I want to thank the Friends of Susan B. Anthony for presenting me with this award.

I first learned of this organization when I was lucky enough to meet Charlotte Yates when I moved to Gainesville 23 years ago. Charlotte was an active member of the League of Women Voters and an early recipient of the Susan B. Anthony award.

She asked me to help her with the luncheon the first year I was in Gainesville. It was held at the Millhopper Library and we catered it with sandwich trays from Publix. I believe approximately 40 women attended.

We have grown since then.

Another memorable luncheon was at the Girls Club and Jean Chalmers wore a suffragist costume to help us remember what women went though to attain the right to vote. She reminded us of the obstacles faced by the women who met at Seneca Falls in 1848.

Recalling this program made receiving the award this year more meaningful because now we have to revive the suffragist movement to ensure we have state legislatures across the country that are not allowed to continue to make voting more difficult or impossible for many of our citizens.

We owe this to Susan B., Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott and others too numerous to mention.

Again, I want to thank the Friends of Susan B. Anthony for the honor of receiving this award. I have enjoyed every minute of the time I have spent over the year with the Friends of the Library, League of Women Voters, Women for Wise Growth and Florida Free Speech Forum.