Robert Rodriguez 1st Annual Benefit Concert
VIP PASSES- $100
(includes entry to after-party and entry to win an autographed guitar valued at $600)
My dear late sister Virginia Rodriguez Ryle once told me that we were “late bloomers”. I asked her why and she replied, “Even though we’re getting older, we are now just starting to flourish, I.e. bloom”. She had definitely done just that. At the age of 44, my sister pursued a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. Four years later, she graduated with honors with the class of 2012 at 48 years-young.
Shortly after graduation, Virginia began a career with the State of Texas Child Protective Services. Her love for children developed early amidst the unexpected loss of two children at birth. Never having more children of her own did not wane her passion for little ones. In fact, it was the catalyst that ignited her blazing success at CPS. She often stated that if she could, she would take all the children on her caseload home with her.
Virginia had a great interest in social work prior to earning her degree as she interned at the Wichita Falls Truancy Court with the Honorable Judge Robert Little. It didn’t take long for Judge Little to recognize her gift of helping; leading him to recommend Virginia to a rigorous law enforcement program; in which she excelled with flying colors. I remember her pistol/rifle training target and earned score was an exceptional 90 percent.
Because her strong commitment to the health and welfare of children was ever present, Virginia made the decision to leave law enforcement and return to college in pursuit of a social work degree. She was very proud of her grades, rushing home during grade reporting to see the Midwestern State’s Dean’s List in the newspaper where her name undoubtably and repeatedly appeared. She carried a 4.00 in 2011 earning placement on the coveted Presidential Honor Roll.
Throughout her life, Virginia helped many local children’s agencies Wichita Fall including assistance with adoption, medical, nutrition and educational needs. She touched many children’s lives. I feel honored to have had her as my sister as she so naturally showed me how to be a “late bloomer” by utilizing her generous spirit to help children.
This is the reason I have started the 1st Annual Virginia Rodriguez Ryle fund to raise money in her memory benefitting local children’s agencies. The event will take place Saturday, March 30th, 2019. March is National Social Workers Awareness Month.