I hope that you all have a safe and happy Independence Day weekend! I’m looking forward to celebrating our great nation by spending the weekend grilling with my family, marching in a parade, and watching the fireworks. Before you all head off to your respective celebrations, I want to share a few highlights from this week.
I had many meetings with great businesses like TE Connectivity and Geringhoff, as well as some fantastic events which included my second town hall of the year in Anoka County and my first event for the Young Women Leadership Program.
Together at Last
On Monday, I had the great privilege of meeting my nominees for the Angels in Adoption Program: Joy and Matthew Molitor. The Molitor’s incredible adoption story began in 2011 while on a trip to Haiti. They were in the process of adopting a 7-year-old boy named Wilson, and during this trip, the Molitor’s also fell in love with a baby girl named Catherine and decided to adopt her as well. Over the next three and a half years, the Molitor’s visited Haiti fifteen times while patiently waiting to take their children home.
In October of 2015, the Molitor’s received devastating news. They learned that their paperwork was no longer valid and that the Haitian government was no longer allowing simple adoptions. Even though the recent elections held there had caused riots and chaos, Joy was determined to bring her children home and flew to Haiti. Over the next four months, Joy would hand carry the necessary documents from one government agency to the next, despite the turbulent environment of the country. She was resolute to not leave Haiti without her children. Finally, on February 10, 2016, Joy successfully obtained the visas for Wilson and Catherine and they were able to fly home to Minnesota together.
Joy and Matthew are the perfect example of the lengths one will go because of a parent’s love, which is why I am honored to nominate them for this award. They are so deserving.
Kicking Off the Young Women Leadership Program
This morning, I was joined by some impressive women and a fantastic group of girls to kick off the first event of my Young Women Leadership Program. This event was designed to not only recognize the incredible women leaders in Minnesota, but to also foster the next generation of women leaders. We had a great panel which included Minnesota National Guard Brigadier General Sandy Best, the President of the College of St. Benedict – Dr. Mary Hinton, and the Director of Communications and Grassroots Advocacy at Lockridge Grindal Nauen – Leslie Rosedahl.
The panel began the event by sharing their own success stories, giving advice, and then ended the event by opening the floor for questions. I am thrilled that these young women had the option to learn from and network with these incredible women, and I am definitely looking forward to the next event!
Once again, thank you for staying up to date with my work in Washington D.C., and Minnesota’s Sixth District. Until next week..