On December 9, 2003, Senator George Allen of Virginia gave me a very
high honor. He read my history on the floor of the Senate, thereby making
my life’s story part of the Congressional Record. I had no idea
this was going to take place; and, when I found out, I was both surprised
and deeply grateful. I am fully aware that this honor would not have
been possible without the support of each and every one of you--not
only your support of me but also your support of the charitable work
of the Society and the educational work of the Foundation. I thank you.
Pat's daughter Ginny accepts Pat's commemorative of the Congressional
Floor Statement from Senator Allen.
Senator Allen was in Augusta County this past Friday and visited my
museum in Waynesboro. He presented my daughter Ginny with a commemorative
of the Congressional Floor Statement, which will remain on display at
the Museum. How I wish I could have been there! Due to a long-standing
prior commitment, I was unable to be in Waynesboro on the same day as
Senator Allen, and Ginny accepted the commemorative on my behalf.
Senator Allen is presented with Pat's image Virginia Gentlemen.
right: Bob Almond, Ginny Gabellieri, and Sen. Allen.
On the same day that Senator Allen presented the commemorative to Ginny,
the Museum was participating in the Regional Shared Professional Day
with the educators of Augusta County and Highland County and the Cities
of Waynesboro and Staunton. About sixty teachers and other school officials
enjoyed a tour of the Museum and learned more about the work of the
P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children's Education via a talk by the
Foundation's Program Coordinator Dell Philpott and Director Bob Almond.
So, there were many people on hand to witness the presentation.
Joan and Mack Swift tell Tales in Tandem.
A couple weekends ago, the Museum once again played host to the Shenandoah
Valley Art Center’s concert series. Guests were treated to a recital
of several Appalachian folk tales, as told by storytellers Mack and
Joan Swift in their “Tales in Tandem” performance.
Summer is drawing to a close, and a new school year has already started
for some. For others, it’s just around the corner. I hope every
student has a wonderful year. Remember to do your best—that’s
all anyone can ask.
Until next week…