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From the President’s Desk: March 2010

Hello all,

I’m really looking forward to our March meeting at Ciao. The speaker’s story is inspiring and motivational – just what I need to clear the winter blahs!

I’m also getting ready for vacation – leaving March 22 for  Italy. I’m so excited, I can hardly think about anything else! I will fly into Venice March 23, where a gondola ride and sightseeing are in store. On the 25th, we’ll move to Florence with a stop in Padua (where St. Anthony is interred). So much to see in Florence with the history of the Renaissance and fabulous art, including the Uffize gallery. On the 28th, we’ll take a side trip to a Tuscan winery for a tasting and more sightseeing through Tuscany and Umbria. On the 29th, we’ll head to Rome to visit the Vatican and Sistine Chapel, the Collosseum, and St. Peter’s Basilica, with a side trip to Pompei. Heading home April 1 (hoping they’ll tell me “April Fools – we aren’t leaving until later!”).

Anyone who has been to Italy and can share “must do” and other helpful hints: PLEASE e-mail me or talk to me at the March meeting!

March is a month of celebration – from the wonderful women in our history to those who are proud of their Irish heritage (and those of us who pretend to be Irish for awhile).  The change of season (yeah SPRING!) and March Madness basketball give us hope that winter really does come to an end! Here are a few things we can celebrate:

  • Great movies on Oscar night, March 7
  • International Women’s Day March 8
  • Saint Patrick’s Day March 17
  • Spring (vernal equinox) March 20

March is also Women’s History Month – celebrate those who broke ground for us and inspire us to do the same for future generations! I hope to see everyone at the meeting March 18!

-Becky Patton-Quigley

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