JANE FINGER AND CHARLENE LEE:
"Livable Communities: Wave of the Future?”
A livable community is a community designed for all ages and all modes of transportation. While most people know AARP for its health and financial security work, less well known is the third priority area of the organization—livable communities. AARP Alabama is seeking partners in our area to support making our communities more livable. Learn how it’s working elsewhere and how you can help locally.
"Who Are The Grandmothers?”
Across America and around the world, women of all ages are sitting together in circle to share their wisdom and find their collective voice. They are called The Grandmothers. This network of Grandmothers has grown steadily without the benefit of formal organization or outside financial help. Fellowship member Ruth Geraci, a member of one of several local circles of Grandmothers, will present the history and vision of this network, which is empowered by the Native American saying “When the Grandmothers Speak, the World Will Heal.” Other local Grandmothers will be invited to share their experiences in circle.
"What Do They Call You? Being a Woman in the Fire Service"
A career firefighter for over 18 years, founder of a nonprofit to promote gender equality, and author of On the Line: Women Firefighters Tell Their Stories, Linda Willing will relate her personal experiences as a woman firefighter, including the challenges and rewards of working in a demanding, often not-welcoming, male-dominated field. She will share some of her best stories from her career as well as the experiences of women she profiled in 2011 for her book.
“PEACE WALKER” AUDRI SCOTT WILLIAMS:
"Blessings & Other Acts of Grace"
Williams, a mother, grandmother, vision-keeper, motivator, quantum communicator, author, and producer, will describe the vision that led her around the world since the year 2000 with a team of dedicated walkers. Her peace pilgrimages spring from her passion for a just society that promotes the interconnectedness of all. William’s experiences have taken her on four life-changing journeys, including a global walk for peace on six continents -- visiting sacred sites; engaging in sacred ceremonies; and connecting with communities around the world. Karen Hunter will provide musical accompaniment.