What is success?

To laugh often and much;
to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;
to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;
to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others;
to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition;
to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded.

Attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson


This is Julio Cesar Wong – the Panama Canal Quilters own sucess story!

Five years ago Gae Speed, one of our members, asked if we’d like to sponsor Julio’s college education. Gae and her husband Bill have a foundation called Gae’s Kids. Over the years they have helped countless poor Panamanian students get an education.

We readily agreed to take on Julio’s case after we heard what a good student he had been in high school and how badly he wanted to go to college.

He will be graduating from the University of Panama soon – a licensed pharmacist – we are very proud of him.

Our quilt group is very small – only six to eight of us at any given time. We make several quilts a year which we raffle or sell to earn money.

Now that Julio will be graduating this year we have agreed to sponsor a ten year old girl named Celmarys Lorenzo (we’re calling her Mari.) She is in the fourth grade – makes excellent grades and is very interested in learning how to play the piano. One of our members donated a keyboard that Mari can use for practice at home and Gae is looking for a piano teacher in her area.



4 responses to “What is success?

  1. How wonderful to work behind the scenes to help someone achieve their goals. Nothing succeeds like success! MarciaS

    • Well… you have been digging deep into my blog – that was an old post! I really must post an update on our girls – we started out with Mari and soon took on Kelsey – Mari’s neighbor – both are doing very well. Stay tuned for a blog post . I am going to bring it up at our meeting Thursday – we have a lot of pictures of the girls and their families – I think the quilters that visit my blog would be interested don’t you?

      There is so much need everywhere – but this is a third world country and a decent education and extracurricular activities can make all the difference in the world. These girls live in one room cement block houses with dirt floors and only the most basic furnishings.

      Thanks for reminding me it is time for an update.


  2. Quilters are a very special breed of people. It all comes from the heart.

  3. How wonderful of you all. Very inspiring.

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