Meet juicy wise woman, Karen Melcher. Karen is our fourth and final unsung hero of Women’s History Month. Karen has a big heart, a profound sense of decency and a strong desire to do right, evidenced by her volunteer work at a local food bank, among other things. Karen, a retired physical therapist, loves to stay fit by being outdoors. She can be frequently found walking her rescue dog, Ziggy Marley Melcher, along the C&O Canal or in one of the many wooded parks in the D.C. metro area. She is an avid tennis player and when it’s time to be indoors, she keeps her mental game up by playing duplicate bridge.
A mother of two grown daughters, Karen is grandma to two beautiful grandchildren. She is very proud of her daughters’ accomplishments. One, a frontline worker as a nurse, and the other an art teacher.
Those who know Karen admire her for her political acumen and volunteer work which began in high school and has never waned. She worked for the John Anderson campaign for the presidency and continues to volunteer at the polls. In the 2020 election, she served as a poll worker in spite of Covid-19. Karen passionately believes that voting is both a privilege and a responsibility. She works tirelessly for voters rights. She likes to point out that she has something in common with Kamala Harris … they both graduated from Howard University.
As a young woman, Karen lived overseas for two years and became active in International Women’s Club activities and charities. Her enthusiasm has never waned. We honor Karen for her can-do spirit, her dedication to helping others, and for the juicy wisdom she has generously (and humbly) shared with us in several gatherings.