My path in community service started at a young age. Growing up I was active in the Cub Scouts and the Boy Scouts. After I retired from the Air Force and was out from under “Don’t Ask … Don’t Tell”, I joined the Imperial Court system and was inspired by the dedication I saw in those organizations. For a while I was extremely active in the Court System and was an Emperor of the Alamo Empire here in San Antonio. My favorite memory from that time was the day we handed out food at the MCC food pantry and a lady asked if we had canned pineapple. I handed her a can and from her reaction you would have thought I gave her the golden ticket or the keys to Ft Knox!! That is when I knew that just raising money wasn’t enough for me. I wanted to help people on a more personal level.
During my travels on the court circuit, I met numerous sisters on my travels to different cities and was always awed and inspired by what they did. What impressed me the most was their community outreach and they weren’t focused solely on fundraising.
One year during Coronation weekend in San Francisco, I had the honor of escorting Nicole the Great, Queen Mother of the Americas and the titular head of the Imperial Court System to the archives of the San Francisco house. When we walked in and I saw all the history of the Sisters, I felt like a kid in a candy shop. It was a wonderful site to see! I stood in front of one of the original habits and listened to Sister Vish tell the story of how the sisters came about and I remember very shyly asking Vish if I could touch the habit. It was then I knew at some point in my life I wanted to be a Sister.
When the time was right and I felt that tug again, I started my journey as a sister. The best part is that time coincided with a dear friend of mine who started her journey at the same time with the Sin City Sisters! Out of the ashes of Emperor Jungle George, Sister Skharlott was born! I look forward to growing as a sister, a person and helping the San Antonio community in any way I can.