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20 January 2016.
Don't you just love "Puttin' On The Ritz" I sure do.
Since LangMarc Publishing of San Antonio released my first
book Memories of Maggie in February 1996 I have been touring the country talking to groups about Maggie and
her phenomenal life.
I address students of all ages. I speak to senior citizens, library groups, women's and men's
organizations, church groups, community and civic groups, writer's and literary
clubs, as well as Veteran's groups and at their reunions. I also speak at banquets,
special Veteran functions, do media interviews, make keynote speeches, and
address book clubs.
In addition to speaking, I often do slide presentations which run 30 to
60 minutes in length using overhead transparencies. In so doing, I
talk in detail about each slide and what Maggie meant to the people in the
I also have slides of other women and men who have served our country
and talk about their contribution to our freedom.
When Potpourri Of War was released in June 1998 I had even
more interesting things to tell people about those who served with the USO-Red
Cross-Special Services, Gold Star Mothers, the event at Kent State, and much more.
I self-published Mom Wears Combat Boots and Dad Wears Combat
Boots I found myself addressing elementary school students as well.
After reading my book to them I also show them my own ruck sack, web gear and
helmet as well as the other items I have saved over the years.
the release of Women At Risk by iUniverse in March
2002 I now talk about more women and the things they did serving our
country since before World War II right up to present day. Women from all
branches of services, enlisted and officers, women who served with various
agencies, those who waited at home for their loved ones to return--they all have
stories to tell. It's time we listen and share.
Some of the topics that I cover are as follows:
- HISTORY OR POLITICAL BUFFS:
A Woman in the Army Reserve
Quest for Medals in a Bureaucratic Maze
True Patriots and Unsung Heroes
War From a Woman's Point of View
- LANGUAGE ARTS, THEATER, CREATIVE WRITING:
A Brilliant Actress Makes Tough
Bringing Colonel Maggie to Life
Pitfalls of Getting
Legend and other Women
Tribulations of Getting Noticed
Identifying Maggie's Multiple Personas
Why Women Volunteer to Serve
- SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES:
Writing your First Book
- ADULT GROUPS:
All Gave Some, Some Gave All
Once There Was a Blind Man
Worse Than the Seven-Year Itch!
Some of the groups that I addressed have sent letters
expressing their comments on my presentations. I thought I would share some of
those with you and maybe you might want to have me address your group.
Naval Support Activity-Philadelphia (NSA-P) Compound,
Philadelphia, PA, William J. Eves,
I want to take this opportunity to thank you and provide you feedback on the
Keynote Remarks you provided at the Veterans Day Remembrance Ceremony on the
Naval Support Activity-Philadelphia (NSA-P) Compound. The theme, "A Tribute to
Women Serving the Military", of this years event was extremely well received not
only by the female Veterans in attendance, but also by our Active Duty male and
female personnel who are always in favor of taking time to honor our less
recognized female comrades. Your knowledge of female’s serving the military and
the timelines you identified in your speech speaks volume’s about how America
would not be the Democracy it is today without American Women doing their part.
And with the current war in Iraq being foremost in most American’s mind, what
better time to shed light on America’s female POW and MIA’s? Although we
advertise extensively prior to our ceremonies, it is unusual to have the large
audience of over 400 we had for this event. I attribute the large turnout to the
credentials you possess, as well as the interest of our employees, veterans and
active duty personnel in Women Serving the American Military.
I would like to share with you an email a female veteran employee sent me
after the ceremony on 10 November 2005. In part she wrote, "Another year,
another remembrance, another Veterans day ceremony….and, another Thank You for a
job well done! I personally appreciate all of the work you put into each one.
Noonie was extra-special and I am very, VERY happy you invited her to speak. She
was excellent. I wonder how many women in the audience were vets." This is just
one of many compliments the committee received after the ceremony. So, Thank You
for joining us, Thank You for your Service and Thank You for all that you do in
support of Women Serving the Military.
Seekonk High School, Seekonk, MA, Dr Russell Goyette,
The faculty and students haven't stopped talking about your day
long visit to Seekonk High School on November 1, 1996.
It isn't very often that our school is visited by such an
accomplished and dedicated speaker. Your topic Colonel Maggie and the
Vietnam War is not only fascinating, but very important. Our young
people, in fact the nation, are sorely lacking knowledge about the War and those
who served. The story of Colonel Maggie's service to this country is incredible.
When we associate heroes and a war we, automatically think about a male soldier
gallantly attacking the enemy...not a Hollywood starlet!
The passionately endearing story of a woman giving herself to
her country is one you tell with great emotion, intelligence and poise. It is
a story every American should hear!
Of equal importance is the arduous struggle you faced,
researching, writing, publishing and finally marketing your beautiful book. Many
of the 600+ students and 20+ faculty who were lucky enough to attend your
presentation commented to me that they had no idea how hard it was to complete a
journalistic endeavor of this magnitude. Additionally, they marveled at your
energy and dedication when you announced that you had already started work on a
sequel. They loved the topic, you and your presentation.
Please feel free to use this letter as an endorsement to any
educational institution or group (Veteran or civic) looking for a dynamic
speaker with two amazing and highly interesting topics (Colonel Maggie and the
trials and tribulations of authorship) rolled into one spellbinding
Lansingburgh High School, Troy, NY, C. Frederick Erickson,
I am writing to express my appreciation on behalf of the
students and teachers for the heart-warming, informative, and inspirational
presentations you made. You were right on target with your comments and
observations, and the students appreciated the anecdotes you shared with
Thank you for sharing your time and for being so gracious,
understanding, and sensitive with the students.
Northgate Optimist Club, El Paso, TX, Jim Gamble, President:
Northgate Optimist Club was privileged to have Ms Noonie
Fortin speak at our club recently. Ms Fortin's talk about Martha Raye was
educational and entertaining. Ms Fortin's knowledge of Martha Raye and history
were exceptional. I would highly recommend Ms Fortin as a guest speaker for your
Twin Plant Women's Association, El Paso, Sally Cardetti, Program
As far as your presentation, it was excellent! The reviews were
the best we have had for a speaker all year. That was a tremendous feeling for
me because not many people knew very much about Martha Raye and I wasn't sure
how well my group would receive your book. Your obvious patriotism and sincerity
won everyone's heart. I just hope Ms. Raye knew she had someone of your caliber
on her side.
Wichita Press Women, Wichita, KS, Lisa Timmermeyer, Vice-President
Your talk was very informative and interesting...you looked
like a pro!
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