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Dear Friends,

This past week united me with five of ten granchildren and you can imagine my joy at being with them again after more than three months in Panama.

Pico's Birthday Dinner.
Pat, her daughter Ginny, and grandchildren Pico and Chiara enjoy Pico's birthday dinner.

I arrived back in Waynesboro on Pico´s birthday. Our tradition is to allow the birthday person to choose where to celebrate and Pico chose the Red Lobster restaurant in Staunton. Because of school, Mary and her family could not come up from Radford to join us and so we had a second celebration on Sunday and this time Pico chose the local bowling alley.

Pat with Mary's children.
Pat visits with Mary's children, Katie, Sean and Sarah, over the weekend.

Pico is continuing the artistic genes in our family. On his own, he designed a poster, neglecting any advice from his grandmother, which perhaps was just as well because his poster won Honorable Mention from RIF (Reading is Fundamental) and has been selected to be shown in a poster exhibit at The Capital Children's Museum in Washington D.C. during May.

Pico's poster.
Pico's poster will be shown at The Capital Children's Museum in May.

March is National Women’s Month, and I was most honored to be asked to participate in a panel discussion at the Mathews Memorial Library last week. The theme of the discussion was “Headline Makers & Risk Takers,” and the panel was comprised of women who have made a difference in the lives of others. There were to have been three panelists but Ann Baumgartner Carl was unable to make it due to illness. Ms. Carl was the first woman to fly a jet and the only woman to test fly experimental planes during WWII.

I was delighted to be seated alongside Mrs. Sydney Diggs, an educator who after retiring from a long teaching career was instrumental, with the help of Delegate Harvey Morgan, in having May declared the Month of the Child in Virginia. The moderator was Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Hoinkes, a member of the Board of Trustees at Randolph Macon College and the Council on Foreign Relations. After telling a bit about ourselves, there was an opportunity for us to take questions from the audience. All three of us stressed, in each our own way, how important children are to our future and how important education is to children.

Panel discussion.
Pat participates in a panel discussion at the Mathews Memorial Library.

The highlight of the experience for me was when one of the audience members introduced herself as a member of our county board of supervisors and pledged to work harder to influence the board of supervisors and the school board to better fund teachers’ salaries and educational programs. She said that we had opened her eyes to the fact that teachers and art programs need to be made a priority. It was then that I felt I had actually helped to make a difference.

Pat at the WVPT unveiling.
Pat with Bert Schmidt, President of WVPT, and Congressman Bob Goodlatte.

On Friday night I unvieled my 2003 print, Winter Haven, in aid of the public television station, WVPT. I have spoken many times of the important part WVPT plays in the education of our valley and over the 24 years of my association with the station, my prints have raised more than a million dollars to enable the purchase of programs. I was particularly happy at this year´s unveiling to find that Good Printers of Bridgewater, Virginia, won the Best Art Print Award for the printing of Summer Haven, my 2002 WVPT print, in the Piva Graphic Communications Competition.

I am now back home in Mathews enjoying the sun porch and resting up for the Barn and Museum Open House in Waynesboro on the weekend of April 25-27.

Please continue to pray with me for all the troops fighting in Iraq.


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