By Margaret Dayton
Senate District 15
On August 19th I had the privilege of hosting a meeting for United Families International at my home. During the meeting there was a changing of the guard and my good friend Laura Bunker was installed as the new president of UFI.
United Families International is a nondenominational public charity devoted to maintaining and strengthening the natural family as the fundamental unit of society. They work on a local, national and international levels with elected officials and policy makers to promote humanitarian projects that strengthen and protect families.
During the meeting, outgoing president Carol Soelberg, reminded us all about the importance of the grassroots fight to protect our families and our liberties. She said, “If you have ever had to pull Johnson or Bermuda grass from your yard or garden, you know that power! Grass roots efforts are those activities that require your involvement: voting, speaking out in small and large groups to educate and activate citizens, carrying petitions, and contacting elected officials to express your view. Simply put, YOU are the bottom line in saving families.”
Along those same lines, Laura Bunker, incoming UFI President said, “If we believe something is ‘inevitable,’ we shift the responsibility from ourselves. We all have unique opportunities within our own reach to strengthen and protect the family. Our job is to do what is within our reach to build again a family-centered civilization.”
My priorities as a Senator have always been to support the Constitution of the United States (religious freedom is an essential part of that Constitution) and to promote those measures designed to maintain and strengthen the family as the fundamental unit of society. The mission of UFI connects with my priorities and I align myself with the goals of this organization.