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League Treasures Series: Jeannine Walsh

Lisa K Adkins | Published on 5/18/2023

Happy 90 th birthday to Jeannine Walsh, senior LWVOC lifetime member!

Jeannine Walsh celebrated her 90th birthday May 16, the latest milestone for the LWVOC’s senior living lifetime member.  Jeannine joined the League of Women Voters on March 1, 1961, in Connecticut. She began her League service in the turbulent 1960s, when some were challenging the system and the League was trying to reform it.

"I wanted to learn about voting and to help on a hot sewer issue that the League was fighting for,” she said. “I was very involved. I was on the board and a number of committees.” 

Jeannine moved to Winter Park in the mid 1970s, became a Realtor, and promptly joined the LWVOC, which was feverishly trying to pass the Equal Rights Amendment. Leecie Doyle was president, and Jeannine helped her with research and advocacy. “I was Membership Committee chair for years,” she said, ‘and then got involved with the Immigration Committee.”

Five years ago, after Jeannine moved into a senior living project in Seminole County, she also joined the Seminole LWV, where she is active in gun safety and environmental issues.

“I’ve been in the League for 62 years,” Jeannine said, “and I have been blessed with friendships and the joy and satisfaction of active citizenship.”

Lifetime members are granted that special status when they have been members for 50 years or more. Eight of the LWVOC’s lifetime members, stretching back to Bea Ettinger,1945, have passed away. Other living lifetime members include Jean Siegfried, 1962; Linda Chapin, 1968;
Susan Simasek, 1971; and Rosemary Durocher, 1972.

May 11, 2023, Ann Patton