English: The four women who have served on the...

English: The four women who have served on the Supreme Court of the United States. From left to right: Justice Sandra Day O’Connor (Ret.), Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Justice Elena Kagan in the Justices’ Conference Room, prior to Justice Kagan’s Investiture Ceremony on October 1, 2010. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I just got word for Earth Day 2014 ~ Sandra Day O’Connor will be at Iron Horse Vineyards for next year’s festivities.

I just marked my calendar for Sunday, April 27, 2014,. The event will again be held at Iron Horse, in Green Valley of Russian River Valley.

Personally, Justice O’Connor is one of the people that I most admire for inspiration.

I just sent an Email to Joy.

How exciting for you (us all). You certainly bring out the big guns. I so admire Justice Sandra. She once wrote the following that helped me to enter the California wine industry… It was very humbling for me, because I had left a position where I was at the top of my PR game in Portland, Maine… but no one in California knew or trusted me, so I had to start again…

Do the best you can in every task, no matter how unimportant it may seem at the time. No one learns more about a problem than the person at the bottom.

For more quotes of her quotes, click here.

I repeated those words to myself for two straight years, almost every single day… Those words helped me to not only keep my dignity in very humbling times, but they also gave me the hope I needed to trust that all would work out well… and, it has.

Every year, Joy Sterling of Iron Horse brings out the big guns. As a matter of fact, if she doesn’t find that perfect A-List person, she’ll simply wait for the next year. This may be interpreted as not really being committed, but that’s quite to the contrary.  Iron Horse Vineyards has a National Geographic connection, and every year donates a portion of the proceeds from the following:

2008 Iron Horse Ocean Reserve

  • This current vintage of wine is commemorating National Geographic’s 125th anniversary.
  • As an avid child explorer within their publications, National Geographic set my standards for excellence in so many ways. The fact that Joy Sterling, the CEO of Iron Horse, has found a way to give back to this organization, which has established marine protection areas and supports sustainable fishing around the globe, is very meaningful for us all, not just for me personally (although, I’m greatly impressed). For every bottle sold of the 800 cases, $4.00 helps to establish the protected areas and maintain the sustainable fishing areas (the math: $38,400).

Featured Green Valley wineries at this walk around food and wine tasting and awareness-raising event include DeLoach Winery, Dutton Goldfield, Freeman Winery, Hartford Family Winery, Iron Horse Vineyards, Marimar Estate, Ron Rubin Vineyards and Winery, and Sequana Vineyards.

Past speakers have been the following:

  • Gil Grosvenor, Chairman Emeritus of National Geographic
  • Ted Turner
  • Pulitzer Prize winning scientist Jared Diamond

And, remember, truly… every day is Earth Day… Protecting our environment for the sake of our future children and children is the greatest gift we can give to them all…

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