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By bringing people together, we can start to move beyond our divisiveness and the self-isolation of our echo chambers. When we see the common denominator of shared values as much as the numerators of our opinions, we can learn to respect each other for what we do and not just say.” Holshek speaks at the “Honor2Serve” event Town of Woodbury, NY over 2017 Veteran’s Day weekend. Read the story here.


Organized by TRENDS Global with the United Nations Association-Atlanta, “Being American: Identity, Citizenship and Engagement” Career the Information Fair at the Clarkston, GA Community Center on September 14th 2016 discussed being an American and public service. For more, including the Photovoice project for citizens to self-document life in one of America’s most diverse communities, see the TRENDS Global projects page. (Photo courtesy of the UN Association-Atlanta.)

 fcnl1 A Kennesaw State University displays her commitment to the Sustainable Goal of reducing poverty through a commitment to community service to the same end. For more pictures of the September 13th 2016 event, see the Center for Student Leadership photo folder. (Photo courtesy of Kennesaw State University.)
 fcnl1 Kennesaw State University students take a look at how to go global by first going local, linking local community service opportunities to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals to see the relationship between local and global impacts. (Photo courtesy of Kennesaw State University.)

Kennesaw State University students read the names of military neighbors killed in action since 9/11. The “Mindful Moment of Gratitude” made possible by Armor Down enables them to connect sacrifice and service at national and community levels by honoring veterans by giving them a country worth their sacrifice, helping to close civil-military gaps in American society.  (Photo courtesy of Kennesaw State University.)

 fcnl1 Organizers pose with Holshek’s Harley after “The Journey of a Thousand Miles – The Roadmap to Your Community,” co-hosted by Kennesaw State University’s Center for Student Leadership, the United Nations Association Atlanta Chapter, and TRENDS Global. KSU adopted Travels with Harley as a text for two of its courses that fall. (Photo courtesy of Kennesaw State University.)
 fcnl1 The author of Travels with Harley stands with Toby “The Wolfman” Wolf before going into the Ice House in Harrisonburg, VA. This is the first time they had seen each other since meeting in Utah in 2010, as described in the book. Just before that, Eastern Mennonite University hosted a conversation with students and the Veterans for Peace about service and sacrifice in all forms. (Photo courtesy of Toby C. Wolf)
 fcnl1 The student council president at North County High School of Anne Arundel County, just outside Baltimore, opens up the presentation on September 7th as part of the Governor of Maryland’s Day to Serve initiative. “You don’t need to be smarter or richer to do great things,” Col. (ret.) Holshek told the underprivileged students, “you only need courage and humility – and that’s something we can all find.”


 fcnl1 Dr. Volker Franke, Founder and Chairman of TRENDS Global and Colonel (ret.) Christopher Holshek with their motorcycles in front of the Firehouse Building before the National Service Ride presentation at the 2016 “Das Rally” held on July 4th at the Fairgrounds in Hamburg, NY. TRENDS Global, a major partner of the Ride, promotes needs-sensitive engagement to develop community-based solutions. (Photo courtesy of TRENDS Global.)


 fcnl1 “When young people pay it forward by doing community service, they not only help themselves by helping others,” Colonel (ret.) Holshek explains to fellow veterans and motorcyclists in Hamburg, NY, “they honor us by giving us all a country worth our sacrifice. We give back by providing them inspiration and guidance, and complete our mission in helping to pass the baton of generational leadership.” (Photo courtesy of TRENDS Global.)


 fcnl1 Arthur L. Johnson senior Nicholas Makosiej talks about the impact of community service on his life, particularly as an emergency medical technician. “Community service allows me to enable others to do what they love,” Makosiej said. That set off a string of testimonials from fellow students about what they are doing outside their schoolwork within their community in Clark-Westfield, NJ, surprising and energizing the audience. (Photo courtesy of Arthur L. Johnson High School.)


 fcnl1 “You can’t find out who you are and what you’re about through your smart phone or on Snapchat,” Holshek explains to juniors and seniors at Arthur L. Johnson High School in Clark, NJ, on May 9th 2016. “Like most technology, they don’t give you an identity. They are powerful tools, but like power and rights in general, there also come risks and responsibilities along with their privileges.” (Photo courtesy of Arthur L. Johnson High School.)


Watch the follow-up interview with Blue-and-Gold TV reporter Steven Leon about the National Service Ride presentation to students at Washingtonville High School. (Video courtesy of Washingtonville High School.)



Returning there for the first time since graduating in 1978, Colonel (ret.) Holshek speaks to juniors and seniors at Washingtonville High School on May 5th 2016. To read the Orange County Post-Sentinel story on the presentation, click here. (Photo courtesy of the Orange County Post-Sentinel.)


 fcnl1 The Harley-Davidson Wide Glide Holshek rode around the country in 2010, inspiring his book Travels with Harley and the National Service Ride, awaits its rider outside Washingtonville High School. (Photo courtesy of the Orange County Post-Sentinel.)


 fcnl1 Colonel (ret.) Holshek speaks to cadets about what he learned about war and peace and everything in between, as summarized in his Foreign Policy blog “Of Humans and Hardware.” He was one of the many honored speakers at Norwich University’s commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) at the renowned New England school. (Photo courtesy of Norwich University.)


 fcnl1 Interesting cupcake display in the foyer of the main hall of Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont, where the themes of Travels with Harley and the National Service Ride saw great discussion on April 22nd 2016. Note that the cupcakes below the frosting are different colors (vanilla, chocolate, and s little in between), which seem symbolic of the underlying strength of the United States being its diversity. E pluribus unum.


 fcnl1 Signing copies of Travels with Harley after presenting at the United Nations Association (National Capital Area) Young Professionals dinner in Washington, DC on April 17th 2016. “In finding good jobs, what separates you from others more than your technical skills is the content of your character, demonstrated through service to others.” (Photo courtesy of the UN Association.)


 fcnl1 “In these times, citizenship, service, and engagement are at once local and global,” Holshek tells a highly receptive crowd at the 2016 United Nations Association (National Capital Area) Young Professionals dinner in Washington, DC. “Peacebuilding works the same way over here as it does over there. That does more than connect us to our communities, society, and the world at large. It builds our qualifications to function successfully at whatever vocations we seek, over here or over there.” (Photo courtesy of the UN Association.)


 fcnl1 Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, holds “a conversation on citizenship, service, and global engagement” with Colonel (ret.) Christopher Holshek at the George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs on April 7th. (Photo courtesy of the Elliott School of International Affairs.)


 fcnl1 Talking about identity and the future of America and the National Service Ride project on WNYC’s “The Brian Lehrer Show” on publication day for Travels with Harley – February 9th 2016. (Photo courtesy of WNYC Radio.)

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