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