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The Kellogg Fellows Leadership Alliance Spirit of Leadership Award is named for Ray Gatchalian, a former Kellogg Fellow. Along with other traits, the award recognizes a Fellow who has proven to be an exceptional leader, embodying characteristics that defined Gatchalian like being compassionate, courageous, taking risk, and having a talent for getting things done. The award is presented bi-annually at the KFLA forum.

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Lessa Phillips - 2007

 

George Bernard Shaw - A Splendid Torch

This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.

I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community, and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can.

I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no "brief candle" for me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.

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Bill Bolling - 2010

Under Bolling’s leadership, the Atlanta Community Food Bank, which began as a church soup kitchen, oversees the distribution of more than 20 million pounds of food annually. Bolling’s innovative ideas that challenge the paradigm of food distribution to Atlanta’s vulnerable groups have become a national model for the country’s food banks.

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Don’t ask what

the world needs.

Ask what makes

you come alive,

and go do it.

Because what

the world needs

is people who

have come alive.

~ Howard Thurman ~

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Shirley Sherrod - 2011

The Kellogg Fellows Leadership Alliance, KFLA, has named Shirley Sherrod, former USDA Georgia State Director for Rural Development, as the recipient of the 2011 Ray Gatchalian Spirit of Leadership Award for her confrontation of local, state and national structures that affect poor farmers in South Georgia.

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 Psalm 27

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell.

Though a host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.

One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in his temple.

For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.

And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the Lord.

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Wil Cwikiel - 2011

The Kellogg Fellows Leadership Alliance, KFLA, has named Wil Cwikiel, middle school principal at Harbor Springs High Schools in rural northern Michigan, as the recipient of the 2011 Ray Gatchalian Spirit of Leadership Award for his exemplary efforts of courage and risk-taking roles in environmental protection and advocacy to his current role in counseling youth.

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Wild Geese
By Mary Oliver

You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting--
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.