On Saturday, October 3, the Rockbridge Area Republican Women hosted a non-partisan event at Hopkins Green in Lexington to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which insured women's right to vote. It was a perfect autumn day for the gathering which ran from 10:00 am to 1:00 PM. The event featured displays of interest to women, from health and safety to information on finances.
The featured speaker was Tori Mabry, a well-known African American social worker and former political candidate from Roanoke. Tori overcame a traumatic childhood to go on to college and achieve success. She spoke about her childhood and how her older sister took her in at nine years of age even though her sister was struggling financially. Her life experiences have made her a champion for improving the foster care system.
Among the participants were the Lexington Garden Club which held a raffle for a lovely flower arrangement that even the bees enjoyed as they landed on the flowers for a sip of nectar. Scott Guise from Quail Ridge Sporting Club offered advice on gun safety and personal safety, and described courses he offers at Quail Ridge for beginners or those who would like to improve their proficiency. The darling of the event was Razzbourne Farms mascot, an eight-month-old miniature goat, that many wanted to "kid-nap." Razzbourne Farms makes artisan goat cheese and is owned by Emily Heizer Hall, a successful and independent businesswoman.
Anna Billias, who has almost completed her black belt in Karate, gave a demonstration that included her two children, Dasha and Dmitry. Next, a Yoga demonstration by Barbara Debevoise, MSYT Yoga. Project Horizon was present; and the Rockbridge County Sheriff's Department had two women officers present. Visitors could also learn about financial independence through investments, Right to Life, Comfort Care; and were given an opportunity to register to vote.
There was a decorated COVID-19 mask contest. Congratulations to DMITRY BILLIAS, who received a cash prize of $50!