Mazal Tov

May 10, 2013

While reading Melissa Davis’ article, “Looking Back” (April 19), I thought she was writing about me.  I, too, was in BBYO when in school and made many friends.  …  I, too, was the president of my B’nai B’rith Girls group called Balmap. When I finished school, the adult group requested me to join.  [Soon after], the women’s B’nai B’rith and the men’s B’nai B’rith joined together as one organization.  I became president of the David Lester Unit and won an award for my outstanding work for the lodge/unit from the Maryland State Association and District Five of B’nai B’rith, which extends from Maryland to Florida.  I was then requested to run to be the first woman Maryland State Association president.  I did and I won.  …  In 1991, I received an Executive Citation from Baltimore County Executive Roger Hayden and a Congressional Record Citation from Congressman Ben Cardin.  In 1992, I attended the B’nai B’rith district convention and was awarded the outstanding president’s award of a state organization for B’nai B’rith.  All of these honors along with awards I received for my work at the Social Security Administration are hanging on the wall of my home office.  I am now retired but still doing lots of volunteer work with my synagogue, Chizuk Amuno and Hadassah. I am also a member of the Dorothy Friedman Caplan Guild and active with the Federation of Jewish Women’s Organization.

I want to thank Melissa for reminding me of how it feels to be active, and I hope she remains active for the rest of her life also.  Mazel Tov, Melissa.

Frada A. Wall

Baltimore

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