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GFWC International President Rose Ditto's Remarks for Maxine Scarbro Memorial

The following remarks were prepared by GFWC International President Rose M. Ditto, Ph.D., for the May 8, 2009, memorial service honoring Maxine Scarbro.

Thank you for the privilege and opportunity to pay tribute to an outstanding GFWC International Past President, one who was very dedicated to our great Federation. GFWC is better for having had the support and leadership of Maxine Scarbro.

I can’t begin to express all that she has meant to our organization and to me, personally. What I can say is that through her faith in God, her devotion to her family, and her commitment to her community, Maxine exemplified all of GFWC’s greatest ideals, a true life of service.

Remembering Maxine, we will think about her spunkiness, her true grit, and her spirit—we’ll remember her repeatedly telling us to get “fired up!” She loved bells and used them as a symbol during her administration as international president. The GFWC State Presidents who served with her are known as “GFWC Maxine’s Millennium Belles” and they will help to keep her spirit and memory alive.

When she reflected on her time as GFWC’s leader and the role the organization had played in her life, Maxine said, “It’s the satisfaction of knowing I belong to one of the greatest organizations in the world and knowing what we accomplish every year and every day.” GFWC continues that work, and Maxine’s legacy will always be a part of that!

On a personal note, it was Maxine’s encouragement and support that compelled me to be a candidate for GFWC Treasurer the third time. I had the pleasure to serve as Treasurer during Maxine’s term as GFWC International President. And, now today, as the circle continues, I am here as the GFWC International President to honor the leader who encouraged so many of us to keep going, to keep giving.

We love you, Maxine, we will miss you! When our time comes, we will join you in heaven and, together, we will get “fired up!”

 
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