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Chautauquans go forth to inspire, commit, act

Chautauquans go forth to inspire, commit, act

Debra Wood and Jeanna French come to Chautauqua every summer. They listen to lectures, enjoy performances, make use of the recreational opportunities. Then, they go off to change the world. Or at least, that’s what happened last summer.

Wood, a fourth-generation Chautauquan and Chautauqua Fund volunteer, grew up in Pittsburgh and retired from teaching after a 25-year career. French, a businesswoman from Wisconsin, has been coming to Chautauqua for seven years with Wood. When not in Chautauqua, the two spend their time in Arizona, or they might be found around the world.

When French and Wood heard about the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, they immediately contacted Habitat for Humanity. While at Chautauqua last summer, French received an email that she and Wood would be able to attend a blitz-build on a site endorsed by President Jimmy Carter, who would accompany them on the trip. From that moment on, Haiti seemed to call them.