Adventurous Country Girl!
Contributed by: Evelyn Fugazzi SCN
Betty’s Women’s Club Ministry provides outreach to the Underserved
When Betty entered the convent in 1954, she never dreamed of the variety of missionary experiences that awaited her. She states that “two days after making vows, she walked into a classroom of sixty plus second graders.”
She continued as a successful teacher for twenty-seven years at which time she felt called to adult ministry. In this ministerial involvement, Betty served in a variety of capacities such as GED Learning Lab Director, Career Counselor, Rehabilitation/ Educator to men incarcerated for lesser crimes, Director of Religious Education including RCIA Formation. IN 1993 she began studies that resulted in certification in the American Massage Therapy Association and National Association of Massage and Bodywork.
Betty’s current ministry is with the McDowell Music Club, a member of the National Federation of Music Clubs. This organization grants scholarships to middle/ high school students and also sponsors Summer Training Camp Programs for students of music. Betty serves on the Board with the Beechmont Women’s Club and is currently chairperson for their Spirituality Committee. This organization sponsors many worthy causes such as the South End Ministries Food Pantry, Coats for Kids, Scholarships to high school students, phone cards for soldiers in Iraq, and a variety of projects involving Veterans.
What has kept Betty going is advice offered years ago by a priest friend who shared with her, “It takes a very adventurous, flexible, and self-confident person to make and adjust to changes in life!”
Betty calls herself a “country girl”. She and her many siblings were raised on a farm in New Haven, KY which led to Betty’s love of nature in all its many creative forms, the changing seasons, the quiet of morning, the frosty, icy, snowy scenes that winter brings! She testifies, “I enjoy life and it becomes more precious with each passing year!