Meg Greene was a great lover of animals, especially her own pet cats.
The former Fairbanks Superior Court judge was a regular visitor to Jeanne Olson’s veterinary clinic in North Pole. She would often take her pets in, then add a substantial amount to her veterinary bill, to help costs of other services the clinic provides.
Greene died in April. Her estate has now funded a trailer that benefits the local low-cost spay/neuter program Alaska Spay/Neuter Assistance Program. The program has been in existence for 15 years.
Olson used to store supplies out at the Tanana Valley Fairgrounds, where the clinic takes place, but discovered the program was going to lose access to that space. Greene’s estate provided funds to purchase a trailer so supplies can be easily transported and stored.
“After she died, her estate continued to support us, and with another very generous donation, we were able to purchase a used, enclosed trailer to store and transport our supplies to our clinics at the fairgrounds and Delta Junction,” Jeanne Olson said. “That trailer has been fixed up and customized.”
It has also been officially christened.
Greene was also a lover of Scotch. When the trailer was used for the first time this past weekend, friend Mary Liston brought along a bottle of Cardhu single malt Scotch whisky. Made in Scotland, this whiskey is “the biggest selling single malt whisky in Spain, with its soft, sweet character the perfect match for the warm climate,” according to The Whisky Exchange website.
The box label states: “Cardhu has a generous spirit which flows from two pioneering women, Helen and Elizabeth Cumming, who cofounded and built up the distillery.
“Two hundred years ago, when rural communities were close knit, Helen Cumming warned neighboring distillers of the approach of revenue officials by hoisting a flag.
“Later, Elizabeth Cumming’s entreprenuerial drive enabled her to build a new, much larger distillery. She was also known for her acts of kindness and for her hospitable home.”
To Jeanne Olson, Cardhu sounded like it was based on kindness, just like Meg Greene.
“Knowing quite well that Meg was a very private person, and would abhor anything publicly honoring her, we have decided to name the trailer ‘Cardhu,’” Olson said. “Thus, it will always be helping us in Meg’s honor.”
So when the trailer was used for the first time, Olson, Niesje Steinkruger and Mary Liston all raised a glass and toasted Meg and her generosity. The trailer is now officially in business.
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