Craig Manson introduced our speaker Tom Goodrich, Tom was activated to go to Afghanistan in 2003, where his job with the Army was to persuade representatives of international armed forces to participate in the war on terror in Afghanistan to free up U.S. forces to focus on Iraq.  He often traveled with a State Department and CIA representative looking for local War Lords and to present a friendly face; while deployed his team built wells, clinics and about 24 schools.
 He returned to Minnesota in April 2004 with the rank of major and a Bronze Star. And the avid sportsman came home determined to start an organization called Fishing for Life and start an annual Fish-A-Thon through which young people raise money for church-based programs for inner-city youths.