Women leaders tour U.S. Capitol, attend First Lady’s Luncheon
by Sally Litchfield
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Two weeks ago, a group of women leaders from Cobb County attended the bi-partisan Congressional Club’s 102nd First Lady’s Luncheon in Washington D.C.

The executive women included Cassandra Buckalew, of Historic Marietta Trolley Co.; Cassy Ferrell, of Vinings Bank; Kim Gresh, of S.A. White Oil Company; Tricia Pridemore, candidate for Georgia’s 11th Congressional District; Angela Shipp, of Cobb EMC; and April Wright, of 524 Creative.

Arriving under a rain deluge, the travelers toured the Capitol and sat in on a session in the House of Representatives chambers. Later, they attended an event supporting Pridemore at the Capitol Hill Club, where Speaker of the House John Boehner just happened to be visiting. Hosts of the reception for Pridemore included Reps. Cathy McMorris-Rodgers (R-Wash.), Diane Black (R-Tenn.), Ann Wagner (R-Mo.), Renee Elmers (R-N.C.) and Martha Roby (R-Ala.).

The group also joined more than 1,500 people, mostly women, from across the world in the Washington Hilton hotel ballroom for the First Lady’s Luncheon, a bi-partisan event organized annually by the Congressional Club.

Themed “America the Beautiful,” the United States Marine band kicked off the festive and elegant event with “The President¹s Own.”

Guests included members and spouses of the executive cabinet, members of the Supreme Court and their spouses, and spouses of members and former members of Congress. In her keynote address, First Lady Michelle Obama spoke about the importance of education and investing in youth and their future. Electric violinist and local Atlantan Ken Ford entertained with a lively performance, which included an arrangement of “Georgia” — drawing cheers from the Cobb County group upon the first note.

Prior to catching a flight home, the women toured the White House and dined at the Congressional Club, where replica inauguration dresses of each First Lady are displayed.

The Congressional Club was formed in 1908 to provide a non-partisan setting for spouses of members of the House and Senate. The First Lady¹s Luncheon is the group’s premier event.

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On Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Cobb County Animal Control is presenting its Adoptathon. Hundreds of wonderful animals are waiting for their forever home. The rain or shine event is held on the grounds of Cobb County Animal Control, 1060 Al Bishop Drive, Marietta.

The event features vendors, food, police K‐9 demonstrations, raffle and special adoption rates. Bring a cat or dog food donation to help a local pet food bank. Only unopened and unexpired foods will be accepted. Admission and parking is free.

For more information, call (770) 590‐5614 or visit cobbanimalcontrol.org, Facebook.com/CobbAC, or Twitter.com/CobbAC.

Sally Litchfield is a longtime Marietta resident. She formerly practiced law in Marietta and now stays home to raise her two children. Send Sally news at sallylit@bellsouth.net. Call Sally at (770) 425-8106.

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