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Telling Women's Stories: Why Women's History is Important

Speaker: Patti Samar, Editor/Publisher, Blue Water Woman Magazine; Founder, Blue Water Woman Recreation & Mischief Club; Owner, The Write Company

Date: Wednesday, March 8, 2023

Time: noon to 1:30 p.m.

Location: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 800 Harker St., Port Huron, MI 48060

Cost: $20 if RSVP by Friday, March 3; $25 after deadline

Click here to register!


Storytelling is long regarded as one of the oldest unifying art forms in the world. We tell stories to help connect with one another, to better understand others who might have a different point of view or who might live life differently than we do, and to help us find that thread that ties us, as humans, together. A publication focusing on sharing women's stories ensures that the female point of view is shared and recorded for the benefit of those who read it upon publication, as well as for those in the future who seek to learn about the way life was lived in our community, from a female point of view.


Speaker Bio: Samar considers community service a priority and she has volunteered for numerous local nonprofit organizations. Many of her volunteer efforts have revolved around providing pro bono writing, graphic design and marketing consultation services to nonprofit organizations in the area. Additionally, she has been involved as a volunteer or served on the boards/committees of numerous community organizations in her more than 30 years of residency in Port Huron.


In 2008, she was appointed by the Port Huron City Council to the McMorran Authority Commission, a board that oversees the operation of the McMorran Place civic center in downtown Port Huron. She served as chair of the board through May 2015.


A member of the Port Huron Yacht Club, Samar is an avid sailor and has spent decades racing on sailboats around the Great Lakes. For 12 years she was a crew member on RUM, a Soverel 33 from the Port Huron Yacht Club, and Fine Line, a Nelson Marek 46 also from PHYC. She has sailed and flagged in numerous Port Huron to Mackinac and Chicago to Mackinac races, and in 2009, completed the grueling, but super-fun, Super Mackinac, which began in Chicago and ended five days later in Port Huron. She was a member of the Mills Cup Trophy winning crew on RUM in 2008. After more than 20 years of adhereing to a grueling summer sailing schedule, she now considers herself a “sunny and 75 degree” sailor. ;)

A native of Rhode Island, Samar grew up in Marquette, Michigan, and graduated from Marquette Senior High School. She is a 1985 and 1989 graduate of Northern Michigan University where she received both a bachelor of science and a master of arts degree in English and writing. Additionally, she studied graphic design at Lansing Community College.


A newlywed in 2012, she and her husband, Dale Hemmila, enjoy spending time with their dog, Buddy; traveling; and spending time on their beach. Sometimes, there’s no place like home.

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