Susan has been involved in the pro-life movement since abortion was legalized in the U.S. over 30 years ago. In the early years, she joined in the March for Life and consistently prayed outside the Duemling Clinic and the Women’s Health Organization, as well as fasting and praying for the end of abortion.
Susan took on an expanded role by serving as the ACRL and TRETF volunteer Treasurer from 1989 until this past summer when one of her grandsons succeeded her. Not only did she keep the finances straight, she spent considerable time keeping the organizations running smoothly, especially during the many years when there was no paid staff. Many weeks she spent 50-60 hours on the day to day business of raising funds, thanking donors, paying bills, working on mailings, and lobbying lawmakers, as well as organizing the tickets, seating and contributions for the annual banquets. She graciously accepted many phone calls and learned how to use software so she could maintain the ACRL mailing list. For nearly 20 year, she and her husband, Pat, have also hosted the Mother’s Day carnation distribution of over 10,000 flowers per year.
By word and example, her dedicated spirit was passed on to her children and now her grandchildren, four of whom have volunteer positions with ACRL or Women’s Care Center. Susan and Pat have raised seven children, have 44 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild.
The bio above was submitted at the time of the award presentation.