My friends Maury and Carol Thurman of Monroe, Michigan, have been down. Carol is helping coordinate our group Alaskan cruise this summer. It’s going to be such fun, and I can hardly wait! Maury and Carol, Dick and Bonnie-Lou Binnig, and Peter Coppola all joined me for a lasagna dinner at my house Sunday evening after my show with Finn Gallery.
On Tuesday I went with five of my friends (six people in one car!) to the Girl Scouts of West Central Florida’s 11th Annual Women of Distinction Luncheon, which honors women who have achieved success in their chosen fields and who serve as role models for girls and young women in our communities. I am so proud of the fact that I was a Girl Scout, and it was truly an honor for me when I was recognized as a Woman of Distinction in 2003.
This year’s keynote speaker was Joan Lunden, whom many of you know as a host of Good Morning America. Joan is a working mother of seven—just one more than me—and a caregiver to her mother, so I really identified with her talk. Joan’s message was similar to my own: “Go after what you really want to do in this world and work hard at it.” That is a key ingredient to success and happiness. Joan also talked about Camp Reveille, which she founded as a result of her keen interest in health and wellness. The camp is a unique retreat where women can recharge, re-energize through camaraderie, renew a sense of self, jump-start fitness, and learn the skills needed to achieve a healthier balance in their lives. I’m so sorry that I forgot my camera and don’t have a picture to share with you this year.
This year’s Women of Distinction are Robin DeLaVergne, who is the Executive Director of the Tampa General Hospital Foundation and Senior Vice President of Tampa General Hospital and also serves on the boards of numerous community service organizations; Deirdre Dixon, who graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1984 and retired as a lieutenant colonel in the army and who earned the Gold Award (the highest award in Girl Scouting) as a Girl Scout; Jean Gibson, whose contributions to her Lake Wales, Florida, community include having been part of Leadership Lake Wales and serving on the boards of numerous other community organizations, as well as serving as a Girl Scout Brownie troop leader, serving as Council President with Heart of Florida, and serving as Chair of the Fund Development Task Force for the campaign to build Horseshoe Meadows at Camp Wildwood; and Gwin Londrigan, who is a senior business consultant for retail operations with Publix Super Markets, is active in several community service organizations, and is a co-leader of a Girl Scout Travel Troop.
On Wednesday, I visited a gallery on the other side of St. Pete with friends. Life is good!
I’m excited to announce the winner of our second Facebook Fun drawing. Ruth Stuzman Weaver posted a photo of herself with For the Love of Children and wrote, “This is my 2nd favorite Moss Print; reminds me of my grandchildren, (all 11 of them).” Her first posting showed her with Der Weiss Homestead, the home of her great-great-great-grandfather.
Ruth Stuzman Weaver is the winner of our second Facebook Fun drawing and will receive a $25 Moss gift certificate that can be used on www.pbuckleymoss.com.