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Will The Circle Be Unbroken?

The title of this popular Christian hymn was written in 1907 and has been the inspiration for many country music artists over the years to convey togetherness, community, and perseverance through tough times. Country music fans will think of the Carter Family, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and many other artists that put their own lyrics to this classic song and message.

My favorite rendition is often sung by Willie Nelson to close out his concerts and festivals. I was fortunate to be able to spend a few fun days in San Diego last week with some buddies to play golf at Torrey Pines. I also dragged these friends to a night of music with Willie and his family and another long-time favorite, the Avett Brothers. At 88 years old, this Austin, Texas legend still puts on a good show.

It struck me over the last few days that the opportunity to spend quality time with friends also translates to my Third Act endeavor to promote great people providing amazing service to those less fortunate; in that, we all need to join together to make this world better for everyone. It takes all of us to help our neighbors in need and it really feels good when we connect with other kind people who think the same way.

As many of you know, I recently had the privilege of doing a podcast with Janette Phillips, Executive Director of Share Detroit. Janette and her team are busy helping non-profits around Detroit find volunteers and new sponsors for their personal opportunities to give back. As a refresher, please check out for upcoming events and ways to get involved.

During a phone conversation this week, Janette was kind enough to introduce me to another great individual that is working with nonprofits and small businesses in Detroit. Monique Phillips (no relation to Janette) is the head of MP Consulting Group. She is working with Bamboo Detroit, a shared workspace and business community, and the University of Detroit Mercy Center for Social Entrepreneurship, to provide information on building a nonprofit.

Detroit Nonprofit Day is the inspiration of Monique and these two partners. This one-day event Saturday, October 30th from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, will provide a hands-on workshop, guiding individuals through all the steps of financial stability, operations, leadership, and fundraising. The event, being held at the University of Detroit Mercy, unites leading industry experts with professionals seeking to learn and acquire the skills necessary to build and grow impactful programs, sustain their operations, and ultimately fulfill their missions.

Please consider joining these 200+ nonprofit founders, executives, team leaders, and employees to learn more. Visit for more information.

I look forward to learning more about Monique and her numerous efforts to give back to her community. It is really great to connect with new leaders in metro Detroit that are going the extra mile to help others.

In closing, I provided a few photos from our San Diego trip along with a YouTube link to Willie Nelson and friends performing “Will the Circle Be Unbroken?” and another fan favorite, “It’s Hard to Be Humble,” at Farm Aid 2021 a few days before the San Diego show.

All the best to you and your family.

Roger N. Steed


Detroit Non-Profit Day

When: Saturday, October 30th 9:00 am to 5:00 pm


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