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Torres Invites Cal Poly Pomona Veteran to State of the Union

WASHINGTON, DC- On Monday, January 29, Rep. Norma J. Torres (D-CA) is attending the State of the Union address with Cal Poly Pomona student veteran Sommarani “Mayra” Chan as her guest. Mayra’s family fled from the Khmer Rouge Genocide in Cambodia and sought protection in a Thailand refugee camp. In 1985, the family resettled in the U.S., where Mayra became a first-generation American.

“It is an honor to have veteran and Cal Poly Pomona graduate student Mayra Chan as my guest to the State of the Union. Mayra’s incredible story and commitment serves as a shining example of the value and strength that immigrants, refugees, and their children bring to our nation,” said Rep. Torres.

“I am grateful to be here.  As a veteran and first-generation college student, to be here representing something greater than myself is truly an honor.  It is a once in a lifetime experience to be able to attend tonight’s State of the Union as a guest of Congresswoman Torres,” said Chan.

From 2006 to 2014, Mayra served in the United States Army Reserve where she did one tour in Afghanistan and a humanitarian mission in Panama in 2009. During her time in Cal Poly Pomona, Mayra has kept busy by focusing her work on serving the student veteran community on campus as a student employee at the Veteran Resource Center. Mayra earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Food and Nutrition last year and is currently working on her Master of Science in Agriculture, concentrating her thesis research on combating obesity amongst the veteran community.

Congresswoman Torres’ guest is a personification of the policies she continues to push for in Congress that ensure that the Inland Empire remains a welcoming place for all and that veterans have access to the tools they need to thrive when they return home.         

Poetry Corner: Black History

By Evan Wheeler, Contributor of Purposely Awakened

My enemies acting friendly distorting my past,

We know history needed generations of great Black men.

Stop portraying this illusion that won’t last,

Years of lies and stripping origins from our ken.

You are not without sin but the first stone was cast,

Eyes were blinded to your trash but that was then.

I woke up putting your fallacies on blast,

I refuse to lose and remain sleep with you pigs in this American pen.

Letter to the Editor: Fulfilling Dreams

By Word of Mouth Ministries 

Have you ever had a dream you wanted to fulfill, or a goal you wanted to achieve, but just didn’t know how to get there?   Me too.    My dream at Word-­?Of-­?Mouth Ministries is to spread the Word of God by helping other God-­?centered businesses or individuals do the work that God has called them to do (Based on Ephesians 4:10-­?16).   

In order to do that though, I need to know where the God-­?centered individuals and businesses are and what they are doing.  That’s where you come in.  If you are an individual with a dream, a small business, a new business or even a big business that has been in operation for many years and you love the Lord, I want to help you spread the Word.   

Spreading the Word does not necessarily mean that you are preaching or handing out tracts. It means that God is the priority in whatever you do. Your customers and the people around you can feel God’s presence through you and God is blessing what you are doing because you are doing what He wants you to do. 

Here is an example of what I do. A lady who used to go to my church had prepared some homemade soaps and body butters for a trade show she was going to. She told me that after I had sampled her products and told her friends and family how soft and bouncy my hair was (after I used the body butter on my hair), she sold out of all the products she had prepared for the trade show. Since people don’t usually put body butter on their hair, it gave her a different way to promote her products.                  

If you’d like to give Word-Of-­Mouth Ministries a try, then please send your bio, a photo of yourself and your  products  and  a  brief  description  of  the  work  you  are  doing  and  why  you  are  doing  it  to wordofmouthministries777@gmail.com. Include  in  your  description  what  you  believe  are  your strengths  (what  you  are doing well),  the  weaknesses  (what  you need to do better), your opportunities (what doors God has opened for you) and the threats (what has kept you from moving forward). 

Once  I  receive  your  information  and  it  is  something  I  can  help  you  with,  I  will  pray  for  you  and  your business,  send  you  some  helpful  suggestions  on  ways  to  improve  either  your  product  or service,  your pricing, your place of business or your promotions.  I will also give you a supportive Scripture from the Bible  and spread the word to  let people know what you are doing, so you can increase your customer base.   All  I  ask  is,  if  God has blessed you with the  means  to do so,  then please sow a seed  of  $20  into Word-­Of-­Mouth Ministries so the ministry can continue to grow and be a blessing to others.