Norma is one of ETI’s strongest fans. She is always the first to sign up for galas, breakfasts and other ETI events. She accompanied Team ETI in October 2017 to the Dedication and Inauguration of KARUCO. When she returned home from Tanzania, she was so impressed and overwhelmed with the experience she found it hard to respond to people’s question: “How was your trip?”. Eventually she found words to describe the 7 and 1/2 hour ceremony, the music, the celebration, the speeches in Swahili, the awards, the food, the smiles and the life-changing events she had seen, participated in and allowed to change her view of the world. She shared in deep and profound ways how a loving group of Tanzanians had changed her life by sharing their lives, hearts and dreams for the future.
Before ETI, she devoted much of herself to her students as she taught English in grades 7-12 for decades. She was also an active member of a large extended family and was a regular volunteer at her church. After retirement, Norma sought training to serve at rural churches as a ‘pulpit supply’ pastor so that ‘regular’ pastors could take a break. She continues to serve in this capacity to this day.
Norma values education, service, hard work and pulling her own weight. All labors of love. Thank you Norma for all you have done to advance the people of Karagwe, Tanzania. A living legacy.
She will be 88 in a few weeks.