It takes a thoughtful and careful state of mind, to come to a decision to be courageous. To truly be intrepid we must do the unthinkable, work to undo the wrong, stand up but this comes with knowing when is the time to take action and what action is helpful instead of hurtful. Fern Holland was a shining example. Our Alpha Iota chapter member continued on to law school at Tulsa University, she used her legal training to fight internationally for human rights. Her intrepidness took her to Iraq in 2004 to help start a center for women's rights. She feared the danger of setting up the center in this turbulent country but knew this was the time to act while the country was in need of a plan for rebuilding. Fern wanted most for the brutal treatment of women in Iraq to stop. She knew the way to make strides was to assemble a growing group of women to become a part of the country's reconstruction. This seemingly made her unpopular, for a high percentage of the population came from generations of cultural beliefs against the changes the center would give a mass of women power to fight. Unfortuately their fear of change met her intrepidness to face danger in order to accomplish what ended up being her last task. She died at age 33 in what appears to have been a targeted assasination. Ultimately she gave her life for values and to make a better life for other women. You may not give your life as she did but we can reflect on the quality of mind that enables one of us to face danger or hardship for resolution of something bigger than ourselves. To hope we ultimately know when our strength can be used to benefit the life of another and when the time is to make the decision to be brave, to have intrepidness.