Barbara Breazeale is married to Bill Pozzi, the mom to four and grandmother to six. She is the Advancement Director for Victoria House of Palms, P.O. Box 4886, Victoria Texas 77903. barbarabreazeale@gmail.com.

Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley

Some people just have “it”! Wish I could bottle that. “It” would fly off the shelves.

Before going to see Elvis Presley, I never was a big fan, I liked him but was not a screaming teenager or anything like that. When I saw him in person, it is a wonder that I did not sacrifice myself off the balcony in Vegas. Wow!

Ronald Reagan had it. When he appeared on television, you felt as if a dear friend was talking just to you alone. Marcus Luttrell, the “Lone Survivor”, came to Victoria a few years ago and you could have heard a pin drop in the theatre, all eyes and ears were fixed on that man.

Pastor Larry Helms at Faith Family has that deep resonating voice and presence, when he speaks, I listen, it pulls you in. Greg Abbott, another captivating person, speaks and his wheelchair literally fades away. He looks at you and you are a believer.

Well, on October 12th, we will have another charismatic speaker in town, Lt. Col. Allen West (ret). For years I have watched him on television and when he speaks, I take it as gospel. He has got “it.”

Allen West is a combat veteran, a former member of Congress, a best- selling author, a Fox News contributor and a Christian Conservative.

Raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Lt. Col. West is a third out of four generations of military in his family. His military life began as Jr ROTC student, he attended airborne and jump school at Fort Benning. His first deployment was Kuwait for Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm and even served as ROTC instructor at Kansas State University.

Marine Expeditionary Forces in Camp Lejeune and Army Exchange officer was next stop for Lt. Col. West. His last assignment was Battalion Commander and deployment to Iraq War. Twenty- two years of honorable service. After retirement, he became a civilian military advisor to the Afghan Army.

Stateside, he was elected to the US Congress representing Florida where his legislation included boosting small businesses, reducing DOD expenses, balancing the budget, and encouraging entrepreneurship. He once wrote, “I am disgusted by Congress. No legislation worth mentioning has passed both chambers to reach the President’s desk, but next week the House and Senate will kick off their August recess anyway. Let me tell you, the U.S. Army never granted me leave unless I had fulfilled my obligations and I am willing to guess your employer won’t let you take a vacation if you don’t finish your work!” What a concept!

His latest book is “Hold Texas, Hold the Nation” and should be required reading for all Republicans in our Red state. Another great one is “Retaking America: Crushing Political Correctness.” Yup my kind of guy.

He is now a resident of Texas and soon you will be able to meet the man at the Republican Gala on Saturday, Oct.  12 at the Emerging Technology Center. The night will be a fun filled dinner dance, great food and wonderful people but the highpoint of the night is definitely Lt. Col. West’s speech.

Whatever he says, you can take to the bank. He’s got “IT”!

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