Sally Roetzel Lanagan Program
Sally Roetzel Lanagan Program
Sun, 05/20/2018 - 12:00 PM
As part of their scholarship packages, KPWE scholarship recipients are automatically enrolled in the Sally Roetzel Lanagan Professional Development Program. This memorial endowed program includes a leadership retreat and provides enhanced professional development training, mentor training, and personality development and analysis, which helps individuals understand how they respond to conflict, what motivates them, what causes them stress, and how they solve problems as well as how to facilitate better teamwork.
We are grateful to Sally's husband, Mike Lanagan, for investing in this program in her memory. Click to read more about Mr. Lanagan's path to honor his wife by starting an endowment enriching the KPWE Scholarship experience, and his hope to grow the endowment with community support.
This year's Sally Roetzel Lanagan Professional Development Program included a day retreat at the Center for Creative Leadership, and a workshop on self defense and empowerment with the Fight Like a Girl workshop program. See photos from that great day at the KPWE Facebook Page! In addition to the professional development funding, Mr. Lanagan donated Sally's wardrobe to our KPWE Scholars to help prepare them for the professional workforce. Thank you to the Women's Resource Agency for facilitating this gift to our Scholars, and the Lanagan family for this generosity.
Born August 28, 1945 in Ardmore, Oklahoma, Sally was the daughter of Genevieve and Joseph Peter Roetzel, and the great granddaughter of a Kansas lawman named Joseph Peter Roetzel who immigrated to Oklahoma during the territorial land rush and carried one of the state's first electoral votes. The family lived in Oklahoma and Houston, Texas for several years before settling in Colorado Springs, CO in 1952.
Sally became an accomplished competitive horsewoman and was a member of the Austin Bluff Rangers riding club. She was also a founding member in 1957 of the Pikes Peak Rangerettes, an equestrian precision drill team that still exists today and performs at the Colorado Springs Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo and other local events. She attended Corpus Christi Elementary School and St. Mary's High School where she was vice president of her senior class and a cheerleader. After graduating, she attended the San Diego College for Women, now the University of San Diego, before completing her studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Education and was a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority.
Sally met Mike when she was a senior in high school. They were married August 12, 1967 in Colorado Springs's Corpus Christi Church, and took wedding photos with Pikes Peak and Garden of the Gods as the backdrop. They began their married life together in Pasadena, CA, where their first son, Sean, was born and Sally taught at an elementary school in Arcadia, CA. The family moved to Englewood, CO where they lived for 10 years, and their second son, Tad, was born. The family then moved to Orlando, FL for two years before settling in Concord, MA, where Sally and Mike resided for 30+ years.
Sally developed a strong sense of community from her time in Colorado Springs, and she was devoted to the community of Concord, MA. She poured her limitless energy, persistence, optimism, and kindness into supporting the causes she held dear. She generously gave her time, efforts, and vision to the Concord Schools, co-chairing the Community Educational Symposium for Concord Schools, serving as class mother multiple times, hosting exchange students, developing the Middle School Store, acting as Cub Scout den mother, and serving in countless other ways. Friends who worked with Sally through the years on committees, boards, and an abundance of community projects had a special phrase for the high quality and whole heart she brought to everything she did. To do something "the SL way" was to do it well, with precision, style, and a sense of moral energy. Working on projects with Sally was a true pleasure because she combined her sense of purpose with kindness, laughter, and respect.
Sally was an active member and leader of the Garden Club of Concord since 1993, where she served as chair of Membership, was a member of the Executive Board, and chaired Community Projects/Grants and Programs. Sally also dedicated well over 20 years to actively supporting the Concord Museum, where she served two terms as chair of the Guild of Volunteers, eight years on the Board of Governors, two years on the Trustees, and seven years chairing the all-important Garden Selection Committee for one of the Concord Museum's largest annual fundraising events, Garden Affairs. Sally found special joy decorating trees for the annual Family Trees exhibit and in helping secure gardens for the Annual Garden Tour. Once her boys graduated from high school, Sally pursued her passion for art and design by earning a certificate of Decorative Arts at the Boston Architectural College and was the first graduate of the Certificate of Historic Preservation, Period Interiors program. She later applied her knowledge and talents in formal design by launching her own business, Porta Design. Some of her related activities were designing a room for the Lyman Estate's holiday open house, and serving the town of Concord as a member of the Historic Districts Commission.
Family and friends were the most important part of Sally's life. She had an innate ability to bring people together, and to reach out in quiet but profoundly effective ways to support her many friends with remarkable loyalty, energy, and generosity of spirit. She found her greatest pleasure, though, in her family. She loved traveling with Mike and her sons, including trips to many spots in Europe, Japan, South Africa, as well as domestically to NYC, Princeton, Hawaii, Colorado, and array of other spots across the country. She took particular joy in being with her grandchildren and planning special adventures with them.
Sally passed away unexpectedly on February 1, 2012 and leaves behind her beloved husband of 45 years, two sons, three grandchildren, and her two sisters and extended family. Her spirit will forever be remembered by the communities she touched, her family and friends, and the KPWE Program participants who will benefit from professional development in her name.