So, I saw in the newspaper, used to be the Girls Club--where it’s Girls, Inc. now, it was the Girls Club--they’re looking for a sewing teacher and a cooking teacher. I can do it! So, I applied for the job! I said, “I do sewing, I do cooking, and everything else.” So, they hired me. So, I was a sewing and cooking teacher. And, just looking through my papers, I’ll have to let you read it because I can’t say the whole thing. When looking through all my junk stuff and everything, I came across this little thing that I saved and in it, one of my former students, when she wrote this she was 17, and I almost cried reading what she had written about me. But anyhow, so I worked there for, oh, 24 years.
Regina H. Wolanin was born on October 29, 1926 in Webster, MA. Her parents immigrated from Poland. She grew up in the Vernon Hill section of Worcester, which was the “Polish” section and went to school at Saint Mary’s and then Commerce High. Regina started working upon her graduation from high school and never attended college. Her family was rather poor, but they had a rich family life. Regina worked as a dental assistant and as a sewing teacher at the Girls Club and public school, all arising from her attitude of “I can do it!” She is proud of her family history and Polish roots and was very involved in the Polish community in Worcester.