Brigid Faenza speaks at GFWC women’s club meeting

LUDLOW, Vt. – The March meeting of the Okemo Valley GFWC Women’s Club was held on Monday, March 13, at the Black River Valley Senior Center.

This month’s guest speaker was Brigid Faenza of Big Eyes Bakery in Ludlow. Brigid captivated the club by recounting her years of experience as a policewoman leading to her present career as a baker and business owner. She began her life in law enforcement at age 26 and worked the streets of New York City as a street cop and then as a detective. When she began her career as a policewoman there were six women in her department of more than a hundred men. She was awarded a detective gold shield in 1987. After 20 years with the police department in New York Brigid retired in 2001. Next Brigid studied baking and received a master’s degree.

She and her husband Paul, also retired from law enforcement, began selling baked goods at farmers markets in New York then moved to Vermont with their twin daughters where they began selling at local farmers markets beginning at the Londonderry Farmers Market. Their baked goods were a hit and soon in great demand so eventually they opened Big Eyes Bakery in Ludlow and recently moved to their new location at 126 Main Street in Ludlow. In addition to managing a business and baking, Brigid is very active in the local community where she has been an EMT on the Mt. Holly Rescue squad, a member of the Mt. Holly School Board and a part time employee in several departments at Okemo Mountain Resort. Brigid suggests that succeeding as a woman means “being tough but tender, having patience and compassion and a willingness to work hard”.

Following the riveting presentation by the guest speaker there was a short break for refreshments provided by this month’s hostesses Fran Derlinga, Eileen Dunseith and Michele Twombly. The treats had a definite St. Patrick’s Day theme and were enjoyed by all.

Next was held a business meeting where club projects, past and future, were discussed. There will be a bake sale on April 29 to benefit the Barbara Jean Barker Scholarship fund with more information to follow.

The next meeting will be held on April 10, at 7 p.m. at the Black River Valley Senior Center. Our guest speaker will be Wendy Neal of Stemwinder Wine Bar. Anyone wishing to attend or wishing more information about the club or its activities should contact President Darlene Remy 802-228-4907 or membership chairwoman Roxie Davis 802-226-7417.

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