Friday, October 16, 2009
34th Annual National Cowgirl Museum Luncheon
Every year women are nominated for induction to the National Cowgirl Museum Hall of Fame and Laura Bush was chosen for the Gloria Lupton Tennison Pioneer Award. Laura Bush received the award for her pioneering initiatives: Take Time for Kids, Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, Ready to Read and many more literacy related programs. She radiates graciousness and while the secret service were anxious to whisk her away, she ignored their gentle urging, and spent time meeting people. Other inductees were Cornelia "Ninia" Wadsworth Ritchie, Mary Jane Colter, Kay Whittaker Young and Deborah Copenhaver Fellows. Each of the inductees spoke about their love for the work they were doing. Deborah Copenhaver Fellows spoke of a time when she felt her artistic talents were not worth developing but she turned on the radio one dark night when she was driving, and heard the words "God will not give you dreams without the ability to achieve them." She has since had many successes with her scultpures which include one of Bing Crosby at Gonaga University and the Washington State Korean War memorial. It was a very inspiring afternoon among many women who have achieved so much.