations sent out, and of those there were only about 20 people in attendance.  However, they did not come in vain.

Our first speaker, David Hinton talked about his experience working with children in the public school system.  His story about finding Abraham Lincoln’s address to a group of lawyers, before his election as President of the United States, and what he did with it was motivating.  He told about hearing it in Disney’s Hall of Presidents and falling in love with it.  He obtained the talk, and presented it to 6th, 5th, and 4th grade teachers to teach their students this reading.  He was told that it was too difficult for the students, so he decided to teach his own 2nd grade class.

It was a challenge, but as the year progressed, they learned it, reciting it at the school’s Talent Night event for the year.  It became an instant success, and his class was invited to repeat it again and again.  David developed a Patriotic program for his classes after that, and was invited by organizations such as: Wal-Mart, Lin’s Market, the Rotary Club, the Lion’s Club and the Sons of Utah Pioneers, to perform for them.  He talked about the fact that although this did much for the students, he was eventually told that he was taking too much time teaching the students to memorize poems and songs, and to give it up.  His 30 minutes a day was cut to 5 minutes a day.  He warned about the lessening of patriotic teaching in the schools, and the nation.  He warned that a lessening of this knowledge would lead to a  lack of Patriotism among the young of this country.

2906821856_8eee3648f1_bOur keynote speaker for the evening was Jim Noorlander! We feel honored that we had the privilege of having him attend our event.  Jim lives in the North Central part of the state, near the city of Manti.  He has run for the U.S. House of Representatives twice.  He garnered an impresive percentage of the vote in each election.  Although he didn’t win, he was able to teach the public some very important principles of government.

Jim spoke to us about the difference between Freedom and Liberty!  He helped us to see, that although they are at their highest level, the same, that Liberty comes from a deep belief in Jesus Christ, which makes us free!  He warned us to make sure that while we were exercising our freedom, that we didn’t destroy our Liberty.

His talk was both meaningful, and thoughtful.  He did not come to entertain, but to teach, and he did a masterful job of it.  So you can get the flavor of what he had to say, there will be a video put on line shortly of his entire speech delivered in Denver to the National Constitution Party delegation.  Although it is not the exact talk given to us, it is nearly the same.

Thank you again Jim for a wonderful evening.

We would like to extend a voice of thanks to Patti Ehrheart, Gerri Hinton and Shaun McCausland for the many hours they spent in trying to get this event out to the public!