Chicago, IL, May 21, 2010 --(PR.com
)-- Lincolnshire resident Marcia Pevsner was a 23-year-old mother with a young daughter when a dear friend who had recently joined NA'AMAT USA invited her to become a member. Pevsner protested that she was too busy to become involved in the organization, which supports social services and equality for women in Israel. But her friend and several other members of the group were relentless, so she “decided it was worth the $6 dues to get them off my back.”
On Sunday, June 13, Pevsner is being honored for her lifetime of commitment to NA'AMAT USA by the Greater Chicago Council at a gala brunch at the Evanston Golf Club in Skokie.
After more than 50 years as a leader in NA'AMAT USA at the local, area and national levels, Pevsner laughs when she thinks about her initial reaction to joining the organization, then called Pioneer Women. After she began going to meetings of the Reenah Club, she realized “how much I missed being part of group of intelligent, goal-minded, fun women,” Pevsner said.
With the exception of attending a Jewish summer camp, she was not brought up with a background about Zionism and Israel. “Camp primed me for wanting to know more. I had no outlet, and then I found Pioneer Women,” Pevsner noted. Reenah meetings became her classroom.
Currently a member of the Advisory Board of the Greater Chicago Council, Pevsner was on the national board from 1994 to 1998, during which time she served as Funds vice president. She also served as president of Reenah and president of the Suburban Chicago Council, for which she chaired a number of major fundraising projects, including the council yearbook. She remains a top fundraiser for the annual project.
Pevsner, a global traveler and photographer, has presented many popular programs to NA'AMAT conventions and club meetings over the years. One of her first trips was to China in 1978. At the time, she bought a good camera and learned how to use it before she left. When she returned, she invited family and friends to see the slides and over time learned to edit them down to a reasonable number, and to write a scripted travelogue to accompany her photography. She sees herself as a photojournalist, focused on telling a story through her photos.
Pevsner has gone back to China, visited Israel 11 times and India four times. In addition, she has traveled to Egypt, Greece, Morocco, Mongolia, East Africa, Europe, Malaysia, Thailand and Australia.
Marcia and her husband, Shelly, have three children, three grandchildren and a great granddaughter. All are members of NA'AMAT or its affiliated organizations. “Whatever I have done for NA’AMAT has been surpassed 10-fold by what NA'AMAT has given me,” she said. “I am very proud of NA’AMAT here and in Israel.”
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