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March 2022                                                                March 2022                                                    PGA C.A.N.!, Page 3
      From The Editor: Women In Leadership…

         My heart began to race                         raised money as chair or co-chair for 5 luncheons. For   self-confidence, become resourceful and self-sufficient
      as I read the email from the                      more than 6 years she had been on the Emerald Awards   and position themselves to have a successful life. Virginia
      Co-Chair of the Nominating                        committee which raises money for the camps and other   was instrumental in setting up the program and has been
      Committee from Executive                          needs. Because of this involvement and volunteerism,   the Chair or Co-Chair of the grant committee since it
      Women of the Palm                                 the National Association of Girl Scouts recognized her   started in 2006. There are 12-24 grant applications each
      Beaches for the  Women                            achievement on numerous occasions with the last one in   year which have to be reviewed followed by site visits.
      In  Leadership Awards                             2016 i.e. the Lifetime Achievement Award – which is the      In 2017 Virginia was the Honorary Chair of the Women
      (WILA) for  2022. She                             highest recognition given to a volunteer by the National   in Leadership annual luncheon. At this event she funded
      asked me to contact her in                        Association of Girl Scouts.                        a $25,000 scholarship to Palm Beach Atlantic University
      response to my nomination                            The Brokers, Bud Adams and Chappy Adams, of     for a student in education. The first scholarship was given
      of Virginia Spencer for the                       Illustrated Properties acknowledged Virginia’s community   in spring 2019.
      award in the private sector.                      involvement, and in 2003 recognized her by naming      In the community, Virginia’s activities include:
      I immediately called her and received the exciting news   the company award, The Virginia Spencer Community      • Chamber of Commerce North Women in Business
      that Virginia had been selected. Virginia and her husband,   Award,  given  by Virginia  each  year to  an  outstanding   Board since 2013
      Perry, have been residents of our community for more   staff member or agent in the company. This recognition      • Board of Directors for Thurston HOA 14 years
      than 35 years.                                    established the foundation for Illustrated Properties 501(c)     • Graduate of Leadership Palm Beach County class
         I often wonder how many hours per night Virginia   (3) nonprofit organization. Since its inception it has given   of 1997
      sleeps because she is involved in so many activities as well   back to the community over $290,000 and many, many      • Member of the Palm Beach County Development Board
      as being a mother and wife. Even though she is General   volunteer hours. Virginia started the Illustrated Properties      • Member of the PGA Corridor Association
      Manager of Illustrated Properties Real Estate with over   Toys for Tots Christmas bike and helmet drive. For the      • Past Board of Directors of Palm Beach National Bank
      500+ agents and 20 offices, Virginia still finds time to be   last 18 years 100+ bikes have been donated each year to      • Past President 2009-2010 Executive Women of the
      involved in many charities in the community helping men,   needy children in Palm Beach County.      Palm Beaches
      women, and children. Starting with her involvement with      With Virginia’s leadership, the charity has supported      On April 21st I will attend the luncheon in which
      her work in the earlier days of Palm Beach Gardens/North   many children, and families such as St. Mary’s Palm   Virginia receives the WILA recognition. I have attended
      Palm Beach, she helped to establish the present North   Beach Cancer Children’s Hospital Bravery Bands, Club   8 previous luncheons with Virginia as her guest. It is a
      Palm Beach library, helped raise money for the exercise   100, Girls on the Run, Adopt-a-family for the holidays,   privilege to know Virginia for 36 years, to call her my
      trail on Burns Road, and initiated the Candy Stripers   Komen Race for the Cure, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation,   friend and be with her when she is recognized for all she
      program at the Palm Beach Gardens Hospital. She was   Hannah’s House, Cancer Alliance, Jupiter Medical   has achieved to further the role of Women in Leadership.
      on the founding committee for the Nelle Smith Home   Center, Boys & Girls Club in Wellington, Place of Hope,                         Until next month,
      for Girls, which is a home for non-delinquent girls. All   Education  Foundation  of  the  Palm  Beaches, Wounded               James A. Cioffi, Editor,
      of this while a member and past president of the Junior   Warrior, Thelma Pittman playground equipment, Golf              
      Women’s Club of the North Palm Beaches.           for a Cure, American Red Cross, Loggerhead Marine      (P.S. Please provide me the stories about extraordinary
         From her first position as a real estate sales associate   Life Center for a special sponsorship, The ARC, Arthur   women in our community.)
      in 1978, she rose to be the Broker of Investment Equity   Marshall Foundation, Making Every Day Count, Kretzer
      Corp  until  1998  when  Investment  Equity  merged  with   Piano Music Foundation, Humane Society, The Lord’s
      Illustrated  Properties.  Virginia  continued  working at   Place and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
      Illustrated Properties from the merger until present as the      In  l998  Virginia  joined  Executive  Women  of  the
      General Manager.                                  Palm  Beaches  which  is  a  501(c)(3)  corporation  for
         During  this  time,  she  became  involved  as  a  leader   executive working women. This organization provided
      with Brownies and Girl Scouts with her two daughters,   32 scholarships with a minimum of $1,000 to help needy
      Diann  and Ashley.  This  gave  her  the  foundation  to   women in Palm Beach County to further their education.
      expand her involvement as a board member for 18 years   They also provide a $20,000 annual grant to programs for
      –  her  last  serving  as Treasurer.  During  this  time,  she   girls 11-21 who need help to develop life skills to gain

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