October 22, 2006
To: Sheri L. Dew
From: Don Stirling
Date: Friday, Sept. 8, 2006
1. A great meeting. Thanks so much. There is much that you can do, and maybe even more, outside of a formal MVP chair position. I will try and frame some things ASAP.
2. I had a positive meeting with Kem Gardner this week. Josh Romney was also there (one of Mitt's sons, who lives in UT). Kem said he had met prior with Elder Holland i n regard to how the efforts to help Governor Romney could move forward amongst the LDS community while not creating undue heartburn. (According to Kem, Elder Holland has been designated/assumed the role of coordinating these matters.) Elder Holland surfaced the idea of using BYU Management Society, and its locally-based organizations as a starting point to rally and organize the troops on a grass-roots level. Elder Holland subsequently surfaced the idea with Presidents Hinckley and Faust, who voiced no objections. When I laid out the MVP program to Kem, the lights started to go off that it could be the BYUMS that provides foundational leadership at the State, Community or Neighborhood level. Also, Kem mentioned that he "had been chatting with Cathy Chamberlain, and that she wanted to organize local events and gatherings among women, which seems like a good idea, too. And these events could include Sheri Dew, among others, as well."
Kem then called Elder Holland's office while we were there and set up a meeting for Tuesday, September 19 at 4:00 PM to discuss the use of BYUMS, the MVP program, and to discuss, generally, what might be appropriate to do within the LDS community.
Would you feel comfortable in joining us for that meeting with Elder Holland? It would be Kem, the gentleman who manages BYUMS, myself, and Josh Romney. If you attended, my thought is it gives us a chance, as well, to explore with Elder Holland some things that Deseret Book/LDS Living might be able to bring to the table. If you don't, I would like to at least be able to reference that we have been also exploring ways that Deseret Book might be able to help (database/events/). Or, if you want me to remain silent on all things DB, I can do that, a well. Let me know.
3. Let me know if you can work things to join us in Georgia. I think you would be energized by the gathering. I have also put a note into Blake to see what if he is confirmed to attend, and what his travel (private or commercial) is going to be.
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To: Sheri L. Dew
From: Don Stirling
Date: Sunday, Sept. 17, 2006
Hope you are well. You'll enjoy the blog not below. I will confirm with Kem tomorrow the Tuesday meeting with Elder Holland (4:00 PM). Will you be able to join us? Also, Spencer Zwick may be in town Saturday for a "discussion dinner" with a handful of key people (would love to have you join), including his father, to explore and identify names in as many of the states as possible, who could lead the MVP (Mutual Values & Priorities) amongst the LDS community. Gov would like to have Rick Eyre join that meeting as a source of names throughout the country, which is probably a pretty good call.
Do you think Ardeth might join a dinner meeting of this type? Again, informal group to explore and identify names of folks through the country. I would have Cathy join but I think she will be back in AZ. Need to talk soon. Boston remains thrilled and excited that you are on the team. . . . No worries at all in passing on the chair position. At the end of the day, you are right . . . you can be of more help NOT having the title.