GREENE – Sandy Mortimer will be the first travelogue speaker of the 2005 season at the Sawyer Memorial. She will present her film, “Jordan/Israel – More Stories from the Holy Land,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 10, and at 2 and 7 p.m. Friday, March 11.

The Sawyer Memorial is located at 371 Sawyer Road. Admission is free, and doors open one hour before the show. For more information, call 946-5311.

Mortimer was born and grew up in Flint, Mich. Based in New York as a flight attendant and later as a public speaker and sales consultant for American Airlines, she traveled throughout the world.

During the 1970s, she was a news reporter and on-air personality for a CBS affiliate TV station, developing and sharpening her skills in film and video journalism and writing for television and studio audiences.

In the mid-1980s, she was a full-time copywriter and producer for television and radio productions, as well as numerous video and audiovisual presentations for several markets. She also began to broaden her interest to include travel documentaries, visiting Central America to produce her first film – about the Maya culture of Belize, Guatemala and Honduras.

In 1989, she began lecturing with her film, and since then has produced films on Louisiana, Egypt, the AL-CAN Highway, Israel and Jordan.

In 1993, she was recognized for her work and received the Rising Star Award from the Professional Travelogue Sponsor Association. In 1997, she received the Hall of Fame Award from that same organization.

She is president of the International Motion Picture and Lecturers Association. Mortimer spends more than eight months each year on tour, speaking on travel/adventure film series.

When not on tour or on filming location, Mortimer makes her home in Kentucky with her husband, nature and travel film producer Dale Johnson.

The film will take the audience through the cities, archeological sites, the desert and other historic sites.

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