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At present, five former United States First Ladies are still living. Three appear often in the media: Barbara Bush, who will be ninety three in June, 2018 attracts attention because of her outspoken comments; Hillary Clinton, because of her political activities; and Michelle Obama, because the American media remains enthralled by all things Obama.

Neither Laura Bush nor Rosalynn Carter have been much in the spotlight recently. This blog assumed the task to inquire into their recent activities, health, and civic contributions. Mrs. Bush will be spotlighted in a future post.

Rosalyn Carter, now ninety years an six months of age, and thirty-seven years since exiting the White House, remains remarkably involved in numerous charitable and civic works. She appears to be healthy. Her collaboration with husband Jimmy Carter endures after seventy-one years of marriage.

Habitat for Humanity: The Carters are scheduled in 2018 to participate in their 35th year of building houses for the needy. South Bend, Indiana is the planned target city for their efforts. “Since 1984, President and Mrs. Carter have worked alongside nearly 100,000 volunteers in 14 countries to build, renovate and repair more than 4,000 homes. The Carters just completed their 34th work project, building in both Edmonton, Alberta, and Winnipeg, Manitoba, as part of a nationwide effort to build 150 homes in honor of Canada’s 150th birthday.”

Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism: Selected from a pool of highly competitive applicants, the 21st annual class (2017-18) brings the total to 189 journalists who have been awarded the fellowships to date. “The Carter Center has worked for more than two decades to develop a cadre of journalists who can have a significant impact on the public’s understanding of mental illnesses,” said former First Lady and Carter Center Co-Founder Rosalynn Carter.”

Rosalynn Carter Institute for Care Giving: This is an advocacy, education, research, and service unit of Georgia Southwestern State University. The following are the words of Mrs. Carter when she announced the annual Car Giving Awards in 2017:

“I know firsthand the demands of care giving. When I was 12 years old my father became terminally ill with leukemia. I was one of four children and as the oldest and a daughter, my 34-year old mother depended on me. Since returning home from the White House, we have supported many members of Jimmy’s family who have died of cancer, and I helped care for my mother until she died in 2000 at the age of 94. As I’ve traveled this country speaking about care giving, person after person has stepped forward to tell me their own stories. So many people giving care to their loved ones feel isolated, inadequate, despairing.”

The above is a partial list of what Mrs. Carter continues to give to society. May you live for a long time First Lady Rosalynn Carter!!

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1 Comment
  • warren braun
    Posted at 16:54h, 06 February Reply

    The marks of a heart that has been attuned to the teaching of Scripture, the life of her Savior, Jesus Christ,, and the strong teaching of St Paul on the gift of generosity and service.

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