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Book gift garners First Lady’s gratitude

March 6, 2013 by

Norma Lund, l-r, and Jim Ogle, proudly display the Lake County Historical Society’s book, Lake County: The First 100 Years, as well as correspondence from First Lady Michelle Obama, who offered her gratitude for a gift of the book in a Jan. 29 letter.

Norma Lund, l-r, and Jim Ogle, proudly display the Lake County Historical Society’s book, Lake County: The First 100 Years, as well as correspondence from First Lady Michelle Obama, who offered her gratitude for a gift of the book in a Jan. 29 letter.

Some days it just pays to get the mail, as Lake County Historical Society Pres. Jim Ogle recently learned.

A couple of months ago, Ogle mailed a copy of the society’s 2008 book, “Lake County: The First 100 Years,” to the White House in Washington D.C.

As it turns out, it was a gift well received, as on Wednesday, Feb. 20, Ogle received a letter of thanks for the gift from none other than the nation’s First Lady, Michelle Obama.

The letter, dated Jan. 29, reads: “Thank you so much for sharing your book with me, and I hope you know how much I appreciate your thoughtfulness. The support of people all over the country continues to amaze me, and I am filled with a great sense of hope for our shared future. Again, thank you for your kindness. I wish you all the best.”

Ogle said that the letter’s receipt was well timed, as the historical society just happened to have a meeting on the evening of Thursday, Feb. 21, affording him an opportunity to share the special correspondence with others.

“They were glad we got a little recognition for Lake County from the White House,” he said.

Norma Lund, a former vice-president for the historical society, echoed Ogle’s sentiments.

“There’s something about the feeling of having the book — from here — back there,” she said.

Lund’s husband is among the directors of the historical society, and Ogle is also a current director.

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