By John M. Hunt, Jr.
THE SOCIETY OF MAYFLOWER DESCENDANTS
IN THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA
MOST DISTINGUISHED PILGRIM AWARD
FOR THE GRACIOUS EXAMPLE SHE SET,
FOR THE ABUNDANT GOODWILL SHE SPREAD,
AS ELDER, BOARD MEMBER, AND SOCIAL EVENTS CHAIR;
AND FOR THE SUPERLATIVE CONTRIBUTION SHE MADE
TO THE SOCIETY'S ENTERTAINMENT,
ENLIGHTENMENT AND SENSE OF WELL-BEING
THIS TWENTIETH DAY OF NOVEMBER 2005.
So said the certificate that Governor Winchell S. Carroll presented to Betty Persons making her "Most Distinguished Pilgrim," an honor bestowed only thirteen times before to members of our Society. Betty, who was meant to be (and was) "surprised," received a silver-framed certificate with the SMDPA logo in red. This was the first Thanksgiving Dinner in a long time that Betty had not arranged—as Gov. Carroll remarked, the whole past decade in SMDPA "is simply unimaginable without her." Betty's interests (flowers, gardening, history, and historical societies, especially "Historic Waynesborough") are detailed in the "member profile" of her in The Pennsylvania Mayflower for 1999; her brilliant choices of settings for our "Social events" appear in "A Decade of Superlative Hospitality," ibid. Vol. xvii.1. What fellowship she fostered!
Thanks again, Betty, and warmest congratulations!