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A Five Generation Tradition

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Mary Anne Winig

Through five generations of our family, Hadassah has been a constant.

Growing up in Fargo, ND, I remember my grandmother and mother (both Fargo presidents) around various kitchen tables with various local Hadassah activists planning a myriad of Hadassah activities. As children, we were always models for the annual HIES (Brandeis Seligsberg) fashion shows.
It wasnt until I was a mother myself and settled in the East Bay of San Francisco that I realized the true value of my gifted Hadassah life membership. It provided ready access to our new Jewish community. Through my early years of involvement in Diablo Valley Hadassah, I made friendships that have sustained me and my family for decades.

Rising through the chapter, Central Pacific Coast Region, and National Board ranks, I learned valuable leadership skills that have translated into all other activities in my life. I cherish all those opportunities in life-skills and community-building education that Hadassah activism afforded me. They have not only enriched my life, but certainly the life of my family members, as well. How proud I am to be able to gift our grandchildren with their life memberships, like my grandmother did for me and my daughter.

Now that's a family tradition to pass on. Happy Centennial Hadassah! May you keep growing and enriching the lives of all you touch--in your hospitals, your schools, your youth programs and your parent organization.

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