Council members urge more involvement in PLU
by Tom Renee, Parents Council
PLU continues to have a tremendous positive
impact on the entire Renne family. My wife, Mary, and I are members
of the PLU Parents Council. Our daughter, Julie ’01, and
son in law, Gabriel Miller ’01, are graduates. Gabe, who
recently returned from service with the U.S. Marines in Kuwait,
is training to become a commercial airline pilot. Julie is a manager
for Nordstrom. We can honestly say that PLU’s commitment
toward educating students for lives of service played a significant
role in guiding both Julie and Gabe toward their current vocations.
Our son, Mark ’05, is a junior and
plays in the offensive line for the Lute football team. We have
been blessed in so many ways by our involvement in PLU activities
including Parents Council, supporting Lute football across the
country, attending choir concerts, track meets and chapel services,
ushering at PLU’s commencement ceremony, participating in
regional student recruiting events, and more. As a result, Mary
and I have developed lifelong friendships with PLU parents, students,
alumni and staff members. I recently read the book “The
Purpose Driven Life,” which outlines the fact that God planned
each moment in our life. He longs for all of us to discover “What
on earth am I here for?”
Once you discover your life’s purpose
it then becomes your challenge to be a “Person of Influence.”
Many current students and alumni had an opportunity to discover
their purpose in life as a result of PLU experiences. A couple
of years ago the volume of our positive first hand PLU experiences
drove us to feel “a call to action.” It became very
clear to both of us that our purpose in life, at this moment,
was to become more committed and involved in PLU by positively
influencing others, promoting the total PLU experience to prospective
students and families and last but not least to have fun! That
led us to the Parents Council.
What is your purpose in life at this moment?
Could it possibly be to become a more involved and supportive
PLU parent or alumni?
Please feel free to contact either Mary or
me with questions, feedback or suggestions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We would love to hear from you! Go Lutes!
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Jan and Ann Hockert,
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Cindy Kennedy ‘81,
University Place, Wash.
Mary Lou Knudsen,
Scott and Kathie McClimans,
Paul and Lynn (Nestby ’77) Olson,
Port Orchard, Wash.
Tom and Mary Renne, co-chairs,
West Linn, Ore.
Chuck and Linda Spiedel,
Bill and Rosemary Stewart,
Terry ’75 and Martha (Simpson ’75) Teigen,
Tom and Wendey Weathers,
Bruce and Nancy Wojciechowski,
Lake Oswego, Ore.
Tim and Sue Wolbrecht,
Bruce and Nancy Yoder,
Port Orchard, Wash.
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