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President’s Perspective Bill Frye, President, Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches, Inc. R ANCHER Volume 52, Number 4, Winter 2017 Publisher Bill Frye, President Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches, Inc. Associate Publisher Maria Knapp Staff Writer Josh Blackmon Graphic Design Jim Karantinos The Rancher is published quarterly in spring, summer, fall and winter by the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches, Inc., a non-profit corporation, Boys Ranch, Florida 32064. This is a free publication. If you have any questions, call 1-800-765-3797, or visit us on the web at www.youthranches.org. Copyright © 2017 by the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches, Inc. REQUIRED DISCLOSURE INFORMATION Florida Statutes Chapter 496, cited as the Solicitation of Contributions Act, was enacted by the 1991 Florida Legislature with an effective date of January 1, 1992. This law requires that organizations like the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches, Inc., furnish the following information with each fund solicitation and receipt for contributions received: “A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE WITHIN THE STATE OF FLORIDA, 1-800-HELP-FLA. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT APPROVAL OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE.” Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches, Inc. registration number is CH954. Sheriffs Ranches Enterprises, Inc. registration number is CH20347. THE FLORIDA SHERIFFS YOUTH RANCHES RECEIVES 100% OF THIS CHARITABLE CONTRIBUTION. New York -A copy of the latest annual report can be obtained from the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches or from the Office of the Attorney General by writing the Charities Bureau, 120 Broadway, New York, NY 10271. ® THE “We must let go of the life we planned, so as to accept the one waiting for us.” -Joseph Campbell All I ever wanted to be when I was a child was an airline pilot. Even though I had never flown in an airplane, it was all I talked about. My parents would take me out to the local airport and I could spend all day just watching the planes take off and land, while dreaming of being the “guy” flying the plane. In those days of childhood, it did not matter what type of plane it was as long as I was the one flying it. It would not be until I was 27 years old that I would actually fly for the first time. I remember my mom and dad getting tired of finding pieces of the model airplanes I was constantly building left on the floor. That, of course, probably had something to do with discovering the model scraps by stepping on them with bare feet or hearing the racket they created by getting sucked into the vacuum cleaner! Have you ever looked back on your life and thought, “This is not what I had planned, but I wouldn’t change a thing”? It’s funny, the number of people who have lived their lives not as originally planned, but in the end, the one not planned turned out really well. As you have guessed, I never became an airline pilot. My plans of a life in the sky, taking people to exotic places all over the world, did not occur. As I look back, though, my life has turned out really well. I cannot tell you how many times I have heard children exclaim with great conviction that their plans include everything from becoming an NFL football player to a movie star. They know in their 2  THE RANCHER  CELEBRATING 60 YEARS OF SERVICE  WINTER 2017

President’s Perspective

Bill Frye

“We must let go of the life we planned, so as to accept the one waiting for us.”

-Joseph Campbell

All I ever wanted to be when I was a child was an airline pilot. Even though I had never flown in an airplane, it was all I talked about. My parents would take me out to the local airport and I could spend all day just watching the planes take off and land, while dreaming of being the “guy” flying the plane. In those days of childhood, it did not matter what type of plane it was as long as I was the one flying it. It would not be until I was 27 years old that I would actually fly for the first time.

I remember my mom and dad getting tired of finding pieces of the model airplanes I was constantly building left on the floor. That, of course, probably had something to do with discovering the model scraps by stepping on them with bare feet or hearing the racket they created by getting sucked into the vacuum cleaner!

Have you ever looked back on your life and thought, “This is not what I had planned, but I wouldn’t change a thing”? It’s funny, the number of people who have lived their lives not as originally planned, but in the end, the one not planned turned out really well. As you have guessed, I never became an airline pilot. My plans of a life in the sky, taking people to exotic places all over the world, did not occur. As I look back, though, my life has turned out really well.

I cannot tell you how many times I have heard children exclaim with great conviction that their plans include everything from becoming an NFL football player to a movie star. They know in their hearts that they are destined to become famous. They say that when they become rich, they will help support the Youth Ranches. Each time I hear this, I just smile and say, “I am going to hold you to that promise one day, when you make it big!”

Over the last 60 years, thousands of children have come through our doors, either in our residential programs or camps, all with big plans. Some even had very detailed plans about how their lives would be as adults. For the most part, the children I have gotten to know during my 32 years have not lived the lives of their original plans, but that does not mean that the lives they are living are not successful or grand.

A young boy who planned to become a doctor became a medic in the Army. A plan of an acting and dance career turned into a small-business owner. A plan to go to law school turned into an MBA and becoming a successful insurance broker. A plan to play in the NFL became a world-famous wrestling career.

The list continues to grow. Within the past 60 years, our children have become parents and grandparents. They have provided to their children and grandchildren what many of them never had until they arrived at the Youth Ranches: a stable and loving home, a home where children feel secure in the knowledge that Mom and Pop are there for them. A home where life plans and big dreams are always encouraged.

For the past 60 years, you – our donors, supporters, Sheriffs and others – have made it possible for our children to have a home, a place where opportunities abound and children are encouraged to build upon their dreams. While their lives might not always match their early childhood plans, they do turn out, for the most part, really, really well!

God bless,

Bill Frye

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