Fate plays a part in our everyday lives. A couple of weeks ago, I had the chance to connect two people that I knew – one an inspirational public servant and the other an up and coming information technology consultant.
The scene was the RNC Convention. The people were Rosario Marin and Michaela Hertle.
Rosario Spindola Marin was the 41st Treasurer of the United States. She was appointed by President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2003 and is the only foreign born treasurer in U.S. history, a naturalized citizen from Mexico. Among her jobs was to sign the dollar bill.
Rosario is a popular public figure who served in key roles in the Governor Pete Wilson and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger administrations including chairing the Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities.
An advocate for the mentally disabled, Marin has a child with Downs Syndrome and founded the very first Latino group to support parents of children with Downs Syndrome. For her work on behalf of the mentally disabled, she received the “Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Prize” by the United Nations in 1995.
Rosario also served as Mayor of Huntington Park, CA, where her mother was a seamstress; her father a janitor. She found inspiration from President Ronald Reagan’s focus on smaller government, personal responsibility and a strong national defense.
In the picture shown in this post, the former U.S. Treasurer is signing a $50 dollar bill for Michaela Hertle. This was Michaela’s first Convention. She works at an information technology company in Pleasanton and got involved to help Mitt Romney create a better environment for jobs. She believes a stronger economy will help businesses form partnerships with companies like the one she works for that handles information technology for business.
That $50 was part of Michaela’s “rainy day” fund. She knew she was saving it for some purpose. As fate would have it, the one piece of currency she had which had Rosario’s signature was that $50 bill. That meant she could have the currency signed by the former U.S. Treasurer.
At the time she traveled to Tampa, Michaela Hertle wouldn’t have known that she would meet the woman who once signed American currency. It’s nice she had the opportunity to make a new friend.
How cool is that?