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The Dr. Nan S. Hutchison Broward Senior Hall of Fame honors elder excellence in the volunteer sector of Broward County.

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Renee M. Smoley, Weston, 93

Renee Smoley has been a resident of Broward County since 1972. She has volunteered her time for projects in the County. She chaired the Peace Mound Park in Weston to restore the native Indians’ archaeological significance of the park, was a member of the Coalition for School Improvements and co-chaired the Steering Committee for establishing the City of Weston. She earned the title Mother of Weston. Ms. Smoley has been a member of Project Ralph, to create a youth center for middle school kids, and is involved with the Broward County Commission on The Status of Women. Currently, Renee is a member of the Community Relations Committee of the North Broward Hospital District.

In 1999, Renee learned the plight of 27 refugees from Kosovo who were living in one house. Renee went to their rescue. She persuaded the Arvida home builders to allow them the use of two new Town homes, FPL to provide free electricity and City of Sunrise to provide free water until the migrants found jobs. Ms. Smoley’s committee was able to acquire donations of food, clothing and furniture from Weston residents. She also persuaded Nova Southeastern University to provide medical and dental care. Today, all 27 of them are successful and self-supporting. They call Renee their Guardian Angel. Renee currently chairs the AAUW Weston Foundation to raise money for advancing equity for women and girls.

For her commitment to community, Renee Smoley deserves recognition in the Broward Senior Hall of Fame.