The Ministry will be governed by five (5) officer positions, President,
Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Sergeant At Arms.
Other offices include Road Captain. Any member holding an office
within the Ministry will wear a patch designating their office.
This patch will be worn on the front, upper right of the Ministry vest.
The rules of succession between offices will not be practiced within
Trials To Triumph. (Example: If the Ministry Treasurer were to quit,
or not be able to perform his duties, the Sgt. At Arms would not
automatically move up into that position because he might not be
qualified for or want that position.) If an officer does not, or
is unable to perform his duties, or quits his office, it will be
the responsibility of the President to appoint someone to that
position until the regularly scheduled election. The 5 governing
officers will meet every month unless it is needed to meet before
then due to any emergency situations that may arise.
Elections will be held every two (2) years on the FIRST MONDAY in
January for the offices of President, Vice President, Secretary,
Treasurer, and Sgt. At Arms. Any member wishing to run for an office
will submit his name to the Ministry Secretary by the December General
Meeting, prior to the election. When the Original Founding President
steps up to accept the position of National Director, he will then
appoint his replacement as President who will hold that position until
the next scheduled election date.
The President shall preside over all officer and general membership
meetings. He will oversee all affairs of the Ministry and may
appoint persons or committees as may be required for Ministry business.
If any officer in the Ministry is unable to, or fails to perform his
duties, it is the responsibility of the President to appoint a
replacement until the general election.
Billy P - President
After 20 years of active addiction Billy found himself living in a
tent in the alleys of Detroit eating out of dumpsters doing everything
he said he would never do and becoming everything he said he would
never become. At this point he had already given everything away
to the disease of addiction including his mother, father, brother and
sisters. He had become a hopeless drunken dope fiend who was totally
self-centered and would do or say anything to just get one more.
He accepted and believed that he was excluded from Gods great plan
and became very angry at God for many years and accepted that he was
just suppose to be this way. He hurt the people who cared about him
the most, the worst. On November 11th 2004 he was full of hurt, hate,
anger, shame, guilt, embarrassment, false pride resentments and pain.
Billy says “I had finally received the best gift any addict can
receive and that is the gift of desperation.” Billy went into his
first and only residential treatment center and started his process
of recovery. He has not had to pick back up since that date and
continues to grow becoming the person he was intended to be all along.
Today he is no longer just a dope fiend, we can and do recover.
Today Billy is the owner of Pfeiffer’s Mechanical Services, founder
and president of Trials To Triumph M/M, founder and Senior Pastor of
Crossing Over Ministry and founder of More Than A Passion Outdoors.
He is also a renowned advocate in the recovery community fighting
to end the stigma of addiction. The process of recovery has given
Billy a life that he could never have imagined was possible for a
person like himself. Today he travel the country speaking in many
different buildings and in front of many different groups of people
and instead of bringing a mess, he is used to bring a powerful,
passionate and encouraging message of hope.
"Today, I am full of gratitude and thankfulness; I am highly
favored and truly blessed. I am a soldier fighting the good fight out
on the battlefields and doing whatever I can to be of service to others."
The Vice President shall perform all duties incumbent upon the
President during the absence of the President.
Brian M. - Vice President
My name is Brian Mullins I am the V.P. of Trials to Triumph and I am an
Alcoholic/Addict. I have been sober since March 9th 2008. By the grace of
God and a 12 step program I live a truly amazing life today. Just because I
say today I live a truly amazing life doesn't mean the road leading to it
wasn't rough and trying due to the disease of addiction you see there were
times when I truly didn't care about life or anyone in it I wanted what I
wanted and that was the drink and after the drink I wanted whatever I could
get and as much as I could find. My addiction wants me to lie, cheat and steal
and that is exactly what I did to feed my sick mind. March 9th 2008 when I came
to I knew something had to change and I had the law to push me in the right
direction they gave me plenty of time on the concrete to detox and then
clean enough clothes to feel decent for a few more days. When I was released
I immediately started to attend a 12 step program and that's where this
alcoholic/addicts transformation started to take place.
"In order to keep what was so freely given to me I must give it away and in
that process I pray I can help someone else with their own transformation."
The Secretary shall keep a record of all proceedings and shall keep
the minute's at all monthly meetings. Within one week of the monthly
meetings he will distribute the minutes to the Ministry membership,
either in writing or by email.
John S. - Secretary
My name is John Sedlack, I am the Secretary for Trials to Triumph Ministry
and also a member of a Twelve Step Recovery Program. I have been in the
program since April 1 2006. The program has given me a new life. Since my
beginning I have sponsored people , chaired meetings , and I was the chair
for Cooperating with the Professional Community -District 10 area 32 in
Michigan 2007-2009. I am a firm believer that in order to keep what you have
you have to give it away, The Spiritual life is not a theory we have to
live it. That is why being in this Ministry is so rewarding , being able to
reach out to lots of people across the state and on social media. I love the
direction that the Ministry is going and it keeps me busy.
"Keep on Keeping on, Trust GOD clean house help others. May peace be with you."
The Treasurer must account for all income and expenditures of
the Ministry. He will maintain an accounting journal and log all
transactions by the Ministry. He will give a financial report at
each monthly meeting showing the current wealth of the Ministry.
He must insure that all disbursements of Ministry money are approved
as follows: Disbursements under $100 must be with the
knowledge & approval of the Pres. and V-Pres. Disbursements of $100
and under $500 must be approved by majority vote of the five (5)
Ministry officers. Disbursements of $500 or more must have unanimous
approval by the officers. He will be responsible for collecting any
and all Dues or Fees required by the Ministry.
The Road Captain shall be responsible for the safety of the
membership any time the Ministry rides as a group.
He will review routes for safety concerns, and will assist other
riders in practicing safe driving while traveling in formation.
He will be responsible for scheduling departure times and locations
for trips or rides, and will communicate this information to all
the membership. In the event that the Senior Road Captain is unable
to take part in a Ministry run or trip, he will pick a Road Captain
and two (2) Assistants to lead the Ministry in his absence, and will
help them in their preparation, if needed.
Ken H. - Treasurer & Road Captain
My name is Ken Hutchison and I am the Treasurer for Trials To Triumph.
After 30 years of active addiction I finally surrendered to God and a 12 step
program on July 1st 2002. I am married to a wonderful women who I love dearly,
have 3 children and 4 grandkids. If it wasn’t for God and the 12 step program I
would not have any of my family because of the rotten person I had become. I am
very grateful for the new life I have been given and now try to give back to
society and help others.
"I love seeing others finally find God and grow in the 12 step program
and become the person they were supposed to be all along."
Sergeant At Arms
The Sgt at Arms shall promote safety throughout the Ministry.
His duties include maintaining order during all Ministry meetings,
events and functions, and to protect the rights of the Ministry
and its members. It is also his duty to manage all complaints and
to bring them to the attention of the President. The Sgt. At Arms
will also keep an up to date record of all members to make sure
that each member's motorcycle driver's license, motorcycle insurance,
bike registration and inspection are all current.
It will also be the job of the Sgt. At Arms to keep a
current attendance record book showing the attendance of both
patched Members as well as Prospects at all Ministry events.
Brain D. - Sergeant-at Arms
Hi my name is Brian D. and I am an addict. I am also the Sergeant At Arms for
Trials To Triumph M/M. God has blessed me with a wonderful, beautiful wife Jamie,
and two fantastic kids. My daughter Emily, and my son Ben.
I grew up in a small town called Vernon in mid Michigan. I had a "normal"
childhood with two great parents. They both provided for myself and my sister very well,
we had more than what we needed in all aspects. Despite a good home, and many blessings
(that I took for granted) I still ended up in a self inflicted hell when my poor choices
developed into the disease of addiction. I started partying in high school,
mostly drinking, and was never too much into the drug scene. I had no idea where
I was headed. I was under the illusion that just because I didn't drink every day,
and still managed school and a job, that I wasn't like those "drunks and addicts".
The fact that I was never able to "drink casually" that when I did drink it was all out,
and I viewed every opportunity as a challenge to "drink more than you", never crossed
my mind as a problem. I was always on a constant mission to prove something to everyone.
It wasn't until later, after I began my recovery process that I learned that was the
start of a long downward spiral into addiction. After high school, I attended college
for a couple of years, started a business, got married, and thought I had the world by
the tail. Somewhere in that time frame, I was introduced to opiate pain meds. It was
love at first sight. I began to use everyday from day one, and as my disease progressed,
the usage steadily increased, and my life began to slowly deteriorate. For several years
I was full throttle down that spiral until I finally hit my bottom. My wife was done with
me, my kids were tortured by my choices and actions, I didn't want to live anymore.
I checked into my third round of residential rehab on 1-19-2010 and finally surrendered.
I grabbed a hold of the 12 step process, and have been moving forward down the recovery
path ever since.
"I thank God for leading me to the 12 steps, I thank the 12 steps for
leading me to God! Thanks for reading, God bless, and remember WE DO RECOVER!"