Ten years ago I began to think about the difference between success and significance. That led me to ponder a simple but convicting question: What could I do to make a difference to beyond the narrow world of practicing law in New Hampshire? Shortly thereafter, I was approached to assist in the legal steps necessary to establish Good Soil Partners’ corporate and nonprofit tax-exempt status. That early investment of time led to an invitation to serve on the board of directors. I then made the “mistake” of stating that I couldn’t be an effective board member without seeing what the organization was doing in Malawi. My 2011 trip to Kang’oma village, Malawi, changed my view of the world and framed the answer to my question. As part of Good Soil, I could help change the future of Malawi one young person at a time.
Almost nothing has been more personally fulfilling than being part of an organization that partners with motivated Malawian youth, helps them develop a personal vision, mission, and sense of purpose, and then enables them to attain that vision through secondary scholarships, university scholarships, leadership training, and mentoring. Eight years later, it is an absolute joy to see and hear first-hand stories of our students beginning to see their vision come to fruition. Now my “world” is larger and it is all because of Good Soil and its partnership program. Simply put, Good Soil is a fantastic opportunity to leverage resources to change lives and make a difference in the world one life at a time.
Lest you think Good Soil is my only passion, I love spending time with my family, being part of CenterPoint Church life, practicing law with Wadleigh, Starr & Peters, PLLC, and pursuing the “betterment” of Lucille – my 1966 Ford Mustang convertible.