Alexandria Planned Parenthood Champions

October 30

Celebrate Planned Parenthood

Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel

The Depot

Guest Speaker:  Dr. Willie Parker


[As people who prefer not to inflict night driving upon ourselves, we decided to stay the night.  Right there at The Depot.  Really nice place and our room came with a view of the Federal Office Building right across the street – the very place at which some 48 years ago I entered, with much trepidation, the United States Army (or maybe it was at the Post Office . . . who remembers such things?]

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[As usual, we first check the place for bugs . . . ]

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[Then check to see if the wifi works . . . ]

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[Then let’s go check in . . . ]

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[Maybe I should get a shine?]

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[A little “Hi, how are you” briefing from Dr. Parker . . . ]

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[Then on the silent auction room where I was immediately intrigued by the condom purse . . . ]

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[The room ultimately filled to elbow-to-elbow density, so I looked for an escape from the now tropical room temperature . . . ]

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[Lead on, McDuff!]

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[I eventually made it to the hallway, which was only slightly less packed . . . ]

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[Then it was on to fine dining with 1,200 of my closest friends.  I don’t recall ever dining with a larger crowd?]

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[Samples of the various cocktail napkins . . . ]

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[Let the festivities begin . . . ]

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[Well, wait for all the tables to fill – as I recall, we were Table 38 (or 36?) . . . ]

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[Sarah Stoesz, President and CEO of PPMN & Dakotas, addresses the audience . . . ]

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[The Alex chapter . . . ]

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[And representing Alex, our tablemates Rita Koll and Sylvia Luetmer take the stage . . . ]

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[Rita gave a terrific acceptance speech, sans the aid of notes or teleprompter, thus setting the stage . . . ]

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[For some sort of elective office in the future (or so we hope) . . . ]

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[The Super displays the award . . . ]

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[As do Rita and Jon . . . ]

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[And now it’s time for Dr. Parker . . . ]

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The underlying assumption of all the new laws is that women can’t be trusted to make their own health decisions; their doctors can’t be trusted to tell them the truth; and scientific knowledge must be subverted in the name of religious truth.  ~  Dr. Willie Parker

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Now I see the Bible as it was written: the inspired word of God, but also a historical document preserving the ancient hegemony of men; starting with Eve, women are always thrown under the bus when it suits the men in power to do so.  ~  Dr. Willie Parker

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[Submitted photos of Rita and Sylvia . . . ]


[The following morning, an “ornament” by our elevator . . . ]

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[Time for another shine . . . ]

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[After breakfast at the hotel, it was homeward bound.]

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I stand with Planned Parenthood because every woman deserves to be the architect of her own destiny.  ~  Aisha Tyler

Up Next:  Class of ’65 mini-reunion?

About tomobert63

The Journey Begins Thanks for joining me! This is the follow-up to the original, “,” which overwhelmed the system’s ability to handle it any more. Thus, this is “Part 2.” As the original was initially described: 10-26-07-4 “It all began in a 5,000 watt radio station in Fresno, California” . . . wait a minute, that was Ted Baxter on the Mary Tyler Moore Show! Let’s see . . . oh yeah, it all began in 2003 when retirees, i.e., old people, in Alexandria, Minnesota, who had no desire to become snow birds, went looking for mid-winter entertainment here in the frozen tundra of West Central Minnesota. We discovered girls’ high school hockey, fell in love immediately, and it remains our favorite spectator sport to this day. Initially, and for several years, reports on these games were e-mailed to those who were actually snowbirds but wanted to keep abreast of things “back home.” It was ultimately decided a blog would be more efficient, and it evolved into a personal diary of many things that attracts tens of readers on occasion. It remains a source of personal mental therapy and has yet to elicit any lawsuits. ~ The Editor, May 9, 2014 p.s. The photo border around the blog is the Cardinal girls’ hockey team after just beating Breck for the state championship in 2008. It’s of the all-tournament team. The visible Breck player on the left is Milica McMillen, then an 8th-grader – she is now an All-American for the Gophers. The Roseau player in the stocking cap I believe is Mary Loken, who went on to play for UND; and the Cardinal player on the right, No. 3, is Abby Williams, the player we blame most for making us girls’ hockey fans who went on to play for Bemidji State. *********************************************************************************** Photos contained herein are available for personal use. All you have to do is double click on any of the photos and they will become full screen size. You can then save them into your personal “My Pictures” file. They make lovely parting or hostess gifts, or holiday gifts for such as Uncle Ernie who wants to see how his grand niece is doing on the hockey team. If any are sold for personal profit, however, to, for example, the Audubon Society, National Geographic, Sven’s Home Workshop Monthly, Curling By The Numbers, or the World Wrestling Federation, I only request that you make a donation to the charitable organization of your choice. You have two hours and fifteen minutes. Pencils ready? Begin! **********************************************************************************
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1 Response to Alexandria Planned Parenthood Champions

  1. JamiG4 says:

    Whoa! I LOVE that Dr. Parker! What a hoot! Sounds like a fabulous event. When’s Rita running for office? She’s got my vote when it’s Colin Peterson’s spot. Or Governor. I can vote for her on those up here.

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