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Thoughts From HTG Summit Part 8

I've been walking through highlights from our recent HTG Summit 2013 in Dallas, and want to continue that list.  It was a great event thanks to the fantastic HTG team, our members and sponsors.  Here are highlights:

1.  Advisory Council Meeting

2.  Leadership Forum

3.  Spouse Track

4.  SIG's


6.  Peer Group Meetings

7. IDEA Exchange and Partner Pavilion

8. Mission Arlington: I got a little bit emotional on Thursday night as I got to take part again in serving alongside some of you to bless the poor in the Dallas community through the amazing work of an 80 something year old woman named Tillie Burgin.  This farm boy always enjoys getting the chance to work with my hands to make something better for someone else and unloading box after box of paper supplies from several trucks felt really good. 

A few were commenting on feeling spent after unloading the truck, and one of the staff members mentioned that Tillie had helped to load almost every one of those boxes in the trucks originally.  That brought perspective.  I am thankful to serve among a community of people who truly are willing to give back.  It is yet another in a long list of things that make the HTG community special.  After 3 or 4 very full days, there were over 50 of us who spent three hours working hard to make a difference.  That is something I am not only passionate about, but also proud of!

To those who unloaded the truck and to those who scrubbed toilets and cleaned floors to enable Mission Arlington to have their free medical and dental clinics the next day, thanks for being a difference.  When we give of ourselves for the benefit of others, we are the ones that are truly blessed.  But we also are able to bless those we serve as well.  The best part of the night was standing in a circle at the end as Tillie prayed for us and then listening to Eric Barnlund, CEO of Mavidea and HTG 15 member, lead us in singing “Jesus Loves Me.”  It was a fitting way to end a very long but impactful day as we gave of self to help others.

Are you making a difference in your patch?  That's what being a Go Giver is all about!

About the Author

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Arlin Sorensen serves as the CEO and Founder of the Heartland Companies which includes HTG Peer Groups. When he is not traveling to speak and consult, he is home on his farm in Iowa with his wife Nancy. He is a proud “Pop” to four precocious grandchildren who serve as daily reminders of why he is intentionally living to leave a strong legacy of faith and integrity. He loves making a difference in the lives and businesses of small business owners. You can reach him at or on Twitter @asorensen.

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