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|Aug 25, 2010-|
Aug 25, 2010
05:45PM - 09:00PM
|How Grandmothers Change the World, Big Ideas and Rich Conversations with Women|
Women's forum features grandmother of 70 years who has changed the lives of children in remote villages by asking two important questions as she travelled in Tanzania and the Amazon: "What do you need? How can I help?"
Ramekins Culinary School, Sonoma
Our monthly evening event includes a freshly prepared meal by the Ramekins Culinary School chef, an interview with a thought leader and thoughtful conversations among women guests about ideas that light up their own lives.
When Susan Rickert celebrated her 60-year birthday and all five children were raised, educated and out the door, she declared to her husband Tom, "I'm out the door to see the world." Yet Susan was no ordinary traveler.
She began with her love affair with remote villages in Tanzania where she had spent two years as a young school teacher in the Peace Corps. When she visited the Bashay Primary School in the Karatu Region, she saw a school with no roof, doors or windows. She was so moved, she collected the money for the new roof on the spot. What she saw became a "pivotal moment that changed my life".
Susan has been collecting money and supporting projects that help village children ever since. Over ten years, Susan has raised over $300,000 and funded new classrooms, schools, roofs, kitchens, dining halls, first aid clinics and scholarships for thousands of children in Tanzania and along the Amazon River.
As Susan works on her African and Amazon projects daily from her San Francisco home, she is also a very engaged grandmother of seven. "I'm not a wealthy woman," she writes. "I'm just like you." A professional massage therapist, she works mostly by intuition, then bulldog determination combined with inspiring others to get involved and then enjoying the magic of how it all comes together.
These events are powerful opportunities to discover one's purpose, to be with other women who believe in you and experience the power of the creative process. It is for women of all ages including teens who are willing to be moved and learn from others.
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