Sidney Gooding inducted into Second Wind Hall of Fame

Published 12:18 pm Monday, December 16, 2019

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At the annual Holiday Luncheon of the Tryon Area Branch of the American Association of University Women, Sidney Gooding was surprised by her induction into the Second Wind Hall of Fame.  


Presented with her certificate by President Judith Irving and sponsored by AAUW, Sidney is well deserving of this honor. A longtime member of AAUW, Sidney currently serves as branch Secretary and the leader of the Walkie Talkies hiking group. Sidney was chair of the Clemson Scholars program and has been a member of the Scholarship Tea committee since its inception. She has chaired the nominating committee and has been an active participant of the Book Discussion group. 

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The Friends of the Landrum Library also benefit from Sidney’s volunteer efforts. She serves as their Secretary as well as contributing her ideas and expertise as a former librarian at the Georgia State University Library in Birmingham.


Sidney was a member of the Board of Directors of the Ronald McDonald House in Birmingham where she was instrumental in helping build the first Ronald McDonald House there which was the fourth in the United States. Additionally, Sidney was a Girl Scout leader for 10 years.


A native of West Virginia, Sidney has edited a book of diaries called Old Fields in Peace and War:A Diary of Rebecca Vanmeter 1854-1865. This chronicles the experiences of a West Virginia woman during the Civil War.  


Sidney and her husband Paul have two daughters and four grandchildren.


The Second Wind Hall of Fame recognizes those persons in the Polk County and Landrum area who have caught a “second wind” in retirement and have given their talents and energy volunteering in at least two organizations for at least three years.  


Submitted by Priscila Yeager