04 Apr Sustainer of the Year 2018- Winter Impact
February 15, 2018
The Ruth Wheeler Sustainer of the Year 2018
Recipient – Linda Brice
Article written by DeAnne Baer
Linda Brice named 2018 Ruth Wheeler Sustainer of the Year
Congratulations to longtime sustainer and past JLT President Linda Brice for being named the 2018 Sustainer of the Year. Linda will receive the award at the JLT Annual Dinner May 15.
Linda and JLT
Linda grew up in West Seattle and attended Seattle Pacific University and Pacific Lutheran University. She became a JLT provisional in 1981, was admitted to League in 1982, and went sustaining in 1992. She was President of JLT in 1990–1991. When asked what she most liked about Junior League, Linda responded, “Meeting amazing women, learning new skills, trying out those skills in a safe environment and learning more about my community.”
While Linda has many memories of JLT, she commented that, “My fondest memories are those times we worked together: building props for the Follies, helping set up for the Car Rallies, decorating the JLT tree at MultiCare’s Festival of Trees, sorting clothes at the Second Closet and hosting the Decorators’ Show House and Garden Tour with Martha Stewart at Lakewood Gardens.These are the times when I really got to know people—and many of those people are my closest friends even today.”
Linda had many favorite placements, but two of her most favorite were working at the YMCA Adaptive Aquatics Swim Program and with the High School Career Awareness Program, where she was a high school liaison.
Active in the Community
Linda has been a strong community volunteer for many years in many facets of our community, including Tacoma Actors Guild (TAG) Board; St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church (Board, Fundraising chair, Celtic Faire, Stewardship, Sunday School teacher, Diocesan 3-year Council and Vestry); Tacoma Art Museum Activities Council; St. Joseph Hospital Ball; and the Tacoma Farmer’s Market planning committee, that created the first Farmer’s Market with Marcia Moe. Her most memorable volunteer experience was Habitat for Humanity—Build in Romania. Linda and her husband joined people from throughout the U.S. on a 3-week project building a small wood-framed house in Mizies, Romania.
Ten Years of Work with St. Andrew’s Church
Linda has worked as a receptionist, teller, sales clerk and bookkeeper. Over the last ten years, she has worked for St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church. “Of all the jobs I have had,” she says, “the job as parish secretary is one of the best. The job is different every day. Along with the usual secretarial work, we partner with other faith communities, we work with church leadership, we hear stories of hope, we help people in need and we also have our share of fun. Training with the Junior League gave me the skills to chair events, to compromise, to be open to new ideas, to organize and plan ahead—and to listen.”
Enjoys Her Family and Friends
Linda keeps very busy. Her favorite activities are spending time with family, walking with friends, reading, serving at church, researching her ancestry (including finding her birth mom and family during the year she was JLT President), and spending time at their place on the Hood Canal. Linda is proud of her family and long-time marriage. “Bill and I have been married for almost 42 years and have a combined family of four children, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren,” she says.
Her Advice: Take Advantage of Every Opportunity
When asked what advice she has for new members, actives and sustainers, Linda said, “Take advantage of every opportunity given to you by JLT. Be willing to learn from others. Be willing to try new things. And to quote Arthur Ashe, ‘Start where you are, use what you have, and do what you can.’”
Exemplary Role Model
We thank Linda for all that she has given and continues to give to JLT and to our Tacoma-Pierce County community. She is an exemplary role model of what one League member can do to create a better place for all.