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1 in 6 fathers doesn’t live with his kids – WOWK 13 Charleston, Huntington WV News, Weather, Sports

“Fathers do matter. You can have a profound impact on your child’s life, even if you’re not living with them,” Fornari said. “If you are living with them, be sure that you’re actively engaged. Just being present isn’t enough. Make sure you have dinner with your kids. I understand people have busy schedules, but if you don’t have time for dinner together most nights, when do you have time to interact?”
http://www.wowktv.com/story/24272254/1-in-6-fathers-doesnt-live-with-his-kids

“Are you a dad?”

“Are you a dad?”
This was the third child to ask me.  What a strange question.
“I don’t have a dad,” said her voice.
“I’ve never had a dad,” said her eyes.
“I don’t know what a dad looks like,” said her soul.
Dads are like unicorns in this neighborhood.  You read about them in books at school, but you’ve never talked to one or rode on his back or petted his mane.  You’ve seen some men, but none really act like the stories in the books at school.  Those are fairy tales.
“Are you a dad?”
Now there was hope in her voice.
“Yes, I’m a dad and were going to bring more dads to your school.”
Dark eyes turned bright.  A huge smile broadened on her face as she turned back to the herd of other kids who have never seen a dad.  She was the brave scout sent to see if this was real.  Now she could report.  “Dads are real and they are coming to our school.”
Her heart shouted louder than her voice.  “Maybe there is a dad for me?”

Fathering Hall of Fame Inductees Sept 16th, 2013

Ecstatic Lee Roland inducted into the Fathering Hall of Fame.

Ecstatic Lee Roland inducted into the Fathering Hall of Fame.

Lee Roland

Lee is the 6th son of Dewitt and Eula Roland. He has one younger sister. He married Wanda Roland on December 22, 1979. They have two children, Irving 32 years old and Chanel 27 years old. Lee is a minister at Saint Luke Baptist Church, where his father pastored for 30 years before passing away. In his free time, he loves to play golf and spend time with his family.

Mr. Lee Roland has been an educator and administrator for over 20 years. Lee has always labored exhaustively yet ardently in the field to both serve and meet the needs of students, parents, and teachers – it’s his “calling.”  His dedication and determination is clearly evident as he unceasingly endeavors to inspire and propel others who serve, to touch lives and make a difference, particularly for children.

In addition to enjoying great success in his roles of building principals and central office administration, Lee has spoken and presented at numerous conferences, venues and workshops across the state and country, particularly on the subjects of character education and teacher efficacy.  Mr. Roland has and continues to serve on numerous city and community boards, all involving the welfare of children.  In short, Lee Roland believes that it is the responsibility of educators and adults to improve our society via public education, which he passionately strives to do each and every single day – yes, “leave no child behind”!

Finally, Mr. Roland is an associate minister at St. Luke Baptist Church in Spencer.  Among his most cherished roles is children’s church minister and Sunday school teacher. Lee has conducted revivals, family retreats, and preached across the city, state, and country.  He has also been involved with many other initiatives in ministry, civic, and professionally. However, he is simply most grateful to be one of God’s soldiers on the battlefield with a goal of one day hearing the Father say: “Well done my good and faithful servant.”

Kevin makes a point

Kevin Hill driving home a passionate plea.

Kevin C. Hill
Married for 28 years to Richinda Hill.

He and his wife has 2 children from this blessed union. Kacy 26 and Kayla 23.. 1 Granddaughter Milena 15 months.
Kevin has immersed himself in the area of elementary education for over 28 years as a Teacher, Coach, Headmaster, Assistant Principal and Principal. He has been blessed with numerous accommodations for his commitment and passion for the betterment of children, to include being named site teacher of the year, Mid-Del Teacher of the Year, and State Finalist for Teacher of the Year. He currently serves as the Principal of Epperly Heights Elementary in Del City.

Kevin has honorably served his country by being part of the Oklahoma Air National Guard for over 15 years.  He has achieved the rank of Master Sergeant and currently serves as the 137 ARW First Sergeant of the Logistic Readiness Squadron. MSgt. Hill has been decorated with numerous service ribbons to include the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and the Air Force Longevity Medal to name a few.

Kevin is active in his community as well. He is a member and Assistant Pastor at Praise Assembly Ministries in Del City. He is the President Elect for the Del City Rotary Club. He has been a member of the Midwest City Kiwanis, Midwest City Citizen Police Academy, Tinker AFB Community Star Program, Del City Chamber Member, Epperly Heights Neighborhood Watch Association and others.

Photo Archive Champion Fathers Tourney and Luncheon

Kevin Hill, Fathering Hall of Fame

Kevin Hill, Fathering Hall of Fame

Life Church is a key partner at Tulakes Elementary.

Life Church is a key partner at Tulakes Elementary.

Packed house Kevin makes a point

Hole in One attempt with PFS team

Hole in One attempt with PFS team

Dr. Jemison, community leader.

Dr. Jemison, community leader.

Hon. James Lankford Lee Roland and Family

Ecstatic Lee Roland inducted into the Fathering Hall of Fame.

Ecstatic Lee Roland inducted into the Fathering Hall of Fame.

Discussing options.

Discussing options.

Will you give?

Will you give?

Director Phil Larson and Carey Casey, CEO of the National Center For Fathering lock arms.

Director Phil Larson and Carey Casey, CEO of the National Center For Fathering lock arms.

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The Time To Get This Done Is Right Now!

The Time To Get This Done Is Right Now!

Take time to read through and meet or two inductees into the Fathering Hall of Fame in 2013

https://solumcommunity.net/2013/07/15/the-time-to-get-this-done-is-right-now/

Go Ahead and Fund The Mission!

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Community Transformation Initiatives in the last two months have been outstanding.  Every plan in motion has netted significant results.  Plan, prayer, and pursuit have profited.  Our goal was to connect with 1000 men in addition to those already reached by year’s end.  I count 800 in our first 60 days of push along with 43 newly engaged volunteers in multiple capacities.  Go ahead and fund the mission.

The only lagging item is support to continue.  Dian and I took an astronomical leap of faith from corporate America to faith missionary 15 months ago.  With enough to cover 9 months, we have lived 15.  We do not regret one moment of faithfulness. God is our source.   Honestly, it is not easy, but a few precious supporters have made the difference and a few small contract jobs.  Now, we need you.  Go ahead and fund the mission.

A single gift of $25 from the right amount of YOU will FUND THE MISSION through the end of the year.  A single gift of $50 from the right amount of YOU will FUND THE MISSION through the end of 2014.

Spot gifts of $500 or $5,000 make up for the YOUs that don’t respond and allow us to hire a part-time administrator to keep right track of all the details. Go ahead and fund the mission

Then we will be free to focus fully on the men and children and families in front of us.

Individuals are grateful for supporters:

TC – in the West OKC neighborhood has gone from depressed to cheerful from unemployed to working from unproductive to engaged with his young daughter.

J – in EAST OKC reunited with his daughter after 21 years absence and has met his four grandchildren.  They had never met him.  He had never met them.  CTI helped give them back their grandpa.

50 men took a visible stance in front of their families and friends and committed to stay the course.

20 men are committed to stand in the halls at school on behalf of hundreds of fatherless students.

P in Mexico wept before his family and committed to provide.

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B in Texas took scripture to his son to stand with him in life threatening illness.

Over and over and over are stories like this in the last 60 days.  Go ahead and fund the mission

Raising support is part of what is needed.  You get the opportunity to participate in life-changing engagement and encouragement.  You become as much honored in God’s heart as the ones doing the work.  The faster the support accumulates, the more time we have to do what you commission us to do in educating, encouraging, and engaging men for families.

In the last 60 days, whole neighborhoods and cities are grateful for supporters……

EAST OKC

At the Integris Men’s Health, our team talked 1-1 with over 200 men and distributed challenging books compliments of Tom Pace and Pace/Butler.

At the East Zion District Men’s Association great response.

At Tabitha Baptist on a Fearless Weekend, tremendous Sunday morning response after a strong weekend.melvin

West OKC

In West OKC, Eagles’ Crest is seeing beautiful response from the neighborhoods in family outreach with kids, men and women.

In West OKC, a church plant is in motion with Rev. Melvin Bunn to see even more families reached and strengthened.  Supporters offer hope and healing to distressed community.

Center OKC

Weekly, we join with the Jesus House in prayer and study with the lead staff team in support and encouragement.  Supporters keep the lights on for families in repair. Go ahead and fund the mission

North OKC

In North OKC, recruits for Watch D.O.G.S. number over 20 and building to help at Tulakes.  Jerry Kramer and Bobby Byers have jumped in to help as we recruited in concert with Life Church, Cherokee Hills Baptist and others. http://www.fearlessfathers.org/watchdogswpid-20130817_092855.jpg

South OKC

Challenge to some 50 men of Tabernaculo De Fe.

Beginning work with Epperly Heights in Del City.

Luncheon and golf are ready to reach on Sept 16th at Willow Creek Golf and Country Club with Carey Casey, CEO of the National Center for Fathering and Hon. James Lankford with the U.S. House of Representatives, and Chuck Bowman, legendary FCA.  http://www.championfatherstourney.org  Supporters are a part of visibility and action for fathers and the fatherless.

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Gualaneno, Moquetito, Rioje y CAREVI resulted in 300 mochillas (backpacks) full of school supplies.  Supporters are a part of kids going to school with a chance of success.

Gainesville, Texas

A new church plant to reach and teach families and transplant the fathering initiative to North Texas and South Oklahoma is in motion.  We have a team of eight volunteers engaged and connecting in Gainesville and have made good contact with local businesses.  Supporters are a part of hope for fractured families. Go ahead and fund the mission

Across the U.S.

This Spring legislative season ended with 3450 legislators being reached in 33 states on a weekly basis with scripture, prayer, and encouragement.  Many phone calls, emails, and letters have been exchanged in a chaplaincy support.  Our teams have wept with legislators, prayed for family members, listened and encouraged, and helped them maintain order in our nation.  Supporters are a part of that. Go ahead and fund the mission.

Sorting Through Backpacks.. What is missing?

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Last weekend in Moquetito, Gualaneno, and Matamoros preceeded this weekend at Tulakes in Oklahoma City.  Hundreds of backpacks were given out.  Thousands of pencils, paper, crayons and other supplies dropped into the hand of kids.  Incredible people came together to help.  Sacrifice after sacrifice is made to help.  Every child will return to poverty and hunger. 
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They will smile for a day.  With pride they will remember as they go to school as scheduled.  A little higher step will accompany them as they walk in with a new backpack.  And they will return to knawing hunger for more.  What is missing?

Fathers don’t fit in backpacks.  In every neighborhood and city, fathers are missing.  My mind wanders through the myriads of kids anf families that have walked in front of the teams.  Many times I step back and count.  400 kids and seven fathers.  150 kids and three fathers.  50 kids and no fathers.  They don’t fit in backpacks.

An unfathered child is twice as likely to drop out and ten times as likely to be extremely poor.  Suicide, early sexual activity, behavior disorder, and jail will statistically pursue her into adulthood. 

Even if he is lucky enough to be one of the 60% with a father living in the home, chances of a healthy, involved, caring, engaged dad diminish as he gains age.  By 18 the majority have lived a few years unfathered. 

60% of men admit to extramarital affairs and the family drift builds. 40% of men on the road own up to buying sex while away from home.  Drift, dabble, and disaster dwarf health and emotional stability.

Fathers don’t fit in backpacks.  I wish they did.  I wish I could give each child her backpack with a Dad in the main pocket.  He can bring better grades, higher achievement, strengthening play and greater chances for any child.

In every place I listened as men asked for father training.  J talked about his disturbed stepson.  His eyes watered as he asked when our next Dad’s University would come to his neighbborhood.  In Mexico Los Secretos on fathering books were treated like treasure.  P looked at me and broke into weeping.  Many are holding up the banner in tough circumstance just needing encouragement and training.

Thanks to all the men in each of these neighborhoods who are holding ground.  Thanks to over 50 men at Tabitha who made public commitments to family  Thanks to Raul, Maricioz, Abdiel, Luke, Robb, Eugene, Brandon and others who sacificed big to encourage.  Thanks to the men of the Loving Lyrewood churches who made some child’s day at Tulakes.  Thanks, Jerry and Bobbie for your service yesterday.  I wish you fit in a backpack and you could go home with a kid.  Know that your smile and example will do just that.

Let’s keep pressing.

www.championfatherstourney.org

The Time To Get This Done Is Right Now!

This update takes 2 minutes to read and understand.

philsittingmapThe time to get this done is right now.  Build a father. Build a child. Build a generation.  Put healthy, dedicated men in front of our kids.

This map of high fatherless census tracts in OKC disturbs me.  Epidemic fatherless homes plague our community, our state, and
our nation.

Change is possible and probable with your support.  We aren’t talking, we are acting in neighborhoods, schools, and homes.

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On Sept 16th,  National community leaders such as Carey Casey, CEO of the National Center for Fathering, and Hon. James Lankford, U.S. House of Representatives, mixed with local legislators, pastors, business leaders, education leaders, non-profit leaders, media leaders, and international church leaders in a powerful dynamic.  The energy and interchange overflowed for hours and continues as leaders connect heart to heart with other leaders on a national malaise.  Our fatherless culture needs revision.  We have the capacity to make it happen when all comes together.

The powerful presence of men of faith and action convened was evident to all.  There were many comments concerning the spirit and excitement in the room.

Support made it happen.

I cannot thank those that participated enough. Your leadership in support  enables families to be restored.

At the event, the men’s leadership of 52 churches committed to work together with us in the highest fatherless schools.  At the event, a high school 9th grade football team requested our help in recovering from a coach sex scandal.  At the event, a father wept as he told how his daughter has reopened relationship with him after 21 years.  He has been applying principles taught in our outreaches and it is healing his family. She brought to him for the first time four grandchildren, some in their teens, to meet grandpa.

All of this takes harvesting.  The hard work of reaching fatherless fathers and fatherless kids presents itself every morning.

These Champions for Fathers joined and continue to join (see bios and pics below)

  • Carey Casey, CEO of the National Center for Fathering
  • Hon. James Lankford, Champion for Fathers in D.C.,
  • Chuck Bowman, FCA Champion,
  • Larry Campbell, Champion PGA Pro.programs
  • Phil Larson, Director of TCTI
  • Imagenet Consulting
  • R.K. Black
  • KeyEvado
  • Shepherd Consulting
  • Kimray
  • B C Clark
  • PFS Systems
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  • Lee Roland, Principal at Tulakes Elementary
  • Kevin Hill, Principal at Epperly Heights Elementary
  • Dr. Major Jemison
  • Bishop Frank Tunstall
  • Bishop D. Chris Thompson
  • Pastor Calvin Miller
  • Pastor David Oxley
  • Rep. John Bennett
  • Rep. Larry Boggs
  • and on and on and on

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Meet The Champions of Fathering 2013

careySpecial luncheon guest,Carey Casey, is Chief Executive Officer of the Kansas City-based National Center for Fathering and the author of Championship Fathering (2009) and is the General Editor of the book, The 21-Day Dad’s Challenge (2011). He and his wife, Melanie, have four children and seven grandchildren.

Casey has earned a reputation as a dynamic communicator and as a compassionate ambassador, especially among men, fathers, and those in the sports community. Carey served as chaplain for the Kansas City Chiefs and his career has included serving as chaplain for other NFL Teams, including the Dallas Cowboys under Hall of Fame Coach Tom Landry, as well as for the US Olympic team at the 1988 Summer Games in Seoul, South Korea. Carey was also co-pastor of a church in inner-city Chicago and spent 18 years in various roles with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. In 2010, Carey served on the White House Task Force on Fatherhood and Healthy Families with the White House Office of Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships . He also serves as a member of the National Fatherhood Leaders Group, which promotes responsible fatherhood policy, research, advocacy and practice.

lankfordCongressman James Lankford serves as another Chair in our event. James Lankford was first elected to the United States Congress on November 2, 2010. Before his election James served s director of the Falls Creek Youth Camp from 1996 to 2009. Falls Creek is the largest youth camp in the United States, supported by 150 staff members with more than 51,000 students and adults attending each summer. He coordinated mission trips and community service trips in Belize, Malawi, England, Wales, and Germany, as well as many areas of Oklahoma. James serves on the House Committees on Budget and Oversight & Government Reform, where he is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Energy Policy, Health Care, and Entitlements. James was also elected Chairman of the House Republican Policy Committee for the 113th Congress.

While serving in Congress, James continues to work diligently studying each issue facing Congress and its impact on families in Oklahoma. He has earned the respect of his colleagues on budget issues. James also emerged as a leader in fighting government regulations that are suffocating business today. From EPA regulations on the energy industry to the negative impact of regulations on banks and financial institutions, Congressman Lankford is fighting for prosperity in Oklahoma and our nation. He is dedicated to freeing up business to grow and add jobs to our sagging economy.

James has been married to his wife Cindy for over 20 years. Together, they have two daughters: Hannah and Jordan. He enjoys spending time with his family, sport shooting, and reading.

bowmanAnother chair and a man dear to my heart is Chuck Bowman. Barry Trammel calls Chuck Bowman, “Mister Oklahoma Sports”.

He played football for Bud Wilkinson. Coached at Tulsa Central in the 1960s with Eddie Sutton. Ran chapel services for Barry Switzer in the 1980s. Attended the very first Fellowship of Christian Athletes camp in 1956 and the next year at Estes Park, Colo., met a young Nebraska lad named Tom Osborne.

And in 1973, Bowman became the first director of the Oklahoma FCA.

Bowman retired after 31 years with the organization.

“The key to the whole 31 years was high school coaches,” Bowman said. “Without that coach … in little towns across America … we would never have access to that kid.”

Bowman knows how FCA can impact a young person. Almost 50 years ago, it changed his life.

Bowman grew up a football star in Ponca City, where for 60 years his mother taught a Bible class at the First Baptist Church.

Then Bowman went to OU and played on some of the greatest teams in college football history. But he wasn’t a star like his best friends, Clendon Thomas and Bill Krisher.

“From a Friday night hero, I went to a Saturday sideline grass killer at OU, and it was tough,” Bowman said.

But in spring 1956, Wilkinson introduced FCA to the Sooner campus. He brought in three huge names in sport Otto Graham, Doak Walker and Pepper Martin to talk up FCA, and Bowman found a passion.

He and nine teammates attended that first FCA camp, then he, Krisher and Thomas began driving around Oklahoma, touting the new ministry and sharing testimonies.

campbellLarry Campbell will be providing personal coaching before the tournament begins.  He started playing golf at the young age of 14 yrs old and is a member of the South Central Section.  He was head golf professional at the Hardscabble Country Club in Ft. Smith, Ark. for 20 years.  He has played and won many golf tournaments during his life time of golf, holds several golf course records over the U.S., and has had 9 Hole in Ones in his golf career. Campbell, P.G.A. Golf Professional

He is married to Gayla, (Realtor) and they have lived in Edmond for 20+ years.   Larry enjoys playing golf and fishing with his grandsons, Hunter and Wyatt.

They attend the Crossings Community Church, avid fans of OU Football and the OKC Thunder and enjoy their vacation home in S. Padre Island.

philPhil Larson is the Director of the Community Transformation Initiative.  Alongside serving as a professional business manager for such great companies as TG&Y, Baptist Medical Center, C.R. Anthony’s, and American Fidelity, Phil has always stayed connected and passionate for families in the community.  His leadership in OKC over the last 15 years working in partnership the National Center for Fathering, CBMC, the Oklahoma Family Policy Council, Character First, the State Dept of Health and over 200 congregations representing denominational and cultural diversity has resulted in thousands of families impacted in our metro.

His passion to develop fatherless fathers into dedicated dads and provide healthy, dedicated fathers for our children has resulted in a strategic attack plan for OKC the includes catalyst weekends, mentor development, Dad’s University, and putting healthy, dedicated men on the ground in schools where father disconnect rates exceed 80% through WatchD.O.G.S.  This luncheon and tournament is all about helping our city understand and connect to change the statistics through building men, who build a new generation based on moral strength, responsible behavior, and relational health.

Inductees Into the Fathering Hall of Fame

Two key members of the Oklahoma City Community that are affecting kids in positive demonstration of dedicated and healthy fathering were honored.

leerolandLee Roland

Lee is the 6th son of Dewitt and Eula Roland. He has one younger sister. He married Wanda Roland on December 22, 1979. They have two children, Irving 32 years old and Chanel 27 years old. Lee is a minister at Saint Luke Baptist Church, where his father pastored for 30 years before passing away. In his free time, he loves to play golf and spend time with his family.
Mr. Lee Roland has been an educator and administrator for over 20 years. Lee has always labored exhaustively yet ardently in the field to both serve and meet the needs of students, parents, and teachers – it’s his “calling.”  His dedication and determination is clearly evident as he unceasingly endeavors to inspire and propel others who serve, to touch lives and make a difference, particularly for children.
In addition to enjoying great success in his roles of building principals and central office administration, Lee has spoken and presented at numerous conferences, venues and workshops across the state and country, particularly on the subjects of character education and teacher efficacy.  Mr. Roland has and continues to serve on numerous city and community boards, all involving the welfare of children.  In short, Lee Roland believes that it is the responsibility of educators and adults to improve our society via public education, which he passionately strives to do each and every single day – yes, “leave no child behind”!
Finally, Mr. Roland is an associate minister at St. Luke Baptist Church in Spencer.  Among his most cherished roles is children’s church minister and Sunday school teacher. Lee has conducted revivals, family retreats, and preached across the city, state, and country.  He has also been involved with many other initiatives in ministry, civic, and professionally. However, he is simply most grateful to be one of God’s soldiers on the battlefield with a goal of one day hearing the Father say: “Well done my good and faithful servant.”

kevinhillKevin C. Hill
Married for 28 years to Richinda Hill.

He and his wife has 2 children from this blessed union. Kacy 26 and Kayla 23.. 1 Granddaughter Milena 15 months.
Kevin has immersed himself in the area of elementary education for over 28 years as a Teacher, Coach, Headmaster, Assistant Principal and Principal. He has been blessed with numerous accommodations for his commitment and passion for the betterment of children, to include being named site teacher of the year, Mid-Del Teacher of the Year, and State Finalist for Teacher of the Year. He currently serves as the Principal of Epperly Heights Elementary in Del City.

Kevin has honorably served his country by being part of the Oklahoma Air National Guard for over 15 years.  He has achieved the rank of Master Sergeant and currently serves as the 137 ARW First Sergeant of the Logistic Readiness Squadron. MSgt. Hill has been decorated with numerous service ribbons to include the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and the Air Force Longevity Medal to name a few.

Kevin is active in his community as well. He is a member and Assistant Pastor at Praise Assembly Ministries in Del City. He is the President Elect for the Del City Rotary Club. He has been a member of the Midwest City Kiwanis, Midwest City Citizen Police Academy, Tinker AFB Community Star Program, Del City Chamber Member, Epperly Heights Neighborhood Watch Association and others.

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