Edie Patterson ’71
- The Shipley School (PA)
- University of Virginia
I am the director for the Virginia Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs, the membership association and government affairs arm for Boys & Girls Clubs in Virginia. The purpose of the Alliance is to provide a mechanism for joint decisions, communication, exchange of ideas and cooperative action. That translates into visiting the Clubs around the state to meet their boards, learn what is happening in their areas and help with their grassroots political relationship building. I also write and produce the newsletter on a semi-regular basis; plan and host two membership meetings a year for the Club executives and their board members to meet; and work with our lobbyist during the General Assembly session to coordinate our legislative strategies, which are often both offensive (trying to work on legislation that may benefit the Clubs) as well as defensive (working on legislation that may have adverse consequences for the Clubs). Much of my work involves building relationships here in Richmond with as many people as I can so as to educate people about what we do and build friendships for the future.
Many! Turtle races in the spring outside the front door, the graduated ninth grade singing “Dona Nobis Pacem”, Mr. Laverack’s terrible wonderful puns at lunchtime, chicken á la king for Wednesday lunch, Mrs. Doak running up and down the field with the field hockey teams, broom hockey, bus trips to the War Memorial for symphony concerts, Mr. Hunt’s archery practice, Field Day, graduation in the Bathtub, protesting to be allowed to wear pants to school (rather than skirts or dresses – it was the 60’s)! I loved that we called our male teachers “Sir”.
Favorite Applewild Memories:
Mrs. Doe (“Cheat cheat never beat”); Mrs. Stergios; Mr. Bridges fourth grade history (Queen Hot Ketchup, not Queen Hatsheput!) Mr. Stewart, man of great tolerance for rambunctious middle schoolers; Mr. Hunt who made science accessible; and Mr. Storrs, a multi-faceted teacher of great charm.
From Applewild, I came to understand that learning is fun and feels good, breadth of experience is vital, having standards of one’s own does not mean that you cannot listen and learn from others – and the opportunity to do so is always there.
Posted: October 11, 2011