PARISHIONER OF THE MONTH

Featured Parishioner of The Month- December, 2020, MORNA GOLLETZ

Written by Betsy Taylor Calender

Welcome once again to our website Featured Parishioner of the Month. As most of you already know, we have all been semi-quarantined in our homes, working remotely, attending school remotely, since March of this year. At that time, I decided to stop publishing our church Parishioner of the Month, but I feel it has become time to start it again.

Before I retired, I was in a managerial position for a DC law firm. When hiring support staff, I would sometimes ask the question “where do you see yourself in 5 years?” I guarantee you that no one in 2015 answered that question correctly!

So, on to some uplifting information about one of our parishioners, Morna Golletz!

Here is Morna pictured with her husband, Rand, and their Havanese, Button!

Morna has had one of the most interesting lives I have ever encountered. Born in DC and growing up in Montgomery County, Morna moved to Atlanta when her dad was transferred there. She remembers attending Christ Episcopal Church in Rockville as a young child. After high school in Atlanta and college in Tennessee, she worked in Tennessee, New Orleans, Connecticut and North Carolina. She met her wonderful husband, Rand, in Connecticut. They married in 1978, later moved to Pennsylvania, and settled back in Maryland.

Morna is the eldest of five girls. While Morna and Rand don’t have children, they were blessed with 3 nieces and 2 nephews. Two of those nieces grew up within 5 miles of them, which made for wonderful visits!

As the daughter of an artist, Morna was always interested in arts & crafts. After learning to quilt in 1977, she began to teach the art as well as sell her own quilts. In 1994 she began publishing a magazine for professional quilters which later became the International Association of Creative Arts Professionals, an organization she continues to run today. Until last year she ran a 3-day business conference for the quilt, fiber & mixed-media artists. And by the way, in case you are ever quizzed on this —- the quilting industry is a $4.2 billion (with a “b”) dollar industry!!! And, as a child, what did she want to be when she grew up? You guessed it – a Fashion Designer! At the age of 5 she was sewing doll clothes and designed garments with a Colorform-style model given to her from her godparents at Christmas. At the ripe old age of 9 she hosted an arts & crafts camp in her own backyard. And still going strong today!!!

As if all of this was not enough for Morna, 2 years ago she became a certified coach for FASTer Way to Fat Loss.® After wanting to lose a bit more weight, to be healthier, and just generally get in better shape, she joined the program. She loved her results so much that she wanted to share it with others, which led to her certification.

When I asked Morna what her favorite thing was about this church, she told me that it was that she “can share my gifts and the friendships I’ve made.” Joining the church in 2001, she was recruited to assist with the annual Christmas Bazaar, along with Sonja Elgin, and they became fast friends. Later the bazaar went on to become the Christmas Festival (which I have heard lots about from being on the Growth/Outreach Committee). She also treasures the friendships she has made over the last 19 years from being on both the Growth & Stewardship Committees, and serving as a chalice bearer and reader.

Morna is a diverse music listener. She likes country, oldies, and popular female singers. But if there was a choice, she would prefer to curl up with a book or work on her quilts rather than sit and listen to music.

Favorite motivational quote:

You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” Martin Luther King, Jr.