Wednesday, February 5, 2014

She's the Queen... OF THE MONTH!

Angela Burke The Improper Bostonians
Boston, Massachusetts

Born in Boston, Queen Angela Burke spent the major part of her childhood in Medford, Massachusetts.  After high school, she moved on to Northwestern University, through which she received on-site training in medical transcription at Massachusetts General Hospital.  She began her career working for the Chief of Neurology there, eventually working her way up to become the Director of Physician Support Services at Lahey Clinic in Burlington, MA.  After 24 years she says she “retired” to help her husband with their 50’s Diner and Home Made Ice Cream Shop in Haverhill, MA.  The shop has ben sold, but Angela still does some office work for her husband’s small paper business.

Although both were married before, Angela and her husband have been married for over 30 years.  Angela has two children, five step-children and 20 grandchildren between the ages of 4 and 24.

Her favorite way to spend time is with her family, old friends and all of her RHS friends.  Her newest hobby is making photo albums online, scanning pictures and digitizing them to make a photo album for each year.

Christened “The Improper Bostonians,” Angela’s was the first Chapter of the RHS to be formed in the whole state of Massachusetts – back in May of 2001!  She recalls that, since the RHS was so new at that time, they were stopped everywhere they went by people wondering who they were and what they were up to, and adds, “To this day we are stopped by many and have been asked to take pictures with them.  ...we’re stopped at the airports by pilots, members of the armed forces and curious people wondering what we’re all about.”

Her favorite aspect of Red Hatting is “the camaraderie and fun...lots and lots of fun!  I always look forward to attending the conventions...seeing new states and again meeting new people.”  She goes on, “I was fortunate to attend the New Year’s Day Parade in England one year as well.  While in London, I met several wonderful women from Maryland and Delaware.  The following summer, they came to visit and stayed at my house.  We still keep in touch now.”

A true supporter of the RHS, Angela has added the title “Ambassador” to that of Queen.   It is amazingly fitting that this, the month of February, was her turn to be featured as Queen of the Month.  She ended her email with these words:  “I know there are some who feel it is not necessary to pay international dues, yet every other organization makes this a requirement.  I use the analogy to potential members the RHS is a tree...we, the members, are branches.  If the branch breaks off...how can you say you’re still part of that tree?”

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