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Hobbies: Sailing, Yoga, working out, traveling, keeping track of 5 sisters,1 brother, 32 nieces & nephews, and 18 grand nieces & nephews

Organizations: Plantation Junior Woman’s Club

Current Community Services & Non-Profit Projects: Chairperson, Sponsorships & Publicity: 40th Annual Art in the Park; 2007 Co-Chair: PJWC 24th Annual Gala benefiting Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida

Q. Going back to when you first started with your organization to now, what has been your proudest personal accomplishment?

A. Since joining the Plantation Junior Woman's Club, I'm pleased that I have been able to use my marketing skills to significantly increase awareness and sponsorship of our community and fund raising events.

Q. What do you enjoy the most about your work?

A. With regard to the PJWC, I enjoy working with a diverse group of women on a variety of projects benefiting the community and non- profit organizations. I also enjoy being able to use skills that I may not get to use on a day to day basis in my work.

Q. What program with your organization do you get the most excited about?

A. There are two events organized by PJWC that have a great deal of history behind them and, as a result, create a lot of excitement for me, our members and our community. One is our annual Art in the Park which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year - it's one of the few juried art shows in Florida organized entirely by volunteers, with net proceeds going back to the community. The other is an annual fundraiser we organize for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida. The PJWC founded the chapter in the early 1980s and continues to support their good works.

Q. What is your greatest strength(s) that makes you such an asset to your organization?

A. When my peers honored me as their Woman of the Year, they cited my "undivided attention and focus" as being an asset to our club. In combination with this, I would say that my marketing and organizational skills, and attention to detail while keeping the big picture in mind also benefit the PJWC.

Q. What is the most important thing you have learned through the years?

A. To be open-minded and to not just hear what someone has to say, but to really listen and empathize, regardless of whether it is at work, as a member of a service or not-for-profit organization, or at home.

Q. What do you wish you could have a never-ending supply of?

A. While I feel I'm a very patient person, I can always use more patience.

Q. How do you stay so motivated and committed?

A. As far back as I can remember, I've always been a "researcher and planner," so when I commit to something, I've already given it a lot of forethought and consideration. My determination to achieve a goal that in some way benefits another is my motivation.

Q. Is there a saying, motto, or "words to live by" that is your favorite?

A. Two of my favorite quotations are both from Ralph Waldo Emerson: "You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late” and "Live in the sunshine, swim in the sea, drink the wild air…."

Q. What would you still like to learn how to do?

A. This doesn't have to do with my involvement with service and non- profit organizations, and it's not a "like to learn" but a "must learn"…. my husband and I want to spend more time sailing and while I'm a great first mate, I really must learn to handle a boat on my own.

Q. How do we get our young people more interested in charitable giving and community volunteering?

A. I think the best way to get young people interested is through example, starting at a very young age. I'm one of eight children, but my mother always believed in donating her time, energy and talent to charitable and community organizations, setting an example for us. She involved each of us in her efforts, making it a way of life for us. My siblings and I did volunteer work throughout our school years and continue to do so today.
Community Service hours required of students are a great opportunity to educate them with regard to the importance of sharing the talents with which each of us has been blessed.