Meet Janice Millford aka our own JASNA MN Regional Coordinator.
JASNA-MN: How did you hear about JASNAMN?
Janice: I attended a class led by Dr Joyce Davis at UMN. She was teaching a 2 part course on Jane Austen. I learned about JASNA from her and other classmates, looked up the website, joined the group and was connected with the MN region
JASNA-MN: How long have you been a JASNA-MN board and how did you get there?
Janice: I am currently serving a second term as the Regional Coordinator. I was first elected for the 2016-2018 term. It has been a great pleasure to serve in this position.
JASNA-MN: What is your favorite thing/moment about being a JASNA-MN board?
Janice: My favorite moments include seeing members who has felt disenfranchised come back and rediscover their joy in being part of our fellowship. No one should ever feel unwanted or disregarded as we all love Jane and her stories mean so much to each of us.
JASNA-MN: What is your favorite Jane Austen’s book or movies?
Janice: Oh, my tastes have changed over the years but currently, I lean towards “Persuasion” as number one. Each book has a favorite part or character for me. As many do, I love the BBC version of “Pride and Prejudice”. I mean, Colin Firth in a damp shirt! What is not to love? 😉. But Ciaran Hinds is not bad to look at either! I guess the only one of the canon films to make me squirm is the 1940 Greer Garson/Lawrence Olivier one—-the costumes alone are eye rolling.
JASNA-MN: Tell me a little bit about yourself: hobbies, hidden talent, etc.
Janice: About myself—— well, I am married and many of you have met my husband, Dave, who is also a Life Member of JASNA. We have two sons who are both single. The eldest, Drew, is studying for his doctorate degree in Education. The youngest, Mike, is an IT Specialist. Both Dave and I grew up in this area. I moved away for several years in my early twenties to live in London. Loved that city! My educational background was in History. Before we downsized to our current house, I loved to garden, but my gardening is greatly reduced now. I still love to read and I am also involved in another fan group for readers of Diana Gabaldon. I’ve known Diana for almost 20 years; she is a wonderful friend. With retirement has come more time to travel with many more adventures awaiting Dave and I in the future.
JASNA-MN: Thank you Janice for your times and thanks for everything!