Parker County Today May 2016 - Page 81

largest church staffs in the United States as a minister to children and women and has also traveled overseas. Through the Group Publishing Company out of Loveland, Colo., she spent two weeks on a man-made boat on the Amazon River in Pocola, Peru, with 37 women, ages ranging from 18-65. “We had guards with machine guns,” she remembered. “And every day we would get off the boat and climb a mountain. We ministered to women. It was very interesting to be on a boat with 37 women and no drama.” She has also traveled to Korea and India. In India she lived in an orphanage and spoke to 200 women and pastors every day through an interpreter. “When I walked in the first night all the men were sitting in chairs and the women on the concrete floor,” she said. “And I couldn’t help but laugh because in America that would not happen. It became a joke and I guess it was the way I presented it because it wasn’t seen as an insult or anything. Then the next day, the women were in the chairs and the men on the floor. It was very interesting and educational.” Selma Johnson was one of those people that in middle school and high school did 1,000 hours of charity work at Cook Children’s Hospital. “It prepared me for all the things I have experienced over the years,” she said. “The Lord has blessed me in many ways. I grew up on the North Side of Fort Worth and my dad was an old cowboy. I learned a lot about ranching and I’ve had a variety of things in life to do and I think that has helped Parker Co TODAY day camp ad 2016 May PRINTER.pdf M Y CY CMY K 4/15/2016 8:52:57 AM Camp Fire Summer Day Camp • Explore different continents and cultures each week, • Learn what it means to be a global citizen, • Implement STEM concepts and • Discover how to lead the way. Field trips included. Junior counselor program available. June 2 - August 12 ● McAnnally Intermediate School Monday-Friday ● 6:30 a.m.-6:30p.m. CampFireFW.org 817.831.2111 PA R K E R C O U N T Y T O D AY MY 1 Summer Day Campers, ages 5-12, will discover their world one adventure at a time as they: C CM me in life.” Selma served at Freedom House as the Sexual Assault Coordinator and now serves on the Texas Board of Sexual Assault where she also has a program for schools on bullying. She is also planning on starting up her consulting business, Kaleidoscope Past, which involves coaching, speaking, consulting and a few different things. She is being scouted by three pageant associations. “Miss World Tourism, Miss World Classic and Today’s American Woman. Today’s American Woman wants me to enter again and become their lifetime ambassador,” she said. “I can’t make up my mind because I can’t enter any other pageants until I fulfill my committed appearances for American Woman.” Today, Selma’s philosophy is that “Anyone can be a success if they want to be.” As she continues her life, Selma has a bit of advice for anyone who is competing, especially anyone who has a child in pageants. “Let their child be a child at that age. Dress them appropriately and let them be themselves. I was still a winner even when I lost because I had learned something. Don’t go in with an attitude,” she advised. “Let them be themselves. That was one thing my mother always let me do, was be myself. I was just me.” As she gathered up her Glamma suitcase and started for the door, glittering all the way, Selma smiled and thanked us for the coffee, then said on one last note, “It’s not the size you are or the beauty you have. It’s who you are on the inside that shines.” MAY 2016 National Finals Rodeo, and she has big plans for that title. All her experiences have led her to some interesting people. “I was traveling to Austin, going through Hamilton, and I got pulled over because this officer thought I was weaving on the other side of the road,” she said smiling down at her coffee cup then looking up conspiratorially. “When he asked if I’d been drinking I said, ‘No sir, I’ve only had three cups of pecan coffee in Burnet, Texas.’ I guess I can cross that off my list — being pulled over for intoxication.” But she also got pulled over coming back the other way two days later. “I was stopped by a different police officer and he kept saying he knew me. He kept looking at my driver’s license and he said, ‘I know you from somewhere.’” Selma smiled and put down her coffee cup, leaning forward as if drawing in the audience. “And then he finally said, ‘You’re Cowboyville Glamma and you took my money in Vegas!’” One of Selma’s duties as Cowboyville Glamma is to sell raffle tickets at Cowboyville for the Cancer Society. She laughed as she told us, “I couldn’t help that he just kept peeling off twenties and handing them to me. They wanted to win the Ryan Motes Saddle on the raffle.” Apparently Selma took 80 dollars of the officer’s money and some of his friend’s money as well. She told him, “I can’t help that you were giving me the twenties. Just think what a good cause it was.” According to her, you’ve got to have humor to survive. She is supported by both her husband of fifty years and her children. “He says, ‘Whatever you want to do, go ahead. It’s your thing as long as it doesn’t cost me money,” Selma said. “So I have to get sponsors.” When she first began pageants it was free to enter and compete but now you have to pay to enter in addition to getting sponsors to help you. She says the rest of her family supports her as well. “My son and daughter and my grandkids, they just say, ‘Oh, well, that’s Nana. She always has an adventure.’” Her family is very supportive of all her ventures – even those outside of the pageant world. Selma has been on some of the 79