Did you golf with Heisman Trophy winner and former BYU quarterback Ty Detmer when he was in town a few years back? Has your family enjoyed the Jon Schmidt or Vocal Point concerts in the past few years?
Were you at “The Saratov Approach” screening to hear Andrew Propst share his first-hand experiences as a missionary kidnapped in Russia?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, give yourself a pat on the back for supporting the Spokane chapter of the BYU Management Society in raising scholarship funds for local youth.
Over 20 years ago, the very first Spokane Chapter of the BYU Management Society took shape. The Marriott School of Business at Brigham Young University in Provo, UT. sponsors and supports the formation of chapters all over the world. From Taiwan to Turkey and from Shanghai to Spokane, individuals who may or may not have an affiliation with BYU come together to make a difference for good in their communities.
The vision of the BYU Management Society is to “build moral and ethical leadership around the world” and each local chapter charts a course on how they will fulfill this mission.
In the mid 1990s, four area residents, Molly Harley, Jennifer Otterstrom, Rick Mount, and Neil Jones, formed the initial foundation for the Spokane chapter but, by 1998, the group disbanded. Just 10 years ago, in 2005, Greg Howard, Lon Page and Eric Enloe undertook the task of reviving the chapter.
Since 2005, the chapter has been growing and evolving into an organization today that aspires to promote moral and ethical leadership, present entertainers that appeal to families, and provide scholarships for local young people.
The monthly networking lunches and almost quarterly events hosted by the society draw participants from all over the region. The 2013 Vocal Point concert sold out with 1,175 in attendance (75% from the Washington side of the state line and 25% from Idaho).
In addition to performers and entertainers, the society likes to bring movies for families. The next opportunity to help raise scholarship funds will be a movie this Friday, March 27 at Lewis and Clark High School. “Different Drummers” is an award winning screenplay that portrays the true story of two boys who grew up right here in Spokane.
Lyle, with ever increasing energy, threatened to prove more than his parents or teachers could handle. David, with muscular dystrophy, taught Lyle about God while Lyle promised to help David “run.” Lyle Hatcher, who lives in the Spokane area, will speak to movie goers at the show. You can register to attend the event at https://spokane.byums.org.
Whether it is a movie or a concert, all BYU Management Society events serve the purpose of raising scholarship funds for the young people right here in our community. In 2014, a total of 16 students received scholarships from the society.
When you attend or sponsor a BYU Management Society event, you are making it possible for more students to receive financial support for their educational pursuits. Students need not have plans to pursue their education on a BYU campus in order to apply. For students and recently returned missionaries who would like to apply for the 2015 scholarship, applications are available at www.Spokane.byums.org and the deadline is April 1.
The third annual Fun Run of the BYU Management Society is also fast approaching. May 30 is the date with 5K, 10K and half marathon races planned again this year.
In the fall of 2015, the Management Society is working to bring Peter Breinholt in concert. And in spring of 2016, the society has arranged for the return of BYU’s Vocal Point. Support for the society’s events, concerts, movies not only helps young people with their educational goals, but also provides entertainment opportunities that can be enjoyed by entire families – and that is a mission that enriches the entire community.
For anyone who wishes to join the BYU Management Society or simply learn more about what they do, contact Spokane Chapter President Hanna Stewart-Longhurst at 509-468-9617 or firstname.lastname@example.org.