The Heroine Junkie

“Impact Venture Capitalists!”

Morning Team…

In the past three days, I’ve met a heroine junkie who turned her life around, a Man with ALS who won’t be able to speak in another year. A young lady, Emily, so scared to present, she shook and burst into tears immediately after her talk… A Sheriff who battles domestic abuse, in some cases, so terrible that blood covered the walls. A mother of a military son, killed while protecting our freedom… And Kenton, the man behind “the shoe that grows,” who’s donated more than 100,000 pairs to kids in need.

Not to mention, “Uncle Jerod,” who I adopted now as my own uncle, and all the many many others, whom I spoke to, who all conveyed their absolute conviction about the good that Impact Club is.

2 Days. $25,000 Donated.

Between Impact Club Boise and IC Coeur d’Alene, more than $25,000 was donated to local Idaho charities.

Coeur d’Alene added 20+ members in the final 20 hours.

And Channels 7 News, the largest news channel in Boise, was at Impact Club to film the entire event. Interviewing Mike Turner, our Boise co-founder, as well as our three presenting charities to spotlight their cause.

To that, I say:

“Ooo-RAH! SPARTANS!” – you have done well.


I’m not sure how to do a BIG SMILEY FACE emoji, but that’s what that little smiley face above really is. I big damn smile and proud grin, representing the extreme pride that I take in being part of this profound community:

– Impact Venture Capitalists.

– The 10 DNA Traits

– The 5 Character-Types

We’re all needed, if we’re going to dent the world.

Proud of you all,


PS: Our production team should have the StoryEngines built, of these incredible talks, in about two weeks. Bea Black, Boise’s first event recipient of $11,200, spoke to the power of having her StoryEngine provided. Able to post to her website. Use in social media. Forwarded to potential donors. Etc. Which makes the point. We are not just here to give money. We are here to learn to use our voice. (See Impact #3)



I want you to think about that.

When Theresa Wild with Matt’s place foundation tugged on our heart strings Thursday night, telling the story of her husband Matt, and the battle those affected by ALS go through every day. She said something…

“About three years ago, I was really good friends with this wonderful man, and he was my dancing partner. We went out every weekend, dancing, and he took me on weekend getaways and he taught me how to live life in the moment. And at the same time, there was a social media craze “the ice bucket challenge” and I kinda disregard that, that didn’t really impact me.

Then couple months later, Matt’s picking me up, we’re going to go out dancing that night. He’s a phenomenal dancer. And his pinky was sticking out. And I said, “Hey princess, tuck that back in. What’s going on?”

And he disregarded it .

A month or so later, he couldn’t zip his coat and he was having a hard time holding a pen. He’s 42 years old. Very healthy man. I was sitting with him two months later, when the doctor walks into the room and looks at us, and he says with a tear in his eye, “I’m sorry you have ALS.”

“You have two to five years to live. I suggest you get your affairs in order.”

He was 42 years old at the time. When knew nothing about ALS. We knew Lou Gehrig’s, that’s all we knew. So we started researching. And we found out, because Matthew was a former Marine, the VA takes really good care of us. So, you need a wheelchair? You got it. You need a wheelchair accessible van? Yep. You need a grant for your house, to get it remodel? Absolutely. So what about… the other people with ALS? What about them? What do they do?

So we started looking into it, within months of his diagnosis. We founded Matt’s Place Foundation.

You see when a person has ALS, not only is their time limited, but the disease is devastating. And it doesn’t just devastate that person with this terminal illness, it devastates everybody around them.

Matt and I, the last time we danced was on our wedding night. He can no longer reach out for me and hold my hand. He can’t hug me. And soon, he won’t be able to pucker up his lips and give me a kiss. And he won’t be able to smile. And he won’t be able to talk or eat, and eventually…

He won’t be able to breathe…”


Trust me when I say, you won’t want to miss Theresa’s talk when it’s produced and released on video.

But to my point, here:

Maybe people would use their voice a little more, if they knew in 18 months, they wouldn’t have one. And just maybe, they would think more clearly, strategically, with purpose, about the words they chose. And just maybe they’d document those words, because those would be the last words their kids ever heard from them.

It does make you think:

What would you say? How would you say it?

What wisdom, based on your life experiences, would you want to leave behind?

Write this down:


And if that’s true, why do most people spend their entire lives debating and arguing things that simply don’t matter?

Which is why I’m grateful for people like Theresa and You – who are different.


We must continue to strive to be the very best Storytellers.


Upcoming Impact Club dates:

Sept 18th – Impact Club Fox Cities (WI – 2nd Event)

Sept 25th – Impact Club Wilmington (NC – 1st Event)

Sept 25th – Impact Club Union City (CA – 2nd Event)

Sept 26th – Impact Club Yuma (AZ – 3rd Event)

Oct 4th – Impact Club Eugene (OR – 2nd Event)

Oct TBA – Impact Club Nova (VA – 4th Event)

Oct 24th – Impact Club Highlands (TN – 2nd Event)

Oct 26th – Impact Club Temecula (CA – 4th Event)

Nov TBA – Impact Club Tri-Town (IN – 1st Event)

Nov TBA – Impact Club S. Canterbury (NZ – 1st Event)

Nov 14th – Impact Club Frederick (MD – 4th Event)

More announced soon…

By the end of 2017, we will have raised a million+ to fund local charities.

-Ryan Fletcher

Co-Founder, Impact Club – forever Grateful.

PS: Encourage everyone you know to learn the Language of Story. If they do, life, business, fundraising, relationships, the attraction of opportunity, clients, money, love, etc. will be much easier for them.

About IC

Impact Club® is Crossfit® for those who want to make a difference. We are Impact Venture Capitalists. There are local and national leaderboards. We compete. We use our intelligence, connections, propensity to solve problems, committed hearts, and unrelenting conviction to turn small donations into huge impact.