As some of you may know, our chapter has suffered a great loss. Our beloved friend, Apple Core volunteer, and chapter leader Sue Deevy died unexpectedly last month.
Over the course of the past decade, Sue was an incredibly consistent and productive leader of our Slow Food Russian River chapter. Her positive impact was felt at almost every one of the hundreds of chapter events over those years. She was contributing at the chapter level before 2011 and joined in at our last chapter event, our annual meeting in early March, before the pandemic arrived.
Sue was also a most active member of the Gravenstein Apple Presidia project – aka the Apple Core of the Slow Food Russian River Chapter. For more than a decade, she participated in countless planning meetings and organized and ran dozens of outreach events for Slow Food. Sue would help press and serve the freshest organic Gravenstein apple juice at farmers’ markets, educational events for school children, and of course, the annual Gravenstein Apple Fair.
Sue brought a “can do” attitude to every task at hand and encouraged other selfless volunteers with her broad smiles, hardy laugh, quick wit, and compelling shares of how she viewed the world and how we could make it better. Sue was truly one of a kind and will be dearly missed for years to come at Slow Food events, especially those involving the pressing of fresh juice.
To leave your own loving memorial comments, please see Sue’s obituary here. If you would like to make a donation to the Apple Core in Sue’s honor, you can send a check to our P.O. box. All donations will be put toward forwarding Sue’s vision of preserving our beloved Gravenstein and sharing the apple’s rich heritage in this region with generations to come.
– the Slow Food Russian River leaders