Celebrating Women: Lynn Banks Freeman

Last week I celebrated Betsy Wuebker and invited her to pay-it-forward by selecting someone she would like to celebrate. Betsy immediately did just that. And I do mean immediately! This is what Betsy has to say about

Lynn Banks Freeman

You invited me to share someone who I think deserves the honor, and I’m going to throw a curve ball. This is an inspiring woman in the Twin Cities community who does and will inspire others to make a difference “for the love of children.”

My nominee is Lynn Banks Freeman, whom I first met in service to Children’s Hospitals and Clinics in Minneapolis (repaying a debt I initially incurred at my son’s NICU bedside when they saved his life).

I’ve had the distinct and often hilarious pleasure of serving with Lynn on the Board of the Association of Children’s Hospitals and Clinics over more than a ten year period. During Board Meetings (bored meetings, we called them) when I was President of that organization, Lynn would surreptitiously hold up a popsicle stick sign that had two sides. One said “You Go, Girl!” and the other side said, “Don’t go there, girlfriend!” I encouraged her over the years to run for Association President, and she finally got over her misplaced notion that she was unqualified and served a terrific term. Everyone loves Lynn. I am sure she has given quietly and regularly in other areas and ways, as well.

Lynn was raised in Oklahoma, which I believe contributes to her no-nonsense get things done attitude. Lynn’s son Andy had a cancer scare several years ago when he was a teenager and was treated at Children’s. It was then, she told me, that even with the years of volunteering on behalf of others, her eyes were truly opened to the exceptional holistic work done there for patients and families, and she renewed her commitment to the organization. Recently, Lynn had a cancer scare herself, and has lost her mother a few months ago as well. Through all this, she keeps moving ahead and puts herself out there as a beacon to others by example. And, last but not least, Lynn is stunningly gorgeous – a real head turner who just turned 50.

Wow! I am looking forward to getting to know Lynn myself. Thanks so much, Betsy, for introducing her to us.

Dear Lynn,

I have three gifts for you. Please feel free to download Olivia, and post her wherever, whenever, however you see fit. She is your Silver & Grace Woman Badge of Honour. Click here to start your download. [wpdm_file id=16]

I have also purchased a tree in the Silver & Grace Forest in your name. To see your tree, go to http://createyourownforest.ca, click on Find Your Tree, and put in code: TIAHAV

The third gift, is the right to pay-this-forward. I invite you to submit a story to me, at eliza@silverandgrace.com, on a woman you believe deserves to be celebrated. I will then bestow these three gifts upon her.

Gracefully yours,


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