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Dade Tomlin speaks before the Sussex County Republican Women's Club. Lewes woman advises on the secret to happiness "The best way to remain happy as you grow old is to try to give happiness to someone else," ac- cording to Dade Tomlin of the CHEER Capital Campaign Com- mittee. Tomlin spoke at a meeting of the Sussex County Republican Women's Club at the Sussex Pines Country Club in George- town. A member of the Huling Cove CHEER center, Tomlin was an Army nurse in World War H, and worked 21 years at Beebe Hospi- hal, where she opened the hospi- hal's central supply and spent 11 years working in the operating room. Some of it was tough duty, but she kept her sense of humor through it all. "Nobody grows old by years, but by what they do with those years," said Tomlin. Her ad- vice is to exercise, "keep that heart pumping," and to keep busy meeting new people and helping others. She said, "You never get a second chance to make a first im- pression." After her husband's death, Tomlin became inactive. "It was a disaster at first," she said. "Then I got moving." She developed her presentation, entitled "Aging with Humor," served as president of the American Association of Re- tired People (AARP) in Rehoboth Beach and serves in a variety of other organizations. Since 1990, Tomlin has given her talk more than 100 times. One of the points she stresses is that people should maintain an active social life as they grow older. "If you're invited to a reunion, go to it," she said. "Don't be afraid that you'll look too old, overweight, or any of that. Get yourself together and go see your old friends. You just might find they look no better than you do." Tomlin joked about a woman who said, "I had a friend who got so old she didn't recognize me!" People should, says Tomlin, keep an open mind as they age. She recalled a story about a man from New York who moved to Sussex County and decided he wanted to raise chickens by start- ing with 100 chicks. 'This man knew it all. Nobody could give him any advice, not even people who raised 50,000 chickens at a time. So he took his 100 chicks and went away." In a short time the man was back, money in hand, to buy 100 more chicks. This time he seemed a little less self- confi- dent. He had one question: "Am I burying them too deep or too close together?" Included in Tomlin's talk was some practical advice drawn from her years in nursing. "How many of you older people are carrying some identification that includes your doctor's name?" She recom- mended everyone travel with such information in their wallet or pocketbook. Tomlin also recom- mended that when people visit the doctor they write down any ques- tions they might have. "Then write down the answers," she said. "Don't leave anything to memo- ry." A recurring theme of her talk: Take one day at a time. Be hap- py." CAPE GAZETYE, Friday, March 7 - March 13, 1997.23 National VFW auxiliary president will visit Delaware March 14-16 Eileen Tanner, National Presi- dent of the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VF-W), will be in Delaware on March 14- 16 for meetings and events includ- ing a testimonial dinner for Delaware VFW President Ruth Irvin Saturday, March 15 at the Rusty Rudder. Other activities include a Fri- day, March 14 luncheon hosted by W.W. Atterbury Post No. 3420. Members should RSVP Audrey O'Neill at 995-6289. A Dutch treat dinner will be held Friday at the Blue Coat Inn in Dover. Reservations may be made by calling Caroline Short at 227- 7596 or 227-5000. Following din- ner, Vinson & Chason Post No. 3238 will hosta reception at the post home at 8 p.m. Those wish- ing to attend should call Patricia Amett at (302) 697-9306. On Saturday, a group of offi- cers, chair- persons and members will join the presi- dent in a lun- cheon hosted by the Ma- son-Dixon Post No. 7234. Mem- bers "who TANNER would like to attend should call President Fournier at 539-2337. Tanner, who will be the guest speaker at the dinner honoring Irvin, was elected National Presi- dent of the Ladies Auxiliary on Aug. 23, 1996. She is a Life Mem- ber of Clifford E. Johnson Auxil- iary No. 9759 in Loves Park, Ill. Fashion show to benefit Lung Association The American Lung Associa- tion will present "The Breath of Spring" luncheon and fashion show on Friday, March 21, at noon at the Dover Sheraton Hotel. This is the first time that Saks Fifth Avenue will be showing their fashions in the Dover area. Patrieia A. Rodriguez has served as Chairwoman of the Fashion Show Committee which also in- eludes Margaret A. Iorii, Lydia E. Massey, Patricia A. Nemith and Mary Jane Richter. The fashion show will benefit "Open Airways" and other Asth- ma programs in Southern Delaware. Individual tickets are $40 per person or $500 for a run- way table of eight. In addition to the best seats at the show, Runway table patrons will enjoy compli- mentary wine with lunch and be acknowledged during the show. The menu inehdes Rainbow Fruit and salad greens with vinaigrette dressing and Chicken in Lemon Wine Sauce served over red feb tucini. The finale will be Raspber- ry Mousse in a white chocolate basket with mango sauce. Raffle tickets for prizes such as a week- end getaway for two at the New Devon Inn in Lewes, the Smith- sonian "Hope Diamond" pirdpen- dant reproduction, a SAKS FIFTH AVENUE "Lunch and Learn" for 16, dinners and days of beauty are 3 for $5, 6 for $10 or 10 for $15. These are available by calling (302) 674-9701. For info, call (302) 674-9701. She has been actively involved in the auxiliary for 42 years, having served as auxiliary president, Blackhawk County president, dis- trict and state president and state chief of staff and budget chair- man. FALL FOLIAGE CRUISE October 10, 1997 New York to New York Reduced rates available for hx, la00nou,. Eight Nights from $1430 per person 0 E R 3"" Ilighvav One Rchoboth Beach 227-1607 An