Obviously my speech went very well

So tonight was my speech before the Venedocia Lions Club. They served an excellent meal of salad, mashed potatoes and gravy, pot roast and apple crisp, then it was time for me to do my thing. I stood up and talked about missing persons for awhile, gave examples of cases the Charley Project profiles, talked about my mission of trying to make sure MPs get remembered, talked about ways the Charley Project has helped locate MPs, passed out business cards, etc. I also mentioned that kidnapping by strangers was vanishingly rare, and said the people you really had to be afraid of were the people you knew. So the best way to keep safe, I said, was don’t know anybody. Hide inside your house 24 hours a day and disown your family and friends. That got a good laugh out of my audience.

Everyone clapped enthusiastically and they seemed very pleased with my talk. There were several questions asked at the end, then I sat down, and someone else stood up to give their own talk requesting funds to support a local campground so they could have discount prices during the summer. After he spoke, we both left and the meeting continued without us.

Things obviously went better than I realized, because about an hour after I had left the clubhouse, Dad called to tell me the Lions had voted to donate to the Charley Project. This was something I was totally not expecting and certainly didn’t ask for; I only gave my talk because Dad volunteered me and because I love talking about missing persons and what I do. I was really touched!

So thank you, Venedocia Lions, for contributing to the cause. I am totally wowed and I think I might use the funds this summer to upgrade the site and drag it, kicking and screaming, into the 21st century. Like, with a search function that will search by age and race and stuff. That would be nice.

22 thoughts on “Obviously my speech went very well

  1. Kat March 23, 2015 / 9:47 pm

    WOW!!!!!!!!!! Congratulations Meaghan!!! Great job! As an aside, I’d like to just say I feel for your anxiety pre speech. If I never have to speak out in public again I’d be thrilled. I spent years wanting to barf with little success except a passing grade. Good for you, and now so many more people know about your site, bet the hits go way up…….

  2. HennyLee March 23, 2015 / 10:28 pm

    That is Awesome Meaghan! So Wonderful that they will also be making a donation!! It’s so nice to see all your hard Work recognized and rewarded! Way to go!

  3. Mary Carney March 23, 2015 / 10:28 pm

    Good for you! Congrats

  4. dedekeene March 23, 2015 / 10:34 pm


  5. M86 March 23, 2015 / 10:37 pm


  6. Becky March 23, 2015 / 11:14 pm

    Wow, Meaghan, I am so proud of you and impressed. I also wish more people could hear about this site and the great things you do. I think many would really be shocked to know how many missing people there are. No matter where you are geographically somebody probably went missing from somewhere nearby and more go missing all the time. I would love to see Charley get the publicity it and you truly deserve. Thank you for getting the word out and being brave. You deserve a huge hand.

  7. Becky March 23, 2015 / 11:19 pm

    oh and ALSO, wow that search feature would be soooooo great!

  8. Matt March 24, 2015 / 12:28 am

    Great work, Meaghan!

    Would you be able to let us know which cases you spoke about? Just curious.

    • Meaghan March 24, 2015 / 5:31 am

      I talked about Garnell Moore (the saddest case on Charley, IMHO, simply because he was so young and so uncared-about), Peter Kema (as an example of Suspected Parental Snuffage and also about how I took all the info from his DHS casefile that I’m sure no one else had time to read since it was 3,000 pages long), Renee Lamanna, Alyssa McLemore, Landon League, Carlos Delgado, Bob Fasig, Maria Elena Murga-Alejandre (all examples of a type of MP on Charley, there’s a mentally ill person with apparent amnesia, foul play suspected, a family abduction, few details are available, an old person with dementia, a runaway), and also Troy Grumbine who was found (identified) last year in part because of the Charley Project.

      • Becky March 24, 2015 / 3:54 pm

        Oh man! Poor little Garnell! I just now read the case. It looks like there might be an error though, it lists his height and weight as 5’3 and 120, unless that is an age progression estimate?

      • Meaghan March 24, 2015 / 4:05 pm

        I just use the HW that the NCMEC gives me.

  9. Lauren March 24, 2015 / 12:37 am

    Yay! I am glad it went well 🙂 I was thinking about your talk today and wondering how it went.

    By the way I read the updates today and found a news story that included a section (towards the end of the article) about Mark Cowardin. It was obviously written just before he dissappeared but includes some more background about how his circumstances and how he was previously injured. There is also another picture of him which maybe helpful. Here is a link to the story:

    • Meaghan March 24, 2015 / 5:32 am

      Sweet. Thanks. It sucks that this guy seems like he was just getting his life together when he disappeared like that. My guess is he’s living on the streets again.

      • Lauren March 31, 2015 / 2:07 am

        I totally agree Meaghan. Thank you so much for updating his profile.

  10. Allie March 24, 2015 / 1:17 am

    Way to go Meaghan! I’m glad it went so well–you did all the missing a great service! On another note, I sent you an email that Jividen, Adams, the 2 little girls, the dog’s bodies have been found near Kenai, Alaska along with the family handgun.

  11. Justin March 24, 2015 / 1:47 am

    Congrats Meghan. Whatever they donate (they didn’t say if it would be money, supplies or advertising or whatever). Send them a thank you note and if possible, show them what was done with their donations. People love that.

  12. Mion March 24, 2015 / 4:08 am

    Congrats!! I’m happy your speech went well. How long was it?

    • Meaghan March 24, 2015 / 5:25 am

      Not too long. Like 20 minutes I think.

  13. Robin-NH March 24, 2015 / 6:12 am

    Well done, Meaghan! Congratulations!

  14. Bill Baraby March 24, 2015 / 8:43 am

    Great job Meaghan, I knew you would do well.

    I think another Go Fund Me page should be set up again so that all of us who enjoy/use Charley could donate toward the upgrading of your site. I would really LOVE to be able to seach this site. Also, If resolved cases could be saved and archived somewhere, that would be great to. Lastly, I know you have your Blog, which is great, but maybe set another discussion tab where your followers/readers could enter info or ask questions and perhaps even let you know about resolved cases or people who have been found. If you could let us know how much the upgrades would cost we could set a goal, and start now. Thanks again for all that you do Meaghan.


  15. CaptK March 24, 2015 / 9:41 am

    Congrats – great job!

  16. KER March 25, 2015 / 7:57 am

    Wonderful..glad they are donating…appreciate all your hard work

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