Being lovers of language, that comment made us curious about the origins of “gallivant.” Turns out, it’s derived from half a dozen sources, but we like these two, from Old French: galer, which means “to make merry,” and galant which means “brave.” Yes, there are plenty of merry-making activities at The Resort, so many that you’d need courage to take on the task of directing them.
And while Susan admitted to being “a little nervous” about the new position, she has an impressive career behind her and, of course, all that gallivanting experience. Plus, she has a long connection to The Resort.
Bud and Rita Picker
Susan’s parents, Bud and Rita Picker, bought a place in The Resort 35 years ago. As they got older, it became a family tradition that each Fall Susan or her brother would drive their folks down from Jefferson City, Missouri, spend some time with them at The Resort, then fly back. In Spring, the trek reversed.
The trip changed last year. They still made the journey, but without Bud. “He passed away here at The Resort in 2022, at 95,” Susan told us, adding, “and he was still playing golf the week before he passed.” She went on to say, “He had been a civil engineer and a developer. And he was the most humble, ethical man you’d ever meet.” (Photo: Rita, Bud and Susan)