The Ladies’ Horticultural Luncheon, presented by Spring Arbor of Winchester, is one of the Festival’s most storied and historic events. Traditionally, the ladies of the Women’s Auxiliary of the Virginia State Horticultural Society have enjoyed a wide variety of Keynote Speakers at this top-selling event; but, they have always had a soft spot for Speakers with a local connection: born and bred locally; or, moved locally; or, achieved locally. The roster of their Speakers bears this out; for example: in 2002, local orchardist, Robert Solenberger; in 2003 local raconteur and historian, Mike Foreman; in 2005, Shenandoah University President, Tracy Fitzsimmons; in 2008, local equipment dealer, Doug Rinker; in 2009, political figure, Kate Obenshain; in 2012, local author, Jay Foreman; and, in 2014, locally born TV broadcaster, Lauryn Ricketts. The groundwork has obviously been laid; and, the philosophy has been adamantly stated. Therefore, Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival® President, Jim Douglas, takes great pleasure in announcing that James Wood High School graduate, Dave Sanderson, is returning to his hometown to hold the role of Featured Speaker at the 2015 Ladies’ Luncheon.
On January 15, 2009, returning home from a routine business trip, Dave Sanderson survived “The Miracle on the Hudson.” When US Airways Flight 1549 flew into a flock of birds as it took off from New York’s La Guardia Airport, knocking out both of the plane’s engines, there was no choice for Captain Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger and his crew but to ditch the plane into the Hudson River. Sitting on the plane, in what many would consider to be the wrong place at the wrong time, Sanderson knew he was exactly where he was supposed to be. Thinking only of helping others in the crisis, Dave Sanderson became the last person off of the back of the plane that day, and was largely responsible for making sure so many others made it out safely.
An inspiring survivor, Dave Sanderson was an ordinary person in an extraordinary situation. Sharing the lessons of that day with audiences around the country, he shows that in any circumstance, positive thinking and leadership can turn anyone into a hero. Dave Sanderson teaches the lessons and strategies he employed during his experience with the “12 Pillars of Resourcefulness.” These precepts helped him not only survive the plane crash but helped him become a top producer in some of the largest sales organizations in the world. In addition to speaking, Dave conducts workshops and team mentoring. He is a contributor to the book, “Brace for Impact,” and he is currently working on his next book which will be released in May 2015. In his new book, he discusses and details the lessons learned from the “Miracle on the Hudson” and how to take a potentially tragic experience and turn it into an opportunity to grow and contribute. Dave is an internationally sought after speaker in the areas of resourcefulness, state management, teamwork, leadership and responsiveness.
Dave is an alumnus of James Wood High School and James Madison University. Dave and his wife Terri have four children: Chelsey, Colleen, Courtney and Chance; and, they currently reside in Charlotte, North Carolina. For more information on Dave and his experiences, his philosophies, and his missions, please go to www.DaveSandersonSpeaks.com. The Ladies’ Horticultural Luncheon, presented by Spring Arbor of Winchester, will be held in the second-floor ballroom at the Lee-Jackson Best Western Hotel on Friday morning, May 1st, at 10:30am. Tickets to this Official Festival event are always limited; but, interested parties are encouraged to inquire at the Official Festival Souvenir Store and Ticket Outlet at 302 North Cameron Street [10am to 6pm]; or, at Apple Blossom Headquarters at 135 North Cameron Street [8am to 4pm].