May 19, 2005: Headlines: Friends: : Daily Pilot: "Courage is the one quality we need in life," says Maria Shriver

Peace Corps Online: Peace Corps News: Peace Corps Library: Friends of the Peace Corps: April 4, 2005: Index: PCOL Exclusive: Friends: Maria Shriver : May 19, 2005: Headlines: Friends: : Daily Pilot: "Courage is the one quality we need in life," says Maria Shriver

By Admin1 (admin) ( - on Wednesday, May 25, 2005 - 5:54 pm: Edit Post

"Courage is the one quality we need in life," says Maria Shriver

 Courage is the one quality we need in life, says Maria Shriver

"Courage is the one quality we need in life," says Maria Shriver

Shriver's theme of courage nets $300,000


"How lucky we are to live in this great country," California first lady Maria Shriver said, addressing an overflow crowd at the Balboa Bay Club & Resort.

Six hundred fifty guests came to Newport Beach for lunch with the charismatic woman, who stands with her husband, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, as California's first couple.

Shriver arrived in Newport in support of Women of Vision. The organization is an auxiliary of World Vision, a Christian missionary organization that provides relief to the impoverished around the world.

"Three out of four people living in poverty are women," said Shriver, who attended with her distinguished mother Eunice Kennedy Shriver, sister of the late President John F. Kennedy.

Shriver shared with the crowd that her mother had come to California from her East Coast home for a family wedding and joined her at the last minute for the Women of Vision luncheon.

"I won't have a seat," said Eunice Shriver to her daughter as they got into the car traveling from the Pacific Palisades to Newport.

"Mother, they'll find a seat for you, don't worry," Maria Shriver replied.

A wave of appreciative laughter rounded the ballroom as Shriver repeated the comment.

"I'm proud to be here today to support all of you who work for an organization that is basic and simple, yet succeeds in producing life altering goals," the state's first lady said.

Shriver had come at the invitation of influential Newport resident Gary Hunt. Becky Pollock and Diane Sweet chaired the event.

Pollock and Sweet were joined by Joni Rehnborg -- the Orange County chairwoman of Women of Vision -- and a committee of dedicated ladies, including Beverly Peters of Bayshores, Susan Champion of Newport Beach, Nancy Daley of Emerald Bay, Gay Santos, Jill Hall, Ann Odlum, Mary Amundson, Nancy Short, Lauren May, Jean Wenke, Jan Taylor, Rhoda Stanley and Suzanne and Kristen Paulson.

"As first lady of California, I must shed a light on women," Maria Shriver said. "The frontline of women's work in the field of charity is not picked up by the media. We must do what we can to help others, and that is what all of you do that have come here today."

The theme of Shriver's address came down to one powerful word -- courage.

"Courage is the one quality we need in life," she said.

She told her audience to "smash the mirrors that block your view!"

Shriver, who grew up in a very involved and political household, recalled some of the memories of her own childhood, as she glanced at her mother and the full house.

"I remember coming home from school one day to find Mother Teresa in our home," Shriver recalled. "My response at the time was, 'What is that nun doing in our living room?'"

In another candid memory of childhood, Shriver talked about visiting Israel and meeting with then-prime minister Golda Meir. Shriver said she was about 12, and all she could think of was wondering why Meir was dressed in such unattractive clothes.

Again the audience laughed at Shriver's candor, as they identified with the woman who has come a long way from a privileged youth infused with ideals of service.

Finally, the state's first lady admitted that her own daughter had recently admonished her, telling her she's afraid to bring her friends home because her mother demands to know what they're studying, what organizations they belong to, what they do to help others less fortunate and if they're involved in school politics.

Shriver's daughter told her, "Mom, we just want to go shopping."

So, life and the world has come full circle for the woman whose mother founded Special Olympics and whose uncle created the Peace Corps.

As a dedicated Catholic, Shriver joined those who "have been touched by Christ's love" and have committed their energy to the mission of World Vision.

Presently, World Vision sponsors projects in the United States and 18 other countries. During the last decade and a half, Women of Vision has raised $10 million in support of World Vision's work in those countries and others.

The crowd came together over a meal of grilled chicken breast salad to hear Shriver's inspirational reach and humor.

Spotted in the crowd were Joan Irvine Smith, Arden Flamson, Joan Sammis, Hyla Bertea, Melinda Moiso, Julia Argyros, Anne Badham, Patty Edwards and Twyla Reed Martin.

Also supporting Women of Vision were Betsy Tarbell, Marilyn McIntyre, Trish O'Donnell, Rusty Turner, Cristan Reilly, Jan Vitti Rubel, Tony French, Lynn Booth, Joyce Snyder, Mary Lynn and Renae Ashwill.

Special kudos went to auction chairs Susan Anderson, Lori Gioffredi and Lauri Facey.

By the close of business, more than $300,000 was raised for projects in countries worldwide and for local efforts right at home in Costa Mesa. The entire effort was dedicated to the memory of the late Karen French, a former Women of Vision leader.

Shriver closed the program by reciting an emotional poem by Maya Angelou and then told the audience: "Astonish a mean world with your own acts of kindness."

When this story was posted in May 2005, this was on the front page of PCOL:

Peace Corps Online The Independent News Forum serving Returned Peace Corps Volunteers
The Peace Corps Library Date: March 27 2005 No: 536 The Peace Corps Library
Peace Corps Online is proud to announce that the Peace Corps Library is now available online. With over 30,000 index entries in 500 categories, this is the largest collection of Peace Corps related stories in the world. From Acting to Zucchini, you can find hundreds of stories about what RPCVs with your same interests or from your Country of Service are doing today. If you have a web site, support the "Peace Corps Library" and link to it today.

Top Stories and Breaking News PCOL Magazine Peace Corps Library RPCV Directory Sign Up

May 7, 2005: This Week's Top Stories Date: May 7 2005 No: 583 May 7, 2005: This Week's Top Stories
"Peace Corps Online" on recess until May 21 7 May
Carol Bellamy taking the reins at World Learning 7 May
Gopal Khanna appointed White House CFO 7 May
Clare Bastable named Conservationist of the Year 7 May
Director Gaddi Vasquez visits PCVs in Bulgaria 5 May
Abe Pena sets up scholarship fund 5 May
Peace Corps closes recruiting sites 4 May
Hill pessimistic over Korean nuclear program 4 May
Leslie Hawke says PC should split into two organizations 4 May
Peace Corps helps students find themselves 3 May
Kevin Griffith's Tsunami Assistance Project collects 50k 3 May
Tim Wright studied Quechua at UCLA 2 May
Doyle not worried about competition 2 May
Dodd discusses President's Social Security plan 1 May
Randy Mager works in Blue Moon Safaris 1 May
PCVs safe in Togo after disputed elections 30 Apr
Michael Sells teaches Islamic History and Literature 28 Apr

May 7, 2005:  Special Events Date: May 7 2005 No: 582 May 7, 2005: Special Events
"Iowa in Ghana" on exhibit in Waterloo through June 30
"American Taboo" author Phil Weiss in Maryland on June 18
Leland Foerster opens photo exhibition at Cal State
RPCV Writers scholarship in Baltimore - deadline June 1
Gary Edwards' music performed in Idaho on May 24
RPCVs: Post your stories or press releases here for inclusion next week.

Friends of the Peace Corps 170,000  strong Date: April 2 2005 No: 543 Friends of the Peace Corps 170,000 strong
170,000 is a very special number for the RPCV community - it's the number of Volunteers who have served in the Peace Corps since 1961. It's also a number that is very special to us because March is the first month since our founding in January, 2001 that our readership has exceeded 170,000. And while we know that not everyone who comes to this site is an RPCV, they are all "Friends of the Peace Corps." Thanks everybody for making PCOL your source of news for the Returned Volunteer community.

Read the stories and leave your comments.

Some postings on Peace Corps Online are provided to the individual members of this group without permission of the copyright owner for the non-profit purposes of criticism, comment, education, scholarship, and research under the "Fair Use" provisions of U.S. Government copyright laws and they may not be distributed further without permission of the copyright owner. Peace Corps Online does not vouch for the accuracy of the content of the postings, which is the sole responsibility of the copyright holder.

Story Source: Daily Pilot

This story has been posted in the following forums: : Headlines; Friends;



Add a Message

This is a public posting area. Enter your username and password if you have an account. Otherwise, enter your full name as your username and leave the password blank. Your e-mail address is optional.