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Chapter Training Returns to Virginia in 2008
  The P. Buckley Moss Museum in Waynesboro was flying the green, white, and red flag of Italy for this year’s chapter training on August 8 and 9. The weekend’s theme was “A Taste of Cortona.” The main meeting room at the Museum, as well as The Barn for Saturday night’s dinner, was festively decorated with all things Italian.

Fifty-three attendees represented 14 of the current chapters. For the first time at a Virginia session, six of those chapters assumed major responsibilities. Moss in the Forest Chapter provided a light breakfast on Saturday morning; Moss on the James Chapter cooked hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill for lunch; Pat’s Blue Goose Chapter decorated at The Barn and set up for the dinner, which was catered by a local Italian restaurant; Moss in the Highlands members served dinner; Moss in the Valley Chapter provided homemade desserts; and Moss Pelicans Chapter sold raffle tickets for a print throughout the day and for the chapter gift bags at the dinner. These two raffles raised $826 for the Foundation.

Kathy Smith of Moss at Monticello Chapter, a cancer survivor who is currently dealing with her third type of cancer, kicked off the morning speakers. Pat gave a brief welcome and told what was new in her life. Bonnie Stump, curator at the Museum, presented a slide show about Pat’s art.

The afternoon program included three sessions. Ginger Cloonan discussed framing in “You Gett’a Da Picture”; Jane Munsey, Marie Pearson, and Lance Allen dealt with chapter events, fellowship, and fundraising in “What’sa Your Problem”; and Dell Philpott described activities of the “Fondazione P. Buckley Moss.”

Several people attended Friday’s docent training by Bonnie Stump. Then about 50 people participated in the “Light the Night” walk along the Commemorative Walkway to remember loved ones who have been touched by cancer. The sale of luminaries raised $635 for the American Cancer Society.

As always, attendees obtained new ideas and inspirations from the weekend. It is fun to hear what others are doing “for the love of children.”




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