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Thirty-two years ago, members of the board of the Women's Forum trimmed the crusts off the white-bread tuna and chicken sandwiches to "make them nice" for the attendees of the first Women's Forum.
This year, the Forum provided gluten-free meals and hummus with whole-wheat pita bread as well as other nutritious choices prepared by a professional culinary staff.
An enthusiastic and wise keynote speaker, 91 workshops and new and old friends met at James Monroe High School on March 22 to pat not only one another on the back but themselves, as well.
Dr. Patti Lisk of Germanna Community College reminded folks that there is only one person "uniquely qualified to be you"--a small thing easily forgotten.
The Forum is held every March during Women's History Month. It is supported by several women's organizations in the Fredericksburg area whose representatives are from Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, Alpha Tau Society, Delta Sigma Theta sorority, Fredericksburg Host Lion's Club, National Organization for Women, Soroptimist International of Fredericksburg Inc. and Twelve and One Club.
Members of the Forum board and their organizations support the Forum, a nonprofit event, through volunteering time and assistance.
It was a rocking, rolling, finger-snapping kind of day. Next year, ladies, mark your calendars, set your phones, send yourselves an email or read the note on the fridge and be there!
Mary Raye Cox