It’s difficult to believe now, but Sandy Parker wasn’t engaged in her community for most of her life. As a busy executive, she didn’t have the time or energy to stay abreast of civic affairs until she retired in 2003.
“I wasn’t interested in golf or tennis,” Sandy says. “It was time to think about contributing to my community.”
Armed with leadership skills she had developed during her career, Sandy joined the League of Women Voters as the local membership chair in Naples, Florida.
“The League’s mission to encourage informed and active participation in government resonated with me,” she says. “I was impressed with its nonpartisan focus on both education and advocacy.”
Sandy got right to work recruiting supporters, redesigning the website and overseeing a new edition of the Florida League’s publication, Our Florida Government, a compact and factual presentation of government’s basic structure and operation. But the accomplishment she is most proud of from the past 14 years is cultivating the next generation of League leaders, especially the newest head of her local league’s Government Committee.
This forward-looking attitude also led Sandy to make a generous gift to the League in her estate plan.
“The League has such an important role to play in our democracy,” she says. “I want to make sure it’s able to do that for many years to come.”
For Sandy, the decision was simple.
“I’m passionate about the League,” she explains. “For the League to continue, it needs both leadership and funding. I’m happy to do my part.”
Support the Leaders of Tomorrow
You can support the League’s important work by making a gift in your estate plan. Contact Emily Yost, at 202-263-1352 or EYost@lwv.org to learn more.