Laura Bush visits Hattiesburg

I got to meet former first lady Barbara Bush when she came to Hattiesburg in 2007. Now her daughter-in-law Laura Bush, also a former first lady, has come to Hattiesburg, too.

Mrs. Laura Bush, First Lady of the United Stat...

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Both visits were the product of Forrest General Hospital’s Spirit of Women, an organization designed to inspire women to take better care of their health in “mind, body and spirit.” I am on the local Spirit of Women’s advisory council.

I created a little social media story to commemorate Laura Bush’s visit today: http://storify.com/licibev/laura-bush-visits-hattiesburg.

During the luncheon, eight local people were honored for their “Spirit in Action” in the Hattiesburg community. I received the same honor in 2007.

The eight 2011 honorees are: Jay Dean, music director and administrator of the University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra and artistic director and administrator of the Southern Opera and Musical Theatre Company; Deborah Gambrell, 10th District Chancery Judge; Pam Hamilton, activities manager, the Association for Rights of Citizens with Disabilities; Cena Holifield, executive director of the 3-D School for Children with Dyslexia; Gwen James, co-owner and president of Coldwell Banker Don Nace Inc.; Sean Little, assistant vice president, Grand Bank; Jo McDivitt, publisher of “Today’s Mississippi Woman”; and Bonnie Warren, founding member of the Hattiesburg Tourism Commission.

Congratulations to this year’s Spirit in Action award winners. You are all so deserving.

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