Behind the Crown
By Amy Clark, Mrs. Spokane County
If you would have asked me a year ago what was involved in being a pageant titleholder, my answer would have been “not much.” I figured they dressed up in their crown and sash, and showed up for parades and special events. I’ve always liked watching pageants, but thought they were little more than a chance for girls or women to gain self-confidence, and possibly win a pretty crown.
My perception changed when I stumbled upon the Mrs. America Pageant
system. Through a series of events, I ended up in contact with the Mrs. Washington pageant director, and after gaining some insight into what the pageant stood for and discussing the idea with my husband, I was awarded the title of Mrs. Spokane County
. The motto of the Mrs. Washington pageant is “Making A Difference.” As contestants for the state pageant and ambassadors of our city or county, we were encouraged to make a difference in our community.
My community service started before signing up for the pageant. I had been working my church's youth group for over a year. I had a real passion for mentoring young girls through their teen years and seeing them develop into responsible young women. My heart is for students who have difficult home situations and need to know that someone cares and is there for them no matter what the circumstances. This is work I have continued throughout my reign, as these girls are my inspiration for making a difference.
I have also had the privilege of working with some amazing organizations in the Spokane area. We are so blessed to live in a community with such an abundance of wonderful organizations that work to serve those in need. I feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to give my time to serve them. There are too many to mention in one article, so I thought I would focus on two that had the biggest impact on me personally.
The first is Shoes For Kids
. I was contacted to help sell raffle tickets at a local Homebuilders Association with the proceeds benefiting Shoes For Kids
. While at the event, I met the Mermaids of the Lake and Genia Seghetti. I was inspired by their passion for helping kids in need. Both as a schoolteacher and a youth leader, I have seen kids who can’t afford proper shoes for the kind of weather we get in our area, and was excited to help them reach their goal of raising 1000 pairs of shoes for local children. The big fundraiser for Shoes For Kids
was If The Shoe Fits, Wear It!
I had the pleasure of helping with the auction of some amazing works of “shoe art.” It was a fun event and raised a lot of money for this great cause. I’m excited to be a part of this event again this year and am thankful for the friendships I gained while being a part of it.
The second is the Muscular Dystrophy Association
. I was asked to be a part of the local MDA Muscle Walk
where I met some wonderful volunteers for the Association, as well as some inspiring young people who live with different neuromuscular diseases and are counting on the money for research to find treatments and cures. It was a great event and I was honored to be a part of it. I recently had the opportunity to sing The National Anthem at An Evening With Harley Davidson
, an annual fundraiser that raises money to help the MDA send kids to camp. It was a wonderful evening where people from the local H.O.G. (Harley Owners Group) chapter gave generously to help send kids to what they describe as the best week of their whole year. I loved watching the videos of camp from the previous year and seeing these tough bikers melt at the hands of the kids. I’m excited to spend a day at the camp this summer.
I am so thankful for the opportunities I have had because of the doors that have been opened with my title. I competed in November for the title of Mrs. Washington and took second runner-up. It was such a fun experience with wonderful women that I am honored to call my friends. It is great to know that there are women all over our state who are working to make a difference in the lives of others. As I look back at my year, I am proud of the work I have done serving my community, but feel that I am not done. I have decided to compete again this year to continue to serve our community. I’m excited to see what God has in store for me this year, and how I can make a positive impact in our community. My biggest goal is to be a role model to my kids, my students and my youth group girls, showing them that serving others is how we can make a difference in our world.
What a difference a year makes…
Amy Clark is a wife and mother of two beautiful little girls. She has been married to her husband for almost ten years. She grew up in Spokane, Washington and attended Eastern Washington University where she earned a degree in Music Education. She has been working her dream job of teaching elementary music in the Spokane area for six years. She loves to spend time with her family, work out, and hang out with her youth group girls on Wednesday nights. She is currently serving our community as Mrs. Spokane County 2013.