By: Treaver Hodson, Sacramento Chapter Board
Our guest speaker at the BYU Management Society March Business Luncheon held in Sacramento, California was Walter “Wally” W. Herger, Jr. United States Congressman. He spoke on “Reflections of a Former Congressmen.”
Mr. Herger was born in Sutter County in 1945, and was raised on a cattle ranch and dairy farm in a small community called Rio Oso, California. While growing up he worked on his family's ranch and worked for his father’s small business. Like many Americans during the 1970s, having become frustrated with what government was doing to him instead of for him, Wally decided to get involved. He started on the East Nicolaus School Board where he served from 1977 to 1980. Then, he was elected to the California State Assembly in 1980 and served until his election to the United States House of Representatives in 1986. He represented the people of California's 2nd District for the past twenty-four years in Washington, D.C. He is married to a wonderful wife, Pam, and they have nine children and nine grandchildren.
Mr. Herger spoke to an audience of approximately 45 business leaders and professionals. Initially, he shared his belief that this is an excellent time to live and that each of us is here for a meaningful reason. There are no accidents. There are no coincidences. He expressed his appreciation for those who sacrifice to live the “American Dream,” like his parents and those he knew from his early years in Northern California. He encouraged all to fight for their freedoms and rights, especially religious liberties, which appear to be in serious jeopardy. He honored the examples of many political and religious leaders of faith who inspired him and made a difference in the community and in the nation. He encouraged each person to work toward being an example and making a difference. For example, during his State Assembly race, he faced seemingly insurmountable odds, but prevailed because of his faith in God, his belief in the future, and the hard work ethic instilled from his youth.
Mr. Herger continued by sharing his conviction that God wants us to be involved in making a difference – no matter our current situation. Just one person can make an amazing difference. He honored his father who gave him confidence when his own hope seemed to wane at critical times. Later, he honored all who supported him throughout the years with their time and means. He assured us that this support carried him through difficult times. Wally reinforced his ideals of democracy, encouraging good men and women of faith to get involved, and actively protecting our rights and liberties founded in the Constitution. He concluded with a call to fearlessly stand up, in respectful ways, for our religious values and beliefs: there are good people everywhere – we need to join them.