#EMBRACE the Opportunities

First, I want to say how incredibly humbled I am to be your Governor for the 2017-2018 year. It’s an exciting time. But one that brings an increasing amount of change and outright disruption. So, in order to combat any approaching anxiety you may have as leaders of your clubs, know that we’re jam-packed with resources, education and tools enabling you to be the best.

In the weeks to come, you’ll get more information on how to make this the most memorable year in District 7 history. Part of that information can be found at our upcoming Leadership Conference, appropriately titled “Lucky 7” in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, August 24-27. We’ll be featuring some of the most extraordinary leaders across an array of industries. For registration and information, visit this link:

Geographic Comfort Zone

Do you hear that little voice? The one who follows you around all the time, muttering under its breath while throwing shade your way. Well, that little self-doubting bugger likes to mock us from a comfortable distance — too far away to land a clean blow or too close, which prevents you from really being able to take a full swing at it. I often call it something else, but for now we’ll nickname it… Sammy.

Now, for some of you, Sammy may not visit you or hang around at all. Sammy may never come to your home or where you work, or even when you’re out on the town. But for others, like me, Sammy likes to stay close. But not too close.

Well, I’ve got a trick to help you get rid of Sammy. It’s a lot simpler than you might imagine. You see, Sammy doesn’t really like to be hugged. If he can’t stand about eight feet away and mock you, he’s no good. So, the only way to get around this geographical puzzle known typically as a comfort zone is to reach out and simply embrace Sammy. I mean it. I’m not talking a little pinching of the shoulders with some cheek-to-cheek action. I’m talking a big ole bear hug, a real EMBRACE. That’ll knock Sammy right on his a$$.

So, in the upcoming District 7 year that is just beginning, when you have to do something you’ve never done, and Sammy comes a callin’ — EMBRACE him so fast he’ll be tongue-tied and teary eyed. The quicker you do it, the better off you’ll be. EMBRACE whatever small or large challenges come your way. And kick ole Sammy to the curb.

Ace Bourgeois
AAF Baton Rouge
AAF District 7
Governor 2017 – 2018







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