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Mardi Duggan Drebing
Our big 50th reunion was wonderful; everyone has written that it was great and they are glad they attended. Carol Stewart Schneidewind “saw Skidmore in a whole new light, appreciating it as never before. From renewing old acquaintances, to meeting the dynamic President Glotzbach, seeing the beautiful campus, and staying in the dorm, it was a weekend to remember. Our thanks to Jackie and Terry for their hard work in organizing the weekend for us.” Pat Price Keiser, Pat Evans Knight, and Charlotte Hardy Besse, our Florida classmates, made each of us a small tote bag with Skidmore inscribed in fabric paint. Barbara Greene Wild and husband Stanley provided each of us with a bottle of hand lotion.
Sue Gannon is a docent at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC. She also serves as program chair for the Christ Child Society, which provides 4,000 layettes to mothers and babies in need each year.
Georgia Goddard Charles has been a hospice volunteer for 20 years. She is also active in her church and works with Bridge of Hope, which helps homeless women with children get back on their feet.
Anne Griggs Danzberger serves on her condo association board of governors and chairs several committees. During the school year, she tutors first-graders in reading and math—“very rewarding work.”
Mare Johnson Frankenberger gives seminars in high schools to help staff deal with students who have gender-identity problems, a job she considers “both challenging and very worthwhile.”
Dorie Kilpatrick Frey works with her garden club, planting barrels all over town. She also works with patients arranging flowers at a nursing home.
An active member of her church in Merced, CA, Nancy Passaro Whittaker works with junior-high and high-school kids and heads her congregation’s “first impression team,” which consists of ushers and greeters as well as a hospitality and information center. She also volunteers for the Mercy Hospital Foundation.
Jane Peterson Marsh volunteers for Sound Experience (www.soundexp.org), a nonprofit that does environmental education aboard the schooner Adventuress on Puget Sound in Washington. Sound Experience hosts schoolchildren, Scout groups, and intergenerational and adult Elderhostels. Jane has served on the program’s board of directors for the past six years.
Mert Smith Ingholt participates in her church’s choir and bible study classes and conducts sidewalk Sunday-school classes for neighborhood children.
Carol Stewart Schneidewind spearheaded the creation of a memorial garden for members of her church who were to have their ashes interred on its grounds. The project has grown into a valuable resource for the congregation, directed by a seven-member board of trustees. Carol is willing to share her experience with anyone interested in developing a similar project.
We extend sympathy to the family of Barbara Newton Towner, another one of our Wilmarth buddies, who died June 3.
I am the chapter secretary of the International Organization of Women Pilots, the 99s; treasurer of our local homeowners association; and a town Democratic committeewoman.