This month we celebrate Women’s History Month. The AAUW Minnesota Facebook page asked for ideas on important women in Minnesota’s History. Here are some of the women who have inspired me:
Woman of Faith: United Methodist Bishop Sally Dyck who inspires me and encourages me every time I hear her speak. “Wherever I am in ministry, I envision a community of people studying scripture, exercising the disciplines of our faith, and discovering the joy of sharing faith with others through word and deed,” says Bishop Sally Dyck, spiritual leader of the Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. “As a result, my vision is that the United Methodist Church and its membership will become a spiritually vital and energized body of believers who make a difference in every community as well as the world.”
AAUW members: AAUW members have encouraged me to branch out and try things I never thought I could do, including serving as branch president twice.
Children’s Author: Kate DiCamillo who wrote Newbery award winning books “Because of Winn-Dixie” and “The Tale of Despereaux”. I love listening to Kate whenever she speaks on MPR, especially when she answers children’s questions about her books.
Adult Author: Lorna Landvik who writes about relationships in small-town Minnesota with a great sense of humor. Very enjoyable reading after working at a stressful job.
Artist: Judy Onofrio, mixed media artist from Rochester. From Arkansas Arts Center: “Most of the material that embellishes the form comes from the artist’s frequent excursions to flea markets. They serve to provoke memory and nostalgia in the viewer’s mind. In a sense the objects have had a history but are now being put to a new use; a bottle cap for a specific brand of beer, now becomes fish scale on the mermaid.”
Women’s Health: My Fitnastics Instructor Jeannie Waters who teaches us to be fit for life and have fun at the same time. She cares about all of her students, no matter their fitness level and skill level and is very willing to show people alternative moves to her routines.