Leila Shuffler-Someone You Should Know

By: Lee Gordon Email
By: Lee Gordon Email

Some say Leila Shuffler is a gift to the city of Tallahassee...she's a local artist, an organizer, community volunteer, and entrepreneur.
So it comes as no surprise that tonight, we honor a woman that's truly a jack of all trades...

Leila Shuffler is pioneer of sorts. Back in 1989, she became the first woman to join the Tallahassee Northside Rotary club. Before then, women weren't allowed in.

"At the time, my dad was a member of the club and they didn't allow women," said Leila Shuffler, "My dad sponsored me and it was wonderful because I could share it with him, and I did."

"Rotary years ago finally woke up and allowed ladies into the organization and I hate to think where we would be in their absence," said friend Don McClelland.

Since that day almost 20 years ago, Shuffler has been the spark plug behind some of the biggest fundraising events the club has ever seen. Including Saturday's Daddy-Daughter dance. An event that has far surpassed anyones expectations.

"We started with 125 people then 250, last year was 600."

In her spare time, she makes portraits. But not just any portraits. Her work is so good that she's thinking about retiring early from the State DEP office and drawing full time. Just another in a long line of accomplishments from an extraordinary woman.

"She really brings out the best in people, she's very funny, she knows no strangers and brings you out of your shell," said friend Sondra Brown.

The pictures all have meaning. One is of her late husband who died of cancer. Others are of family members looking to capture a moment in time. But they all come from the heart, and in the end, that's what Leila Shuffler is all about.


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