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.
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.